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BMO Introduces New Voice-Enabled Skill for Amazon Alexa

Customers in Canada can begin streaming Prime Music within the Amazon Music app for iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition and on any Web browser. The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a collection of free, self-service APIs and tools so that developers can create skills or capabilities for Alexa. "The combination of music and natural language voice controls with Alexa, paired with playlists and stations developed uniquely for our customers, further highlights the value of Amazon Prime ...

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Newly discovered planet could be home to alien life

Scientists at the European Southern Observatory think "Ross 128 B" may be capable of sustaining life. Lead author Doctor Xavier Bonfils , said that many red dwarf stars , including Proxima Centauri , are subject to flares that occasionally bathe their orbiting planets in deadly ultraviolet and X-ray radiation.

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Apple Watch retakes lead of wearables market, Xiaomi second

The only official metric that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) disclosed about Apple Watch during last quarter's earnings release was that the smartwatch enjoyed "unit growth of over 50% for the third consecutive quarter". Apple's smartwatch ads are full of feel-good stories about how the wearable changes people's lives for the better, mainly on the physical activity side of the everyday spectrum, but this next story is something else, and forced even Tim Cook to react.

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SoftBank: Uber investment under consideration but no final agreement reached yet

A day after Uber said that it has agreed to SoftBank's multibillion dollar investment, the Japanese conglomerate said that it was still only considering the investment and that there was no final agreement at this stage, according to a report in Reuters .

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Hulu plans to make a Hitman television series with 'John Wick' creator

How an emotionless, nearly personality-free, hitman , who stars in very slow-paced stealth adventures, became one of the most frequently filmed video game characters we don't know. Previously, there was a Hitman movie starring Timothy Olyphant, but it wasn't exactly the kind of film that inspired confidence in the Hitman fanbase.

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Broadcast your voice to Google speakers around your house with Google Assistant

The search giant has announced a new broadcast feature for Google Assistant , which will allow you to relay messages across all your Google Home smart speakers. Google Assistant is getting a new feature that lets you send a message throughout a smart home in one go. To activate the feature, a user can say "OK Google, broadcast" followed by the desired announcement.