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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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 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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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, 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
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
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
‘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
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
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 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 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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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 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