Saturday, July 13, 2024


Amazon Could Charge Up to $10/Month for Alexa

Apple competitor Amazon is working on a revamp of its Alexa assistant, and the new version could cost up $10

Alexa to get supercharged with AI

Amazon is reportedly preparing a major AI update to Alexa that would implement a two-tier subscription plan.

Amazon Alexa Now Supports Apple Podcasts in Over 40 Countries

Alexa now natively supports Apple Podcasts on Amazon Echo and Amazon Fire TV devices in over 40 countries following the

Forget ChatGPT — Siri and Google Assistant do these 4 things better

Thanks to ChatGPT, the AI buzz is everywhere. However, don't let OpenAI's rockstar AI trick you into ditching the trusty Google Assistant or Siri on your phone.

Experts warn AI assistants are hurting the social development of children

An analysis from Cambridge experts suggest that interactions with AI assistants like Alexa is impeding the social development of children and disrupt learning.

How to turn a PC or tablet into an Echo Show

Alexa's new Show Mode is rolling out to PCs this year: Here's how to turn your PC or tablet into an Echo Show with access to all voice commands and video feeds.

Best Prime Day Amazon device deals for 2021

Looking for a Kindle e-reader, Fire tablet, Echo speaker, or something else? This year's Prime Day Amazon device deals are slashing prices on all of them.

Amazon’s Echo Frames are getting polarized and blue-light filtering lenses

Back in December 2020, Amazon opened up pre-orders for its Alexa-powered smart glasses dubbed the Echo Frames. Since that time, it has been listening to customer feedback and looking for ways to improve the prescription-ready glasses.To that end, Amazon has announced it will soon be adding polarized and blue-light filtering lenses to the Echo Frames. The first to ship will be the Echo Frames with blue polarized lenses on May 18, 2021, while the Echo Frames with black polarized lenses will begin shipping on June 9, 2021.With these being released just in time for summer, you’ll be happy to know the lightweight Echo Frames come with an IPX4 water resistance rating, able to withstand splashes of water and sweat. Now, you’ll be all ready to hang out by the pool or go on hikes this summer taking Alexa to assist you wherever you go.Next up are the Echo Frames with blue-light filtering lenses set to ship on June 9, 2021. As the name suggests, these special lenses will help filter out the blue light from computer screens, TV, phones, and tablets. If you’re someone who works from home or just enjoys long gaming sessions, then these lenses could be just what you’re looking for.If you’re wondering why you’d want a pair of Echo Frames to begin with, there are plenty of reasons. For starters, you get access to the power of Alexa anytime anywhere. That means you can control your smart home, ask for directions, search the web, and even broadcast to your other Alexa-enabled devices.Additionally, Echo Frames can be used to make calls with friends thanks to the speakers built into the glasses, and it can even read your notifications to you.Listening to your favorite podcast or checking out an audiobook has also never been easier with Auto Volume Control that adjusts the media volume based on your environment. So it doesn’t matter if you’re in a noisy cafe or relaxing in silence at home, the Echo Frames will ensure you won’t miss a thing.The original Echo Frames are also still available with a starting price of $249.99 offering multiple different options for the style of frame. While the newest Echo Frames with polarized or blue-light filtering lenses only come with classic black frames and start at $269.99.

Amazon Echo Frames arrive in blue light and sunglasses forms for summertime

Amazon's Echo Frames are now available as sunglasses or as a model with a blue-light filter, scheduled to ship later this year.

