Amazon’s Alexa is basically the operating system of the home, but to fully appreciate it, you need to scatter Echoes and Echo Dots around your house until they can basically hear your from anywhere. If you’re ready to fully commit, Amazon’s offering a solid discount on the already-affordable Echo Dot when you buy three
What’s even more unnerving than an artificially intelligent Big Mouth Billy Bass telling you about the weather? That’s easy. It’s an artificially intelligent animatronic skull telling you about the weather through a set of clacking teeth. The roving eyeballs are the creepiest part.
Amazon won’t fight a subpoena that had hoped to use information gathered from an Echo speaker in the investigation of a murder case. Amazon had previously refused to hand over information to the cops, citing First Amendment protections, but has now acquiesced after the defendant gave authorities permission to access…
Amazon’s voice-controlled personal assistant, Alexa, now enables hypochondriacs and armchair physicians to ask WebMD for medical advice. This seems like an awful idea, because it is. The internet is not a doctor.
I love my Amazon Echo. She is the perfect Bluetooth speaker, kitchen timer, and personal shopper—for better or worse—but also a friend, keeping me company on those brutally cold and lonely nights. So when I learned that MightySkins—a company that makes decals for literally every gadget under the sun, from hoverboards…
In millions of homes across the country, Amazon’s voice-controlled personal assistant, Alexa, is listening. And whether you want to or not, she’s ready to play.
The Amazon Echo is like a fancy Siri for your home, answering to “Alexa” and fulfilling your commands. Soon, Alexa will be in Volkswagens, too—assisting owners and giving updates on the status of the car from wherever. So, does that mean it’ll tell you if your car is cheating emissions regulations?
Truthfully, I have no idea what the song “Digger Digger” is and have had no success finding it. But this was not the response I was expecting from Alexa when this young boy asked her to play it. Everything goes horribly wrong.
Like a mix between Her and the Black Mirror Christmas Special, the Gatebox is a creepy personal assistant that puts the emphasis on personal and doesn’t seem to do much assisting.
If you’ve ever wanted to talk to your lamp, GE’s new C by GE lamp has Alexa baked right in. Amazon has licensed its Alexa assistant to a slew of different gadgets, but this is the first lighting product to feature the voice-controlled service.
At this point, preprogrammed jokes have become a staple of digital assistant software, but most attempts at humor by Siri and the like have skewed closer to “cute” than “funny.” One possible explanation is that these assistants work better as comedy duos than solo acts, a possibility strongly supported by a new video…
Christmas shopping will begin sooner than anyone wants it to and there is no better gift to get your DIY dad than a Big Mouth Billy Bass hooked up to Amazon’s personal assistant, Alexa—especially if you hate your father.
Two weeks ago, Amazon’s newest entry in their Echo line of personal assistant products, the Echo Dot 2, was released. At $49.99, it’s significantly cheaper than the company’s full-sized Echo, but uses the exact same friendly artificial intelligence named Alexa—meaning it can do everything the Echo does (albeit with…
If you need the weather forecast, sports scores, or just want to hear your favorite playlist, the Alexa virtual assistant on Amazon’s Echo can help you out. Where Alexa doesn’t have your back, however, is when someone is breaking into your home, and you need to call the police for help, as Steve Hogarty discovered.
Lady Gaga fans have reportedly “tricked” their Amazon Echos into playing samples of Lady Gaga’s latest album Joanne, according to videos posted online. It’s unclear if the leak was a bug or a marketing gimmick. Either way, the trick no longer works.
The new $50 Echo Dot is most useful for people who own compatible smart home gadgets, so to that end, Amazon’s offering $10-$50 off three select bundles that include a Dot and a compatible gadget. You can choose any or all of Philips Hue White bulbs, TP-Link Smart Plugs, and ecobee3 thermostats, all of which have been…
Amazon is making a new version of the Echo Dot, its Alexa-enabled mini-speaker. The biggest news isn’t the upgrades—it’s that anyone can buy it.