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New Alexa skill lets you manage your Amazon Store Card by voice

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Tired of paying your Amazon Store Card bill by hand like a cave person? A new Alexa skill lets you manage your account—performing tasks like checking your balance, reviewing recent transactions, and paying your bill—by talking to your Echo device or app.

The Store Card skill will allow you to do pretty much anything with your card you'd otherwise do with traditional online account management. Amazon suggests trying the following phrases:

• "I want to pay my credit card bill."
• "Did my payment go through"
• "When is my payment due"
• "What is my minimum payment"
• "What did I recently buy"
• "What did I last buy"
• "How much money have I spent lately"
• "What is my recent activity"
• "What is my account summary"
• "How much available credit do I have"
• "What were my previous charges"
• "I need help”

 

Whether or not managing your account by voice is more convenient is subjective, but telling your digital assistant to pay a bill for you is at least novel.

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New Alexa skill lets you manage your Amazon Store Card by voice was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Inaudible smart speaker commands can be hidden in music, researchers say

Friday, May 11th, 2018

In 2016, a group of students from University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University demonstrated that they were able to issue unheard commands to smart devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo by hiding them in white noise. Now, two of those Berkeley students have published a paper that says they can hide such commands in recordings of music or even human speech.

One of the paper's authors, PhD student Nicholas Carlini, has also published a website that contains several clips of music and speech that turn into words the human ear can't decipher when run through a specially trained transcription model.

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Inaudible smart speaker commands can be hidden in music, researchers say was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon teases upcoming Fire TV Cube streaming device

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

A new page appeared on Amazon yesterday: white text on a blue backdrop, asking "What is Fire TV Cube?" with a button to sign up for email updates. The question, obviously rhetorical, is a clear teaser for a new Fire TV device.

AFTVnews reports that the upcoming streamer will take the form of a set-top box with built in microphones that allow it to function like an Amazon Echo. Existing Fire TV devices allow for voice input, but require the use of a remote or a separate Echo device.

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Amazon teases upcoming Fire TV Cube streaming device was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon is reportedly readying home robots for 2019 release

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

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Amazon is working in earnest on domestic robots, Bloomberg reports. The project is being called Vesta, after the goddess of home and family in Roman mythology. Amazon apparently hopes to begin testing the robots by the end of this year, and is targeting a 2019 launch date.

The company has a robotics division that builds the industrial machines that do automated work in its warehouses, but this project is being overseen by Gregg Zehr, president of Amazon's Lab126.

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Amazon is reportedly readying home robots for 2019 release was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon Echo products and Alexa now available in Ireland

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Amazon and Google are in a race to expand their voice assistants to more countries. While both Google Assistant and Alexa are already available in the United Kingdom, neither have a presence in Ireland. Today, Amazon announced that Alexa is officially available in the country, with some of the company's Echo speakers also making a debut.

It was already possible to import an Echo speaker into Ireland, but the setup process was complicated, since the official Alexa mobile apps were unavailable in the country.

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Amazon Echo products and Alexa now available in Ireland was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Taking a page from Kindle, Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere—can Google’s Assistant catch up?

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

When Amazon upended the publishing industry with the advent of the Kindle, it also paved the way for an approach to luring consumers into a larger sphere of influence, a strategy that is now being successfully adapted for the new age of smart speakers and digital assistants. Both the Kindle and the Echo provide consumers with valuable services, encouraging them to shop and receive content within Amazon's ecosystem. Most of the experiences of its Kindle and Echo hardware also come in the form of apps or services that appear on other manufacturers' devices without additional charge to the consumer, making that connection even stronger.

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Taking a page from Kindle, Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere—can Google's Assistant catch up? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Kohler wants you to talk to your toilet and mirror which is not at all weird

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Kohler, a maker of kitchen and bath products, seems to believe that you should never have to touch their products if at all possible. They're coming to CES with a new voice and motion-control platform so that you can get Alexa in your bathroom mirror, operate your kitchen faucet with gestures, and talk to your toilet. Not kidding!

Kohler Konnect (that's right, connect with a "K") will connect the company's hardware to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, enabling consumers to interact with Kohler's products through voice commands, gestures, and presets.

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Kohler wants you to talk to your toilet and mirror which is not at all weird was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Newegg is offering a second-generation Amazon Echo for $80 ($20 off), plus a $10 gift card

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

After the holidays are over, we're bound to see the deals swarm us once again. For now, though, you can take a breather and enjoy a few goodies. Newegg has the second-gen Amazon Echo for $79.99, a nice $20 off the MSRP. While this sale is not unheard of, the retailer is also offering an additional $10 gift card with your order, gratis. That's pretty good, all things considered.

The Echo needs no introduction.

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[Deal Alert] Newegg is offering a second-generation Amazon Echo for $80 ($20 off), plus a $10 gift card was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Most Wanted: The best smart home products you can buy

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

One of the biggest trends in consumer technology over the last few years has been the rise of the smart home. The number of different device categories that now make up the 'Internet of Things' (IoT) has grown immensely, with connected appliances now found in many households across the US and beyond.

The smart home was once an expensive hobby for tech-fiends only but has now become an affordable aspiration for normal people.

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Most Wanted: The best smart home products you can buy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon Music Unlimited expands to 28 more countries, where you’ll also be able to order an Echo

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Amazon's paid music streaming service, Music Unlimited, has been live for a little over a year. Since its launch in the US, it has rolled to a few additional countries like the UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan, but today marks its largest expansion to date: 28 countries are getting Amazon Music Unlimited.

I know you're looking for the list, so before I babble on about what Music Unlimited is, here are the countries getting AMU:

  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden
  • Uruguay

If you live in one of these countries and you're wondering what you get with Music Unlimited, here's the quick rundown: 40 million songs, unlimited ad-free streaming, personalized playlists and stations, new releases, new worldwide playlists, with the options to listen on the web, iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Echo devices, and FireTV.

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Amazon Music Unlimited expands to 28 more countries, where you'll also be able to order an Echo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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