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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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Google Home Mini was the best-selling smart speaker in Q2

By | Amazon, Apple, echo, echo dot, Gadgets, Google, Google Home Mini, HomePod, smart speakers

Amazon’s Echo Dot may have been a bestseller on Prime Day, but Google’s Home Mini device is now the top-selling smart speaker worldwide, according to a new report out this morning from Strategy Analytics. The analyst firm says Google’s small speaker accounted for 1 in 5 smart speaker shipments in Q2 2018, edging out the […]

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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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Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

By | Alexa, alexa skills, Amazon, Apps, custom skills, echo, families, Gadgets, kids, parents, skills, voice, voice assistant, voice computing

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa to respond […]

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Amazon’s latest Echos show the smart home space hitting its stride

By | Amazon, Amazon Echo, computing, e-commerce, echo, Gadgets, Hardware, Home Automation, Publishing, smart home, smart speakers, TC

 Amazon’s Echo lineup got a refresh earlier this year that included a brand new version of its basic Echo, well as an Echo Plus with integrated smart home hub, and the stalwart Echo Dot – unchanged, but still a compelling device at its price point. The new lineup of devices also made its way to more markets this year, including an expansion to Canada just this month, which is why I… Read More

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