The Alexa Fund announces the second year of the Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The accelerator is a program created by the Alexa Fund and built around the belief that voice will fundamentally improve the way we interact with technology.

Invite Alexa to the party: The Amazon Tap is on sale for $30 off


Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If saving money on cool tech items is your thing, then today is your day. The Amazon Tap is usually listed at $130, but it's on sale today for a cool hundo. With a literal tap, the Amazon Tap speaker will play music from any of your favorite streaming stations like Spotify and Pandora. You can also use hands-free mode to control it from afar.

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At CES, the popular virtual assistant turned up in cars, watches and robots--but does voice control solve more problems than it creates?

Complete Alexa Skills List - Love My Echo


This page lists all Alexa skills ever released, together with keyword search, sort, print and export options, and is updated weekly. Use the list to find skills you're interested in, then search for them by name in the Alexa app. Note that because the list is so lengthy and I must do the weekly updates manually, skills will not be removed from this list if they're withdrawn by the developer: it's too time-consuming to manually compare this list to the skills tab in the Alexa app, page by page. Skill names and descriptions below were provided by the skill developer. The Logitech Harmony Home Control – 8 Devices is a programmable remote with accompanying app that can control up to 8 devices, and turn your smartphone or tablet into a touchscreen controller, too.

Amazon brings Alexa calls and messaging to tablets


You no longer need to hang around an Echo speaker to make free calls and messages with Alexa. As of now, you can use Alexa to place calls (including video calls) and send messages from Android tablets, iPads and of course Amazon's own Fire models. How easy it is depends on the device. It's easiest on the Fire HD 10, where you only have to ask Alexa to get in touch; other Alexa-ready Fire tablets require that you tap the home button first. And for everyone else, you'll have to open the Alexa app.