Amazon Echo owners can now set up their smart speaker to function like traditional radio alarm clocks. By issuing the correct voice commands, Alexa will wake up users with the song, playlist, or news channel of their choice.
Smart Home December 12, 2017
The availability of Amazon Music Unlimited and the Amazon Echo smart speakers have expanded to 28 more countries in Latin America and Europe. The move will allow Amazon to better challenge Spotify and Apple Music in the music streaming industry.
Smart Home December 10, 2017
The Amazon Cyber Monday 2017 deals have been announced, including discounts for the Amazon Echo smart speakers, Amazon Fire tablets, and Amazon Kindle e-readers. Customers can enjoy the offers as soon as Nov. 26, Sunday.
Business Tech November 26, 2017
Amazon has several smart home products up for sale for Black Friday. Practically every Echo device, plus the Cloud Cam, are now selling for much less than their original price.
November 24, 2017
Amazon has launched preorders for the Amazon Echo (Product) RED, a red version of the second-generation smart speaker for the same price of $99. Amazon will donate $10 out of every purchase of the device to the fight against AIDS.
Smart Home November 21, 2017
The Apple HomePod release date has been pushed back to early 2018. This means that the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers will have one less competitor this holiday shopping season.
Apple November 19, 2017
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
Three years after an Indiegogo campaign that raised over $3.6 million, the social robot Jibo is now on sale for $899. How is it different from the Amazon Echo, and is it really worth that price tag?
Smart Home October 26, 2017
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 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
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 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
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 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 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
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
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 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 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
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
'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 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
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 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 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
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
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