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You just bought a new Amazon Echo device? Do these 6 things first

Get the scoop on how to train Alexa to recognize your voice, prevent unauthorized purchases from Amazon, tell it where you live and work, and more.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 review: Small and solid wins the race

Amazon's newest Echo speaker is its best yet, with a great design, excellent features, and a killer price tag.

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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

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How to play music you own on an Amazon Echo

Play your own MP3 collection on an Amazon Echo or other Alexa devices using Plex or My Media.

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Amazon's Alexa might be the first thing you see in a future version of Windows 10

Microsoft announces a new build in which third-party assistants like Amazon Alexa could be enabled on the Windows 10 lock screen. Sorry, Cortana.

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Amazon is selling the 3rd-gen Echo Dot for 50% off ahead of Prime Day

Amazon's Echo Dot is just $25 right now.

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Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control review: Ecobee’s fifth-gen device is its best yet

Nest Who? Ecobee builds our top pick in smart thermostats.

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Schlage Encode smart deadbolt review: This Wi-Fi entry lock is a good choice for Key by Amazon subscribers

But the Schlage Encode smart deadbolt also exposes some flaws in Amazon’s broader approach to the smart home.

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Ring Smart Lighting Pathlight starter kit review: Security lighting on the cheap—except for all those batteries

The all-plastic construction has us wondering about longevity, but the price (and the hooks into the broader Ring ecosystem) can’t be beat.

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C by GE Tunable White and Full Color smart bulb reviews: Pretty lights hampered by incomplete software

GE intended these bulbs to be easy to use, but they're just the opposite.

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Ecobee’s fifth-generation SmartThermostat with voice control is available now

The company says its combination thermostat/Alexa smart speaker will have a more powerful processor and speaker, plus dual-band Wi-Fi.

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C by GE Smart Plug review: This smart home gadget disappoints

Adding one to your Wi-Fi network is easy enough, but GE falls short of delivering on its promise of easy integration with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

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Amazon’s Echo Show 5 could kneecap the Google Nest Hub

Its 5.5-inch display is slightly smaller, but it has a camera and is priced at just $90.

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Amazon's rumored wearable device reads your emotions by listening to your voice

Amazon is reportedly developing a new voice-powered device that can read human emotions.

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Marshall Stanmore II Voice review: This voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker has the iconic look of rock royalty

The sound quality is fairly good overall, especially with rock music, but I had several problems with its operation.

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Schlage Connect review: The Z-Wave version of Schlage’s smart deadbolt is big on brawn, not brains

You'll want to run a smart home hub to get the most benefit from this strong smart lock.

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Amazon’s Alexa Guard adds new security features to Amazon Echo smart speakers

Alexa Guard can operate on its own or in conjunction with full security systems from Ring and ADT.

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Sonos is rolling out Google Assistant support to its Sonos One and Sonos Beam smart speakers

The development effort consumed more than a year, but Sonos is now the first smart speaker manufacturer to support both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on the same system.

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Netgear Orbi Voice review: It’s not the best smart speaker, but it's an excellent mesh Wi-Fi system

And if you already have an Orbi router, it’ll make an awesome addition to your network.

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Amazon's Alexa app for Windows now listens for wake words, just like an Echo Dot

Amazon has upgraded its Alexa Windows 10 app to always listen for your commands via a wake word.

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