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
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
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
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
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’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
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
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
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, 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 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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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'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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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 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
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 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 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
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, 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
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
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
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 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
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
McAfee announced a new Alexa skill called the McAfee Secure Home Platform at MWC 2018. This skill will allow users to easily secure their home network, set parental controls, and more--all via voice commands.
Security February 27, 2018