Anymore, one has an equal amount of music streaming services to choose from as there are smart home speakers. Two of the most popular have been Apple Music for streaming, and Amazon’s Echo devices for a smart home speaker. Before you only had one option if you wanted to utilize Apple Music. The HomePod. Now the service and smart speaker are about to be united.
If you own an Amazon Alexa device, you can score some pretty great smart home accessories for $10 from TP-Link and LIFX.
Today only, Amazon is offering the lowest price yet this year on its Amazon Echo home speaker product, coming in at $129.99. This amounts to a savings of 28% off of the list price! Note that the offer ends at 8:59 PM PST today, so make sure you take advantage if you've been waiting for a price drop like this.
The Echo holds a place on our counter top and we have loved ours. In the kitchen, it can come in extremely handy for multiple timers. Say you have something on the stove, but also have something baking in the oven at the same time. You can name the different timers, so that way you know which one is ready to go. We also love it for its integration with Alexa, where you can order Alexa-exclusive voice shopping deals. There's also hundreds of Alexa skills you can utilize with it, such as ordering a pizza from Domino's. It also integrates nicely with Amazon Music Unlimited, producing a decent quality sound.
See below for more details on the product, and let me know if you have any questions on our usage!
- Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
- Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
- Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
- Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
- Answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
- Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others
- Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, DISH, and more
You have to admit, it was a pretty cunning ad by the fast food giant. In case you hadn't heard by now, Burger King had unveiled the above ad that was designed to query your Google Home device, which would in turn read a rather lengthy description of the Whopper burger from Wikipedia.
However, the search engine giant was less than amused, and as of about 2:45 PM ET yesterday according to The Verge, Google disabled the functionality, and it will no longer respond when prompted by the specific Burger King commercial that asks "What is the Whopper burger?" Although it will still respond from Wikipedia with the top result when a real user poses the same question. Similarly to its own Google Home commercials, more than likely the company was able to disable the audio clip from firing off the unwanted Home query triggers.
You may have noticed that before Google pulled the plug, the Whopper query brought up some rather less than flattering descriptions of the flagship sandwich, deeming it being full of ingredients like "toe nail clippings" and "rat." Wikipedia admins must have caught wind of this as the entry is now locked and only authorized users can update it.
For now, users will have to "have it their way" another way when researching Burger King offerings. What's interesting though is why Burger King didn't address Siri or Alexa?