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Why It’s Probably A Bad Time To Buy An Echo

Why It’s Probably A Bad Time To Buy An Echo

I’m about the last person you’d expect to discourage you from buying any Alexa device, but the next several weeks are probably a bad time to buy an Echo.

Alexa Skills Store + Happy Birthday Stupid Alexa Tricks

Alexa Skills Store + Happy Birthday Stupid Alexa Tricks

Stupid Alexa Tricks for Alexa’s second birthday, and Amazon’s new Alexa Skills Store.

Amazon Music Unlimited + Alexa: What Do You Get?

Amazon Music Unlimited + Alexa: What Do You Get?

Today Amazon announced Amazon Music Unlimited, and is promoting it with particular emphasis on Alexa voice commands you can use with it.

Alexa Wake Words Now Available To Outside Devs

Alexa Wake Words Now Available To Outside Devs

Developers of third party devices now have access to the reserved Alexa wake words and can use them in their own devices.

Google Home Takes On Amazon Echo. In Other News, Jeff Bezos Sleeps Like A Baby.

Google Home Takes On Amazon Echo. In Other News, Jeff Bezos Sleeps Like A Baby.

Here’s why Google Home poses no real threat to Amazon’s established Alexa line of smart home devices, nor to consumers who own those devices.

Dot 2 Price Complaints From Dot 1 Owners

Dot 2 Price Complaints From Dot 1 Owners

When the Dot 2 was announced at roughly half what the Dot 1 cost, I expected much rejoicing. What I didn’t see coming was all the complaining from the first-gen Dot owners.

Alexa Push Notifications: No, Alexa Will Not Start Talking “Out of the Blue”

Alexa Push Notifications: No, Alexa Will Not Start Talking “Out of the Blue”

Tech site The Information reports Alexa push notifications are coming: that Alexa will soon be able to speak without being prompted. Don’t believe claims that Alexa will suddenly start speaking out of the blue, though. If push notifications come, the user will choose whether or not to enable them for each skill or function that wants to use them.

Alexa On Fire Tablets: It’s A Thing!

Alexa On Fire Tablets: It’s A Thing!

Today’s post is normally dedicated to Freebie Friday, but Amazon just announced something I’m sure my readers will want to know about right away: Alexa’s coming to Amazon’s Fire tablet line!     This news came as something of a footnote to Amazon’s announcement that a new Fire HD8 tablet is being released. The new […]

Alexa Sonos Integration Announced

Alexa Sonos Integration Announced

YES! At long last, Sonos has announced it is integrating Alexa voice controls for its sound system hardware.     Sonos Owners Have Been Waiting For This… At a special media event yesterday, Sonos announced integration of Alexa voice controls for its audio systems is currently in development. From Sonos’ press release: Sonos owners with […]

Alexa’s Prime Day Deals + Dot Disappeared?

Alexa’s Prime Day Deals + Dot Disappeared?

Amazon’s Prime Day happens on July 12, but Prime members who own Alexa-enabled devices are getting some early, exclusive offers via Alexa’ Prime Day Deals. In other news: has Dot disappeared?     Prime Day Comes Early With Alexa Alexa is offering special deals to Prime members between now and Prime Day, but to take […]

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