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Celebrate Alexa’s birthday with discounts on Echo, an Acer laptop, and more

Save big on tons of Alexa-enabled hardware for a limited time!

Amazon is celebrating Alexa’s fourth birthday in typical Amazon fashion, and is offering some big discounts on a wide variety of products that utilize the assistant’s services. From the Echo Dot to Anker’s Roav Viva smart car charger, smart plug 2-packs, and even laptops with Alexa built-in, there’s a bunch of great devices here at awesome prices. Beyond discounts on individual pieces of hardware, there are  [Read More…]

Amazon Alexa’s app redesign makes navigating your smart home easier

This is happy. Alexa, do not play Despacito.

With Amazon’s huge lineup of smart devices, all new generations coming out, and new toolkits giving developers even more freedom to experiment, the Alexa voice assistant has firmly entrenched herself as one of the top voice control smart home systems around. The primary way to control Alexa, outside of yelling at her (be nice!), is through the free app. Now that app is getting a face-lift and it’s looking better than  [Read More…]

Alexa’s new ‘Brief Mode’ makes the assistant talk less

Rolling out to Alexa users now.

Amazon’s constantly adding new features to Alexa to ensure it’s as helpful as can be, but the latest goodie actually makes the assistant talk less. As part of a new feature called “Brief Mode”, Alexa’s responses are shortened, and in some cases, replaced with just an audio cue rather than saying “Ok.”

According to users on Reddit, they were first informed of the feature when normally interacting with Alexa. In one  [Read More…]

How to use Alexa’s to-do list

The brains behind your Amazon Echo can also manage your to-do list.

The beauty of using something like Alexa to manage your to-do list at all is the voice interaction. You suddenly think of something that you need to take care of later, but where’s your phone, or even a pad and pen?

Alexa can take down that note for you, and here’s how you use the to-do list feature.

How to add to the to-do  [Read More…]

How to improve Alexa’s voice recognition

It’s time to send Alexa to voice training school.

Out of the box, the impressive microphone arrays in most Amazon Echo and Echo-like products ensure your voice is clearly heard from across the room. Being heard isn’t the same thing as being understood, and whether it’s due to an accent Alexa doesn’t quite process or some audio interference in the room, if Alexa doesn’t get what you’re saying, there’s a relatively simple fix. Contained within your Alexa  [Read More…]