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Get an Amazon Echo Plus with a free Philips Hue light bulb for $80


A couple of Amazon Echo devices are on sale right now, but the best deal of the bunch is on the Echo Plus. The speaker with a built-in smart home hub is now $80, which is $70 off its typical price of $150. You can get the Echo Plus by itself for $80, or you can choose the bundle the includes a Philips Hue smart light bulb for free. That means you don't need to buy any extra connecting hubs when you purchase other IoT devices like light bulbs, door locks, security cameras and others. If it works with the Zigbee protocol (a majority of IoT devices do) or Amazon's own Works with Alexa platform, then it'll be able to connect to the hub inside of the Echo Plus.

Everything we know--and don't know--about Google's new smart speaker


The cat's out of the bag as far as Google's latest smart speaker goes, with the company essentially confirming the rumored Home successor on Thursday with a coyly worded email containing a snapshot and a video of the unannounced device. Many key details about the new Google smart speaker are still shrouded in mystery, but we can tease out a few facts by studying the official photo and Google's brief teaser video. Well, no duh, but given that Google gives so little away in its teaser video, we might as well notch this one as one of the few certainties. In the brief video, a man on a sofa says "Hey Google, play some music," and four telltale LEDs on the new speaker (speakers, actually, there two of them) light up as the music begins to play. So yes, Google Assistant confirmed.

The Echo Plus smart speaker is now 50 per off in the Amazon Summer Sale that's a huge saving of £70

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Amazon's Summer Sale 2020 is here! The sale, which ends on Sunday, July 12, is a great time to pick up incredible bargains across Amazon's departments, including big savings on popular tech items. From top-rated fitness trackers and smart bathroom scales to bestselling wireless headphones, there are several deals on Amazon you need to know about. This includes an unmissable saving on Amazon's Echo Plus (2nd Gen). You can now get the Alexa smart speaker with a huge 50 per cent off- that's a massive saving of £70.

Can AI Save Web Accessibility From An Impending 'Market Failure'?


The web accessibility market has undergone a tremendous amount of upheaval over the past five years. Most recently, the societal aftershocks of the coronavirus pandemic have reminded everyone of the importance of universal access to digital services. Since 2015, there has also been an explosion of litigation, including class-action lawsuits filed under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) against organizations that have failed to make their websites accessible to disabled people. In 2018, the number of web accessibility lawsuits in the U.S. increased by 177% from the previous year to 2,258. Up to 20% of the population have a disability, be it visual, auditory, or motor, requiring a computer access intervention.

Three Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Medicine


We may not be at the point where you overhear your surgeon saying, "Hey, Google, pass the scalpel," but artificial intelligence (AI) is gradually making its way into the healthcare industry and, by extension, dermatology and plastic surgery practices. Even in its limited use, AI is already helping providers offer their patients better care, whether it's preop, in the OR or during the recovery process. Your experience with a medical practice starts as soon as you look for information online. You might have questions for the practitioner or want to book an appointment. In the past, you would have emailed or called the practice, but you may now find yourself speaking to an AI assistant on the practice's website.

Learn How To Optimize Your Content for Voice Search


Voice search is on the rise. We all have known this for ages but the voice search market may actually be growing faster than we expected. Throughout the last few years, smart speakers have been taking the market by storm. With the emergence of Amazon's Alexa (powered by Bing search), Google's Homepod, and Apples' Homepod (both powered by Google), voice search is naturally seeing unprecedented growth. And the growth is likely to surge in the next few years. Companies have already started to fine-tune their marketing and SEO strategies to accommodate this new technology.

The Case For Smart Assistants in Every Device


As smart home technology has progressed over the last five years, the interconnectedness of devices has been the central draw. The ability to tie your household lights to your front door, or to connect a security system to sirens throughout the home, appeals to people due to the convenience and peace of mind it can provide. Smart assistants have been the major development, however. The birth and rise of Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant has played a critical role in the development of smart technology. Despite the controversy these technologies generated, particularly surrounding privacy implications, more and more devices enter the market with built-in voice assistants.

The Smartest Smart Speaker for Alexa and Google Assistant

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The Bose Home Speaker 300 is one of the most capable speakers you'll find, and it manages to stay around the $200 price point that's reasonable to expect of a midsize smart speaker. Its understated aesthetic will be at home in almost any room, and its 360-degree sound field means you can place it on any counter or table and still get good sound throughout the space. This is a very loud speaker for its size, and clarity does begin to suffer as the volume nears its max, but for most uses, it's not going to be a dealbreaker. Here are the Home Speaker 300's specs: The Bose Home Speaker 300 offers several ways to connect to music sources--even an old-school auxiliary input. Bose's smart speakers really excel when it comes to connectivity.

Microsoft Pilots Voice AI-Based Senior Mental Healthcare Program in South Korea -


Microsoft is running a mental healthcare service program for older people using artificial intelligence, voice assistants, and wearable tech in South Korea. The pilot program aims to use the combination of technologies to improve the mental health of people as they age, as a growing body of evidence suggests they can. The program is based on Microsoft's Azure Kinect, essentially a sensor kit connected to artificial intelligence. Kinect combines a high-end camera and microphone with other sensors to detect human movement. That information will be combined with data from smartwatches and other wearable tech and analyzed by the AI.

Amazon Echo vs. Echo Dot--what's the difference?

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Alexa is the world's most popular smart assistant and the driving force behind Amazon's beloved Echo smart speaker lineup. These voice-controlled, Alexa-enabled smart speakers can be used to manage your smart home, give you the forecasts for the day ahead, and much more. If you're thinking about inviting Alexa into your home via one of Amazon's Echo speakers, you may be wondering which one to buy. We took a look at two of Amazon's most popular smart speakers, the Echo (third-generation) and the Echo Dot (third-generation) to help you decide which of these handy smart speakers is best for you. The Echo Dot (third-generation) is one of the smallest Amazon Echo smart speakers. The most obvious visual difference between the Echo Dot and the Echo is the size.