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Here's how to get an Echo Dot for just $10 when you buy a Fire TV Edition smart TV

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SAVE $39.99: Now through Feb. 7 at 8:55 p.m. PST, you can enter the code FTV2021 during checkout to get a 4th-gen Echo Dot for just $10 (normally $49.99) with the purchase of any Insignia or Toshiba Fire TV Edition smart TV from Amazon. Owning a smart TV but not a smart speaker is like having Mario but not Luigi, or Hall but not Oates, or a Wendy's Frosty but not a large order of French fries. Each of those entities can technically exist on their own, but they're much better as duos. Pair a smart TV and speaker and you open up a whole new world of extra functionality where you can use voice commands to boot up the next episode of your current binge-watch, adjust the display's volume, and search for different actors and genres. Conveniently, Amazon is running a promotion now through Feb. 7 at 8:55 p.m. PST where you can score the new 4th-gen Echo Dot for only $10 when you buy certain Fire TV Edition smart TVs.


A Microsoft Teams smart speaker moves Cortana to the conference room

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Microsoft's Cortana-powered consumer speakers are dead. Long live...Cortana powered Teams speakers? During a Microsoft Ignite keynote by Jared Spataro, the vice president of Microsoft 365, Microsoft showed off a demonstration room powered by some of its latest hardware, including the 85-inch Surface Hub 2S, plus companion devices like Teams Rooms, which are third-party bundles of cameras and small displays for facilitating meetings. Microsoft's idea is that the Teams Rooms devices will manage the meetings, with voice assistance using Cortana, and capabilities like Teams casting and the Room remote app for facilitating conferences. One of the key capabilities of the Microsoft Teams software is its ability to listen to, record, and transcribe the conversation.


Hey Siri, turn on 'The Voice' for my Vizio TV

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Sure, Siri can open Netflix for you and search for a George Clooney movie, but only if you spring $179 to $199 for the Apple TV accessory streamer. Now, Apple's personal assistant can turn on the TV, change the channel and find a specific TV show, on certain newer TVs from Vizio, Samsung, Sony and LG. It's part of a radical rethink on Apple's part to bring Apple outside of the ecosystem, and onto mainstream television sets. Samsung pushed out Apple's AirPlay features on new smart TVs that began shipping May 13. AirPlay lets you mirror what's on your device.


Sony 4K TV deal: This huge 60-inch 4K Ultra HD smart LED TV is $300 off at Amazon

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If you're looking to upgrade to a high-quality 4K TV at a low price point, then this is the deal for you. The Sony XBR60X830F 60-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is now on sale for $798, or $300 off its list price on Amazon. While the display looks good on the outside, the images shown within are just as majestic and beautiful with a clear vibrant color contrast, deep and rich black levels, and detailed High Dynamic Range (HDR) true-to-life video. This 4K TV also features Sony's "Motionflow XR 960" refresh rate at 120Hz for smooth motion, which is perfect for the fast action of live sporting events like the upcoming NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament. While this 4K TV features amazing and high-quality images and audio, this Sony model is also a smart home device powered with built-in Amazon Alexa or Android TV with Google Assistant.


Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker will finally arrive in April

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Do you remember Samsung's Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker that was created to compete directly with the Amazon Echo? The smart speaker was announced in August last year, but the company gave no official release date during the announcement. Now, we finally have one -- well, sort of. At Samsung's Unpacked event today -- where the company announced four new Galaxy S10 phones (S10e, S10, S10, and S10 5G) and a foldable phone -- the head of Samsung's mobile division DJ Koh told CNET the Galaxy Home will launch in April. Koh didn't share a specific release date or even say how much the smart speaker would cost.


Save up to $220 on select Sonos wireless smart speakers on Amazon

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Looking to upgrade your home audio? You can save up to $200 on select Sonos speakers like the Sonos One, Sonos Beam, and more on Amazon. Why is Sonos so special? Sonos speakers deliver rich and detailed sound throughout your home with a completely wireless setup. The audio company's speakers and subwoofers are also known for their sleek and sexy design with an eye towards bringing all of your smart home devices and wireless speakers together.


CES 2019: Enter a world of artificial intelligence - The Nation

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After being roused from your sleep, you say "Good Morning" and the bathroom lights turn on immediately. As you get dressed for work in front of the mirror, it recognises who you are and starts displaying newsfeed customised for you. These scenarios were among the numerous artificial intelligence (AI) showcases at the latest CES in Las Vegas, the world's largest consumer electronics trade fair. From the pre-show presentation of tech sales and forecasts by CES 2019 organiser Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to the keynotes by different technology firms, AI was a topic constantly mentioned. Thomas Husson, vice-president and principal analyst at research firm Forrester, defines AI as "a system of capabilities for machines to interact, think or mimic human intelligence and engagement", which helps automate tasks and improves employee and customer experience.


CES 2019: Enter a world of artificial intelligence

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The bedside lamp lights up gradually 30 minutes before your morning alarm is set to go off. After being roused from your sleep, you say "Good Morning" and the bathroom lights turn on immediately. As you get dressed for work in front of the mirror, it recognises who you are and starts displaying newsfeed customised for you. These scenarios were among the numerous artificial intelligence (AI) showcases at last week's CES in Las Vegas, the world's largest consumer electronics trade fair. From the pre-show presentation of tech sales and forecasts by CES 2019 organiser Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to the keynotes by different technology firms, AI was a topic constantly mentioned.


Sony SRS-XB501G smart speaker review: Now you can take Google Assistant to your next rave

PCWorld

If the barrel-shaped JBL Xtreme 2 that Scott Wilkinson reviewed a couple weeks back is ready to party, Sony's cubist SRS-XB501G smart speaker is equipped to deliver a crowd-pleasing LED light show at a backyard rave. A young crowd, that is. Color-shifting LED light bars run around the perimeter of the speaker's face, and there's a pair of independent white LEDs in the top middle. A second white LED sits above the woofer. Sony says these lights can be synchronized to the music you're listening to, and there are no fewer than six light modes for you to choose from (rave, chill, hot, cool, strobe, and random flash).


Best deals for Dec. 7: Instant Pot, LG OLED TVs, Samsung QLED TVs, Google Home, Facebook Portal

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That's how the expression goes, right? With the weekend now here, w've rounded up the best deals that should make it easier to rest and relax during your days off. We found deals on 4K smart TVs, kitchen products like Instant Pot and Vitamix, smart home gear from Google and Facebook, and Amazon devices for video streaming and home security. There are also deals on Udemy online courses for web development, animation, and more starting at $10.99. Save $131 on KitchenAid Deluxe 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer at Walmart Here are the rest of the best deals from across the internet for Friday, Dec. 7: Save on brilliant 4K TVs.