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Amazon upgrades its Fire TV Stick with the new Alexa Voice Remote – TechCrunch
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. via Pocket
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Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable ‘parasite’ – TechCrunch
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 a…
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Exclusive: Amazon says 100 million Alexa devices have been sold - The Verge
More than 100 million devices with Alexa on board have been sold. That’s the all-too-rare actual number that Amazon’s SVP of devices and services, Dave Limp, revealed to me earlier this week. That’s not to say Amazon has finally decided to be completely transparent about device sales, however. While the company claims it outstripped its most optimistic expectations for the Echo Dot during the holiday season, Limp wouldn’t give a number for that. Instead, Limp says, Amazon is sold out of Dots through January, despite “pushing pallets of Echo Dots onto 747s and getting them from Hong Kong to here as quickly as we possibly could.”
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2 days ago by dancall
Amazon Says It Has Over 10,000 Employees Working on Alexa, Echo - WSJ Inc. has more than 10,000 employees working on its Alexa virtual assistant and the Echo devices it powers, the executive in charge of the business said, double the staff in that division a little more than a year ago.
Speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s WSSJ Tech D.Live conference on Tuesday, Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices, outlined new areas where Alexa can expand in the coming years, including in offices, cars and hotel rooms.
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2 days ago by dancall
How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter | WIRED
Amazon already made headlines this fall over a patent that described technology allowing Alexa to recognize the emotions of users and respond accordingly. Those headlines were not glowing. A device that always listens to you is already a step too far for many; one that infers how you’re feeling escalates that discomfort dramatically.

Prasad says the ultimate goal for Alexa is long-range conversation capabilities. As part of that, it might respond differently to a given question based on how you asked it. And while it’s important to have these conversations now, it’s worth noting that a voice assistant that truly understands the subtleties of your intonations remains, for the most part, a ways off.
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3 days ago by dancall
Why you should take Alexa with you on vacation - CNET
One thing a lot of hotel rooms or Airbnb rentals lack are music-streaming options. Just like you might bring an Apple TV ($179 at Walmart) or Chromecast with you on vacation, you can bring an Alexa-enabled speaker along for the ride to enjoy some tunes while you cook or help lull you to sleep at night.

The only thing you will need to do is open the Alexa app on your phone and go to Settings > [speaker name] > Update Wi-Fi to connect the Alexa speaker to the Wi-Fi network at the hotel or Airbnb location. The downside is that some hotel Wi-Fi networks won't work with some devices. You might also want to bring a travel router along or use your phone as a hotspot just in case.
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3 days ago by dancall
CES 2019: A Show Report – Learning By Shipping
The reason for this dynamic is clear — integrating voice control is trivial once a product is connected to the internet and the company has some runtimes on AWS. Therein lies the problem. When something is trivial for products to do, they do it, whether it makes things much better or not.
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3 days ago by dancall
7 things to think about voice | TechCrunch
We’ve only ever assumed we talked to devices first. Do I really want to remember the command for turning on lights in the home and utter six words to make it happen? Do I want to always be asking. Assuming devices are select in when they speak first, it’s fun to see what happens when voice is proactive. Imagine the possibilities:

“Welcome home, would you like me to select evening lighting?”
“You’re running late for a meeting, should I order an Uber to take you there?”
“Your normal Citi Bike station has no bikes right now.”
“While it looks sunny now, it’s going to rain later.”
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3 days ago by dancall
France: 1.7m use smart speakers |
Smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple’s Homepod and JBL’s Link Series have found a place in the daily lives of French people, becoming the new personal assistant of more than 1.7 million users according to Médiamétrie.

With an average age of 39 years, users of smart speakers are younger than the average Internet user. They typically belong to higher socio-professional categories and live in a household of at least 3 people.
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6 days ago by dancall
Google Assistant debuts flight check-in, hotel booking features at CES | Mobile Marketer
Google Assistant added flight check-in and hotel booking to its voice-activated services, according to a company announcement from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Google's digital assistant added the services to its existing features that let users search for upcoming flights, browse prices and track flight status with their voice.
United Airlines is the first airline to offer Google's voice-enabled check-in to customers traveling domestically. By saying, "Hey Google, check in to my flight," the assistant will walk through the steps of checking in. Google plans to add more airlines and flights soon, per its announcement.
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6 days ago by dancall
Amazon Taps Disney Exec To Lead Alexa Division |
Laughlin worked with Disney for eight years, as a general manager of Games, Apps and Connected Experience as part of Disney’s Consumer Products and Interactive Media division.
His job will involve the new “Alexa Gadget” category. The company describes the division as “fun and delightful accessories that pair to compatible Echo devices via Bluetooth.”
When he worked at Disney, Laughlin oversaw apps and hardware for Lucasfilm and Disney games. He worked with artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality and virtual reality.
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6 days ago by dancall
Amazon Echo Auto is finally here
The device was on display at the Amazon Alexa booth at CES in Las Vegas, along with other third-party car accessories that work with Alexa, like the iOttie phone mount. 
The Echo Auto started shipping a few weeks ago to a "small" group of customers. Later this year, it will be available to everyone for $49.99, but now you can request the device for only $24.99. 
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6 days ago by dancall
Amazon Sent 1,700 Alexa Recordings to the Wrong Person - Motherboard
But Amazon accidentally sent this person 1,700 voice recordings from a stranger, including recordings that happened in the shower. The person who made the GDPR request didn’t even own any Alexa-connected devices. Bleich, who was given access to the data with permission by both parties, noted that it was very easy to extrapolate details about the victim’s life using the recordings.
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10 days ago by dancall
Amazon Echo Wall Clock Review & Rating |
The $29.99 Amazon Echo Wall Clock is part of a new line of products called Alexa Gadgets that are controlled by Echo smart speakers. We've seen two others so far: Amazon's Echo Buttons and the Big Mouth Billy Bass. These devices aren't reasons to ge…
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13 days ago by evansthompson

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