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Microsoft Cortana skills: Which are available now and how do they work?

Microsoft Cortana skills: Which are available now and how do they work?

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Microsoft has launched the first set of skills for Cortana.During the company's annual Build developers conference this week, Microsoft announced a Cortana Skills Kit so that developers could create Amazon Alexa-like skills for Microsoft's voice assistant.... >>

"Alexa, how many times has the UK won nil points?": Alexa knows everything about Eurovision

"Alexa, how many times has the UK won nil points?": Alexa knows everything about Eurovision

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All eyes will be on be on Kyiv, Ukraine this weekend as the annual Eurovision song contest takes places on Saturday 13 May. Amazon Alexa is getting in on the singing action with a special Eurovision skill. Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services... >>

Move over, Alexa: More Cortana devices and skills are on the way

Move over, Alexa: More Cortana devices and skills are on the way

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Harman Kardon isn't the only company making a Cortana device.Smart speakers are everywhere. Amazon now offers - count them - five different Alexa-powered speakers, while Google has the Assistant-powered Google Home, and even Apple is expected to launch... >>

Samsung Bixby voice-controlled speaker incoming? Patents would suggest so

Samsung Bixby voice-controlled speaker incoming? Patents would suggest so

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Patently Mobile has obtained a granted design patent for an "audio device" made by Samsung. However, since it's only a design patent, it doesn't give away any details as to specs or features, but just shows us a design that Samsung has in mind. What is... >>

Apple's Siri speaker: What's the story so far?

Apple's Siri speaker: What's the story so far?

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Apple is working on its own Amazon Echo or Google Home-like device, according to several reports from the last few months.These reports have claimed that Apple is already testing the product inside Apple employees' homes, and that we may see the device,... >>

Amazon Echo vs Amazon Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Look vs Echo Show: What's the difference?

Amazon Echo vs Amazon Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Look vs Echo Show: What's the difference?

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The original Amazon Echo lineup of tiered-speaker heights reminded us of Starbucks coffee sizes (grande, venti, and trenta), but now, it's added two more Echo devices to the mix.And they have radically different designs and purposes.Amazon makes a cylindrical,... >>

Harman Kardon Invoke speaker has Microsoft Cortana for brains

Harman Kardon Invoke speaker has Microsoft Cortana for brains

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Harman Kardon, one of the audio brands to fall under the Harman umbrella, has officially announced the Invoke speaker. It's the first to use Microsoft's Cortana as its voice-controlled personal assistant. Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa Harman... >>

Apple's Echo-like smart speaker with Siri could debut at WWDC 2017

Apple's Echo-like smart speaker with Siri could debut at WWDC 2017

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Apple is consistently rumoured to be developing its own smart speaker, and a new report has suggested it could arrive as soon as June.The Amazon Echo ignited a smart speaker craze, with even Google jumping on board with its own Google Home. So, of course... >>

Amazon might unveil a new Echo device with a built-in screen in May

Amazon might unveil a new Echo device with a built-in screen in May

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Amazon isn't done expanding its Echo line of voice-activated devices.Earlier this week, Amazon introduced the Echo Look, the latest entry to its Echo line. Echo Look is unlike the original Echo, Tap, and Echo Dot in that it's primarily about taking photos... >>

What is Amazon Echo Look and how does it work?

What is Amazon Echo Look and how does it work?

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Echo Look is the newest addition to Amazon's line of Echo-branded devices, which include the original Echo, Amazon Tap, and Echo Dot.Each Echo device has a different form factor and is best suited to a specific environment - whether you're at home and... >>

B&O Play BeoPlay P2 is a palm-sized wireless speaker you control with your hands

B&O Play BeoPlay P2 is a palm-sized wireless speaker you control with your hands

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B&O Play, Bang & Olufsen's lifestyle arm, has released a new portable wireless speaker. Called the BeoPlay P2, it's the company's smallest wireless speaker to date and comes with some intuitive controls to replace physical buttons. Which B&O Play speaker... >>

Google Home just became the perfect sous-chef for your kitchen

Google Home just became the perfect sous-chef for your kitchen

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Google Home now serves up numerous guided recipe instructions.Anyone who owns a voice-activated smart speaker, including Amazon Echo, knows it's perfect for the kitchen. Don't know how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? Ask your speaker. Want to set... >>

