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Amazon Echo Show 5 vs. Echo Show 8 (2nd gen): Which is right for you?

Mashable

It can be exciting when a brand like Amazon drops new versions of its devices, but it can also be overwhelming to figure out which one is best for you (and if it's worth paying more than its original version). Amazon released their newest versions of the Echo Show 5 and the Echo Show 8. After testing both of them, I'll walk you through what's the same, what's different, what they bring to the table compared to the 1st gen versions -- and which one you should buy. The new Echo Show 5 sells for $84.99, and the updated Echo Show 8 for $129.99. The Echo Show 5 Kids is available for $94.99, and if you're ready to upgrade you can get 25% off any of these devices with a trade-in.


Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Apps in the Market

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When it comes to the mobile app industry, businesses of all sizes and specialisations confront strong competition. This position compels them to keep up with all developing digital developments in order to maintain their worth. Recognizing the huge influence of artificial intelligence on business, top firms such as Amazon, eBay, and Tinder make extensive use of AI in their applications to generate tailored mobile user experiences and improve profitability. Start-ups also raise more investment for AI integrations, propelling them to high marketability and competitiveness. Annually, more AI apps go viral, bringing greater exposure and revenues to their owners.


Cree Lighting Connected Max ST19 review: An affordable, tunable, filament smart bulb

PCWorld

The maker of our favorite budget-priced color A19 smart bulb is back with a slew of new smart lights, including this Edison-style ST19 filament bulb. Priced at a reasonable $13 (or $75 for a six-pack), the tunable white Cree Lighting Connected Max ST19 boasts easy setup; connects directly to Wi-Fi networks; supports Alexa, Google Assistant, and SmartThings; and packs an impressive arsenal of automation tools. But the quirky Cree app can be confusing to use (why must you group lights that are already in a room?), and the ST19's lowest brightness setting is still a bit bright for our taste. Cree Lighting offers a wide range of bulbs in its Connected Max line, including a color A19 bulb that's our current Editors' Choice for budget-priced smart bulbs. Back in May, Cree unveiled a series of new Connected Max products, including this ST19 filament bulb.


Amazon says most Echo speakers will support the Matter smart home platform

Engadget

Amazon's support for the Matter smart home platform is coming into focus. Previously known as Project Chip (Connected Home over IP), Matter comes from the Connectivity Standards Alliance, a group made up of device manufacturers like Amazon, Google, Apple and Samsung. It's meant to standardize voice assistant support across multiple devices, as well as to make it easier to connect smart home gadgets to your home network. During its Alexa Live developer presentation, Amazon said that practically every plug-in Echo speaker will support Matter, save for the first-generation Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Tap, The Verge reports. It's unclear when the Echo support will actually arrive, but at this point we're expecting Matter devices to launch later this year. Google has already declared strong commitment for the platform -- so much so that we've speculated it could help unite the fragmented smart home ecosystem.


Fix Alexa Red Ring Issue In Easy Steps?

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So, your amazon alexa echo device is showing a red ring which is neither sending and recieving commands which is commonly known as Alexa Red Ring Of Death or telling you "I am having trouble connecting to the internet. Take a look at the help section in your Alexa app" with a Red light Ring emitting on the top of your device when giving commands to it. Well, in a nutshell your alexa device has lost the internet connection and is no longer connected to your wifi or your device is on mute mode. But don't feel like you are only a victim of this Alexa Red Ring Issue as this problem is encountered by wide number of amazon echo device users but following our simple troubleshooting guide they have been able to resolve this issue quickly within a short span of time. So keep reading this blog till the last to fix and eliminate red ring on Alexa easily.


The Ultimate Guide to Setting Up Your Smart Home

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It's a place that anticipates your needs and empowers you to fine-tune your environment. Putting it all together isn't a smooth ride, but the right setup and combination of devices can make your life easier and add real convenience. With a myriad of ecosystems and standards to navigate, not to mention the diverse array of devices, the smart-home scene is daunting. We put together this smart-home guide to highlight your options, explain the jargon, and help you understand the consequences of the choices you make. A little planning goes a long way.


Amazon is crowdfunding Echo Dots designed by Diane von Furstenberg

Engadget

Amazon's latest set of crowdfunded Echo devices aim for luxury over eccentricity. The retailer has unveiled three new trippy Echo Dot concepts from Belgian fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) that you can pre-order today for $60 each. Well, as long as they hit their sales target. Like the trio of weird products Amazon unveiled in February (cuckoo clock anyone?) these dinky speakers are part of the Built It program that borrows from Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Basically, Amazon will only ship out this second round of gadgets if they generate enough consumer interest within 30 days.


The Future of Business and Chatbots

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The future of marketing is here, and it's not just the robots that will be writing content for you. It's artificial intelligence, or ai. You may think that this isn't possible because robots can't do things like emotional resonance and creativity but ai has been around for a while now. I'm talking about chatbots- computer programs designed to simulate conversation with human beings through text or speech interfaces to solve problems, answer questions, or fulfill customer requests via various digital channels like social media platforms. This article will explore how Chatbots and Ai are the future of marketing and why they're crucial for your business.


Echo Show 8 and Show 5 review: Not much has changed, and that's okay

Engadget

I'll admit, I wasn't impressed when Amazon added a rotating base to the new Echo Show 10. Sure, the swiveling screen is useful for following you around the room during video calls, but it also felt gimmicky and unnecessary. Plus, it needs a lot of room to move around so you're losing a significant amount of counter space. That's why I'm glad the Echo Show 8 and 5 haven't repeated that design. In fact, Amazon has changed very little between this edition and the last, but trust me when I say that's a good thing. It's the Echo Show 8 that has seen the most changes, but most of those are under the hood: It now has a faster octa-core processor plus a much-improved 13-megapixel wide-angle camera (the previous model only had a 1-megapixel sensor).


Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) review: The smallest Echo display gets a modest upgrade

PCWorld

Next, you can decide whether to allow other members of your household to view a live screen of the Echo Show's camera (more on that in a little bit) and whether to enable Amazon's Sidewalk neighborhood network (ditto). Finally, the display will also run a few free Prime trials by you before Alexa takes you on a brief tour. I've already covered the controls and button along the top edge of the Echo Show 5, but I'm going to highlight a couple of them: the mic mute button and the camera shutter. When you press mic mute, the Echo Show will both disable the microphone as well as electrically shut off the camera, while three visual indicators--a red line at the bottom of the screen, a "mute" icon in the corner of the screen, and a red light on the mic mute button itself--will let you know that Alexa can't see or hear you.