Skype support coming to Alexa later this year

Enlarge / Skype calling on Alexa hardware. (credit: Microsoft) Later this year you’ll be able to say “Alexa, call Mom on Skype” and have Amazon’s digital assistant do the right thing with Microsoft’s messaging network. Microsoft and Amazon have been working to integrate their technology. Earlier in the year, Cortana and Alexa gained the ability […]

Researchers show Alexa “skill squatting” could hijack voice commands

Enlarge (credit: Amazon) The success of Internet of Things devices such as Amazon’s Echo and Google Home have created an opportunity for developers to build voice-activated applications that connect ever deeper—into customers’ homes and personal lives. And—according to research by a team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)—the potential to exploit some of […]

A baby in the UK reportedly said ‘Alexa’ as his first word, and it reveals a raging debate over how children use tech (AMZN)

Jeffrey Dastin/Reuters A baby in the UK apparently said “Alexa” before he said “mama” or “dada,” his parents, Lottie Ledger and Mark Brady, told Caters News Agency. It’s another example of a new technology becoming commonplace enough that it can affect children early in their lives. Amazon recently came out with a kid’s edition of its […]

Alexa Routines can now include music and podcasts

Amazon launched Alexa Routines last year and they let users set up a list of automated smart home actions that can be triggered with a simple command. For example, “Alexa, good morning,” could launch a Routine that turns on the lights, reports the weather forecast, reads news briefings and starts the coffee maker. Missing from […]

Amazon brings music and live radio to Alexa Routines

Amazon today announced that people can now add music or live radio to Alexa Routines, which are commands that can accomplish multiple things with a single command. Starting today, Routines can include music from a specific artist, playlist, album, or station or from streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Al…Read More