Amazon: Amazon Echo

  • Google Home’s arrival ushers in the era of the virtual assistant

    … one of them — or a Siri or Cortana-based voice assistant if they appear. Of course, Google has the advantage of its search index (over Amazon and Apple) and its lock on mobile search usage gives it another “network” advantage. Voice search took a lot longer than I expected to become mainstream and take off, but it is now taking off. I have good…

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  • Amazon cuts price of Echo Dot, launches devices in UK & Germany

    … Amazon is aiming to make buying the Echo Dot a no-brainer by cutting the price nearly in half and offering additional discounts for bulk orders. The Dot, a smaller version of the original Amazon Echo that carries most of the same features and technology, launched in March at $90. Amazon pitched it as a complement to the bigger Echo that could…

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  • Twitter rolls out an app for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant

    … Copyright Aaron Durand (@everydaydude) for Twitter, Inc. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant now speaks Twitter. Twitter has rolled out an app called Twitter Reader so that people can have their Amazon Echo smart speakers or other Alexa-enabled devices recite their Twitter feeds. The app — which appears to be the first Alexa app from a major…

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  • Amazon finally enables product orders through Echo

    … An obvious feature has finally come to the Amazon Echo. Prime members can finally talk to the device to order any Prime-eligible product that Amazon sells. Before this weekend, shopping via Echo was limited to re-ordering items from past Amazon purchases. Shoppers will need to have a 1-Click payment method already setup in their Amazon account…

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  • Amazon finally makes it easier to find skills for Echo

    … Amazon has been adding new “skills” for its Echo personal assistant almost as fast as developers can make them, but ask any Echo owner and chances are you’ll hear a common refrain: It’s impossible to browse and find new skills to bolster what Echo can do. Not anymore. Amazon has finally overhauled the skills section of the Echo mobile app…

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  • A brief evolution of Search: out of the search box and into our lives

    … of voice arrived, and search officially jumped out of the text box and into our lives. Bing currently powers the voices of Cortana (Windows 10), Siri (iOS) and Alexa (Amazon Echo). This, of course, is only the tip of the iceberg. Search is no longer just about finding information. It’s part of our everyday life, an assumed presence, and there…

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  • Amazon’s EchoSim lets anyone talk to its voice assistant, Alexa

    … Consumers that are thinking about buying an Amazon Echo, or its sibling devices Tap and Dot, can give it a try at Echosim.io. It’s a browser-based simulator that only requires an Amazon account; once logged in, anyone (with a microphone, of course) can talk to the on-screen Alexa in much the same way you would if an actual device…

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  • Make room for Google Home, Amazon Echo/Alexa

    …. The video, which showed a typical family employing the device in the morning rush to work and school, indicated that Google Home is designed to work with devices throughout a house, including speakers, TVs, and lights via home automation. This draws not only on the Nest advantage, but the large number of Google Chromecast units, which allow…

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