Tag Archive: Alexa


Android users can now ask Alexa to send SMS messages

Google, the ball is in your court.

When it comes to smart speakers, your two best options lie with ones powered by the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Each platform has its own unique set of strengths and weaknesses, but Amazon just got a nice lead over Google with support for sending SMS messages.

If you own an Echo or another Alexa-powered speaker, saying “Alexa, send a message” will now let you send SMS messages from your  [Read More…]

Amazon Super Bowl teaser hints at new Alexa voices

Whatcha doing there, Amazon?

On Sunday, February 4, the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will go head-to-head during Super Bowl LII. I’ve never been one for sports, but like a lot of people, I’ll be watching for the entertaining/amazingly cringy commercials. Amazon recently shared a teaser clip for the ad it’ll be airing Sunday night, and it suggests that some changes may be coming to Alexa.

The 30-second clip starts out with a woman brushing her teeth  [Read More…]

We need restrictions on government surveillance, not limits on Google Assistant or Alexa

We all want to preserve our civil liberties, so let’s tackle the real offenders instead of Assistant and Alexa.

Last week, Ava Kofman wrote an interesting yet terrifying piece in The Intercept about Voice RT. You’ve probably never heard of Voice RT before because it’s been one of those things the U.S. Government does in secret; in this case, it was developing technology that can positively identify someone by the sound of their voice. Be sure to  [Read More…]

The Amazon Alexa app now lets you use Alexa voice commands

Alexa’s latest home is the Alexa app.

Up until now, Alexa‘s presence on Android has been a bit confusing. Phones like the Huawei Mate 9, HTC U11, and Moto X4 have the assistant built right into them, and last summer, Amazon rolled out Alexa to the Amazon Shopping app. Now, Alexa is getting a more fitting home inside of, well, the Alexa app.

The Alexa app has been a free download on Android since the  [Read More…]

How to browse and add Alexa skills from any computer

How can I control Alexa from the web?

While the Alexa app on phones and tablets is the default for setting up and managing an Amazon Echo, you can do quite a bit with Amazon’s website if you prefer. Just like shopping for anything else on Amazon, you can search for Skills to add to your personal Alexa and take advantage of the larger screen in the process. All you really need is the ability to log  [Read More…]

Zolo’s $40 Halo Bluetooth speaker has Amazon Alexa built right in

Sounds like savings!

Zolo’s Halo Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Smart Speaker is down to $ 39.99 on Amazon. This speaker sells for around $ 51, and it has never dropped directly from that price.

This speaker works with Amazon Alexa, but you don’t have to hook it up to your Echo to get it to work. It has Alexa built right into it, and she can access whatever place you stream music from the most.

Features include:

Professionally  [Read More…]

TiVo announces Google Assistant, Alexa, and IFTTT support

TiVo’s smart features will be rolling out over the next few months.

CES 2018 has been home to a ton of different announcements, but one trend that’s been more prevalent than ever is the integration of virtual assistants in a variety of smart home gadgets. TiVo is one of the companies following this trend, and over the coming months, it’ll be rolling out support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT.

TiVo will launch a Google Assistant  [Read More…]

Amazon Alexa and Echo speakers in Canada: Everything you need to know!

The Amazon Echo and Alexa is officially available to Canadians! Here’s everything you need to know!

Now that the Amazon Echo is officially available in Canada, Amazon has some pretty good deals for Canadians looking to fill their home with smart speakers. While the Echo line of products continues to expand in the U.S., Amazon launched Alexa in Canada along with its three signature Echo Speakers: The Amazon Echo (2nd Gen.), Echo Plus, and Echo Dot (2nd  [Read More…]

4 Best Smart Plugs for Alexa, Google Home in 2018

Make your home smarter in 2018 with the right smart plugs that work with both Google Home and Alexa.

Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers have been growing in popularity over the last couple of years as the technology transitions from early adopters to finding a mainstream market. Both are functional, but at this point, there’s no clear leader, so maybe you’re interested in testing both out.

While you’re doing that, you should be sure to buy  [Read More…]

Hisense announces two Android TVs with Google Assistant and Alexa

Introducing the H10E and H9E Plus.

Android TV has had a surprisingly big presence at CES 2018, and one of the companies responsible for this is Hisense. Hisense announced a slew of new televisions for its 2018 lineup, and the two highest-end models (the H10E and H9E Plus) are both powered by Android TV as opposed to the much clunkier Hisense OS.

Hisense H10E

Starting first with the H10E, this is Hisense’s most premium TV for  [Read More…]