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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

Android Amazon App To Get Alexa Integration Via Latest Update

After rolling it out for iOS devices, Amazon has finally brought Alexa to Android users via the Amazon mobile app, enabling the use of certain voice-capable functionalities. There’s no reason to get too excited, however.

Apps/Software July 21, 2017

Third-Party Developers May Gain Access To Your Alexa Audio Recordings

Amazon could grant developers access to transcripts of Alexa user recordings. Reports say the move is the company’s way of staying competitive in the smart speaker race, especially with Apple and Google in the pack.

Security July 13, 2017

Amazon Wants More Alexa Developers, Launches Worldwide Alexa Dev Days Program

Amazon has now officially announced the Alexa Dev Days program, which invites developers around United States and Europe to learn about creating voice apps. The move can maintain Amazon’s lead in the voice apps market.

Apps/Software July 6, 2017

Amazon's Alexa Now Has Over 15,000 Skills, Grew Faster Than Google Assistant And Cortana

The number of Alexa Skills has now surged past the 15,000 mark, cementing Amazon’s lead in the voice-enabled devices and apps. But while the figure looks impressive, it still boils down to quantity versus quality.

Apps/Software July 6, 2017

Amazon Echo Discount Brings Price To Lowest Ever: One-Day Deal

Amazon has knocked $50 off the price of the Echo speaker, but it's a limited-time offer. The deal is only good for Monday, June 26.

Gadgets June 26, 2017

Amazon Echo Show Gets More Practical: You Can Check Smart Home Security Camera Feeds

Amazon has added a neat new functionality to its Echo Show, boosting its appeal. In addition to all existing perks, users will also be able to monitor their home security camera feeds.

Smart Home June 24, 2017

Amazon Echo Now Supports SiriusXM: Here's How To Have Alexa Play Howard Stern's Channel And Others

SiriusXM has just announced that it now supports listening with your Amazon Echo. Available as an Alexa Skill, SiriusXM also enables subscribers to play their favorite radio shows through voice commands.

Apps/Software June 21, 2017

Amazon Dash Wand Reinvents The Barcode Scanner With Alexa, And It's Free For Prime Subscribers [Video]

Amazon launched a new Dash Wand barcode scanner with Alexa tricks up its sleeve, aiming to be a trustworthy kitchen assistant. The Dash Wand is essentially free for Amazon Prime members and the deal gets even sweeter with free AmazonFresh.

Gadgets June 15, 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

Andy Rubin Wants Essential Home To Have Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, And Google's Assistant

Andy Rubin wants his Essential Home device to run all three major virtual assistants, including Alexa, Assistant, and Siri. Other devices who’ll do otherwise, he said, will fail.

Smart Home June 4, 2017

Google Assistant, Siri, And Alexa To Find New Homes In Ikea's Smart Light Bulbs

Ikea is betting big on its line of smart home products. To that end, its range of smart lighting systems will soon integrate with the three major voice control systems, namely Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

Gadgets May 24, 2017

Amazon Alexa Can Now Control Your Dish Hopper DVR For Hands-Free TV: How It Works

Dish officially announced that it's the first TV provider to offer direct compatibility with Amazon Alexa, touting a hands-free TV experience. Here's how it works, how to set it up, and which devices are compatible.

Apps/Software May 22, 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

HTC U11 Launches With Edge Sense, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant And More: Pricing, Specs And Availability [Video]

The HTC U11 is finally official and apparently worth the wait, boasting top-notch specs all around. The smartphone rocks new Edge Sense technology, a sleek design, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and more, and it's now up for preorder.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech May 17, 2017

4K TVs Featuring Amazon Fire TV With Alexa Are Up For Preorder

It is very clear Amazon wants to expand its footprint to include Alexa in home devices. To do this, it has turned to the old staple of the home - the television. The first batch of 4K TVs to use Amazon's Fire TV with Alexa are now available for preorder.

Smart Home May 16, 2017

Amazon Wants To Make Sure Alexa Responds Only When You Actually Call Her

Amazon wants third-party devices equipped with Alexa to only respond when users actually say 'Alexa.' To that end, it’s porting over the so-called cloud-based wake word verification system to make these devices better at determining the accuracy of wake words.

Apps/Software May 16, 2017

Amazon Echo Owners Can Now Make Free Voice Calls And Send Messages To Other Alexa Devices

Amazon revealed that its new update would let Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Alexa app users make and receive free voice calls. Users will also be able to leave messages in case the dialed contact does not answer.

Gadgets May 11, 2017

Amazon Officially Unveils Echo Show With A Touch Screen: Specs, Features, Pricing, And Availability [Video]

Amazon has officially introduced its latest smart speaker, the Echo Show equipped with a 7-inch touch screen. The gadget is up for preorder now and will start shipping next month, and here's what it can do.

Gadgets May 9, 2017

Amazon Makes Its Echo Far-Field Voice Recognition Technology Available To Third-Party Developers, But Why?

Amazon announced that it will let third-party developers and hardware manufacturers know the secrets to building Echo devices, along with the technologies built inside it. But don’t get excited yet.

Gadgets April 14, 2017

Marriott Hotel Deciding Between Amazon’s Alexa And Apple’s Siri As Digital Assistants For Its Hotel Rooms

You could soon find Alexa or Siri in a hotel room as a digital assistant. Marriott is currently testing which technology it’ll use for many of its hotel rooms, hoping it could turn into a global platform down the line.

