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A digital day in the life of a BMW Connected user

BMW has just released a major update to its Connected services which are coming to your BMW in the near future. To showcase some of those new …

Automation

5 Advanced Smart Devices Designed To Enhance Security

Every year new services and products enter the market. Technology is getting smarter and more reliable. It assists us with everything from communication, health to improved security.<p>Security tech varies from smart locks to talking smoke detectors. Now, we have an opportunity to keep our loved ones …

Home Automation

The Connected Car Crisis

<b>By Buck Wise, Vice President of Brand and Partnerships, Swift + Possible</b><p><b>CONNECTED HISTORY</b><p>The first car I ever purchased was a Ford Mustang GT. It didn’t need to be smart, just faster.<p>Nowadays, I want my motors to be smart and connected.<p>You might not know this, but connected cars actually date back …

Ford Mustang

Surprise Echo Owners, You're Now Part of Amazon's Random Social Network

Since the Echo’s release in 2014, millions of people have given in to Amazon’s nonstop advertising and welcomed Alexa into their homes. Amazon’s …

Amazon

Sears to sell Alexa-enabled appliances on Amazon; stock jumps 8%

Add Sears to the growing list of retailers inking deals with Amazon.<p>The department store chain announced plans on Thursday to sell Kenmore-branded …

Amazon

'Alexa, help manage my diabetes.' That's what Merck and its contest finalists envision for the Amazon platform

What can Amazon Alexa can do for people with diabetes? When Merck & Co.’s Alexa Diabetes Challenge posed that question earlier this year, contest …

Merck & Co

Amazon will begin selling Sears appliances with Alexa-enabled features

Amazon has had a busy summer so far. After news leaked that the online giant would begin selling Nike gear, it’s reportedly also getting into the at-home meal kit space with a Blue Apron competitor. Turns out, there’s still more coming down the pipeline. Sears announced today that it will be …

Amazon

How to improve Amazon Alexa voice recognition

Improve Alexa's voice recognition technology with these tips and tricks!<p>Thanks to its multi-speaker setup and voice-focused interaction, Amazon's …

Amazon

Sears says Kenmore products now available on Amazon; shares spike 13%

Sears (NASDAQ:SHLD) +13.4% premarket after announcing it has launched Kenmore products on Amazon.com, including the full line of Kenmore Smart …

Fortune 500

Geared Up Podcast: Testing the deep Amazon Alexa integration on the HTC U11 smartphone

The HTC U11 might not be making as big a splash as its main competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S8, but it stands out as the first phone to let users …

Amazon

Cloud power shifts as mega vendors abstract everything up to running code

Cloud services are shifting the competitive landscape among server vendors and their suppliers. It’s a trend I’ve mentioned many times that’s been …

Algorithms

Toronto-made Ecobee3 smart thermostat is $150 right now

Toronto-based Ecobee is offering $150 off its Ecobee3 thermostst via a promotion that runs until July 31st, 2017.<p>Specifically, Ecobee is offering $50 …

Home Automation

Sandman Doppler Alarm Clock

It's no secret that waking up on time is essential, but how you do it can make a big difference. The Sandman Doppler Alarm Clock not only wakes you …

Shopping

You Can Soon Rent Avis Cars via Amazon Alexa

<i>PHOTO: An Avis Rent a Car counter. (photo via Flickr/Atomic Taco)</i><p>Avis Car Rental has announced that customers will soon be able to book and manage …

Amazon Alexa is so not ready to be your phone's digital assistant

There's no shortage of voice assistants for your phone: Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant, Bixby, the list goes on and on.<p>Now, Amazon's is trying to crash the party by bringing its own digital assistant, Alexa, to Android starting with HTC's recently released U11 phone.<p>As someone who invested in an …

Technology

Ask Vodafone: Mobile network’s first Amazon Alexa voice skill is revealed | Trusted Reviews

