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How to stop your devices from listening to (and saving) everything you say

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With iOS 8, Apple introduced the "Hey Siri" wake phrase, so you can summon Siri without even touching your iPhone. Here's the easiest way to turn off "Hey Siri": Navigate to your iOS device's Settings Siri & Search, then toggle off "Allow Siri When Locked." Google recently released its latest masterpiece, "OK Google," the wake prompt for Google Assistant on Google Home speakers, Android smartphones and the Chrome browser. Here's how to turn off the "OK Google" wake phrase: On Android, go to Settings Google Search & Now Voice and turn "Ok Google" detection off.


Alexa wants you to have sex

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This can tend to happen as you're flipping through Apple Music, Spotify or Amazon Music Unlimited. For example, you can say something like, "Alexa, play music for a dinner party," or "play music for a birthday party." This new feature will work withAmazons free streaming service Prime Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited. The update is available now and works with paid Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions, so be sure to take advantage if you've got it.


Alexa can help in the kitchen

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Amazon's virtual assistant, Alexa, has become commonplace in many homes, picking your music and helping you book Uber rides. Many Alexa commands make Amazon's Echo essential. One caveat: Some Amazon Echo Show owners have reported that recipes quickly disappear from the screen. This is why the Ad Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council created the Save the Food Alexa skill, which aims to reduce waste by helping you use up your food before it goes bad.


Alexa eyes security

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Amazon Smart Home, the company's home security program, has been around since 2014, but only recently has it started working with voice recognition. Amazon Echo also connects to home security systems such as Scout, Alarm.com and SimpliSafe. With the ADT Pulse skill enabled, users can tell Alexa to arm and disarm their security system, check its status, turn interior and exterior lights on and off, lock and unlock specific doors or inquire about their status. Of course, you need one of Amazon's Alexa devices to handle your voice commands, ranging from the $49.99 Echo Dot to the $149.99 Amazon Tap and the $179.99 And now there's a new addition: the Echo Show ($229.99), Ask Alexa to show you the front door or a child's bedroom, and Echo Show pulls up a live feed from a camera.


New iPhone voice assistant

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First reported by Android Police and confirmed by Bloomberg, Google is slated to bring its Assistant voice-powered assistant to the iPhone, as well as the company's existing Photos app and GE home appliances. Microsoft's Cortana is available via the App Store and Amazon's Alexa assistant was recently added to Amazon's main app, one of the most heavily downloaded apps. As part of the new Photos app, users will be able to create physical photo books. In recent months, Amazon has expanded the presence of its own voice assistant, Alexa, bringing Alexa to LG refrigerators as well as televisions made by other device makers.


Alexa on your smartwatch?

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What happens when you're in the back yard? What happens when you're in the car? What happens when you're anywhere other than the one or two rooms where you keep your Amazon speaker? These awesome analog/digital hybrid watches work with any iPhone or Android phone, and the give you instant access to Alexa's 5,000 skills no matter where you are.


Top Google Assistant tips

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If you're an Android phone user, great news. If you like listening to music or podcasts on YouTube Music or Google Play, just ask Google Assistant to set you up. One of the best things about virtual assistants and old-fashioned typed searches is that you can ask just about any question and get an answer. If you're already using Google Assistant on other devices, such as Google Home, you'll find that it works a little bit differently on different devices.


Alexa, Siri, head to hotels

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Intelligent personal assistants are being tested at Marriott hotels, pointing to a future of automated hotel rooms. Marriott International, one of the world's largest hotel chains, is testing iPads running Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo at its Aloft hotel in Boston's Seaport district, according to a report in Bloomberg. "As home automation becomes more mainstream, people will begin to expect those same comforts when they travel," John Clancy, VP of Residential Systems at Crestron, a company that builds home and building automation systems, told Fox News in an email. Marriott's move follows an annoucement from Wynn Las Vegas and Amazon in December to equip all 4,748 hotel rooms at Wynn Las Vegas with Amazon's Echo.


Alexa, clean my house!

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Bedford, Mass.-based iRobot announced updates for the iRobot HOME App on both iOS and Android to continue integrating its line of Roomba-connected vacuums to the smart home, integrating Amazon Alexa and its voice control into the app. In addition to adding voice control, the HOME App is getting new Clean Map reports that provide details about cleaning performance, including what part of the floor is the dirtiest, how much space was cleaned, time taken and more. Inside the iRobot HOME App, customers can start, stop and pause a cleaning job, using just their voice. The Alexa skill for Roomba vacuums will be available in the second quarter of 2017 to U.S. customers and is compatible with all connected Roomba vacuums, including the 900 series.


Could Alexa replace keyboards?

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Amazon's intelligent personal assistant is making big inroads into homes and the keyboard could be the first victim. Though Slice won't give out sales numbers, investment bank Morgan Stanley said last week that Amazon sold 11 million devices between mid-2015 and Dec. 1, 2016, according to a report in the Seattle Times. Microsoft, Apple, and Google are targeting cars for their next operating systems, as Cassar notes, and those operating systems would incorporate intelligent personal assistants. Between November 1 and December 31 of last year, 57 percent of sales were the Dot, almost 38 percent where the larger Echo ($179.99),