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Apple Quiet on Siri, new Fire TV with Improved Alexa Support

Apple continues to give short shrift to voice-first -- at least in its major announcements. Meanwhile, a new Fire TV with deep Alexa support is supposedly on the way, with a built-in speaker and microphone array (previous Fire TV versions had Alexa support via a microphone in the remote, as opposed to built into the device itself). Just more reasons to shout at the TV, which Google will now detect and turn down the TV volume accordingly :-).

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