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How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

WIRED

Smart speakers have become so ubiquitous lately that you most likely have more than one set up at home. Whether you're using smart speakers from Google, Amazon, or Apple, you can send audio to several speakers at once, configure them as stereo pairs, or even get your music to follow you from room to room. Google not long ago rebranded its Home speakers as Nest speakers, so you might have one or more of each--but they'll still work together no matter what the label says. Speaker management is handled through the Google Home app for Android or iOS. Open up the app and you'll see all your Nest speakers listed, together with any other connected smart home devices like Chromecasts and Nest cameras.


Smart speakers: Is it Alexa, Google or Apple for you? Here's what you need to know to decide

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

You've thought long and hard about it, and you're finally ready to buy a smart speaker. They're all being heavily marketed for Black Friday sales, and you'd like to ask Siri, Alexa or the Google Assistant to play music, tell you the weather, turn off your TV or lights on command. But you're stuck: Which brand and model to buy? Amazon has five Echo speakers currently available, Google has six and Apple has two. Which one is right for you? And then there are the concerns about security and snooping.


The new Amazon Echo is already $30 off

Mashable

SAVE $30: Save on the all-new fourth generation Amazon Echo this Black Friday, and get it for only $69.99 starting on Nov. 22. Sometimes it just feels like you need an assistant. Daily life is as hectic as ever, between working from home and virtual learning, so a little assistance could be a lot of help. The all-new Amazon Echo is like your personal home assistant. It can help you manage your home, answer questions, keep track of your calendar, and play your favorite entertainment with simple voice commands. Just in time for the holidays, the fourth generation Echo is on sale for $30 off to help make home life easier.


Music from the heart, with an AI assist

#artificialintelligence

His favorite rappers felt like personal mentors, and he decided to imitate them and try rapping himself. He recorded songs using the microphone on his MP3 player; he says they were a crucial way for him to vent. "From when I was 13 until today, being able to write about my life and how I'm feeling, it's the most therapeutic thing for me," he says. Around the same time he discovered hip-hop, MJ became fascinated by technology. His family couldn't afford a computer, but someone at his local church built a computer for them, complete with a see-through CPU tower.


Thanksgiving in a pandemic: 5 ways tech can help the holiday

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Let's just get this out of the way: The holidays are likely to look a lot different this year. From lining up outside a supermarket to buy a turkey and smaller in-home gatherings to near-empty planes and perhaps fewer gifts under the tree, Thanksgiving and Christmas during a global pandemic may seem more like "The Twilight Zone" than "It's a Wonderful Life." But that doesn't mean you still can't create a memorable – nay, magical – time for your family this time of year. In fact, tech can help with the holidays, in several ways, to make the most out of the situation. The following are five suggestions to make this year's Thanksgiving and Christmas more festive than forgettable.


Black Friday 2020: Best Amazon deals including Echo Dot for £18.99

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Not wanting to be outdone on top savings on big names, Amazon is hosting a whole Black Friday Week. It kicks off today and runs up until November 30, with thousands of deals available across the site. As always, some of the best discounts can be found on Amazon own devices. The mega-site is kicking off the shopping extravaganza with a host of incredible deals, including top savings on the new Echo Dot 4th Gen, Echo Show 5 and Fire 7 Tablet. You can even save £40 on the Kindle Kids Edition.


The new Amazon Echo is already $30 off

Mashable

SAVE $30: Save on the all-new fourth generation Amazon Echo this Black Friday, and get it for only $69.99 as of Nov. 20. Sometimes it just feels like you need an assistant. Daily life is as hectic as ever, between working from home and virtual learning, so a little assistance could be a lot of help. The all-new Amazon Echo is like your personal home assistant. It can help you manage your home, answer questions, keep track of your calendar, and play your favorite entertainment with simple voice commands. Just in time for the holidays, the fourth generation Echo is on sale for $30 off to help make home life easier.


Buy two: Tech gifts and gadgets so cool you'll want one for yourself too

ZDNet

Many of us are clinging to the idea of a relatively normal Christmas, and while this may or may not be the case, gift-giving over 2020 is still going to happen. Here's a great lineup of gift ideas and resources to get you started. In light of potential delivery delays, new stay-at-home orders, and potential restrictions on our high streets, it's worth ticking off items on the Christmas shopping list slightly earlier this year -- if at all possible -- and there are some great technology gifts and gadgets out there worth considering. The holiday season may not be full of cheer; however, there are some cool and useful tech gifts available -- and some of them might tempt the gift-giver, too. Below, ZDNet has compiled a list of our top picks of cool tech products for Christmas that might lure you to pick up two and keep one for yourself.


Have an Echo? 5 security settings to check now

FOX News

Amazon's Echo devices are a runaway success. Tap or click here for a features comparison lineup of the various Amazon Echo devices [2020 Chart]. If you already own an Echo, prepare to be shocked. Several of my conversations Alexa recorded had nothing to do with playing music, getting news, or ordering items on Amazon. I talked about a real estate transaction, college courses online, and when the pandemic might end.


Humans in the Loop: The Design of Interactive AI Systems

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I was once asked by a colleague in the Philosophy Department here at Stanford if robot musicians will ever exist, to which I replied that they may -- someday -- but only if we first figure out what it means to have robot philosophers. The exchange was admittedly a bit tongue-in-cheek, but it revealed a blind-spot in the way we talk about the future of AI: in our tendency to ask whether or when a given task will be taken over by automation, it is easy to ignore the deeper issue of what such a takeover would mean. We're less concerned with how these tasks are accomplished, and more concerned with the outcome -- generally measured in cost, speed and safety. But when we imagine "automating" a pursuit like music making, we're forced to balance the product of work with something deeper -- the meaning we derive from the process of doing it. Of course, automation is only accelerating in the age of AI, and it's natural to ask how far it will go.