Tag: Amazon Alexa

Report: Home Assistants with ‘Moral AI’ Could Call Police on Owners

The Daily Mail reported that home assistants could soon report their owners to the police for breaking the law based on a “Moral A.I.” system, if the ideas of academics in Europe are implemented. The newspaper reported that academics at the University of Bergen in Norway discussed the idea of a “moral A.I.” for smart […]

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Amazon Alexa problems: How to solve the most common ones

Smart speakers make daily task management easier, usually. However, sometimes they miss the mark and the Amazon Echo is no exception. While it’s one of the more popular smart speakers available, users tend to repeatedly run into the same Amazon Echo problems. Rather than experiencing buyer’s remorse, here are some easy fixes to get Alexa and […]

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Soma smart shades review: Retrofitting your blinds for Google Assistant requires many compromises

Article Contents Automating the light in your home is easy if you only consider getting some smart bulbs or switches or plugs. But once it comes to natural light, the equation gets a bit more complicated. Smart shades/blinds/curtains aren’t as ubiquitous, and the current solutions aren’t ideal. You either have to replace your entire shades […]

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Smart speaker wars about to get brutal: reported 97% of owners stick to one brand

The smart speaker sector is a burgeoning one, but it looks like brand loyalty is already a major factor. In fact, new research suggests that the vast majority of U.S. smart speaker owners stick to one brand. A report by Parks Associates (h/t: 9to5Google) shows that a massive 97 percent of U.S. owners stay with one […]

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Choose Your Own Adventure books enter the world of voice AI with new Amazon Alexa skill

Netflix’s recent interactive film Bandersnatch received mostly mixed reviews, but was wholly successful in driving interest in Choose Your Own Adventure-style (CYOA) stories. That was both a boon and a frustration to Chooseco, the owner of the CYOA registered trademark and publisher of the famous book series of the same name. There was finally a […]

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Get two TP-Link smart bulbs for $25 with coupon code at Office Depot

If you’re looking for inexpensive smart lighting for your home, this buy-one-get-one-free offer from Office Depot for TP-Link A19 smart bulbs might be just the thing. The bulbs can’t change color, but they are dimmable and — most importantly — it’ll only cost you $25 to get two with this coupon code. Just a week ago, TP-Link […]

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This Google Home and Amazon Echo hack lets you change your voice AI hotword – but it’s far from elegant

Google and Amazon are both constantly improving the capabilities of their voice AIs, but there are some issues that tech giants have little incentive to fix. For instance, from a branding standpoint it makes no sense to let people change their assistant hotword from “Okay Google” or “Alexa” to anything else – even if that’s […]

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Get an Amazon Echo Input for $20 ($15 off) and add Alexa smarts to your dumb speakers

Smart speakers have exploded over the past couple of years, and for good reason. In addition to helping out with certain tasks, they’re a convenient way to consume audio media. You probably have some dumb speakers around that you’re not quite ready to let go of, though, and the Echo Input can help you squeeze […]

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Google Assistant and Alexa devices will soon work with Samsung smart TVs

During CES 2019, Samsung announced basic integration between its Smart TV lineup and Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Samsung plans to rollout this integration later this year. This partnership (via CNET) may come as somewhat of a surprise given Samsung’s recent push of its own Bixby assistant. It’s worth noting, however, that what’s been announced […]

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Samsung’s 2019 QLED TVs will be compatible with both Google Assistant and Alexa

Samsung’s CES 2019 motto appears to be more openness. After the company announced that its 2019 Smart TVs will support Apple’s AirPlay 2 and launch the iTunes Movies & TV Shows service, it has also revealed that its QLED 2019 models will be compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Compatibility doesn’t mean the assistants […]

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D-Link announces 5G home router plus Google-Assistant compatible water sensor and smart plugs

CES 2019 doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, but you wouldn’t know it if you checked the tech news today. Announcements have been falling left and right, and we almost missed this one from D-Link, which slipped by on Friday. The company is expanding its smart home offerings and introducing a new 5G home router. First up, […]

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LG announces its 2019 TV line-up: Google Assistant, Alexa, HDMI 2.1, and two 8K models

CES officially kicks off next week, but if there’s anything we know about LG, it’s that the company will trickle down 90% of its announcements before the show even begins. We’ve already seen its three new Google Assistant-powered soundbars and now we’re learning about six new TV series for its 2019 line-up, all of which […]

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‘Kill your foster parents’ — Alexa’s chatbot ambitions are getting creepy

Amazon uses third-party chatbots to test the development of Alexa’s natural speaking skills. However, these Amazon Alexa chatbots can wreak havoc, saying incredibly inappropriate things. Amazon stands by the chatbots as a way to advance Alexa. In 2016, Amazon launched the Alexa Prize, which encourages computer science students around the world to help develop ways […]

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Report: Google Home still the best by far, but Apple’s HomePod makes progress

The latest testing from Loup Ventures concludes, once again, that Google Home is by far the best smart speaker. The Google Home outperformed all other smart speakers in nearly every metric. However, Apple’s HomePod made some big progress this year, so Google’s “best smart speaker” title is by no means assured forever. Back in July, […]

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Amazon ‘Fixes’ Alexa’s Description of CNN’s Jim Acosta as ‘Fake Journalist’

Amazon has fixed its A.I. assistant Alexa after devices were describing CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta as a “fake journalist.” A video of Alexa’s description of Acosta went viral after a man filmed himself asking his device, “Who is Jim Acosta?” “Abilio James Acosta is an American fake journalist who is currently the […]

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