Car makers can let Alexa ride shotgun later this year

Amazon's Alexa assistant can already communicate with some cars, but the conversations are a little one-sided. You can tell your home-bound Echo to start warming up your Hyundai on a frosty day, for example, or send directions to your BMW ahead of se…

Gartner spies growing opportunity for voice-driven devices

25 Amazon Echo Analyst Gartner is projecting flat growth for worldwide device shipments; it says the combined shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones will total just 2.3 billion in 2017, the same as 2016 estimates — with no growth in these so-called “traditional” computing devices expected until 2018. Read More

Mattel built a $300 Echo for kids

It's late and you're tired. Before you can knock off for the night. However, there's one thing left to do: read your child a bedtime story. In Mattel's world, you might not have to pick up a book, or even put on voices for their favorite characters….

Amazon Fire TV is now built into 4K sets

You won't have to buy a separate Fire TV device just to use Amazon's full services on your TV. Seiki, Westinghouse and Element Electronics are launching a series of 4K sets with Fire TV technology built-in. They all include Amazon's current interface…

Dish brings Alexa and multi-room music to Hopper DVRs

The world of voice-controlled computing, nay, voice-controlled living, seemed like it was still a few years away from being mainstream. Amazon's Alexa platform, however, has made it easy for companies to bolt-on the technology to their existing produ…

Alexa adds DISH support for your DVRing pleasure

dish DISH DVR owners can now connect directly to the Amazon Echo or Dot and tell Alexa to turn on ESPN, find Matt Damon movies, or bring up lots of comedies. The feature will be rolled out in the “first half of the year” according to a DISH press release. “You no longer have to set down your popcorn to change the channel, or spend time searching for what channel the game is on… Read More

Lenovo built its own Amazon Echo for some reason

Lenovo is best known for its popular ThinkPad laptops and Yoga convertibles, and you may even remember that it makes smartphones too. But the Chinese company is branching out from notebooks, handsets and wearables with a push into smart home gadgets,…

Good luck getting an Amazon Echo for the holidays if you haven’t already ordered

Amazon Echo Dot You’re no doubt familiar with the correlation between snoozing and losing. The law seems to be in full effect for Amazon’s wildly popular Echo offerings in these final few days ahead of the holidays. The Alexa-hosting connected home line looks is pretty much out of stock across the board through Amazon’s site – the Echo, the Echo Dot and Tap are all listed as being back… Read More