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'Smart speakers' are angling to colonize your living room

NEW YORK (AP) — Does your home really need a "smart speaker" that can answer questions, call you an Uber, turn off the lights or play music when you ask? Two years ago, Amazon introduced the Amazon Echo, an unassuming, $180 cylinder that sits atop a kitchen counter or bookshelf, acting as a personal assistant that listens to you and does your bidding. [...] Echo and its Alexa voice recognition software have since become a sleeper hit, with an estimated 3 million gadgets sold as of April, according to research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.
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