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Topic: Alexa

Amazon & Microsoft reveal plans to allow cross-access for Alexa and Cortana

08/30/2017, 11:08 am

In an industry first, Amazon and Microsoft have announced that people will soon be able to access Alexa from Cortana, and vice versa, including through iOS.


Sonos to host Oct. 4 event for smartspeaker with multiple voice assistants

08/29/2017, 12:08 pm

Sonos on Tuesday sent out a media invitation to an Oct. 4 press event in New York City, where the company is expected to reveal its all-but-announced smartspeaker with support for voice commands.


Sonos crafting smartspeaker with support for 'multiple' voice assistants

08/28/2017, 02:08 pm

Sonos is developing a new Wi-Fi-enabled speaker with built-in voice control, which should moreover support "multiple voice platforms," according to a newly-published filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.


Amazon expected to counter Apple's AirPlay 2 with Echo-based whole-home audio

08/08/2017, 03:08 pm

In a potential shot at Apple's AirPlay 2 as well as speaker maker Sonos, Amazon is rumored to be preparing its own multi-speaker, multi-room music technology, which could come to existing Echo devices via a software update.


First Listen: HomePod is Apple's AirPods, enhanced for your house

06/05/2017, 09:06 pm

Apple's HomePod aims to further expand Siri assistance outside of iOS devices, Apple Watch, Macs, the Apple TV Remote and AirPods into the same sort of "always ready" home experience delivered by Amazon's Echo, even as it upgrades audio reproduction quality in the emerging "smart speaker" segment into the realm of affordable luxury.


Amazon adds iCloud Calendar compatibility to Alexa ecosystem

05/31/2017, 10:05 am

Amazon has announced that its voice recognition Alexa family of devices can now read from and save changes and additions to Apple's iCloud Calendar.


Amazon announces premium touchscreen $230 Echo Show, allowing Alexa to 'show you things'

05/09/2017, 10:05 am

Amazon's voice-driven personal assistant Alexa is going visual, via the online retailer's new high-end Echo Show, a $230 tabletop personal assistant featuring a 7-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, and dual 2-inch stereo speakers.


With Apple rumored to launch Siri home speaker, Amazon preps flagship touchscreen Echo

05/05/2017, 01:05 pm

As rumors continue to heat up regarding a Siri-driven personal home assistant with high-end audio, Amazon is preparing to expand its own Alexa lineup, with a new leak revealing a touchscreen flagship Echo with camera.


Amazon Echo Look and iOS app judges your wardrobe choices with machine learning

04/26/2017, 12:04 pm

On Wednesday, Amazon expanded its Alexa family of devices with the Echo Look -- a voice recognition device with a camera tailored to snapping a shot of your outfit, rating it, and giving you alternate choices in conjunction with an iOS app.


Amazon allowing Alexa software, far-field microphone technology use by other companies

04/14/2017, 09:04 am

Amazon's core hardware and software technologies that it uses in its Alexa voice recognition products are available for use for free by hardware manufacturers -- but not to everyone.


Marriott likely to decide on Apple Siri or Amazon Alexa for hotels later this year

03/22/2017, 10:03 am

Marriott is currently testing both Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa at an Aloft hotel in Boston to gauge which assistant, if either, might be best for letting guests control their rooms through voice commands, a report said on Wednesday.


Siri competitor Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon's official app

03/16/2017, 01:03 pm

Amazon on Thursday began updating its official app for iOS to bring support for Alexa, its voice-driven personal assistant, officially to the iPhone, allowing users to ask questions, shop, play music and more.


Logitech sees growth opportunity, seeks to build more HomeKit, Google Now devices

03/06/2017, 11:03 am

Long-time accessory maker is looking to widen its involvement into the home automation and "internet of things" marketplaces, rather than throwing in as a development partner solely with Apple, Amazon, or Google.


Updated Reverb app tries to bring Alexa to the iPhone and Mac

02/24/2017, 12:02 pm

While examining Reverb, AppleInsider determines Alexa in name only is no Alexa at all. The new app aims to bring Amazon's personal assistant to the Mac, but in our tests it fell short.


Is Apple getting Siri-ous in the face of Amazon's Alexa Echo?

01/07/2017, 07:01 pm

There's a new gold rush in tech, related to voice assistance and a voice-first interface for everything we do at home, in the car and while out and about. What happens if the world's best positioned, most profitable tech company fails to capitalize on it?


App Store trends suggest top Christmas gifts: VR, drones, cameras, Amazon Echo

12/26/2016, 10:12 am

Apps for iPhone-connected accessories are among the most popular downloads and search terms following Christmas, offering some insight into the types of toys that proved to be popular gifts this holiday.


iDevices HomeKit accessories add Amazon Alexa voice control

07/11/2016, 01:07 pm

The Siri-friendly iDevices stable of smart home gadgets has now been enhanced with Amazon Alexa compatibility, giving users more flexibility in voice control options.