Amazon Echo 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 …

Shazam is finally profitable after a billion downloads

Shazam, the mobile and desktop app that acts as a digital ear and song identifier, crossed the 1 billion download mark recently, according to a report from Billboard on Thursday. The London-based company, Shazam Entertainment Ltd., also announced that it has achieved profitability, at long last, thanks to a new focus on advertising sales, alongside revenue from commissions on digital music sales and traffic referrals to streaming music sites. …

Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo and Echo Dot coming to UK and Germany

We suspected it was happening and now Amazon has confirmed that the Amazon Echo and smaller Echo Dot is coming to the UK (and Germany), the first release outside of the U.S. for the e-commerce giant’s voice-controlled speaker and smart home hub. The UK version is powered by a fully localised “Alexa”, Amazon’s voice-powered assistant, including British accent, apparently. Alexa can answer questions, play music, …

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 …