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Get an Amazon Echo Plus with a free Philips Hue light bulb for $80

Engadget

A couple of Amazon Echo devices are on sale right now, but the best deal of the bunch is on the Echo Plus. The speaker with a built-in smart home hub is now $80, which is $70 off its typical price of $150. You can get the Echo Plus by itself for $80, or you can choose the bundle the includes a Philips Hue smart light bulb for free. That means you don't need to buy any extra connecting hubs when you purchase other IoT devices like light bulbs, door locks, security cameras and others. If it works with the Zigbee protocol (a majority of IoT devices do) or Amazon's own Works with Alexa platform, then it'll be able to connect to the hub inside of the Echo Plus.


The Role of AI in Augmenting Cloud Computing

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The global artificial intelligence (AI) software market is expected to undergo a major growth in the coming years, with revenues increasing from around ten billion U.S. dollars in 2018 to about 126 billion by 2025. As artificial intelligence continues to power cloud technology, cloud computing is the fuel that has been increasing the scope of and the impact AI can have on the software market. The increasing adoption of digital assistants like Alexa, Siri, Google Home, and others points towards the ways in which the combination of AI and cloud computing is improving everyone's daily lives. Whether it is playing a song or making an online purchase, the fusion of these two technologies enables connected and intuitive experiences. On a macro level, AI capabilities are being merged with enterprise cloud computing infrastructure so organizations can be more strategic, agile, efficient, and insight-driven.


How Artificial Intelligence Can Change the Way We Shop Online

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What comes to mind when you think of Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Maybe you think of robots taking over the world, like in the movies, or self-driving cars. Merriam-Webster defines artificial intelligence as 1) a branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers and 2) the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior. Did you know that AI is gradually changing the way consumers shop at various stages of the buyer's journey? In subtle ways, artificial intelligence affects the way a potential buyer searches for product or brand information during the awareness stage.


Amazon's Alexa app now works hands-free on Android and iOS devices

Engadget

Alexa allows hands-free control of all manner of devices, but there's been one glaring exception: its own smartphone app. Amazon has finally brought that feature directly to Android and iOS devices via a new update. All you need to do is open the Alexa app, either manually or (ironically) via Google Assistant or Siri to stay hands-free. From there, you can control Alexa with your voice as you normally would on an Echo or other device and ask it to play music, control your smart home or anything else Alexa can do. The Alexa assistant has always worked on the app, but until now, you needed to touch the Alexa button on the bottom control bar for voice control.


Get two Amazon Echo Shows for $140 in an HSN bundle

Engadget

Those who want to outfit a room or two with smart displays can get a couple of Amazon's smaller Echo Shows for less at HSN. The online retailer has a bundle that includes one Echo Show 5 and one Echo Show 8 for $140, which is a great price and close to the sale prices we saw for both of those devices back in May. If you were to buy each smart speaker separately right now, you'd spend $170 -- and that's with both the Show 5 and the Show 8 technically being on sale. In May, Amazon dropped the prices of both smart speakers to their Black Friday lows. If you had purchased one of each then, you would have paid $130.


The Echo Plus smart speaker is now 50 per off in the Amazon Summer Sale that's a huge saving of £70

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon's Summer Sale 2020 is here! The sale, which ends on Sunday, July 12, is a great time to pick up incredible bargains across Amazon's departments, including big savings on popular tech items. From top-rated fitness trackers and smart bathroom scales to bestselling wireless headphones, there are several deals on Amazon you need to know about. This includes an unmissable saving on Amazon's Echo Plus (2nd Gen). You can now get the Alexa smart speaker with a huge 50 per cent off- that's a massive saving of £70.


Not to be missed: Save up to 43% off Philips Hue Starter Kits in the Amazon Summer Sale

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The Amazon Summer Sale has kicked off with a great range of discounts on everything from laptops, tablets, smartwatches and headphones, placing the best tech at your fingertips for less. There are plenty of smart home gadget savings to take advantage of, with the Echo Dot (3rd generation) with clock now half price. And if you've been curious about smart lights, but don't know where to start, today you can score up to 43 per cent off Philips Hue Starter Kits. The Hue Starter Kits on sale all include three bulbs (screw, cap or spot) and the Philips Hue Bridge, which is an internet-connected central hub. It allows you to add up to 50 Philips Hue lights of your choice, is easy to install and enables full smart home control with the likes of Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant.


Voice + AI Is Coming To The Workplace Loud And Clear

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Virtual assistants turn 16 this year and you don't have to look too hard – or speak too loudly – to find them. In fact, there will be around 8 billion voice-based devices by 2023 – more than the world's population today. From Amazon's Echo and Google's Assistant to Apple's Siri, Samsung's Bixby and Microsoft's Cortana, billions of people around the world are using their voices every day to schedule appointments, get directions, play music or get answers quickly-- all things that once required us to tediously type or write. Even Twitter recently announced that users can now audio tweet their inner musings. And yet, despite widespread adoption of voice-based devices in our personal lives, applications based on voice are nowhere as pervasive in our professional lives as they are in our homes.


Leviton puts Alexa in a dimmer switch

PCWorld

Leviton is expanding its range of smart home switches and outlets with a new Wi-Fi dimmer switch with Amazon Alexa built in. The Decora Voice Dimmer will allow home owners to control their lights with their voice, and it works with all the other things that Amazon Alexa supports. For example, users will be able to say "Alexa, dim the lights to 60 percent," or "Alexa, turn off the kitchen light." Updated to provide links to our hands-on reviews of the Leviton Decora Voice Dimmer, the Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi 4-Button Controller, and the Leviton Decora Smart Fan Speed Controller. Leviton already sells Wi-Fi light switches in the Decora range and the new dimmer can be integrated into routines and schedules through the My Leviton control app.


How This Startup Is Utilising AI To Add ROI On Top Of IoT Stack

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"AI and ML enhance the adoption of IoT by adding the Return on Investment (RoI) layer on top of the IoT stack for both businesses and consumers."- Utility and convenience have been one of the primary forces behind increased adoption of IoT in the Appliances and Consumer Electronics (ACE) sector in India. With Smart IoT powered appliances, end users can control and monitor appliances, set schedules, and automation rules using mobile apps and voice commands from voice assistants such as Google Home, Alexa, and Siri. Acknowledging this market trend, almost all major brands are adding IoT enabled appliances to their catalogue. From smart lighting to smart air conditioners and smart water purifiers, the Indian market has started witnessing the adoption of IoT products.