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Topic: Alexa

Amazon's Super Bowl ad reveals the same old Alexa ahead of Apple's HomePod

01/31/2018, 11:01 am

After a teaser suggested new voice options could be coming to Alexa, the release of Amazon's full Super Bowl spot reveals it was all just a joke, setting up a primetime ad where celebrities substitute in for Alexa -- and poorly.

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Ahead of Apple's HomePod launch, Amazon teases new voices for Alexa

01/29/2018, 02:01 pm

With days to go before the launch of Apple's Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker, Amazon will unveil changes to its own personal assistant, Alexa, likely to come in the form of new voice options.

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HomePod, the iPod for your home

01/25/2018, 08:01 am

Consider Apple's release of a new music-oriented device priced higher than its perceived competitors--which have already established an enthusiastic audience base over the past few years. How can it possibly survive in such a difficult position? The answer was: by being better in key ways that matter to users. iPod went on to become a legendary franchise in personal audio. Now Apple is doing the same thing again in home audio with HomePod.

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Voice commands coming to Amazon's Alexa app for iPhone & iPad

01/19/2018, 03:01 pm

People wanting to make use of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant will soon be able to talk to it through the company's iOS app, instead of depending on an Echo speaker or other compatible device.

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Amazon Alexa making appearance in $1000 Vuzix augmented reality smart glasses

01/05/2018, 03:01 pm

Amazon won't be the first company to deploy its Alexa voice assistant in glasses, with Vuzix stepping up to the plate to do so in mid-2018.

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As Apple's HomePod misses Christmas, Amazon Alexa tops App Store charts for first time

12/27/2017, 10:12 am

In a first for the app, Amazon Alexa has topped Apple's U.S. App Store charts, backing claims that the Echo Dot speaker was the top-selling item on Amazon.com during the holidays.

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Why Apple's Siri needs to become an 'ambient' ecosystem to compete against Amazon & Google

12/26/2017, 02:12 pm

The HomePod -- now due in 2018 -- will mark Apple's first real attempt at making Siri an "ambient" voice assistant. Arguably, though, the company needs to push a lot harder if it wants people to choose Siri over alternatives from Amazon and Google.

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Review: Sonos One brings high fidelity to smartspeakers

12/23/2017, 09:12 am

The Sonos One may be the best smartspeaker you can buy -- and with its pricetag and upcoming features, will probably pose a serious threat to Apple's HomePod.

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Apple's HomePod isn't about Siri, but rather the future of home audio

12/02/2017, 03:12 pm

Introduced this summer at WWDC17, Apple's HomePod was immediately positioned next to Amazon Echo and Google Home by bloggers as a "smart speaker" serving primarily as a way to chat with a voice assistant. But that's not how Apple introduced it.

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Sonos debuts One smartspeaker with Amazon Alexa, AirPlay 2 & Google Assistant coming later

10/04/2017, 11:10 am

Sonos on Wednesday launched the $199 Sonos One, a smartspeaker with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, as well as support for Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant coming in 2018.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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