Alexa deals continue – and the big smart home news of the week

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Amazon's Alexa speaker super sale

Black Friday may seem like a distant and slightly unpleasant memory (at least for those of us who trawled the deals for our dearest readers) but it’s not over for Amazon Echo speakers.

Yes, there are still massive deals to be had on Alexa speakers at Amazon with a range of deals available.

We’ve listed some of our favourites below – we just can’t help it.

Top Picks - the best Echo deals

Amazon Echo Dot (2018 version) - $29.00 down from $49.99 - Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot (2017 version) - $24.99 down from $49.99 - Amazon

Amazon Echo (2nd gen) - $69.99 down from $99.99 - Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition - $49.99 down from $69.99 - Amazon

Alexa deals continue – and the big smart home news of the week

Malware could target smart homes

Onto real news, it seems that 2019 is the year malware is going to start attacking your smart home – reports Techradar. McAfee has been peddling words of caution, saying that devious malware ne’er-do-wells are set to target poorly secured IoT devices, harnessing them into botnets:

The company wrote: “Malware authors will take advantage of phones and tablets, those already trusted controllers, to try to take over IoT devices by password cracking and exploiting vulnerabilities.

“These attacks will not appear suspicious because the network traffic comes from a trusted device. The success rate of attacks will increase, and the attack routes will be difficult to identify.”

Alexa deals continue – and the big smart home news of the week

The relationship councillor will see you now

Smart assistants to help struggling couples

Researchers from the Imperial College Business School have predicted that within three years, vice assistants such as Google Home or Alexa will be able to predict with 75% certainty whether a marriage will be a success – by listening in on your arguments.

According to a report in The Independent, voice assistants could use acoustic analysis of couples’ communication – and could suggest marriage counselling or even dispense relationship advice themselves.

“AI can pick up missed cues and suggest nudges to bridge the gap in emotional intelligence and communication styles. It can identify optimal ways to discuss common problems and alleviate common misunderstandings based on these different priorities and ways of viewing the world. We could be looking at a different gender dynamics in a decade,” Aparna Sasidharan, from Imperial College Business School told the Indy. The full report is well worth a read.

Alexa deals continue – and the big smart home news of the week

Alexa, get out of my office

Some relationship advice might be needed between WeWork and Amazon, after a trial of Alexa in workspaces was “paused” this week. CNBC reports that the trial – which involved workers being able to book meeting rooms and office temperatures, has been ended indefinitely.

Check out our super guide to Amazon Alexa.

Alexa deals continue – and the big smart home news of the week

Robot hoover, dog poo avoider

We’re not short of top robot vacuum cleaners at the moment, but only the Veniibot Venii N1 mopping robot has the ultimate special skill reports Engadget. Yes, the Veniibot can dodge dog poo – rather than smearing any unwanted presents around your home. We would say that if you can’t stop your dog fouling the floor buying a robot hoover should be the least of your concerns – but we love the sentiment. Carry on crapping, furry friends.

Signing off.

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