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Cortana doesn’t need smart speakers to win insists Microsoft exec

Cortana doesn’t need smart speakers to win insists Microsoft exec

Microsoft isn't letting underwhelming interest in Cortana smart speakers sour it on the assistant technology, even if Amazon Echo and Google Home still get the lion's share of sales - and attention - in the connected home. The software giant still resists calls to develop its own smart speaker, instead relying on third-party hardware like the Harman Kardon Invoke to fill that niche.

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Alexa gets professional newscaster voice for reading news briefs

Alexa gets professional newscaster voice for reading news briefs

Back in November, word surfaced that Amazon was working on a proper newscaster voice for Alexa, which it would be used when reading the news. Unlike the assistant's regular voice, the newscaster voice features the same intonation and emphasis used by professionals when delivering the news. As of today, Alexa users in the US can now access that newscaster voice.

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Project Alias makes your smart speaker mind its own business

Project Alias makes your smart speaker mind its own business

With the rise of always-listening smart home speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home comes a greater worry about the privacy of their users. While Google and Amazon have maintained that their smart home speakers are only ever listening for their wake words, the fact that you're putting a mic that's live 24/7 in your house is unsettling for some people. Enter Project Alias, which is a new accessory that attempts to keep the mics on those smart home speakers in check.

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Pandora gets a voice assistant of its own today

Pandora gets a voice assistant of its own today

While some voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant are duking it out for smart home dominance, there are others that focus on offering more specialized voice support. One such assistant is the new one being launched by Pandora today. Soon, everyone listening to Pandora on iOS and Android will be able to navigate the app, discover new music, and play songs using voice commands.

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This Amazon Echo Input deal is the price it should’ve launched at

This Amazon Echo Input deal is the price it should’ve launched at

Back in September, Amazon revealed the Echo Input during its packed-to-the-brim Alexa Day. Out of all of the new devices revealed that day, the Echo Input seemed to be one of the most useful, as it allows you to essentially add Alexa functionality to any speaker. For people with existing home audio setups, then, the Echo Input is a good way to get Alexa functionality without buying a collection of Echo speakers and potentially compromising on sound quality.

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Apple’s latest HomePod bug fix has users frustrated

Apple’s latest HomePod bug fix has users frustrated

Ever since the Apple HomePod first launched, Apple Music subscribers with an individual plan have been able to stream music to it while streaming something different to an iOS device. This functionality was particularly handy, as it meant that you could listen to music on an iPhone while out and about as someone else used the same Apple ID to stream different music on Apple's smart speaker at home. As it turns out, that functionality wasn't intended by Apple.

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Leak claims Ring staff had ‘unfettered’ access to unencrypted videos

Leak claims Ring staff had ‘unfettered’ access to unencrypted videos

A new leak alleges major security concerns revolving around Amazon Ring, a line of security camera products designed for inside and outside of one's home. Amazon acquired Ring in 2018 for $1 billion, expanding its hardware portfolio while offering consumers a way to increase their home security. A new report claims poor privacy practices at Ring have left its customers vulnerable, however.

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New Echo Dot deal gets the latest Alexa speaker for under $30

New Echo Dot deal gets the latest Alexa speaker for under $30

CES 2019 may not have been short on smart home tech, but a deal of the day promotion on the latest Echo Dot 3rd Gen could put Alexa in your house a whole lot sooner. The third-generation smart speaker got an audio and aesthetic update late last year, making Amazon's assistant both look and sound better than before.

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Here’s when the IKEA smart blinds will unroll in the US

Here’s when the IKEA smart blinds will unroll in the US

A couple of days ago, we caught wind of a new line of smart blinds from IKEA. As is usually the case with IKEA, the main draw of these smart blinds is their fairly affordable price, at least in comparison to the cost of other smart blinds, which sometimes cost several hundred dollars. When these new blinds first appeared on IKEA's German site, we weren't clear on whether or not they'd be making their way to the US, but now the company has confirmed that they will.

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Amazon Echo Auto pre-orders are finally shipping out

Amazon Echo Auto pre-orders are finally shipping out

Back in September, among a flurry of Alexa-enabled device reveals, Amazon announced the Echo Auto. The Echo Auto was definitely one of the more exciting reveals of the day, but for the last few months, those who pre-ordered the device have been waiting on Amazon to start sending them out. The wait, it seems, may finally be over, as Amazon has confirmed that it's started shipping out those pre-orders.

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Whirlpool Smart Countertop Oven can identify the food it cooks

Whirlpool Smart Countertop Oven can identify the food it cooks

Whirlpool's incubator WLabs has developed a new countertop oven capable of recognizing the food placed within it. Called the Smart Countertop Oven, this limited edition appliance automatically sets the appropriate time and temperature for whatever food the user has placed within the appliance.

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Philips Hue gets brighter outdoors with new CES 2019 range

Philips Hue gets brighter outdoors with new CES 2019 range

Those of you who are already knee-deep in the Philips Hue ecosystem will probably be happy to hear that its range of outdoor lighting is being expanded today. At CES 2019, Signify announced announced a handful Philips Hue products for the US, and all of them are centered around outdoor lighting. Chief among these new products, perhaps, is the Philips Hue Outdoor sensor.

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