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Amazon Alexa for Hospitality |
Amazon has announced Alexa for Hospitality, a new experience offered to hoteliers that brings the Alexa voice assistant to hotels, vacation rentals, and other hospitality locations.
Using the Amazon Echo in their room, guests can now ask Alexa for hotel information, contact the hotel to request guest services, play music in their room, order PPV TV content and more.
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2 days ago by dancall
Street Fight Daily: Voice Disrupts Local News Delivery, Grocers Partner with Meal Kits | Street Fight
Listen Up! Voice Makes Itself Heard in Delivery of Local News (Street Fight)
“Voice is still in its early innings, but Edison Research data on smart speakers shows that the top things people are calling for is news. That’s enough for me to know that the time to get moving on this is right now,” says Amplifi Media CEO Steve Goldstein.
voice  newspapers  echo  trends  future 
8 days ago by dancall
Echo sales overtake Fire tablets - but international uptake remains dwarfed by the US • Futuresource Consulting Analysts
Jack Wetherill is a consumer electronics analyst at FutureSource:
<p>The rise of Amazon’s Echo speaker has been well documented in recent years, culminating Echo selling more units worldwide in 2017 than Amazon Fire tablets – just.  With almost 20m units sold worldwide during 2017, Echo’s installed base stood at 28m by the end of the year, marginally ahead of Fire tablets at 27m, with Fire TV also close behind, at 26m.

The closeness of these installed bases highlights that, despite the hype surrounding Echo, Amazon isn’t focusing all its device efforts on its smart speakers. The Alexa voice assistant is now also standard on its Fire TVs and tablets and last week’s announcement of the Fire TV Cube is the latest development in the Seattle-based firm’s multi-device strategy to position itself as the key “Go-to” facilitator in the smart home. Futuresource’s Smart Speaker tracker also highlights that, whilst Amazon is the category leader globally, Echo sales are still heavily skewed towards the USA – with only 13% of its 2017 sales derived from elsewhere. As a result, Fire tablets outsold Echo speakers internationally in 2017 by a ratio of over 4 to 1. Despite its strong position therefore in the USA (with UK a distant second), Amazon has much work to do in order to become the same driving force internationally…

…According to the 2018 edition of Futuresource Consulting’s “Smart Home Devices & Appliances” consumer survey, 38% of non-adopters of smart speakers “can’t see a use for smart home devices”, with a third citing privacy concerns. While Amazon has stolen a march on the competition it needs to continue to build use cases and - perhaps more importantly - address consumers’ fear of having a device in their homes which eavesdrop upon their conversations.</p>

I wonder how tight the overlap is between owners of Echos, Fire tablets and Fire TV sticks. I'd bet it's pretty strong.
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8 days ago by charlesarthur
Sharing 's experience with users finding unexpected ways of using - like using the for spe…
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11 days ago by mgifford
Amazon Unveils Fire TV Cube With Alexa |
To allow users to control their television using Alexa, Amazon is rolling out the Amazon Fire TV Cube. The device, which is available for preorder starting on Thursday (June 7), allows consumers to use voice to play, pause and resume video content using the company’s voice assistant, Amazon said in an announcement.

“We believe voice makes it easier for customers to control their entertainment systems and watch the TV and movies they care about,” Marc Whitten, vice president of Fire TV, said in the announcement. “And, it’s just the beginning. Amazon Fire TV Cube will only get better over time with the Alexa service always getting smarter.”

Using “far-field voice recognition” combined with eight microphones, the device is able to hear consumers from a distance away – from across the room, for example. In addition, beamforming technology reduces reverberation, noise and content playing from a television set to ensure that Alexa can understand requests.
amazon  tv  hardware  voice  echo 
15 days ago by dancall
Alexa, l'assistant d'Amazon, arrive en France avec Echo, son enceinte connectée
C'est assez rare que le leader se lance après l'outsider. Amazon a annoncé ce mercredi 6 juin le lancement en France de son enceinte connectée Echo, dirigée par un assistant personnel dopé à l'intelligence artificielle nommé Alexa.

Ce majordome virtuel, qui se commande à la voix, sera disponible le 13 juin. Il suffit théoriquement de lui donner des ordres (par exemple mettre de la musique) ou de lui poser une question pour qu'il s'exécute. Aux Etats-Unis, plus de 40 millions d'Américains possèdent une enceinte connectée. Et Amazon, premier à avoir sorti un objet de ce type, est le leader du marché.

