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Google gave Google Assistant a weirdly specific backstory to get her voice just right

The voice for Google Assistant was something Google worked hard to perfect. A designer told The Atlantic that he gave Google Assistant's voice a weirdly specific backstory in order to make it sound just right. Google Assistant's persona has a BA in art history and enjoys kayaking.

Amazon revamped its most powerful Echo, the $150 Echo Plus — here’s how it compares to the old version

Amazon unveiled a brand-new Echo Plus last month, a redesigned version of the $150 smart speaker it introduced last year. The new Echo Plus has better sound and a new feature that lets you use the device when your power goes out.
Amazon is teaming up with clean-energy company Arcadia Power to sell smart-home bundles.

Amazon wants to help make it easier to lower your power bill

Amazon is partnering with a clean-energy startup to make homes more efficient with smart-home technology. It's offering free in-home installation as part of the deal.

Amazon’s Echo devices are getting a slick new feature to help protect your home — here’s how it will work

Amazon is rolling out features to Alexa that allows her to detect when someone might be breaking into your home, or if your home alarms are going off.

Here’s everything Amazon announced at its huge September event

Amazon held a special event on Thursday to unveil a slew of new products that broaden the Echo family and bring Alexa to new devices. Let's dive in.
A Microsoft Skype video call, made from an Amazon Echo Show smart speaker device.

A new team-up between Microsoft and Amazon gives us a whole new reason to doubt Microsoft’s voice assistant

When Microsoft brings Skype to Amazon's Alexa, the question becomes: Why do we need Microsoft's own Cortana assistant?

Amazon just debuted a ton of new Alexa devices, but one thing was mysteriously absent

Amazon refreshed the Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show, and it introduced new ways to listen to music with Echo Sub. It did not, however, give any updates on one of the originally touted uses for Alexa: voice shopping.

Amazon just announced a $60 smart Alexa-powered microwave you can control with your voice

Amazon's Alexa is coming to your kitchen with a cheap, Alexa-powered microwave.
The Amazon Echo Wall Clock brings Alexa to a wall-mounted timepiece.

Amazon made a $30 wall clock with its Alexa assistant built in

Time to get an Amazon Alexa-powered wall clock?

Amazon is releasing four new products to make your speaker system way smarter — including a subwoofer

Amazon just announced the Echo Input, Echo Link, Echo Link Amp, and the Echo Sub.