• Amazon Fire TV Recast DVR streams free over-the-air TV, starts at $230 - CNET

    1 month ago - By CNET

    Cord-cutters get a new goody for their antennas, complete with Alexa and no monthly fees.
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  • Hulu launches a new website dedicated for watching shows on your computer

    1 month ago - By WMPoweruser

    Popular streaming service Hulu is rolling out a new update to its website. The new update is based on the updated UI introduced by the company last year. The company announced the new design in a blog post and said that the design is built specifically for the “wide range of motion you have with your...
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  • Amazon's devices chief on his vision for Alexa video - CNET

    1 month ago - By CNET

    Amazon devices chief David Limp explains why Alexa-powered devices and services are will be popping up in some surprising places.
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  • Amazon launching a microwave that's powered by Alexa

    Amazon launching a microwave that's powered by Alexa

    1 month ago - By PhoneDog

    Amazon is known for its Alexa-powered smart speakers , but today the company introduced three other devices to help smarten up your home and vehicle.
    The AmazonBasics Microwave is a 700W microwave with Alexa built-in. You can use your voice or the dedicated Alexa button to say your cook time or the type of food that you're cooking, and the microwave will do its thing. For example, you can saw "Alexa, reheat coffee" or "2 minutes". To use the voice control features, your microwave must be paired with an Echo device. The microwave offers 10 power levels and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and it's now...
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  • A new team-up between Microsoft and Amazon gives us a whole new reason to doubt Microsoft's voice assistant

    A new team-up between Microsoft and Amazon gives us a whole new reason to doubt Microsoft's voice assistant

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    Microsoft on Thursday announced that Skype is now available for devices powered by Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.
    The deepening integration of Microsoft and Amazon's services puts Cortana, Microsoft's own personal assistant, in an awkward spot.
    If you have both assistants at your disposal, there are fewer reasons to talk to Cortana as Alexa becomes increasingly useful.
    Microsoft's Skype has waned in popularity over the years, as newfangled video chat tools like Apple's FaceTime and Facebook Messenger have stolen the spotlight. But Skype still has many fans - after all, it's the only video...
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  • For Amazon, better skills mean bigger ad revenue

    1 month ago - By Engadget

    Amazon is improving its Alexa voice assistant with each new update, enabling more natural conversation patterns and upgrading the system's ability to understand complex or vague questions. All of this is great for people who are sick of screaming, "A...
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  • Amazon introduces APL, a new design language for building Alexa skills for devices with screens

    1 month ago - By TechCrunch

    Along with the launch of the all-new Echo Show , the Alexa-powered device with a screen, Amazon also introduced a new design language for developers who want to build voice skills that include multimedia experiences. Called Alexa Presentation Language, or APL, developers will be able to build voice-based apps that also include things like images, graphics, slideshows, and video, and easily customize them for different device types - including not only the Echo Show, but other Alexa-enabled devices like Fire TV, Fire Tablet, and the small screen of the Alexa alarm clock, the Echo Spot.
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