Amazon’s Alexa Show Mode feature can transform some PCs into an Echo Show

Have you ever wanted the convenience of a smart display without having to pony up the extra money for one? If so, this could be great news for some of you. I say some of you, because unfortunately, Amazon’s great new Alexa feature only works with select Windows 10 Lenovo PCs. However, if you’re one of those lucky ones to own a Lenovo Yoga, IdeaPad, or ThinkPad with Alexa built-in, then get ready for a treat.Amazon’s latest addition to the Alexa family isn’t a new device, but a new feature to turn your current device into an Echo Show. With the newly released Show Mode, it uses your laptop’s display and mics to transform it into an Alexa smart display.To get started, all you have to do is say “Alexa, open Show Mode” or you can click the Show Mode button in the Alexa app. Now, you can ask Alexa to display news, the weather, listen to music, control your smart home, and more. With over 100,000 skills and growing, Alexa has something for everyone.Whether it’s listening to your latest audiobook, playing games with the family, or setting a cooking timer–Alexa has you covered. You can even use Drop In to check on other rooms in the house with an Alexa device.With the new Alexa Show Mode for PCs, your computer has become more useful than ever. Even when you’re not sitting in front of it, you can take advantage of its large display and all without spending an extra dime.Lenovo and Amazon first announced this collaboration at CES 2021 on the Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i laptop. It’s now available on select Lenovo PCs running Windows 10 in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Ireland, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Later this year, Show Mode will become available on additional PC models.

Alexa Show Mode transforms your Lenovo laptop into a hands-free Echo Show

Newer Lenovo ThinkPad, IdeaPad, and Yoga Lenovo laptops now have Alexa Show Mode --- an experience that can turn your PC into an Echo Show-like display.

Best Prime Day Amazon device deals 2021: What to expect

This year's Prime Day Amazon device deals will include discounts for the Echo smart speakers and Kindle e-readers, as well as offers for other Amazon products.

How to talk to Samuel L. Jackson using Alexa

The Samuel L. Jackson voice is a fun skill for your Alexa-enabled devices. We show you how to get this skill on your Echo device and customize the options.

Amazon iOS Users Can Now Text Alexa Questions and Requests

Amazon has added a new feature to its Alexa app for iOS devices, which is designed to allow users to

$99 Speaker Showdown: HomePod Mini vs. Amazon Echo and Google Nest Audio

Apple recently released the HomePod mini, a new $99 version of the original HomePod that's smaller, cuter, and, most importantly,

Echo Frames second-gen now available for pre-order while Echo Loop is discontinued

Last year, Amazon launched its first Day 1 Editions products with the Echo Frames, an Alexa powered pair of smart glasses, and the Echo Loop, a smart ring with Alexa built-in. Day 1 Edition products are akin to a public beta test, where Amazon launches a device, in order to get customer feedback and determine if it’s worth mass-producing.Since last year, Amazon has learned a lot about what customers like and dislike about the products, and has come to two conclusions. The Echo Frames will continue on, but the Echo Loop will be discontinued.What that means for consumers is, the Echo Frames are now available for pre-order and will begin shipping on December 10, 2020, just in time for the holidays. While the Echo Loop will cease production and sales, however, users of the Echo Loop will continue to receive updates and support.In case you’re in need of a refresher, the Echo Frames are a pair of prescription-ready smart glasses featuring a microphone, speaker, and built-in support for Alexa. The glasses were designed to look like normal everyday eyewear while using open-ear audio technology to focus sound toward your ears.This gives you the power of Alexa while on the go, without looking too conspicuous like with the Google Glass smart glasses. While using the Echo Frames, you’ll have the ability to make calls, play music, control your smart home, hear notifications, and more with the power of Alexa.During the past year, Amazon learned a lot from users and has made some improvements to the Echo Frames before launching the second-gen version. The all-new Echo Frames now sport improved battery life, and provides you with up to 40 percent more battery life during continuous playback when compared to the previous generation.There have also been improvements to the VIP Filter, which allows you to set what apps and contacts you’ll hear notifications from. Now, this feature has been extended to support calendars and group messaging.Lastly, you can now extend your battery life even further by using Auto Off, which automatically powers down the Echo Frames when being placed upside down for three seconds.The second-gen Echo Frames are now available for pre-order for $249.99 and come in a range of colors, including Modern Tortoise, Horizon Blue, and Classic Black.