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I just bought an Amazon Echo Dot for $1

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Quick! For a limited time, you can get a third-generation Amazon Echo Dot for $1. Click that link, then the Enter Your Code button. Enter DOT1 and click Apply. Now head over to Amazon Music Unlimited and sign up for a free 30-day trial. That’s it! You should then end up with a $48.99 Amazon […]

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Samsung SmartThings still hasn’t earned my trust in the smart home

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Samsung’s smart home company, SmartThings, has changed a lot since it was first introduced to the world via Kickstarter back in 2012. The platform, which once consisted only of a router-tethered hub, branded sensors, third-party device partners and an app, has since expanded to select Samsung fridges, TVs and beyond thanks to the Samsung Cloud launched last […]

Black Friday 2018: The best deals on sale right now

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Black Friday Week is in full swing, culminating with actual Black Friday on, er, Friday. Never mind what’s in store for the day after Thanksgiving; let’s talk about the deals you can get right now. For example, nearly all of Amazon’s Black Friday sale items are already on sale. There are some great deals available […]

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Amazon stops selling Echo Wall Clock due to connectivity issues

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Those of you hoping to hang up an Amazon Echo Wall Clock will have to wait a bit longer. The Alexa-powered device sold out after its December launch, and now Amazon has halted sales to work out some issues. Amazon stopped selling the $30 Echo Wall Clock due to connectivity problems, the company said Wednesday. Amazon’s listing […]

Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Assistant

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Siri now has a dedicated smart speaker to call home, so it’s time to consider how Apple’s voice assistant compares to Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Let’s explore the obvious — as well as more nuanced — differences between these voice AIs. By the end of it, we’ll have a better sense of each assistant’s strengths, […]

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Early Amazon Black Friday voice shopping deals via Alexa end Wednesday

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Amazon is Black Friday central for anyone who prefers to binge-shop online, and this year is no different, with countless gadgets and products slated for a sale. Most of those sales won’t go live until Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) or Black Friday (Nov. 23), but in the case of Amazon’s own devices, Alexa voice shoppers […]

Feel safer with these smart home security gadgets

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There are tons of smart devices out there today, promising to make your home more secure. They include home security systems, smart doorbells, connected leak detectors and beyond. But don’t get bogged down by all of the choices. Here’s a rundown of gadgets that keep an eye on your house and your stuff so you […]

Black Friday 2018 Amazon deals now available: Fire TV, Recast DVR, Fire tablets, Blink cameras and more

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Thinking about buying an Amazon Echo, Fire tablet, Fire TV, Kindle or pretty much any other device Amazon makes? You were smart to wait until now, because the company’s Black Friday deals just got started — and more are coming soon. Deals available now Here’s what you can get immediately, including the new Fire TV […]

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The Ecobee4 thermostat and Ecobee Switch Plus now support Alexa Announcements

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Ecobee today announced that its Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat and Ecobee Switch Plus light switch now work with Alexa Announcements.   Announcements is a new feature from Amazon that lets you send a message to every Alexa device in your home with a single voice command. Start with ‘Alexa, broadcast,’ ‘Alexa, tell everyone,’ or ‘Alexa, announce […]

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Does Amazon have new Alexa hardware on the way?

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Last September, Amazon unveiled its second-gen Echo smart speaker along with a gaggle of other new Alexa gadgets, including the Echo Spot touchscreen alarm clock and Echo Plus smart home hub. The September before that saw the arrival of the second-gen Echo Dot. With another September nearly upon us, are we in for an Alexa three-peat? […]