Tag Archive: Voice


Facebook has been using contractors to transcribe Messenger voice chats

How. Does. This. Keep. Happening.

What you need to know A report indicates that Facebook was paying third parties to transcribe Messenger audio conversations. The conversations were anonymous and often “vulgar.” Facebook says it has since stopped this human review process.

Were you sitting there to yourself and thinking, “Gee, it’s been too long since Facebook screwed up?” Me neither, but that’s exactly what’s happened. Again. According to a report from Bloomberg, Facebook has been paying hundreds  [Read More…]

How to set up your personal Voice Match for Google Assistant

Google is amazing with data; it’s kinda its thing. One of those things it does almost better than everyone else in mobile is voice data. This is due to a few things, but one of those is your Voice Match data.

Google has been collecting data from voices for years. If you’ve used voice dictation, search, or voice-to-text, yours has been collected, too. With this data, it has built a profile of how you speak and the patterns you use.  [Read More…]

Take our survey on Voice Assistants and you could win an Amazon Gift Card!

Voice assistants are everywhere. Increasingly you’ll find them not just on speakers in your kitchen or phones in your pocket but built into your television — or even your thermostat. The growth of voice assistants isn’t an accident, either: Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others are getting smarter, which means they’re getting far more practically useful. They help us play music or turn on lights or schedule our day, but increasingly they’re also ordering us taxis or  [Read More…]

Control your speakers with your voice using the Echo Link Amp for $300

Unite your home under one smart system.

The Amazon Echo Link Amp is available for $ 299.99 today. This is a powerful device designed to bring smart functionality to your dumb speakers. That’s particularly awesome if you listen to music through a home theater system or powerful speakers that don’t have access to streaming services or voice control.

The Amp itself is a 60W 2-channel amplifier. You’ll be able to connect the Link Amp to your current  [Read More…]

Voice control your home phone with Amazon’s Echo Connect on sale for $13

Convert your landline.

Factory reconditioned models of the Echo Connect are on sale at Woot for just $ 12.99 today only. This device sells for $ 35 brand new at Amazon, with previous deals never bringing it below $ 24. These devices have each been tested and restored to fully working condition by Amazon and come with a one-year warranty. Woot offers free shipping for Amazon Prime members, and $ 6 shipping for everyone else.

If you  [Read More…]

How to set up Amazon Alexa Voice Profiles so it knows it’s you talking

Having multiple people in your household using the same profile on all the Echo devices in your house can be a bit confusing, especially since everyone has different needs and wants from the Alexa smart assistant. Amazon has an answer for that with Alexa Voice Profiles. At the end of this guide, you’ll be an expert at setting up different Alexa Voice Profiles for everyone in your home.

Products used in this guide Your main assistant: Amazon Echo  [Read More…]

Control the ceiling fan with your voice using Lutron’s new smart controller

Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.

At CES 2019, Lutron announced a new member of the Caseta smart home lineup, a smart fan control switch. Well, that controller is now available at Home Depot for $ 59.95. You can pre-order it on Amazon at that price by itself or in a bundle that includes the Pico remote for $ 10 off, but neither page has a release date yet.

On the plus side, it looks like  [Read More…]

Add voice control to your garage door with Nexx’s smart controller at $70

Works with most garage door openers and makes accessing your garage super easy.

If you want to bring your garage into your smart home, you’ll want to make the most of this one-day deal on the Nexx Garage NXG-100 smart garage door controller. It’s discounted to just $ 69.99 at Woot, down from it’s usual price of around $ 100 at places like Amazon and other retailers. Today’s deal is a match for the lowest we’ve seen  [Read More…]

Voice control your AC with Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Thermostat at a new low price

This thermostat can be controlled with your smartphone, computer, or voice!

Honeywell’s Wi-Fi 7-day Programmable Thermostat is down to $ 59 at Amazon today. This discount marks the lowest price we’ve ever seen; it normally sells for up to $ 100 regularly and just under $ 85 on average.

This thermostat can be paired with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, like the Echo or Echo Dot, to activate voice control. With its Wi-Fi capabilities, you can also control it  [Read More…]

Use Amazon’s discounted smart plug to control your home with your voice

Smart homes are the best.

The Amazon smart plug is down to $ 14.99. Outside of a unique Black Friday deal, this is the best price we’ve ever seen on the smart plug. It even beats out a deal we saw in December when it dropped to $ 20. The plug normally sells for $ 25 and doesn’t fluctuate from that very often at all.

Considering Amazon is also having a huge sale on Echo smart devices,  [Read More…]