Alexa

  • GE puts Amazon Alexa inside a funky table lamp

    GE puts Amazon Alexa inside a funky table lamp

    Seems Alexa’s made her way into everything these days. Between Amazon’s own Echo offerings and an ever-growing array of third-party participation, the steady home automation takeover of the company’s AI assistant appears to be going about as well as could be expected. Between Alexa connected washing machines and a detergent ordering Dash-enabled dishwasher, GE’s… Read More

  • Amazon has a shiny new startup accelerator to advance conversational AI

    Amazon has a shiny new startup accelerator to advance conversational AI

    Big tech companies have been creating accelerators left and right to evangelize their brands and get developers engaged with APIs and other open-source efforts. Today, Amazon joined the crowd by announcing a new program for startups developing conversational AI. This is Amazon’s first foray into the world of accelerator programs, though its $100 million Alexa Fund has already invested… Read More

  • Ears, hands or eyes Crunch Network

    Ears, hands or eyes

    Even before smartwatches, I did not wear a watch. I did not buy an Apple Watch or Pebble, despite the cool factor, even though I always upgrade to the latest iPhone as soon as it comes out. I would also suggest that in order for an innovative new device to take off and become a platform, it actually needs to pioneer a new user interface that utilizes a different one of our limbs or senses. Read More

  • No more pastry panic: Alexa can now talk you through recipes

    No more pastry panic: Alexa can now talk you through recipes

    When I cook I make a huge mess and the product is edible about 50 percent of the time, which is why I’m hoping Alexa can help. I lean on the disembodied spirit of Amazon that lives inside my black tube and various small plastic pucks for so many things, so it’s only natural I’d add culinary skill to the list, and the new Allrecipes skill (via The Verge) for Alexa provides… Read More

  • This weekend, Alexa will tell you what’s on sale

    This weekend, Alexa will tell you what’s on sale

    “Alexa, order a Star Wars robot” is an undeniably awesome thing to say to your helpful home AI assistant. And for this weekend, at least, it’ll actually mean something — and get you $30 off of one of those Sphero BB-8 robots in the process. In Amazon’s tireless quest to take all the pain points out of shopping — and make you buy as much as humanly possible… Read More

  • Eero’s Wi-Fi system adds Alexa commands

    Eero’s Wi-Fi system adds Alexa commands

    A week or so after Luma announced Alexa integration, it’s Eero’s turn. It’s not really all that surprising that the former got the head start here, of course — after all, the company lists Amazon among its big investors, but in the push to make its AI assistant a ubiquitous presence in high-tech homes, the retail giant isn’t likely to turn down too many… Read More

  • Alexa, who is winning the presidential election?

    Alexa, who is winning the presidential election?

    My own personal method for following election results mostly revolves around curling up in the fetal position under my bed with a bottle of whiskey and a security blanket. But for those who want to be a little more engaged without having to immerse themselves fully the 24-hour cable news cycle, Alexa’s got a few tricks up her sleeve that are good for the next few hours. Along with a… Read More

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