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Amazon’s Alexa is ready to land in your light switches and small toys – CNET

Amazon’s Alexa is ready to land in your light switches and small toys –...

You probably associate Alexa with Amazon's Echo Dot, but it might be coming to smaller devices soon. Ry Crist/CNET Amazon's Alexa will start coming in much smaller packages. The voice assistant will now run on devices with as little as 1MB of memory and low-power chips like the Cortex-M processor -- meaning you could find…
This huge Alexa change could see Amazon’s assistant spread everywhere – SlashGear

This huge Alexa change could see Amazon’s assistant spread everywhere – SlashGear

Amazon has announced a major change to its Alexa Voice Service: it is now available to manufacturers for devices that feature as little as a single megabyte (1MB) of RAM. The new minimum requirement, which is considerably lower than the previous 100MB minimum, opens the door for Alexa across a vast number of connected gadgets…
How to change Alexa’s voice, language or accent – The Verge

How to change Alexa’s voice, language or accent – The Verge

Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant has a nice, soothing female voice — which can get incredibly boring after a while. It would be fun to be able to use Alexa with other voices reflecting different genders, accents, and styles of speaking. Unfortunately, Amazon hasn’t chosen to make that an option yet. There is some hope that…
How to use Alexa to turn on the lights

How to use Alexa to turn on the lights

Deploying smart home technology is one of the more appealing promises of voice control systems like Alexa. It’s tempting (and maybe inevitable) to fall down a rabbit hole of complexity when you’re setting up a smart home because there are so many options and possibilities. If you’re just starting out, it might be a good…

Alexa can reorder your go-to Chipotle meal – Engadget

To push the feature, Chipotle is even trying a promotional stunt by promising free Amazon Echo Dots (hopefully not the old one from the photo above) to all Chipotle Rewards members named Alexa. We wonder how many people will take up that offer, though -- if you're named Alexa, you probably don't want a smart…
Alexa can reorder your go-to Chipotle meal – Engadget

Alexa can reorder your go-to Chipotle meal – Engadget

To push the feature, Chipotle is even trying a promotional stunt by promising free Amazon Echo Dots (hopefully not the old one from the photo above) to all Chipotle Rewards members named Alexa. We wonder how many people will take up that offer, though -- if you're named Alexa, you probably don't want a smart…
How to use Amazon Alexa’s intercom feature

How to use Amazon Alexa’s intercom feature

Anyone who has kids (or annoying roommates) will know that it’s not very effective to yell from room to room in your home, especially if there are closed doors in the way. However, there is a way around this problem if you’ve got a few Echo devices available. Alexa lets you use those devices as…
Alexa, what’s on TV tonight? – USA TODAY

Alexa, what’s on TV tonight? – USA TODAY

Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY Published 9:47 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019 | Updated 10:57 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019CLOSEAmazon wants to see more consumers using their voices to control their TVs this holiday season.This week, it announced a new $35 product, the Fire TV Blaster, which acts as a universal remote of sorts, by enabling…
How to connect Alexa to Spotify, Apple Music, and more

How to connect Alexa to Spotify, Apple Music, and more

As you might expect, Alexa-friendly devices tend to assume that you want to hear tunes from Amazon Music. If you prefer Spotify, Apple Music, or another music service, it’s not all that hard to set it up and use it with your Amazon devices. In the Alexa app, tap the menu icon at the top…
Alexa, delete what I just said! Here’s how to prevent Amazon from listening in – CNET

Alexa, delete what I just said! Here’s how to prevent Amazon from listening in...

You can stop Google, Amazon and Apple from listening to your voice recordings. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Google Home, Siri and Alexa users are now more cautious than ever when speaking to their smart home devices, after a string of revelations that these companies have been recording and reviewing users' voice data without their consent. Since then,…

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Dell XPS 13 review: The first hexa-core U-series processor delivers –...

Dell announced a refresh of its XPS 13 lineup in August, with Intel's new Comet Lake processors. Not much has changed since the one I reviewed earlier this year, but the performance boost is impressive. Intel's new 10th-generation lineup is a confusing one, because there are two different product families. Ice Lake is the new…

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