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How to get Alexa in your home without buying an Amazon Echo

You don’t need an Amazon Echo to enjoy Alexa.

One of the coolest parts of Amazon’s Alexa service, especially when comparing the tech to other platforms, is the commitment to many different hardware partners. Any company can make something that works with Alexa, giving that new accessory complete control over all of the things an Amazon Echo has access to. That may mean a more capable speaker, or something a great deal more portable. There’s a lot  [Read More…]

Samsung Hello might soon compete with Google Home, Amazon Echo

It’s expected that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will arrive with a virtual assistant named Bixby. You know who else has a flagship that takes advantage of an AI-driven helper? Google. The Pixel and Pixel XL ship out with the Google Assistant onboard, but the AI companion also lives in the Google’s connected speaker, the Home. […]

You may soon be able to use Google Home or Amazon Echo to make phone calls

Hey Alexa, get me the operator!

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that both Google and Amazon are looking into ways to add phone call functionality — remember that? — to the Home and Echo, respectively.

The tech giants could launch the feature this year, the people said — but the effort is hung up over concerns about privacy, telecom regulations and emergency services. And they are aware of the inherent awkwardness of having phone conversations on a speaker.

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New Amazon Tap update might eliminate demand for Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo is a smart speaker which comes bundled with all-knowing virtual assistant, Alexa. The popular speaker debuted a few years back and can currently be purchased for $ 179 a pop. Alongside the Echo, Amazon also offers two sibling speakers which were announced last year, the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot. The Amazon Tap is […]

10 Amazon Echo Commands You Must Try

Speak, Alexa, and Enter.

The big feature with every connected speaker is the ability to speak and get something interesting in response. Right now, the connected speaker with the most spoken word features is without a doubt Amazon Echo. The Alexa platform is full of amazing skills and features just waiting for you to enable and test, but that list is considerably longer than most people have time to sort through.

Here’s a look at my favorites,  [Read More…]

How to control your TV with Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo can replace your remote control, with a little help.

As nice as it would be for every television to include a simple local network access function, most TVs still rely on good old fashioned Infrared (IR) to receive commands. This isn’t the best news for someone looking to convert the living room into Smart Home 2.0, but there are some tools available that make this a little easier to deal with than you’d think.

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Amazon Echo 101: The basics of Alexa

Amazon Alexa and Echo are one in the same, right? Sort of. Not really. But yes and no. Let’s break down what’s what in the hottest little AI we’ve seen since HAL.

There really is no escaping Amazon Echo. Or Amazon Alexa. Or both. And that actually highlights the confusion some folks have experienced — especially folks who aren’t totally immersed in this newfangled Internet thing. There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you’re pretty well-versed  [Read More…]

Plex now supports Alexa commands via new skills for your Amazon Echo

Get the party started and much more with the Plex skills for Amazon Alexa!

If you use Plex to manage your personal media collection, it’s time to get an Amazon Echo speaker. Plex has finally come to Alexa, allowing you to not only control your media with your voice, but also use Alexa to help recommend music, TV shows or movies for those times when you just can’t figure out what you want to listen to or watch. Coupled  [Read More…]

Starbucks launching voice ordering from your phone, Amazon Echo

You can now order your double upside down macchiato half decaf with room and a splash of cream with just your voice.

Starbucks has aggressively pushed its mobile ordering platform in the last year attempting to get fewer people standing in line and more ordering directly from their phones for a seamless pickup. The next level of that expansion is voice-only ordering, which Starbucks is now rolling out on iOS and will hit Android soon. At the same time,  [Read More…]

How to change the Amazon Echo ‘wake word’ using Alexa app

How can I address my Echo as “Computer”? Just follow these steps!

There’s a new way to address your Amazon Echo, and it’s about as fun as wearing Combadge — only with fewer stares in public. Amazon has updated the Echo and Echo Dot to respond to the wake word “Computer,” instead “Alexa” or “Echo,” and it’s easy to change. Here’s how to do it!

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