Sorry this deal arrived so late. Reasons I won't bore you with.Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the 1st-generation Amazon Echo Show for $99.99, shipped free for Amazon Prime members. (Everyone else pays $5.)See it at WootIn case you're unfamiliar with it, the Echo Show is Amazon's Alexa-with-a-screen product. You get all the voice-activated goodness of a smart speaker, but with a lovely screen for watching videos, making Skype-like video calls, checking the feed from your security cameras and so on.It's not perfect, though, as you'll learn from reading CNET's Echo Show review. And there's a second-generation model that's better-looking, better-sounding and just all-around better. It's also $229.Read more: Build your own Echo Show on the cheap Warts notwithstanding, I want a pair of these so I can have easy video chats with my parents. I can also see some value in watching recipe videos while in the kitchen.If you already own a 1st-gen Show, hit the comments and share what … [Read more...] about Grab a 1st-generation Amazon Echo Show for $100
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First announced at the Made by Google event in New York on Oct. 9, the Smart Light Starter Kit packs a Google Home Mini smart speaker and a GE C-Life Smart Bulb into the same box. You can buy the kit now for $55 on the Google store and electronics stores like Target. That's a good price, as the Google Home Mini costs $50 on its own and a two pack of GE's smart bulbs costs $30. Beyond the affordable price, the pairing marks Google's first foray into helping you set up your smart home. You've long been able to control a wide variety of smart home devices with Google's smart speakers like the Google Home Mini or the original Google Home. Thanks to Google Assistant built into those smart speakers, you could use your voice to control Philips Hue lights, August locks, Nest Thermostats or any of roughly 10,000 devices from 1,000 brands. For each of those devices, you had to do the initial setup using the provider app such as the Philips Hue app for Philips Hue bulbs These GE C-Life Smart … [Read more...] about Google Home app makes it easy to set up this GE smart bulb
It's been a busy couple of weeks for smart displays, an emerging category of voice-activated touchscreens seeking a place in your living room or kitchen. First, Amazon introduced us to its new-and-improved, second-gen Echo Show. Then came Facebook, with the surprise announcement of a pair of "Portal" smart displays with cameras that can automatically track you as you move during video calls. The very next day: Google rolled out the smart-home-centric Google Home Hub. Google Home Hub takes on the Amazon Echo Show 14 Photos That's three, count 'em, three titans of tech battling it out to get you to buy in on their smart displays this holiday season (not to mention ones from Lenovo and JBL that already made their debut earlier this year, or ones from Sony and LG that are yet to arrive). So, how do these new displays stack up against one another? Let's start the best way I know how: With a sizable, borderline unwieldy chart that's chock full of specs:Amazon Echo Show … [Read more...] about Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show
Amazon introduced a flurry of new Alexa gadgets at a whirlwind event in Seattle last month. Key among them, a brand new version of Amazon's Alexa best-seller, the $50 Echo Dot. Like the versions that came before it, the new, third-gen Echo Dot is a puckish, pint-sized smart speaker that's really made to be connected with other, bigger audio setups via Bluetooth of auxiliary cable. But the new Echo Dot is also noticeably bigger than before -- and Amazon says that's because it beefed up the sound quality on the speaker inside. That move is likely meant to counter Google, which one-upped the Echo Dot as far as sound quality is concerned when it released the equally cheap Google Home Mini. With a new, better-sounding Echo Dot that still costs $50, Alexa's now in a better position to stay competitive with the insurgent Google Assistant. So how's the new Dot sound? So glad you asked. Now playing: Watch this: The new Amazon Echo Dot: Does it sound better than before? 1:54 Dot … [Read more...] about Amazon’s new Echo Dot vs. the Google Home Mini: Which sounds better?
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in May 2017. It was republished in June 2018 with all the new Alexa options Amazon introduced in the first part of the year, and then updated again in September of 2018 with yet more new Alexa and Echo options, 'cause the folks at Amazon never sleep. Featured stories Microsoft to unify search across Windows 10, Office 365 and Bing with Microsoft Search Google secretly logs users into Chrome whenever they log into a Google site How to decide: Picking the 2018 iPhone that's right for you Meet Amazon's new hardware: Prices, features, release dates You know what Alexa does. She turns on your lights. She plays your songs. She answers your math questions. She wakes you up. She sets timers. She's your canister of helpfulness wherever your voice can be heard in your house. She's your BFF. She's benign AI. She does everything you need, that you should be able to do yourself. And, as long as she doesn't wake up one … [Read more...] about Which Amazon Echo to buy? How to pick the best Alexa device for your needs