Tag Archives: voiceassistant

‘The Sims’ Alexa Skill is a game companion for superfans

Electronic Arts and Amazon are doing their version of the old "You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!" and "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!" bit.

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Amazon reports over 100 million Alexa devices sold

Amazon is notoriously reluctant to share how well Alexa is doing in the marketplace -- at best, you get vague boasts about its devices being the "most gifted." Now, however, it's providing more meaningful figures. The company's Dave Limp told The V...

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Alexa can wake up more of your smart home devices

You can certainly use Amazon's Alexa to turn on some devices, but that support is frequently limited. What if a device is in a low-power state and won't respond to your hue and cry? Amazon now has a solution.

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Amazon’s Alexa and Echo launch in Mexico

Amazon's Alexa is available in numerous countries, but there are still major expansions left to go -- case in point, Mexico.

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Google Assistant now controls your Roku devices

After a few weeks of waiting, Roku's promised Google Assistant control is here. If you're using a TV or player running at least Roku OS 8.1, you can link the Google Home app to your Roku account and control core functions using only voice and an "on...

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Pixel Buds live translations work with any Google Assistant headphones

To date, using Google's real-time translations has officially required a set of Pixel Buds.

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Elaborate hack turned Amazon Echo speakers into spies

Some people worry that hackers could infiltrate their smart speakers and spy on them, but that hasn't been the practical reality -- not for Amazon's Echo, at least. A team of researchers from China's Tencent has come about as close as you can get rig...

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Samsung wants AI features in all its devices by 2020

Samsung hasn't been shy about wanting to spread AI features like Bixby beyond its mobile devices. But how far is it willing to go? Very far, actually

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Alexa becomes a playtime storyteller for Lego Duplo blocks

It's not just Amazon setting out to make Alexa kid-friendly. Lego has unveiled an Alexa story skill that guides younger children (aged 2 to 5) through playtime with Duplo blocks

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Google Assistant finally works on Pixel C tablets

Google Assistant has been available on Pixel phones from the get-go and has spread to virtually every device that's even vaguely capable of handling it, but there has been a glaring exception: the Pixel C. Yes, while other Android tablets have had th...

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