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If you own a pair of Amazon's Echo Buds wireless earbuds, we suggest that you update the firmware on your devices right away. If you don't, you're putting your safety at risk. Amazon sent out an email to Echo Buds owners this morning warning that under certain conditions, they can overheat when left in their charging case. This obviously presents a safety hazard, and Amazon described the situation, writing: The safety of our customers is our top priority. We recently determined that in very rare cases it is possible for Echo Buds to overheat while in the charging case. Out of an abundance of caution, we have released a software update that addresses this potential safety risk and improves... Read more...
Father's Day is Sunday, June 21, and for those who haven't been paying attention to the calendar, that is this coming Sunday. If you need to get your dad a gift, Amazon has some outstanding deals on its line of Echo devices for Father's Day that can help dad remember things and play music anywhere in the house or workshop. With Amazon's deals and fast Prime shipping, it's not too late to get dad something cool. The Echo Show 5 is the smallest, and least expensive, of the Alexa-powered smart displays that enables video-calling. This might be the perfect gift for families to stay in video contact during the coronavirus lockdowns or who for families living in different states.  Echo Show 5... Read more...
Amazon has published its Alexa monthly Roundup for May 2020, bragging that Alexa is always getting smarter and offering highlights for the month. One of the key features that Alexa gained in May is "Drop In" for all Alexa devices in a home. The new feature allows customers to instantly connect all of their Echo devices into a single group conversation. Users can say "Alexa, drop in on all devices" to start an audio intercom call for all manner of conversations like what to have for dinner or arranging trips to the grocery store. Another new feature announced brings the ability to set reminders to play across all Alexa devices, which Amazon says was a frequently requested feature. In the Alexa... Read more...
Wyze's latest product has been unveiled, and it's a wearable that can track activity and includes an integrated Alexa digital assistant. Wyze Band is also able to integrate with and control other Wyze devices with a tap, and control other Alexa-enabled devices as well. Along with controlling those devices, the Band has functions expected of a normal wearable. Standard wearable features include an activity tracker for tracking steps, heart rate, and sleep. The video embedded below shows some of the animations and screens that the Wyze Band offers. The control screens for Wyze devices show the ability to control lighting and security cameras. The Wyze Band has a microphone on the right side of... Read more...
Amazon is the dominant player in the growing U.S. smart speaker market. A new report claims that Amazon will continue to be the dominant brand in the smart speaker market through 2021 with 70% of the total market in the States. The report shows that in 2020 69.7% of U.S. smart speaker users will use an Amazon Echo device, which is down a bit from the 2019 total of 72.9% of the market. Google is in a distant second place with its smart speakers owning 31.7% of the market. The other brands in the segment claim a combined 18.4%. That other segment includes the Apple HomePod, Harmon Kardon Invoke, and Sonos One devices. The percentages add up to greater than 100% of the market because some households... Read more...
Amazon, recently launched Echo Buds aim to fight against the Samsung Galaxy Buds and Apple AirPods for the wireless earbud market, and now they're available for $40 off. Amazon's offering promises premium audio with Bose Active Noise Reduction, something missing on the Galaxy Buds. Echo Buds also support hands-free Alexa and can stream music and play Audible audiobooks, make calls, or get directions by asking. Echo Buds also support other assistants, including Siri and Google. Power for the buds is up to five hours of playback per charge. They support quick charging, and users can get up to two hours additional playback with a 15-minute charge. The battery case extends playback up to 20 hours... Read more...
Digital assistants are everywhere these days, even on your face, should you purchase a pair of Amazon's new Echo Frames. For the time being, they are only available to purchase by way of an invitation. Make no mistake, though, Amazon would be thrilled if millions of people ultimately decided to don a set of Echo Frames. One thing these glasses have going for them is a rather conservative design. Smart devices built for our heads tend to be geeky (or dorky, depending on your perspective), like Snapchat's Spectacles (even the ones that are supposedly more stylish). From what we can tell, however, the Echo Frames look like a regular pair glasses. They're not regular, though. Echo Frames are a persistent... Read more...
If you are looking to fill your home with Alexa-powered smart speakers on the cheap, Woot has a deal going on first-gen Amazon Echo devices. The first-gen Echo devices can play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more. The device, of course, responds to spoken commands. It also supports Alexa calling and supports immersive 360-degree sound. Multiple Echo speakers in the same home can play music across the home with multi-room support. Integrated far-field mics can hear your voice even if music is playing. Like current-generation Alexa devices, the first-gen Echo unit can control lights, fans, TVs, thermostats, and lots more when compatible devices are connected.... Read more...
