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How to connect Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker

Mashable

Amazon Echos don't have the most powerful speakers. But you can synch your Amazon Echo with any Bluetooth speaker to have your music play from both your Amazon Echo and your Bluetooth speaker to add some more volume or spread out sound to multiple rooms in your home. The Amazon Echo is a speaker and smart home device that houses Alexa, Amazon's voice-operated virtual assistant. Alexa can do a variety of tasks from reading you the news to reminding you of an appointment and yes, Alexa can play music, even off Spotify. The Echo just isn't that loud, so it's helpful to pair your Echo with a Bluetooth speaker for the best listening experience.


How Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Our Gadgets

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If you think of AI as something futuristic and abstract, start thinking different. We're now witnessing a turning point for artificial intelligence, as more of it comes down from the clouds and into our smartphones and automobiles. While it's fair to say that AI that lives on the "edge" -- where you and I are -- is still far less powerful than its datacenter-based counterpart, it's potentially far more meaningful to our everyday lives. One key example: This fall, Apple's Siri assistant will start processing voice on iPhones. Right now, even your request to set a timer is sent as an audio recording to the cloud, where it is processed, triggering a response that's sent back to the phone.


How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets

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One key example: This fall, Apple's Siri assistant will start processing voice on iPhones. Right now, even your request to set a timer is sent as an audio recording to the cloud, where it is processed, triggering a response that's sent back to the phone. By processing voice on the phone, says Apple, Siri will respond more quickly. This will only work on the iPhone XS and newer models, which have a compatible built-for-AI processor Apple calls a "neural engine." People might also feel more secure knowing that their voice recordings aren't being sent to unseen computers in faraway places.


Flying cars, smart beds: 5 things I'd actually buy from CES 2021

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Despite the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place online for the first time in its 54-year history, the all-digital 2021 CES still served as a window to the near future, featuring more than 1,800 exhibitors showcasing their wares – virtually speaking. Granted, it can be tougher to assess how impressive these products are without seeing them with your own eyes – like the latest TV technologies or self-driving cars – but the show managed to surprise and delight with several innovative offerings. As an annual tradition during CES, the following is a few gadgets I'd actually shell out money for – even if they're not available for a long while. Galaxy S21 or iPhone 12?:How Samsung and Apple smartphones stack up Teased by Samsung earlier in the week, Bot Handy is a domestic robot that can roam around your home to perform chores – such as picking up clothes from the floor or loading the dishwasher – but my favorite feature is pouring a glass of wine and bringing it to you. After all, after the year we've just endured, who wouldn't want this kind of high-tech pampering.


Samsung launches new flagship Galaxy S21 range

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Samsung has unveiled its latest range of flagship smartphones, with three models ranging in price from £769 ($799) to £1,149 ($1,199). The S21 range from the South Korean tech giant features an entry-level model, the mid-range Plus, and the Ultra – which is the first S Series phone to be compatible with the Samsung's S-Pen stylus. The stand-out feature on all three devices is the upgraded rear camera system, which was heavily leaked ahead of today's announcement and features night and portrait mode as well as its 100x'space zoom'. Pre-orders of the handsets open today, and the phones will be available as of January 29. The Ultra also comes with S-pen compatibility, the first Galaxy device to do so.


Presenting the Best of CES 2021 finalists!

Engadget

We'll admit, we weren't entirely sure what to expect when we agreed to judge the annual Best of CES Awards without an in-person show. How many companies would show up to an online-only show? What would we lose without being able to wander the halls of a massive convention center and see the products up close? As it turns out, we needn't have worried. More than 1,900 brands, big and small, turned up this year, according to the Consumer Technology Association, the industry group that organizes the show each year. What's more, many companies found socially distant ways to show us their latest and greatest in person, ahead of the show. In the end, we had enough fodder for 14 categories covering hardware and services in every sector from home theater to transportation to accessibility tech. We'll announce the winners tomorrow at 4:30pm ET during a ceremony on our virtual stage, which we'll livestream to Engadget.com We're also continuing tradition and opening up voting for our People's Choice Award -- our reader poll is live now and closes tomorrow, ahead of the ceremony. Please be sure to vote, and congrats to all of the finalists! The technology underpinning the Mudra Band might seem fanciful: sensors capture neural electrical impulses in the wrist and map them onto specific movements like a swipe or a tap, essentially letting you control an Apple Watch with subtle finger movements on one hand. There's no doubt the benefit of convenience -- you can operate your watch when your hands are wet or dirty, for instance.


