Amazon teaches Alexa a bunch of new tricks, turns it into a security system (and more)

Amazon’s Alexa voice service already lets you get answers to questions, listen to music, news updates, or weather forecasts, play games, or control smart home gadgets with your voice. But in addition to launching a bunch of new hardware today, Amazon unveiled some upcoming Alexa features that could make the company’s voice assistant technology even […]

Canalys: Google sold more smart speakers than Amazon in Q1, 2018

Amazon pretty much invented the smart speaker category when the company introduced the Amazon Echo in 2014. And Amazon has pretty much dominated the space ever since… until this year. According to research from Canalysis, Google took the top spot in smart speaker sales for the first time in the first quarter of 2018. Amazon […]

Deals of the Day (3-01-2018)

Another day, another set of deals on wireless speakers. You can still pick up a refurbished Amazon Tap Bluetooth speaker for $54, but if you’d rather have a full-fledged Amazon Echo, Woot is selling a 1st-gen model for just $70. It’s available in black or white and comes with a 1-year Amazon warranty. Meanwhile, there […]

Deals of the Day (11-29-2017)

Missed your chance to score an Amazon Fire TV Stick for $25 on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Amazon’s running a sale today that’s almost as good… if you’re in the market for a Fire TV Stick and an Amazon Echo Dot. Right now there’s a bundle deal that lets you pick up both for $60. […]

Amazon Prime Music and Echo speakers head north to Canada

Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus smart speakers are now available in Canada… and if you’re looking for something to do with them, you can now stream music to them through Amazon Prime Music in Canada. It’s one of the perks that’s been available to Prime members in the US for a while, but […]

Amazon 2nd-gen Echo speaker launches today for $99

The Amazon Echo was the first voice-activated speaker to ship with support for Amazon’s Alexa voice service. But since the original Echo launched in 2014, Amazon has introduced two generations of Echo Dot speakers, the Amazon Tap portable speaker, Alexa support for third-party hardware and odd new devices like the Echo Show and Echo Look. […]

Amazon Echo devices now support multi-room audio

When Amazon launched the 2nd-gen Echo Dot speaker last year, the company offered discounts if you bought a 6-pack or 12-pack. That deal has ended, but you can still save money by picking up a 3-pack from some retailers. The idea is that you could buy a bunch of Amazon’s entry-level smart speakers and put […]