A new study digging into how Amazon uses Alexa voice recordings from its customers has concluded that the company and third parties leverage the audio to deliver targeted ads directly on Echo smart speakers as well as the web. That’s in contrast to Apple not using Siri recordings for ads and sharing voice data being turned off by default on devices like HomePod and iPhone since 2019. However, Amazon contends the new research is based on “inaccurate inferences or speculation.”
Amazon Alexa Stories April 29
Amazon Alexa Stories December 28, 2021
Amazon Echos are very common smart home devices. The smart speakers provide convenient access to music, control over smart home devices, and quick answers to questions – they can be quite helpful. But these devices are far from perfect, as illustrated by an Alexa device encouraging a ten-year-old to participate in the penny challenge, where you use a penny to touch the prongs of a plug connected to a wall outlet.
Amazon Alexa Stories December 7, 2021
Amazon Alexa Stories July 27, 2021
Amazon Alexa app adds ‘Ask Alexa’ widget for your iPhone home screen
The Amazon Alexa app for iOS just received a highly anticipated feature with its latest update. Starting now, you can add the “Ask Alexa” widget in your home screen to talk to the personal assistant with only one click.
Amazon Alexa Stories April 16, 2021
Back in 2019, Apple joined Amazon, Google, the Zigbee Alliance, and over 170 other companies to work on a new smart home standard called CHIP. After some delays, new smart home devices will be able to get certification for CHIP late this year which means we could see the first products arrive on the market in Q4.
Amazon Alexa Stories February 9, 2021
Amazon Alexa iOS app gets dark/light mode, Dynamic Type support
Amazon has pushed an update for its Alexa iOS app today with two notable accessibility-focused improvements – support for the iOS system wide dark/light mode setting as well as compatibility with Apple’s system wide Dynamic Type feature.
Amazon Alexa Stories July 8, 2020
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Amazon has shared a big update today on its progress with getting its Echo smart speakers and other Alexa enabled devices into the hands of consumers via The Verge. This holiday season has been a big success for the company’s AI and it has now sold over 100 million Alexa devices.
Amazon Alexa Stories January 3, 2019
Apple’s Siri team far behind Amazon’s Alexa employee hiring rates
New data from Thinknum shows how hiring for Amazon’s Alexa platform is currently outpacing Apple’s attempts to grow the Siri team, at a rate of nearly 5:1. As of writing, there were about 750 job openings mentioning “Alexa” from Amazon, with just under 170 from Apple with specific mention of “Siri“.
Amazon Alexa Stories December 27, 2018
There’s an app currently circulating around Apple’s App Store pretending to be the official set-up companion for Amazon’s Alexa, and it’s fooled its way to the top of the download charts. At the time of this writing, the fake app sits at #60 overall in the general “Top Free” apps section, while in an even more concerning top 10 place under the Utilities sections at #6.
Amazon Alexa Stories December 20, 2018
User data request gone bad: Amazon sent 1,700 Alexa voice recordings to the wrong person
Amazon Alexa Stories December 19, 2018
Amazon promises Apple Music integration coming to third-party Alexa-enabled speakers after Echo exclusivity
Apple Music integration with Amazon Echo speakers has been an interesting development. At first Amazon did all the marketing, with Apple remaining mostly quiet. Yesterday, we spotted Apple promoting the functionality on the App Store and also shared a new trick.
Now, Amazon has confirmed that it will be rolling out Apple Music support for third-party Alexa-enabled speakers.
Amazon Alexa Stories December 3, 2018
iHome launches Alexa-enabled vanity mirror and bedside alarm clock with smart buttons
Amazon Alexa Stories November 30, 2018
Amazon Alexa Stories September 7, 2018
However, while Hunter Douglas is still promising HomeKit support for our Luxaflex Duette blinds, and was expecting to get there by now, certification has been delayed until later in the year. In the meantime, it’s gone ahead with the launch of the new bridge which brings voice control to the blinds – but so far only for Alexa and Google Home …
Amazon Alexa Stories June 26, 2018
Amazon has rolled out a notable update for its Alexa app on iOS today. With this update, users can now use the Alexa virtual assistant directly from their iOS device to control smart home accessories, ask questions, and much more.
Amazon Alexa Stories April 5, 2018
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Amazon Alexa Stories March 16, 2018
Recently, Amazon added a ‘Follow-Up Mode’ to its Echo line of devices, which allows users to repeatedly say commands to the assistant without saying “Alexa” again. The company even added a ‘feature’ where the Echo would laugh at you sporadically. Today, the tech-giant is adding a ‘Brief Mode’ which disables the chatter aspect of the Echo, and replaces it with a simple chime once a task is completed.
Amazon Alexa Stories March 2, 2018
Amazon Web Services causing outages to the company’s Alexa service, among others
Amazon on Friday is having issues with its cloud-based “Amazon Web Services” system that is causing outages on several major platforms including the company’s own Alexa service.
Several large companies such as Amazon, Google, and Apple have been heavily relying on cloud infrastructure for their services for several years now. Any major outage can interrupt service for thousands, if not millions of users worldwide.
Amazon Alexa Stories December 1, 2017
Over the past few years, Ultimate Ears has become somewhat of a household name in the world of portable speakers. Their ever-popular Boom lineup has shown that portable speakers can have excellent battery life and sound great. Recently they’ve taken it one step further by bringing Amazon’s Alexa to the portable speaker with their new Blast speakers. Combining a smart voice assistant, with a solid Bluetooth speaker, what’s not to like?
Amazon Alexa Stories October 19, 2017
Available for pre-order today, Ultimate Ears is bringing Amazon’s Alexa to its product roster with a new speaker lineup. Introducing the Blast and Megablast, the portable speakers incorporate Alexa to bring the virtual assistant wherever your music goes. Drawing on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless options, the speakers are set to work in whatever environment music players find themselves in.