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Amazon Echo’s Alexa Records Woman’s Conversation, Sends It To Random Contact

A Portland woman claimed that her Amazon Echo recorded a private conversation with her husband. The conversation was then leaked to her husband’s work colleague in Seattle.

Smart Home May 24, 2018

New Acer Laptops Come With Amazon Alexa Preloaded, But Others Will Get It Too

Acer is bringing Amazon Alexa to the laptop realm, as the voice assistant will come preloaded on several notebook lines. Existing devices will also get the feature through an update, so here's the deal.

Computers May 22, 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

Lexus Debuts 2019 ES Lineup With Apple CarPlay Technology And Significant Improvements

Lexus finally unveiled its 2019 Lexus ES lineup with a new chassis architecture and more improvements. The carmaker likewise confirmed that Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa will be available.

Car Tech April 27, 2018

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Brings Parental Controls And Alexa For Kids, At $79.99

Amazon launched a new Echo Dot Kids Edition smart speaker that comes with special features, a kid-friendly Alexa, and a two-year warranty with a free replacement. The device is up for pre-order now at $79.99, and here's what it brings.

Gadgets April 26, 2018

2019 Toyota Avalon Supports Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Qi Wireless Charger, And More

On Monday, April 23, Toyota unveiled the fifth generation of its flagship sedan, the 2019 Toyota Avalon. The redesigned model comes equipped with CarPlay, Qi Wireless Charging, support for Apple Watch and Amazon Alexa among other features.

Car Tech April 24, 2018

Amazon Alexa Blueprints Enable All Users To Create Customized Skills And Responses In Minutes

Amazon just launched a new tool called Alexa Blueprints, allowing anyone to create customized skills and responses without any coding skills. Here's how it works.

Apps/Software April 19, 2018

What You Need To Know About Amazon Alexa — Secrets Revealed

Amazon Alexa has revolutionized the way our homes work and Amazon Echo is a big part of that. Here are 20 facts about this technology that you need to know.

Gadgets April 17, 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

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Includes Apple CarPlay And Amazon Alexa, But No Android Auto

The new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, out this summer, will come with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa support. It’s not clear, though, if or when Android Auto support will be included.

Car Tech March 27, 2018

Essential PH-1 Android 8.1 Oreo Update Is Now Available

After several delays, the company finally released the Android 8.1 Oreo for the Essential Phone PH-1. The new firmware fixes some known issues and adds multiple features and improvements.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 15, 2018

Deezer Announces Voice Activation With Amazon Alexa

Deezer, the music streaming service for iOS and Android, has announced a new partnership with Amazon's Alexa. Tech Times had the opportunity to chat with Riad Hawa, VP of Hardware Partnerships at Deezer, about their latest integration with Alexa.

Apps/Software March 13, 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

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

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

Pikachu Talk App Lets You Chat With The Iconic Pokémon Through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

To celebrate Pokemon Day, Nintendo released Pikachu Talk for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Fans of the series can finally experience a conversation with the franchise's mascot.

Apps/Software February 28, 2018

McAfee Alexa Skill Adds Voice Commands For Network Security

McAfee announced a new Alexa skill called the McAfee Secure Home Platform at MWC 2018. This skill will allow users to easily secure their home network, set parental controls, and more--all via voice commands.

Security February 27, 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 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

Nest Reunites With Google To Take On Amazon And Apple

Google is working with Nest again in an effort to supercharge the company’s range of smart home products and services, backed by artificial intelligence technology. The move will lead Google to take on Apple and market leader Amazon.

Google February 7, 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 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 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

Some 2019 Toyota, Lexus Vehicles Will Feature Apple's CarPlay

When the 2019 Toyota Avalon rolls out next year, the Apple CarPlay will be part of the package. CarPlay will make Toyota-made car models, which include Lexus vehicles, more smartphone-friendly and will allow the carmaker to catch up with rivals.

Car Tech January 16, 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

Amazon Alexa Will Be Debuting In Windows PCs In 2018

Amazon's Alexa willl be coming to Windows PC in 2018. The move is surprising considering that Windows already has its own built-in digital assistant, Cortana.

Computers January 10, 2018

Vuzix Unveils Blade Augmented-Reality Smart Glasses Featuring Amazon's Alexa

Wearables maker Vuzix will be unveiling its Blade augmented-reality smart glasses at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. These smart glasses will differ from other similar devices as they feature Amazon's Alexa.

Wearable Tech January 9, 2018

LG Unveils ThinQ Smart Fridge: Alexa Support, 29-Inch See-Through Touch Screen, And More

LG is set to introduce its line of smart kitchen solution that will be powered by webOS and Alexa. First to unveil is the InstaView ThinQ refrigerator that boasts of a 29-inch touchscreen panel and remote management features.

CES 2018 January 7, 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

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

Amazon Alexa App Hits 10 Million Downloads On Google Play Store

The Amazon Echo is a huge success, and that shows by the number of sales and downloads for the device's companion app, which has hit a milestone on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

Apps/Software January 1, 2018

Amazon Bought Smart Camera And Doorbell Startup Blink To Boost Its Smart Home Efforts: What To Expect

Amazon recently acquired Blink, a startup that makes smart cameras and video doorbells. The company is expected to expand its ecosystem and dive deeper into the smart home market, which is estimated to grow to $53.45 billion by 2022.

Business Tech December 31, 2017

Sonos And Bose Speakers Are Being Hacked To Play Creepy, Spooky Sounds

Researchers have found out that certain Bose and Sonos speakers have been hacked, and the hijackers are playing strange and creepy sounds on the devices.

Gadgets December 28, 2017

Got An Amazon Echo For Christmas? Here's How To Get Started

As expected, smart speakers are popular gifts this holiday season. If you got an Amazon Echo speaker for Christmas, here's how to get started with the Alexa-powered gadget.

Smart Home December 26, 2017

Echo Dot, Echo Smart Speakers Get $20 Discount: Just The Thing For Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

Amazon is giving out a generous $20 discount on the Echo Smart and Echo Dot speakers this Christmas. The smart speakers are both second-generation builds that boast vast improvements on hardware specs, design, and features.

Smart Home December 23, 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

Heads Up, Amazon Echo Owners: Best Buy Now Included In Alexa Voice Shopping Service

Amazon Alexa’s voice shopping service now includes Best Buy support, allowing users to order Deal of the Day products and more. It’s a move that highlight the increasing convenience of smart speakers.

Smart Home November 4, 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

New $199 Sonos One Smart Speaker Comes With Amazon Alexa, Will Also Feature Google Assistant, Siri

There’s a new smart speaker in town. Sonos just unveiled One, a $199 speaker that in addition to supporting Amazon Alexa right off the bat, will also include Google Assistant and Siri into the mix.

Smart Home October 5, 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

Silent Echo Lets You Chat With Amazon's Alexa On Slack

A company called Bespoken has made a Slackbot called Silent Echo, which is perfect for users who don’t like talking to their Alexa device that much. That’s right, Silent Echo lets you make commands to Alexa just by typing.

Apps/Software July 22, 2017

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