Echo Show 2 review

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Echo Show 2 review With the original Echo Show, Amazon added a new dimension to the smart speaker. To critics, the device was little more than a station tablet. For Amazon, however, the product unlocked a new vertical in the rapidly expanding category. The day to usefulness wasn’t always clear, but the potential certainly was, as Amazon and the competition … Read More

Amazon Echo Dot 3 review

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Amazon Echo Dot 3 review Amazon has sold a lot of Echo Dots. Like a crazy, silly, unfathomable number of the things. Over the past two generations, it has arguably become the single-largest driver of the smart speaker craze. </span> There’s nothing exceptional about the product, of course. It’s a simply designed hockey puck of a product, designed to mostly … Read More

Amazon’s revamped Alexa app makes it easier to manage your smart home

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Amazon’s revamped Alexa app makes it easier to manage your smart home Amazon’s Alexa app has just been given a major visual overhaul, largely focused on helping users set up and control their smart home. From the app’s new devices tab, users can view all their different Alexa-enabled devices and groups on one screen, as opposed to switching between tabs … Read More

Alexa’s skills can now work together, initially for bookings and printing

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Alexa’s skills can now work together, initially for bookings and printing Amazon this morning announced a new way for customers to use Alexa’s skills – together, in combined requests. That is, you can start a request in one skill, then have it fulfilled in another. For example, the AllRecipes skill can now connect the HP skill in order to print … Read More

Amazon intros new Fire TV Stick 4K and Alexa Voice Remote

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Amazon intros new Fire TV Stick 4K and Alexa Voice Remote You’d be forgiven if you thought Amazon was finished announcing new hardware after last month’s massive Echo event. The retail giant has at least a few more announcements up its sleeve, starting with updates to the Fire TV line. The new TV Stick 4K and refreshed Alexa Voice Remote … Read More

Caavo returns with a $100 HDR-capable universal remote system

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Caavo returns with a $100 HDR-capable universal remote system Universal remote system Caavo is addressing some of the complaints with its first-generation hardware with today’s release of a new, more affordable system. Unlike the original, $400 home theater product, this second device arrives at consumer-friendly price point of $99.95 and adds support for 4K HDR, as well as other features … Read More

Amazon’s Alexa Fund invests in three voice startups

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Amazon’s Alexa Fund invests in three voice startups Founded in 2015, Amazon’s Alexa Fund is devoted to helping kickstart early-stage voice startups. This week, it’s bringing a trio of new companies into its Seattle-based accelerator. There’s Bamboo Learning, which was an early partner for Amazon’s Alexa Presentation Language (APL). The startup develops music educational skills, teaching users about notes, instruments, … Read More

TiVo’s 4-tuner $250 BOLT OTA set-top box goes after cord cutters

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TiVo’s 4-tuner $250 BOLT OTA set-top box goes after cord cutters TiVo today is introducing a new set-top box, the TiVo BOLT OTA, which will join its existing lineup of TiVo BOLT-branded devices, including the voice-controlled BOLT VOX DVRs, launched last year. This new device, as its name suggests, is designed for cord cutters who use a digital antenna to watch … Read More

Alexa is reported down across Europe

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Alexa is reported down across Europe Reports are coming in that Amazon’s Alexa service is down in parts of UK, Spain, Germany and Austria. According to Down Detector and Twitter, the problem started surfacing around 8am local time and still continues. Interestingly, some users are reporting the issue is isolated to Echo Dot 2 models and while other Echo devices … Read More