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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on When we have friends and family with kids over, voice assistants can become a favorite attraction. At best, someone will start another "Baby Shark" round, and you'll sing it for a week. But what if one of those curious kiddos buys toys with your Amazon Echo?

Amazon's Echo Dot drops to $23 ahead of October Prime Day


With Prime Big Deal Days being a little more than one week away, Amazon has kicked things off early by discounting most of its Echo smart speakers. You can get up to 69 percent off Echo devices and bundles right now, and that goes for any Amazon shopping -- not just Prime members. Of note is the Echo Dot for $23, a record low that matches its July Prime Day price, and the Echo Dot bundled with a Kasa Smart Plug Mini for just about $1 more. Considering the Echo Dot is one of our favorite smart speakers and the Kasa accessory earned a spot on our list of best smart plugs, that bundle is an affordable way to get your smart home started. As part of a big Echo speaker sale, this bundle that includes the Echo Dot and a Kasa smart plug is 67 percent off. The Echo Dot was not one of the many Amazon devices to receive an upgrade last month during Amazon's hardware event, which means you're getting the latest model of the speaker in this sale.

The first smart speaker to combine Alexa and Google interchangeably is here


Harman is adding three new speakers to its JBL Authentics series, the 200, 300, and 500 models. But even if the vintage aesthetics are sure to catch anyone's eye, the inside is what matters: This is the first smart speaker to combine both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for users to access simultaneously. This means you won't have to choose one smart voice assistant or even remember which one you asked to set up a timer or alarm. You could ask Alexa to set a timer and then ask Google to turn it off when it goes off, in case you have household members who prefer one assistant over the other. Also: How to change Alexa's voice on your phone or Echo device "Amazon strives to be the most customer-centric company in the world, and it's advancements like this that contribute to that goal," said Aaron Rubenson, vice president of Amazon Alexa.

Amazon's Echo Dot drops to an all-time low of $23 in early Prime Day deal


Amazon Prime Day is upon us, and with it comes great deals on many of our favorite smart home devices, including already well-priced speakers. This 54 percent discount brings one of the most affordable smart speakers on the market down to a small fraction of what its competitor's cost. Amazon released the Echo Dot fifth-gen last year with improved sound quality compared to previous models. It plays Amazon Music, Spotify and Apple Music, has Alexa on hand to answer any questions or tell you the weather and comes with a mic off button for when you don't want her listening. Echo Dots are compatible throughout your home, making them ideal for parties or larger spaces.

Amazon's Echo Studio smart speaker is $40 off right now


Amazon's Echo Studio usually sells for $200 and rarely goes on sale, but you can get the supersize Alexa hub right now in Charcoal or Glacier for $160. We called the Echo Studio the "best sounding speaker Amazon has built" in our review when it was released in 2019. The company has released more speakers and smart displays since then, but the Echo Studio remains a solid option for immersive, high-resolution music streaming. Amazon's Echo Studio speaker is on sale for $160. We gave the Echo Studio a score of 88 in our review and praised it for having excellent audio quality best demonstrated by high-definition and Ultra HD tracks.

The best smart speakers for 2023


Voice assistants are everywhere now – on your phone, in your TV, possibly even in your kitchen appliances. But one of the most common ways that people interact with Siri, Alexa and the Google Assistant is through a smart speaker, and there are now a wide variety of such devices available at a wide variety of price points. There are downsides to having a smart home device that's always listening for a wake word, as giving more personal information to Amazon, Apple and Google can be a questionable decision. That said, all these companies have made it easier to manage how your data is used -- you can opt out of humans reviewing some of your voice queries, and it's also less complicated to manage and erase your history with various digital assistants, too. The good news is that there's never been a better time to get a smart speaker, particularly if you're a music fan. For all their benefits, the original Amazon Echo and Google Home devices did not sound good. Sonos, on the other hand, made great sounding WiFi-connected speakers, but they lacked any voice-controlled smarts. Sonos released its own voice assistant in 2022 and also supports Alexa on its latest speakers.

The newest Echo smart speaker is on sale at Amazon for 35% off


SAVE 35%: As of March 28, the Amazon Echo (4th gen) is on sale at Amazon for $64.99(Opens in a new tab), or 35% off its original price of $99.99. "Alexa, turn my home into a smart home, please." If you haven't made the upgrade from speaker to smart speaker yet, there's a deal on Amazon's newest model that just might convince you. As of March 28, the Amazon Echo (4th gen) is on sale at Amazon for $64.99(Opens in a new tab), or 35% off its original price of $99.99. For the uninitiated, the Echo is Amazon's original smart speaker, now in its fourth iteration -- and it's a great option for those who want to upgrade their homes while staying on budget. The new 4th-gen model(Opens in a new tab) beats out older options with better sound quality thanks to its rounded shape and updated speaker system.

63 Best Cyber Monday Kitchen and Home Deals (2022): Cookware, Vacuums, and Smart Lights


Making a house a home takes time, and often … a lot of money. Luckily, with Cyber Monday, there are plenty of great deals on all your household needs. Whether you're building up your kitchen appliances, syncing up all your smart home gadgets, or simply trying to clear the air, there's something on sale for you. Updated November 28: We've added the Ooni Koda, Stasher Bags, and smart lights and plugs. We test products year-round and handpicked these deals. Products that are sold out or no longer discounted as of publishing will be crossed out . We'll update this guide throughout Cyber Monday. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. This highly coveted countertop accessory is on sale yet again for Cyber Monday.

71 Great Best Buy Cyber Monday Deals (2022): iPads, Apple Watches, Cameras


You can quit being patient. All those enticing gadgets that have been capturing your attention (and some WIRED Recommends awards) all year long have finally gone on sale for Cyber Monday. Whether you venture into the stores or shop from the comfort of your sofa as you grub down those leftover turkey-and-cranberry-sauce sandwiches, feast your eyes on the bounty that is these Best Buy Cyber Monday deals. Updated November 27 at 11 pm: We've added new deals on Nanoleaf smart home lighting and Dyson vacuums, as well as removed dead deals and updated pricing throughout. We test products year-round and handpicked these deals. Products that are sold out or no longer discounted as of publishing will be crossed out . We'll update this guide throughout Cyber Monday. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Best Buy is offering an extended return window, so any purchases made through the end of the year can be returned through January 14, 2023. That way, if you buy a holiday gift for someone early, they still have time to exchange or return it after the new year. If gifts are on your mind, be sure to check out our gift guides and buying guides for inspiration.

New Apple TV 4K adds USB-C to Siri Remote, plus support for HDR10


Alongside its big iPad announcement on Tuesday, Apple also revealed a brand-new, updated Apple TV 4K device. This marks the first time the company has released a new version of its set-top box device in the year following its last Apple TV release. The new Apple TV 4K is powered by the A15 bionic chip, the same powerful chipset that can be found in Apple's iPhone 14 line. This is a huge jump from the previous Apple TV 4K model, which came out in 2021 but featured the A12 chipset which was first introduced in Apple devices in 2018. According to Apple, this makes the new third-generation of Apple TV 4K devices up to 50 percent faster than the previous model.