Amazon may give developers your private Alexa transcripts

With new rivals on the market, Amazon has to do something to help its Alexa devices compete. Until now, Amazon has not given third-party developers access to what you say to...

Amazon's Geek Squad-like service installs your smart home gear

Geek Squad is supposed to be one of Best Buy's few clear advantages over internet retailers: you can ask for help from a real human being if you're not sure how...

Alexa notifies you when Amazon has shipped your package

You can add one more device to the pile of gadgets vying for your attention, now that Amazon has switched Alexa's notifications on. The e-commerce titan first revealed that visual notifications...

How Apple reinvigorated its AI aspirations in under a year

At its WWDC 2017 keynote on Monday, Apple showed off the fruits of its AI research labors. We saw a Siri assistant that's smart enough to interpret your intentions, an updated...

Surprise! The HomePod actually sounds incredible

"Hey Siri, what's the weather like?" That was the first of many questions I asked the HomePod Apple installed in the corner of its WWDC demo area, and the answer was the...

Amazon Echo supports iCloud calendars ahead of rumored Siri speaker

Amazon's Echo speakers give you voice control over calendars from Google and Microsoft, but there's long been a notable exception to that rule: Apple. Thankfully, Amazon just filled that gap....

Alexa’s now a Eurovision trivia buff

Whatever your thoughts are on it, there's no denying that The Eurovision Song Contest continues to go from strength to strength. In 2016, over 200 million viewers watched Ukraine's Jamala triumph...

Let's hope this isn't Amazon's touchscreen Echo

Rumor has it Amazon is about to introduce a touchscreen version of its Echo speaker. Bloomberg was the first to report about this last November, although no images of the purported...

Amazon is 'doubling down' on the Echo ecosystem

Amazon is off to a profitable start in 2017. The company's first-quarter sales jumped 23 percent to $35.7 billion, beating analyst expectations, and top executives pinned part of that spike on...

Amazon taught Alexa to whisper sweet nothings in your ear

Soon enough, Amazon's Alexa will shout out your grocery list. That's assuming developers take advantage of the new language framework that Amazon has added to its digital assistant. The idea is...
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