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Alexa does not like when you ask her about the NSA

Alexa does not like when you ask her about the NSA But if you ask her if the NSA is monitoring you right now?The NSA is notorious for tapping into various modes of communication, but whether the agency is actually listening to your Alexa queries is pretty questionable.

You can now tell Alexa to place your Starbucks order for in-store pickup

You can now tell Alexa to place your Starbucks order for in-store pickup As with Alexa's Domino's Pizza skill, placing an order with Alexa voice commands is simple, but limited.You'll only be able to order your pre-selected "usual" order and have them ready for pickup from one of the 10 most recent stores you've ordered from.

Alexa hackathon points to future where virtual assistants talk just like humans

Alexa hackathon points to future where virtual assistants talk just like humans Why it matters to you The digital assistants seen in movies like Her or Iron Man may not be as far off as you think, if the Alexa hackathon is any indication.While current Amazon Alexa assistive features are great, they are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what future digital assistants might be capable of.

Logitech’s ZeroTouch smart car mount now brings Alexa along for the ride

Logitech’s ZeroTouch smart car mount now brings Alexa along for the ride For this reason, some companies have tried to deliver a similar experience on the road while bypassing automakers’ infotainment systems completely.Meanwhile, Logitech released a smart, Bluetooth-enabled mount called ZeroTouch that promised hands-free, eyes-free voice control for sending texts, navigation, and music playback through Spotify.

Alexa Voice Service goes overseas, now available in the U.K. and Germany

Alexa Voice Service goes overseas, now available in the U.K. and Germany On Tuesday, the online retail giant responsible for the popular AI assistant announced that the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) has now become available for developers in both the United Kingdom and Germany.“With a few lines of code, you can upgrade any product with Alexa to access localized languages and skills in the U.

How to order a pizza with Amazon Alexa or Google Home

How to order a pizza with Amazon Alexa or Google Home There are a few ways to enable the skill: online, within the Alexa app, or by asking Alexa to enable the skill ("Alexa, enable Pizza Hut skill").If you don't have an account, you can create one through the Alexa app: After you've got your account linked, you can say "Alexa, open Pizza Hut" or "Alexa, ask Pizza Hut to place an order" or "Alexa, ask Pizza Hut to reorder.

Get your house fully connected with a smart light switch

Get your house fully connected with a smart light switch Out of all the home appliances you'd expect could be smart-ified as part of the connected home, the classic light switch might be last on the list.) it can become a smart light switch system that controls the whole house.

Amazon's Echo Tap gets the one feature it should have had all along

Amazon's Echo Tap gets the one feature it should have had all along The company is adding hands-free functionality to the Echo Tap, finally bringing it up to speed with the other devices in the Echo Line.Once hands-free is enabled, you can use Alexa just as you would with a full-sized Echo.

This much-needed feature is going to make Sonos speakers way more fun

This much-needed feature is going to make Sonos speakers way more fun You’ll finally be able to control your Sonos speakers with Amazon's Alexa — and it might not be the only digital assistant in the device’s future.We reached out to Sonos to ask about other potential partners and will update the story if we receive a response.

Alexa gets a little handier with Amazon Tap new hands-free mode

Alexa gets a little handier with Amazon Tap new hands-free mode That said, below are some of our favorite ways to use Alexa around the house, including the new flash briefings.Choose your device under the settings tab, then select your desired wake word, which can either be “Amazon” or “Echo.

Alexa, stop! 3 ways to make Amazon’s voice assistant kid-proof

Alexa, stop! 3 ways to make Amazon’s voice assistant kid-proof Of the myriad descriptions being levied on Amazon’s Alexa “smart home” system, its creators probably weren’t expecting the phrase “parenting nightmare.” But while viral videos and mistaken orders make for funny news bulletins, there is actually a serious risk in relying on digital assistants like Alexa to placate children.

Alone tonight? Why not go on a date with Amazon's Alexa?

Alone tonight? Why not go on a date with Amazon's Alexa? Don't worry, you don't need to be alone on Valentine's Day.Just don’t ask her what she thinks of Donald Trump, you’ll get an evasive answer involving deep space.

New low-power chips could put voice control everywhere

New low-power chips could put voice control everywhere But this is just the start for smart devices — and a new breakthrough from MIT researchers could make it even easier to include voice command systems in everyday electronics.The MIT chip requires between 0.

A new set-top box promises to unite all your content in one place

A new set-top box promises to unite all your content in one place While you can connect more content and devices to your TV than ever before, a new problem is emerging: you need a roadmap to navigate all your disparate set-top boxes, dongles and sticks connected to your TV's rapidly filling HDMI ports.A new solution to this overcrowding is Caavo, and yes, it's yet another set-top box, but don't hold that against it.

Amazon and Google may bring back home phones

Amazon and Google may bring back home phones When was the last time you actually talked to someone on a home phone?After a series of comments from anonymous Amazon and Google sources, it looks like the companies are making moves to offer their smart home speaker hubs, Amazon's Echo and Google's Home, as phone line replacements.

You can now control some Linksys Wi-Fi devices using new Amazon Alexa skills

You can now control some Linksys Wi-Fi devices using new Amazon Alexa skills Today’s crop of personal and home digital assistants, such as Microsoft Cortana, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa, are supporting more devices all the time.More: Amazon has introduced an Alexa skills marketplace To enable the Amazon Alexa support on Linksys devices, you need to make sure you have a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account set up and configured for each device.

A photographic memory for Amazon’s Alexa? This startup wants to make it happen

A photographic memory for Amazon’s Alexa? This startup wants to make it happen A photographic memory is something few can claim — but soon Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa may be able to remember vivid details from your life, or even a relative’s life.Currently, Mylestone feeds Alexa that information based on photos that are uploaded into the system.

ChefSteps' Joule sous vide now works with Facebook Messenger, too

ChefSteps' Joule sous vide now works with Facebook Messenger, too Just a couple months after we learned that Alexa could take charge of ChefSteps‘ sous vide low-temperature water cooking appliance, Joule, we’ve discovered that the Seattle-based cooking startup has made it possible for you to control the Joule using Facebook Messenger.The ChefSteps Joule sous vide appliance has an accompanying smartphone app.

Need a doctor? Just talk to Alexa and its new HealthTap integration

Need a doctor? Just talk to Alexa and its new HealthTap integration Who needs a doctor when you have Alexa?This week, HealthTap introduced a new integration with the Amazon service, which allows users to simply say, “Alexa, talk to Dr.

Amazon Alexa skill from Notion lets you converse with your email inbox

Amazon Alexa skill from Notion lets you converse with your email inbox Now you can, thanks to Notion’s skill for Amazon Alexa.Now, it’s made it easier still to interact with your inbox — with your voice by way of Alexa.