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News Who will be voicing Sonos’s new voice assistant, what commands will it understand, and what music services will it work with? We’ve got answers to those questions and more. News Soon you’ll be able to start speaking to Google Assistant just by looking at the Nest Hub Max’s screen, or by saying a specific “quick phrase.” News Report: Sonos Voice will arrive June 1 as part of a software update, serving as an alternative to Alexa and Hey, Google.
How-To Does Alexa ever cut you off, pipe up at the wrong time, or annoy you with continual notifications? These settings will keep Alexa from driving you nuts. Updated With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, we’ll help you find just the right model. Updated Ring, Abode, and even Google security cameras will be able to trigger spoken Alexa alerts. Reviews Amazon largely delivers on its promises with the sturdy, handsome, and cleverly designed Echo Frames, but having Alexa in your head won’t be for everyone. How-To The indicator lights on your Echo speaker can flash in seven different colors. Here’s what they’re trying to tell you. Updated If you find yourself setting multiple Alexa timers, there’s an easy way to keep them all straight. You can also set sleep timers, ask for reminders, check how much time you have left on a timer, and more. Updated Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors don’t just sound the alarm, they also alert your smart phone and more. News Just say “Alexa, I want to talk to a doctor” to get a callback from a healthcare provider, although you might want to check your insurance first. Updated Play your own MP3 collection on an Amazon Echo or other Alexa devices using Plex or My Media. Cord-Cutter Confidential YouTube TV is already a great live streaming service; these improvements would make it even better. Reviews The Echo Show 15's large display is appealing, but it would be even better if it had a higher-res LCD panel and camera. News Unless they support a key browser feature, non-Google displays can’t open web links anymore. How-To You don’t need to be an expert or spend a fortune on cutting-edge gear, these first steps will lay a foundation you can build on. News You don’t have to say “Hey Google” anymore to make your Google smart speaker or display stop talking. Feature Besides channeling Alexa, the open-ear speakers on Amazon’s smart glasses have been unobtrusively piping soothing sounds into my ringing ears. Updated Sonos just won a major victory in its patent spat with Google, and now Nest smart speaker users are caught in the crossfire. News The new Smart Clock Essential is Lenovo’s first smart clock with onboard Alexa rather than Google Assistant.