Alexa Archive

The $50 Amazon Echo Dot is tough to resist

Alexa is getting better, the Echo is getting smaller and Amazon will stop at nothing to bring its smart assistant into your home, even if that means issuing a second generation of its Dot hardware a mere months after the original, at virtually half the price. After all, Amazon knows when it’s got a winner on its hands, and, as Google and (likely) Apple rush …

Retooling AI for the workplace

One of the first computers required punch cards. I repeat, punch cards. Yes, you would take a piece of paper with tiny holes and use it to interact with the device. Now we have computers the size of soda cans that sit in your house and control your lights, provide weather updates, solve math equations and tell jokes, all by simply speaking to them… and some …

Soon, you’ll be able to lock your BMW’s doors with your Amazon Echo

BMW is working on an Alexa skill for its new BMW Connected app, which will arrive later this year and let car owners do things like check their remaining fuel levels and lock their car doors via voice commands to their Echo speaker. The new BMW Connected app arrived in the North American App Store in April, and will roll out in the UK.  It’s able …