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Old 10-19-2017, 12:10 PM   #2596
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That's a great deal on the Tap. It is nice to have a portable version that can be taken outside when needed.
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The new UE Blast may be the first great portable Alexa speaker

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It's starting to feel like the biggest threat to Google Assistant establishing a presence around the home is simply being crowded out by a swarm of Alexa gadgets. Today, Ultimate Ears — maker of the very popular Boom line of Bluetooth speakers — announced a new series, the UE Blast, with far-field microphones for Amazon’s Alexa built right in. Both the Blast and its larger, louder sibling the Megablast will begin shipping in late October for $229.99 and $299.99 respectively. Those prices are significantly higher than the mainstream Boom products, which will remain available for consumers who simply want a take-anywhere Bluetooth speaker.
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Unfortunately, Spotify support won’t be available through Alexa at launch (just like Sonos), and it sounds like UE will need a few months to make that happen. I wouldn’t bet on it happening before the holidays, but we’ll see. You’ve always got the option of simply using Bluetooth for Spotify, though — and any other service that doesn’t work with Alexa voice commands.

The services that will support Alexa out of the box are Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. That’s a pretty small list if you’re not subscribing to Amazon’s premium, on-demand music option. Pandora and Deezer will be added “in the future.”
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But those prices, though. These are some expensive speakers. They cost more than the Sonos One, and I’d hesitate to predict even the Megablast sounding better than a Sonos. For $150, the Blast would be a must-have holiday gift and maybe the ideal portable speaker. Going over $200 takes something away from that appeal.

Let’s see how long it takes for a price cut.
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Old 10-20-2017, 11:08 AM   #2598
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Amazon's Alexa is starting to own this space. Google was late and lame by comparison.
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The cheap batteries in 2 of my Amazon device remotes leaked into the remotes. Hopefully DH can clean them up and they will still work. I guess it means I don't use the remotes much. One was for the original Echo, one for the original Fire TV box.
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The cheap batteries in 2 of my Amazon device remotes leaked into the remotes. Hopefully DH can clean them up and they will still work. I guess it means I don't use the remotes much. One was for the original Echo, one for the original Fire TV box.
Good luck cleaning them up.
Your post is a good reminder to check the batteries in things you don't use very often.
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The cheap batteries in 2 of my Amazon device remotes leaked into the remotes. Hopefully DH can clean them up and they will still work. I guess it means I don't use the remotes much. One was for the original Echo, one for the original Fire TV box.
I've had pretty good luck cleaning up battery leaks by dampening the surface with a little bit of vinegar, and then brushing it with an old toothbrush.
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Vinegar's good. Another is a paste of water and baking soda. Both will neutralize the acid. May have to clean up the contacts with emery/nailfile, but unless the contacts are completely gone (or the corrosion seeped into the actual printed-circuit board), then there's no reason to suspect it can't be fixed.
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Vinegar's good. Another is a paste of water and baking soda. Both will neutralize the acid.
Are you sure about the chemistry, there?
I'm curious if vinegar (an acid) will actually neutralize any acid (acid from an alkaline battery??), and if so, how baking soda, an alkaline, could do it too...but admittedly, I was better at physics than chemistry.

I'm sure either will do fine cleaning the mess, though.
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Sorry. Both will help to remove corrosion. The baking soda will neutralize the acid.
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Are you sure about the chemistry, there?
I'm curious if vinegar (an acid) will actually neutralize any acid (acid from an alkaline battery??), and if so, how baking soda, an alkaline, could do it too...but admittedly, I was better at physics than chemistry.

I'm sure either will do fine cleaning the mess, though.
My hubby uses vinegar too.
He also said be very careful and not get any battery acid on you.
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My hubby uses vinegar too.
He also said be very careful and not get any battery acid on you.
I mix vinegar and olive oil and then put it on my salad
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It good for dipping bread in too.
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