Amazon adds long awaited intercom feature to its Alexa-enabled devices

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While Apple’ Siri digital assistant is still pretty limited in its functionality, despite it being the main input for HomePod, Amazon has been experimenting and adding new features at a rapid pace.

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[Deal Alert] Today only, 20%+ off a bunch of Alexa-enabled devices and bundles (including Philips bulbs)

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To celebrate having been voted number 1 in Harris Poll’s annual corporate reputation survey for its third year straight, Amazon is discounting several Alexa-enabled devices and bundles by 20% or more off their original price. The number of items that are on discount is pretty significant, so we’ve copied them all below.

The deals expire today, so don’t waste time if you’re interested.

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Smart Speaker Review: Affordable, Portable Alexa-Enabled Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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Amazon Alexa is great; I have a device in every room of my house. But that doesn’t mean each device has to be from Amazon. The iLive Concierge Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa ($ 65) has earned a nice place right between Amazon’s low-end and high-end speakers, and it adds a twist. When Amazon got rid of the Tap, it also stopped selling any kind of Alexa device that was battery operated. I find that too limiting.

The Concierge is battery operated, with up to five hours in Bluetooth mode, but just a one to two hours in Wi-Fi mode. Still, that should be plenty for a dinner party on the patio or by the pool. Amazon and Google have added fabric to many of their technology gadgets and iLive matches that with the Concierge’s cloth exterior. iLive even offer a rose-gold option for a little more. The device even supports iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify, and TIDAL. Keep in mind that the speaker requires using the free iLive app, as opposed to the Amazon Alexa app.

Pros

  • Portable operation
  • Voice-activated Amazon Alexa integration
  • Bluetooth or wired option
  • Fabric exterior
  • Supports iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify and TIDAL
  • Multi-room capability

Cons

  • Short battery life
  • Uses iLife app, not Amazon Alexa

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a voice-enabled wireless smart speaker, look no further. The Concierge Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa from iLive should meet your needs. 

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Amazon is celebrating the Super Bowl with some discounts on its Alexa-enabled hardware

These deals don’t last for long.

First up is a $ 5 discount on the Fire TV Stick, which drops it down to $ 34.99. The 4K Fire TV is also on sale for $ 54.99, which is a $ 15 discount.

If you’re looking for an Echo device, Amazon has you covered as well. If you missed out on previous Echo Dot you can currently save $ 10 on one, dropping it to $ 39.99. The 2nd-gen Echo is $ 15 off, making it just $ 84.99, and the Echo Spot is down to $ 114.99 from $ 129.99. The largest Echo device, the Echo Show is $ 80 off, dropping it to just $ 149.99.

These deals are only scheduled to run through tomorrow night, so don’t wait too long before placing your order.

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Vuzix is launching the first Alexa-enabled AR glasses at CES

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Amazon is working on a pair of Alexa-enabled ‘smart glasses’ and a home security camera

In the battle to become our smart assistant of choice, Amazon’s Alexa is currently losing out in one key area: mobile. Apple’s iPhones have Siri, and Android phones have the Google Assistant, but with the failure of the Fire phone, Alexa isn’t the convenient choice on any smartphone. According to a report in the Financial Times, Amazon plans to address this issue by launching a pair ‘smart glasses’ that can interact with Alexa.

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An Alexa-enabled alarm clock feels like the perfect nightstand gadget

I hate my alarm clock. I like sleeping, and every morning, without fail, my alarm clock ruins that for me by loudly and unsubtly waking me up. Of course, that’s the whole point of an alarm clock, but there are other annoying things about my alarm, too. It’s old, it can only charge a single 30-pin iPod, and it can’t use my carefully curated collection of song snippets as alarms for shocking me awake in the morning.

As a smart alarm clock with Amazon’s Alexa assistant built in, the Sandman Doppler would probably earn my ire by rudely waking me up each morning. But by the same token, the Sandman Doppler also seems like it might fix all my other problems and become the perfect bedside gadget.

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Amazon’s new Alexa-enabled Dash Wand is basically free for Prime subscribers

Amazon has released the Dash Wand, a new Alexa-enabled device that can help you scan grocery barcodes, convert measurements, and order household essentials from Amazon just by using your voice. The Wi-Fi-enabled Dash Wand is magnetic, so you can stick it on your fridge, and also offers some of the features of its bigger Echo sibling, allowing you to find recipes and restaurants without using your hands.

At a few inches long, and made out of white and black plastic, the Dash Wand looks like a refreshed version of the company’s original Dash devices. First released in 2014, those Dash also let you scan item barcodes or use voice controls to add products to your shopping cart, but forced you to check out via Amazon’s site. They also had no…

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