Tag: Amazon

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.


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

Amazon Prime Users Will Get Free PC Games Every Month From Twitch Starting March 15

Twitch Prime will now offer a lineup of free games on a monthly basis. The program, which is similar to PlayStation Live and Xbox Live Gold, will kick off this March.

Video Games March 14, 2018

New ‘Follow-Up’ Mode Allows Alexa To Complete Back-To-Back Requests With Using Wake Word Over And Over

Heads up, Amazon Echo users: Alexa can now perform multiple commands in a series of voice prompts. You’ll still be limited to one request at a time, but this time without saying Alexa over and over.

Apps/Software March 10, 2018

Cheap Amazon Prime Memberships Now Available For Medicaid Recipients

Amazon Prime is now more than half off for Medicaid recipients. Instead of the regular $12.99 per month, the low-cost version for those on Medicaid costs just $5.99 per month and offers all benefits of the regular subscription.

Internet March 8, 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 Alexa Is Having Some Major Issues: Voice Commands For Most People Aren’t Working

Many users were startled on March 2 when all of their Echo devices started becoming unresponsive, with Alexa unable to follow commands. It seems there’s been a problem with Amazon Web Services.

Gadgets March 4, 2018

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition Now Available: Here's Where To Buy

U.S. customers may now also avail of the Blackberry KEYone Black Edition. This limited edition version is already being sold online by a couple of retailers.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 3, 2018

Amazon To Stop Selling Nest Products As Feud With Google Escalates

Amazon reportedly informed Google-owned Nest that it would not be selling its newer products, saying that the decision came from higher-ups. In response, Nest decided to pull its products from Amazon altogether.

Smart Home March 3, 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 Adds Voice Commands For The Oscars 2018

Amazon updated its Alexa-enabled devices to provide the latest updates on the 2018 Oscar Awards. Here are all of the voice commands you should know.

Apps/Software February 26, 2018

Amazon Slashes Fire TV Prices: $30 For Streaming Stick And $50 If You Want Go 4K

Amazon just cut the price of its popular streaming sticks in an effort to lure more customers to Prime Video. The entry-level stick now only costs $30, while those who want 4K will have to spend a bit more.

Gadgets February 26, 2018

Amazon Being Pressured To Cut Ties With NRA

Florida's recent school shooting put the NRA back in the public eye, and Amazon is being dragged along. The streaming service is being pressured to drop the channel.

Internet February 23, 2018

CS: GO Streamer James 'PhantomL0rd' Vargas Files Lawsuit Against Twitch Over 2016 Suspension

Popular streamer James "PhantomL0rd" Varga started a legal battle with Amazon-owned Twitch. The dispute stemmed from Varga’s suspension from the streaming site in July 2016, which led to his eventual departure.

Video Games February 21, 2018

Essential PH-1 'Halo Gray' Color Option Is An Amazon Exclusive, And It's Got Alexa Built-In

The Essential Phone in Halo Gray finish is now ready for preorder on Amazon at $449.99. The actual sale will start Feb. 21, and according to Amazon, after Feb. 24 the handset will return to its regular price of $499.99.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 17, 2018

Amazon Is Working On Its Own Custom AI Chips For Alexa: Report

Amazon is reportedly developing its own custom AI chips to speed up on the smart functionalities of Alexa. The in-house chip will render Alexa faster, as the processing is mostly in-device instead of tapping the cloud at all times.

Smart Home February 12, 2018

Amazon Is Laying Off Hundreds Of Employees As It Shifts Focus To Alexa, AWS

Amazon is cutting back on the number of employees on its Seattle operation. Hundreds will be laid off in the coming weeks, which the company said is part of adjustments to focus on growth-extensive businesses such as Alexa and AWS.

Business Tech February 12, 2018

You Can Now Ask Alexa To Create Your Music Playlists For You

Amazon is rolling out a new feature that will allow users to create music playlists through voice command. This new Alexa capability is initially available to Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Prime Music subscribers in the United States.

Gadgets February 9, 2018

Amazon Prime Now Adds Whole Foods Groceries For Free 2-Hour Delivery

The Amazon Prime Now delivery service now covers Whole Foods groceries as well, with free two-hour deliveries. The option is only available in four markets for now, but Amazon plans to expand it nationwide.

Business Tech February 8, 2018

Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones Will No Longer Have Lockscreen Ads, But There's A Catch

The Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones program offers Amazon Prime subscribers significant discounts on Android smartphones in exchange for lockscreen ads. Amazon is now removing the annoying feature, but with a catch.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 7, 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

Amazon Pulls Hair Dryer After It's Discovered To Shoot Fire

A woman found that the hair dryer she bought from Amazon may have been a little too hot. Instead of blowing air to dry her hair, the hair dryer was blowing out a fire.