<b>Vodafone is launching its very own “skill” for Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant to improve customer service.</b><p>The voice-controlled Amazon Alexa digital …

Amazon

Alexa-enabled Sandman Doppler Alarm Clock hits Kickstarter with early success

We’ve seen a steady stream of Alexa-enabled devices from Amazon and other manufacturers throughout 2017, but the response has been hit or miss. Ecobee installed the voice-assistant on its latest smart thermostat. And just about every smart home accessory offers some kind of compatibility.<p>All of …

Assistive Technology

Samsung has no interest in taking on HomePod

Samsung currently has no plans to take on HomePod with a smart speaker of its own.<p>Recent rumors have claimed the South Korean company is working on a standalone Bixby device, but a source familiar with its plans says the market is too small to be profitable.<p>Samsung finally launched Bixby Voice in …

Samsung

Denon’s AVR-X3400H receiver has everything you could want, even Alexa integration

Why it matters to you<p>With just about every feature you could want and power to spare, the $1000 AVR-X3400H is powerhouse A/V receiver only made …

Dolby Atmos

Amazon Alexa is so smart it's stupid

The Amazon Alexa platform is on a roll, now crammed with more than 15,000 “skills,” up from 10,000 in February, as reported by Voicebot. While this …

Amazon

HTC Alexa feature now available with a squeeze on the U11 | Pocketnow

HTC now lays claim to three digital assistants being readily available on its latest flagship, the U11.<p>In addition to Google Assistant and HTC’s own …

Play Store

Learning More about Amazon Alexa's Approach to APIs and Skills Development

I have had Amazon Alexa in my cross hairs for some time now. I regularly digest stories about what Amazon is up to with Alexa, but haven’t had the …

DevOps

Samsung’s Bixby assistant finally comes to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the US

After much delay, Samsung has begun rolling out it Bixby smart assistant to users in the U.S.. The company said today that an update will allow owners of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to gain voice capabilities for the service.<p>Bixby is the Korean phone-maker’s take on Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant and …

Samsung

Smart Thermostats Fuel Smart Home Growth

The number of so-called smart homes continues to rise by just about any measure.<p>However, a smart home may contain one smart device and or many, some …

Automation

Amazon May Lose The War For Voice Assistants In China Before It Begins

When visiting San Francisco last month to present a preview of our annual Hardware Trends report to several hundred enthusiasts, I got excited about buying an Amazon Alexa product. At about $50, the Echo Dot in particular seemed compact, affordable, and potentially useful. Unfortunately, I was …

China

Look at what Amazon's Alexa can do on a phone!

Here's what you can and can't do with the voice assistant on the HTC U11.<p>Amazon's Alexa is coming to phones. We've seen it on the Huawei Mate 9 and now it's here for the HTC U11, the phone you can squeeze.<p>But the Alexa voice app works a little differently on the U11. There are still some things you …

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[Update: HTC Alexa app released for the U11, enables hands free or Edge Sense activation] HTC U11 Edge Sense now updated to include Alexa integration, but it's not working yet

• Update 1: 2017/07/17 3:29am PDT HTC has now announced the<p>The HTC U11 is a pretty good phone, but it has one particularly divisive feature: Edge …

HTC

Avis announces Amazon Alexa integration

Avis Car Rental (NASDAQ:CAR) announces booking integration with Amazon Alexa.<p>Car rental customers can use Amazon’s voice assistant to both book and …

Fortune 500

The Morning After: Monday, July 17th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.<p>We're starting the week with a look back at Disney's big news from D23, plus rumors of an Amazon messaging app and a flat microscope for your brain.<p>Is there a cantina?Disney reveals plans for a 'Star Wars' hotel<p>One of the big announcements from D23 this weekend …

Star Wars

HTC U11 becomes first phone with Amazon Alexa hot-word support | Ars Technica

Just say "Alexa" at any time and the HTC U11 will answer you.<p>HTC has been promising Amazon Alexa integration for its newest flagship, the U11, since …

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