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You need to ask Alexa to get this awesome Prime Day deal

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You can save even more on the Ring Video Doorbell 2 when you order via Amazon Alexa. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Round two of Amazon Prime Day 2019 is here and there are still plenty of amazing discounts to be had. Chances are you've probably spent time perusing a plethora of deals on Amazon, but have you tried using Alexa to save big?


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If you haven't hopped aboard the smart speaker train, now is as good a time as any, as there are two relatively inexpensive ones on the market today--the Google Home Mini and the Amazon Echo Dot. If you're looking for a device that can play music, give you the weather, and operate your smart gadgets, you may have been eyeballing these small-but-mighty smart speakers. The question is, though, which one is better? How do the features compare? There are distinct differences in how each speaker--the Echo Dot, left, and Google Home Mini--lights up when given a command.

Better than Prime Day - time's running out to get the best Echo Dot deal ever


When the Amazon Prime Day deals roll into town in July, it's a no-brainer that the Amazon Echo Dot will get a big discount like it does every year. The thing is, it'll be nowhere near as good as this one - and it ends at 9am tomorrow. This is a UK-only deal, but we've rounded up the latest top deals in the US over on our Memorial Day sales page. UK readers, be sure to check out the Bank Holiday sales this weekend too. We're expecting Prime Day to bring the Echo Dot down to £29.99 as per usual, or £24.99 at the very best if Google aggressively price cuts the Google Home Mini as the search giant can't help but wind Amazon up any chance it gets with its line of rival smart speakers.

Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?


Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page. You don't need to live in a smart home to benefit from a Wi-Fi-connected smart speaker. Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and other digital assistants can help you in dozens of ways, and you don't have to lift a finger to summon them--just speak their names. If you already know you want a smart speaker, scroll down for our top recommendations.

Amazon Echo Dot on sale, plus Dyson vacuum, Nintendo Switch,Winix air purifier, iPad Pro, and more for April 14


Did you know a gram of dust contains as many as 1000 dust mites, that live off shed skin and can multiply quickly in warm, humid places and can live up to 80 days. Dust mites commonly found in mattresses, pillows, and carpets. So cleaning your house often is important, especially for people that suffer from dust allergies. Do you suffer from dust allergies? You are in luck, as you can get the Dyson Small Ball upright vacuum cleaner for $199.99 (listed at $399.99), and to add an extra layer of protection, you can get this Winix 5300-2 air purifier for $115.99.

16 smart home gadgets with a cult following that are actually good

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There are hundreds of smart home devices available today, but some of them are more popular than others. In fact, there's a select group of smart gadgets that have near cult followings--we're talking thousands of users who swear by these devices. Here's why people are obsessed with them and whether they're worth the investment. The second-gen Echo is the best in its class. It should come as no surprise that the Amazon Echo makes this list.

How To Make Your Amazon Echo and Google Home as Private as Possible


If you use a smart speaker, you know all of the conveniences and delights that make it more than just a glorified paper weight. But, admit it, you've probably given it some privacy side-eye from time to time. After all, it is a microphone that just sits in your house waiting for a wake word to start recording what you say. Here's how to tighten the reins on what Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri can hear, when, and how it gets used. It's a good time to take stock.

Alexa, are you alone? Amazon staff may be listening to your recordings - National


WATCH (May 24, 2018): Amazon's Alexa records family's conversation, sends it to random contact Amazon staff can listen to commands and questions users pose to the Alexa voice assistant -- and they sometimes do. The company acknowledged that the conversations aren't totally private in a statement to Global News after the news was first reported by Bloomberg. "We only annotate an extremely small number of interactions from a random set of customers in order to improve the customer experience," Amazon said in the statement. Amazon explained that the company uses samples collected to better train "speech recognition and natural language understanding systems." READ MORE: Alexa recorded one family's conversations and sent them to a friend, without them knowing Bloomberg reported Wednesday that Amazon has "thousands" of employees who are trying to improve Alexa's speech recognition technology.

Apple just cut the price of HomePod, but it'll need to do more to compete with Amazon and Google


Your eyes aren't deceiving you: Apple's HomePod is now cheaper this morning than it was last night. About a year after HomePod went on sale, Apple has quietly dropped the price of its Siri-powered smart speaker from $349 to $299. It's a substantial price cut for an Apple product -- about 14 percent in the U.S. -- and makes the HomePod a more attractive value if you're already invested in the Apple ecosystem. But will it be enough to reverse the HomePod's extremely slow start? From its very beginning, HomePod faced an uphill battle against Amazon and Google's smart speakers.

Alexas, stop fighting! This house is big enough for more than one voice assistant

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The Amazon Echo, Dot and other Alexa-enabled devices don't often play well together in the same house – particularly if they're within earshot of each other. That wasn't a problem because most of us had only one smart speaker – if we had any at all. Amazon says the number of households with more than one smart assistant-enabled device doubled last year. That lends credence to an independent survey taken late last year declaring that nearly 1 in 4 US households had a voice-enabled device inside – and about 40 percent of those have more than one. Which can only mean that more of us are experiencing the headaches of these early days in the Alexa multi-device experience.