Microsoft Wants To Turn Cortana Into An Alexa Skill

Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant has been around for much longer than Amazon’s Alexa has, but yet Alexa has quickly dominated the scene, so much so that it seems that Microsoft has decided that if they can’t beat them, maybe they should join them. This is what Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella had hinted at in a report from Business Insider.


Alexa Can Now Read The News In A Broadcaster’s Voice

Digital assistants like Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa all tend to sound rather monotonous. This is because the words are pieced together via an algorithm which usually lacks the inflection and expression that we as humans normally do when we talk. However Amazon has come up with some interesting ideas, such as the ability to make Alexa whisper.


Sony’s Noise-Cancelling Headphones Will Soon Support Alexa

#CES2019 – If you own one of Sony’s noise-cancelling headphones, then you might be interested to learn that in an upcoming update to the headphones, Sony will be introducing support for Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant. This includes the Sony WH-1000XM2, WH-1000XM3, and the WI-1000X.


Lutron Launches Alexa-Enabled Fan Speed Controller

#CES2019 – In the future when we walk into our homes, saying a single spoken word or phrase will turn on the lights, set the thermostat, turn on the TV, and our dinners will start cooking. That sounds like the home of the future, although for the most part, a lot of that is already possible if you’re willing to pay for it.


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Roland’s GO:PIANO Will Come With Alexa Built Into It

#CES2019 – We’ve seen Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant integrated into many things, such as speakers, headphones, cars, TVs, smartphones, and so on. However it seems that Alexa has found a new home in a gadget that not many of us might necessarily think of – and that is a musical keyboard.


Jabra’s Elite 85h Noise-Cancelling Headphones Comes With Alexa, Google Assistant

#CES2019 – A couple of years ago, the headphones scene was very different. We were mostly treated to wired headphones that did pretty much what it was intended for. However these days with digital assistants being more commonplace, and with handset makers ditching the headphone jack, it is a very different scene.


Amazon Boasts 100 Million Alexa Devices Sold

Amazon has been aggressively pushing Alexa over the past couple of years. It has opened up the assistant to device manufacturers so the assistant is now available on a variety of hardware that’s not made by Amazon. The company has revealed that more than 100 million Alexa devices has been sold so far.


KOHLER Announces New Smart Products For The Bathroom

#CES2019 – These days we’re starting to see more smart products being announced for the home. Smart lighting, smart door locks, smart doorbells, smart security cameras, smart speakers, smart thermostats, well, you get the idea. If those sounds like things you wouldn’t mind adding to your home, KOHLER has you covered.


The NFL Launches Its First Skill For Alexa

Like pretty much all types of sports around the world, football has its own set of rules, slang, and lingo that a newbie might not be familiar with. This is why it can be a bit intimidating to watch games that are new to you, especially when you watch it with people who are very into it and know it very well.


Amazon’s Hiring Rate For Alexa Is Faster Than Apple For Siri

Amazon was definitely “late” to the digital assistant scene, choosing to launch Alexa years after companies like Apple, Google, and even Microsoft entered the fray. However it seems that despite being late, Alexa has quickly caught up thanks to Amazon’s launch of the Echo smart speakers and also making Alexa available to developers very early on in the game.


Smart Speaker Test Finds Google Assistant To Be The Most Accurate

There are a variety of smart speakers in the market today, although for the most part it is dominated by the likes of Amazon and Google. Both companies have the advantage of having a large number of third-party companies adopting their tech, but does that mean that they are better?


Alexa Allowed User To Eavesdrop On Another User’s Home

The idea of smart speakers that are constantly listening to us does sound like a privacy nightmare waiting to happen. In fact there have been several instances in which such a nightmare has become a reality, and now a report from German trade publication c’t has revealed another similar instance.


Apple Music Will Arrive For Third-Party Alexa Devices

A few days ago it was reported that Apple Music would now be supported by Amazon’s Echo devices, meaning that if you wanted to stream and control Apple Music playback via your Echo speakers, you could. However at that time it was stated that this was only for Amazon’s Echo speakers.


Amazon Starts Shipping Its Echo Wall Clock

Amazon launched a bunch of products that come with its Alexa assistant baked in earlier this year, a microwave and wall clock were some of those products. The company has now started shipping its Echo Wall Clock. The Alexa implementation in this device is a bit different from what many have come to expect from Amazon’s Echo products.