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.
DESPITE WHAT YOU may have heard, an Amazon Echo did not call the police last week, when it heard a husband threatening his wife with a gun in New Mexico.
SO YOU GOT yourself a brand new Amazon Echo Dot. Congratulations! You’ll get along great with it. But before you start yelling at your shiny new toy, take a quick look at the full range of what it can do for you. It’s more than you might have imagined.
An add-on has been launched for the $35 Raspberry Pi that converts the tiny, best-selling computer into an Amazon Echo-style smart speaker.The pi-topPULSE adds a speaker and microphone to the Pi, allowing it to listen for spoken questions
EVERY MORNING I ask Alexa about the weather. One day last week, as my virtual assistant chirped out of Amazon’s new Echo Show smart speaker, I noticed the voice sounded muffled.
If you’ve got multiple Amazon Echo devices throughout your home, you’ll soon be able to use them as a connected intercom. Amazon just launched the feature today across the original Echo, Echo Dot and its new screen-toting Echo Show.
IF YOU’RE NOT already having conversations with a cylindrical speaker sitting on the kitchen counter, you will be soon. AI-powered devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home are poised to invade tens of millions more households this year. Here’s a guide to getting the most out of these futuristic household minions.