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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

You Can Now Make Free Phone Calls Through Your Amazon Echo Devices

Amazon Echo devices are now able to call mobile phones and landline numbers for free. The upgraded Alexa Calling feature was announced alongside the new batch of Amazon Echo products.

Smart Home September 30, 2017

The Second-Gen Amazon Echo Is Finally Here, Plus A Bunch Of Other Alexa Devices Too

Amazon has added new and exciting products to its Echo line, including a newer, shorter, and cheaper version of the Echo that’s basically similar to the old model. There’s also the Echo Plus, Echo Spot, and so much more.

Smart Home September 28, 2017

No More YouTube On Amazon Echo Show, Because Google

Amazon Echo Show users won’t be able to watch YouTube on their smart speakers anytime soon. Google has blocked its video broadcasting platform from the device, saying it violated the terms of service.

Gadgets September 27, 2017

South Park Messed With Everyone's Amazon Echo And Google Home: Here's What Happened

The premiere episode of 'South Park' season 21 tackled the white nationalist movement that rocked Charlottesville, Virginia. To lighten the mood, the episode also triggered Amazon Echo and Google Home devices multiple times.

Smart Home September 16, 2017

Microsoft And Amazon Join Forces So You Can Use Cortana On Echo, Alexa On Windows 10 Devices

Microsoft and Amazon have decided to partner up in the voice assistant race. Pretty soon Windows 10 users can summon Alexa, and Echo users can call for Cortana on their smart speakers.

Apps/Software August 31, 2017

Amazon Echo Now Out Of Stock Because A New Model Is On The Way: Apple HomePod Competitor?

After putting it up for sale and on display at several Whole Foods locations, the Amazon Echo has gone out of stock. Could Amazon be clearing out stock to prepare for the Echo 2?

Gadgets August 30, 2017

On Its First Day Owning Whole Foods, Amazon Slashes Prices Dramatically, Sells Discounted Amazon Echo Devices In-Store

Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition has taken effect. Not only has Whole Foods slashed down prices of some products, but it has also begun selling Amazon Echo devices inside physical store locations.

Business Tech August 29, 2017

Amazon Echo Is Only $100 For A Limited Time: Clearing Stock for Next-Generation Smart Speakers?

Now through Sept. 4, Amazon will offer all its main Echo smart speakers at discounted prices. Could this be an indication that the next-generation Echo devices are on the way?

Gadgets August 22, 2017

Google Home Just Became A Telephone: Why It’s Much Better Than Making Calls On Amazon Echo

Google has announced that its smart speaker can now place calls for free, provided that the recipients are in the United States or Canada. Google’s approach to calling services is much better than Amazon.

Google August 17, 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 Echo Hack Can Make The Smart Speaker Spy On You: Here's How To Keep Yourself Safe

A newly discovered Amazon Echo hack can allow attackers to receive all the audio recorded by the smart speaker's microphone. Here's how you can stay safe from spying Amazon Echo devices.

Smart Home August 1, 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

Prime Day Was Bigger Than Cyber Monday Or Black Friday

This year's Prime Day was one of the biggest days in Amazon's history. Sales surpassed those of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Business Tech July 14, 2017

The Amazon Echo 2 Will Look And Sound Better: Be Afraid, Google Home And Apple HomePod

Amazon is reportedly working on the Amazon Echo 2, an updated version of the company's Alexa-powered smart speaker that will look and sound better than the original. The Google Home and the Apple HomePod should definitely be worried.

Smart Home July 13, 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 Echo Sales For This Year's Amazon Prime Day Already Three Times More Than Last Year

Amazon Echo sales for Amazon Prime Day 2017 are already three times more compared to last year's version of the annual shopping event. According to sources, thousands of Amazon Echo devices are being sold per minute worldwide.

Smart Home July 11, 2017

Smart Speaker Breaks Up Domestic Violence Before It Got Worse: Here's What Happened

A smart speaker helped break up a domestic violence case by calling the authorities. The always-listening feature of these devices may be considered as invasion of privacy, but in this instance, it may have saved a life.

Google July 10, 2017

Google Home Bundle Offered On eBay For $99 Before Amazon Prime Day: Will It Sway Customers Away From The Amazon Echo?

Google and eBay teamed up to launch a $99 Google Home bundle right before Amazon Prime Day. Will the offer be good enough to put a dent on the massive sales expected for the Amazon Echo in the annual event?

