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Smart homes are getting smarter, but that means a raft of apps and a tangle of cables. Thus, the forthcoming Amazon Echo Hub, the retail giant’s first Alexa-enabled smart-home control panel. Talk to or tap the 8-in. screen to manage all your smart-home devices—it’s compatible with over 140,000 gadgets, even ones from other manufacturers. “Millions of our customers have more than 20 devices connected to Alexa,” says Melissa Cha, vice president of smart home at Amazon, “and we want to make it as easy as possible to manage and control those devices in a single place.”

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