Internet of Things

How to get Gordon Ramsay’s voice on your Echo or Alexa device

How to get Gordon Ramsay’s voice on your Echo or Alexa device

Gordon Ramsay, foul-mouthed chef and TV star, was one of the celebrities featured in Amazon's Super Bowl commercial over the weekend. The commercial featured various celebrities offering their voices to fill in for Alexa after she lost her voice. It was a fun look at what Alexa could be like with a different personality, and now you can sort of experience that yourself with a new Gordon Ramsay skill.

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Nest rejoins Google to help Assistant take on Alexa

Nest rejoins Google to help Assistant take on Alexa

Google and Nest are rejoining forces, Nest has announced, bringing the Internet of Things brand back under Google's wing. Nest explains that its team will be joining the Google Hardware team, the end goal of this reunion being one where the two work together to bring Google Assistant to Nest products in a big way. Nest, for its part, saw its hardware portfolio double last year.

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HomePod review round-up: Apple’s smart speaker judged

HomePod review round-up: Apple’s smart speaker judged

It's fair to say that Apple's HomePod has been one of the company's more controversial products in recent years, and the first batch of HomePod reviews aren't likely to settle those arguments. The smart speaker is set to ship this Friday, February 9, giving Apple Music fans and Siri skeptics alike the opportunity to see how well both play together. So, what can they expect?

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HP printers will get voice control soon via Alexa and Google Assistant

HP printers will get voice control soon via Alexa and Google Assistant

Voice control is the latest fad in consumer tech and that reality is underscored by a new announcement from HP: it will soon offer voice-activated home printers. By doing so, the company explains, it will be the first printer business to offer "intuitive voice commands" via major smart speaker products, namely through Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft's Cortana.

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Alexa won’t be paying attention to Amazon’s Super Bowl ad

Alexa won’t be paying attention to Amazon’s Super Bowl ad

Alexa purposefully ignoring her name might seem like unexpected sass from Amazon's virtual assistant, but it's a key part of the retailer's big Super Bowl promotion this coming weekend. The assistant will take center stage in a celebrity-filled commercial at the ball game, but if you're already an Echo owner, you'll be pleased to hear that Amazon has figured out how to avoid its spot inadvertently activating your smart speaker.

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HomePod’s Siri limits raise questions about $349 speaker

HomePod’s Siri limits raise questions about $349 speaker

Apple's HomePod is taking a seriously different route than rival smart speakers, something the list of absent Siri features at launch only underscores. Currently up for preorder, and set to ship on February 9th, HomePod is being billed as "the ultimate music authority" by Apple, and the best way to consume Apple Music. However, that has some implications if you're expecting a clear Amazon Echo or Google Home alternative.

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Sonos One deal sees stereo pair match HomePod’s price

Sonos One deal sees stereo pair match HomePod’s price

The HomePod may be close at hand, but Sonos isn't resting on its laurels, announcing a deal that cuts the price of a pair of its Alexa-powered speakers to match Apple. The deal on a Sonos One duo also serves to highlight one of its rival's missing features, the ability to link two wireless speakers together and use them as a stereo pair.

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HomePod is a sweet-sounding uphill battle

HomePod is a sweet-sounding uphill battle

Apple's HomePod was delayed, and all we got when it finally showed up was a new release date. Surprise bubbled around the announcement of the smart speaker's February 9 launch earlier this week, after Apple failed to use its extra time to address some of the more frequent criticisms HomePod faced when it debuted roughly eight months ago. No multi-room playback at release, no expansion to grudgingly accommodate third-party music services, and no price change from $349.

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HomePod multiroom is just one way Apple is playing catch-up

HomePod multiroom is just one way Apple is playing catch-up

Eight months after it was announced, Apple's HomePod is finally making it to Apple Store shelves. The Siri smart speaker promises voice-controlled access to your streaming music along with the ability to answer questions and control your smart home. However, there are some things to bear in mind before you flex your credit card.

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Baidu reveals a different smart speaker strategy with Raven H and DuerOS

Baidu reveals a different smart speaker strategy with Raven H and DuerOS

Like just about every big tech company these days, Chinese web giant Baidu is getting in on the smart speaker game. But the company is doing things noticeably different from Amazon or Google, despite selling its new Raven H speaker device. Instead the key product is the assistant software itself, the DuerOS AI platform, and Baidu's goal is to have it used in hardware from other manufacturers.

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Apple HomePod gets FCC approval, expected to launch soon

Apple HomePod gets FCC approval, expected to launch soon

For those waiting to get their hands on Apple's upcoming HomePod, the wait appears to soon be over. The Siri-powered smart speaker was delayed from its original release last fall to sometime in "early 2018," but the device was recently granted approval by the FCC for sale in the US. There's still no solid launch date, however, but the approval means the HomePod could soon be challenging the Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers for users' living rooms.

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Tetra countertop dishwasher doubles as a seafood cooker

Tetra countertop dishwasher doubles as a seafood cooker

Many homes contain only two people, making the typical dishwasher you find at appliance stores unnecessarily large. Rather than having a large dishwasher that takes up a bunch of space, Heatworks presents Tetra as a compact solution; it sits on a countertop and plugs into a regular wall outlet, no plumbing necessary. Tetra doesn't just wash dishes, though, also being adequate for sanitizing certain products and even cooking seafood.

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