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Amazon brings Alexa's Follow-Up Mode to Fire TV Cube

Last week, Amazon updated Fire TV Cube with the Alexa Announcements feature (which lets you dictate a message that the other Echo devices in your home will broadcast) and notifications from your smart doorbell and camera. Now, Amazon's giving the dev… Source: Engadget | Amazon brings Alexa's Follow-Up Mode to Fire TV Cube

'Alexa, Improvise' is a comedy show that uses AI fails for laughs

It was 7:55 p.m. on a Saturday night, and I had just arrived at a small improv workshop and stage space in San Francisco's Mission district. Mere moments after I sat down, someone placed a stool in front of the stage, draped a red cloth over it and p… Source: Engadget | 'Alexa, Improvise' is …

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Alexa's one-way intercom feature arrives on Fire TV Cube

If you have several Echo (or Sonos One or Beam) devices around your home, you might already be aware of the Alexa Announcements feature — speak into one device and the others broadcast that message over their speakers. To knit its ecosystem closer t… Source: Engadget | Alexa's one-way intercom feature arrives on Fire TV …

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Amazon's Echo Buttons now perform whole routines with a tap

Amazon's Echo Buttons are now useful for considerably more than playing party games. The company has enabled support for performing Alexa routines by tapping a button. You can turn on the lights without talking to your speaker, or let guests cue mu… Source: Engadget | Amazon's Echo Buttons now perform whole routines with a tap

Alexa can tell you when your favorite artists release new music

If you're an Amazon Music subscriber in the US, you can receive notifications when your favorite artists drop new music, simply by asking Alexa to follow them. All you need to do is say something like "Alexa, follow Anderson .Paak on Amazon Music" or… Source: Engadget | Alexa can tell you when your favorite artists …

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HP's voice-controlled Tango printer can be disguised as a book

Printers haven't really kept up with the times. Sure, you can print from your phone, but the devices aren't built for an always-connected world — and let's be honest, more than a few of them are eyesores that can feel like '90s throwbacks. HP beli… Source: Engadget | HP's voice-controlled Tango printer can be disguised …

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Amazon’s Echo Show can use Getty Images to answer your questions

This week, Getty Images announced a new partnership with Amazon that will allow the online retail giant to use images from Getty's vast image catalog on its Echo devices with a screen. While Alexa was previously able to deliver verbal answers to ques… Source: Engadget | Amazon’s Echo Show can use Getty Images to answer …

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Amazon's newest Fire HD 8 tablet offers always-on Alexa

Amazon has offered truly hands-free Alexa on the Fire HD 10 tablet, but not its 8-inch counterpart — you've had to wake it up first, which isn't much use when you're across the room. The company is taking care of that omission today with an updated… Source: Engadget | Amazon's newest Fire HD 8 tablet …

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Echo Show can now display recorded security camera footage

With Alexa's latest skill, users can now ask the digital assistant to show them recorded security camera footage on their Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV or Fire tablet. Currently, the skill is supported by Alexa-enabled cameras from Ring, Arlo, Cloud… Source: Engadget | Echo Show can now display recorded security camera footage

Alexa can now tell you the phone number of your favorite store

Amazon has been working to make its voice assistant more Alexa more useful to users, and this latest feature will certainly help with that. The company is adding the hours, phone numbers and addresses of over a million businesses to Alexa's database. Source: Engadget | Alexa can now tell you the phone number of your …

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Recommended Reading: The accent struggle for Alexa and Google Assistant

The accent gap Drew Harwell, The Washington Post Smart speakers (and the virtual assistants they house) offer voice control for so many connected devices it's hard to keep count. Those audio gadgets can also assist with a range of questions — tha… Source: Engadget | Recommended Reading: The accent struggle for Alexa and Google Assistant

Amazon's Alexa Recorded a Woman's Private Conversation and Sent it to a Contact

A woman in Portland recently had an alarming experience with her Alexa-enabled devices after a private conversation was recorded and sent to a random contact, according to a news report from Seattle’s Kiro7 news. The woman, Danielle, and her family had Amazon devices situated in each room for home control, and two weeks ago, one …

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Amazon 'Echo Buttons' Trivia Game Accessories Now Available to Pre-Order

Amazon has made its Echo Buttons, the company’s “first Alexa gadgets”, available to pre-order on its U.S. website. First announced in September, the $20 accessories come in packs of two and are designed to allow Amazon Echo owners to play family trivia games with the voice-activated smart speakers. About 3 inches (76mm) wide and 1.5 …

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