• 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.
  • 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.
  • Amazon Reveals $230 Touch-Screen Echo Show

    Amazon Reveals $230 Touch-Screen Echo Show

    The Show, available in white or black, is available for pre-order now for $229.If you buy two or more Echo Show devices, get $100 off with the "SHOW2PACK" code.
  • When voice is not enough, Amazon’s Echo Show gives Alexa a touchscreen

    When voice is not enough, Amazon’s Echo Show gives Alexa a touchscreen

    It’s equipped with eight ever-vigilant microphones — up from seven in Amazon’s Echo Dot, Echo Tap, and original Echo speaker — and an improved speaker array with Dolby-powered bass and stereo sound.But the Echo Show’s highlight is its 7-inch color touchscreen — an Echo speaker first.
  • 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.
  • With Cortana Speaker, Microsoft Is Again Late to the Party

    With Cortana Speaker, Microsoft Is Again Late to the Party

    Imagine an Amazon Echo with stellar sound quality that wasn't primarily intended to sell you stuff you don't need.That's what the Microsoft Cortana-powered Harman Kardon Invoke promises to be, but most people will probably never hear about it, let alone purchase one.
  • Weekly Rewind: A wearable for Parkinson’s, Lamborghini’s SUV, Tesla solar roofs

    Weekly Rewind: A wearable for Parkinson’s, Lamborghini’s SUV, Tesla solar roofs

    Despite surrounding controversy, ’13 Reasons Why’ is coming back for a second season Netflix has found enough reasons to renew its controversial, albeit popular, new show.Amazon’s Echo Show speaker plays YouTube Videos, hosts conference calls, and more Amazon’s long-rumored Echo speaker with a touchscreen is finally here, and it’s called the Echo Show.
  • 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.
  • Amazon Alexa Will Soon be Able to Deliver Notifications for Services

    Amazon Alexa Will Soon be Able to Deliver Notifications for Services

    If you own an Amazon Alexa-equipped device, like an Echo, you know that the device is only reactive in that it doesn’t do much unless you ask it to.In the near future, that will change as Amazon looks to enable notifications for services that can alert you as new information arrives that you might find useful.
  • New Features Make Google Home a Worthy Echo Rival

    New Features Make Google Home a Worthy Echo Rival

    The Home seemed likely to be a powerful competitor for Amazon Echo given the resources at Google's disposal.Its coolest tricks required not only a commitment to Google's media platforms, but Google hardware like the Chromecast.
  • Amazon Deal Drops Price of Echo, Echo Dot

    Amazon Deal Drops Price of Echo, Echo Dot

    ET, the Echo Dot will be $10 off if you use the code DOTSAVE10, pushing the price down to $39.The larger Amazon Echo, meanwhile, is getting a $40 discount to $139.
  • Amazon Alexa Can Now Set Reminders, Named Timers

    Amazon Alexa Can Now Set Reminders, Named Timers

    For starters, Alexa can now create named timers, so you can keep everything straight when attempting to set up multiple timers at once, Amazon announced on Thursday.The voice-powered virtual assistant, which powers Amazon's Echo speakers, can also now schedule reminders so you don't forget to take the trash out in the morning or pay your credit card bill, for instance.
  • Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Smart Speaker Showdown

    Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Smart Speaker Showdown

    As an Apple speaker with Siri, the HomePod offers full voice control of any smart home device compatible with Apple's HomeKit ecosystem.Besides voice-controlled home assistants, the Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, and Google Home are all speakers designed to let you listen to music.
  • Amazon Has a Few Things to Say About Apple's HomePod

    Amazon Has a Few Things to Say About Apple's HomePod

    At the Wired Business Conference today in New York City, the exec behind Alexa—Amazon's SVP of Devices David Limp—explained how he thinks Apple's connected speaker fits into the landscape.There's plenty of talk about pitting the features, pricing, and specs of Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, and Google Home against one another.
  • Alexa Will Now Block Unwanted Calls and Texts

    Alexa Will Now Block Unwanted Calls and Texts

    An update last month to Amazon's Alexa voice assistant turned the Amazon Echo and Echo Show into some of the best home speakerphones you can buy, except for one thing: it didn't include the ability to block people from calling you.Once you download and install the latest version of the Alexa app on your mobile device, you can tap the "Block Contacts" button in the contact list.
  • Amazon Echo $130 Today Only

    Amazon Echo $130 Today Only

    And competition means price cuts, which is exactly what Amazon is offering today.The Amazon Echo usually costs $179.
  • Amazon Adds Intercom Feature to Alexa and Echo

    Amazon Adds Intercom Feature to Alexa and Echo

    Amazon's approach to smart speaker world domination is two-fold: keep adding new models to the Echo line and keep adding new functionality to Alexa.This week we're getting both a new Echo model and new Alexa functionality.