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In an ad ostensibly to tout Amazon's voice assistant Alexa's new spherical shape, a woman imagines that her new Alexa has the voice — and body — of actor Michael B. Jordan, who takes off his shirt to dim the lights and read an audiobook to her in the tub, all to the chagrin of her hapless husband. It's one of the only ads to play with sexual innuendo this year.

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The good: At just $8 each, the Wyze Bulb works with Alexa, Google and IFTTT, and you don’t need a hub to use it. The bulb itself is brighter than advertised, and the app includes useful features like scenes, shortcuts and a vacation mode.

Smart home enthusiasts love Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa, so it’s no surprise the same tech savvy set loves Echo Flex smart plugs. If you’ve ever wanted to quickly and cheaply add Alexa to a few more rooms in your home, these Echo Flex plugs will make your house a little smarter instantly.

Winter means shorter days, so by the time you get home from work it’s probably already dark outside. The last thing you want to do in freezing weather is make your way to the door over icy sidewalks in the dark. That’s where this WiFi plug from Teckin comes in. You can turn on your outdoor lights by voice command using Alexa compatible devices.

Smart home enthusiasts already use Amazon’s Alexa to listen to the news, play music, order groceries, read recipes, check the score, call friends, and more, but now you can use Alexa in your car too. Echo Auto allows you to take Alexa on the road so you’ll never be without a virtual assistant.

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When you're deep in your wallowing stage, listening to super sad, extra emo songs can be one way to get through all the heartache (Alexa, play Sam Smith's "Stay with Me"). But once you've had a brief musical mourning period, use tunes to help your healing (Alexa, play Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone").

Finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day doesn’t have to be complicated, and you don’t need to break the bank to show your dad you care. If you need a Father’s Day gift fast, these affordable picks will be shipped to your door by Sunday.

Cord cutters already love Amazon’s Fire TV Stick which enables easy streaming of their favorite movies, songs, and shows, including live TV with a DIRECTV NOW subscription. But if you love trying out the latest home entertainment tech, here are 3 reasons you should replace your Fire TV Stick with the Fire TV Cube.

“Alexa, entertain my kid with high-quality content.” If you have an Echo device, you know this is a tall order. Not only is Alexa a finicky listener, but you need to launch specific “skills” to get the device to do what you want. With hundreds of skills in a huge range of categories listed on the Amazon Alexa app or website, it can take some digging to find the good stuff. But if you do dig, you’ll be rewarded with some pretty sweet games and activities, including interactive storytelling, math practice, exercise, games to play together, and more.

Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa can wake you up in the morning, play whatever song you’re in the mood for, and tell you the weather, so it’s no surprise Alexa can help make the holidays less stressful too. If you’re juggling dozens of dishes in the kitchen this time of year, try these Alexa features to stay on top of holiday food prep.

If you were lucky enough to receive an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot this holiday season, you’re probably still discovering new things about your device. The built-in personal assistant, Alexa, is known for providing quick answers to questions and pulling up your favorite song, but it can also do so much more. Here are 5 cool things you probably didn’t know Alexa could do.

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