Category archives for: Home Automation / IoT

Alexa Echo Will Support Apple Music Starting December 17

Amazon today said Apple Music subscribers will soon be able to enjoy their playlists through Alexa-powered devices. Apple Music customers can request that Alexa play songs, artists, albums, and Apple playlists, as well as stream Apple Music radio stations. For example, people can say “Alexa, play Beats 1” to hear Apple’s global radio stream. In order […]

Google Assistant Adds Holiday Features

Google today introduced an update to Google Assistant that brings new behaviors and features to the voice-activated helper. First, the Assistant is rolling out a feature meant for families called Pretty Please. The idea, introduced at I/O in May, is to help parents and families respond to positive conversations with polite reinforcement. When children or other […]

Amazon’ Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit Will Bring The Service To More Bluetooth Devices

Amazon has made the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit available to developers, which will enable them to build the smart assistant into headphones, wearables, and more. Amazon first announced the AMA Kit in January of this year and has been testing it since. This week marks the general availability of the kit. The kit supports Bluetooth and […]

Google Assistant’s Gains More Smart Home Powers

Goggle is adding a wide range of features to its AI-powered Google Assistant that focus on improving the experience at home. First, family members will be able to respond to broadcasts. The broadcast feature lets people send a voice message to their Google Home speakers or video displays from their phone. Until now, broadcasts have […]

US Judge Asks Amazon To Share Echo Data In Murder Case

A US judge has asked Amazon to hand over audio recordings from an Amazon Echo which was in a house where two women died. Their bodies were found under the porch of a home in New Hampshire with multiple stab wounds. The man accused of their murder has pleaded not guilty and is due to […]

Outage Leaves Users Wondering “Where’s Alexa?”

Users earlier today reported that Amazon Echo devices and the voice-controlled personal assistant service Alexa were not working, according to downdetector.com and social media. According to the outage map on Down Detector, Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant wasn’t working in various parts of the U.S., Europe and India. The issue seems to be concentrated on the […]

Amazon Rolls Out New Whisper Mode For Its Alexa Devices

Alexa’s Whisper Mode has started to roll out to U.S. owners of Amazon’s digital assistant, though for now it only understands whispers in English. Whisper Mode, which Amazon unveiled last month, could come in handy in a number of scenarios. For example, if you’re trying to get your baby off to sleep and want to […]

Google Gives Its Home App A Makeover To Simplify Device Control

Google at their New York event announced that a new version of its Google Home app will reach Android and iOS devices this week. The app has been entirely redesigned to ease the process of controlling various smart home devices, such as smart lightbulbs. For example, all the devices in a home will be visible in […]

Google Enters The Smart Display Game With The $149 Home Hub

Google has unveiled a new smart display called Google Home Hub. Announced at the Made by Google event in New York City alongside the Pixel 3 and Pixel Slate, Home Hub offers the power of Google Assistant combined with a 7-inch display for YouTube videos, photos, and more. It’s priced at $149 and comes in […]

Google Assistant Can Now Hail Your Ride Share

Google has made it easy to hail a ride by asking Google Assistant. Now people can say, “Hey Google, book a ride to the airport” and the Assistant will display a list of available ride services, such as Uber, Lyft and others. Assistant will also surface estimated pricing and wait times, as well as ETAs for […]

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