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Amazon Alexa can now hitch a ride in any car with Echo Auto

At its massive hardware event, Amazon unveiled Echo Auto, a dashboard-mounted device that adds Alexa to any car. It's one of myriad ways Amazon is trying to integrate Alexa with cars.

Amazon Alexa in everything, 3,000 Amazon Go stores, SpaceX moon trip

On today's episode: Amazon dropped 12 new hardware devices today, including an Echo Input, Sub, Link and Link Amp. Plus a smart plug and even...a microwave. Amazon may also be opening 3000 cashier-free stores by 2021, and SpaceX announces…
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That's a lotta Alexa. Amazon drops smart subs, plugs, even a microwave

Amazon's hardware announcement likely means a whole bunch of new Amazon Alexa gadgets. From a microwave to stereo equipment, here are our guesses on which devices we'll see, which could total as many as eight.
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Google Assistant will now help Simplisafe keep homes secure

SimpliSafe has added Google Assistant voice commands to its home security system. Customers can now use Google Assistant commands to configure, arm, and check their home security system components.
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Amazon reportedly will introduce an Alexa-enabled microwave, amp, and more

Amazon's Fall 2018 Alexa device rollout is about to begin, sources say. Look for an Alexa microwave, an amplifier, receiver, and subwoofer, and an Alexa voice-responsive device for your car. Amazon is maximizing its voice-command presence.
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Amazon wants Alexa to figure out how to fulfill users’ without help from Skills

There are more than 50,000 Alexa skills that allow Amazon's voice assistant to perform all sorts of tasks. Amazon is planning on killing off those skills and will instead allow Alexa to find the best skill based on a person's request.
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Amazon Alexa may bite your head off if asked to play that darn ‘Baby Shark’ song

Amazon's Alexa will do what you ask of it, but that doesn't mean it likes it. The voice assistant will go on a little rant if it is asked to play the irritatingly catchy kid's song Baby Shark.
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Chances of your Amazon Alexa being hacked are slim, says former hacker

Events surrounding the Amazon Alexa have raised security concerns, but according to a former NSA hacker, users can relax. The smart speaker is an unlikely target for most hackers.
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Amazon Alexa is learning how to recognize silly questions and strange wording

Alexa has always been good at recognizing vocal input, but recent improvements to its natural language processing have yielded better accuracy and fewer misunderstandings when questions are asked.
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Samsung is beefing up Bixby by opening it up to third-party apps

Samsung is improving its voice assistant Bixby by introducing support for third-party developers to create apps using the A.I. assistant. Samsung will soon release developer kits that will allow Bixby to be integrated into other services.
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Yale’s refreshed Sync security system set to launch in Europe

U.K. security system and lock manufacturer is launching an updated Sync security system in European markets this fall . It includes integrations for Amazon Alexa and Philips Hue smart lights.
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Google Assistant goes bilingual, lets you speak two languages interchangeably

As multicultural households become more common, Google has stepped up its language support, announcing that the Google Assistant can now recognize and speak two languages interchangeably.
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Best Buy is bundling the new Lenovo Smart Display with the Google Home Mini

Best Buy is now including a complimentary Google Home Mini, which retails at $49, with every purchase of the 8-inch Lenovo Smart Display, a popular new device that is also powered by Google Assistant.
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Alexa’s smart speaker market lead slips as Google Assistant and others gain

Amazon Alexa remains the global leader in smart speaker sales by a significant margin, but Google Assistant is steadily gaining market share in the U.S. Smart speakers from other companies are carving their own pieces of the business.
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Alexa will avoid tough questions with new, kid-friendly responses

Amazon added a number of new, kid-friendly responses to Alexa that will avoid any unsavory questions, play songs with censored lyrics, and doesn't ruin the existence of Santa Claus.
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Purchasing a used smart speaker? A hacker could be listening to you

Purchasing a used smart speaker might lower the price tag, but security experts warn that many of the devices are easy to manipulate and can be turned used to spy on unsuspecting consumers.
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Cortana and Alexa can now call each other as new relationship begins

Microsoft and Amazon announced a public preview of Cortana and Alexa integration. U.S. customers can now open Cortana with Alexa and vice versa. Basic functions such as calendars and shopping lists are available with the preview.
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Alexa goes to college as Saint Louis University puts an Echo in every dorm room

Smart speakers have been deployed on campus before but Saint Louis University is going all in by providing an Amazon Echo Dot to every on-campus living space on campus, totaling over 2,300 devices.