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Your Amazon Echo Can Now Function Like A Radio Alarm Clock: Here's What You Need To Tell Alexa

Amazon Echo owners can now set up their smart speaker to function like traditional radio alarm clocks. By issuing the correct voice commands, Alexa will wake up users with the song, playlist, or news channel of their choice.

Smart Home December 12, 2017

Amazon Alexa Means Business And It's Going To Work: Meet Alexa For Business

Amazon wants to put Alexa to work, ready to make office life easier. Alexa for Business will allow companies to build their own skills, APIs, and apps, to better manage their workplace.

Gadgets November 30, 2017

Moto Z Phones Become Alexa's New Home Thanks To The Moto Smart Speaker

Motorola is giving Alexa a new home in its Moto Z phones via a new Moto Mod. With a straightforward name, the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa brings the smart assistant to your fingertips.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 19, 2017

Alexa Now Able To Recognize Different Voices And Answer Back With Personalized Replies, Just Like Google Assistant

Alexa is now capable of recognizing voices, which will allow it to issue personalized responses to different users. This will be a very useful feature for people sharing an Amazon Echo, such as the family members in a home.

Apps/Software October 11, 2017

Alexa, Start My Car: Nissan To Soon Integrate Amazon Alexa Into Modern Models

Nissan will soon integrate Amazon's Alexa into the NissanConnect Services systems of its modern vehicles, including the 2017 Nissan GT-R. This will allow owners to launch various functions, such as starting the car and unlocking doors, through voice commands.

Car Tech October 5, 2017

Two New Amazon Fire TV Models Leaked: One Of Them Works Like An Echo Dot

There are two new Amazon Fire TV models coming this year, according to AFTVNews. The first one resembles the Google Chromecast, while the second one will take voice commands like the Alexa-powered Echo Dot.

Gadgets September 11, 2017

Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, And Cortana Can Be Hacked Using Sound Frequencies Humans Can’t Hear

Turns out hacking voice assistants is an easy thing to do. A group of researchers discovered that ultrasonic frequencies inaudible to humans can be used as a way to access voice-enabled assistants such as Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana.

Security September 7, 2017

Apple Picks Craig Federighi As The New Head Of Siri As The Voice Assistant Race Heats Up

Apple has now put Craig Federighi as the head of Siri in an attempt to integrate the voice assistant across its other products and platforms. The move comes amid heated competition in the voice assistant race.

Apple September 2, 2017

The Anker Eufy Genie Is A Cheaper Version Of The Amazon Echo Dot: What Does The $35 Alternative Offer?

Anker announced the Eufy Genie, an even cheaper way to get Alexa into customers' homes compared to the $50 Amazon Echo Dot. The Eufy Genie, which will be sold for $35, comes with the same features as the Echo Dot.

Smart Home August 10, 2017

Amazon's Alexa Is Now Available For HTC's U11. How Does It Compare To Other Digital Assistants?

Amazon's Alexa has arrived on the HTC U11 smartphone. What does the new digital assistant bring to the table in comparison to other digital assistants?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech July 17, 2017

Amazon Prime Day 2017 Shopping Tips: How To Get The Best Deals

Excited for the Amazon Prime Day 2017? You're not alone, and that means you'll have a ton of other customers to compete with. On that note, here's how to get the best deals during the big sale.

Internet July 8, 2017

Amazon Prime Day 2017 Brings Exclusive Alexa Voice Deals With A 2-Hour Head Start

Amazon has officially announced that it's bringing back Alexa voice deals for this year's Prime Day, offering additional perks. The sale will start two hours early for Alexa voice shoppers.

Internet July 5, 2017

Alexa Will Let You Talk To Your TV As Amazon Opens Video Skill API To Streaming Services, Cable Companies

Amazon Alexa will soon let users search, navigate, and access video content with the use of their voice. It’s all thanks to Amazon making its Video Skill API available to developers.

Apps/Software June 9, 2017

Amazon Starts Shipping The New Fire 7, Fire HD 8 Tablets

Customers who ordered the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 can now expect to see their new slabs arrive at their doorsteps soon, as Amazon has begun shipping the budget tablets out.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 8, 2017

Alexa Is Getting Better As Amazon Brings New Timer And Reminder Features

Amazon released an update for its Echo, which added the highly-awaited reminder setting functionality in the smart speaker. The update also added the ability to assign names to different timers for better management.

Gadgets June 3, 2017

Amazon To Soon Roll Out Alexa Notifications: Will The New Feature Be Useful Or Annoying?

