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More Americans own an Amazon Echo. Get the most from it with these 'Alexa' tips and tricks

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

One in 5 Americans surveyed say they own an Amazon Echo smart speaker (from $39), supported by new data published by Trading Platforms, a leading education and comparison platform for online traders. This is consistent with Edison Research and NPR's Smart Audio Report findings. Google Nest is its next closest competitor with roughly 8 percent of the U.S. market share, according to Trading Platforms. Considering how many of us are confined to our homes because of COVID-19, we may be using these devices more, too. "Before the pandemic, most people used their smart speakers for getting the weather and listening to music. But over the past year, they've become our meditation guides and yoga teachers, our homework helpers and bedtime story readers, the way we discover new recipes and local takeout spots – and so much more," says Katherine Prescott, Founder and Editor of VoiceBrew, which distributes an email newsletter devoted to smart speakers, Monday through Thursday.


Grab an Amazon Echo and two free Philips bulbs in this bundle deal

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SAVE $59.99: Get your smart home going with an Amazon Echo and two free Philips Hue smart bulbs, on sale for $69.99 as of Dec. 29. If you've been dreaming of saying "Alexa, turn the lights off," for ages now, it's time to make that dream a reality. This bundle brings the latest generation Echo smart speaker plus two Philips Hue lightbulbs for only $69.99, a 46% savings. The latest Echo has been marked down to $69.99 for this whole holiday season, giving you $30 off the regular price. With this bundle, you get that same great price and two Philips bulbs, an extra $30 value.


Which of the big three smart speakers should you buy?

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If you're confused about which smart speaker to invest in, I don't blame you. There have been quite a few to hit the scene in the last few months. It's highly likely, though, that you're stuck choosing between the big three: Apple's HomePod mini, Google's Nest Audio, and Amazon's Echo. All of which are competitively priced at $99. I know... that shared price point doesn't help make the decision any easier. But beyond pricing, there are a few other things to take into consideration when choosing which smart speaker is right for you, specifically design, audio quality, connected apps, and voice assistant capabilities.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and FinTech - FinTech Ranking

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The speed of technological change is exponential. What was yesterday's hot ticket quickly becomes tomorrow's old news. We are living in the midst of a huge surge of interest and research in Artificial Intelligence (AI). It seems like every week there is a new breakthrough in the field and a new record is set in some task previously done by humans. If you don't already know what IoT, AI, VR, AR, and bots mean, you better get up to speed immediately because these technologies are changing the way data is created, collected, interpreted, and communicated.


This Black Friday deal on Amazon's latest Echo speakers is too good to miss

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

These Amazon Echo speakers are on sale for a great discount. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. When it comes to smart tech, certain items--an app-controlled lock, for instance--can seem impossibly complicated, especially for beginners. An easy way to become acquainted with these life-changing innovations is with a great smart speaker: They make it easy to listen to your favorite tunes, check the weather and more--all via voice control. Even better, right now, for Black Friday 2020, you can get not one, but two exceptional Amazon Echo smart speakers on sale for a sweet discount.


The new Amazon Echo is already $30 off

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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.


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.


HomePod mini review: Apple's smaller and cheaper smart speaker

The Guardian

Apple's HomePod mini is finally here – the iPhone maker's attempt to break the Amazon Echo-Google Home duopoly and put itself back into the voice assistant race. The HomePod mini costs £99 and sits below the full-sized HomePod costing £279. The speaker looks like a smaller, more spherical version of the big HomePod from almost three years ago. The outside is covered in a recycled plastic fabric mesh and there is a touch-sensitive disc at the top with a coloured LED display that lights up and pulsates as you interact with its voice assistant, Siri. It is an attractive object that is smaller and less prominent than its primary competition, the equally new Amazon Echo and Google Nest Audio.


The brand-new Amazon Echo and Echo Dot speakers are already on sale--here's how to save

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The all-new Echo just got a price cut. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. There's no better entry-point into the wide world of smart homes than a smart speaker--and Amazon has a few brand-new models to shop with its all-new Echo and Echo Dot 4th generation speakers. Both devices are on sale when you add more than one of each to your cart. While supplies last, you can get two Amazon Echo 4th gens, $99.99 each, to your cart and enter coupon code ECHO2PK at checkout to save $30, dropping your subtotal for both from $199.98 to $169.98.


Smart tablecloth can suggest recipes by identifying ingredients

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have developed a low-cost'smart tablecloth' that can suggest recipes for dinner by identifying ingredients placed on top of it. When hooked up to a smart speaker like Amazon Echo, the'Capacitivo' tablecloth, which is layered with diamond-shaped electrodes, can relay recipe steps to the user. The technology, which has been developed by Microsoft and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, has been trained with a machine learning system to recognise objects. Scientists say the device successfully identified 20 items in lab trials, including an avocado, a kiwi and a grapefruit, as well as household and office items like an Apple AirPods case and a bottle of hand sanitiser. Capacitivo can even alert users if a plant resting on it needs to be watered, by sensing the amount of moisture in its soil.