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    Every now and then, we all can't quite make out what somebody just said. Sometimes, you fill in the blanks with whatever it is you've been thinking about. If Amazon's Alexa works the same way, this video will really make you wonder what's been on her mind.

    The young man you see in the picture is talking to Alexa in such a difficult-to-understand toddler voice that you could forgive her for failing to understand.

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    Amazon's Alexa has a dirty mind [Video] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    Remember when Palm was still very much alive, and competed against Android and iOS with it's own webOS? After HP bought the company in 2010, they promptly ran the entire OS and ecosystem into the ground and sold it to LG. Now webOS is a mere shadow of its former self, continuing to exist on various LG electronics (mostly TVs).

    Today at CES, LG announced the 'Smart InstaView' line of smart refrigerators, with the first model called Smart InstaView Door-in-Door.
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    LG announces Smart InstaView Refrigerator, runs webOS with Alexa integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    Amazon has successfully turned Alexa into a capable home automation and assistant platform, but it's about to branch out from your home. Amazon and Ford are partnering to bring Alexa to the car. Not only can you control your car remotely, you can use Alexa commands while driving it.

    The video below is a little cringy at times, but it does a good job showing some ways you could take advantage of Alexa.

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    Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is coming to Ford vehicles was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    Just yesterday Ford announced that it was planning to bring Alexa support to its cars in the coming months, and now a second auto maker is apparently on-board. Amazon says that Volkswagen has decided to build Alexa into its vehicles and launch a new Alexa skill. There's no information about a timeline or supported models, but it's happening.

    Alexa support in Volkswagen vehicles will come in two forms. When you're at home, you can use Alexa Volkswagen skill to check fuel levels, order parts, and send directions to the built-in navigation system.

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    Volkswagen plans to integrate Amazon Alexa with its vehicles was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    Amazon's Alexa assistant supports multiple 'wake words,' which serve as activation phrases for Alexa to start listening. Until now, this included "Alexa," "Amazon," and "Echo." Now Amazon has silently added "Computer" as a wake word, something that is sure to please Star Trek fans everywhere.

    You can change the wake word on the online settings panel. This should work for all your Alexa-powered devices, be it an Echo or a refrigerator. Unfortunately, Alexa cannot (yet) raise shields or engage the warp engine.

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    Alexa adds "Computer" as a wake word, much to the joy of Star Trek fans everywhere was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    Plex is simply awesome. I have been using the media server in some form or another for years and the Lifetime Pass sales are always extremely tempting. So when the service gets a new feature or addition, I pay attention. In this case, Amazon's personal assistant and Plex are coming together via a new Alexa skill.

    If you own an Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, Fire TV, or Fire tablet, then you're golden.

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    Plex gets Alexa support for the ultimate home theater experience was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    Alexa Voice Service (AVS) has been available in the United States for sometime now, but today Amazon is expanding the availability to UK and German developers, while also announcing a new version of Logitech's ZeroMount smartphone car holder.

    This means both language and region-specific services are now available to developers in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Germany. AVS enables the integration of Alexa into any device with a microphone and speaker, leading to a proliferation of announcements and products with Alexa at CES last month.

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    Alexa Voice Service now available in UK and Germany, new version of Logitech ZeroMount to celebrate was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    tapHere's an interesting example of a product getting better with age. The Amazon Tap speaker was introduced as a mobile, battery-powered alternative to the Echo, with access to the same Alexa voice commands, but limited in that it could only accept said commands with a button press. This made the less-expensive Tap, while interesting, not all that much better than a smartphone for voice searches. But the latest firmware update from Amazon enables hands-free Alexa commands, like the Echo and Google's Assistant on the Google Home.

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    Amazon Tap firmware update enables Echo-style hands free voice commands was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    Amazon's Alexa assistant has one major advantage over the Google Home (and other competing voice assistants) - the massive amount of third-party skills. Google has a similar developer platform for Assistant, Actions on Google, but the simple fact that Alexa has been around longer means it has a more sizable collection of abilities.

    Amazon announced today that Alexa has over 10,000 skills available, with a 3x increase since just September 2016.

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    Amazon boasts 10,000 skills available for Alexa was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    I love watches and wear one all the time. So I was one of those who got really excited when the first smartwatches started hitting shelves, and I remain someone who likes them. I have owned a few Android Wear devices, a couple of Pebbles, and I've even tried out the Apple Watch and various iterations of Samsung's offerings over the years. What I have not tried, until now, is the so-called "hybrid smartwatch."

    Martian is not an unknown or new brand, but I have never had the opportunity to test out any of its products.

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    Martian mVoice smartwatch review: Having all of the features does not always make a good watch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    We have an interesting deal for you today, courtesy of Wink and Amazon. You can get the Wink Hub 2 for $80, a savings of $20, if you order through Alexa. This sale is good starting today and goes through 9:00 AM PST next Wednesday (3/15). You will need Amazon Prime and an Alexa-enabled device to take advantage of this. To get going, just say "Alexa, order a Wink Hub."