Amazon will soon launch a new feature that will allow devices powered by Alexa, including the Amazon Echo, to read out user notifications. While Alexa Notifications could prove to be very useful, the feature could also be very annoying.

Apps/Software May 17, 2017

Amazon Echo Calling Feature Has No Way To Block Unwanted Calls: Here's How You Can Regain Your Privacy

The new Alexa Calling on the Amazon Echo allows users to make and receive voice calls over the internet. The feature, however, has no way to block unwanted calls, presenting a serious breach of privacy.

Smart Home May 15, 2017

Here's How To Delete Your Amazon Echo Voice Recordings

Worried that your Amazon Echo records your every conversation? Then fret not, as you can access these recordings easily.

Smart Home April 18, 2017

Amazon Echo Not Responding Or Not Hearing You Properly? Here Are Possible Fixes

The Amazon Echo is a very useful smart home gadget, but users run into certain problems with the smart speaker from time to time. If your Amazon Echo is not hearing or understanding you properly, here are a few solutions.

Gadgets March 29, 2017

Google Home To Get Find From Store Feature: All You Need To Know

Google Home is poised to get a new find from store feature. This feature would enable users to ask Google Home whether a particular product is available nearby or not, and get relevant details in return.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 22, 2017

Amazon Echo Takes On Google Home: Tasks That The Echo Can Do Better

Google Home and the Amazon Echo are direct rivals and are currently embroiled in a stiff competition to get an edge in the smart home market. Here’s a look at some features where Amazon's Echo beats Google Home hands down.

Smart Home March 17, 2017

Amazon Lures Alexa Developers With AWS Freebies For More Alexa Skills: How It Works

Amazon announced a new program to encourage developers to build Alexa skills. Thanks to a new promotion, developers can get AWS freebies to keep expanding the Alexa ecosystem at no charge, so here's how it works.

Smart Home March 16, 2017

Alexa Made To Talk Out Of Creepy Skull Instead Of Amazon Echo Speakers

Mike McGurrin uploaded The Yorick Project on Hackster.io, detailing how he was able to make digital assistant Alexa talk out of a skull instead of Amazon Echo speakers. It is never too early for Halloween!

Gadgets March 14, 2017

Amazon Hands Over Alexa Recordings To The Police After 'OK' From Murder Suspect

Amazon has decided to back down on its free speech argument, handing over Alexa recordings to U.S. police to aid a murder trial. It remains to be seen, however, if there’s any evidence be lifted from the data.

Business Tech March 8, 2017

The D-Link Omna 180: Apple HomeKit's First Security Camera Goes On Sale

The D-Link Omna 180 security camera is up for sale. It will be the first security camera that provides Apple HomeKit support. Users will be able to monitor their homes and get notified on their iPhone devices whenever there is suspicious activity.

Smart Home February 16, 2017

Alexa Trounces Google Now As Most Popular Smart Assistant, Siri Is Least Accurate: Survey

A survey found that consumers are using Alexa more frequently than Google Now. It also revealed that participants perceived Cortana as the most accurate smart assistant while Siri trailed all three in this area.

Smart Home February 10, 2017

Plex Gets Amazon Alexa Integration, But With Limitations: 'We Got Skillz' [Video]

Plex is taking its first steps toward home automation and it now supports voice control thanks to Amazon Alexa. Here's what you need to know about this new Alexa skill and its limitations.

Apps/Software February 3, 2017

Alexa Wreaking Havoc In Homes: Amazon Echo Powers Up When Residents Of Same Name Are Called, But Here's The Fix

Alexa, the digital personal assistant powering the Amazon Echo, wrongly wakes up and carries out commands when people of the same name are called. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent the confusion.

Smart Home January 29, 2017

New LG G6 Report Supports Water-Resistant Design, Non-Removable Battery, And Built-In Google Assistant Rumors

The LG G6 is reportedly going to sport a water-resistant build, a non-removable battery, and Snapdragon 821 and have Google Assistant onboard instead of Alexa, corroborating previous rumors.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 27, 2017

Alexa, Google Assistant, You Might Have A Problem: No One's Really Using Your Voice Apps

A new report by an analytics startup has recently been released, showing a bleak picture of voice app retention for Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant platform. As per the company’s cofounder, however, there’s room to grow.

Apps/Software January 24, 2017

WATCH: How To Make Alexa And Google Home Talk To Each Other In A Never-Ending Loop

Watch the two smart voice assistants Alexa and Google Home get into a never-ending conversation. Here's how you can do it too.

