Amazon Echo

Spotify is hiring people to cook up hardware as innovative as the Amazon Echo

Music-streaming giant Spotify wants to build its own hardware, according to job listings first spotted by Dave Zatz.<p>"You will be leading an initiative to deliver hardware directly from Spotify to existing and new customers; a category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap …

Amazon

First Battery-Powered Speaker Created Specifically for the Amazon Dot Hits the Market

Technology lifestyle company, Ninety7 has announced the release of VAUX, the first battery-powered speaker designed specifically for the …

Amazon

Five Things Amazon’s Alexa Needs to Make Sense On Smartphones

Huawei’s Mate 9 is the first smartphone with Alexa integration, but it’s more proof-of-concept than useful feature.<p>Ever since the failure of its Fire phone, Amazon has needed a way to embed its services more deeply into smartphones. Now, the company has an opportunity in Alexa, its virtual …

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Google Home review - Has the Amazon Echo finally met its match?

GOOGLEGoogle Home review - smart speaker arrives in the UK<p>Google Home has finally launched in the UK, months after it debuted in the United States, …

Amazon

5 things you can do with the new Google Assistant

How in the world did we manage to survive for a few millennia without voice-activated virtual assistants? I mean, it wasn't that long ago that we drove around without being able to ask our phones for driving directions. But now the idea of being unable to do that is downright scary.<p>More recently, …

Google

The Magic Door and the Potential of Voice Assistants

<b>The Magic Door is not just an interactive adventure that we can play in Alexa: it is also the perfect example that voice assistants are a world to</b> …

Amazon

Google Home review: Can Google's smart speaker topple Amazon Echo and Alexa?

Home sweet Home?<p>After months of envious glances at Google Home owners across the pond, the Google Assistant-powered smart speaker has finally made …

Amazon

Logitech releases beta apps for the UE Boom and Megaboom, with Alexa integration

Logitech's speaker brand, Ultimate Ears, includes the UE Boom and UE Megaboom speakers. They have mobile apps available, allowing you to connect …

Apps

Google Home Just Gained A Major Edge Over Amazon Echo

The battle for the King of smart-home assistants is heating up and the newcomer, Google Home, just landed and uppercut that gives it a decisive edge …

Google

This Major Change Is Coming to Computer Design, Says Head of Amazon Alexa

Every few years, a big shift in how we interact with computers arrives. In the 1970s we swapped out punch cards for terminals, and then moved on to …

Amazon

How to Control Your Sonos Speakers with Alexa

It’s a dream of all <b>Sonos</b> speaker owners: to be able to set aside their smartphone and play music, just by saying what they want to hear.<p>While Sonos …

Amazon

Watching Burger King’s Newest Ad Puts Your Privacy in Jeopardy

Earlier this month, Burger King aired a 15-second commercial whose intended audience—Google Home devices, web-connected virtual assistants that …

Black Market

Appy Hour: The 10 Best Apps for Your Amazon Echo or Google Home

I have to make this clear right off the bat: this blog post isn’t going to tell whether you should buy an Amazon Echo or Google Home.<p>More in line …

Amazon

You'll love and hate Amazon Echo

<i>(The following piece is from Stephen Cobb, senior researcher at the San Diego office of ESET, an international security firm.)</i><p>First, a warning: …

Amazon

Ads for voice assistants are here and they're already terrible

Can commercials ruin the Amazon Echo and Google Home?<p>Last week, a smirking, overeager guy in a Burger King polo and hat appeared on TV and managed to hijack countless Google Home speakers in a matter of seconds.<p>"You're watching a 15-second Burger King ad, which is unfortunately not enough time to …

Amazon

Amazon Echo just out-Googled Google Home

Think you know a lot about smart speakers? Let’s test your knowledge. Only one speaker can connect to your Google account, check your calendar and …

Google

Amazon Echo update offers a hot new feature you won't want to miss

AMAZONAmazon Echo update now features a tea rota<p>Amazon's Echo speaker is already packed with useful features including news updates, weather reports …

Amazon

Amazon Opened Its Alexa Voice Software in Pursuit of Further Dominance

Amazon Lex, the software powering what everyone knows as Alexa, is now open to developers, which empowers them to build chatbots for virtually anything.<p>The race for voice caught fire this week as Amazon announced it was opening the technology that powers Alexa to developers.<p>It's called Amazon Lex …

Automation

Why Google’s Ability to Recognize Multiple Voices is a Big Deal

Google (goog) added a new feature to its Google Home smart speaker Thursday. The Amazon Echo look-alike device can now recognize up to six voices. …

Amazon

Got Alexa? 12 devices that extend its reach

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NAB 2017: ARRI ALEXA SXT W - A Wireless Cinema Camera

ARRI is updating (again) the cinematography’s world favourite cinema camera – the mighty ALEXA. Now in it’s SXT iteration, the german movie machine …

DSLR Cameras

12 Amazon Alexa Skills You Need to Try ASAP

Have Alexa soothe you to sleep — or start everyday with a daily affirmation. These daily commands will put Alexa's smarts to the test.<p>Were you gifted …

Amazon

Amazon's sweet deal nets you the TP-Link plug for just $18

From Home Deals: A nice discount on a smart plug that you can control with both Alexa and the Google Assistant.<p>Smart plugs are a great entryway into the smart home. Plug anything you want into them, and you have retrofit smarts for an ordinary lamp or fan.<p>Even these simple devices tend to cost as …

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Google Home Is Now Much More Apartment-Friendly

Google Home, the search engine’s voice-activated speaker, is getting a big upgrade that makes it much more apartment friendly.<p>Starting today, multiple people can connect accounts to the speaker and Google Assistant, the smart AI helper that powers the device, will be able to distinguish between …

Google

Amazon Lex, coming to just about anything near you

Amazon tells developers its voice technology can now be added to any app, report says.<p>Using our hands and fingers can be so tiresome. Wouldn't it be great to just, you know, tell everything around us to do our bidding?<p>That's what Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and even Samsung hope Siri, Alexa, …

Automation

Amazon’s new Alexa developer policy now bans all ads except in music and flash briefings

Amazon has quietly introduced a change to its Alexa Skills Developer agreement aimed at further restricting advertisements within Alexa’s voice apps, which it calls “skills.”<p>Previously, the developer agreement stated that it would ban apps that used the Alexa app home cards – the cards that appear …

Technology

You can now shout ‘hey Cortana’ to wake up the Surface Studio

Microsoft is making its first big update to the Surface Studio this week. A new audio driver, available on Windows Update, will now let Surface Studio owners wake their machines simply by saying “hey Cortana.” The new wake functionality is something that Intel’s Skylake processors have long …

Microsoft

The 9 Natural Language Commands Being Developed for Cars

In the future, you may drive down the street happily chatting away to your electric car, but that future has been slow-coming for automakers, as Siri …

Transportation

Amazon Opens Alexa Deep Learning AI For Voice Powered Chatbots

Amazon's voice activated digital assistant known as Alexa has matured fast since it was first introduced, gaining thousands of new skills and forming …

Deep Learning

There’s a New Rival to Siri and Alexa - Bloomberg

European mobile networks Orange SA and Deutsche Telekom AG are teaming up to build an artificial intelligence platform, in a bid to catch up with …

Artificial Intelligence