Viral February 6, 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

Amazon Is Killing It With Alexa: CEO Jeff Bezos Says ‘Expect Us To Double Down’

Amazon is on an uptick with its Echo line of smart speakers and its Alexa virtual assistant. The retail company just posted its Q4 results, which surpassed estimates and analyst expectations.

Smart Home February 2, 2018

Heads Up, Amazon Alexa Users: You Can Now SMS Any Phone, But There’s A Catch

Amazon has finally enabled SMS texting to any Android phone via the Alexa app. However, only Android users are getting the new feature for now, with no hints as to when iOS folks will receive the same treatment.

Apps/Software January 31, 2018

Amazon Is Tackling Healthcare With Help From JPMorgan Chase And Warren Buffett

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase are teaming up to provide their employees with an independent healthcare company. The healthcare company is described as a long-term plan.

Business Tech January 30, 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

$349 Apple Homepod Finally Coming With Incomplete Features, Limited Compatibility: Too Little, Too Late?

Apple is finally ready to launch its HomePod, but it has fierce competition. The HomePod comes late to the party with a higher price tag than its rivals, incomplete features, and limited compatibility, so does it stand a chance?

Apple January 25, 2018

'SNL' Parodies Amazon's Search For Second Headquarters Location

‘Saturday Night Live’ took on Amazon's search for a second headquarters on its latest show. Amazon had cities bending over backwards for the chance to host the company before announcing the shortlist of finalists.

Movies/TV Shows January 22, 2018

Amazon Go Seattle Ready To Open: What Is It Like To Shop At The No Checkout Store?

The first Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle is finally ready to open to the public. How does the cashless, no-checkout store work, and what is it like to shop there?

Business Tech January 21, 2018

Google Play Store Audiobooks Section Coming Soon To Challenge Amazon Audible

A banner spotted on the Google Play Store teased that there will soon be a dedicated section for the increasingly popular audiobook format. The move will allow Google to challenge Amazon, which currently dominates the market through Audible.

Google January 21, 2018

Amazon Prime Membership Fee Increases $2 To $12.99 Per Month: Time To Switch To The Annual Plan?

Amazon increased the monthly rate of an Amazon Prime membership to $12.99, for a total of $156 over a year. The move may be the online retailer's way of pushing customers to an annual subscription, which remains at $99.

Business Tech January 21, 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

Amazon HQ2: Toronto Is The Only Canadian City On The Shortlist, But Does It Stand A Chance?

Amazon announced its list of 20 finalists in the race for HQ2 and Toronto is the only Canadian city still in the running but does it stand a chance? Here's what experts are saying.

Business Tech January 19, 2018

Amazon Announces Shortlist Of 20 Finalists For Second Headquarters

The sweepstake for which city will get Amazon's second headquarters has narrowed down. Amazon announced the shortlist for the new headquarters which includes New York, Boston, and Denver.

Business Tech January 18, 2018

Amazon Echo Spot Goes Up For Preorder In The UK: Pricing And Availability

The Amazon Echo Spot finally expanded its reach beyond U.S. borders, going up for preorder in the UK. The smart speaker will start shipping later this month, and Amazon is offering a discount when buying two units.

Smart Home January 16, 2018

Jeff Bezos Donates $33 Million To Fund Scholarships For Dreamers

Jeff Bezos makes a $33 million donation to charity in order to send qualified undocumented immigrants to college. The Amazon CEO apparently wanted to honor his father, who was also an immigrant, with this gesture.

Business Tech January 13, 2018

Jeff Bezos Now Richer Than Bill Gates As Net Worth Jumps Over $105B

The net worth of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has continued to climb. Bezos's latest net worth surpassed the $105 billion mark, higher than Bill Gates's net worth ever was.

Business Tech January 11, 2018

Future Toyota, Lexus Cars To Come With Amazon Alexa On Board

Alexa is coming to select Toyota and Lexus models soon. Amazon’s personal digital assistant will be part of the car features for new vehicles that Toyota will introduce this year, as announced at the CES 2018.

Car Tech January 10, 2018

Facebook Portal Will Be Another Amazon Echo Show Competitor, But With A More Than Double Price Tag

A report claims that the Facebook Portal, the social network's first hardware product, will be announced at the F8 developers conference. The device will be an Amazon Echo Show competitor, but its price might make it a tough sell.

Smart Home January 10, 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

Amazon And Google Likely Lost Money On Discounts To Home Assistants During Holiday Season

In order to build brand loyalty and look toward future purchases, Google and Amazon deeply discounted their smart speakers. This move, while gainful in the long term, means short-term losses.

Business Tech January 5, 2018

Hisense Smart TVs Adding Amazon Alexa Service In 2018

Hisense has announced that it is partnering with Amazon to bring the e-retailers digital assistant, Alexa, to some of its 2018 Smart TVs. The company will reveal which smart TVs get Alexa support at CES 2018.

Gadgets January 4, 2018

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