• Amazon Echo: A Rising Rock Star?

    Amazon Echo: A Rising Rock Star?

    Another attempt was the ill-starred Amazon phone with its Amazon "buy" button.On April 5, the online business news service Business Insider chronicled the rise of Amazon Echo, the voice-activated household ordering device.
  • 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.