So much for needing your phone to send text messages. Thanks to a new software update, you can now use Alexa to deliver SMS text messages to any phone. There are some caveats, however. It only works for Alexa users in the US with an Android device that also have the Alexa app installed on their phone. You also can't use the feature to text 911 or participate in group text messages.
Amazon customers complained that their Echo devices stopped working this morning. People took to social media to complain about the Alexa virtual assistant just before 9am. Outage tracker Down Detector logged hundreds of reports about issues with the digital assistant. Alexa is still available on a range of Amazon devices - including the Echo speakers, Fire TV, and Amazon's range of Fire tablets too. Seb Hawker from Bath tweeted: 'That First World problem when Alexa goes down and can't stop the radio playing or turn the plugs on...' Another Twitter user from London said: 'My flat is broken!
Computers can be transformed into smart speakers with a mere app. Both laptops and PCs operating on Windows 10 can be now enhanced with AI assistant, Alexa, from this week. It comes after the voice-activated product was made available on the Microsoft store for users in the UK, US and Germany. It works through a devices microphone and speakers, instantly making Alexa portable for use both inside and outside the home. Some Windows PCs will already be compatible with the program's'wake word' functionality, meaning people can use it hands-free by simply saying its name - much like separate speakers.
Google had admitted a bug in its smart home products is causing major wifi woes for users. The firm's Chromecast TV gadgets and Google Home smart speaker are reportedly overloading home Wi-Fi networks. Google today admitted the bug was real - and promised to fix it tomorrow. Google had admitted a bug in its smart home products is causing major wifi woes for users. The Chromecast TV gadgets and Google Home smart speaker (pictured) are overloading home Wi-Fi networks.
Amazon is set to shake up the cable insudtry with a new TV box that allows users to record live shows without a subscription. Codenamed Frank, it will have its own storage for shows, and connect to TVs via Amazon's existing Fire TV box, according to Bloomberg. It describes the gadget as'a new type of digital video recorder for the streaming era.' Codenamed Frank, the new device will have its own storage for shows, and connect to TVs via Amazon's existing Fire TV box, according to Bloomberg. It cited'a person familiar with the plans'. Users will be able to record live TV and stream the video to a smartphone or TV so it can be watched later.