• 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.
  • Amazon May Let Developers Read Your Alexa Chats

    Amazon May Let Developers Read Your Alexa Chats

    The way to respond to competition is by improving the Echo/Alexa service.However, in order to do that Amazon is considering stepping into the risky area of sharing private data with third-party developers.
  • Samsung Rethinks Bixby-Powered Speaker and That's Probably a Good Thing

    Samsung Rethinks Bixby-Powered Speaker and That's Probably a Good Thing

    Earlier this month, it was reported that Samsung would launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker, you know, because why not?Apparently, that competition isn’t something Samsung is very enthusiastic about.
  • DEAL: Save $50 on an Amazon Echo, Priced at $130

    DEAL: Save $50 on an Amazon Echo, Priced at $130

    Currently over on Amazon, you can grab a brand new Echo for just $129.99, down from its usual price of $179.
  • How to Listen to Music on Your Amazon Echo

    How to Listen to Music on Your Amazon Echo

    Well, you can access your library or stream tunes via Amazon Music or listen to music and radio stations from third-party providers.If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can snag more than 2 million tunes from Amazon Music for free or upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited for tens of millions of songs.
  • Samsung's DJ Koh Confirms, a Smart Speaker is Coming

    Samsung's DJ Koh Confirms, a Smart Speaker is Coming

    Speaking with CNBC at the Galaxy Note 8 unveiling event, Samsung’s Mobile President, DJ Koh, confirmed that the company is indeed working on a smart speaker and that it may be coming soon.This isn’t the first we’ve heard about a potential Bixby-powered smart speaker.
  • Alexa and Cortana Will Soon Talk to Each Other

    Alexa and Cortana Will Soon Talk to Each Other

    Announced today, but arriving later this year, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana will be able to talk to each other, allowing for users to get more done.Once this functionality rolls out, you’ll be able to say to Echo, “Alexa, open Cortana” to turn on your Windows 10 device.
  • Hackers Can Whisper Commands to Alexa, Siri, Google Now

    Hackers Can Whisper Commands to Alexa, Siri, Google Now

    Your digital assistant of choice, be it Alexa, Siri, or Google Now, should only carry out the voice commands you issue.As FastCompany reports, a research team at Zhejiang University in China figured out how to issue commands to the digital assistants provided by Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, and Huawei that nobody else can hear.
  • Report: Amazon Is Working on Alexa Smart Glasses

    Report: Amazon Is Working on Alexa Smart Glasses

    But Amazon wants Alexa to be available everywhere, at all times, and without the need to even take a device out of a pocket to use it.To achieve that, Amazon is apparently working on perfecting Alexa smart glasses.