Tag: Alexa

Software Category, System Software

Alexa? Alexa! Alexa?! What happens when your virtual assistant dies?

July 16, 2021

Via: The Next Web

Virtual assistants are a lagniappe technology. Almost nobody actually needs them, but when they work properly they bring a little something extra to your life. Even though they’re heavily flawed and a clear-and-present danger to our privacy, it’s still super […]

Software Category, System Software

Alexa, teach me how to teach you

October 5, 2020

Via: The Next Web

Alexa, amazon’s voice-based virtual assistance like Siri for the iPhone, and Cortana for Microsoft Windows, is a cloud-based service. When first introduced, it was in the form of ‘Amazon Echo.’ Fast forward and this voice assistant is now part of […]


Ready or Not, Voice Assistants Are Taking Over the Workplace

September 3, 2019

Via: Kelly Redmond

Tight on time? Still need to schedule that meeting next Friday and follow-up on an important email? Not to worry! Get it all done in seconds, without moving a finger—use only voice commands. Unless workers immersed themselves in a chapter […]

Software Category, System Software

Voice assistant adoption rates are lower than previously thought

June 17, 2019

Via: TechSpot

It’s been nearly a decade since Apple released Siri, a voice and virtual assistant that promised to revolutionize our lives through the magic of speech recognition, artificial intelligence and a whole host of other supporting technologies. Although the start could […]

Software Category, System Software

Why Alexa and Siri won’t function as robot helpers

June 4, 2019

Via: The Next Web

Steady advances in artificial intelligence and natural language processing have made digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa increasingly capable of performing complicated voice commands under different circumstances. But does it mean that our digital assistants are ready to escape the […]

Operating systems, Software Category, System Software, Windows

Alexa for Windows 10 goes hands-free, hands Cortana a P45 in the process

May 8, 2019

Via: The Inquirer

AMAZON HAS ANNOUNCED an upgrade to its Alexa voice assistant which pretty much destroys any hope for Microsoft’s Cortana. The world-dominating voice assistant is already available as a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app to Windows 10 users – but there’s […]

Development Software, Software Category

Microsoft wants to help business users to build their own customized digital assistants

April 29, 2019

Via: ZDnet

Last year at its Build developer conference, Microsoft gave quite a bit of time on Day 1 to a conceptual demo about meetings of the future. In that demo, futuristic Cortana-enabled conferencing capabilities figured heavily as did Cortana integration with […]

Software Category, System Software

Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant are changing how we interact with the world by doing it for us

April 12, 2019

Via: The Next Web

Innovation shapes our daily experiences, offering us the chance to seize the convenience offered by modern technology. Since the advent of smart speakers and voice-enabled digital assistants, voice-user interface (VUI) technology has experienced an explosion in popularity among consumers and […]

Software Category, System Software

Alexa already has your home, now she wants your car

January 9, 2019

Via: TechRadar

A trend quickly developing at CES 2019 is the entry of Amazon Alexa into the car, with numerous announcements linking the digital assistant into the fundamentals of future vehicles. We’ve already seen Amazon’s smart assistant feature in cars in a […]

Application Software, Operating systems, Software Category, Windows

Alexa has a new holiday home in your Windows 10 PC

November 9, 2018

Via: The Inquirer

THOSE FEARFUL OF a gradual AI takeover should be wary with the pace at which Amazon’s Alexa has gone from living solely in Echo devices to calling anything with circuits home. Its latest holiday home is Windows 10, and it […]

Software Security

Honeywell Smart Home Security Review: Good But Pricey

September 5, 2018

Via: Tom's Guide

Honeywell bundled an impressive number of features into the company’s crowdsourced Smart Home Security starter kit, including a security camera, smart home integration and Alexa. But it’s not what Honeywell included so much as what it left out from this […]

Application Software, Software Category

Upcoming Cortana-powered ‘GLAS’ smart thermostat will feature Google Assistant and Alexa compatibility

August 16, 2018

Via: TechSpot

Yesterday, we reported that Amazon and Microsoft’s year-long smart assistant partnership was finally bearing fruit. The two companies have worked together to bring their Cortana and Alexa virtual assistants to each other’s devices. Windows 10-powered PCs, for example, let users […]

Operating systems, Windows

How to get Alexa in Windows 10

August 15, 2018

Via: PC Advisor

It’s been possible to use Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant, on Windows 10 computers for some time, but now the two companies are officially integrating their software: you’ll be able to call up Alexa on a Windows 10 PC, or Cortana […]

Application Software, Software Category

How To Use Alexa’s Answer Update

August 7, 2018

Via: Tom's Guide

If there’s one area in which Alexa has long lagged behind Google Assistant, it’s general knowledge. While Amazon hasn’t closed that gap yet, you’ll now be the first to know when it does. Amazon is launching a feature called Answer […]

Application Software, Software Category

The smart plug that can control anything with Alexa or Google Assistant is only $20 today

May 31, 2018

Via: BGR

Smart plugs are obviously the best way to add some smarts to all the “dumb” devices around your home. Whether you want to control a fan, coffee maker, lamp, or any similar devices, these little wall outlet adapters make it […]

Mobile Apps

How to Create an Alexa Smart Home Routine

April 6, 2018

Via: Tom's Guide

Amazon’s Alexa app allows you to create routines, which will turn on smart home devices or get news, traffic, and weather info either at a certain time or when you say a specific phrase to an Alexa-enabled device (such as […]