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Amazon Rolls Out Intercom Feature ‘Announcements’ To All Alexa Devices

Announcements, Amazon’s intercom-like features, is rolling to all Alexa-compatible devices after initially rolling out just to Echo speakers. The feature is perfect for those who don’t have a dedicated intercom system at home.

Apps/Software May 27, 2019

Alexa Guard Protects Your Home While You’re Away, And It’s Rolling Out Soon

Amazon is now slowly rolling out Alexa Guard to all Echo owners. Here’s what it does, and how to set it up so you know when there’s something fishy going on in the house.

Smart Home May 15, 2019

Hands-Free Alexa Voice Commands Finally Available On Windows 10 PCs

Amazon’s newly updated Alexa app for Windows 10 now lets users access the digital assistant hands-free. It comes with voice command support for Pandora, as well.

Microsoft May 7, 2019

Confirmed: Facebook Is Making A Voice Assistant, But It Might Not Compete With Alexa, Google Assistant

Facebook is developing an artificial intelligence assistant to put in its Portal, Oculus, and potentially future hardware. It’s not clear how it’s going to perform, but don’t count on it being an Alexa or Google Assistant replacement.

Apps/Software April 18, 2019

Amazon Workers Are Actually Listening To Your Alexa Voice Commands: Report

Most companies with voice-enabled products employ supervised learning, in which humans aid in teaching artificial intelligence to better sort and categorize data. In the case of Alexa, that means thousands of workers listening to private voice recordings.

Security April 11, 2019

You Can Now Ask Alexa To Play Apple Music From Amazon Fire TV

After supporting Amazon Echo in December, Apple Music now begins streaming for the Fire TV. The move is in line with Apple's recent strategy to push its content to other platforms to gain a wider audience.

Apple March 14, 2019

Jabra Elite 85h Headphones Feature Noise-Canceling, Ultra-Long Battery Life, 2 Digital Assistants, And More

Jabra’s new Elite 85h headphones sound like it’s going to be one of the best in the market. At $299, it got hands-free assistant control, 32 hours of battery life with noise cancellation turned on, and much more.

Gadgets January 7, 2019

Fake Amazon Alexa Setup App Climbs Its Way To Apple's App Store Charts

The Setup for Amazon Alexa app asked for users' IP address and device serial number. The fake Alexa setup app is from One World Software, which also has two other shady apps in the App Store.

Apps/Software December 27, 2018

Amazon's Digital Assistant Alexa Took A Day Off On Christmas

Users in the UK complained they were having trouble with Alexa on Christmas Day. Amazon's digital assistant apparently crashed on the holiday possibly due to a surge of new users.

Smart Home December 26, 2018

Amazon's Alexa Tells User To Kill Foster Parents

As Amazon's Alexa learns how to interact more like human, it has started to engage in conversations that raise concerns. The voice assistant, for instance, gave a homicidal advice to a user and this was not an isolated case.

Smart Home December 22, 2018

Rocco The Parrot Uses Amazon's Alexa To Order Snacks While Owner Is Away

Rocco, an African Grey Parrot kicked out of a sanctuary in UK, was caught ordering food and housewares through Amazon Alexa while his owner was away. Moreover, the bird reportedly interacted with the virtual assistant 40 times a day.

Animals December 17, 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

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

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

Amazon Is Getting Ready To Bring Alexa To Even More Cars

Amazon has officially opened up Alexa Auto to more people. The company just released an SDK on GitHub, allowing developers to experiment integrating Alexa into car infotainment systems.

Car Tech August 10, 2018

Amazon Alexa Can Now ‘Get Back To You’ If It Doesn’t Know The Answer To Your Question

Amazon Alexa is a smart and robust digital assistant, but it doesn’t have the answer to everything. Thanks to the new Answer Update feature, it’ll take those unanswerable questions and bring them back out once it’s found enough information.

Apps/Software August 8, 2018

It Seems Practically No One Is Using Alexa To Buy Things Off Amazon

Majority of Alexa users aren’t using their smart speakers to shop online, contrary to what third-party research firms have claimed. Worse, most of the people who did buy something didn’t try it again.

Smart Home August 7, 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

How Amazon Ensures Only The Closest Alexa Device Responds To Your Voice Commands

Amazon’s clever Echo Spatial Perception technology has now moved to the cloud. That means all Alexa-enabled devices, whether they’re from Amazon or not, will be able to tell which is closest to the person making commands.

Apps/Software July 26, 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 Teams Up With Marriott To Bring Alexa To Hotels

Amazon is bringing Alexa exclusively to Marriott International hotels as part of the company’s Alexa for Hospitality program. Guests will have the opportunity to use Amazon’s digital assistant to enhance their visit.

Internet June 19, 2018

Here’s How To Enable Amazon Alexa On Your Apple Watch

Those tired of Siri on their Apple Watch can download Voice in a Can, a standalone app that lets users access Alexa to take advantage of smart home features. Get it while it’s still available.