Best speakers 2017: Best wireless and Bluetooth speakers for your tunes

Best speakers 2017: Best wireless and Bluetooth speakers for your tunes

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Speakers come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, from larger options that have the power to fill your whole living room and then some, to smaller, portable ones that are great for taking to picnics or moving from room-to-room.Finding the right... >>

Arsenal first Premier League club with live streaming Alexa Skill, ask it for commentary and more

Arsenal first Premier League club with live streaming Alexa Skill, ask it for commentary and more

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Arsenal have released their own Alexa Skill, for use with Amazon Echo and other Alexa assistant-enabled devices.It is the first Premier League football club to do so and offers all manner of ways for fans to receive information through voice alone.Developed... >>

Google Home recognises who speaks to it: How to add multiple users

Google Home recognises who speaks to it: How to add multiple users

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Google Home can now recognise each person in your household by their voice and smartly switch to their account and preferences.Those of you with a husband or kids or a roommate will appreciate Google Home's latest update. If you've ever said to the speaker... >>

Bose SoundLink Color II returns with new colour options and water-resistance

Bose SoundLink Color II returns with new colour options and water-resistance

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Bose has announced some updates to its SoundLink Color wireless Bluetooth speaker. The new Color II model arrives with a more rugged and water-resistant body as well as a fresh selection of colour choices. Bose Revolve speakers pump sound out in 360 degrees... >>

Bose SoundLink Revolve speakers pump sound out in 360 degrees

Bose SoundLink Revolve speakers pump sound out in 360 degrees

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It's been a couple of years since we've heard about new SoundLink speakers from Bose, but now the company has announced two new wireless Bluetooth speakers; the Revolve and Revolve+. Bose boasts they're their "best Bluetooth speakers ever" and have been... >>

Which B&O Play speaker is right for you?

Which B&O Play speaker is right for you?

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B&O Play, Bang & Olufsen's lifestyle subsidiary, makes some of the best looking and best sounding Bluetooth speakers on the market. There are a couple of ranges within B&O Play's lineup: BeoPlay and BeoLit, with the BeoLit name dating back to 1939 - you... >>

Astell & Kern Kann portable hi-res audio player is the world's most powerful, without the high price tag

Astell & Kern Kann portable hi-res audio player is the world's most powerful, without the high price tag

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Astell & Kern is no stranger when it comes to producing high-resolution music players that make your jaw hit the floor, not only because of their capabilities and looks, but because of their price. The Kann therefore should produce a more surprised looked... >>

Google Home's latest feature lets everyone easily access their data

Google Home's latest feature lets everyone easily access their data

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Google Home is about to get a lot more useful for the entire family.A new update to the Google Home app is alerting people that “multiple users are now supported”. Except, the message appears to be popping up by accident, because the functionality... >>

Google wants to stuff another device into the next Google Home speaker

Google wants to stuff another device into the next Google Home speaker

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What would make Google Home better?This is a question Google has been apparently asking itself, especially since the market is currently exploding with Alexa-powered devices from not only Amazon but just about every other third-party manufacturer out... >>

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Shape is a wall of sound that you'll definitely want

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Shape is a wall of sound that you'll definitely want

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Danish speaker brand Bang and Olufsen is no stranger when it comes to marrying high quality audio and innovation, and its latest product has a great case to be considered the perfect partnership. Bang and Olufsen at 92: A closer look at how the luxury... >>

Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design
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Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design

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With what seems like a zillion portable Bluetooth speakers available, it can be tricky to decide which one to buy. Creative might not be the most obvious name that springs to mind, but its Roar series has been a strong contender in the space for years... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy
5.0 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy

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UE is back with the Wonderboom, the latest Bluetooth speaker to join the Boom party. And this time it's going small. Like the UE Roll 2, this speaker takes things smaller, making it even easier to port around its fun brand of Bluetooth music, but doing... >>

UE Wonderboom is a palm-sized explosion of Bluetooth wonderment

UE Wonderboom is a palm-sized explosion of Bluetooth wonderment

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UE has announced a new Boom model, this time going smaller with the UE Wonderboom.The Wonderboom carries all the hallmarks you'd expect from the family. It's solidly built, waterproof and comes in a range of funky colours - grey, black, red, blue, pink... >>