Alexa

  • Retooling AI for the workplace Crunch Network

    Retooling AI for the workplace

    Given the massive chunk of our lives spent at work, shouldn’t we enjoy the tools we need to use for our jobs? Shouldn’t they feel more human and delightful, like Amazon’s Alexa or some of the other consumer-facing applications we rely on daily? And how much more effective and productive could you be if you had something like TARS or Jarvis helping you with your job? I think… Read More

  • Genesis owners can now start their engines with Amazon Alexa

    Genesis owners can now start their engines with Amazon Alexa

    Amazon’s Alexa skill set continues to grow, and owners of the Genesis G80 and G90 from Hyundai’s standalone luxury car brand are the latest to benefit. Genesis now uses lets Amazon Echo, Tap, Dot and Fire TV owners use voice commands to remotely start their engine, set climate control, lock and unlock doors and honk the horn or turn on the lights, all from the comfort of their… Read More

  • Soon, you’ll be able to lock your BMW’s doors with your Amazon Echo

    Soon, you’ll be able to lock your BMW’s doors with your Amazon Echo

    BMW is working on an Alexa skill for its new BMW Connected app, which will arrive later this year and let car owners do things like check their remaining fuel levels and lock their car doors via voice commands to their Echo speaker. The new BMW Connected app arrived in the North American App Store in April, and will roll out in the UK.  It’s able to connect to any car with… Read More

  • Amazon wants more people to develop speech-based adventure games for Alexa

    Amazon wants more people to develop speech-based adventure games for Alexa

    Amazon’s plucky little voice assistant already has a fairly broad skill set – but gaming has never really been Alexa’s strong suit. Granted, the AI is no Xbox, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some potential for a little gaming fun. A few developers have already created titles for the platform, adventure games that are a bit of a throwback to the text-based… Read More

  • August’s Smart Lock gets Alexa functionality

    August’s Smart Lock gets Alexa functionality

    Alexa continues its unremitting march across the world’s different smart home devices with the addition of the August Smart Lock to its list of compatible products. The hardware startup is bringing voice control to its smart home product courtesy of Amazon’s friendly AI. The functionality is arriving for both the first and second generation of the Smart Lock by way of the Alexa… Read More

  • Powering the golden age of audio Crunch Network

    Powering the golden age of audio

    Audio, the spoken word, is humanity’s primary means of sentient communication: the sounds a fetus hears in utero; a lover’s whisper; a marriage proposal… all leave deep imprints on our hearts and minds. We use sound to accentuate and transmit our emotions; our aural ability is a primary sense that is deeply connected to emotion. Read More

  • Amazon Echo users can finally choose Spotify or Pandora as default music service

    Amazon Echo users can finally choose Spotify or Pandora as default music service

    I love my Amazon Echo. And alongside checking the weather, I mostly use the voice-powered smart speaker to play music. That said, I’m not much of an Amazon Prime music user. I don’t know anyone who really is. And still, the device has defaulted to Amazon Prime Music with every single request, forcing broad requests like “Play the Beatles” or super specific requests for… Read More

  • Of course you can use Alexa to shop for Amazon Prime products now

    Of course you can use Alexa to shop for Amazon Prime products now

    Now you can talk into your friendly little home AI tower to order toilet paper. And deodorant and batteries. And tens of millions of other Amazon Prime qualified products, because no one does synergy quite like the good people at Amazon. The retail-super-mega-giant, which had previously enabled reordering through Alexa, is now adding search/shopping to its AI voice assistant. Users with… Read More

  • Amazon gives the Alexa ‘app store’ a makeover, now lets you add new Skills by voice

    Amazon gives the Alexa ‘app store’ a makeover, now lets you add new Skills by voice

    It will now be easier to add “Skills” – new functionality by way of voice-activated apps to Amazon’s smart speaker Echo, and its other Alexa-powered devices, Amazon announced this morning. The company has finally given its Skills “app store” a makeover, and is introducing a means of adding new Skills by voice, too. Amazon’s Echo and other Alexa… Read More