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Amazon’s Echo Buds get new fitness tracking features

Amazon’s Echo Buds get new fitness tracking features I wasn’t super impressed when I reviewed the Echo Buds around this time last year, but Amazon’s first shot at Alexa-powered fully wireless earbuds was passable. And while they’ve already been on the market for a while now, the company’s continuing to deliver some […]

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Josh.ai launches a ‘nearly invisible’ Amazon Echo competitor that’s the size of a coin

Josh.ai launches a ‘nearly invisible’ Amazon Echo competitor that’s the size of a coin In the past several weeks we’ve seen refreshes and product expansions from about every facet of the smart home virtual assistant world. Apple launched the HomePod Mini, Google offered a long-overdue refresh of the Google Home, and Amazon […]

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Amazon Echo review: Well-rounded sound

Amazon Echo review: Well-rounded sound Six years ago, Amazon essentially created a new consumer electronics category. Expectations weren’t particularly high when the first Echo device debuted in November of 2014. Amazon, after all, has never shied away from throwing a new device against the wall to see what sticks — if anything, […]

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Here’s everything Amazon announced at its latest hardware event

Here’s everything Amazon announced at its latest hardware event From new Ring flying indoor drone cameras to an adorable new kids version of one of its most popular Amazon home products, Jeff Bezos’ Seattle retailer unveiled a slew of new hardware goodies just ahead of the holiday shopping season. Echo updates Image […]

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Netflix finally comes to the Amazon Echo Show

Netflix finally comes to the Amazon Echo Show Amazon announced the Echo Show line in 2017, and today, it’s finally gaining access to Netflix. The video service joins Hulu and Prime Video as the only officially supported video streaming apps.6 The news came from Amazon’s yearly Echo event where the company unveiled […]

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Amazon makes Alexa Routines shareable

Amazon makes Alexa Routines shareable Amazon is making it easier for Alexa devices owners to use Routines. The feature, which has been around for years, allows Alexa users to combine multiple tasks into a single voice command of their choosing. For example, you could make a routine that turns off your lights, […]

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Voice assistants don’t work for kids: The problem with speech recognition in the classroom

Voice assistants don’t work for kids: The problem with speech recognition in the classroom Dr. Patricia Scanlon Contributor Share on Twitter Dr. Patricia Scanlon is founder and CEO of SoapBox Labs, a Dublin-based developer of safe and secure speech-recognition technology designed specifically for children. She was named one of Forbes Top 50 […]

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Amazon launches an Alexa service for property managers

Amazon launches an Alexa service for property managers Amazon wants to bring Alexa to property managers. The company this morning launched a new service, Alexa for Residential, that aims to make it easier for property managers to set up and maintain Alexa-powered smart home experiences in their buildings, like condos or apartment […]

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AI as a blueprint for fintech startups

AI as a blueprint for fintech startups Marc Gilman Contributor Share on Twitter Marc Gilman is general counsel and VP of compliance at Theta Lake. He is also an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law. More posts by this contributor Recommendations for fintech startups navigating the procurement process The startups […]

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Connected audio was a bad choice

Connected audio was a bad choice The past week, I’ve spent ample time looking to revamp my home audio setup. I think my only qualification is that my next setup is as dumb as possible. In the past five years, my setup has gone from a fairly middling wired 2.1 speaker setup […]

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