    The Wink Hub 2 received quite the favorable review from our very own Rita, which you can check out here.

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    [Deal Alert] Grab a Wink Hub 2 for $80 when you order it through Alexa ($20 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    What would you say if I told you that you could earn a five dollar Amazon credit without even getting out of your chair? You'd like to know how? Read on and I'll tell you exactly what you need to do to get your Amazon fiver (I'm just going to pretend that you didn't read the article's headline). 

    First off, you need to be an Amazon Prime member. Second, you need to reorder a physical product that costs more than five dollars using an Alexa enabled device.

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    [Deal Alert] Get a free $5 Amazon credit when you reorder any physical product through Alexa was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    Amazon is throwing some developers a bone with a promotional credit on AWS for Alexa skills to help cover any incurred usage charges. Most of them use the free tier, but some do end up exceeding those limits and incur charges. Any that do can apply for a $100 promotional credit to help cover those costs.

    This effectively makes it free to build and host Alexa skills. But wait, it gets better. If a developer continues to get dinged with AWS charges that exceed the initial promo credit, he or she will be eligible for monthly recurring credits to continue to host on AWS.

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    Amazon is giving developers with live Alexa skills $100 in AWS promo credits for usage charges was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    The Huawei Mate 9 was announced as the first non-Amazon device to have Amazon Alexa back at CES. However, it wasn't included when the phone shipped in the US. Huawei only said the feature would be delivered in a later update. Well, now it's later. The Alexa update has started rolling out in the US.

    This will make the Mate 9 and interesting device for voice interaction. During the intervening months between Alexa's announcement and release, Google started rolling Assistant out to many phones.

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    Alexa support is rolling out to the Huawei Mate 9 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    If you are looking to add voice control for your TV and media console to your smart home setup then the Harmony Smart Control with the Harmony Hub is a product that you should definitely check out. With this kit you can control up to eight devices in your media center three different ways – with the remote, through Alexa, or the companion Android app. It also is compatible with some smart home devices like Sonos, Phillips Hue, and Apple TV. That's cool, and what is even cooler is that it's on sale right now for just $69.99, a whopping $60 off.

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    [Deal Alert] Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Harmony Hub on sale for $69.99 at Best Buy & Amazon ($60 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    Smart thermostats are all the rage these days, and there are plenty of options for consumers to choose from. If you want something (relatively) inexpensive, you can now buy the Ecobee3 smart thermostat for $199 on Amazon, $50 off the original price.

    The main differentiation with the Ecobee is the separate room sensor, which is designed to more accurately change temperatures across your house. The sensor can also detect if a room is occupied, and will de-prioritize the room if it's empty.

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    [Deal Alert] Get the Ecobee3 smart thermostat for $199 on Amazon ($50 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    Huawei used to avoid releasing high-end phones in the US, but no more. The Mate 9 was launched in the US several months ago, and it was announced as the very first phone to have Amazon's Alexa built in. However, that wasn't ready at launch, and Huawei didn't even know exactly when it would be available. Alexa finally rolled out to the Mate 9 several weeks ago, but Google sort of cut Amazon off at the knees by launching Assistant on the Mate 9 and many other phones while we were waiting for this update.

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    Huawei Mate 9 review addendum: Alexa is a flop, but it's still a great phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    I love getting "free" money, so if you're like me and have an Alexa-enabled device, this promotion is for you. If you order an Amazon gift card valued at $25 or more by April 16, and you do so through Alexa, you will receive a $5 credit by email to be applied to your next order. That's not too bad.

    The promo credit will be emailed to the address associated with the Amazon account making the gift card purchase.

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    [Deal Alert] Order an Amazon gift card valued at $25 or more through Alexa and get a $5 promo credit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    There have been a few Alexa-enabled devices from third-parties, but only Amazon's own hardware uses its fancy far-field microphones and speech processing technology. That's going to change soon, though. Amazon has announced the availability of the Amazon Alexa 7-Mic Far-Field Development Kit, which will let third-parties develop better Alexa devices.

    The kit will give Amazon's partners access to the same circular 7-microphone array that's used on the Amazon Echo, which will be supported by "leading chipset providers." Amazon even provides demo hardware.

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    Amazon will let third-parties use its microphone and speech processing tech to make Alexa devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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    Logitech's speaker brand, Ultimate Ears, includes the UE Boom and UE Megaboom speakers. They have mobile apps available, allowing you to connect multiple speakers together, change the EQ settings, and more. Now Logitech has released beta versions of the UE Boom and Megaboom apps, with the first new feature being Alexa support.

      

    After switching to the beta app, users will be prompted to update the firmware on their speaker(s).

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    Logitech releases beta apps for the UE Boom and Megaboom, with Alexa integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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