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NewsToday's Alexa will remain free, but you might have to pay up for a new version of Alexa powered by generative AI, Amazon's outgoing hardware chief says. Best PicksFind the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget. UpdatedA 19-year Microsoft veteran who ran the company's Windows and Surface divisions, Panay comes to Amazon at a challenging time for its Alexa group.
NewsIf you want Alexa to keep listening for smoke alarms and breaking glass, you’re going to have to pay up. Here’s how much it will cost. NewsThere have been Echo smart home hubs since the first Echo Plus. What makes this one different? NewsAlexa sounds much more natural with the backing of Amazon’s new LLM, although it also gives off some serious HAL vibes. NewsThe third-gen Echo Show 8 will sound better and control Matter devices, as well as adjust its interface depending on how far away you are. ReviewsThis soundbar has a range of smart features and is a cinch to set up. NewsIf you've been using Google's largest Nest Hub display to join Zoom and Google Meet video calls, you'll need a new option by the end of the month. Best PicksWe'll help you find the best wireless speakers for pairing with your smartphone or tablet—whatever your budget, and whatever music floats your boat. Best PicksWhether you prefer Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, we’ll help you find just the right model. ReviewsIt doesn’t look much different from the original groundbreaking speaker, but there’s virtually nothing here that hasn’t been improved. FeatureThe dockable Google Pixel Tablet has a speedy CPU and an arsenal of smart home features, but is it really a Nest Hub killer? ReviewsThis all-in-one music system supports every way we listen to music today—on vinyl, streaming, on TV, and more—inside a stylishly posh cabinet. NewsThe widely anticipated Sonos Move 2 will arrive later this month with stereo sound, simultaneous Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections, and improved battery life. ReviewsYou might not know the brand, but Tronsmart is making Bluetooth speakers that are at least as good—if not better—than the ones the brands you're more familiar with are building. ReviewsApple's diminutive HomePod mini still comes with a lofty price tag, but it's gained impressive functionality since its launch three years ago. NewsWith the arrival of JBL's new Authentics speakers, you can finally use both Alexa and Google Assistant simultaneously on a single device. NewsDolby Atmos FlexConnect works with the speakers on TCL TVs to deliver immersive Atmos sound without the need to rearrange your furniture.
How-ToAlexa Routines creates lots of new possibilities for your Amazon Echo. Here's how to put them to use.