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Amazon lets you share Alexa routines — Google should follow suit with Assistant

In July, Google announced that smart home appliance makers would be able to publish Assistant routines featuring their own Actions and ones recommended from partner brands. Amazon seems to be raising that move with its own: user-shareable Alexa routines.

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Amazon Echo users can now summon Samuel L. Jackson with a hotword

Samuel L. Jackson is fantastic on screen, and now he's getting even better on Alexa devices. Amazon introduced the ability to use Jackson's voice last year with an Alexa Skill. Now the company is releasing a new update that enables a hotword so users can hear that silky smooth sound even quicker than before.

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Amazon Music jumps into the podcasting game with original and exclusive shows

Spotify is pushing nearly all of its chips onto podcast browsing and production as a way to drive its revenues. Amazon may be looking to do the same for its Amazon Music service as it has enabled podcast streaming and is making a splash with what it can call its own shows including "Disgraceland," "That Scene with Dan Patrick," and new shows from Will Smith.

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Never worry about watering the lawn again with Rachio's 8-Zone smart sprinkler system — just $80 on Woot today

We'd like to think Mother Nature can take care of our lawns just fine on her own, but unfortunately, that's not true in most locations. Luckily, you can be your own Mother Nature with the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. Once connected to your existing setup, you'll be able to schedule waterings optimized for your lawn that help save water and money. Today on Woot, you can grab a factory reconditioned 2nd generation unit for just $79.99.

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Amazon Alexa can now connect to your printer

Cloud connectivity isn't an area of focus for most printers, and if the shutdown of Google Cloud Print is any indication, there aren't many people looking to control their printers with cloud services. However, Amazon has now released an update to Alexa that allows it to connect to printers, so you can use voice commands to control them.

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This deal on Anker's Nebula Soundbar strikes the right note for $160 ($70 off)

Having a TV with great picture quality is one thing, but it won't amount to a quality entertainment experience with cheap, tinny speakers. Luckily, Anker's Nebula Soundbar is the perfect add-on to upgrade basic TV sound into something that can get the bass booming. Did I mention it also has Fire TV built-in? And it's on sale from Amazon right now for just $159.99, giving you $70 off.

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AT&T users can now make calls using Alexa

If you have an Echo speaker at home, you'll be happy to know you can now use your Alexa-enabled device to make and receive calls using your AT&T subscription. Once the feature is turned on, your speaker will be able to replace your phone, even if the latter is out of reach, turned off, or out of battery.

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Amazon's Kindle app finally allows you to permanently delete titles from your library

If you use Kindle, you've probably got a few unwanted or embarrassing books floating around — it's okay, we all do. Previously, if you wanted to get rid of those unwanted titles, you'd have to go through a convoluted method on Amazon's site to remove them. Now, it's as easy as a long press and a confirmation, right in the app.

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LG's 4K LED TVs with Google Assistant are ridiculously cheap on Amazon today only - $437 for 55" and $556 for 65"

They say the bigger the TV, the better the quarantine. Okay, okay, I say that. But seriously, since movie theaters probably won't be safe for a while, upgrading your home theater setup is the next best thing.  And today only, Amazon is offering up both 55" and 65" 4K Ultra HD Smart TVs made by LG for some super low prices starting at just $436.99 — a $462.01 savings.

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Alexa gets a bunch of new features and skills

If you have an Echo device, you'll be happy to know Alexa has gotten a tad smarter, with the addition of new skills and features. Some of these were actually rolled out during August, while others are just fresh out the oven.

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