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Amazon's Alexa-enabled hi-fi amp on sale for a record low $210 ($90 off)

Amazon's Alexa-enabled hi-fi amp on sale for a record low $210 ($90 off)

High-fidelity audiophiles who are looking to keep around their legacy gear well into the 21st century can still smarten up their local airwaves with Amazon's Echo Link Amp — available today, away from the direct influence of consumerism holidays, for 30% off.

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You can now attach a webcam to your Fire TV Cube to enjoy video calls on the big screen

You can now attach a webcam to your Fire TV Cube to enjoy video calls on the big screen

The holidays are upon us, and video calling is more important than ever these days for staying in touch with loved ones. Amazon is making that easier for users with the second-gen Fire TV Cube by enabling a new feature that lets a webcam be connected to the device for two-way video chatting on your TV — and the company also has new Alexa and Ring features coming to Fire TV.

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Alexa Routines now let you include Fire TV commands as well

Alexa Routines now let you include Fire TV commands as well

Alexa Routines have been around for years, but they’ve been getting some nice upgrades in recent months. While they can already integrate a whole bunch of supported smart home devices from various brands, Amazon’s own Fire TV dongles have surprisingly been missing from the equation. Amazon is finally doing something about that by bringing Fire TV integration to Alexa Routines.

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Fire TV voice controls now support Echo Show visual skills and refined search

Fire TV voice controls now support Echo Show visual skills and refined search

Whether you're able to dig up that voice remote or end up pairing an always-listening Alexa speaker, Amazon is introducing a few new voice commands for you to try on your Fire TV — including a whole new suite that will take advantage of that big canvas in an Echo Show-esque way.

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Nexx launches its solution for giving existing home alarm systems a smart upgrade

Nexx launches its solution for giving existing home alarm systems a smart upgrade

Smart home products are all the rage these days, but that doesn't mean "dumb" legacy alarm systems are obsolete. Nexx makes a variety of solutions that make things like garage doors and electrical outlets smarter, and now the company is turning its attention to alarm systems, delivering the power to arm, disarm, and self-monitor home security using a system that’s already installed.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Fall 2020)

The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Fall 2020)

Millions of homes now contain a smart assistant speaker of some variety and sales of IoT products continue to grow as the market matures and prices come down across the sector. With so many options available, it's hard to know what to buy, and that's where we come in — this is a selection of our favorite smart home gadgets. Whether you want to just dip your toes in the water with a cheap Google Nest Mini or dive into the deep end with smart lights, cameras, thermostats, doorbells, and so on — we’ve got you covered.

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Amazon adds dedicated Auto Mode to the Alexa app — but it's a little janky

Amazon adds dedicated Auto Mode to the Alexa app — but it's a little janky

Even if we're not spending as much time as usual in our vehicles these days, it's still important to drive safely when interacting with technology. Google has been working on a car mode for the Assistant since last year, and Google Maps is rolling out a special UI for in-car use as well. Now Amazon is getting in on the fun with Alexa Auto Mode and a new routine for commuting.

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

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

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

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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