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  • 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

  • Awair air quality monitor teams up with Nest, Amazon Echo and IFTTT

    Awair air quality monitor teams up with Nest, Amazon Echo and IFTTT

    Awair, the IoT product that sits in the home and measures the quality of your air, has today announced integrations with a number of other platforms to improve the experience. The company behind Awair, Bitfinder, has teamed up with Nest, the Amazon Echo, and IFTTT to offer users new ways to interact with the data gathered from air quality monitor and more seamlessly automate their other… 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

  • Amazon Alexa now has over 1,000 Skills, up from 135 in January

    Amazon Alexa now has over 1,000 Skills, up from 135 in January

    Amazon’s Echo speaker, and its descendents, Dot and Tap, are growing in popularity as consumers’ preferred “smart” speakers and the voice computing platform for the home. But they’re also encouraging a wave of developer interest, in the form of add-ons dubbed “skills” which allow you to teach Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa new tricks, like… Read More

  • Amazon puts Alexa in the browser with Echosim.io

    Amazon puts Alexa in the browser with Echosim.io

    Amazon has put Alexa, the voice-powered AI software found in the Echo, Dot and Tap, right inside the browser with the launch of Echosim.io. After logging in with an Amazon account, anyone can start asking Alexa questions by clicking and holding on the mic button. Amazon’s Alexa is able to answer basic questions around information, weather, news and music and control other gadgets in… Read More

  • Your voice is your password with Sesame’s Alexa app

    Your voice is your password with Sesame’s Alexa app

    Between Alexa’s built-in functionality and Skills API, you can now use the platform to do almost anything. Simple voice commands let you do things like order a pizza, send someone money on Venmo, or even buy another Echo. But here’s the thing – anyone using your Echo can do these things without your permission, potentially putting you on the line for fraudulent… Read More