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You might need to dive into your Amazon Prime settings and set your country to Australia if you've previously tricked it into thinking you're in the USA so you could set up Alexa, Echo speakers or Amazon Music.

"Whirlpool has created an Alexa skill leveraging these new cooking capabilities in the Smart Home Skill API for its connected microwaves, and expects to launch it soon", it writes. Google's own Google Assistant will also be in the spotlight - "where there's Alexa, there's likely to be Google Assistant in the mix", writes The Verge in its CES 2018 preview. The move will lead to June adding Alexa commands once oven support is available.

On top of that, support for other cooking devices, such as conventional ovens, should arrive in the near future as well, Mass said. While you won't be able to ask Alexa for cookies and have a tray of piping-hot chocolate chip emerge from the nearest Echo smart speaker, it will allow manufacturers to bake the the assistant into their upcoming microwaves.

Initially, there are four new capability interfaces in the Smart Home Skill API and it includes Alexa.Cooking, Alexa.Cooking.TimeController, Alexa.TimeHoldController, and Alexa.CookingPresetController.

Amazon's Alexa AI tech is set to be expanded - with a deal in the pipeline for advertising to be pumped direct to users' devices. Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, users can simply use their voices.

Aside from TV controls, users will be able to access as they would an Alexa enabled smart speaker. For example, a user can say "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or "Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high".

To make this a success Amazon is also working with a handful of partners or developers to be precise, but it is yet to be seen as to how quickly the support will roll out.

The new feature, called Flash Briefing, is easily set up after downloading the Amazon Alexa app on an iOS or Android device.

We've found the running theme for TVs at this year's CES: built-in voice assistants.

The Fire TV Stick's biggest shortcoming is that it's still very US-centric.


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