Gadgets March 23, 2017

Amazon Alexa Reaches The Huawei Mate 9, But Don't Get Too Excited Just Yet

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has started rolling out to Huawei Mate 9 smartphones in the United States, offering a range of neat features and options. On the downside, don't expect a deep integration as the implementation is incomplete.

Apps/Software March 22, 2017

Order It And It Will Come: Amazon Alexa Now Supports Prime Now 2-Hour Delivery Service

Amazon has added support for Prime Now deliveries through Alexa-enabled Echo devices, letting users order items and have it delivered in just two hours. The move is seen as Amazon further making Alexa a part of the core shopping experience.

Gadgets March 21, 2017

Amazon Finally Brings Alexa To Its Shopping App For iOS: Is Siri In Trouble?

Amazon has finally brought over Alexa to iOS, letting users access the voice assistant’s features anytime and anywhere. The arrival sure does put Siri, Apple’s own virtual assistant, in a tight spot.

Apps/Software March 17, 2017

Lost Your Phone? Amazon Echo Can Locate It For You

Get Alexa to find your smartphone when you lose it. Here are two ways Amazon Echo can help locate your smartphone using Alexa voice commands.

Gadgets March 12, 2017

Amazon Reportedly Going Ahead With Telephony Plans, Will Release New Alexa Devices With Calling, Intercom Features

Amazon will reportedly release new Alexa-enabled devices that’ll come equipped with calling features, essentially making it a household telephone replacement. Reports suggest that the company will announce such devices in a few months.

Gadgets March 3, 2017

Amazon Could Be Working On An Alexa Home Security Camera

Images have surfaced online showing an Amazon-branded security camera with a light blue ring around its lens. It is believed that Amazon is building its own SmartCam with Alexa support to compete with other companies.

Gadgets March 3, 2017

Amazon Working On Alexa Voice Recognition Technology That Can Tell Different Voices Apart

Amazon is reportedly working on an advanced voice-recognition technology that’ll allow Alexa to tell different voices apart using what’s reportedly called a Voice ID. Sources have said that development for the feature began back in 2015.

Apps/Software February 28, 2017

There Are Now 10,000 Skills For Amazon Echo, But Do You Need It?

Amazon has now officially confirmed that there are over 10,000 Alexa skills for Echo, its smart speaker. But that number, however impressive, presents challenges that might preclude the public from fully tapping into the smart speaker range.

Gadgets February 24, 2017

Amazon Protects Customer Data In Murder Trial, Arguing That Alexa Speech Falls Under First Amendment Rights

Amazon continues to resist requests to turn over Echo voice recordings to help a murder investigation. The company has now filed a motion arguing that the responses of Alexa, the voice assistant powering the Amazon Echo, should be protected by First Amendment rights.

Business Tech February 23, 2017

Alexa Can Now Diagnose And Help You When You're Sick

You can now use your Amazon Echo to seek medical advice and assistance. HealthTap has partnered with Alexa to bring medical help to those with limited mobility.

Apps/Software February 21, 2017

Amazon Fire TV Stick Brings Alexa Voice Remote To UK TVs For Just $50

Amazon's latest Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice remote is finally available in the UK, up for preorder now straight from Amazon. The device will hit various retailers soon enough, albeit it's more expensive than its U.S. counterpart.

Gadgets February 21, 2017

Want To Access Amazon Alexa On Your Mac, iPhone, Or iPad? Here’s How

Rain developers has come up with something that’ll please those who don’t have the luxury of having multiple Amazon Echo devices in their home. Called Reverb, this free app lets users access Alexa using their Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

Apps/Software February 20, 2017

Will Apple Develop A Rival To The Amazon Echo And Alexa?

Siri is facing serious competition against the Amazon Alexa and Echo tandem in the smart home AI assistant race, but Apple is not even concerned.

Apple February 19, 2017

Keep Kids From Shopping Via Amazon Echo: Here's How

Kids often make accidental purchases via Amazon Echo with the help of the voice assistant Alexa, thinking it to be some sort of play. Here’s a look at some tips and tricks one can use to stop access.

Gadgets February 17, 2017

Amazon Echo: How People Use The Virtual Assistant?

The Amazon Echo speaker deploys the voice assistant Alexa to carry out several tasks. A new survey reveals that people use Alexa for simpler tasks for the home such as setting a timer, rather than enlisting its help to shop.

Apps/Software February 14, 2017

3 Most Common Issues With Alexa - And How You Can Fix Them

Amazon's voice-enabled assistant has been a tremendous success for the company. If you are an owner of an Amazon Echo and you are having difficulty using the device, here are some quick fixes for you.

Smart Home February 12, 2017

Amazon Tap Is Now Hands-Free: No Need To Push Any Buttons, Just Say ‘Alexa’

Amazon has confirmed that Tap, its only smart speaker without an always-on feature, will receive an update that gains it such a functionality. This means Tap owners won’t need to push a button anymore to activate Alexa.

Gadgets February 9, 2017

Teach Amazon Echo, Google Home Not To Respond To Your TV: Here's How

Accidentally waking Amazon Echo or Google Home may be cute, but it could pose a risk especially when hijacked by a third party. Here are some steps you can take to nip that prospect in the bud.

Smart Home February 7, 2017

Siri For iPhone 8 Getting Smarter But How Can It Beat Google Assistant And Amazon Alexa?

Apple is working to improve Siri in time for its flagship phone's launch this September. The A.I. has fallen behind after facing tough competition from Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Apps/Software February 5, 2017

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