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Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa …

Smart Homes

How to create your own HomeKit camera with a Raspberry Pi and HomeBridge

Though Apple's HomeKit home automation platform has supported cameras for over a year, manufacturers have been slow to bring compatible devices to …

Raspberry Pi

Amazon’s Alexa gaining new ‘Follow-up Mode’, no longer requires trigger word after every request

The most annoying thing about digital assistants is that you have to say a trigger word after every request, with few exceptions. Whether it be “Hey Siri”, “Ok Google”, or “Alexa”, it can become increasingly tiresome, especially if you’re trying to have a fluid conversation.<p>According to <i>CNET</i>, Amazon …

Raspberry Pi 3 + Speech Controlled Smart Robot Car Kit | MacTrast Deals

PiSmart is an intelligent platform based on Raspberry Pi designed by SunFounder, integrating Speech to Text (STT), Text to Speech (TTS), and servo …

This beautifully designed 'dumb phone' can only make calls and send texts — and it might be the key to curing our addiction to apps

The Brooklyn-based startup Light has set an impossible goal of getting people to put down their smartphones.<p>Light launched in 2014 and a year later debuted its first product, the Light Phone. It could only make calls and tell the time, and the company described it as a "quite a smart 'dumb' …

Apps

The Sublime and Scary Future of Cameras With A.I. Brains

Something strange, scary and sublime is happening to cameras, and it’s going to complicate everything you knew about pictures. Cameras are getting brains.<p>Until the past few years, just about all cameras — whether smartphones or point-and-shoots or CCTV surveillance — were like eyes disconnected …

Google Glass

Steve Jobs was the World's Greatest Salesman Because He Answered the 1 Question on Everyone's Mind

Once you realize your customers don't care about your 'product,' you'll be more likely to make a sale.<p>I'm looking at an intimidating 800-page binder as I write this article. It contains confidential information about a new product category. When I prepare the company's leaders to launch the …

Customers
Tech Trends

What Is The Difference Between Bitcoin and Ethereum?

Last year, thanks to stratospheric rises in value, lots of people became aware of the existence of Bitcoin, as well as another often-cited up-and-coming cryptocurrency, Ethereum.<p>By market cap they are the two most valuable cryptocurrencies – as of writing (and please note that these numbers …

Cryptocurrency
Internet of Things

A Short History Of Bitcoin And Crypto Currency Everyone Should Read

Bitcoin hit news headlines this week as the price of one unit of the cryptocurrency passed $11,500 for the first time.<p>Although it’s often referred to as new, Bitcoin has existed since 2009 and the technology it is built on has roots going back even further. In fact if you had invested just $1,000 …

Cryptocurrency

Google Home can now do two things at the same time

Google Assistant on your Google Home is going to get a lot more useful this week. The AI butler has recently been updated to support commands that have up to two conditions. Meaning, now you can tell your smart speaker to do things like the bump the temperature in your kids' room and start playing …

Create your own commands for Amazon Echo and Google Home

Be the boss of your smart hub.<p>The Amazon Echo and the Google Home are among the elite when it comes to smart hub speakers. The list of supported commands for the Amazon and Google speakers is growing all the time, but if you find something's missing, you've got another option—create your own.<p>The …

Face ID can be slower than Touch ID, but you can speed it up

Face ID is the future, and it’s easy to see why. It’s significantly more secure than Touch ID, and it eliminates a number of big limitations. But it’s not quite perfect yet.<p>Those who are lucky enough to have received a unit early from Apple have discovered that Face ID is slower than its …

John Gruber

Here are all of Amazon's new Echo gadgets

Amazon just announced about a million new Echo speakers at a surprise event today, ranging from an updated classic Echo, to an alarm-clock style Echo Spot model, to… a talking fish? Let’s run through them all<p>The new and improved Amazon Echo<p>Amazon’s main Echo is getting a refresh that make look an …

Smart Homes

Amazon's Echo Spot is a cuter version of the Echo Show

Arguably the cutest device announced at today's Amazon event is the Echo Spot, an adorable miniaturized version of the Echo Show. I got a closer look at the Spot after the Amazon event today, and I have to say that I definitely wouldn't mind having this as an alarm clock. It does all of the same …

Would You Let This Flying Alexa-Powered Droid Into Your House?

