Amazon Echo


Facebook profit jumps as user ranks grow

Daily Mail

Recent reports suggest Facebook may be working on its own smart speaker to compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo in the budding market for home digital assistants. Facebook could also be working on a smartphone, according to paperwork recently spotted by cyber sleuths which the tech giant filed earlier this year. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the leading social network had a'good' quarter as profits surged 71 percent Recent reports suggest Facebook may be working on its own smart speaker to compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo in the budding market for home digital assistants. Facebook could also be working on a smartphone, according to paperwork recently spotted by cyber sleuths which the tech giant filed earlier this year.


Xiaomi has a smart speaker too, and it's crazy cheap

Mashable

You can now add to that list the Xiaomi Mi AI, which has one big advantage over all of them: It's a lot cheaper. Mi AI Speaker - Now you have a lovely helper for almost everything under the radar. Amazon Echo costs $179.99 and Apple's HomePod will retail for $349. Amazon does have a comparably cheap smart speaker, the Echo Dot, which costs $49.99, but the Mi AI has a richer set of features.


How Facebook might take on the Amazon Echo

Mashable

Citing a source in contact with the "upstream supply chain," the site claims that Facebook is preparing to release it's own smart home speaker that will also include a 15-inch touchscreen display. The report claims that the smart home device was designed at Facebook's secretive Building 8 skunkworks lab and will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology, one of Apple's partners in the manufacture of iPhones in recent years. If true, the choice by Facebook to leapfrog the speaker-only approach of those following Amazon's Echo, including Apple with the HomePod and Google Home, and going straight to an integrated speaker with a screen could hint at more to come. But with over 2 billion users, if Facebook introduces a smart home device that displays the photos of your friends and family on Facebook, it's likely that such a product would be too compelling to resist, privacy issues aside.


Going on a Business Trip? Talk to a Bot

#artificialintelligence

Because it is cloud-based software, they can open APIs – or doorways – that integrate with conversational technologies like Amazon Echo or Slack. Earlier this year the team released a beta Concur Bot that works in Slack, the collaboration tool that lets teams talk to each other via a text message-like interface. Concur has developed their own machine learning algorithms to help make these conversational interfaces smarter all the time. He adds, "machine learning adds probability based on its vast experience of reports and trips it's seen.


Everything you need to know to set up an Amazon Echo for your parents

USATODAY

To change the wake word on an Echo device, go into Settings on the Alexa app, select the device, and choose "Wake Word." Get a Logitech Harmony Hub on Amazon for $88.99 Alexa has also been recently updated to remotely control your Amazon Fire TV, which itself comes with an Alexa Voice Remote. Get an Amazon Fire TV for $89.99 Find and install specific Alexa skills that your parents will enjoy. For instance, if your father is a big fan of Fox News, install the Fox News skill so he can ask, "Alexa, what's in the news?"


Get $100 off Amazon Echo When You Buy 2 Right Now - Deal Alert

PCWorld

Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more--instantly. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word "Alexa" and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception), so it makes a lot of sense to pick up 2 right now with this discount. See the Amazon Echo on Amazon.


Amazon Wants To Put Alexa On Phones But What Can It Do Better Than Google Assistant And Apple Siri?

International Business Times

While Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and Samsung Bixby are squaring against each other by offering different features, Amazon Alexa is on a different track altogether. Unlike Apple Siri which made its journey from a smartphone to a smart speaker, Amazon's Alexa did quite the opposite. However, as compared to voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Apple Siri, Alexa's performance is far from being perfect. In fact, users need to download two apps -- Amazon Alexa and HTC Alexa to make the voice assistant work on Alexa-enabled phones such as HTC U11 and Huawei Mate 9.


An Amazon Echo Can't Call the Police--But Maybe It Should

WIRED

On Monday, news reports took Bernalillo County authorities' version of those events credulously, heralding the home assistant as a hero. The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department reported, specifically, that when a man drew a gun on his wife in a home where an Amazon Echo was placed, he said to her, "Did you call the sheriffs?" To people like Dan Reidenberg, who has advised Facebook's suicide prevention policies and is the executive director of SAVE, a national suicide prevention network, Alexa represents a massive opportunity to have another source to help with suicide, depression, and mental health crises. And divorcing Alexa and Google Home's listening abilities from their wake words would wreak havoc on your privacy.


Amazon Echo Tips and Tricks

WIRED

Change your default music service: Echo devices default to Amazon Music, which is a perfectly fine option and has a pretty robust offering of free tunes if you're a Prime member. You have literally thousands of options to choose from, which you can find in Settings Flash Briefing Get More Flash Briefing Content. Make a phone call: With a recent update, Alexa can make phone calls--sort of. For a bulk cleansing, head here and go to Your Devices Echo Dot Manage voice recordings.


Put your Amazon Echo to good use by asking it these 'Game of Thrones' questions

Mashable

Hey Alexa, why can't Game of Thrones Season 7 be HERE yet? Are there some cool easter eggs hidden in your system that will help us pass the time? The cool easter egg: you can talk to your Amazon Echo about certain Game of Thrones topics, and Alexa has all the GoT smarts to answer back to you. You know nothing, Jon Snow.