Google Pixel 5 Will Continue To Cause Problems For Apple, Samsung

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The Google Pixel 5 Hold for Me feature in action. As the competition perfects its next generation technology and makes breakthroughs in material science, it's not hard to feel like Google's hardware is a bit behind the rest. Apple's LiDAR technology gives us a glimpse into the future of home automation and Samsung has turned stiff smartphones into malleable objects, but Google is now just jumping on the wide-angle camera bandwagon. There's a good argument for keeping things simple and cheap considering most consumers remain resolutely focused on two smartphone features: price and battery life. Also, the flashy extras can come across as frivolous adventures for cash-rich tech companies seeking out some R&D tax breaks. But Google's slightly dated approach to hardware doesn't tell the full story.


What's the coolest tech right now? AI, IoT, Wi-Fi 6E, and more

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With countless laptops, gaming devices, eBikes, and more, 2020 has been on a roll. As we speak, there are preparations going on for Samsung Unpacked, the Google Pixel 4a release, and also a whole bunch of new Sony audio gear. So, it wouldn't be wrong to say that technology hasn't slowed down this year. This week, we went ahead and listed the best cool tech gadgets and the most trending technologies of the year. Be it Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), or even Wi-Fi 6E, this weekly blog gives you a quick glimpse of every technology you should be aware of. As Elon Musk stated recently, "We're headed toward a situation where AI is vastly smarter than humans and I think that time frame is less than five years from now. But that doesn't mean that everything goes to hell in five years. It just means that things get unstable or weird." This statement does add value to the fact that more AI gadgets can actually make our lives easier. The below examples will show you how. If you need some friendly help around the house, look to the Nabot AI Trainable Robot.


With 5G+AI Twin Engines - Qualcomm, WIMI and Samsung Bring New Opportunities to the Industry

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HONG KONG, CHINA / ACCESSWIRE / July 21, 2020 / The arrival of 5G will bring new explosive points for market development. Undeniably, the promotion of 4G promoted the increase of users, and the operators made a lot of investment and construction of data centers to meet the needs of users, which led to a wave of high tide of server procurement. Compared with 3G and 4G, 5G has improved its speed by about 10 times, which has achieved a qualitative leap in the development of server market. In the future, 5G rate is expected to increase by tens of times, which will undoubtedly inject more vitality into the market. For example, industries that were previously limited by data processing speed are expected to break through bottlenecks and achieve substantial growth.


Lawmakers Push to Invest Billions in Semiconductor Industry to Counter China

NYT > Economy

China's technological ambitions are eliciting rare bipartisan agreement in Washington, with lawmakers considering investing tens of billions of dollars in America's semiconductor industry over the next five to 10 years to help the United States retain an edge over Beijing. A bipartisan measure introduced this week is one of several proposals that would provide substantial funding for the semiconductor industry, which manufactures chips that serve as the tiny brains or memory of electronic devices from smartphones to fitness trackers. The efforts reflect a shifting consensus in Washington, as lawmakers look to more expansive government intervention in private markets to help American firms compete. That includes Republicans, who have long criticized government-led industrial plans as inefficient and redolent of communism but have watched with dismay as such efforts in China have allowed it to dominate industries from steel and solar panels to shipbuilding. The future of the semiconductor industry is viewed as particularly significant because it is a foundational technology that can give nations an edge in innovation.