It is often said that laughter is the best medicine, though unless you actually need medicine, please don't skip your pills in favor of a standup comedy routine on Netflix. That said, if you are in need of a pick-me-up, Alexa may be able to provide it. The smarty-pants digital assistant will even tell a "yo mama" joke on command. Digital assistants are everywhere these days, and with Amazon shoveling out Alexa-enabled hardware often at discounted pricing, you might already own an Echo Dot or Echo smart speaker, or some other device with Alexa inside. If you do, try telling Alexa, "Alexa, tell me a 'yo mama' joke" and see what it replies. (I tried this with Siri, who incredulously replied, "Excuse... Read more...
The smart home wars are in full effect, and Amazon is firing another salvo with its Echo family of smart speakers. Amazon, in conjunction with Best Buy, is allowing Best Buy customers to purchase the Amazon Smart Plug for just $4.99 using an Alexa-enabled device. The Amazon Smart Plug typically retails for $24.99, so the $4.99 price represents a whopping 80 percent discount. The deal is relatively easy to obtain, and only require a few simple steps. For starters, you'll need to have an Alexa device like an Echo Dot, Echo Show 5 or Echo Spot, for example. Secondly, you'll need to have a Best Buy account, and have the Best Buy skill enabled within the Alexa app. From there, you'll want... Read more...
Alexa is quite the ubiquitous digital assistant living inside Amazon smart speakers, TVs, and other products. Alexa can help users with all sorts of tasks, from setting reminders to turning lights on and off. Some don't care for the default Alexa voice, but Amazon luckily gives you the option to change it with celebrity voices. Some of the celebrity voices can do more than others. The Jimmy Fallon voice is free and uses his voice to playback the nightly monologue from the show along with the weekly thank you notes. Fallon's voice can also tell fans of the show what guests are scheduled to appear, and on devices with screens, video is included. Jimmy Fallon Alexa voice - Free Amazon has a Historical... Read more...
Samuel L. Jackson has been has been a national treasure for decades and has been in some iconic films during his long career. He's also quite famous for dropping the MF-bomb in as many of his movies as possible. Fans of Sam and Amazon Alexa-powered devices out there can now get their very own Samuel L. Jackson celebrity voice. During the introductory period, the voice is only 99 cents. It's not clear how long that introductory period will last, but when it's over, the voice will go up to $4.99. For those wondering, Sam does use explicit language, if you want him to. Buyers of the voice can opt to let Sam use the language he is famous for or not. We'd assume there will be multiple instances of... Read more...
Amazon has announced Alexa Voice Services Integration as a new feature of the AWS IoT Core that will enable device makers to make any connected device an Alexa built-in device. Amazon says that AVS for AWS IoT Core reduces the cost and complexity of making these devices. The system offloads compute and memory-intensive tasks from the physical device to the cloud. The new service will allow products like light switches, thermostats, small appliances, and more to come to the market with Alexa functionality. The service allows the consumer to talk directly to Alexa in new parts of their home, office, or hotel rooms for an ambient experience. Amazon says that until now, AVS solutions for Alexa Built-in... Read more...
You might already yell at your TV on occasion, like when the referees miss a blatant pass interference call against your football team. Amazon has something a little different in mind, though. Its new Fire TV Blaster encourages talking to your home entertainment devices, though not out of anger for frustration—it adds Alexa voice control to your various gadgets. The Fire TV Blaster is basically an infrared blaster. Provided you already own a Fire TV device and Echo smart speaker, the Fire TV Blaster levels up your home entertainment by bringing Alexa voice control into the fold. As such, this is a companion device and does not work on its own. It requires a Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice... Read more...
There's no question that Amazon is the dominate player in the smart speaker realm, and that is even more readily apparent by the latest sales data coming from Canalys. The analytics firm monitored smart speaker shipments during Q3 2019 and found that the market exploded by 44.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year. At the top of the heap, as usual, was Amazon with 10.4 million Echo smart speakers shipped during the quarter. This represents a 65.9 percent annual growth rate for Amazon, giving it an overall 36.6 percent share of the smart speaker market. Canalys attributes much of Amazon's strength during the quarter to the release of the affordable, display-equipped Echo Show 5. The... Read more...
