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Amazon Echo Connect, which links your landline to your speaker, is down to $20 ($15 off)

Most Alexa devices can already make calls, but wouldn't it be nice to use your landline directly from your Echo speaker? The Echo Connect lets you do just that, and it's just gone on sale for only $20 instead of its original $35 price.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Summer 2019)

Worldwide sales of voice assistant smart speakers from Google, Amazon, and others continue to grow, and the same can be said of the smart home sector as a whole. The technology underpinning these products is always improving and it’s becoming increasingly affordable to bring smart gadgets into your house.

There's already such a vast number of different products from various companies out there that it's hard to know which ones are the best, so we've put together this list with some of our favorites.

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[Update: Assistant voice control?] YouTube launches today on Fire TV, while Amazon Prime Video comes to Chromecast and Android TVs

It's been a few months since Google and Amazon decided to put down their weapons and collaborate to make everyone's lives easier. After years of the two giants battling it out, banning their services from their competitor's platform, and essentially forcing users to choose one camp over the other, the agreement was both unexpected and long overdue. Today, we get to reap the fruits of that accord.

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Amazon deals on Echo speakers include $25 Echo Dot, $70 Echo

Apparently, it's smart speaker sales day — Google is taking chonks off its Google Home Mini, Google Home, and Google Nest Hub, so of course Amazon has to respond. If you live in an Alexa household and are planning on picking up, say, an Echo or Echo Dot you might want to pick one up today — the retailer has them at comparable discounts.

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Amazon Echo Sub bundle with 2 second-gen Echo speakers drops to all-time-low $230 ($100 off)

Amazon unveiled its 100W subwoofer last year to complement Echo speakers with augmented bass. As the Echo Sub needs to be paired with at least one Echo, the company is bundling its devices together to make them more affordable than when purchased separately. Until now, a pair of speakers and a subwoofer was selling for $250, but the price just dropped another $20, which is $100 less than when buying the three products separately.

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TripIt integrates with Assistant and Alexa to get you quick updates about your next flight

For those of us who only travel occasionally, Google search and alerts about upcoming flights are more than enough. But if you're a frequent traveller, you likely use a service like TripIt to stay on top of every detail regarding your flights. Starting today, you won't need to open the app on your phone to do so, you can simply ask your Google Home or Echo speaker and get the answer.

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Get a free Echo Dot and Philips Hue smart bulb when buying an Echo Show for $180 (save $115)

When I set up my smart home infrastructure a couple of years ago, I had to break the bank to buy a smart speaker, connected bulbs, and intelligent plugs. Even though we often share deals that let you save a few bucks on such products, this one is particularly interesting. Indeed, Amazon is throwing in a free Echo Dot speaker and a Philipe Hue bulb with the purchase of an Echo Show smart display. The three products together would cost $295 if purchased separately, but with this offer, you'll only have to pay the Echo Show's price for the whole bundle.

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Ecobee’s new SmartThermostat features modest redesign and improved voice recognition for $250

The Ecobee4 has been our go-to smart thermostat here at Android Police for quite a while. Its connectivity with various smart home protocols and integrated Alexa voice controls round off the device's temperature regulation capabilities, making it one of the best smart thermostats around. Today, Ecobee has announced the successor to its successful two-year-old product, and true to the proverb "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," not much has changed. The thermostat comes with a modest redesign, the same Alexa integration, improved processing power, and better sound.

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You can now ask Alexa to delete all your voice recordings from the day

The world is slowly waking up from a full trust in digital companies deep somber and realizing that privacy and security do matter a lot. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other behemoths have started changing the way they do things, putting more control in the hands of users, especially when it comes to which of their data is stored and where it's used. Amazon is following along that path today by introducing a way for you to quickly delete all your Alexa voice recordings from the day.

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