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Amazon hires Disney SVP Kyle Laughlin as director of Alexa Gadgets

By | Amazon, Disney, echo, Gadgets, kyle laughlin, Personnel

Amazon has hired Disney SVP Kyle Laughlin to head its Alexa Gadgets division, TechCrunch has learned. Laughlin spent eight years at Disney, most recently as the SVP and general manager of Games, Apps and Connected Experience at the entertainment giant’s Consumer Products and Interactive Media division. According to his LinkedIn profile, the role found Laughlin […]

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Hackers hijack thousands of Chromecasts to warn of latest security bug

By | Amazon, chromecast, computing, echo, Gadgets, Google, Hack, Hardware, iPad, media streamer, Security, smart devices, smart home devices, spokesperson, Technology, wi-fi

Hackers have hijacked thousands of exposed Chromecast streaming devices to warn users of the latest security flaw to affect the device. But other security researchers say that the bug — if left unfixed — could be used for more disruptive attacks. The culprits, known as Hacker Giraffe and J3ws3r, have become the latest person to figure […]

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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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eMarketer: Amazon took 2/3 of smart speaker sales in 2018, but Echo will feel the squeeze in 2019

By | Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, echo, eCommerce, Gadgets, Hardware, smart speakers, TC, voice assistants, voice commerce

Smart speakers that let you control services and other connected devices in your home will continue to be a popular gift choice during the holiday season and into next year, when usage is set to rise by 15 percent to 74.2 million people in the US, working out to 26.8 percent of the US population, […]

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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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