There's no question that Amazon's Echos are the best-selling smart speakers on the planet. With easy smart home integration, reasonable prices, and numerous form-factors, there's an Echo to fit just about any usage case. The folks over at Woot, which is an Amazon subsidiary, is currently have a massive blowout sale on the third-generation Echo Dot. The device typically retails for $49.99, and we recently saw it on sale for $29.99. However, Woot is currently selling the smart speaker for an incredibly low $19.99. To make the deal even sweeter, Amazon Prime members get an additional $5 off, taking the total price down to just $14.99 (free shipping for Prime members). You can get... Read more...
The Echo Dot has always been one of our favorite smart speakers, as it is a relatively affordable entry point for Amazon's Alexa ecosystem. The current third-generation Echo Dot has an MSRP pf $49.99 and regularly goes on sale for $29.99 (or $19.99 during Black Friday promotions). However, Amazon's latest deal on the Echo Dot will have you paying much, much less. The online retail giant is currently selling the Echo Dot in a bundle, that will see you paying just 99 cents for the smart speaker. There's a catch, however; the bundle includes one month of Amazon Music Unlimited at a cost of $7.99. That takes the total price of the bundle to a still smoking hot $8.98 with free... Read more...
Smart speaker owners beware—attackers have found a clever way of exploiting devices offered by Amazon and Google to both listen in on your conversations and dupe you into forking over private information, such as your account password, credit card details, and other details that should be kept close to the vest. What makes this possible are flaws that allow third-party app developers to leverage Google Home and Amazon Alexa devices in malicious ways. This is not an entirely new scheme, but while Amazon and Google have patched similar security flaws in the past, new ones keep popping up. Security Research Labs (SRLabs) notes that one such vulnerability consists of adding a long audio pause... Read more...
They were rumored earlier this week, but now we have confirmation of the Echo Buds from Amazon. These are the company's wireless earbuds in the same vein as the Apple AirPods and the Samsung Galaxy Buds, however, they incorporate noise-canceling technology (something that we can't say for the AirPods) thanks to Bose Active Noise Reduction technology. Amazon says that the Echo Buds promise true, hands-free access to Alexa while at the same time delivering premium sound. Each earbud is equipped with dual "balanced" armature drivers to "deliver crisp, clear vocals, and dynamic bass". For those that want to let some ambient noise in to stay more attuned to your surroundings (i.e. running in... Read more...
Amazon today announced a slew of new Alexa-powered devices, including new members of the Echo family. The first of which is the new Echo Dot with Clock, which as its name implies, features an LED clock integrated in the front (peeking from behind the fabric). With respect to design, it looks nearly identical to last year's third-generation Echo Dot. The LEDs can also be used to display timers or even the outside temperature upon request. The new Echo Dot with Clock can double as an alarm clock, and will invoke a 9-minute snooze feature if you tap the top of the device. Amazon is pricing the new entry at $59.99 (available for pre-order today), and last year's Echo Dot will stick around at a lower... Read more...
Do not fret about that voice you are hearing in your head, it is just Alexa, the helpful digital assistant that dutifully works for Amazon. Oh, what's that, there aren't any voices in your head? Well then, give it time and perhaps there soon will be—Amazon is apparently working on a set of wireless earbuds with Alexa built into them. Wireless earbuds with smart functionality built into them are growing in popularity thanks in large part to efforts by Apple (AirPods) and Samsung (Galaxy Buds). Not to be outdone, Amazon will throw its hat into the ring, despite not offering its own brand smartphone. According to CNBC, the wireless earbuds are codenamed Puget. They will come with an integrated... Read more...
If you've embraced the smart home revolution, chances are that you might have an Amazon Echo or Google Home speaker along with a handful of smart plugs to control your "non smart" devices. Well, Amazon is currently running a promotion that will allow you to get its own branded Smart Plug for just $5. The Amazon Smart Plug typically retails for $24.99, but applying the promo code "AMZNPLUG" (without the quotes) will knock $20 off price, bringing it down to just $4.99. No hub is required for the Smart Plug, which means that you technically don't need an Echo device for it to function. You can simply set it up with the Amazon Alexa and app and immediately start running routines with it... Read more...
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