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    How Does Siri Actually Know What I’m Saying?A simple guide to how voice assistants process speech, and how they know you’re talking to them.
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    Gimlet’s New Show Is About the Human Side of AIKristen Wiig and Alia Shawkat star in a new fiction podcast that explores the humor and terror of voice assistants.
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    Sandra Is a Tech Thriller for the Age of Siri and AlexaBut as a podcast, it’s jarringly incomplete.
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    Should You Hire a Pro to Smarten Your Home?Please don’t electrocute yourself. It’s so much easier than you’re making it. There are people trained to do these things.
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    The Smart Appliances That Actually Make My Kitchen BetterFrom voice-activated trash cans to Alexa-enabled coffee makers.
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    Why Do My Exes Hate My Echo So Much?All of my exes hated how I talked to my Echo Dot. An investigation into why.
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    A Paranoid Guide to Smart-Speaker PrivacyThe demon boxes cater to your every need! How much should you trust them?
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    Alexa, Where Am I? Welcome to Home, Smart HomeWelcome to a new pop-up blog about smart homes and the people who build, develop, want, live in, and are fascinated by them.
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    The Smart-Home Future Is Already HereBill Gates maybe spent too much on his geek dream 20 years ago.
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    Apple’s HomePod Struggles to Find a HomeUsers just aren’t drawn to the premium device.
  11. Vulture’s 60-Second News Hour Is Now the Second-Best Use for AlexaNothing’s touching “Weather.”
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    Do I Need a Smart Doorbell?The latest craze in smart-home security, explained.
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    Is Never Walking to Tweak a Thermostat Worth $300?Nest has announced a new temperature sensor system to work with its smart thermostats.
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    Your Alexa Might Be Working With the PolicePolice in England have been testing ways to use Amazon Echo in crime reporting.
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    Like Everyone Else, Amazon’s Alexa Is Laughing at YouUsers don’t know why the devices are activating on their own.
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    Two Select All Editors Try to Decide: Is the HomePod Worth $350?Two Select All editors try to decide.
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    How to Use Spotify on a HomePodIf you’ve got a particular playlist in Spotify you want to play on your HomePod, here’s how.
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    Should You Get an Apple HomePod?The questions to ask yourself before getting Apple’s new smart speaker.
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    What Reviewers Are Saying About the Apple HomePodGreat sound, but Siri falls short — and it’s for dedicated Apple fans only.
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    Tennessee Man Very Concerned His Google Home Doesn’t Know Who Jesus IsA Google Home will tell you about Satan, but not Jesus Christ.
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    This Is What Apple’s HomePod Sounds LikeAn evening listening to Apple’s upcoming smart speaker.
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    Apple’s Long-Delayed HomePod Will Likely Hit Shelves Before SpringBut is the world still listening?
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    Facebook Is Hoping You’ll Drop $500 on Its Smart-Home DeviceThe Facebook Portal is reportedly capable of identifying faces using its camera.
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    Google Home Max Review: A Big, Booming Smart SpeakerThe best-sounding smart speaker on the market is here.
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    These $15 Plugs Turn Any Home Into a Smart HouseAnything you stick in them can be controlled from your phone.
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    Apple’s HomePod Delayed Until 2018Oh my pod.
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    How to Have a High-tech ThanksgivingFrom sous vide to smart scales, our comprehensive guide will help you bring your Turkey Day traditions into the 21st century.
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    Looking to Dip Your Toe in the Alexa Pool? The Echo Dot Is on Sale Right NowPlease come join us in the future.
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    Amazon Wants You to Wirelessly Unlock Your House to Let in Delivery PeopleThe new service is called Amazon Key and would allow for package deliveries while you’re out and about.
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    Here Comes a New Google Home … With a Screen?Google source code suggests a speaker with a screen may be coming soon.
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    Amazon’s New Echo Is a Tableside Alarm Clock With a ScreenAmazon announced roughly seven gazillion new Echoes today.
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    Last Night’s South Park Commanded People’s Amazon Echos to Say NSFW LinesAlexa, mute everything!
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    Is Amazon Just Using Whole Foods to Unload Outdated Echos?The device is suddenly no longer for sale online.
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    Kill Time Waiting for the New Game of Thrones With These Alexa Easter EggsHey Alexa … is winter coming?
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    Alexa, Give My Data Over to DevelopersAmazon is considering allowing third-party app developers access to your voice queries to Alexa.
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    This Is the Lowest Price Yet for the Google HomeGoogle offers some discounts for those who want to stay out of Amazon’s ecosystem.
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    For Today Only, You Can Grab an Amazon Echo for Just $90Get ‘em while they last.
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    What Reviewers Are Saying About Amazon’s New Echo With a ScreenGreat interface, plain design, and an extremely creepy video-chat feature.
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    Amazon Echo’s Alexa Jones Tells You the Truths They Don’t Want You to HearTired of the dulcet tones of Alexa? Try out the screams of a very, very angry conspiracy theorist from Texas.
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    The Smart-Speaker Wars Are About to BeginThe world’s four most valuable companies all want to get a smart speaker in your home.
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    The Amazon Echo Is $40 Off for Prime MembersIf you’ve been curious about the Echo, now’s a good time to grab one.
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    The Lighthouse AI Home Camera Is Very Cool and Kinda CreepyI can’t tell whether to be impressed or worried about how smart this home camera system is.
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    Microsoft Gets Serious About the Smart-Speaker GameThe smart-home-speaker market is starting to get very crowded.
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    Amazon’s New Alexa Device, the Echo Show, Comes With a ScreenAmazon’s newest gizmo pushes video chat heavily.
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    God Help Me, I Want This Futuristic $200 Alexa Ring LampIt’s available for preorder now, and starts shipping in September.
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    Will Apple Unveil Its Version of Amazon’s Echo in June?Siri, imitate Alexa.
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    Why Do I Hate Talking to My Phone?What’s the reason I loathe talking to Siri, but chatter away happily to Alexa?
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    Google Home Just Got a Lot More Useful for Actual HomesYour Google Home speaker will now support multiple users — and can recognize you just by the sound of your voice.
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    Why Wikipedia’s Editors Are Demanding an Apology From Burger KingEditors say the chain violated rules by inserting ad copy for its Google Home stunt.
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    Burger King’s Google-Hack Ad Was a Whopper of a FailureIt lasted mere hours before the tech giant shut things down.
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