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Alexa gets Brazilian Portuguese support as Echo speakers land in Brazil

Amazon is expanding its footprint in South America today by bringing its range of Echo smart speakers to the Brazilian market. With that, Alexa has now learned to converse in the country's official language — Brazilian Portuguese. Along with that come a new voice as well as local dialects, knowledge, and skills.

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You can now apply for a job through Alexa or Google Assistant, as long as it's at McDonald's

Voice assistants generally make our lives easier. With the right setup, we don't have to get up from the couch to turn on the light or the TV. It's even possible to order food without actually having to call a place. Another absolute killer feature is joining these skills' ranks: You can now apply for a job at McDonald's through Google's and Amazon's assistants thanks to the restaurant's own "Apply Thru" skill.

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Amazon debuts new Echo Show 8 smart display, noise-reducing earbuds, and more

When it comes to selling what it makes, Amazon's Echo speakers are the company's bread and butter. But those speakers were, at one point, experiments and they've had their time to grow — just as much as that AmazonBasics microwave turned into a smart oven, but whatevs. So, we're here to talk about the new Echo Show smart display, wireless earbuds, a lamp, a pair of sort-of-smart glasses and a sort-of-smart ring.

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My Echo is the one that says 'Bad Motherfucker:' Samuel L. Jackson will be an Alexa voice

Amazon just reported that Alexa is now available on over 85,000 devices, a 41% spike from May, from 9,500 brands — up another 28.3% from four months ago. With those kinds of numbers, it is paramount that more thought be put into a user's sense of privacy and security when they own an Alexa product. Today, the company announced a number of improvements, features, and skills it has worked towards in the past year with some new features available from today — notably including the coming addition of Samuel L. Jackson as a voice for Alexa.

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Beware: Using Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri to call businesses could connect you to scammers instead

Voice assistants make our lives easier for the most part. Instead of having to get up to turn on the lights, we can simply ask them to do it for us. Similarly, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa allow you to call businesses via voice, with no need to input a phone number anywhere. There are risks associated with blindly calling unknown numbers, though. According to the Better Business Bureau, some scammers have apparently gamed Google and Amazon's phone number ranking systems. Unsuspecting users could end up talking to an imposter instead of the desired business.

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The Amazon Echo Show 5 is down to $65 ($25 off)

At the end of May, Amazon introduced a new 5-inch smart display with hopes to satisfy buyers looking for a smaller device than the Show but bigger than the Spot, and also to compete with Lenovo's Smart Clock. The initial $90 price was also reasonably positioned in comparison to other smart devices, but just two months after its release, the Echo Show 5 is currently on sale for $65, which is almost 30% off.

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Lenovo Smart Tabs can place Alexa video calls with latest update

With its two-in-one Smart Tabs, Lenovo had the brilliant idea of combining a regular Android tablet and a smart display into a single device. When paired with its accompanying dock, the device transforms into an Echo Show, letting you interact with Alexa without having to purchase an additional product. Unfortunately, the Smart Tabs couldn't place video calls until now, but a new update letting you do just that has just been released.

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Ecobee Switch+ smart light switch with Alexa is down to $45 ($35 off)

When I set up my smart home infrastructure, I went on an uncontrollable buying spree to make sure almost everything from the lights to the vacuum was connected. The Ecobee Switch+ is a neat all-in-one smart switch that comes with Alexa and a bunch of sensors, to avoid multiplying the number of smart things you buy. Given the number of things it can do, its initial $80 price was reasonable, but it's now dropped another $35, making quite an exciting deal.

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Amazon's Echo Spot is down to just $90 ($40 off)

If can't decide between getting a smart speaker or a display, the Echo Spot is a great compromise, as it's compact yet offers the same features as a larger intelligent screen. The device is designed to fit almost anywhere, and this deal will make its price almost as small as its size: Newegg is running a flash sale on the Echo Spot, selling it for just $90, which is $40 cheaper than its regular price.

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The Echo Dot and smart plug bundle is down to just $27 at Best Buy; Echo, Echo Spot, and Echo Show 5 also available

A smart speaker in itself is convenient, but it becomes so much more useful when used in combination with intelligent plugs or lights. Their price can sometimes be discouraging, but thanks to this deal, you'll be able to set up your smart home infrastructure without breaking the bank. Best Buy is throwing in a TP-link smart plug for just $5 for the purchase of an Echo device, most of which are already discounted. An Echo Dot + TP-link smart plug combo comes down to just $27, while a regular Echo and smart socket bundle will cost you $55.

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