Smart Home January 15, 2017

Alexa Caused Numerous Amazon Orders For Dollhouses Across San Diego When TV Report Mentioned Its Name

A TV report accidentally caused Amazon Alexa devices across San Diego to place an order for a dollhouse. The incident proves smart speakers still have areas it should work on, particularly voice identification.

Life & Style January 9, 2017

Huawei Mate 9 At CES 2017: What The Experts Are Saying

Huawei Mate 9 was launched in November 2016 in Berlin to resounding success. The company announced at CES 2017 that it will be available in the U.S. And tech experts are amazed at what the phone has to offer.

Smartphones January 8, 2017

CES 2017: Whirlpool And Amazon Partner Up To Integrate Alexa With Smart Appliances

Whirlpool and Amazon are working together to make appliances smarter and more useful, prepping to showcase a range of Alexa-compatible Whirlpool appliances at CES 2017.

Smart Home January 4, 2017

TrackR Unveils New Tracking Devices, Alexa-Compatible Home-Mapping Plugs: Never Lose Your Stuff Again

TrackR has unveiled two new products, the TrackR Pixel and the TrackR Wallet 2.0, ahead of CES 2017. The devices will work with the recently announced TrackR Atlas, which will serve as a main hub for locating all tracked items.

Smart Home January 2, 2017

Just Bought An Amazon Echo? Here Are Some Of The Best Alexa Skills To Help You Get Started

As one of the hottest items this holiday season, the Amazon Echo probably landed on the hands of first-time users. If you're one of them, here are some of the best Alexa skills to help you get started.

Smart Home December 26, 2016

Yes, You Can Have Tim Curry Read 'A Christmas Carol' On Your Amazon Echo: Just Ask Alexa

Amazon Echo owners can now ask Alexa to pull Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from audible and have it narrated, available up to Jan. 3, 2017. Did we mention it’s narrated by none other than Tim Curry?

Internet December 26, 2016

Gatebox Virtual Assistant Is The Holographic Anime Companion For Lonely People: Can It Compete With Amazon Echo?

Gatebox has announced the preorder of a limited number of its Gearboxes featuring hologram virtual assistant Azuma Hikari. It is said to compete with Amazon Echo's Alexa but with a more visual appeal.

Gadgets December 19, 2016

Onvocal's OV Bluetooth Headphones Adds Amazon's Alexa To Your Phone: You Can Preorder A Pair Already Too

Onvocal is taking the wraps off OV, a pair of Bluetooth headphones that's powered by Amazon's Alexa. Touted as the first intelligent earphone, it can take advantage of the assistant's more than 5,000 skills.

Gadgets December 15, 2016

Google Home Starts Getting Netflix, Photos Integration: How To Check If You Can Link Your Accounts

Netflix and Photos are now integrated into the Google Home platform and can be enabled through the Google Home app settings. Netflix content, however, are still not playable despite a successful linking process.

Google December 12, 2016

Google Home Now Open To Developers: More Conversation Actions For Assistant Soon

Google Home begins its campaign against Amazon's Alexa with an invitation for developers to begin creating 'conversation actions.' These are claimed to be more sophisticated alternative to Alexa skills as they allow users to converse with bots when accessing a service.

Google December 9, 2016

Alexa Finds A New Home In C By GE Lamp

GE integrates Alexa into its new C device, which the company touts as a lamp that responds, speaks and makes life easier, contributing to a new way of living. It is currently a concept but is expected to hit the market in 2Q 2017.

Smart Home December 7, 2016

Alexa Is Getting Smarter: Amazon Voice Assistant Upgrades Skills From 100 To More Than 5,000

Amazon has announced that Alexa will be getting smarter in the next few weeks. The improvement to Alexa means that the intelligent personal assistant will not ask users needless questions as before.

Apps/Software December 3, 2016

Pre-Black Friday 2016 Deals: Amazon Rolls Out Alexa-Exclusive Deals And Here Are The 'Magic' Phrases

Amazon has confirmed a number of pre-Black Friday deals but they are Alexa-exclusive. These deals start on Nov. 18 and will run through Nov. 21.

Internet November 18, 2016

Eero Wi-Fi Hub Now Supports Alexa And Adds New Smart Features

Eero has partnered with Amazon to ensure Eero routers work well with connected devices. The Eero Wi-Fi hub can now be controlled through Alexa throughout the house to locate missing gadgets or turn off wireless access.

Smart Home November 17, 2016

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