Amazon Alexa

Green Deals: Sengled 2-pack A19 Smart LED Light Bulbs $32 (Reg. $50), more

Amazon offers the Sengled A19 Smart 2-pack LED Light Bulb Kit for <b>$31.78 shipped</b> when promo code <b>40EPA19J</b> is applied during checkout. Originally $60, but usually going for around $50, today’s offer is the best we’ve seen. Features include smart controls with Alexa/Google Assistant compatibility, …

Home Automation

Here's a Totally Unexpected Benefit to Amazon Alexa Replacing Your Smartphone

Alexa might not replace humans. But it might help the novices.<p>There's a barrier to entry in tech. It starts with a complicated login to a computer, continues when you start using a new phone like the Apple iPhone X with it's swipe-up-to-go-home user interface paradigm shift, and even filters down …

Fortune 500

BMW to Treat Apple CarPlay as a Subscription Service and Charge Customers an Annual Fee

BMW will turn Apple CarPlay into a subscription service beginning with its 2019-model-year vehicles.<p>The German automaker currently charges a one-time $300 to add Apple CarPlay capability to navigation-equipped BMW models. Going forward, though, navigation-equipped BMWs will come with CarPlay at no …

Android Auto

Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Amazon Alexa, Ashworld

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When …

Android News

Lancashire Police launches voice-driven Amazon Alexa app

Lancashire Police has launched a voice-driven Amazon Alexa skill, giving citizens hourly news updates on what is going on in their local area.<p>The app …

Business Technology

Westpac brings bank transacting to text messaging

Industry experts: Amazon Alexa will transform the way brands engage with consumersWestpac customers will now have the opportunity to undertake …

Banking

In the battle for the future of voice computers, Google is moving fast — but Amazon is still moving faster

• <b>Google was aggressively pushing its Assistant at CES 2018, with a marketing blitz and a party with a performance by John Legend.</b>• <b><br>Google announced a bunch of new, key partnerships with companies including LG, Sony, and Lenovo to integrate with the Google Assistant.</b>• <b><br>However, Amazon's Alexa, and its</b> …

Amazon

Logitech Circle 2 review

Logitech's Circle 2 is better than its original security cam<p><b>The Good</b> Logitech's $180 Circle 2 wired security camera is easy to set up and works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant for a wide variety of smart home/voice control applications.<p><b>The Bad</b> While this camera can be used …

Smart Homes

Amazon Alexa Fights Microsoft Cortana On The Windows 10 Battlefield

Amazon is rapidly expanding its frontiers, and the next target is the Windows 10 PC. Can the voice-powered Alexa technology make the jump to the desktop. Amazon already has some areas it can leverage its Alexa technology – notably the Kindle Fire tablets and the range of Echo speakers – but a push …

Amazon

Alexa Will Be On Your PC Soon

If you're not interested in splashing out some cash on one of Amazon's Alexa devices but want to use the shopping giant's voice assistant then you'll …

Amazon

D.C.-area forecast: January thaw continues; rain likely Monday night into Tuesday

<b>TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT</b> <i><br>A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.</i><p><b>8/10:</b> A cloudier day, but who cares? Temps into the 50s are feeling pretty fantastic.<p><b>EXPRESS FORECAST</b><p><b>Today:</b> Partly to mostly cloudy, still mild. Highs: 50s to near 60. <b><br>Tonight:</b> Mostly cloudy, patchy …

Climate Change

Microsoft's Cortana might be lagging behind Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant — but Microsoft says there's a master plan

• <b>There's a lot of skepticism about Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It lags in apps, smart home support, and hardware integrations.</b>• <b><br>However, Microsoft says Cortana isn't cooked yet: It's going to come to more devices beyond just Windows 10 PCs, and you'll see Cortana</b> …

Microsoft

BMW to switch Apple CarPlay to subscription service

Apple CarPlay is being offered in more and more vehicles, often as standard equipment. BMW, though, charges for it. BMW currently offers CarPlay as a $300 option on cars equipped with navigation. This will change, though, as <i>The Verge</i> reports the German automaker will switch to a yearly subscription …

Apple

Gorgeous glass touch controller replaces any normal light switch and works with Alexa

You’ve filled your house with all sorts of modern smart gadgets, and yet you still use the same boring old light switches that have been around for …

Home Automation

D.C.-area forecast: Warmer air wins out this weekend and into next week. Some risk of rain by late Monday.

