Tag Archives: Alexa

Amazon Alexa now compatible with over 60,000 smart home devices

Alexa now works with over 60,000 smart devices, making it the most widely available voice assistant on the market.  According to Digital Trends, this represents a significant increase in availability, as “just one year ago, Amazon reported that the voice assistant was compatible with 12,000 devices”.                                                                                 As Amazon reported …

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Pure StreamR smart speaker takes Alexa on the go

Pure has now launched its first Alexa-enabled speaker: the Pure StreamR. Pure is traditionally best known for its range of DAB radios, though naturally it’s had to get increasingly digital with the technological changes happening in the speaker market. Enter the Pure StreamR (‘streamer’, geddit?): a portable Bluetooth speaker that …

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Alexa is now hands-free on all Windows 10 devices

The Windows 10 app for Alexa is now able to hear and act on commands without you having to lift a finger.  As noted by The Verge, the latest version of the app on the Windows Store is now able to hear the ‘wake word’ (Alexa, Computer, or Echo, depending …

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Alexa will soon be able to speak to US users in Spanish

Amazon Echo speaker owners in the US will soon be able to speak to Alexa in Spanish, thanks to an expansion of the Alexa Skills Kit.  According to a blog post by Amazon, the company has added a “Spanish for US voice model”, which means that Alexa skills created by …

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Amazon Alexa team can see users’ home addresses, report claims

Concerns around privacy are never too far away from conversations around Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and Amazon Echo speakers – after all, it’s built to listen (albeit only after its wake word is spoken). However, a Bloomberg report now suggests that Amazon employees can gain access to some sensitive data …

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Amazon employees may be listening to your recorded Alexa conversations

Amazon employees could be listening to recordings of Echo speaker users’ conversations with Alexa, according to a report by Bloomberg. The report details how teams listen to “voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices” in a bid to improve the way Alexa understands speech and responds to commands …

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Microsoft kills Cortana Skype bot in favor of Alexa

In another blow to its digital voice assistant, Microsoft will remove the Cortana feature in Skype, while adding new integration for Amazon’s rival voice assistant, Alexa. Microsoft added a Cortana bot to Skype, its VoIP (Voice over IP) messaging app, in 2017. It allowed Skype users to chat to Cortana, …

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Anki’s Vector robot is getting Alexa integration in the UK

Anki’s charming Vector robot is getting a big boost, with Amazon Alexa integration allowing it to take control of your smart home. Users in the US can already give their Vector voice commands to turn on their lights, adjust their thermostat, and now the bot is receiving the same upgrade …

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