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Polk Command Bar review: Alexa has never sounded this good

The $ 249 Command Bar does a fantastic job integrating Amazon’s virtual assistant.

Amazon and Google offer a range of smart speakers tailored for different use cases, but the main issue with these devices has always been sound quality. The Echo Plus (2nd gen) delivers much better sound over its predecessor, but it still isn’t anywhere close to a budget 2.1 setup.

That’s where products like Polk’s Command Bar come in. The soundbar features Alexa integration —  [Read More…]

Which Echo device should you get for Alexa Guard?

Worrying about your home when you’re away on vacation, visiting family, or simply when running a number of errands is never fun. With Alexa Guard, you can feel comforted in the fact that something is monitoring the sounds in your home while you’re out. It currently works with all Echo devices available in the United States. Here are all of the Echo devices that work with Alexa Guard.

Tiny and mighty Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

Staff Pick

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The Echo Show 5 is Amazon’s cheapest Alexa speaker with a screen

You can also now delete your Alexa voice command history.

What you need to know The Echo Show 5 is a compact smart display with a 5.5-inch screen. It costs just $ 90 and pre-orders are open now. Amazon’s also launching a new tool to delete old voice commands.

Amazon’s Echo family is growing by one with the new Amazon Echo Show 5. Quietly announced on May 29, the Echo Show 5 is a smaller, more affordable  [Read More…]

You can now ask Alexa to play your favorite Netflix shows on Fire TV Stick

Alexa can now search Netflix’s entire content library.

What you need to know Alexa can now search through Netflix’s catalog on Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K. You can also use voice search to play your favorite TV shows and movies on Netflix. It’s now rolling out to users in India.

Amazon is rolling out new functionality to the Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick 4K that lets you search for your favorite  [Read More…]

Do you want a little help in the kitchen from Alexa?

Best answer: AmazonBasics works manually or by voice command. It is a smart microwave that has Alexa built right into it for your everyday use.

Smart microwave: AmazonBasics Microwave ($ 60 at Amazon) Alexa can cook

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has risen to become the voice assistant of choice because there are infinite ways she helps with day-to-day life, and now she can even cook your food. AmazonBasics microwave works as a smart device with Alexa to  [Read More…]

Amazon’s Alexa team can apparently find your home address in seconds

The convenience of virtual assistants comes at a cost.

In the world of smart assistants, Amazon Alexa is one of the most popular and widely-used. It’s accessible through smart speakers, phones, and smartwatches, and while it’s an incredibly powerful tool, the convenience of using it comes at the expense of your privacy.

Privacy conerns surrounding Alexa, Google Assistant, etc. aren’t new, but according to a new report from Bloomberg, employees of Amazon’s Alexa Data Services team have  [Read More…]

These are the best of the best in smart home devices compatible with Alexa

The best thing about the Amazon Echo family of devices and Amazon Alexa is the seemingly endless integration with many popular and emerging smart home devices. Smart home tech is becoming a more accessible and popular way of upgrading your current household setup. All things considered, here is a smorgasbord of some of the best Alexa-compatible smart home tools that work with your Amazon Echo device:

Smart plug times six TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip

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Amazon Music gets a free ad-supported tier for Alexa users

You’ll be able to listen to Amazon Music playlists and stations even if you’re not a Prime member.

Amazon Music Unlimited costs $ 8 a month on its own, but Amazon is now starting to roll out a free tier for Alexa device owners. Customers in the U.S. will be able to access an ad-supported selection of top playlists and stations for free, even if they’re not Prime subscribers.

Customers will be able to tune into a  [Read More…]

Logitech Harmony Express review: Why, Alexa, why?

Logitech is the king of the universal remote control experience. But improving the setup experience doesn’t eliminate the limitations of voice commands.

There are three distinct parts that make up the total experience of a remote control.

First, there’s the matter of setup — getting the remote to properly talk to your TV and whatever is connected to it. Then there’s the matter of how it works once that part is handled. The third part is the remote  [Read More…]

The Amazfit Verge just got more amazing by adding support for Alexa

Get more done with Alexa on your Amazfit Verge.

The Amazfit Verge from Xiaomi sub-brand Huami was already a formidable smartwatch, with features such as 24-hour heart rate monitoring, fitness tracking, sleep analysis, and notifications from your phone.

Now, this $ 160 smartwatch is getting a big upgrade with support for Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant. Even before gaining Alexa support, our very own Harish had this to say about the Amazfit Verge in his review.

The fact  [Read More…]