<b>TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT</b> <i><br>A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.</i><p><b>8/10:</b> Quite like Friday but even warmer! Seems like a good day for a long walk, or something like that.<p><b>EXPRESS FORECAST</b><p><b>Today:</b> Mostly sunny. Highs: Mid-50s to near 60. <b><br>Tonight:</b> Mostly clear. Lows: 30s. …

Climate Change

Amazon Alexa on Android can now find the best restaurants near you

Thanks to an upcoming update, you can ask Alexa for restaurant and movie recommendations nearby.<p>Alexa on Android just got a little bit smarter.<p>The digital voice assistant from Amazon will receive an update in the next few days that will allow users to ask aloud about restaurants nearby or what …

Amazon

Save 30% on the Sengled Element A19 Smart Light Bulb, now down to $7 Prime shipped

Amazon offers the Sengled Element Classic A19 Smart Light Bulb for <b>$6.99</b> when code <b>30EA19NJ</b> has been applied at checkout. You’ll score free shipping with a Prime membership or in orders over $25. That’s good for 30% off the regular going rate and The Home Depot, is a new Amazon all-time low and the …

Home Automation

Here's One Way Microsoft's Amazon Alexa Rival Could Win

A man dressed in white from head to toe was posted outside the Las Vegas Convention Center last week. His outfit included just a few colorful …

Amazon

Talk To Your Raspberry Pi Using Matrix Voice And Amazon Alexa

Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, hobbyists or educational establishments that would like to add extra functionality to their Raspberry Pi mini PC in the …

Raspberry Pi

Amazon Jacks Monthly Prime Prices by 20 Percent

Customers who pay for Amazon Prime in monthly installments will see a pretty significant jump in costs.<p>The monthly fee is moving from $10.99 per …

Consumer News

A Maine Racetrack Didn’t Lure Amazon. Multiply That Disappointment by 218.

SAN FRANCISCO — There were 218 communities whose proposals did not reach the second round in Amazon’s well-publicized search for its second headquarters. For those ambitious but unlucky folks, there were no “thanks for entering” gift baskets or any consolation prizes.<p>Tom Hall, town manager of …

Business

Amazon's Alexa app now supports voice commands

If you happen to enjoy Amazon‘s Alexa digital assistant but have been wanting support for voice commands on your Android device, the wait is now over.<p>…

Android News

Dr. Manny Alvarez: Do you want Amazon Alexa playing physician's assistant? I don't

In 10 years, you may be heading to Amazon.com for a lot more than shopping. You may be able to pick up your prescriptions at the Amazon Pharmacy and get that nasty rash checked out by a non-human – Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant system.<p>Paired with the Amazon Echo …

Opinion

Amazon Alexa Gives Dating Advice Now, Because Of Course She Does

Amazon's Alexa is pretty much as close to a real-life version of my personal favorite Disney Channel original movie, <i>Smart House</i>, as our society has …

Dating

Westpac turns to iMessage after social media keyboard flop

The bank has launched Westpac for iMessage, enabling customers to transfer funds to contacts from within Apple's native messaging app.<p>Westpac Banking …

Banking

4 smart home trends to watch in 2018

There’s no doubt that technology advances faster than we can even keep up these days, and the smart home sector is one of the fastest-growing. At CES …

Money

Industry experts: Amazon Alexa will transform the way brands engage with consumers

The arrival of Amazon Alexa in Australia is set to become an even bigger game-changer in the way brands interact with their consumers than mobile …

Amazon

The Amazon Alexa app now lets you use Alexa voice commands

Alexa's latest home is the Alexa app.<p>Up until now, Alexa's presence on Android has been a bit confusing. Phones like the Huawei Mate 9, HTC U11, and …

Amazon

Amazon: Dallas Named Finalist For New Headquarters

Amazon has narrowed its HQ2 search down to 20 cities, and Dallas is among them. In full, 238 cities submitted proposals.<p>DALLAS, TX — Three months …

Dallas

'Alexa, send me a police update'

A police force is using the Amazon Alexa app to stream daily crime briefings directly to people’s homes.<p>Customers can use the voice-activated app to receive the latest news and information hourly from Lancashire Constabulary, including images of wanted and missing people.<p>The information is streamed …

Amazon