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Amazon Alexa enhancements add geolocation, kids’ Routines, and more

Amazon's digital assistant Alexa continues to evolve and its newest features should appeal to busy people and parents on the go, including location-based routines and reminders as well as Routines aimed toward kids.
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Amazon starts crowdsourcing Alexa’s answers. What could go wrong?

Amazon announced a new resource for its Alexa voice assistant. Alexa Answers is an invitation-only program to which select Amazon customers will be invited to supply brief answers to questions that Alexa was asked but couldn't answer.
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One band explores the dystopian downside of smart devices in our homes

A video from Brooklyn-based band Big Data, L1zy portrays a dystopian view of life with voice assistants. Produced by Ghost+Cow Films, the video starts with the happy arrival of a device on the doormat and things go bad quickly.
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Which is better, the Amazon Echo or the Google Home? We took a look at both

What happens when you compare the Google Home vs the Amazon Echo? Both smart speakers have good qualities, but what happens when you compare they're features side-by-side? We think one of these smart gadgets wins over the other.
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Give your kids a direct line to St. Nick with Alexa’s Call Santa skill

Amazon released new holiday features for children including Alexa-interactive calls to Santa. Customers who own Echo Dot Kids Edition or subscribe to FreeTime with Alexa can check in daily for new holiday stories, songs, and jokes.
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Plus, Dot, Spot, Show? Which Amazon Echo is the way to go?

Not sure just what Amazon Echo device with Alexa voice assistant you're looking for? Whether you're looking for great sound, smart home control, or a screened device, we've got you covered. Here are all the Amazon Echo devices, what they…
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Amazon has an even dozen new smart devices. Here’s how to order

Amazon's hardware announcement meant a whole bunch of new Amazon Alexa gadgets. From a microwave to stereo equipment, here is the complete list of devices that were announced, as well as reviews for some.
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Best Amazon Alexa Cyber Monday deals start at $20

Whether buying for yourself or for people on your gift list, Amazon lined up an impressive array of single units, multi-packs, and combinations of Alexa devices at great prices for Black Friday. Existing Alexa customers get early access.
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You can now make Skype calls on Amazon Echo devices

Amazon's Alexa can now make video and voice calls with Microsoft's Skype audio and video calling. Alexa-enabled devices can make voice calls. Alexa devices with video can make video calls to computers, mobile devices, and Xboxes.
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Pandora Premium joins Alexa’s Amazon dance party today

There are quite a few streaming services that work with Amazon's Alexa but a big one just got added when the company integrated access to Pandora Premium into its smart assistant and smart speakers.
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Huawei could soon take on Google and Amazon with a new digital assistant

According to a report from CNBC, Huawei is working on a new digital assistant that could try to take on the likes of Google and Amazon's Alexa. Huawei already has a digital assistant in China, but the new one will be aimed at markets…
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Facebook's Alexa-enabled video-calling devices begin shipping

Facebook's Portal devices are video smart speakers with Alexa voice assistants built in that allow you to make calls. The 15-inch Portal+ model features a pivoting camera that follows you around the room as you speak.
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The Echo Dot is on sale today for $30, but it might not last long

You can get the second generation of the Amazon Echo Dot — the tiny Alexa speaker with Amazon's voice assistant Alexa inside — on sale today for just $30, but you'll have to act fast if you want this deal.
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Let Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant spook you on Halloween

Need help with a last-minute costume idea? Want to listen to spooky music or a scary book? Here are the best Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Halloween tips and tricks for your Halloween party, decorations, games, and more.
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August locks now have Alexa, Google Assistant Halloween tricks

This Halloween, there are sure to be a lot masked faced showing up at your door. When they arrive, you can be ready for them thanks to some new integrations for Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT in August's line of smart locks.
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This little girl really, really wants Alexa to play ‘Baby Shark’

A poor little girl just couldn't get Alexa to understand her request to play the undeniably catchy but undoubtedly annoying song 'Baby Shark.' She finally gets her wish thanks to a little help from her mom.
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Alexa outage foils hundreds worldwide, service now restored for many

Users worldwide reported Amazon Alexa failures on Twitter in an outage with no apparent common characteristics. Users reported malfunctions ranging from bad server connections and login failures to the inability to execute skills.
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Publish a new Alexa skill this month and Amazon will give you an Echo Dot

Amazon' Alexa group announced a promotion encouraging new developers to publish a new Alexa skill in any country First-time developers who publish a new an Alexa skill prior to midnight October 31, 2018, will get a free Echo Dot.