Alexa

  • Silent Echo lets you chat with Alexa over Slack

    Silent Echo lets you chat with Alexa over Slack

    Want to chat with Alexa via Slack? A new bot called Silent Echo now makes that possible. The idea is that there are times when you want to interact with Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, but you don’t want to do it by voice. For example, if things are too noisy in the room for Alexa to properly hear you, or, alternately, if you need things to be very quiet. The service… Read More

  • Alexa is coming to the Amazon app on Android, starting this week

    Alexa is coming to the Amazon app on Android, starting this week

    This spring, Amazon introduced Alexa to a wider audience by making the virtual assistant a feature that could be accessed within the retailer’s main shopping app. However, that integration – which allows you to ask Alexa about news, weather, basic facts, or use the assistant’s add-on “skills,” among other things –  was available only for iPhone users. Read More

  • Alexa brings hands-free TV to more devices

    Alexa brings hands-free TV to more devices

    Alexa’s latest trick is offering a hands-free TV viewing experience, that will allow consumers to turn on or off their television, change inputs, fast forward, rewind and more, without having to first invoke a specific skill, or even press a button on their remote. Instead, makers of smart home devices are today adding new “entertainment controls” to their own skills, which… Read More

  • Logitech’s Harmony Alexa skill now simplifies home theater voice control

    Logitech’s Harmony Alexa skill now simplifies home theater voice control

    Logitech has updated the Alexa skill for its Harmony line of universal remotes, making it very easy to control your home theater with your voice if you have an Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show or Dash Wand. The Harmony skill used to require that you asked Alexa to tell Harmony to perform a lot of commands, but now you can just speak to Alexa directly, using simple commands like “Alexa, turn up… Read More

  • Siri usage and engagement dropped since last year, as Alexa and Cortana grew

    Siri usage and engagement dropped since last year, as Alexa and Cortana grew

    Siri remains the most popular virtual assistant with 41.4 million monthly active users in the U.S., according to a new report from measurement firm Verto Analytics out this morning, but it has seen a 15 percent decline since last year – or 7.3 million monthly users. In addition, the study found that engagement with Siri has also dropped by nearly half during this period, from 21 percent… Read More

  • Alexa devices get deep discounts for Amazon Prime Day

    Alexa devices get deep discounts for Amazon Prime Day

    Amazon is deeply discounting its two most popular Alexa devices today, the Echo and Echo Dot, as the retailer’s annual Prime Day sale kicks off. Starting tonight at 6 PM PT, the Echo will receive a 50 percent price cut, making it $89.99, and the Echo Dot will drop by $15, bringing it down to $34.99. Meanwhile, Amazon’s bluetooth speaker with Alexa, the Amazon Tap, is $50 off, making… Read More

  • Amazon is launching a series of Alexa training workshops worldwide

    Amazon is launching a series of Alexa training workshops worldwide

    With over 15,000 voice-activated apps and growing, Amazon’s Alexa platform has momentum. And Amazon is expected control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year, outpacing Google Home and others. Now the company is doubling down on its investment in the developer community, with the debut of a new event series that trains developers to build for Alexa. Launching… Read More

  • Amazon pushes Alexa ordering with $10 for first-time voice shoppers and Prime discounts

    Amazon pushes Alexa ordering with $10 for first-time voice shoppers and Prime discounts

    Amazon is again pushing Alexa’s voice shopping capabilities with today’s announcement of Prime Day deals. Prime Day, Amazon’s own version of a Black Friday sale – but only for Prime members – officially takes place on July 11th, with some deals arriving the night before. But voice shoppers will get an even bigger jump in line, Amazon says. Those who shop from… Read More

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. ...