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Blame Amazon Echo: Alexa Now A Less Popular Baby Name

Fewer parents are naming their baby girls 'Alexa' since the debut of Amazon Echo. 'Alexa' is the wake-up command that triggers the voice-controlled smart speaker to listen.

Smart Home May 14, 2018

Alexa, Siri, And Google Assistant Follow Malicious Voice Commands Hidden In Music

Researchers have found a way to hide malicious voice commands in music that Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant will follow. Are hackers already using this method to victimize users, and how can you protect yourself against it?

Security May 11, 2018

Amazon, Lennar Team Up To Create 'Smart Homes' Built With Alexa

Amazon revealed that it is teaming up with home builder Lennar to create houses that have built-in Alexa technology. Users can test out the houses in Amazon Experience Centers across the country.

Gadgets May 9, 2018

Baidu: 15 Interesting Facts We Bet You Didn't Know About China's Biggest Search Engine

Baidu has achieved exponential growth in China and is the country's No. 1 search engine. Here's a look at some interesting facts about the company, that we bet you didn't know of.

Internet April 20, 2018

Here's How Alexa May Help You Become A Better 'Call Of Duty: WWII' Player

Activision has rolled out the 'Call of Duty' Alexa Skill, which may help you become a better 'Call of Duty: WWII' player. The free Alexa skill will function as a personal coach, providing players with advice to improve their game.

Video Games April 19, 2018

Amazon Now Lets You Use Echo Speakers As Intercoms With Alexa Announcements

Amazon has added an intercom feature in Alexa, which lets it broadcast an announcement in the user's own voice throughout all Echo devices. Speaking to all family members through Echo is now possible with a single command.

Smart Home April 6, 2018

Amazon Rolls Out Alexa Brief Mode For Echo Owners Who Want Less Words And More Beeps

Amazon Echo owners discovered that Brief Mode for Alexa has quietly started rolling out. If the feature is activated, the digital assistant will replace simple voice responses with a beep tone.

Apps/Software March 17, 2018

Ecobee's Switch+ Lets You Bring Alexa To Your Light Switch

Ecboo finally debuted its Switch+, which costs $99 and is available for preorder now. The product features voice controls with Amazon Alexa technology onboard.

Smart Home March 14, 2018

Alexa Randomly Laughs, And It's Freaking Out Amazon Echo Owners

A weird glitch has been causing Alexa to randomly laugh, and it is freaking out Amazon Echo owners. Amazon proposed a solution, but it is unclear if the fix will really solve the problem.

Apps/Software March 8, 2018

Amazon Trying To Teach Alexa New Trick: Translating Languages In Real Time

Amazon is planning to teach Alexa how to translate languages in real time, according to Yahoo Finance. The feature will not be ready any time soon, but it will make Alexa-powered devices such as the Amazon Echo much more useful.

Apps/Software March 2, 2018

Amazon's Alexa Update Adds Voice Commands For 2018 Winter Olympics

Amazon is updating its Alexa mobile app to support voice commands for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which kicks off on Feb. 9. Here's a guide of how to get the latest Alexa app update and new voice commands.

Gadgets February 7, 2018

This Is Amazon's Solution To Keep Alexa From Waking Up When The TV Says Its Name

Will Alexa wake up when it hears its name on a TV commercial, such as Amazon's Super Bowl LII ad? Chances are, it won't, and here's how the retailer is doing it.

Smart Home February 4, 2018

Alexa Loses Her Voice In New Super Bowl Ad Starring Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Himself

A short teaser of Amazon's Super Bowl ad was posted online and showcased Alexa. It looks like the company has a surprise in store for the virtual assistant and its users soon.

Smart Home January 28, 2018

Amazon Alexa Is Now Available On Almost Any Android Smartphone, But Don’t Get Excited Yet

Amazon is updating its Alexa app on Android to include voice commands, widening the reach of its smart virtual assistant. The update is also coming to iOS following the Android rollout.

Apps/Software January 20, 2018

Lenovo Smart Display, Powered By Google Assistant, Challenges Amazon Echo Show And Alexa

Google launched the Smart Display platform, which will allow companies to create devices like the Amazon Echo Show but powered by Google Assistant. The Lenovo Smart Display was featured at CES 2018 to show off the platform's capabilities.

CES 2018 January 9, 2018

Amazon Alexa Hitting Smartwatches, Headphones, And Other Wearables This Year

Amazon announced a new Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, which will make its digital assistant available on the go. Alexa will hit smartwatches, headphones, fitness trackers, and more wearables this year.

Wearable Tech January 6, 2018

Amazon Brings Cooking Controls To Alexa With Smart Home Skill API

Amazon Alexa is getting smarter and will soon be able to help users with their cooking. The company announced that Alexa will soon be able to operate cooking appliances with voice controls.

Apps/Software January 5, 2018

Remember Amazon And Microsoft's Alexa, Cortana Integration? Things Didn't Work Out Yet

Amazon and Microsoft announced the Alexa and Cortana integration in 2017 and said it'll roll out in the later part of 2017. Now it's already 2018, but the harmony between the two smart assistants still isn't here.

Smart Home January 3, 2018

The Best Smart Home Gadgets You Should Save For In 2018

Smart Home devices have improved over time and 2017 saw its fair share of innovations. Consumers can save up for these products in time for a 2018 purchase.

Smart Home December 31, 2017

Amazon Echo Spot Review Roundup: The Alarm Clock Of The Future, If You Don't Mind The Small Display

Amazon has finally launched the $129.99 Amazon Echo Spot, which was announced alongside the second-generation Amazon Echo. Reviews on the Alexa-powered smart speaker are mostly positive, but they raise a few issues.

Smart Home December 19, 2017

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

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