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Now you can try Amazon Echo… in a browser

Want to take Amazon’s Alexa voice service for a spin, but don’t want to spend money on an Amazon Echo or another product with Alexa support? All you need is a web browser. Amazon has launched Echosim.io, a website where you can interact with with a virtual Amazon Echo. It’s aimed at developers, but anyone can […]

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Report: Google’s Amazon Echo-like product is code-named “Chirp”

Apple, Google, and Microsoft all have software that lets you talk to your phone to perform some actions or get answers to your questions. Siri, Cortana, and Google’s voice search tools can come in handy in the car, around the house, or in other places where you may not want to use your hands to […]

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Report: Amazon’s next Echo could be a smaller, cheaper, portable voice-controlled speaker

A little over a year after the launch of the Amazon Echo, the Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon may have a new model on the way. The original $179 Amazon Echo is a tall, cylindrical speaker that sits in your home, connects tot he internet, and listens to your voice to answer your questions, play […]

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Amazon Echo receives more integrated software, adds Alexa’s ‘skills’

Amazon’s connected speaker, Echo, recently received an update that adds support for third-party “skills” that you can access using the voice activated virtual assistant, Alexa. Want to listen to ABC Headline News, ABC Business News, Good Morning America, Fox Sports, and Jimmy Kimmel Live The Morning After? Just link your iHeartRadio account to the Echo and […]

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Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant becomes a platform with dev tools, third-party hardware support

Amazon is opening up the Alexa voice service that powers its Amazon Echo connected speaker thingamajig, and it’s doing it in a big way. First, the company has launched a software developer kit that lets anyone create apps that can tap into the cloud-based voice service, which could bring new functionality to the Echo. Second, […]

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Amazon Echo is a $199 connected speaker and voice assistant for your home

Amazon has just launched a new device that’s kind of like Apple’s Siri… but it’s for your home, not your smartphone. Amazon Echo is an internet-connected speaker can play music, answer questions, set reminders, and answer questions you ask. The Echo has a list price of $199, but for a limited time Amazon Prime members […]