Google has fallen behind Amazon in the emerging smart speaker space. To catch up, Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak suggested that Google should give all U.S. households a free Google Home Mini, which is being sold for $49 each.
Google June 29, 2018
Amazon updated the Alexa app for iOS devices to enable a key feature that was missing on the platform. Users can now take advantage of the voice control functionality.
Apps/Software June 28, 2018
A man in San Francisco reported that his Alexa said a creepy comment on his Amazon Echo. This is one of many incidents in 2018 when users have heard odd things from Alexa.
Smart Home June 23, 2018
Amazon announced the Fire TV Cube earlier this month. The device, which is essentially a Fire TV with a smart speaker and Alexa-integration, is now available for purchase for $119.99. Here's what you'll like/dislike about Amazon's latest offering:
Smart Home June 23, 2018
Bethesda delivered a big surprise during its E3 2018 presentation when it announced a game made for Amazon's Alexa. Most people thought 'Skyrim: Very Special Edition' was a joke, but it appears to be a working game that is available now.
Video Games June 13, 2018
On Wednesday, June 6, Sonos launched a new mini soundbar with a smart speaker functionality called the Beam. The speaker, priced at $399, comes with Alexa integration and support for Airplay 2.
Smart Home June 8, 2018
An Amazon Echo Dot owner complained that Alexa secretly recorded her private conversation and forwarded it to someone on the contact list. The company suspects the unit might have been hacked and will work on a fix to prevent the same issue in the future.
Smart Home May 26, 2018
Amazon announced that its Amazon Music app now comes with hands-free listening thanks to Alexa. It allows users to use voice controls to play music from the app just like they would on an Amazon Echo smart speaker.
Apps/Software May 25, 2018
Fewer parents are naming their baby girls 'Alexa' since the debut of Amazon Echo. 'Alexa' is the wake-up command that triggers the voice-controlled smart speaker to listen.
Smart Home May 14, 2018
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
Amazon revealed that it is teaming up with home builder Lennar to create houses that have built-in Alexa technology. Users can test out the houses in Amazon Experience Centers across the country.
Gadgets May 9, 2018
Baidu has achieved exponential growth in China and is the country's No. 1 search engine. Here's a look at some interesting facts about the company, that we bet you didn't know of.
Internet April 20, 2018
Activision has rolled out the 'Call of Duty' Alexa Skill, which may help you become a better 'Call of Duty: WWII' player. The free Alexa skill will function as a personal coach, providing players with advice to improve their game.
Video Games April 19, 2018
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
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.
Apps/Software March 17, 2018
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
Amazon and Microsoft announced the Alexa and Cortana integration in 2017 and said it'll roll out in the later part of 2017. Now it's already 2018, but the harmony between the two smart assistants still isn't here.
Smart Home January 3, 2018
Smart Home devices have improved over time and 2017 saw its fair share of innovations. Consumers can save up for these products in time for a 2018 purchase.
Smart Home December 31, 2017
Amazon has finally launched the $129.99 Amazon Echo Spot, which was announced alongside the second-generation Amazon Echo. Reviews on the Alexa-powered smart speaker are mostly positive, but they raise a few issues.
Smart Home December 19, 2017
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
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
Motorola is giving Alexa a new home in its Moto Z phones via a new Moto Mod. With a straightforward name, the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa brings the smart assistant to your fingertips.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 19, 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
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
There are two new Amazon Fire TV models coming this year, according to AFTVNews. The first one resembles the Google Chromecast, while the second one will take voice commands like the Alexa-powered Echo Dot.
Gadgets September 11, 2017
Turns out hacking voice assistants is an easy thing to do. A group of researchers discovered that ultrasonic frequencies inaudible to humans can be used as a way to access voice-enabled assistants such as Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana.
Security September 7, 2017
Apple has now put Craig Federighi as the head of Siri in an attempt to integrate the voice assistant across its other products and platforms. The move comes amid heated competition in the voice assistant race.
Apple September 2, 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
Amazon's Alexa has arrived on the HTC U11 smartphone. What does the new digital assistant bring to the table in comparison to other digital assistants?
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech July 17, 2017
Excited for the Amazon Prime Day 2017? You're not alone, and that means you'll have a ton of other customers to compete with. On that note, here's how to get the best deals during the big sale.
Internet July 8, 2017
Amazon has officially announced that it's bringing back Alexa voice deals for this year's Prime Day, offering additional perks. The sale will start two hours early for Alexa voice shoppers.
Internet July 5, 2017
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
Customers who ordered the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 can now expect to see their new slabs arrive at their doorsteps soon, as Amazon has begun shipping the budget tablets out.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 8, 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
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
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
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