Westinghouse shows off possible new Fire TV Edition television at CES 2018

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A year ago at CES, Amazon debuted the current Fire TV Edition televisions from Element and Westinghouse. This year, despite evidence of 2nd generation TVs being in the works, Fire OS on new TVs has been nearly nonexistent at CES. The only new Fire TV Edition television being shown is one from Westinghouse that is not quite ready for an official announcement. Read more ›

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Hands-on with the Garmin Speak Plus at CES 2018

Garmin just announced an updated version of their Garmin Speak called the Garmin Speak Plus. The new premium model adds a dash cam along with several safety features to a very small device that provides access to Alexa in your car. I got a chance to play with a unit at CES and learn a bit more about its new features. Read more ›

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Lon Seidman covers gadgets at CES with a guest appearance from me

I’m currently at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and I spent the evening last night with my buddy Lon Seidman as he covered all the cool tech at the show. If you don’t know about Lon, he has a fantastic YouTube channel, that I highly recommend, where he reviews all sorts of devices. The video above is his first in a series of CES coverage. I make a guest appearance around the 11:35 mark in the video, so be sure not to miss my goofy mug. If you want to play Where’s Elias?, see if you can spot the 2 other times I appear in the video. Hint: One is fairly obvious, the other is not, and I’m never just walking around in the background.

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Hands on with the new 2nd-gen NVIDIA Shield TV and new Spot microphone

I got a chance to see and play around with the new NVIDIA Shield TV that was announced at CES. Here’s initial hands on impressions of the first Android TV streaming device that comes with an Amazon Video app. Read more ›

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Hands on with the Amazon Video app on the new NVIDIA Shield TV

I just had some hands on time with the new 2nd-gen NVIDIA Shield TV that was just revealed last night at CES. Seeing how it’s the first Android TV streaming box to have an official Amazon Video app, I jumped immediately into the app to have a look around. Read more ›

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NVIDIA announces new Shield TV with Amazon Video and Google Voice Assistant

At their CES keynote, NVIDIA has just announced the next generation Shield TV streaming box running Android TV. Specific hardware specs were not revealed, but NVIDIA says it has three times the performance of any other streaming box on the market. The device’s biggest new features are support for 4K HDR, Amazon Video, and Google’s Voice Assistant. Read more ›

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Fire TV Edition televisions come with Alexa voice remotes

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners will feel right at home with the remote that comes with the Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element. That’s because the remote is nearly identical to the Alexa remote that comes with Amazon’s streaming devices. I would even go as far as to guess that Amazon even manufactured the remotes, or at least the pre-production versions being used to control the TVs at CES. Read more ›

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Technical specs of the new Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element

Amazon’s Fire OS operating system is the star of the show when it comes to the new Fire TV Edition televisions announced from Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element, but the hardware itself is just as interesting. Here is what I’ve learned about them so far during my time at CES. Read more ›

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I’ll be at CES January 3rd through the 5th

I’ll be attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for the first time this year. I’ll be there on January 3rd (Tuesday) and stay through January 5th (Thursday) at the very least. If you happen to be there and see me walking around, please say hello. I’ll do my best to find time to post while I’m there, but if you’d like more frequent updates, you can follow me on Twitter (@Elias), Facebook (esaba), and/or Instagram (esaba).

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Triby to be the first 3rd-party device to fully integrate Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant

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When Amazon gave developers access to Alexa through the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), they also released their voice assistant from the confines of the Amazon Echo with the Alexa Voice Service (AVS). Up until now, the former has received the most attention, with the release of over 100 Alexa Skills, but now the first manufacturer to use the latter to fully integrate Alexa into their device has arrived. Invoxia, makers of the Triby connected speaker for the kitchen, have announced that they’ll be the first third party manufacturer to integrate Alexa into their device. Triby is similar to the Amazon Echo in many ways, but also includes features focused on being the communication hub for your family with digital messaging capabilities, through its screen, and the ability to make internet calls to family members. Ford has also announced Alexa integration into their car’s infotainment systems, but Triby is positioned to be the first to bring Alexa integration to consumers. An update bringing Alexa to the device is expected to be released this Spring. From the Fire TV, to speakers like Triby, to cars, you can probably expect to hear about a lot more devices in 2016 integrating Alexa voice capabilities.

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