Tag Archive: Alexa


You’ll start hearing ads from Alexa in 2018

It won’t be too much longer before ads are just part of owning an Echo.

Amazon Alexa has grown and matured substantially since its launch on the original Echo in late 2014. It’s gotten better at contextual conversations, picked up additional skills, and has expanded to more hardware than ever before. Now, it looks like 2018 will be the year that ads become part of the Alexa experience.

According to CNBC, multiple sources confirm that Amazon has  [Read More…]

These smart lights work with Amazon Alexa

Control your home’s lighting using Alexa and these smart bulbs.

Amazon offers an affordable way to start building out a voice-activated home automation system for your house or apartment with their Amazon Echo and Echo Dot powered by their A.I. assistant, Alexa. On its own, you can use Alexa to play music and find news, sports and other information. But things get really interesting when you start to connect Alexa up to smart devices, including connected LED  [Read More…]

Sonos One and Alexa are a match made in heaven

Alexa gets the headlines when it comes to Sonos’ new speaker, but it’s even more assistants and services are coming — and that’s what’s truly exciting.

It’s easy to look at what Sonos announced today in New York City — a new Sonos One speaker, with microphones and Amazon Alexa integration built in, as well as external Alexa support for its older speakers — and think “OK, that’s it. That’s easy.”

Only, that’s not it. And it’s not easy. There’s  [Read More…]

Amazon’s new Fire TV 4K supports Alexa, starts at $70

Amazon’s new Fire TV undercuts everyone on the market — by a lot.

Earlier this week, NVIDIA announced that its Shield TV got a price drop — from $ 200 to $ 180, as long as you don’t need the included controller. Apple’s new 4K TV also costs $ 180. Roku’s Premiere+ set-top box starts at $ 80, and supports 4K and HDR; Google’s Chromecast Ultra dongle is a reasonable $ 69.

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The next Google Glass might come from Amazon, with Alexa in tow

2017 may well be the year you switch from tapping or typing on your touchscreen to simply voicing out your commands. Many platforms, including Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Samsung’s Bixby or the Google Assistant want you to talk to them, but Alexa easily leads the race. Alexa is virtually everywhere – from smart speakers and […]

Let Alexa set the mood for you with this $17 Eufy Lumos dimmable LED bulb

This Eufy Lumos smart dimmable LED bulb is down to $ 16.99 on Amazon. It normally sells for $ 20 and has never had a direct price drop like this before.

You can also get the tunable version of the Eufy Lumos for $ 25.49. That’s a drop from its normal price around $ 30. The only difference between these two light bulbs is the latter can be tuned to an ambiance of 2700K to 6500K.

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Grab a Martian mVoice Smartwatch (w/ Amazon Alexa) for only $129

In the market for a smartwatch or new wearable? You will definitely want to check out today’s Deal of the Day. We’re offering Martian mVoice Smartwatches for only $ 129.99, a savings of some 55% percent. Normally priced close to $ 300, these are an incredible deals. Not only do the watches give you notifications from the major […]

Best Smart Switches for Amazon Alexa

Because turning on things with your fingers is so 20th century …

So you’ve got a home. You’ve got Amazon Alexa doing her thing, be it in an original Echo or an Echo Dot or maybe the new Echo Show. (Or in any one of the third-party offerings that take advantage of what she can do.)

It’s time to ramp things up a little more. Let’s talk switches.

This actually is a two-parter. It’s absolutely possible to  [Read More…]

Amazon set to launch new 4K Fire TV dongle and set-top box with built-in Alexa

Amazon’s next Fire TV box is basically an Echo Dot with an HDMI port.

Amazon is planning to release two new Fire TV models before the end of 2017. As reported by AFTVnews, the new flagship Amazon Fire TV set top box will have built-in Alexa functionality and support 4K and HDR content, while Amazon is also set to release a new mid-tier dongle — essentially a cross between a scaled-down Amazon Fire TV box and Google’s Chromecast —  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa gets fancy

The quick take

Amazon adds a touchscreen and camera to a couple of decent speakers, giving us the best Echo yet for only $ 50 more than what the original Alexa device is selling for. Video calling is an easy-to-use (if still novel) feature, and Amazon’s paving the way for developers to make use of the 7-inch display. Now it just has to get them to update those thousands of skills to take advantage of it.

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