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    How to Authorize Amazon Alexa to Run Scheduled Routines?

    I am trying Amazon Alexa on a Google Pixel 6 and like it so far. I can schedule routines that run off Amazon's cloud servers to do tasks like change the colors of certain lights at different times of day. That works great. My problem is when I want to run a background routine on the phone...
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    Amazon announces reference device for an Alexa-powered smart lamp

    There's no shortage of Alexa gadgets to choose from, but Amazon wants to make sure you've got access to as many options as possible. On March 28, the online shopping giant announced three new white-box reference devices that'll make it as easy as possible for more companies to kick out their own...
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    Alexa will talk less if you turn on new Brief Mode

    There's a new mode for Amazon Echo products called Brief Mode. While Amazon itself hasn’t made any announcements about the feature, Echo users around the globe are reporting their experiences with the new, less-talkative Alexa.
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    Alexa gets Follow-up Mode to listen to consecutive requests

    Every few weeks, Amazon adds a couple of features to its Echo line-up or Alexa app, and today is no different. Rolling out now are two changes: a Follow-Up Mode for Echo speakers and the option to make calls, send messages, and drop in from tablets.
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    Alexa can now play that song you heard but can’t remember the name of

    While listening to Amazon Music, you can now ask Alexa in very general terms to find music you listened to earlier or play something you haven't heard recently. You can do so with specific artists by saying, for example, "Alexa, play that Kendrick Lamar song I was listening to yesterday," or...
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    Alexa is randomly laughing

    Alexa has apparently been randomly laughing. Amazon says this is not anything to worry about, as it's simply a phrase that is easily falsely triggered. As a result, the "Alexa, Laugh" skill will be changed to "Alexa, Can You Laugh," and Alexa will also now respond with "Sure, I can laugh,"...
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    Amazon is reportedly designing AI chips to improve Alexa

    Amazon has begun designing its own AI chips, according to an exclusive report from The Information. The hardware is designed for anything powered by Alexa, including the Echo, and would allow the virtual assistant to respond more quickly by adding speech recognition directly to the device.
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    Amazon's Super Bowl ad replaces celebrities for Alexa

    Amazon's Super Bowl ad is teasing a world without Alexa. That world is pretty bizarre, with celebrities filling in for the voice assistant. After a short absence, Alexa returns to do the job that others seemingly can't.
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    You can now use Alexa to send SMS messages

    Amazon Alexa is deepening its messaging capabilities by allowing users to send SMS messages. The new service will let people use their Alexa-enabled devices to send a message to anyone in their contacts list, as long as you have an Android-powered device.
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    Amazon’s Super Bowl ad preview teases new voices for Alexa

    A preview of the commercial Amazon will be showing at this year’s Super Bowl suggests that Amazon may be about to bring new voices to its Alexa assistant. There's no hard confirmation, but the ad goes out of its way to show Alexa losing her "voice," and Bezos is not worried because the...
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    Alexa app update adds full Alexa voice interactions

    Amazon says an update is now rolling out to the Alexa app that will bring support for full Alexa voice interactions.
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    Whirlpool plugs Alexa and Google Assistant into its appliances

    Whirlpool has unveiled a 2018 lineup where many appliances support both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, letting you control most of your home using the smart speaker (or mobile app) you prefer. You can check the time left on the washing machine, start the dishwasher or change the temperature...
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    Anker's Bluetooth charger brings Alexa to your modern car

    Anker has launched a new plug-and-play Bluetooth smart charger at CES 2018 called Roav Viva, and it can give you access to Alexa no matter what car you're driving -- as long as it supports Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP.
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    BBC launches Alexa skill for live radio and podcasts

    Every BBC radio station and podcast is now accessible through Amazon's Alexa assistant thanks to its new Alexa skill.
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    Amazon wants Alexa to be your new office assistant

    At Amazon's annual re:Invent conference, the company revealed its plans to make the voice-activated virtual assistant office-friendly with an Alexa for Business platform, which will come with specific skills for the workplace.
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    GE hub connects its smart lights to Alexa and Google

    When GE introduced its latest C-series smart light bulbs, the focus was on affordability -- as they talked directly to your phone through Bluetooth, you didn't need a bridge device. Unfortunately, that also meant they didn't have advanced features like voice assistant functionality. Thankfully...
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    Amazon brings Alexa, and Echo speakers, to Canada

    Amazon's Alexa platform and Echo family of devices are now available in Canada. You can buy the Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Plus.
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    Motorola’s Alexa-powered smart speaker Moto Mod goes up for pre-order tomorrow

    Motorola claims that the Alexa-powered Speaker will “make any place feel like home with the convenience of a compact, dock design”, but there’s a rather large issue with this Moto Mod.
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    Oprah is Alexa's first celebrity-voiced shopping assistant

    Oprah's Favorite Things is a new Alexa skill that will allow you to buy a selection of things chosen by Oprah herself. Oprah describes the item to you and you can decide whether or not you want to buy it.
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    Sonos promises Alexa-powered Spotify controls by December 21st

    Sonos now has Alexa support, but one of the most advertised pieces of functionality -- Spotify control -- was not immediately available. We now know it'll arrive by December 21st.
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    IKEA smart bulbs get Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit integration

    IKEA's smart bulbs now support third-party voice controls, starting with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit. Google Assistant is yet to come.
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    Amazon offers $250,000 prize fund for Alexa skills aimed at kids

    Amazon wants to accelerate development of Alexa skills that are primarily aimed at children 13 or under. As such, they're putting up $250,000 in a development contest, where 20 finalists will receive at least $5,000, and more for those who stand out.
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    Amazon introducing paid Alexa skills, but Prime members get them free

    Amazon has introduced a new subscription model for paid Alexa skills, but will offer them for free to those who purchase a Prime membership.
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    Amazon's home security Cloud Cam is Alexa-enabled

    Amazon has unveiled a new AWS cloud-powered surveillance camera. The infrared-capable Cloud Cam lets you confirm deliveries via the Key service, and is also Alexa-enabled.
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    UE launches pair of Alexa speakers

    UE Blast and Megablast have announced. These smart speakers come with Alexa inside so you can have the personal assistant help you in your day-to-day life using nothing but your voice.