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This Google Home and Amazon Echo hack lets you change your voice AI hotword – but it’s far from elegant

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Google and Amazon are both constantly improving the capabilities of their voice AIs, but there are some issues that tech giants have little incentive to fix. For instance, from a branding standpoint it makes no sense to let people change their assistant hotword from "Okay Google" or "Alexa" to anything else - even if that's what users want (and it definitely, definitely is). It's this consumer desire, along with the issue of user privacy, that prompted designers Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen to create a Google Home/Amazon Echo hack called Project Alias.

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This Google Home and Amazon Echo hack lets you change your voice AI hotword - but it's far from elegant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Second-generation Amazon Echo is $80 ($20 off) at B&H Photo

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

If you prefer Alexa over Google Assistant, this is the deal for you. Amazon's second-generation Echo smart speaker (the latest model) is $79.95 from B&H Photo right now — a $20 discount from the usual price.

The Echo does everything you would expect from an Alexa-powered speaker, all in a soft fabric shell. It has a 2.5-inch downward-firing woofer, a 0.6-inch tweeter, and a seven-microphone array for enhanced voice recognition. Using voice commands, you can control smart home devices, look up information, order items from Amazon, and more.

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Second-generation Amazon Echo is $80 ($20 off) at B&H Photo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018)

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Worldwide sales of voice assistant smart speakers have seen tremendous growth in the last year alone, and the same can be said of the smart home sector as a whole. The technology underpinning the products will continue to get better as prices come down, and new categories will keep springing up, but there’s a lot out there worth investing in right at this moment.

With that in mind, and to ensure you won’t end up gifting (or being gifted) a dud this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of the best smart home devices you can buy.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Rolling out now] Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo devices in December

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Music streaming is a popular use for smart speakers, but the particular speaker you have dictates which services you have access to. Amazon's speakers are getting better in that regard in the near future, as the company has announced that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices later this year.

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[Update: Rolling out now] Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo devices in December was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018)

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Worldwide sales of voice assistant smart speakers have seen tremendous growth in the last year alone, and the same can be said of the smart home sector as a whole. The technology underpinning the products will continue to get better as prices come down, and new categories will keep springing up, but there’s a lot out there worth investing in right at this moment.

With that in mind, and to ensure you won’t end up gifting (or being gifted) a dud this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of the best smart home devices you can buy.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo devices in December

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Music streaming is a popular use for smart speakers, but the particular speaker you have dictates which services you have access to. Amazon's speakers are getting better in that regard in the near future, as the company has announced that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices later this year.

Availability of Apple Music is a fairly big deal, as it was previously only streaming on Apple's pricey HomePod speakers.

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Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo devices in December was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Forget Skynet: Big Mouth Billy Bass with Alexa is the tech hell we deserve

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Back in 2016, an absolute madman hacked a Big Mouth Billy Bass to speak using the Alexa API. It was weird. The soulless monsters at Gemmy Industries evidently took notice, though, and have engineered an official Alexa-powered singing fish to bring to market. What have we wrought?

You can inflict the Speaking Sensation on a loved one or mortal enemy for $39.99 — talk about a bargain. He connects to Echo devices over Bluetooth, and will dance to any music you put on.

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Forget Skynet: Big Mouth Billy Bass with Alexa is the tech hell we deserve was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can now make Skype calls on Amazon Alexa devices

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Alongside its refreshed hardware lineup, Amazon (and Microsoft) announced back in September that Skype calling was coming to Alexa devices later in the year. Well, it's later in the year, and the new functionality is rolling out starting today. You can link your Skype account to your Alexa devices in the Alexa app.

To set up Skype calling, fire up the Alexa app on your phone, go to Settings, then Communication, then Skype.

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You can now make Skype calls on Amazon Alexa devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can pick up a refurbished 1st-generation Amazon Echo for just $50 ($30 off)

Monday, November 5th, 2018

A smart speaker is a sensible place to start when building a smart home setup. If you're not sure the cost of entry will be worth it, though, this deal may speak to you: Amazon has refurbished units of its first-generation Echo speaker for just 50 bucks, $30 off its historical price of $79.99.

The Echo launched at $180, which isn't an insignificant ask; $49.99 isn't nearly as steep. And while yes, this is the older Echo, the newer one doesn't have any advantage when it comes to functionality — it's pretty much the same product in a prettier package.

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You can pick up a refurbished 1st-generation Amazon Echo for just $50 ($30 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon Music Unlimited now available in Canada

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Amazon Music Unlimited is now available in Canada. Yesterday, the e-commerce giant announced details of the expansion which includes a 90-day trial (4-month trial for residents of Quebec). The launch of the service also brings Alexa to the app (iOS and Android) and Echo smart speakers. Pricing for the service is a bit cluttered due to the different plan options and Prime status of the customer so let’s break it down: 

  • For individual users:
    • Prime customers: $7.99/month or $79/year
    • non-Prime customers: $9.99/month 
  • For families of up to six members:
    • Prime customers: $14.99/month or $149/year
    • non-Prime customers: $14.99/month
  • Single Device Plan: $3.99/month for one Echo device

Amazon Prime Music was already available in Canada, but it features only a small fraction of Unlimited’s music library, roughly 2 million songs versus 40 million. The other benefit of the Unlimited service is enhanced voice capabilities of Alexa, the company’s virtual assistant.

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Amazon Music Unlimited now available in Canada was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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