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Amazon launches a certification program for Alexa skill developers

By | Alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo, Amazon Web Services, AWS, Gadgets, smart speakers, TC

Developers building voice-enabled applications for Amazon Echo and other Alexa-powered devices will now have a new way to validate their abilities, with Amazon’s launch of a new AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty certification. This is the first time Amazon has offered a certification program for Alexa developers, the company says. Certification programs are […]

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Amazon reportedly readying its Alexa-powered answer to AirPods

By | AirPods, Alexa, Amazon, Apple, Gadgets, Hardware, Mobile, virtual assistants, wireless earbuds

Amazon is ready to challenge Apple with a cheaper, Alexa-powered set of wireless earbuds. If successful it would carve out a space for the popular digital assistant, and its deep connections to the rest of Amazon’s ecosystem, in the mobile world Amazon has hitherto largely failed to penetrate. But that’s a big if.

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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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Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable ‘parasite’

By | Advertising Tech, Alexa, Artificial Intelligence, connected devices, Europe, Gadgets, GitHub, Google, google home, Hardware, Home Automation, Internet of Things, IoT, neural network, privacy, Security, smart assistant, smart speaker, Speaker

What do you get when you put one internet-connected device on top of another? A little more control than you otherwise would in the case of Alias the “teachable ‘parasite’” — an IoT project smart speaker topper made by two designers, Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen. The Raspberry Pi-powered, fungus-inspired blob’s mission is to whisper […]

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Amazon upgrades its Fire TV Stick with the new Alexa Voice Remote

By | Alexa, Amazon, cord cutting, Fire TV, Gadgets, streaming, streaming media player, TC, voice, voice assistant

Amazon is giving its Fire TV Stick an upgrade. The company announced today it will now ship the Fire TV Stick with the new version of the Alexa Voice Remote launched last fall. The remote allows users to control other devices besides their Fire TV, thanks to its support for both Bluetooth and multi-directional infrared. […]

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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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Alexa crashed on Christmas Day

By | Alexa, Amazon, echo, Europe, Gadgets, outage

Amazon this morning said its Alexa devices were among the holiday season’s best-sellers, particularly the Echo and Echo Dot. But the influx of new users setting up their devices for the first time on Christmas Day appeared to be more than Alexa could handle. The service crashed briefly on Christmas, as thousands of new Alexa […]

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The Alexa-enabled Big Mouth Billy Bass and other twerking toys go on sale

By | Alexa, alexa gadgets, Amazon, echo, funny, Gadgets

In September, Amazon launched its Alexa Gadgets Toolkit into beta, allowing hardware makers to build accessories that pair with Amazon Echo over Bluetooth. Today, one of the most memorable (and quite ridiculous) examples of that technology is going live. Yes, I’m talking about the Alexa-enabled Big Mouth Billy Bass, of course. You know, the talking fish […]

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