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Amazon and SiriusXM team up to offer free service and Echo Dots

Engadget

Amazon and SiriumXM have partnered up to bring together streaming radio and the Amazon Echo. Echo owners can enjoy a three-month trial of SiriusXM for free. And anyone who signs up for a new SiriusXM All Access or SiriusXM Premier subscription will get an Echo Dot for free. Current customers who upgrade from SiriusXM Select to Sirius XM All Access will also receive an Echo Dot for free. While SiriusXM satellite radio is popular in cars, this partnership with Amazon will help bring the service into more homes.


Just tell Google Assistant to play Netflix on Android TVs

Engadget

Until now, casting video to an Android TV through a Google Assistant-enabled device such as a Google Home or the new JBL soundbar has been a fairly simple affair. With the exception of playing Netflix, that is. Now, Google is finally changing that by allowing Google Assistant to play Netflix on Android TV devices. For reasons unknown, the Google Assistant has been unable to launch Netflix with an Android TV as the target device. This is an odd omission for an OS that's supposed to have the same basic functionality as a Chromecast.


6 Alexa skills you'll use every day

FOX News

Alexa is no longer "new." The smart-tech revolution is now in full swing, and Amazon Echo is at the heart of it. According to Edison Research, nearly 40 million people own voice-activated speakers, which is about one in six U.S. adults. Echo changed the game, and millions of households have integrated Alexa into their daily lives. For many technophiles, it's not a question of whether to invest in smart technology, but what kind.


Hey Google, you don't really want to replace me, right?

USATODAY

Google wants to do more than just organize the world's information. It wants to infuse itself into our lives and replace several of our daily tasks robotically. That, clearly, is the goal, as outlined this week. Forget about those shiny new Pixel phones, tablets and speakers that Google announced this week at a splashy event in New York. Or a new talking video speaker that takes on Amazon's Echo Show with a focus on Google visuals like mapping, calendar, and, of course, all that YouTube content.


Amazon and Google smart speaker owners share the creepy comments

Daily Mail

Creepy Amazon and Google smart speakers have been freaking users out with unprompted statements and comments. One woman was so scared by comments made from her Amazon Echo AI device, that she simply unplugged it and put it in a draw for several days. The owner had been sat on her bed one day listening to music and crying because she had just quit her job, when she said she heard a voice telling her: 'It's going to be OK'. Creepy Amazon and Google smart speakers have been freaking users out with unprompted statements and comments. However, these comforting words did not make the woman feel better as the words had come from Alexa, the Echo Dot speaker which had been set up on her night stand, the Wall Street Journal said.


Top skills for Alexa: 6 tips for your Amazon Echo that will simplify your life

USATODAY

Here are 21 commands that even seasoned Echo users may not know. Many of them are useful, some are fun, and others give the illusion that Alexa is as cognizant as we are. Alexa is no longer "new." The smart-tech revolution is now in full swing, and Amazon Echo is at the heart of it. According to Edison Research, nearly 40 million people own voice-activated speakers, which is about one in six U.S. adults.


Honest Dating Profiles of Punctuation Marks

The New Yorker

Yes, I've read the "Comma Sutra," but I only bend one way, so please don't ask. Quotation Mark My last girlfriend "dumped" me because she said I didn't "know" myself well enough to "get" what to do with myself, let "alone" a "girlfriend." Plus, she said it was "annoying" how I kept "coming up" with "sayings" that I thought were "deep." Other things to know about me: I don't "believe" in love. Also, "Love is a sentence.


Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: Much-needed refinements

Engadget

When Amazon unveiled the Echo Show last year, many people made fun of it for its bulky, awkward appearance. But it proved to be a pioneer in the smart display category, showing that adding a screen to a voice assistant was actually useful. So much so, that Google followed a few months later with its own line of Echo Show rivals, thanks to partners like Lenovo and JBL. Google's smart displays were better-looking and had a more intuitive interface, with desirable features like step-by-step recipes and YouTube integration. Amazon must have taken note of the competition, however, because the new Echo Show has undergone a serious upgrade, with an improved design, superior sound quality and enhanced entertainment options.


Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) review: Better in every way, and better than every other smart display

PCWorld

The second-generation Echo Show is better than the first in every respect, ranging from its industrial design to its audio and video performance. It's the best smart display today, but that could change as soon as tomorrow if Google announces its own smart display and it turns out to be great. Sonos, meanwhile, still has the best smart speakers for music (the Sonos One and the Sonos Beam). While the second-generation Echo Show is powered by the same system-on-chip as the first-generation Echo Show (a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8350), the new model is outfitted with a larger, higher-resolution display; better loudspeakers; a more attractive enclosure; an integrated ZigBee smart home hub; and even the option for hardwired ethernet. Alexa is also becoming a better digital assistant, a development that will improve every Echo model.


Amazon's second-gen Echo Show is a huge step up from the original

Mashable

The larger display and sleeker design on the second-generation Amazon Echo Show make a world of a difference over the previous version. That's good news since, as Echo devices go, the Show isn't cheap. Not only that, but it essentially serves as Amazon's reference design of how screens should work with on Alexa-enabled products. Amazon is continually working on the brains of its digital assistant, Alexa. My first introduction to the smart assistant was with the original Echo.