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Amazon's Alexa Can Now Call Local Businesses And Check Your Email

Amazon Alexa can now read, reply, or delete emails as per users' instructions. Moreover, the voice assistant is also capable of calling phone numbers apart from just finding the contact numbers.

Apps/Software December 11, 2018

Amazon Alexa Will Power 8 New Devices Coming This Year

Amazon will release at least eight new Alexa-powered devices within the year, including a microwave oven, receiver, subwoofer, amplifier, and in-car device. The new hardware will place Amazon in competition with companies such as Sonos and GE.

Gadgets September 18, 2018

Xbox One Voice Commands Now Possible Through Alexa And Cortana Devices

Microsoft introduced the Xbox Skill, which will allow Xbox One owners to control their console through voice commands on Alexa and Cortana devices. The feature is now being rolled out to Xbox Insider members for testing purposes.

Video Games September 7, 2018

Amazon's Alexa Works With Over 20,000 Devices, With More Than 100 Million Jokes Told

From 4,000 devices at the end of 2017, Alexa-compatible devices have increased to 20,000. The number could even rise with other brands planning to integrate Alexa into their products.

Gadgets September 4, 2018

Facebook Is Making A Digital Assistant Called Aloha: Here’s What It Looks Like

Facebook is reportedly developing a digital assistant. App investigator Jane Manchun Wong uncovered a new development Facebook is testing, which could be the biggest competitor of Google Home and Amazon Echo.

Smart Home August 23, 2018

Amazon Alexa And Microsoft Cortana Finally Working Together: Watch Out, Apple Siri And Google Assistant

It took a year, but Amazon and Microsoft have finally rolled out a preview of the partnership between their digital assistants. Users will now be able to access Alexa in Windows 10 devices and Cortana in Echo smart speakers.

Apps/Software August 16, 2018

This Alexa Skill Will Help Your Amazon Echo Keep Burglars Away

A new Alexa skill named Away Mode will help Amazon Echo smart speakers keep burglars away using awkward conversations. One example of the hilarious scenarios is 'Emergency PTA Meeting To Discuss Memes, Fidget Spinners, and Other Teen Fads.'

Gadgets August 5, 2018

Free Amazon Echo Spot? Apparently Too Good To Be True

For a brief time, the white version of the Amazon Echo Spot was listed at $0. Unfortunately for customers who were able to order the free smart speaker, the offer was too good to be true.

Gadgets July 31, 2018

Free Google Home Smart Speaker For Everyone? That's How Google Will Beat Amazon, Analyst Says

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 Alexa App For iOS Finally Gets Voice Control: Some Things You Can Do

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 30-Year-Old San Francisco Man Claims His Amazon Alexa Says, 'All I See Is People Dying'

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 Fire TV Cube Features You'll Like And Not: Should You Spend $120 For This Entertainment Control Center?

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 Jokes About Skyrim On Alexa And Here's What's Crazy — It's Real

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

The Sonos Beam Comes With Alexa, AirPlay 2 And Wants A Spot In Your Living Room

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

Amazon Explains How Alexa Eavesdropped On A Couple's Conversatiion And Shared It To A Random Contact

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

You Can Now Use Alexa To Listen Hands-Free To Amazon Music

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

Blame Amazon Echo: Alexa Now A Less Popular Baby Name

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

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

Amazon, Lennar Team Up To Create 'Smart Homes' Built With Alexa

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: 15 Interesting Facts We Bet You Didn't Know About China's Biggest Search Engine

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

Here's How Alexa May Help You Become A Better 'Call Of Duty: WWII' Player

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 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

Amazon Rolls Out Alexa Brief Mode For Echo Owners Who Want Less Words And More Beeps

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

Ecobee's Switch+ Lets You Bring Alexa To Your Light Switch

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

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 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

Amazon's Alexa Update Adds Voice Commands For 2018 Winter Olympics

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

This Is Amazon's Solution To Keep Alexa From Waking Up When The TV Says Its Name

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

Alexa Loses Her Voice In New Super Bowl Ad Starring Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Himself

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 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

Lenovo Smart Display, Powered By Google Assistant, Challenges Amazon Echo Show And Alexa

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 Alexa Hitting Smartwatches, Headphones, And Other Wearables This Year

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 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

Remember Amazon And Microsoft's Alexa, Cortana Integration? Things Didn't Work Out Yet

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

The Best Smart Home Gadgets You Should Save For In 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 Echo Spot Review Roundup: The Alarm Clock Of The Future, If You Don't Mind The Small Display

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

Your Amazon Echo Can Now Function Like A Radio Alarm Clock: Here's What You Need To Tell Alexa

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 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

Moto Z Phones Become Alexa's New Home Thanks To The Moto Smart Speaker

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 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

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

Two New Amazon Fire TV Models Leaked: One Of Them Works Like An Echo Dot

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

Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, And Cortana Can Be Hacked Using Sound Frequencies Humans Can’t Hear

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 Picks Craig Federighi As The New Head Of Siri As The Voice Assistant Race Heats Up

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

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

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