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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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The smart speaker market is expected grow 21% next year

The smart speaker market is expected grow 21% next year New numbers from Canalys point to a strong growth in smart speaker shipments in Mainland China this year. The market is on track to grow 2020, having gotten the COVID-19 pandemic mostly under control in recent months. The rest of the world […]

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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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Amazon’s Josh Miele and Ann Toth talk Alexa and the future of accessibility at Sight Tech Global

Amazon’s Josh Miele and Ann Toth talk Alexa and the future of accessibility at Sight Tech Global When Alexa launched six years ago, no one imagined that by today there would be hundreds of millions of Alexa-enabled devices or that Alexa would become part of so many lives. For people who are […]

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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 launches new Alexa developer tools

Amazon launches new Alexa developer tools Amazon today announced a slew of new features for developers who want to write Alexa skills. In total, the team released 31 new features at its Alexa Live event. Unsurprisingly, some of these are relatively minor but a few significantly change the Alexa experience for the […]

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A browser bug was enough to hack an Amazon Echo

A browser bug was enough to hack an Amazon Echo Two security researchers have been crowned the top hackers in this year’s Pwn2Own hacking contest after developing and testing several high profile exploits, including an attack against an Amazon Echo. Amat Cama and Richard Zhu, who make up Team Fluoroacetate, scored $60,000 […]

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Where VCs are looking for voice startup investments

Where VCs are looking for voice startup investments Led by Amazon’s Alexa, smart speakers’ install base is expected to reach 200 million units worldwide by 2020. A quarter of Americans over the age of 12 own a smart speaker, and the majority of those users have more than one device in their […]

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Amazon’s Echo gets a decent-sounding refresh

Amazon’s Echo gets a decent-sounding refresh Amazon seemingly didn’t realize what it had on its hands with the original Echo. Released five and a half years back for a select number of Amazon Prime users, the first Alexa device ushered in a consumer electronics revolution. According to numbers from Canalys, 26.1 million […]

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