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  • Alexa Voice Service now works on connected devices in UK and Germany

    Alexa Voice Service now works on connected devices in UK and Germany

    Since first being unbundled back in 2015 in the U.S., Alexa Voice Service — the voice-response software that powers the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot — has been one of Amazon’s chief tools to spread its services to a range of connected devices. Now Amazon is taking its strategy international. Today it announced that AVS will now also work in the UK and Germany, and will… Read More

  • Amazon Echo spot ‘primes’ Super Bowl audience for drone delivery in the US

    Amazon Echo spot ‘primes’ Super Bowl audience for drone delivery in the US

    Although Amazon ran a Super Bowl ad for Echo, its delivery drones stole the show. The e-commerce titan’s Super Bowl spot featured a woman and a man sitting on a couch with a bowl of Doritos between them. The man is seen licking the Doritos’ orange cheese residue from his fingertips and returning them to the bowl for another helping. At this point, the woman throws a… Read More

  • The Amazon Echo is having its mainstream moment

    The Amazon Echo is having its mainstream moment

    The little talking speaker that could, Amazon’s Echo, is moving into the breakout phase of its success, according to data collected by analysts firm Slice Intelligence. The Echo is coming off a tremendously successful holiday shopping season, which saw not only a high volume of sales, but a key evolution in consumer demographics that’s driving sales from a broader cross-section… Read More

  • Amazon sold nine times as many Amazon Echo devices this holiday

    Amazon sold nine times as many Amazon Echo devices this holiday

    Guess what – Amazon sold a whole bunch of Echoes this holiday. Nine times as many as last year, according to its count. Of course, the company’s never been inclined to give specific numbers when it comes to this sort of thing, only revealing in a press release this morning that it moved “millions” worldwide. There were some telltale signs over the past couple of weeks… Read More

  • Good luck getting an Amazon Echo for the holidays if you haven’t already ordered

    Good luck getting an Amazon Echo for the holidays if you haven’t already ordered

    You’re no doubt familiar with the correlation between snoozing and losing. The law seems to be in full effect for Amazon’s wildly popular Echo offerings in these final few days ahead of the holidays. The Alexa-hosting connected home line looks is pretty much out of stock across the board through Amazon’s site – the Echo, the Echo Dot and Tap are all listed as being back… 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

  • CNN’s new Alexa skill delivers an audio version of its TV news, 5 minutes after broadcast

    CNN’s new Alexa skill delivers an audio version of its TV news, 5 minutes after broadcast

    CNN is launching a new app for Amazon’s Alexa platform and its line of Echo speakers that will connect the news network’s TV network more directly with the voice-based computing platform. With the new CNN skill, the company is making its on-air content available to Echo owners and other Alexa-powered devices as quickly as five minutes after it has been broadcast on television… Read More

  • Amazon’s connected speaker Echo Dot returns, is now only $50

    Amazon’s connected speaker Echo Dot returns, is now only $50

    We already knew it was coming – thanks to an accidental tweet Amazon posted earlier this week – but now it’s official: Amazon’s connected speaker Echo Dot is back in stock and at a lower price point of $49.99. The Alexa-powered device offers many of the same features that you’ll find in its larger counterpart, the Amazon Echo, including access to… 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