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Skype support coming to Alexa later this year

25 September 2018

Certainly, the Alexa Connect Kit that appliances like the AmazonBasics Microwave use is about as easy a way to integrate your product with Amazon's AI as you could hope for. Hopefully, Amazon's presence will force rival companies in the TV space to make better and more flexible DVR systems to let you watch your favorite shows anywhere.

What about the customers with Fire TVs, and Echo devices in every room? Or so Amazon says. The new products give Amazon a greater reach than ever before. These included its regular range Echo speakers in different models and in addition, a new microwave oven and a clock that have the Alexa support.

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From the kitchen to the auto, Amazon on Thursday sought to make its Alexa digital assistant and online services a bigger part of people's lives with an array of new products and partnerships, reports AFP from Seattle.

The new Echo Dot will still have coveted features, like a line-out jack and Bluetooth connection, so you can connect it to a separate speaker. This is not a standalone speaker, however, and will require being paired with at least one other Echo device. Users in the United States can try this feature as in mid-August, both the companies showed off some skills these two virtual assistants will offer together and a preview is also available. You can talk to it and set timers and alarms. The updated Echo Plus, Dot and Show are examples of Amazon continuing to refine and improve its technologies The new Show, with a bigger screen and more integrated apps, like Skype, is an especially strong improvement on the original. More than 70 percent of USA consumers use voice-activated technology on a daily basis. The only thing you need is to make sure that the antenna has a good reception and the paired Echo device is present near it. The smart plug is up for preorders at $25.

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Alexa has gotten smarter, more conversational and even intuitive during the past year as Amazon teams work hard on getting the digital assistant to better understand people, according to Limp.

You won't be satisfied until you've sifted through every possible permutation of no-name security camera? The US markets may get it next month. Those with a dash-mounted smartphone can see the directions displayed as well as hear verbal directions, similar to Global Positioning System devices. The Echo Input is not dissimilar to Google's Chromecast Audio except that it incorporates mics to recognize voice commands, but will retail for US$35.

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Skype support coming to Alexa later this year