Vizio adds support for Amazon Alexa voice controls on its SmartCast TVs

Vizio owners have been able to control their SmartCast TVs with Google Home for over a year, and now the company is furthering its digital assistant integration with newly added support for Amazon Alexa. Once users have configured the new Vizio SmartCast Alexa skill, they’ll be able to turn the TV on and off using voice commands, as […]

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Voice shopping with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

UK advertising regulators cleared a TV ad this week, one made by Amazon that caused an Echo smart speaker to buy cat food without permission, according to a viewer. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) investigated, and then dismissed the complaint, saying the viewer’s experiences was an exception, and that Amazon had done its best to […]

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Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip

Amazon plans to join the custom chip club, with future Alexa devices like the Echo smart speaker reportedly set to be powered by a homegrown AI processor. Efforts to design a special chipset that would give Alexa offline talents, among other improvements, are said to have been underway for the past few years. As well […]

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Mastering Amazon Alexa: The Ultimate User Guide To Amazon Alexa 2nd Generation with Latest Updates

What is Amazon Alexa all about? Well, in essence, this is a small tool developed by Amazon, which can act as a personal assistant through voice interaction and music playback. You can also stream podcasts, make a to-do list, use its home automation function to control smart devices around the house as well as performing […]

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You can now use Alexa to send SMS messages

Amazon announced today it’s launching a new messaging feature for Alexa devices in the U.S. that will allow you to send texts – yes, SMS messages – to your friends and other contacts using your voice. Customers can now ask Alexa to send a message to a specific contact, and Alexa will figure out how to […]

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Amazon’s Alexa Is Coming to Some Toyota and Lexus Cars

Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant will soon ride shotgun with Toyota drivers. Toyota said Tuesday that it plans to embed the retail giant’s voice-activated assistant in some of its Toyota and Lexus cars this year without specifying which models. The automaker said more models would be added in 2019. “Voice services are rapidly becoming more popular […]

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Amazon adds support for Spotify with multiroom audio on Echo devices

Amazon announced today that it’s adding support for Spotify and SiriusXM to the multiroom audio feature on Echo devices, letting users synchronize music across multiple rooms. Amazon launched the multiroom audio feature earlier this year, supporting Amazon Music Unlimited, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Pandora. But now, as Amazon promised back in August, Spotify (and SiriusXM, if that […]

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