Alexa crashed on Christmas Day – TechCrunch

Amazon this morning said its Alexa devices were among the holiday season’s best-sellers, particularly the Echo and Echo Dot. But the influx of new users setting up their devices for the first time on Christmas Day appeared to be more than Alexa could handle. The service crashed briefly on Christmas, as thousands of new Alexa device owners tried to connect their Echo to Amazon’s servers around the same time. The Guardian first reported the Alexa outage, which began around 10

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Alexa routers are a thing now

Alexa routers are a thing now

Some things are inevitable — stock market fluctuations, thunderstorms, your favorite band reuniting to offset poor financial planning. And then there’s Alexa. Amazon’s smart assistant is slowly making its way onto every aspect of of the smart home, and Google’s own offering isn’t too far behind. As far as these things go, routers make a lot of sense. They’re a key part of stay connected, and in the case of mesh ones, they’re everywhere. So why not have them do

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The Sonos Beam is an excellent way to bring Alexa, and good sound, to your TV

The Sonos Beam is an excellent way to bring Alexa, and good sound, to your TV

Sonos Beam $399.99 View Product The Good Great audio for music and TV • Sleek • compact design • Controls your TV (if it has HDMI-ARC) The Bad Limited voice controls for TV • Alexa commands only work if your TV has HDMI-ARC port The Bottom Line The Sonos Beam is a glimpse at what every soundbar will soon look like: sleek, compact, excellent-sounding, and intelligent thanks to Amazon’s Alexa. Mashable Score4.0 Cool Factor4.0 Learning Curve4.0 Performance4.0 Bang for the

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