Experts warn of Amazon Echo Look's privacy issues

Daily Mail

Amazon's newly-announced Echo Look uses the company's Alexa AI to take photos and videos of you and make judgements on outfits.

Amazon's 'Echo Look' Could Snoop a Lot More Than Just Your Clothes


The new Amazon Echo Look seems like a logical enough extension of Alexa, the company's AI-powered digital assistant. Previously, Alexa lived inside speakers. Now, it's in a camera. That progression belies just how much more the Echo Look could know about you than other Alexa hardware does--especially if Amazon ever unleashes the full power of its machine learnings smarts.

Apple Smart Speaker, Amazon Echo With Video In The Works, Reports Say

International Business Times

Smart speakers are getting increasingly popular and tech giants Google and Apple could not have been left behind in the race. While Amazon was the first to operate in the segment, Google jumped onto the bandwagon last year and now Apple is ready to give it competition. According to Apple tipster Sonny Dickson, Apple is all set to release its smart speakers soon. Dickson tweeted Thursday saying: "Apple is currently finalizing designs for their Alexa competitor, expected to be marketed as a Siri/AirPlay device."

Amazon planning Alexa rival?

FOX News

The rumors saying that Apple is working on a Siri-based Amazon Echo rival are back, with a noted insider saying that Apple is currently finalizing the design for the unnamed product.

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You've heard the rumblings of the robots, right? When I make a customer service call and get an eerily nuanced answer from a chatbot, I hear the rumbling of the robots. When I call out to my digital assistant and Siri/Alexa/Cortana makes a wise-cracking response, I feel the rumblings. I can't help but love my Roomba, and I have mixed feelings about the robot that assembled my car, but what about the more nebulous forms of Artificial Intelligence?

Amazon is 'doubling down' on the Echo ecosystem


Amazon is off to a profitable start in 2017. The company's first-quarter sales jumped 23 percent to $35.7 billion, beating analyst expectations, and top executives pinned part of that spike on the Alexa ecosystem.

Amazon Lex, the technology behind Alexa, opens up to developers


Amazon Lex, the technology powering Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa, has exited preview, according to a report from Reuters this morning. The system, which involves natural language understanding technology combined with automatic speech recognition, was first introduced in November, at Amazon's AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas.

Amazon taught Alexa to whisper sweet nothings in your ear


Soon enough, Amazon's Alexa will shout out your grocery list. That's assuming developers take advantage of the new language framework that Amazon has added to its digital assistant. The idea is that the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) will hopefully give Alexa more natural speaking patterns. Specifically, now Alexa is capable of whispering, bleeping out swear words and adding emphasis to a phrase in addition to changing volume, speed and pitch of its voice.

Apple's Siri-based, Alexa-killing speaker hub could be coming soon


Amazon Echo and Google Home are duking it out for the crown as the top smart home hub in homes everywhere, making Alexa and Assistant household names -- but a very familiar ringer might soon enter the competition: the OG AI assistant herself, Siri.