Aire, a new kind of flying voice assistant, promises airborne security at home.<p>This is Aire, a cylindrical version of Darth Vader’s interrogation droid–but nice, and without needles. Basically, it’s a $700 radar-based flying robot that travels around your home toting a 360-degree panoramic camera, …

Darth Vader

Google's miniature Home leaks ahead of Pixel event

Google Home : Amazon Echo :: Google Home Mini : Amazon Echo Dot<p>Google is reportedly working on a smaller version of its Home smart speaker, the Home Mini, and it appears to have just leaked out ahead of the company’s October 4th event, via <i>Droid Life</i>, which discovered the upcoming product.<p>The Home …

Web Development

The iPhone 10 years in: Everything that's changed from 2007 to 2017

Few times of the year are as thrilling for gadget buffs as an Apple launch event, and tomorrow the company is expected to pull back the curtain on a trio of new iPhones. While some incredibly specific leaks this weekend might have spoiled the surprise, there's no denying just how important the …

Mobile Technology

Yamaha now has an Alexa-controlled piano

Yamaha's MusicCast links up with Alexa, adding 40 multi-room connected products.<p>Alexa, play my piano.<p>Yamaha's MusicCast multi-room audio technology links a number of Yamaha's audio products together. A new Amazon Alexa hook-in means these will work with Alexa-controlled tech such as the Echo and …

Smart Homes

Google announces three third-party speakers with Assistant, plus LG appliance integration

Back in May, Google announced that it was releasing an SDK so anybody could make a smart speaker featuring the Google Assistant. Now, as IFA approaches, it’s officially announcing three three third-party speakers will be available later this year.<p>The one to pay attention to (at least at first) is …

Google Assistant

JavaScript developers are competing to build games in under 13kb

Games development is notoriously difficult. With that in mind, spare a thought for the folks taking part in this year’s Js13kGames competition, which sees them create a JavaScript game while staying within a 13kb file limit.<p>That’s crucial, as it means that in order to win, developers won’t just …

'일주일 치 학습을 하루에' 슈퍼컴퓨터 품은 KT AI 테크센터

(서울=연합뉴스) 고현실 기자 = 25일 서초구 우면동 KT융합기술원 2층에 있는 AI(인공지능) 테크센터 내 AI 테크 존에서는 커다란 캐비닛 크기의 슈퍼컴퓨터가 쉴 새 없이 돌아가고 있었다.<p>푹푹 찌는 바깥 날씨와 달리 테크 존 안은 폭염을 잊은 듯 서늘했고, …

With its new feed, Google is preparing for the end of search

Google recently launched a personalized news feed on the company's flagship app, and it will soon rollout to browser versions of <i>google.com</i>.<p>The update …

Amazon's Alexa lands on the HTC U11, and it works like it should

As promised, HTC is finally making it possible for owners of its U11 smartphone to install Amazon's Alexa. Starting today, those in the US who need <i>yet another</i> voice interface can download the HTC Alexa app from the Google Play Store -- we're told localized versions of Alexa are coming to other …

South Korean coffee artist recreates Munch's The Scream in cream – in pictures

Barista Lee Kang-bin is taking coffee art to the next level, recreating miniatures of famous paintings, including Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, on foamy cups of java at his central Seoul cafe

Art

Amazon’s Alexa passes 15,000 skills, up from 10,000 in February

Amazon’s Alexa voice platform has now passed 15,000 skills — the voice-powered apps that run on devices like the Echo speaker, Echo Dot, newer Echo Show and others. The figure is up from the 10,000 skills Amazon officially announced back in February, which had then represented a 3x increase from …

Automation
Weird

Google Home now supports up to six users in the UK

Good news, Google Home owners: your smart speaker is now ready to get to know your family. The search giant has confirmed that UK Homes now support up to six users, allowing members of your household to train Google's Assistant to recognize their voices. It also means that their music playlists, …

Amazon Echo now works as a home intercom

Amazon has just pushed an update for its Echo family of smart speakers that enables a handy room-to-room intercom feature, making it a whole lot easier to<p>snoopkeep an eye on your entire family.<p>If you’ve got multiple Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show devices around the house, you can now initiate …