Alexa

  • Sonos One users can now ask Alexa to play Spotify music

    Sonos One users can now ask Alexa to play Spotify music

    In October, Sonos launched the Sonos One, raising the bar on what is already the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio. The big new feature? An integrated microphone that added support for Amazon’s Alexa. However, there was one big caveat: While Alexa was integrated to control music services like Apple Music, Google Play Music, Soundcloud and others, it was missing a major player in… Read More

  • Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to Canada

    Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to Canada

    Amazon has finally brought its line of Alexa-powered Echo speakers to Canada. The release of Echo hardware has been long awaited by America’s northern neighbor, which could only watch and wait as Echo went through two generations in the U.S. Echo Dot, the second generation Echo and the Echo Plus with integrated smart home hub are all on sale in Canada as of today, compete with full… Read More

  • Muse is a simple dedicated Amazon Alexa add-on for the car

    Muse is a simple dedicated Amazon Alexa add-on for the car

    Want to bring Alexa into your vehicle? You now have a few options, including a new $49.99 accessory from voice tech company Speak Music, which is launching Muse, essentially a Bluetooth-enabled Amazon Echo for the car. The small device allows you to access Alexa skills while on the go, using voice commands and the “Alexa” wake word, while connecting to your in-car stereo system… Read More

  • Voice-enabled smart speakers to reach 55% of U.S. households by 2022, says report

    Voice-enabled smart speakers to reach 55% of U.S. households by 2022, says report

    Adoption of voice-powered smart speakers is taking off. According to a new report from Juniper Research out this morning, smart devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Sonos One will be installed in a majority – that is, 55 percent – of U.S. households by the year 2022. By that time, over 70 million households will have at least one of these smart speakers in their home, and… Read More

  • Alexa gets its first celeb voice with Oprah, but it’s just a holiday promo

    Alexa gets its first celeb voice with Oprah, but it’s just a holiday promo

    Alexa is getting its first celebrity voice, and it’s Oprah. Before you get too excited, Oprah won’t respond to your day-to-day questions, as Alexa does – instead, the addition of Oprah’s voice is part of a holiday shopping promotion between Oprah’s O magazine and Amazon, where Oprah will help Alexa customers shop her “Favorite Things.” O, The Oprah… Read More

  • Amazon Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot are now shipping in India

    Amazon Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot are now shipping in India

    Earlier this month, Amazon promised it would bring its Echo line of smart speakers to the competitive e-commerce battleground of India. The devices, including the Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot, were initially available through an invite-only program. Today, Amazon says those orders are now shipping to customers, and will arrive in November. To encourage sales, earlier Echo adopters were offered… Read More

  • Noon Home brings connected home smarts to light switches

    Noon Home brings connected home smarts to light switches

    Smart light bulbs have been one of the cornerstones of the connected home space from the beginning. Philips has a pretty strong grip on the market with its Hue line, but everyone from the 116-year-old stalwart Sylvania to startups like LIFX are getting in on the action. Noon Home, a new Bay Area-based home automation startup, is going after the light switch. Read More

  • Dish expands Alexa support to its Joey receivers for voice-controlled TV throughout the home

    Dish expands Alexa support to its Joey receivers for voice-controlled TV throughout the home

    Dish became the first U.S. pay TV provider to integrate with Alexa for hands-free TV back in May, when it introduced a way for Hopper and Wally DVR users to search for programs and control their playback experience using their voice. Today, the company says it’s expanding this support to its Joey clients, meaning Dish customers can now take advantage of voice control throughout their… Read More

  • Amazon introduces paid subscriptions for Alexa skills

    Amazon introduces paid subscriptions for Alexa skills

    After grabbing 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market, Amazon says it’s now opening up a way for third-party developers to make money from their voice apps, known as skills, on its Alexa platform. The company announced it has introduced the ability for customers to access premium subscription content within the Jeopardy! skill – the first skill maker to receive access… Read More

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