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Amazon's new FireTV Recast and voice-controlled Microwave are now available

Back in September, Amazon announced a slew of new hardware including Echos, FireTVs, and some other miscellaneous items. Many of these have already become available, but two outliers were still pending: the Alexa-controlled Microwave and the Fire TV Recast. Both are now in stock on Amazon and shipping.

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Alexa now supports adding smart home devices to groups using just your voice

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Get the Ecobee4 thermostat with an Echo Dot for just $199 from Best Buy ($100 off)

As Black Friday approaches, tons of deal are already dropping, with Best Buy getting heavily involved in the discount season. Another good one we've spotted there is an Ecobee4 WiFi thermostat for $199, and while that's not that incredible by itself — we've seen it that low before — they're also chucking in a free Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) with it.

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You can pick up a refurbished 1st-generation Amazon Echo for just $50 ($30 off)

A smart speaker is a sensible place to start when building a smart home setup. If you're not sure the cost of entry will be worth it, though, this deal may speak to you: Amazon has refurbished units of its first-generation Echo speaker for just 50 bucks, $30 off its historical price of $79.99.

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Amazon Fire TV Cube and 2017 Fire TV Stick rooted using HDMI exploit

Amazon released the Fire TV Cube earlier this year, as a 4K-capable streaming device with far-field microphones (for responding to Alexa responses) and an IR transmitter (for turning devices on/off). Exploitee.rs has now released a root method for the Fire TV Cube and the 2017 Fire TV Stick, which relies on sending commands through the HDMI port and bypassing code verification.

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The iHome iAV5 Bluetooth speaker for Echo Dot is $40 ($20 off) on Amazon

Smart speakers are great, but for the most part, they're stationary. If you sometimes want to take your Echo Dot out onto the patio, you could run an extension cord — but a more flexible solution would be something like the iHome iAV5, which attaches to the Dot to provide both battery power and improved sound. Right now, it's 20 bucks off on Amazon.

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You can now control your NVIDIA SHIELD TV with Alexa

Nvidia continues to improve the Shield TV experience, now offering users another way to control their Android TV box. Assistant support has been around for a little while now, but Alexa is joining the party thanks to a new skill. Simply activate said skill, link your Nvidia account, and you can start controlling your Shield with your Echo or other Alexa devices.

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[Deal Alert] Buy a Canary All-in-One security camera, get an Echo Spot for free ($130 off) at Best Buy

Security cameras are a smart thing to have. Best Buy's got a deal on one particularly compelling cam, the Canary All-in-One. Right now, when you buy the camera, you get a free Echo Spot. Not a bad deal considering the Spot is $129.99 on its own.

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[Deal Alert] Get the Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for as low as $60 ($20 off)

Could you or someone you know use a knockin'-around tablet? Considering the holidays are kind of right around the corner (December's five short weeks away!), I'm guessing the answer is yes. Amazon's running a killer deal on its eight-inch Fire tablet, which is currently going for as low as 60 bucks.

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Amazon Echo and Alexa skills are now available in Italy and Spain

Amazon is now officially selling Echo devices in Italy and Spain, and there are dozens of local Alexa skills from various developers ready to go. This follows launches into France and India earlier this year, as Amazon looks to new arenas of competition with Google Home products.

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