En France, en revanche, la société de Jeff Bezos n'est pas arrivé en premier. En effet, Google a lancé Home, son enceinte connectée fait maison, en août dernier. Et Apple lancera son HomePod le 18 juin, quelques jours après Amazon Echo.

Alexa est disponible dans trois appareils différents vendus par Amazon: Echo (100 euros), une véritable enceinte connectée. Une version avec écran, Echo Spot, est disponible pour 130 euros. Moins cher, il y a Echo Dot (60 euros, l'équivalent, mais avec une qualité sonore basique).

Le HuffPost proposera, dès le 13 juin, deux formats audios d'information destinés aux utilisateurs d'Echo.

Le premier, "Quoi de neuf Le Huff?", proposera tous les jours une information surprenante, sous la forme d'un dialogue entre un journaliste et un robot, baptisé "Huffie".
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16 days ago by sentinelle
Comment Amazon Echo s'appuie sur les médias pour conquérir les Français - Tech - Numerama
Depuis janvier 2018, le géant de la tech prend des rendez-vous avec de très nombreux médias français, écoute les envies, questionne et propose des partenariats. À l’inverse, Google avait lancé son Google  Home le 3 août 2017 sans grande préparation, puis avait tenté d’inonder le marché de son Google Home Mini, offert, après quelques temps, par de nombreuses enseignes.

Il faut dire que le marché à venir est gigantesque. De nombreux spécialistes estiment que les assistants vocaux vont engendrer le prochain grand changement sociétal en  s’inscrivant durablement dans notre quotidien. Pour se démarquer de la concurrence dans l’hexagone, Amazon a donc choisi de prendre son temps et de miser sur l’adaptation au marché français. Un choix qui a son importance lorsque l’on sait que ce marché reste, à ce jour, plutôt réticent à l’adoption de cette technologie audio. Selon un sondage du cabinet H2\ publié le 23 mai 2018, seuls 6 % des Français ont une enceinte connectée, et 12 % compteraient en acheter une d’ici 2019.
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16 days ago by sentinelle
Alexa For PCs Makes Its Next Jump Forward |
“Today, we introduce Alexa for PC solutions from Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs),” Mariel van Tatenhove, principal business development lead on Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service team, wrote. “Customers use PCs every day for business and entertainment. We believe voice is the next major disruption in the PC category, which is an important part of our ‘Alexa Everywhere’ vision.”

Alexa for PCs is not brand new — Amazon first announced the cloud-based voice service to Windows 10 computers earlier this year — and has been signaling its intentions for a bigger PC push for quite some time. As of this announcement, Amazon already has Acer, Asus, Lenovo and HP adding on integrations with Alexa since earlier this year.
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16 days ago by dancall
Finally coming around to reading Stories of the Sahara. Sanmao fever is apparently making a comeback!
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18 days ago by bokane
"Alexa, ask Jurassic World what's inside the box…"  From now until the big reveal, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fans can get clues to the mystery inside the giant package when they ask any Alexa-enabled device: "Alexa, ask Jurassic World what's inside the box."  The Jurassic World Revealed skill will then connect you with someone who can give more information on the source of all the noise…  On June 22, players can return to play an interactive audio experience, in the Jurassic World Revealed skill for Amazon Alexa, from Universal and Earplay.  
amazon  partnerships  films  stunts  echo  automotive 
22 days ago by dancall
Amazon Drives Massive Box to Promote Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | Digital Trends
The highly anticipated movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters in some countries on June 7, with the global rollout just a couple weeks later on June 22. And it appears Amazon is getting in on a stunt that promotes Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Jeep Rubicon, and Amazon itself.

A massive cardboard box reminiscent of Amazon’s shipment boxes was seen driving around Los Angeles today, May 31. The box was punctured with air holes, with the hashtag #AmazonFindsAWay printed on it. But the most interesting aspect of the box is what’s on the shipping label. The recipients appear to be Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, the protagonists of the film, played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, respectively.
amazon  partnerships  films  echo  voice  automotive 
22 days ago by dancall
Snips AIR: an open source, private, blockchain-based alternative to Amazon Echo | Hacker News
Exactly, and when there's a use case for a blockchain that isn't "building a trustless currency", I'd love to know, because everything else I've heard would be better suited by a database on a server.
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24 days ago by dano

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