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Amazon is hiring 400+ more people to work on Alexa

Amazon may have launched the market for voice-activated, internet-connected speakers that you use around the house. But now that Google and Apple are eyeing the space, Amazon isn’t resting on its laurels. In the two years since Amazon launched the original Echo, the company has expanded the product family with smaller and cheaper models including […]

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Amazon to launch a $50 Echo Dot speaker with Alexa (Updated)

It’s been about half a year since Amazon expanded its Echo line of connected speakers with the introduction of a $90 Amazon Echo Dot and $130 Amazon Tap. Now it looks like there may be an even cheaper option on the way: Amazon tweeted last night about an “all-new Echo Dot” priced at $49.99. The […]

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Amazon’s Alexa now lets you order millions of things with your voice

The Alexa voice service that powers Amazon’s Echo and other products lets you do things like ask for news updates or weather forecasts, adjust the temperature on your smart thermostat, play music, or get answers to your questions. Unsurprisingly for an Amazon product, Alexa has also always included a shopping component: ask Alexa to re-order […]

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What are the coolest features your smartphone has… that you don’t use?

These days you can ask most smartphones questions as if you were speaking to another person, use your phone as a GPS navigation device, tap a button on your phone to instantly get contextual information about whatever’s on the screen, and do a whole bunch of other cool things. But a recent study from Creative Strategies suggesting […]

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Jibo “social” robot to ship in October, will compete with Asus Zenbo, Amazon Echo

Jibo is a “social robot” designed to hang out in you house, respond to your voice, and recognize your face so that it can tell you about appointments or incoming messages, tell you stories, snap photos or let you engage in video calls, and much more. The folks behind Jibo raised 3.7 million dollars for […]

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Google Assistant takes on Siri and Alexa, Google Home takes on Amazon Echo

Google has been letting you search the web and get answers to questions using your voice for years, but while rivals Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft have given their digital assistants names like Siri, Alexa, and Cortana, Google’s service has been called… Search, or Now, or something. Now Google is giving its digital assistant a name: […]

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Amazon Tap and Echo Dot: Alexa voice-assistant speaker gadgets for $90 and up

The Amazon Echo is a $180 internet-connected speaker that can answer your questions, stream music from the internet, add items to your shopping list, and much more. People who have them seem to love them: the Echo has over 33,000 reviews and an average rating of about 4.5 stars. But $180 is a lot of […]

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Hound voice assistant for iOS, Android launches (exits beta)

Last year SoundHound introduced an early version of a voice assistant app for smartphones that works a bit like Siri or Google Voice Search. It’s called Hound, and it leverages SoundHound’s expertise in audio recognition to provide quick responses to your queries. SoundHound, by the way, was one of the first apps that allowed you […]

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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’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, […]