Wearable Tech June 8, 2018

Amazon Fire TV Cube Goes Up For Pre-Order At $119.99, But Prime Members Get A Limited-Time Discount

Amazon's new Alexa-powered Fire TV Cube is an Echo, streaming box, and remote control all in one, and it's now available for pre-order. The device normally costs $119.99, but Prime members can get a notable discount if they hurry.

Smart Home June 7, 2018

Amazon Announces That It Will Distribute Alexa And Echo Products To France

Amazon announced that it would be bringing both Alexa and three of its Echo products to France. Users are currently able to preorder the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Spot devices.

Apps/Software June 6, 2018

Rumor: Xbox One Will Get Google Assistant And Amazon Alexa

You won’t have to wear a headset to control your Xbox One with voice commands anymore. Rumors say Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are both coming to the console, though it’s not clear what features they’ll bring.

Microsoft June 4, 2018

You Can Now Shout Voice Commands At Your LG ThinQ TV

Alexa comes to the LG ThinQ TV lineup. You can now control your ThinQ-enabled TV via voice commands provided you have an Alexa-enabled device, like an Amazon Echo.

Gadgets May 31, 2018

Afraid Of Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping? Here's How To Check And Delete What It Recorded

Amazon Alexa recently recorded and shared a woman's private conversation without her knowledge, prompting concerns. If you're worried that Alexa might've been eavesdropping, here's how to hear and delete what it recorded.

Smart Home May 29, 2018

Amazon Echo’s Alexa Records Woman’s Conversation, Sends It To Random Contact

A Portland woman claimed that her Amazon Echo recorded a private conversation with her husband. The conversation was then leaked to her husband’s work colleague in Seattle.

Smart Home May 24, 2018

New Acer Laptops Come With Amazon Alexa Preloaded, But Others Will Get It Too

Acer is bringing Amazon Alexa to the laptop realm, as the voice assistant will come preloaded on several notebook lines. Existing devices will also get the feature through an update, so here's the deal.

Computers May 22, 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

Lexus Debuts 2019 ES Lineup With Apple CarPlay Technology And Significant Improvements

Lexus finally unveiled its 2019 Lexus ES lineup with a new chassis architecture and more improvements. The carmaker likewise confirmed that Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa will be available.

Car Tech April 27, 2018

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Brings Parental Controls And Alexa For Kids, At $79.99

Amazon launched a new Echo Dot Kids Edition smart speaker that comes with special features, a kid-friendly Alexa, and a two-year warranty with a free replacement. The device is up for pre-order now at $79.99, and here's what it brings.

Gadgets April 26, 2018

2019 Toyota Avalon Supports Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Qi Wireless Charger, And More

On Monday, April 23, Toyota unveiled the fifth generation of its flagship sedan, the 2019 Toyota Avalon. The redesigned model comes equipped with CarPlay, Qi Wireless Charging, support for Apple Watch and Amazon Alexa among other features.

Car Tech April 24, 2018

Amazon Alexa Blueprints Enable All Users To Create Customized Skills And Responses In Minutes

Amazon just launched a new tool called Alexa Blueprints, allowing anyone to create customized skills and responses without any coding skills. Here's how it works.

Apps/Software April 19, 2018

What You Need To Know About Amazon Alexa — Secrets Revealed

Amazon Alexa has revolutionized the way our homes work and Amazon Echo is a big part of that. Here are 20 facts about this technology that you need to know.

Gadgets April 17, 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

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Includes Apple CarPlay And Amazon Alexa, But No Android Auto

The new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, out this summer, will come with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa support. It’s not clear, though, if or when Android Auto support will be included.

Car Tech March 27, 2018

Essential PH-1 Android 8.1 Oreo Update Is Now Available

After several delays, the company finally released the Android 8.1 Oreo for the Essential Phone PH-1. The new firmware fixes some known issues and adds multiple features and improvements.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 15, 2018

Deezer Announces Voice Activation With Amazon Alexa

Deezer, the music streaming service for iOS and Android, has announced a new partnership with Amazon's Alexa. Tech Times had the opportunity to chat with Riad Hawa, VP of Hardware Partnerships at Deezer, about their latest integration with Alexa.

Apps/Software March 13, 2018

New ‘Follow-Up’ Mode Allows Alexa To Complete Back-To-Back Requests With Using Wake Word Over And Over

Heads up, Amazon Echo users: Alexa can now perform multiple commands in a series of voice prompts. You’ll still be limited to one request at a time, but this time without saying Alexa over and over.

Apps/Software March 10, 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 Alexa Is Having Some Major Issues: Voice Commands For Most People Aren’t Working

Many users were startled on March 2 when all of their Echo devices started becoming unresponsive, with Alexa unable to follow commands. It seems there’s been a problem with Amazon Web Services.

Gadgets March 4, 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

Pikachu Talk App Lets You Chat With The Iconic Pokémon Through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

To celebrate Pokemon Day, Nintendo released Pikachu Talk for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Fans of the series can finally experience a conversation with the franchise's mascot.

Apps/Software February 28, 2018

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