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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

Amazon Music Is Now Free For Alexa Users As New Ad-Supported Tier Goes Live

Amazon has launched a new free tier of Amazon Music for owners of Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Echo. It's ad-supported, but it gives customers access to thousands of stations and the top playlists on the platform.

Apps/Software April 19, 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

Amazon Reveals Alexa Devices Sales Figure, And It's Over 100 Million

Amazon has sold more than 100 million Alexa devices to date. While it didn't go into specifics of the sales figure, it did say that the Echo Dot exceeded expectations during the holiday season and sold out for January.

Gadgets January 4, 2019

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

US Subscribers Can Now Play Apple Music On Amazon Echo Speakers Via Alexa App

Amazon surprisingly announced its plans to integrate Apple Music with its Echo speakers via the Alexa app in late November. The update is supposedly scheduled for release on Dec. 17, but it is now rolling out for the app on iOS and Android.

Apps/Software December 15, 2018

The Amazon Echo Wall Clock Is Here: Here’s What It Can Do

The $30 Amazon Echo Wall Clock works with Alexa but doesn’t have its own microphone. It’s great for people who already have Echo devices in their household.

Gadgets December 15, 2018

Apple Music Gets Support From Amazon Echo Just In Time For The Holiday Tunes

Amazon announced on Friday that Apple's music subscription service will be supported by its Echo devices starting Dec. 17. Here's what users should do to use voice control to play tracks and albums.

Apple November 30, 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 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

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

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

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

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

Amazon Hardware On Sale, Just In Time For Mother's Day: Grab Discounts For Echo, Kindle, And Fire Devices

Husbands and sons looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift might want to check out the latest Amazon hardware discounts. Special offers include 30 percent off for the Echo Show and 25 percent off for the Kindle.

Gadgets May 6, 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

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

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 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 Adds Voice Commands For The Oscars 2018

Amazon updated its Alexa-enabled devices to provide the latest updates on the 2018 Oscar Awards. Here are all of the voice commands you should know.

Apps/Software February 26, 2018

Amazon Is Working On Its Own Custom AI Chips For Alexa: Report

Amazon is reportedly developing its own custom AI chips to speed up on the smart functionalities of Alexa. The in-house chip will render Alexa faster, as the processing is mostly in-device instead of tapping the cloud at all times.

Smart Home February 12, 2018

You Can Now Ask Alexa To Create Your Music Playlists For You

Amazon is rolling out a new feature that will allow users to create music playlists through voice command. This new Alexa capability is initially available to Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Prime Music subscribers in the United States.

Gadgets February 9, 2018

Nest Reunites With Google To Take On Amazon And Apple

Google is working with Nest again in an effort to supercharge the company’s range of smart home products and services, backed by artificial intelligence technology. The move will lead Google to take on Apple and market leader Amazon.

Google 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

Amazon Is Killing It With Alexa: CEO Jeff Bezos Says ‘Expect Us To Double Down’

Amazon is on an uptick with its Echo line of smart speakers and its Alexa virtual assistant. The retail company just posted its Q4 results, which surpassed estimates and analyst expectations.

Smart Home February 2, 2018

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which Is The Better Smart Speaker?

Debating between Amazon Echo and Google Home? We've created a handy guide to help you pick which is the better smart speaker available on the market.

Smart Home February 1, 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

Amazon Alexa App Hits 10 Million Downloads On Google Play Store

The Amazon Echo is a huge success, and that shows by the number of sales and downloads for the device's companion app, which has hit a milestone on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

Apps/Software January 1, 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

Christmas Shoppers Wanted The Echo Dot And Made It The Top-Selling Amazon Product This Holiday

The Echo Dot was the best-selling product on Amazon this Christmas with millions sold. This just goes to show that smart speakers are all the rage.

Smart Home December 27, 2017

Got An Amazon Echo For Christmas? Here's How To Get Started

As expected, smart speakers are popular gifts this holiday season. If you got an Amazon Echo speaker for Christmas, here's how to get started with the Alexa-powered gadget.

Smart Home December 26, 2017

Echo Dot, Echo Smart Speakers Get $20 Discount: Just The Thing For Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

Amazon is giving out a generous $20 discount on the Echo Smart and Echo Dot speakers this Christmas. The smart speakers are both second-generation builds that boast vast improvements on hardware specs, design, and features.

Smart Home December 23, 2017

Amazon Files ‘AmazonTube’ Trademark Amid Google YouTube Feud

The Amazon and Google battle has gone a step further with Amazon filing a trademark for “AmazonTube.” This came after Google pulled YouTube service from Amazon devices.

Business Tech December 23, 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 Music Unlimited, Amazon Echo Speakers Now Available In 28 Countries Across Latin America And Europe

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

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