Amazon Just Unveiled a Bunch of New Stuff With Alexa

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Concerns over the diminishing public trust in Facebook led to the inclusion of a privacy shutter in front of Portal's wide-angle video camera.

If the pricing leak is true, the Google Home Hub will be cheaper than the Lenovo Smart Display and JBL Link View which cost $200 (roughly Rs. 14,500) and $250 (roughly Rs. 18,100) respectively. Your speakers can also connect to the new Wall Clock (US$30) to provide you with Internet-powered time accuracy.

Skype integration will be added to Alexa devices later this year. It will use a new feature called Alexa Auto, which will let you get directions or search for nearby businesses such as Starbucks or McDonalds using just your voice. Developers including Anker and Garmin have built aftermarket devices that bring Alexa into additional models. The new Echo Show is available for pre-order now and will ship in October for United States dollars 230.

Amazon is also going out to the garage with the Echo Auto, a $50 device that will bring Alexa capabilities to cars, accessing vehicle speaker systems via bluetooth and using the driver's smartphone to connect to the cloud. It's using artificial intelligence to make Alexa smarter. The Echo Input is not dissimilar to Google's Chromecast Audio except that it incorporates mics to recognize voice commands, but will retail for US$35.

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The Alexa service is continuously getting smarter, whether you're using the Echo you bought three years ago or an Echo Show you buy tomorrow. At present, Alexa has more than 20,000 skills developed by third-party developers and according to reports, in the USA alone, Alexa has more than 30,000 skills.

With the arrival of iOS 12 this week came Siri Shortcuts, a new way for Apple's assistant to work with third-party apps. So, if you have not done that yet, do it first and then follow the steps mentioned above. Since Facebook already knows if you're single - which some 200 million people have listed themselves as on their personal profile - or when "it's complicated", why not just hand them the reins to find your next love connection? In Amazon's world, you still need a smartphone, but you don't rely on it for every single aspect of your digital life.

For the time being, the Echo Sub will only be compatible with either the Amazon Echo (2nd gen) or the Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen).

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