Amazon Echo

  • Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo and Echo Dot arrive in the UK and Germany

    Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo and Echo Dot arrive in the UK and Germany

    We suspected it was happening and now Amazon has confirmed that the Amazon Echo and smaller Echo Dot is coming to the UK (and Germany), the first release outside of the U.S. for the e-commerce giant’s voice-controlled speaker and smart home hub. Read More

  • Dooze is an alarm clock with consequences

    I’m not a morning person and the snooze button on my alarm clock regularly gets a workout. If you suffer from the same issue (and own an Amazon Echo or similar Alex-enabled device), then maybe Dooze is for you. Jade Feng, Junshu Okamoto and Muhammed Gü built the project during our Disrupt SF Hackathon this weekend. It gives you a strong incentive to avoid your snooze button because… Read More

  • Amazon Echo could soon start talking to you unprompted

    Amazon Echo could soon start talking to you unprompted

    The speaker that speaks might soon speak without you speaking to ask it to speak. Amazon’s Echo is set to get push notifications, according to The Information, which would allow it to give you a heads up about activity from its connected services, so it could, for example, tell you when your connected doorbell rings or pipe up and tell you when a loved one’s flight has… Read More

  • Clues point Amazon Echo launching in the UK on September 14

    Clues point Amazon Echo launching in the UK on September 14

    Earlier this week, Amazon debuted its Dash buttons in the UK, Germany and Austria for instant product reorders, and now it is gearing up for yet another new launch in Europe — one that could be a biggie: the launch of Echo, its voice-controlled speaker and smart home hub, for the first time outside of the U.S.. Earlier today, Amazon sent out a typically cryptic invite to an event… Read More

  • IoT’s killer app is home security Crunch Network

    IoT’s killer app is home security

    IoT is most well-known as a quirky way of automating your home, like some fancy clapper or talking fridge. By and large, IoT has yet to have its “killer app” moment and become a mainstream success — mostly because people don’t recognize the tangible value in having a home full of connected devices. Then it struck me — perhaps IoT’s killer app is home security. Read More

  • 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

  • Amazon said to plan cut-rate streaming music for Echo devices

    Amazon said to plan cut-rate streaming music for Echo devices

    Amazon wants to do what it does best, selling subscriptions with a competition-beating value prop. This time around, it hopes to provide a subscription music streaming service for $4 or $5 per month, with the catch being that only Amazon Echo owners would be able to use it, according to a new report from Recode. A cut-rate rival to Spotify, Apple Music et al. might be an interesting offer… 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

  • Sisense-Amazon Echo integration lets you ask Alexa questions about your business data

    Sisense-Amazon Echo integration lets you ask Alexa questions about your business data

    Sisense, a company which helps customers link multiple data sources and summarize them in a single dashboard view, has been working on ways to understand the data outside of the context of a computer. Today, the company announced an initiative called Business Intelligence Virtually Everywhere. That could involve asking questions to a voice-driven system like the Amazon Echo or… Read More

  • A status report on our digital freedom Crunch Network

    A status report on our digital freedom

    People are fascinated by the relationship between free will and a pre-destined path. This relationship has never been more interesting than in today’s digital world, where the ultimate goal of most companies is to personalize their web content based on your demographic data and known preferences. 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

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