• Amazon Alexa Data Wanted in Murder Investigation

    Amazon Alexa Data Wanted in Murder Investigation

    Since the Echo speaker is always listening for Alexa voice commands, the audio it recorded could provide clues about what happened inside Bates' home on Nov.According to its privacy statement, the company collects "information about use of Alexa and its interaction with your Alexa Enabled Product (such as device type, voice information, content metadata, and location).
  • Lenovo Reveals Echo-Like 'Smart Assistant' Gadget

    Lenovo Reveals Echo-Like 'Smart Assistant' Gadget

    LAS VEGAS—Lenovo is jumping into the smart home market here with an Amazon Echo-like speaker known as the Smart Assistant.The gadget actually taps into the Amazon Alexa voice service, and is like "having your own digital assistant at home," Lenovo says, tipping options like checking traffic, ordering things from Amazon, and listening to music.
  • Ford Offers Amazon's Alexa in Cars

    Ford Offers Amazon's Alexa in Cars

    The integration, announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will roll out in two phases.Starting later this month, Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap owners can remote start, lock or unlock doors, and get vehicle information from the comfort of their home using voice commands.
  • Amazon, Expedia Back Suit Over Trump Immigration Ban

    Amazon, Expedia Back Suit Over Trump Immigration Ban

    The complaint says the mandate violates the US Constitution and federal Immigration and Nationality Act.It "asks the court to declare major sections of the Executive Order illegal and unconstitutional and to enjoin the Trump Administration from enforcing the policy.
  • Amazon Considers Supermarkets Staffed by 3 People

    Amazon Considers Supermarkets Staffed by 3 People

    In December last year, Amazon unveiled its vision of grocery shopping called Amazon Go.According to the New York Post, a two-story store of between 10,000 and 40,000 square feet is under consideration.
  • Amazon Launches Chime Video & Voice Chat

    Amazon Launches Chime Video & Voice Chat

    It's been 11 years since Amazon first launched Amazon Web Services (AWS).The latest of those is video and voice chat.
  • Google Home & Amazon Echo Could Soon Handle Voice Calls

    Google Home & Amazon Echo Could Soon Handle Voice Calls

    2017 could be the year that Amazon's Echo and Google's Home replace your smartphone, at least, when you're at home.That's because these chatty device are thought to be adding the ability to handle voice calls.
  • Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data

    Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data

    Prosecutors in an Arkansas murder trial claim that an Amazon Echo could hold data crucial to the case, but Amazon says that data is protected by the First Amendment and is refusing to give it up.It received national attention in December when authorities issued a warrant for data stored on the defendant's Echo, powered by Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.
  • Google Home, Amazon Echo Could Soon Handle Voice Calls

    Google Home, Amazon Echo Could Soon Handle Voice Calls

    This could be the year that Amazon Echo and Google Home replace your smartphone—at least when you're at home.Reports indicate they might soon be able to handle voice calls.
  • 4 Ways to Avoid Paying $99 for Amazon Prime Free Shipping

    4 Ways to Avoid Paying $99 for Amazon Prime Free Shipping

    Since its launch, though, the company has added a number of perks to Amazon Prime in addition to free, two-day shipping, like Amazon Video streaming, Amazon Music Unlimited, Prime Reading, and Amazon Prime Photos.But perhaps you're on a budget and are looking for ways to pay less than $99 for Amazon Prime free shipping.
  • Amazon Alexa Launches on Huawei's Mate 9

    Amazon Alexa Launches on Huawei's Mate 9

    After launching on the iPhone last week, Amazon's Alexa is ready to invade Android as well.The voice-based digital assistant is now available on its first Android handset: Huawei's Mate 9 phablet.
  • Get America's Cheapest Android Nougat Phone Via Amazon

    Get America's Cheapest Android Nougat Phone Via Amazon

    There's a catch, of course: you have to be an Amazon Prime member to get that price.The R1 HD remains on sale, but the A30 offers better carrier support, the latest version of Android and a two-year warranty.
  • NFL, Amazon Ink Thursday Night Football Streaming Deal for Prime Members

    NFL, Amazon Ink Thursday Night Football Streaming Deal for Prime Members

    The NFL and Amazon have inked a deal for Thursday Night Football streaming rights, one that will benefit every single Amazon Prime member in over 200 countries across the globe.Starting with this upcoming season, Prime members can watch 10 TNF games from the Amazon Prime Video app on their phone, tablet, gaming console, set-top box, or anywhere else you can access it.
  • GE's Alexa-Powered 'Sol' Lamp Will Set You Back $200

    GE's Alexa-Powered 'Sol' Lamp Will Set You Back $200

    It supports all the skills Amazon's digital assistant has in its repertoire.Just enable the clock function, which "puts illumination around the Sol's ring where clock hands would go in a traditional clock," according to GE.
  • Apple's Schiller: Echo-Like Devices Need a Screen

    Apple's Schiller: Echo-Like Devices Need a Screen

    The site said it's code-named "Knight" and could arrive later this month.Echo-like devices are the new big thing; Lenovo showed off its Smart Assistant at CES this year and Harman Kardon today revealed the Invoke, a Cortana-powered speaker it first teased in December.
  • Report: Amazon Echo With 7" Touchscreen Could be Announced Tomorrow, Priced at $200+

    Report: Amazon Echo With 7" Touchscreen Could be Announced Tomorrow, Priced at $200+

    In a new report from the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is indeed working to launch a new Echo device, complete with a 7″ touchscreen.Not only will there be a UI for things like playing music and checking the latest headlines, the new Echo is reported to support internet-based telephone calls, letting it act just like a home phone.
  • Voice Calls, Messages Coming to Amazon Alexa

    Voice Calls, Messages Coming to Amazon Alexa

    Despite the vast capabilities of the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo speaker, it's been missing one simple skill that Apple's Siri can easily handle: the ability to make calls and send messages.That all changes with the upcoming Alexa calling and messaging feature, which will let you ask Alexa to call or send a message to anyone with a supported Echo device or the Alexa App for free.
  • SNL Sketch Tips 'Amazon Echo Silver' for Seniors

    SNL Sketch Tips 'Amazon Echo Silver' for Seniors

    Saturday Night Live this week provided a sneak peek at an Amazon Echo "for people of a certain age.The SNL sketch comes shortly after Amazon rolled out Alexa Calling, which lets you use the smart speaker to place calls or send messages.
  • Not Now, Alexa! Amazon Improves Wake Word Accuracy

    Not Now, Alexa! Amazon Improves Wake Word Accuracy

    Have an Amazon Alexa-powered gadget with a habit of springing to action when it's not needed?The feature, called Cloud-Based Wake Word Verification, identifies and reduces false wakes caused by like-sounding words.
  • How Google Assistant on Google Home is outclassing Amazon’s Alexa

    How Google Assistant on Google Home is outclassing Amazon’s Alexa

    When Google launched Assistant, its artificially intelligent Amazon Alexa competitor, it had hardly any third-party support.Now — about six months after Google Home’s debut — Amazon may still have more third-party skills, but Google Assistant is matching and outclassing Alexa in all its other features.