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Google Home can now take on two voice commands at once

Google Home can now take on two voice commands at once

The battle between Google Home and Amazon Echo to become the smart speaker that ultimately makes it into your home is a close one, but today Google is rolling out a new feature that might just give its speaker an edge. It seems that a new update has given Google Home the capacity to handle two commands at once. This is a handy ability, because before this update rolled out, each action you wanted Google Home to perform had to be delivered through individual voice commands.

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Hulu’s Alexa integration is now live

Hulu’s Alexa integration is now live

Back in September, Hulu revealed plans to integrate Alexa voice commands with its service. At the time, Hulu only said that this new functionality would be coming sometime in the fall, failing to get more specific. It turns out that "sometime in fall" is today, with Alexa voice commands rolling out to Hulu users now.

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Jim Beam smart decanter answers questions and pours whiskey

Jim Beam smart decanter answers questions and pours whiskey

Jim Beam has just unveiled its own Internet of Things device for people who really love bourbon. Called JIM, this smart decanter is able to pour you a glass whenever you ask, as well as answer some questions you may have, assuming they're related to whiskey. The device was launched for pre-order ahead of shipments, but if you're hoping to get one before Christmas, don't get your hopes up.

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This Echo Dot Black Friday deal is a great smart home starter

This Echo Dot Black Friday deal is a great smart home starter

There's a smart speaker war waging, and if you haven't already picked a side - or if you're already invested in Amazon's Alexa ecosystem - then today's Echo Dot deal might sway you. The cheapest model in Amazon's Echo line-up isn't averse to a price cut or two on occasion, but this Black Friday Echo Dot deal is better than many we've seen. In fact, if you're looking for a holiday gift for someone hoping to start building out their smart home, it's an excellent place to start.

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Ultimate Ears Megablast and Blast Review: Alexa cuts the cord

Ultimate Ears Megablast and Blast Review: Alexa cuts the cord

Bluetooth speakers may be a commodity at this point, but Ultimate Ears wants to set the new Blast and Megablast apart with Amazon's Alexa. Joining Bluetooth is WiFi, and the ability to speak to Amazon's virtual assistant: whether that be for requesting music, giving your connected home instructions, or asking questions to help the kids with homework. It's an obvious pairing, but has Logitech-owned UE quite got the recipe right?

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You can preorder Echo Buttons to make Alexa a gameshow host

You can preorder Echo Buttons to make Alexa a gameshow host

Forget HQ Trivia: Alexa is turning into a game show host, with Amazon's Echo Buttons finally up for pre-order. Announced alongside the 2017 Echo range earlier this year, the new buttons wirelessly connect to the smart speakers and allow for single- and multi-player games.

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Samsung Black Friday 2017 sale slashes TV and IoT prices

Samsung Black Friday 2017 sale slashes TV and IoT prices

If you're in the market for a new 4K television or robotic vacuum, you're in luck: Samsung has shaved hundreds of dollars from its TV and IoT products, not to mention the tablet discounts. The company's POWERbot Turbo Robot vacuum, for example, has been decreased by $300 from $1199 to $899. Some TVs have seen even bigger price cuts.

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Echo Show YouTube support is back

Echo Show YouTube support is back

The Alexa-powered Echo Show has regained YouTube support, following a spat between Amazon and Google, though there have been compromises along the way. The touchscreen-fronted smart speaker launched earlier this year with the ability to search for and play YouTube videos. However, that was subsequently disabled after the Google-owned video service complained about how Amazon had implemented the streaming.

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Sonos’ Spotify Alexa support arrives ahead of schedule

Sonos’ Spotify Alexa support arrives ahead of schedule

Sonos, Spotify, and Amazon Alexa are finally best friends, with support being added to control playback by voice on the multi-room speakers. Sonos users with an Amazon Echo device, a Sonos One, or any other Alexa-powered gadget can now ask for playback from their Spotify account through the networked speakers.

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GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE is adding voice control to its C by GE Lighting smart bulb range, with a new bridge that will open the door to Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. The hub, dubbed the C-Reach bridge, plugs into a spare outlet and connects to two of GE's smart bulb lines.

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Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon has a new Echo PRODUCT(RED) edition, cladding its Alexa-powered smart speaker in a charitable sleeve. The new model joins Amazon's sensible, dare we say rather dour line-up of colors and finishes which, for the first time with the second-gen Echo, are interchangeable.

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Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

The sale of kids' smartwatches have just been banned in Germany, as the country's telecommunications regulator has labelled them as essentially "spying devices." While the wearables, designed for kids aged 5 to 12, often look like toys, they're designed to allow parents to remotely listen in on the child's environment via the watches' microphone, all without notice, in turn offering the same functionality as a wiretap.

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