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Amazon Gives Access To 1,700 Alexa Audio Home Files To The Wrong Guy

Amazon’s Alexa has been caught eavesdropping again. When a German Amazon customer requested his archived data to review, he received a link to 1,700 Alexa audio files that belonged to a complete stranger. The files provided much of the same kind of recorded information that would likely be collected by a bug planted in someone’s […]


You Can Now Get Amazon Alexa on Your Windows 10 PC

Move over, Cortana. Windows 10 PC users now have access to another virtual assistant: Alexa. Amazon just announced that its Alexa for PC app is now available for download on compatible Windows 10 devices. Head over to the Windows Store to grab it for free. This is good news for Windows 10 PC owners, especially […]


Amazon expands white-box Alexa device lineup with new home hub and gateway hardware

Fridges. TVs. Tablets. Thermostats. Amazon’s Alexa assistant has been built into practically everything, it seems, and two new form factors today became a part of the ever-expanding club. The Seattle company announced that the Calix GigaSpire Max and Gemtek ViTA, two original design manufacturer (ODM) smart home hubs and gateways, will tap Amazon’s Alexa Voice […]

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Ekster 3.0 lets you ask, ‘Alexa, where did I leave my wallet?’

[embedded content] Smart wallet brand Ekster has been building a name for itself for a few years now, but its latest pocket-sized money carrier promises to be its best yet — and certainly its smartest. Called (what else?) Ekster 3.0, the company’s newest creation builds on the slimline, security conscious, RFID-blocking technology of its predecessor, […]


Cortana, meet Alexa: Buy an Xbox One from Amazon and get a free Echo Dot

If you’re looking to add some new technology to your living room in a hurry, Microsoft and Amazon have just the deal for you. Starting Thursday morning, October 11, anyone who purchases an Xbox One bundle from Amazon will receive an Amazon Echo Dot device. The deal applies to several different Xbox One X and […]

Gears & Gadgets

Skype support coming to Alexa later this year

Enlarge / Skype calling on Alexa hardware. Microsoft Later this year you’ll be able to say “Alexa, call Mom on Skype” and have Amazon’s digital assistant do the right thing with Microsoft’s messaging network. Microsoft and Amazon have been working to integrate their technology. Earlier in the year, Cortana and Alexa gained the ability to […]

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Hey, Alexa, Defrost My Peas

Hey, Alexa, Defrost My Peas ImageThe Amazon Microwave was one of more than a dozen devices announced by Amazon on Thursday.CreditCreditChona Kasinger for The New York Times By Karen Weise Sept. 20, 2018 SEATTLE — If you’re one of the millions of people without a smart speaker in your home, Amazon wants to talk to […]

Gears & Gadgets

Alexa and Cortana integration starts rolling out today

Enlarge Amazon Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa digital assistants can now talk to each other. The collaboration between the two assistants was announced last year and was originally due to become available by the end of 2017. Microsoft showed how the integration would work at its Build conference earlier this year, and what’s rolling out […]

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Only a small percentage of users buy stuff through Alexa, report claims

Enlarge / The new Amazon Echo. Valentina Palladino Analysts have been aggressively optimistic in their predictions about the growth of consumer shopping via virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, but a new report claims that only a small fraction of Alexa device owners shop with voice commands. And most of those who do only try it […]

Gears & Gadgets

Alexa for hotels lets guests order room service, control in-room smart devices [Updated]

Enlarge Amazon Hotel rooms will serve as the newest homes for Amazon’s Alexa starting this summer. Amazon announced a special version of its virtual assistant, Alexa for Hospitality, that will live across Echo devices placed in hotels, vacation rentals, and other similar locations. Alexa in these devices will be able to do special things for […]