Three years after the debut of the original, Amazon decided the time was right to refresh its flagship smart speaker, the voice-activated Amazon Echo.
Alexa users can train Amazon’s voice assistant to learn how to recognize different voices and personalize its services for multiple users.
First came the computer. Then the network emerged, allowing multiple devices in the same location to share information. From there the internet evolved, giving humanity the ability to store, sort, and find information with nothing but a typed request.
APPLE HAS A reputation for entering markets late—think portable music players or smartphones—and then blowing away competitors with a superior product.
The world’s biggest tech companies have devoted huge resources to voice assistants such as Siri or Alexa. Yet despite a user base numbering in the millions, these apps have serious flaws as researchers at Zhejiang University, China, recently showed.
Microsoft and Amazon are partnering to enable their respective personal digital assistants to work together. In a deal announced on Aug. 30, the pair committed to getting Cortana and Alexa to communicate with each other later this year.
Owners of two or more Amazon Echo or Echo Dot speakers can use the Alexa App to create (and name) groups, enabling music playback control across the devices with a simple command.
Things are probably a bit awkward when the various voice agents get together and the talk turns to mobile. Siri and Google Assistant can go on about how they’re in millions of phones.
In 2016, the brand Anker — best known for making USB chargers — decided to broaden its base of products to include smart home tech sold under the name Eufy.
A vulnerability in older Amazon Echo devices can be used to make the home assistant relay conversations to eavesdroppers while the owner remains none the wiser.
Like any cosmopolitan woman, Barbie changes with the times. Since she first showed up in 1959, the iconic blonde has gone through more than 100 incarnations, from rapper to biochemist, astronaut to president of the US.