Amazon Echo

  • Amazon Echo VP Mike George to talk about Alexa at Disrupt New York

    Amazon Echo VP Mike George to talk about Alexa at Disrupt New York

    Amazon Echo is becoming a surprisingly good product. With countless of integrations, you can now control many things using your voice. It’s now possible to order pizza, play something on Spotify and call an Uber using your voice. But it’s also a new device — Amazon only released the Echo in June 2015. That’s why we are excited to announce that Amazon Vice President of… Read More

  • Amazon Alexa can now pay your Capital One bill

    Amazon Alexa can now pay your Capital One bill

    Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa, embedded in devices like the Echo speaker and Fire TV, is today taking on a new role: she’s now a banking assistant, too. Capital One announced this morning the rollout of a new “skill” (like an app for Alexa-powered devices), which will allow consumers to do their banking by voice, including checking balances, reviewing… Read More

  • Amazon Alexa Can Now Order An Uber From Your Echo Speaker Or Fire TV

    Amazon Alexa Can Now Order An Uber From Your Echo Speaker Or Fire TV

    It’s been a big week for Amazon’s connected speaker Echo. First the company rolled out a way to order pizza just by asking Echo’s virtual assistant to place an order for you. It then added the much-requested Spotify to the list of supported streaming music services. And today, Amazon has announced integration with on-demand car service, Uber. Read More

  • Spotify Now Integrates With Amazon Echo… If You’re A Premium User

    Spotify Now Integrates With Amazon Echo… If You’re A Premium User

    To the unassuming eye, the Amazon Echo looks like a newfangled stereo speaker, and so it’s no surprise that music is one of the more popular applications for Amazon’s connected, voice-activated, AI device. From today, music on Echo is getting a boost, with a new direct integration between Spotify and Amazon Echo. “Now playing your favorite music from Spotify is as easy as… Read More

  • Amazon Echo Can Now Order Your Pizza

    Amazon Echo Can Now Order Your Pizza

    In case you needed another reason to buy Amazon’s Internet-connected speaker, the Amazon Echo: the device can now order pizza for you, following your verbal command. Have all my dreams come true? Yes. Yes, they have. The feature is actually being made available by way of a third-party application from delivery chain Domino’s, which has been experimenting with new digital… Read More

  • Amazon Adds Music And Water Controls To Echo As Part Of Alexa Fund Roll-Out

    Amazon Adds Music And Water Controls To Echo As Part Of Alexa Fund Roll-Out

    Amazon has today announced that two new companies, Musaic and Rachio, are being added to the Amazon Echo platform with investments from the $100 million Alexa Fund. With the Amazon Echo, which is in many ways a first-of-its-kind device, Amazon is taking a different approach to building out the voice-powered home assistant’s feature set. Instead of trying to do it all, Amazon is… Read More

  • SmartThings Support Is Coming To Amazon Echo

    SmartThings Support Is Coming To Amazon Echo

    It would appear that Amazon has plans to team up with SmartThings to power various home automation features with the Amazon Echo, the voice-powered personal assistant device. According to a Google web cache of the SmartThings blog, the Amazon Echo will soon be able to power any SmartThings-compatible devices in the home through a simple shout-out to Alexa. That includes non-SmartThings items… Read More

  • Fly Or Die: Amazon Echo

    Upon first hearing about the Amazon Echo, a device that sits in the home and receives voice-powered commands, I wasn’t even remotely convinced that this could be a good idea. For one, the idea of Amazon listening to every word I say was disconcerting, and voice-powered computational tools (such as Siri and Google Now) have yet to really impress me. But in practice, the Amazon Echo is one… Read More

  • This Saturday On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Echo

    This Saturday On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Echo

    I could lie and tell you that we recorded a special July 4th edition of the TC Gadgets Podcast, but it wouldn’t be accurate. In reality, we recorded this podcast over a week ago and I accidentally forgot to push the publish button. But the content still exists, so I felt strongly about sharing it with you guys. In this episode, we talk about the freshly released Amazon Echo, which is… Read More