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If you’re a Christmas-celebrating person then you’re probably familiar with advent calendars. The idea behind them is that you open a small gift every day as part of a countdown to actual Christmas.

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While Apple and Google play well together in some areas - such as the multi-billion deal that makes Google the default search on iOS - they are on less friendly terms in others. Apple and Google, and a few others, are locked in a pitched battle to dominate automation through smart assistants such as Siri, Alexa and Google's platform. But an update to the iOS version of Google's Asistant proves that where there's a will, there's a way to bring enemies together.

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Amazon has introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints. This is a way to create your own personalised skills and responses for Alexa. It's a set of templates you can take advantage of to create customised experiences just by filling in the blanks. Digital assistants are finally set to become a two-way partnership.

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If you don’t have any wine knowledge, figuring out what wine to serve with dinner can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. While most of us have a decent idea of what to serve with a steak, when it comes to other dishes like pizza or apple pie our current knowledge might fall a little short.

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If talking out loud to Alexa (or your digital assistant of choice) feels unnatural, you're not alone. I've had Siri for as long as she's been alive, yet I can count on one hand the number of times I've spoken to her. It's always seemed easier to open an app on my iPhone or type in a Google query and get exactly what I'm looking for, rather than navigating a line of verbal questioning that eventually leads to my desired answer — or not.

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Every Wednesday, there's a YouTube series that adds a new music video of a screaming frog saying "It is Wednesday, my dudes." Wouldn't one of these Wednesday songs make a better alarm for your Wednesday mornings than "Radar (Default)"? You can make this happen, my dudes.

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Now that the second season of Westworld is over, freezing motor functions on a delightful, but somewhat-confusing series for the next year or two, you might feel a bit lost about what you should do next. Find another show to binge? Re-read even more fan theories? Start writing out a delightful old-timey piano cover of your favourite 1990s alt-rock song?

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Your Amazon Echo device is already pretty customisable in terms of what skills you add to it. What you may not realise is that if you don't find a skill out there that's quite what you're looking for, you can actually make your own using Alexa's Skill Blueprints.

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After last week's incident, where a family in Oregon had a private conversation recorded and sent to a third party in Seattle by their Amazon Alexa, lots of people are getting worried about what your Alexa might be recoding without you knowing. Fortunately, there's an easy way to see and hear what Alexa has been capturing during the day to day chatter in your home of office.