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

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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

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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

WIRED

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

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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

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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 โ€“ particularly if they're within earshot of each other. That wasn't a problem because most of us had only one smart speaker โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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.


Hey, Google and Alexa: Parents worry voice assistants can listen in on kids, survey finds

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You're cool chatting up Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant and Siri and having each come alive when you utter the "Alexa," "Hey, Google" or "Hey, Siri" wake words. But your kids are also engaging with the popular digital voices inside the smart speakers in your home and your big concern has mostly to do with privacy. Amazon and Google really cornered the smart speaker market. That's the chief takeaway from a new study, exclusive to USA TODAY and conducted in February, by Common Sense Media and SurveyMonkey Audience. Robocall crackdown: FTC continues robocall crackdown, stops groups responsible for'billions' of calls More than 4 in 10 of the 1,127 parents of children ages 2 to 8 who participated in the survey say their family uses a smart speaker such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home.


You can save up to £40 on certified refurbished Amazon Echos and Fire HD 10 tablets

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There will be people out there that will switch off when you start talking about refurbished products. You might be one of them. If you are, then you need to reconsider your reaction, because you are probably missing out. We don't know why, but for some, a refurbished product is somehow tainted. We think of it as our duty to put this right, because it couldn't be further from the truth.


Ninety7 Sky Tote Portable Battery Base review: Take your second-gen Amazon Echo anywhere

PCWorld

Amazon's decision to design its second-generation Amazon Echo smart speaker with a removable sleeve makes the device customizable. But there's a hidden feature I wasn't aware of until I installed Ninety7's Sky Tote Portable Battery Base: a set of electrical contacts tucked behind a rubber plug on the bottom of the speaker. These contacts enable the Echo 2 to draw power directly from the Sky Tote's large battery, which is charged in turn by the AC adapter that comes with the Echo 2. Operating your Echo 2 on battery power allows you to take the smart speaker with you into any room in your home or even into the yard if your Wi-Fi network is strong enough to reach there. That's a much less expensive alternative to putting an Echo in every room for smart home control, or investing in a multi-room audio system so you can listen to music everywhere. You can also take a battery-powered Echo 2 on picnics and camping trips if you create a mobile hotspot with your smartphone.