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Amazon Echo products and Alexa now available in Ireland

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Amazon and Google are in a race to expand their voice assistants to more countries. While both Google Assistant and Alexa are already available in the United Kingdom, neither have a presence in Ireland. Today, Amazon announced that Alexa is officially available in the country, with some of the company's Echo speakers also making a debut.

It was already possible to import an Echo speaker into Ireland, but the setup process was complicated, since the official Alexa mobile apps were unavailable in the country.

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Amazon Echo products and Alexa now available in Ireland was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Taking a page from Kindle, Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere—can Google’s Assistant catch up?

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

When Amazon upended the publishing industry with the advent of the Kindle, it also paved the way for an approach to luring consumers into a larger sphere of influence, a strategy that is now being successfully adapted for the new age of smart speakers and digital assistants. Both the Kindle and the Echo provide consumers with valuable services, encouraging them to shop and receive content within Amazon's ecosystem. Most of the experiences of its Kindle and Echo hardware also come in the form of apps or services that appear on other manufacturers' devices without additional charge to the consumer, making that connection even stronger.

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Taking a page from Kindle, Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere—can Google's Assistant catch up? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Kohler wants you to talk to your toilet and mirror which is not at all weird

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Kohler, a maker of kitchen and bath products, seems to believe that you should never have to touch their products if at all possible. They're coming to CES with a new voice and motion-control platform so that you can get Alexa in your bathroom mirror, operate your kitchen faucet with gestures, and talk to your toilet. Not kidding!

Kohler Konnect (that's right, connect with a "K") will connect the company's hardware to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, enabling consumers to interact with Kohler's products through voice commands, gestures, and presets.

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Kohler wants you to talk to your toilet and mirror which is not at all weird was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Newegg is offering a second-generation Amazon Echo for $80 ($20 off), plus a $10 gift card

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

After the holidays are over, we're bound to see the deals swarm us once again. For now, though, you can take a breather and enjoy a few goodies. Newegg has the second-gen Amazon Echo for $79.99, a nice $20 off the MSRP. While this sale is not unheard of, the retailer is also offering an additional $10 gift card with your order, gratis. That's pretty good, all things considered.

The Echo needs no introduction.

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[Deal Alert] Newegg is offering a second-generation Amazon Echo for $80 ($20 off), plus a $10 gift card was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Most Wanted: The best smart home products you can buy

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

One of the biggest trends in consumer technology over the last few years has been the rise of the smart home. The number of different device categories that now make up the 'Internet of Things' (IoT) has grown immensely, with connected appliances now found in many households across the US and beyond.

The smart home was once an expensive hobby for tech-fiends only but has now become an affordable aspiration for normal people.

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Most Wanted: The best smart home products you can buy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon Music Unlimited expands to 28 more countries, where you’ll also be able to order an Echo

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Amazon's paid music streaming service, Music Unlimited, has been live for a little over a year. Since its launch in the US, it has rolled to a few additional countries like the UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan, but today marks its largest expansion to date: 28 countries are getting Amazon Music Unlimited.

I know you're looking for the list, so before I babble on about what Music Unlimited is, here are the countries getting AMU:

  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden
  • Uruguay

If you live in one of these countries and you're wondering what you get with Music Unlimited, here's the quick rundown: 40 million songs, unlimited ad-free streaming, personalized playlists and stations, new releases, new worldwide playlists, with the options to listen on the web, iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Echo devices, and FireTV.

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Amazon Music Unlimited expands to 28 more countries, where you'll also be able to order an Echo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

BlueBorne vulnerability affected Google Home and Amazon Echos, but both have been patched

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Vulnerabilities. There's a new flavor of the week every few days and in this highly connected world, it's tough to keep up, whether it's for users who don't know which of their devices are vulnerable and have/haven't been patched or for companies who are scrambling to fix one bug only to see the next one around the corner.

The BlueBorne vulnerability affected Bluetooth devices and could be exploited by hackers to completely take over a device with Bluetooth just turned on, without pairing with it first.

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BlueBorne vulnerability affected Google Home and Amazon Echos, but both have been patched was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt lock now works with Amazon Alexa for voice control

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Schlage recently announced Android support for its Sense Smart Deadbolt lock, along with the launch of a new Wi-Fi adapter that enables remote access through the company's app. The same lock is now getting even smarter as it gains Amazon Alexa integration, which will allow you to lock or check the status by voice via an Alexa-enabled device such as the various Amazon Echos.

As well as control and checking capabilities, the Schlage Sense skill can be used in conjunction with the Alexa app to add door locking to multi-step routines – a good way to ensure your door is locked before bed by adding it to your 'good night' routine.

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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt lock now works with Amazon Alexa for voice control was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon’s new Echo and Echo Plus are shipping today

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Amazon's Alexa smart assistant has wormed its way into a ton of products, including some Android phones. It all started with the Echo speaker, though. The original Echo has been available for the last few years, but now the time comes for it to retire. Amazon's recently announced second-generation Echo and the Echo Plus are now shipping.

The two version of the Echo have a lot in common, but the smaller 2nd gen Echo looks much different.

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Amazon's new Echo and Echo Plus are shipping today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Echo Show is $199 ($30 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and other stores

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Amazon's Echo Show was released back in May, after months of rumors and speculation. The main differentiating feature was the 7" touchscreen, as all existing Echo products (except the upcoming Echo Spot) are audio-only. Now you can buy an Echo Show from basically everywhere for $199.99, a $30 discount from the original price.

The Echo Show has a 7" touchscreen, dual 2-inch stereo speakers, a 5MP front-facing camera for video calls, and an 8-microphone array.

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[Deal Alert] Echo Show is $199 ($30 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and other stores was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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