Tag Archive: Alexa


Add an Alexa voice assistant to your home with a sale on Amazon’s Echo or Echo Dot this week only

Just don’t ask her to laugh.

Right now the Amazon Echo 2nd generation smart speaker is down to $ 84.99. That’s a drop from $ 100 and only the second deal we’ve seen this year. You can get this discount on a few color variations, including Charcoal, Heather Gray, and Sandstone.

The Echo Dot is also on sale for $ 39.99 from a street price of $ 50. Again, after Amazon went ham during the Black Friday  [Read More…]

Amazon makes it easier to find previously heard songs with Alexa

“Alexa, play Rihanna songs I haven’t heard in a while.”

Listening to music is easily what I use my smart speakers for the most, and if you’ve got one powered by Alexa and use Amazon Music, it’s about to get a lot easier to find songs you haven’t heard in a while.

Rather than opening up the Alexa app to see your streaming history to find that one Logic song you were listening to a while ago,  [Read More…]

How Echo Connect Lets You Make, Receive Calls Using Alexa

It’s Alexa Calling, though a landline.

Don’t overthink the Amazon Echo Connect. While the name is somewhat confusing given it lives alongside Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo, the Connect really just another avenue for Alexa Calling. (OK, that’s one more name you need to know, and thus adding to the confusion.)

Here’s the real deal: Alexa Calling is the method by which an Amazon Echo device can make phone calls. It uses the internet to do so but  [Read More…]

Amazon Alexa is randomly laughing and no one knows why

It was a pleasure knowing all of you.

Speakers powered by Amazon Alexa have become a household staple for millions of people across the world. Alexa can be useful in a virtually endless number of ways, but according to some unfortunate users, it’s now scaring the living daylights out of them.

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed reported that a number of people have had their Alexa speakers start laughing for no apparent reason. Alexa is reportedly laughing following  [Read More…]

Deezer gains support for Amazon Alexa voice controls

Available now across 66 countries.

As if you didn’t have enough music streaming options to choose from on your Alexa-powered speaker, yet another one is joining the mix as Alexa finally offers full support for Deezer.

In addition to basic voice controls for searching through songs, artists, and controlling the volume and playback of tunes, you can also say “Alexa, play Flow” to stream your Flow playlist of songs that Deezer creates based on what you listen  [Read More…]

Huawei is working on an Alexa and Google Assistant competitor for China

It’s called “HiAssistant”, and it actually sounds fairly impressive.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are dominating the virtual assistant market. Samsung and Apple have tried lessening their grip with Bixby and Siri, respectively, but these attempts have proven to be futile at best.

Huawei started talking about AI a lot more with the launch of its Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, and according to a new report,  [Read More…]

The head of Alexa AI is now working at Google

Ashwin Ram is now Google Cloud’s Technical Director of AI.

Amazon’s got a lot of people working on Alexa at any given moment, but one of its top employees has officially left for a position at Google. According to a LinkedIn post, Alexa AI’s head of research – Ashwin Ram – is Google Cloud’s new Technical Director of AI.

Per Ram’s post:

Excited to share that I’m joining Google Cloud as Technical Director of AI in the  [Read More…]

Alexa voice controls now available for Sonos One in Canada

Canada finally joins the Sonos and Alexa fun.

Sonos has quickly risen up as one of the leaders in the smart speaker market, and today, its customers in Canada are getting a nice treat.

After launching in the U.S., UK, and Germany, the Sonos One in Canada is getting a free software update for built-in Alexa voice controls.

Like we’ve seen in the above countries, Alexa takes the already great Sonos One and makes it even better.  [Read More…]

The $40 Roav Viva brings Alexa and a 2-port car charger on the road with you

Bring Amazon’s Alexa along for the ride with the Roav Viva.

Anker’s new Roav Viva, an Alexa-enabled 2-port USB car charger, is down to $ 39.99 with code VIVACARA on Amazon. This is a brand new product, just released in early February, and has never had a deal before.

The Viva connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and then you connect your phone to your car’s stereo either via Bluetooth or an auxiliary jack. It will use  [Read More…]

Pokémon Day 2018 adds fun to Alexa, Google Home, Snapchat, and more!

The Pokemon Company had pulled out all the stops for this year’s celebration.

February 27th has become a holiday for Pokemon fans, marking the anniversary of the original launch of the first game in 1996, and this year the celebration is leaning heavier than ever on your phone. While there are still limited collectibles at Pokemon Centers and access to the latest Pokemon Movie on Pokemon TV, your digital assistant is also going to play a bit  [Read More…]