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Amazon takes on Apple in smart home gadgets

Amazon is pursuing an open-systems approach that allows quick development of many features, while Apple is taking a slower route that asserts more control over technology

San Francisco

IN LESS than a year, Amazon's combination of the Echo speaker system and the Alexa voice-controlled digital assistant has come close to delivering on the elusive promise of easy-to-use technology that can control gadgets in the home with a few spoken words.

Yet Amazon...

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