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Put Alexa and Siri to work: Here’s a quick how-to

Voice-activated software assistants — like those from Amazon, Google and Apple — live on smart speakers, mobile devices, computers and more. (J.D. Biersdorfer/The New York Times) XNYT156 XNYT156

Voice-activated helpers can automate life’s little chores, once you get the hang of them.

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