• Amazon Alexa Now Tracks Flights, Plans Trips

    Amazon Alexa Now Tracks Flights, Plans Trips

    Who better to brief you on the latest in DDoS attacks and prevention than the ones working on the The Kayak travel search engine is now accessible on Amazon's Alexa to let users search for and track flights.Now, instead of reaching for your smartphone to check the flight's status, you can ask Amazon Echo, which can tell you if your flight is on time or delayed.
  • Alexa Skills Kit Hits First Birthday, Features Added for Skill Discovery

    Alexa Skills Kit Hits First Birthday, Features Added for Skill Discovery

    Because of this, the amount of skills offered on the Echo has shot up tremendously, with more being added every day.To help navigate through all of these skills, Amazon has redesigned the Skills layout inside of the Alexa app, listing individual skills under categories, making discovery easier for Echo owners.
  • Amazon Fire HD 8 Has a Quad-Core Processor and Will Soon Feature Alexa, Costs Only $90

    Amazon Fire HD 8 Has a Quad-Core Processor and Will Soon Feature Alexa, Costs Only $90

    Apparently built from the ground up for all-day entertainment, the Fire HD 8 comes with an 8-inch HD display, quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 12 hours of battery life (4,750 mAh), plus access to Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based assistant.
  • DEAL: Fossil Q Founder Android Wear Watch is Just $191.75 if You Order Through Alexa ($103.25 Off)

    DEAL: Fossil Q Founder Android Wear Watch is Just $191.75 if You Order Through Alexa ($103.25 Off)

    If you own an Amazon Alexa-equipped device, like an Echo or the new Echo Dot, and have been eyeing an Android Wear watch like the Fossil Q Founder, today is your day.To get the deal, you just say to Alexa, “Hey, Alexa, buy the Fossil Q Founder stainless steel smartwatch.
  • Control Your Harmony Remote With Amazon Alexa

    Control Your Harmony Remote With Amazon Alexa

    Aiming to simplify one of the most basic but frustrating smart home tasks, Logitech today unveiled an Amazon Alexa skill for its Harmony universal remotes.It will enable owners of a Harmony remote and an Alexa device like the Amazon Echo to turn entertainment devices on or off and tune in to TV channels using only voice commands.
  • Get Smart With Stacey: How to Control Outdoor Halloween Lights

    Get Smart With Stacey: How to Control Outdoor Halloween Lights

    This weekend, we decorated for Halloween, which means a few sets of lights, an LED spider, and some cheap spider webs.My connected Halloween lighting looks like this in the front: And this is the back: Not like this, which requires a professional lighting designer: When it comes to holiday lighting, smart switches are your best friends.
  • Send Texts With Amazon Alexa's New AT&T Skill

    Send Texts With Amazon Alexa's New AT&T Skill

    AT&T on Friday will become the first US mobile carrier to let its customers dictate text messages to Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.As with any Alexa skill, you'll need to enable the AT&T texting feature via the Alexa website or mobile app, or by saying "AT&T Send Message" to your Echo speaker.
  • Amazon Introduces Alexa-Exclusive Deals This Weekend

    Amazon Introduces Alexa-Exclusive Deals This Weekend

    21, ask the intelligent personal assistant for daily deals, or go online to see a list of the day's offers.It's as simple as saying "Alexa, order [product].
  • Amazon Alexa Offers Hands-Free Access to  60,000 Recipes

    Amazon Alexa Offers Hands-Free Access to 60,000 Recipes

    In partnership with Allrecipes, the digital assistant helps you plan breakfast, lunch, and dinner via hands-free access to 60,000 recipes.Say "Alexa, ask Allrecipes for the Recipe of the Day," for instance.
  • GE Puts Amazon's Alexa Inside a Table Lamp

    GE Puts Amazon's Alexa Inside a Table Lamp

    You'll find Amazon's Alexa voice assistant ready to take your commands from an Echo speaker, an Amazon Fire TV remote, and now, a table lamp.The lamp can be used to trigger Alexa's core functions, like ordering from Amazon, as well as Alexa "skills" that give the assistant power to control third-party devices and services, like your Google calendar or your lawn sprinklers.
  • How to Set Up an Amazon Echo

    How to Set Up an Amazon Echo

    Download the Amazon Alexa AppIt's available free for iOS or Android and of course for Fire OS on Amazon's own tablets—in fact, newer Fire tablets should probably have it already.Pick a Device to Set UpYou have to have an Amazon account to use Alexa, but you don't need Amazon Prime.
  • 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.
  • Huawei's Mate 9 Becomes the First Alexa Phone

    Huawei's Mate 9 Becomes the First Alexa Phone

    LAS VEGAS—Huawei's Mate 9 phablet will be the first phone in the world to have Amazon's Alexa voice service preinstalled, the company said here at CES.With "OK Google" and the Google widget on an Android phone, you can do basic voice searches and commands.
  • Wake Your Echo in True 'Star Trek' Style

    Wake Your Echo in True 'Star Trek' Style

    Other options include "Alexa," "Echo," and "Amazon.Declare "Computer: Tea.
  • Plex Can Now be Controlled Through Amazon Alexa

    Plex Can Now be Controlled Through Amazon Alexa

    Thanks to new voice controls through an Echo, Echo Dot, or other Alexa-supported device, your Plex experience is ready to step into the future.To get setup, you’ll need to enable the Plex skill, which you can do through the Amazon Alexa app on your phone.
  • Amazon Alexa Coming to Logitech's Car Assistant App

    Amazon Alexa Coming to Logitech's Car Assistant App

    Logitech is adding Amazon Alexa to its ZeroTouch line of car smartphone mounts and driving assistant app.Currently, the ZeroTouch app can handle navigation, play music, take calls, and send and read text messages.
  • 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.