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Vaux the first battery-powered speaker for Amazon Echo Dot

Consumers will now be able to utilize Alexa with the first battery-powered speaker created specifically for Amazon Echo Dot. The new "Vaux" device provides mobility and increased audio quality.

Amazon opens Echo smart speaker tech to every developer

Amazon has announced it's making the voice recognition tech inside its Alexa-powered Echo speaker available to developers building on the Alexa platform. It'll improve the voice input capabilities of third-party Alexa products, developing the ecosystem.

Huawei to take on Siri with its own digital voice assistant

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei is planning to release a rival to Apple's Siri by launching its own voice assistant. The company has assigned over one hundred engineers to the major development effort, described as "extensive" by insider sources.

Google unveils its take on Amazon's Alexa skills

Google has expanded its Google Assistant developer program to include every app creator as opposed to just private beta testers. It will expand the number of services compatible with Assistant as the company prepares to take on market leader Amazon.

Amazon's new Fire TV Stick is 30 percent faster, still only $40

Amazon has announced a new Fire TV Stick, one of the company's most successful hardware products. The low-cost compact dongle is now 30 percent faster than the original. Amazon is also teasing a major software update with a "new on-screen experience."

Google is building an Amazon Echo rival called 'Chirp'

Google is building a new consumer hardware device to rival Amazon's Echo, according to reports. The product will be an always-on voice controlled digital assistant, powered by Google Now. Amazon has seen a sales success with the Echo.

Amazon's Alexa partners with Fitbit to remind you to exercise

Amazon has released a new update for its Alexa digital assistant on the Amazon Echo. Alexa now integrates with exercise tracking app Fitbit, letting you ask how active you've been, tell Alexa to register a new activity or hear supporting prompts.

Alexa: Useful, or not?

Alexa is one of Amazon’s kids. Some might say enfant terrible, others might say just plain terrible. It operates a web ranking system which some would say is irritating, others would say is fascinating.

"Dark Horse" Republican now tied with Obama

Prior to last week's Republican Presidential debate few Americans knew how Ron Paul was. Now he's tied with Barack Obama in terms of website traffic.

Alexa Puts Nail in Statsaholic Coffin?

Alexa embeds ads in Statsaholic's statistics and limiting its use in the number of sites it can compare at any one time.

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