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Topic: Echo

Amazon, Google follow Apple's lead on voice assistant review policies

08/02/2019, 10:08 pm

Following Apple's decision to temporarily halt Siri grading as it evaluates the program's privacy safeguards, Amazon and Google this week followed suit and updated their respective policies on human reviews of recorded voice assistant audio.

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Early access Prime Day deals are live now: save up to 64% on Amazon devices

07/14/2019, 03:07 pm

Prime Day 2019 kicks off at midnight Pacific on July 15, but deals are already in full swing this afternoon. Save up to 64% on Fire TV Sticks, Echo devices, Toshiba Fire TVs, Ring doorbells and much more with these Early Access offers.

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Amazon at work on new Echo to tackle HomePod, other high-end smartspeakers

07/12/2019, 08:07 am

Amazon is reportedly preparing a higher-end Echo to compete with the audio quality of smartspeakers like the Apple HomePod, Sonos One, and Google Home Max.

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Review: Amazon's Echo Show 5 is a quality bedside companion

07/08/2019, 02:07 pm

Despite some interface issues, Amazon's Echo Show 5 is one of the best smart displays under $100, whether or not you're hooked into the Alexa ecosystem.

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Hands on: Amazon's compact Echo Show 5 smart display

06/30/2019, 11:06 am

Not to be outdone, Amazon recently launched its answer to the Lenovo Smart Clock, the Echo Show 5 -- coming in much cheaper than other Alexa-equipped smart displays.

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Apple Music support for Echo & Fire TV in Canada arriving soon, suggests Amazon app

05/30/2019, 10:05 am

Apple Music may soon arrive on Amazon's Echo smart speaker range and Fire devices in the near future, after a store listing for the just-launched Echo Show 5 suggested it supported Apple's streaming service ahead of an official announcement from the retailer.

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Amazon shrinks Echo Show with new $90 5.5-inch model

05/29/2019, 11:05 am

Amazon has revealed a new model in its Echo product lineup, with the Echo Show 5 being a compact version of the original screen-based assistive device, this time equipped with a 5.5-inch display and a low price tag of $90.

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Apple's deal to sell on Amazon directly is crushing small resellers by design

05/21/2019, 10:05 am

Apple's deal to get an official presence on Amazon has resulted in not just Apple being forced to share data on sales with Amazon, but also many smaller resellers either going out of business or struggling with alternative platforms like eBay, Etsy, and Walmart.

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New global smartspeaker data shows Apple's HomePod remains a bit player

05/20/2019, 09:05 am

Apple and the HomePod remain a marginal factor in the global smartspeaker market, not even in the top five brands, according to new research estimates.

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How to delete all the audio recordings that Amazon Echo's Alexa has been making of you

05/17/2019, 09:05 am

Every time you call out 'Alexa' -- or your Echo thinks you have -- you get recorded and those audio snippets are kept. Here's how to delete them and why Amazon says you shouldn't.

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Alexa voice recognition audit teams had access to customers' location data

04/24/2019, 01:04 pm

More allegations about how owners of the Amazon Echo smart speaker range are having their privacy infringed by the retailer have surfaced, with the latest claim involving an internal team of Alexa auditors having access to customer data that can reveal their home address.

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Amazon offers ad-supported music service to Echo owners at no charge

04/18/2019, 03:04 pm

Amazon is attempting to attract customers in the United States yet to sign up for Amazon Prime or Amazon Music Unlimited to use its music streaming service instead of using Apple Music or Spotify, by providing access to a selection of tracks on its Echo range or other Alexa-enabled devices.

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Amazon in talks to launch free music streaming service for Echo devices, report says

04/15/2019, 07:04 pm

In a bid to better compete against market competitors Spotify and Apple Music, Amazon is reportedly in negotiations to launch a free, ad-supported music streaming service that will accompany the retail giant's Prime Music and Music Unlimited products.

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Keyboards, MacBook Pro rumors, Amazon has people listening to you, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

04/12/2019, 08:04 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, William and Victor are back, talking about William's favorite keyboard, the rumored 17-inch MacBook Pro and whether or not it might get a new keyboard when the screen gets larger, Wi-Fi security risks, and the risk of speaking around an Amazon Echo device.

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Thousands of Amazon workers are listening in on Echo audio, report says [u]

04/10/2019, 08:04 pm

In a bid to enhance its in-house Alexa voice recognition technology, Amazon reportedly employs thousands of people around the world to listen, transcribe and annotate audio clips recorded by Echo devices.

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Apple Music comes to Amazon's Echo & Fire devices in the UK and Ireland

04/04/2019, 11:04 am

Following up on a U.S. launch, Amazon has opened Apple Music streaming to U.K. and Irish owners of its Alexa-enabled Echo and Fire devices.

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HomePod sales up in fourth quarter, Amazon and Google extending lead

02/19/2019, 11:02 am

Smart speakers such as the HomePod have helped almost double the global shipments of the product category in the fourth quarter of 2018, but while Apple's speaker is seeing increased sales, it is seemingly falling behind its rivals in terms of overall market share.

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HomePod holding at 6 percent of growing US smartspeaker market

02/05/2019, 01:02 pm

The HomePod took 6 percent of the install base for U.S. smartspeakers in the December quarter, new research data claims, illustrating the uphill battle Apple faces versus Amazon and Google in an emergent marketplace flooded with cheaper alternatives.

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Siri accuracy dramatically improves in latest smart speaker showdown

12/20/2018, 11:12 pm

Siri on HomePod improved its standing in an annual smart speaker comparison carried out by analyst Gene Munster's Loup Ventures, with Apple's virtual assistant weathering a barrage of accuracy tests to place second behind Google Assistant.

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How to play Apple Music from your Amazon Alexa devices

12/14/2018, 01:12 pm

AppleInsider walks you through how to enable Apple Music and play what you want from the service on your Amazon Alexa devices in a few easy steps.

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