Google July 10, 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 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

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

Apple Reportedly Begins Manufacturing Siri Speaker: Should Amazon Echo And Google Home Be Worried?

Apple has now started manufacturing Siri smart speakers, tipped for a WWDC unveiling early June, according to new reports. Apple will reportedly focus on making the device stand out in terms of high-quality audio, among other features.

Apple June 1, 2017

Essential Home Is Amazon Echo's New Competitor From The Father Of Android

Andy Rubin’s new Essential phone comes with Essential Home, a smart hub ecosystem designed to offer a starkly different smart home experience than typical solutions do. Here’s how it plans to achieve such a feat.

Gadgets May 31, 2017

Amazon Echo Look Companion App Now Available, And It's Ready To Help You With Your Look

A companion app for Amazon’s Alexa-powered fashion guru, the Echo Look, just launched for iOS and Android, ready to help users look their best. But could the Echo Look find success like its Alexa siblings?

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

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 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

Amazon Echo Silver For Senior Citizens Comes Alive Thanks To 'Saturday Night Live' Skit

'Saturday Night Live' just debuted the Amazon Echo Silver, a smart digital assistant for old people. It can output extremely loud sound, respond to any name that remotely resembles Alexa, and more.

Gadgets May 14, 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 Echo Show Unveiled: How Does The New Smart Speaker Compare To Other Amazon Echo Models?

The Amazon Echo Show is the latest addition to Amazon's growing line of Alexa-powered smart speakers. How does the new model compare to the original Amazon Echo, the Amazon Echo Tap, the Amazon Echo Dot, and the Amazon Echo Look?

Smart Home May 10, 2017

Amazon May Unveil New Echo Tomorrow: 7-Inch Touchscreen And Video Call Support For More Than $200

Amazon may unveil a new model for the Amazon Echo as soon as Tuesday, May 9. The new Amazon Echo, which will come with a 7-inch touchscreen and video calling support, will reportedly carry a price tag of more than $200.

Smart Home May 8, 2017

Apple Exec Mocks Amazon Echo And Google Home, Hints Upcoming Siri Smart Speaker Will Have A Screen

Apple executive Phil Schiller mocked the Amazon Echo and Google Home before hinting that the upcoming Siri smart speaker will have a screen. The company's pending entry into the smart speaker market has suddenly become even more interesting.

Apple May 7, 2017

Here's The First Look At The Amazon Echo With Touch Screen: Amazon To Officially Unveil Device This Month

A new version of the Amazon Echo with a built-in camera and touch screen is expected to be unveiled this month. Discovered images provide a first look at the device, which is also expected to come with improved speakers.

Smart Home May 6, 2017

More Details Emerge About Rumored Apple Siri Speaker: Premium Parts Will Make It More Expensive Than Amazon Echo

According to rumors, Apple is planning to unveil a Siri-powered smart speaker at the upcoming WWDC. More details on the device have emerged, including premium parts that will make it more expensive than the Amazon Echo.

Apple May 2, 2017

Apple May Unveil Siri Smart Speaker At WWDC: What Will The Amazon Echo And Google Home Challenger Offer?

According to rumors, Apple is planning to unveil a Siri-powered smart speaker at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference. What will the device look like, and will it be a worthy challenger to the Amazon Echo and Google Home?

Apple May 1, 2017

The New Amazon Echo Look Camera Is A Good Product But Here's Why We Will Not Buy It

Amazon has introduced a new fashion buddy in the form of Echo Look. Before you click that 'Buy' button, consider this.

Smart Home April 27, 2017

Amazon Echo Look Will Let Alexa Help You Look Your Best Every Day, But It Raises Privacy Concerns

The Amazon Echo Look has gone official, and it'll give you the fashion advice that'll help you look your best every day. However, it does raise some privacy concerns.

Smart Home April 26, 2017

Spotify Hardware In The Works? Job Posting Reveals Ambition To Create Wearables, Smart Home Devices

A job listing revealed that Spotify is thinking about getting into the hardware business. The device that the music streaming service is planning is apparently inspired by the Snap Spectacles, the Amazon Echo, and the Pebble Watch.

Business Tech April 25, 2017

Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Which Smart Speaker Is Smarter And Which Should You Buy?

More people are jumping into the smart speaker trend lately, and if you’re about to become one of them, you better know what you’re choices are. So should you pick Amazon Echo or Google Home?

Gadgets April 22, 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 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

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

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