• 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.
  • 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.
  • Roomba Gets Amazon Alexa-Powered Voice Control

    Roomba Gets Amazon Alexa-Powered Voice Control

    This means, if you have an Alexa-enabled device plus a Roomba, you can now start, stop, and pause cleaning jobs with simple voice activated commands like "Alexa, ask Roomba to begin cleaning.This feature will work with any connected Roomba vacuum, such as the Roomba 900 Series.
  • Take Alexa On the Go in Amazon's Shopping App

    Take Alexa On the Go in Amazon's Shopping App

    To try it out, press the microphone icon in the Amazon shopping app and ask Alexa to play music, tell jokes, report the weather, read a Kindle book, search for products, or track an order.The Amazon shopping app already lets you search for products using your voice, but the new Alexa integration "goes far beyond search," Amazon said.
  • 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.
  • LG's Putting Alexa in Everything (Except Phones)

    LG's Putting Alexa in Everything (Except Phones)

    In a meeting at LG's Seoul headquarters, we got a closer look at LG's upcoming robot home hub, which could be the center of an Alexa-enabled home when it comes out early in 2018.Even [LG's own] webOS is an option for us down the road," Kim said.
  • Amazon Offers Echo's Voice Recognition Tech to Devs

    Amazon Offers Echo's Voice Recognition Tech to Devs

    The kit includes the same 7-mic circular array, beamforming technology, and voice processing software that Amazon uses on the Echo."Since the introduction of Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, device makers have been asking us to provide the technology and tools to enable a far-field Alexa experience for their products," Alexa Director Priya Abani said in a statement.
  • Amazon's Highest-Rated Alexa Skills in Every Category

    Amazon's Highest-Rated Alexa Skills in Every Category

    So we scraped the top 200 or so skills in each of Amazon's categories and then eliminated duplicates to find the top 3,121 skills, ordered by Amazon customer rating.In the spreadsheet below, you can see all of the skills or dive into each of Amazon's subcategories.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alexa App Update With Voice Calls and Messaging Now Live

    Alexa App Update With Voice Calls and Messaging Now Live

    To call or message someone, Alexa will pull-up any contacts you have that it also recognizes as being available on Alexa.As for doing it outside of the Alexa app and straight through an Echo device, well, you just ask Alexa to do so.
  • 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.