Tag Archive: Alexa


Amazon brings Alexa to the $89 Fire HD 8 tablet

Amazon has refreshed its $ 89 Fire HD 8 tablet, bringing Alexa functionality to the device along with a slew of spec upgrades. You can now interact with Amazon’s voice assistant to control media playback, launch apps and games, check the weather, set a reminder, find news, and more.

As for the specs, the Fire HD 8 has the same 8-inch 1200 x 800 display as last year’s model, but you now get 1.5GB of RAM,  [Read More…]

Sonos opens its platform to Spotify Connect and Amazon’s Alexa

Your Sonos hardware is about to become a lot more useful.

Sonos has announced that the company will be opening up to Spotify Connect beginning in October, allowing you to control your music from within the Spotify app. This is a huge change from the way that Sonos has operated to date by pushing all music management through its own controller app. Using the Spotify app on both mobile and desktop, you’ll soon be able to select the songs  [Read More…]

Amazon Prime members can now ask Alexa to buy things for them

Amazon continues to add little conveniences to its Alexa virtual assistant, and now you can place orders for select items through your Echo or other Alexa-enabled product. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can place an order on items like cloths and shoes using only your voice.

From TechCrunch:

Users with Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap or Fire TV can shop for new products by saying, say, “Alexa, order a Frisbee,” at which point the  [Read More…]

Pebble Core will offer Amazon Alexa integration at launch

Pebble has revealed that its upcoming Pebble Core wearable 3G computing device will offer Amazon Alexa integration at launch, offering a number of voice-activated features.

Pebble says that the Alexa features for Pebble Core will offer these voice functions, among others:

Play songs, artists, and playlists from Amazon Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and more. Brief you with news headlines from USA Today, The Washington Post, or The Huffington Post. Review your Pebble Health summary for the day,  [Read More…]

Amazon now lets you test drive Echo’s Alexa in your browser

If you’ve ever wanted to try out the Amazon Echo before shelling out for one, you can now do just that right from your browser. Amazon has launched a dedicated website where you can try out an Echo simulation and put Alexa’s myriad of skills to the test.

As Amazon explains, the idea was initially spawned as an experiment by developer Sam Machin during a hackathon last year. The simulation replicates the experience of interacting with the  [Read More…]

Amazon’s Alexa devices can tell you what happened on your favorite Syfy TV show

Syfy is the first cable TV network to add support for Amazon’s family of devices that use the Alexa digital assistant such as the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot speakers and the Fire TV boxes.

Syfy’s website has the details on its support for Alexa:

Alexa has exhaustive knowledge of Syfy’s schedule as far out as 14 days in the future. Plan your schedule and never miss the next episode of your favorite Syfy shows. Alexa  [Read More…]

CoWatch looks to bring the power of Alexa to your wrist

iMCO is currently seeking funds on Indiegogo for CoWatch, a smartwatch built on the company’s Chronological OS with Alexa integration. That’s right, the company has built Alexa into the operating system so that you can get answers to questions, hail an Uber and more with just your voice. Ex-veterans of the Android team at Google are responsible for building the Chronological OS, which has built-in activity tracking and various customization options.

As for the hardware, the  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Dot Review: An inch and a half of Alexa may be all you need

The cliche is true — good things can come in small packages.

Don’t overthink the Amazon Echo Dot — particularly if you already know Alexa. Echo Dot is what you get if you lop off the top inch and a half of an Echo. You keep the brains, of course — the voice recognition that makes Echo so powerful and Alexa so friendly. You keep the connected nature of the device — it still connects to Wifi. But you lose  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Dot makes Alexa compact, Amazon Tap goes portable

Amazon‘s much-loved and constantly-updated Amazon Echo smart speaker has some new Alexa-enabled companions: the compact Echo Dot and the portable Amazon Tap.

Amazon says:

Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice controlled device that uses the same far-field voice recognition as Echo. Directly connect Echo Dot to speakers with an audio cable or via Bluetooth, and add voice-control to your home stereo system. Plus, with its small built-in speaker, you can place Echo Dot in the bedroom  [Read More…]

Amazon’s Alexa devices to add Nest and Honeywell thermostat support

Amazon is expanding the reach of its Alexa-enabled voice command devices like the Amazon Echo to include controlling the smart thermostats made by Nest and Honeywell.

According to The Verge:

Both companies’ Wi-Fi-connected thermostats, which are usually controlled by smartphone apps, should work with Alexa by the end of March, Amazon says. Alexa will also start working with some of Insteon’s smart home thermostats, too.

Amazon just announced two more Alexa devices, the Echo Dot and  [Read More…]