• Here's everything Amazon announced at its big Alexa event in Seattle

    26 days ago - By Fast Company

    Not too long ago, personal assistants like Alexa were pretty much confined to smart speakers. That's changing fast.
    Amazon is clearly having fun with its Alexa digital assistant. The Seattle company has now put it in a microwave, a wall clock, potentially millions of cars, and in a bunch of new speakers.
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  • Amazon's Alexa is coming to Sony smart TVs and Lenovo Smart Tabs

    26 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    Amazon wants Alexa to interact with as many people as possible, including the ability to show them things. And that means freeing the virtual assistant from the confines of Amazon's screen-supporting smart speaker Echo Show or Fire TV, devices that give Alexa a face .
    The company announced Thursday at its big hardware event that it's releasing a “smart screen” software development kit, which will allow developers to bring Echo Show-like functionality to other non-Amazon pieces of hardware. That could mean integrating Alexa into a smart TV or even a refrigerator; as long as there's a...
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  • Echo Auto brings Alexa to cars

    26 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    As Amazon noted at today's event, the company has already been working with a number of car companies bring Alexa to vehicles. There are already a number of high-profile partners, including Toyota, Ford, Lexus, BMW and Audi. Today, it announced its plan to bring the assistant to the rest of the “100s of millions” of auto models out there - Echo Auto
    The device is a small dongle that plugs into the car's infotainment system, bringing the smart assistant and voice control, for hands-free interactions. Users can interact with the product's mic array in standard fashion, asking for things like...
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  • Amazon is making a $25 smart plug that can make almost anything in your house 'smart'

    Amazon is making a $25 smart plug that can make almost anything in your house 'smart'

    26 days ago - By Business Insider

    Amazon on Thursday unveiled a new device that could turn almost any device in your house into a "smart" device.
    Called the Amazon Smart Plug, the new device will plug into an outlet. You can then plug in devices like lamps, and control them using your voice. It sounds similar to competing products made by a who's who of outside electronics manufacturers, including TP-Link and Belkin.
    The Smart Plug will cost $24.99 and be available for preorder starting Thursday. The device will start shipping next month.
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  • Amazon just announced a $60 smart Alexa-powered microwave you can control with your voice

    Amazon just announced a $60 smart Alexa-powered microwave you can control with your voice

    26 days ago - By Business Insider

    Amazon unveiled its new Amazon Basics Microwave during an event in Seattle on Thursday. The microwave is available to pre-order on Thursday, and costs $60. It'll ship later this month.
    It looks like a pretty basic microwave, as you can see in the photo above, but Amazon's microwave comes with Alexa built-in. The company says "you can cook just by asking Alexa."
    The Amazon Basics Microwave will include "dozens of quick-cook voice presets." It has a built-in "Ask Alexa" button you can press to tell Alexa how long you want to cook, too: "Cook for two minutes and fifteen seconds," for...
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  • Amazon just announced a $60 smart Alexa-powered microwave you can control with your voice

    Amazon just announced a $60 smart Alexa-powered microwave you can control with your voice

    26 days ago - By Business Insider

    Amazon unveiled its new Amazon Basics Microwave during an event in Seattle on Thursday. The microwave is available to pre-order on Thursday, and costs $60. It'll ship later this month.
    It looks like a pretty basic microwave, as you can see in the photo above, but Amazon's microwave comes with Alexa built-in. The company says "you can cook just by asking Alexa."
    The Amazon Basics Microwave will include "dozens of quick-cook voice presets." It has a built-in "Ask Alexa" button you can press to tell Alexa how long you want to cook, too: "Cook for two minutes and fifteen seconds," for...
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  • Amazon updates the Echo Plus so it can control the smart home when the internet goes down

    26 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    Amazon today is giving its premium smart home-ready Echo Plus device a notable update. The device, which includes a smart home hub built into the Echo, is now getting a new fabric design, and a temperature sensor. However, what's more interesting is the addition something Amazon calls “local voice control.” What this means is that if the internet goes down, you'll still be able to use Alexa to control your smart home devices.
    As the company explained this morning at an event in Seattle, a hub that works with a cloud-based system can often run into trouble when internet access becomes...
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  • Amazon launches an Alexa microwave with built-in popcorn Dash button

    26 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    One of the weirder rumors ahead of today's Amazon event has come to fruition. The company's attempting to make a big push into home appliances, so it's leading the way with its very microwave. The Amazon Basics Microwave apparently began life as an in-house reference product, as the company was developing an API for third-parties to develop their own Alexa-powered devices.
    The microwave is “still stuck in the late 70s,” the company said at the event. So it built a new one.
    Among the other things the company had to solve was the ability to make the microwave work with WiFi signals - which...
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  • Amazon launches an Alexa Smart Plug

    26 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    Amazon wants to make it easier to set up your smart home. Today, the company introduced a new Smart Plug device that brings Alexa's voice control capabilities to anything you want to control - a coffee pot, a light, or anything else that can be powered on or off at a power outlet. What makes the device interesting is that it won't require a smart home hub in order to work - that is, something like the premium Echo Plus it introduced last year.
    However, the price of this new device - $125 - could be a breaking point for some potential smart home adopters, especially considering they could...
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