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You can now ask Alexa to control your Roku devices

By | Alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo, Artificial Intelligence, echo, Gadgets, Media, roku, Streaming Media, virtual assistant, voice assistant, voice search

Roku this morning announced its devices will now be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa. Through a new Roku skill for Alexa, Roku owners will be able to control their devices in order to do things like launch a channel, play or pause a show, search for entertainment options and more. Roku TV owners will additionally be […]

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Amazon has paused sales of its Echo Wall Clock due to connectivity issues

By | Alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo, clock, computing, Gadgets, microwave, Publishing, TC, world wide web

Amazon launched an Echo Wall Clock before the end of last year but, less than a month later, things aren’t running to schedule. The e-commerce giant has paused the sale of the $30 Alexa-powered smart clock after a number of customers reported connectivity issues, according to The Verge. The clock is still listed on Amazon but, as […]

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Put Alexa and a JBL speaker in your ceiling with this clever LED downlight

By | Alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo, Artificial Intelligence, Bing, CES 2019, computing, Gadgets, Google, lighting, Online Music Stores, Publishing, residential, smart speakers, Software

This light makes the smart home even more accessible. Installed as any other ceiling downlight, the June AI downlight features Amazon Alexa through integrated JBL speakers. There’s a light in there, too. The idea is great: make the smart home invisible. Instead of having an Amazon Echo sitting on a table, this device sits in […]

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Sonos delays Google Assistant integration until 2019, private beta to launch in 2018

By | Amazon, amazon alexa, Artificial Intelligence, computing, Gadgets, Google, smart speakers, software platform, Sonos, sonos one, Speaker, Technology

Sonos today announced that Google Assistant will not be available on its products until at least 2019. The service was supposed to launch in 2018 but the company said in a blog posting it needs a bit more time. Additional information about timing will be released in early 2019, Sonos says. Eager customers can sign […]

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Amazon Alexa goes AWOL for many users

By | Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Dot, Gadgets, outage, TC, voice assistant

Some Amazon Alexa users are currently having problems reaching the voice assistant. Instead of reacting to commands, Alexa simply says “sorry, something went wrong.” Amazon hasn’t commented publicly yet on the issue. Based on tweets and Down Detector, users began having trouble reaching Alexa around 7AM PST. While some had their connection issues resolved quickly, […]

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Comparing Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal

By | Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo Show, Artificial Intelligence, eCommerce, Facebook, Facebook Portal, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, Google Hardware Event 2018, google home, Hardware, JBL Link View, smart displays, Social, TC

The war for the countertop has begun. Google, Amazon and Facebook all revealed their new smart displays this month. Each hopes to become the center of your Internet of Things-equipped home and a window to your loved ones. The $149 Google Home Hub is a cheap and privacy-safe smart home controller. The $229 Amazon Echo […]

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Alexa is reported down across Europe

By | Alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo, austria, computing, engadget, Gadgets, Germany, ireland, Online Music Stores, Publishing, spain, United Kingdom, world wide web

Reports are coming in that Amazon’s Alexa service is down in parts of UK, Spain, Germany and Austria. According to Down Detector and Twitter, the problem started surfacing around 8am local time and still continues. Interestingly, some users are reporting the issue is isolated to Echo Dot 2 models and while other Echo devices are […]

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Digging deeper into smart speakers reveals two clear paths

By | Alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo, Apple, Artificial Intelligence, Assistant, Ben Einstein, computing, echo, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, ring, smart speaker, smart speakers, smart technology, Sonos, sonos one, Speaker, Spotify, steel, TC, Technology

In a truly fascinating exploration into two smart speakers – the Sonos One and the Amazon Echo – BoltVC’s Ben Einstein has found some interesting differences in the way a traditional speaker company and an infrastructure juggernaut look at their flagship devices. The post is well worth a a full read but the gist is […]

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