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

Alexa and Katie cast: Who is in the cast of Alexa and Katie on Netflix?

Funny and heartwarming, Alexa and Katie follows two best friends about to start high school. The two titular characters are played by Paris Berelc and Isabel May respectively. However, Alexa is undergoing treatment for cancer. According to Netflix: “The show’s star is Alexa and Katie’s friendship. “Whether it be at school, at home, or in […]

Siri’s poor performance has opened iOS to every AI assistant from Alexa to Watson

Siri was already coming off a bad year. Then HomePod’s messy release cast a spotlight on its many failings as a digital assistant. Now the floodgates are open: Former Siri executives and engineers are openly discussing its troubled inner workings, while competitors have rushed out improved AI apps for Apple devices. So much has changed recent…Read More

Alexa now controls your FiOS TV set-top box

Verizon’s FiOS TV boxes haven’t lived on the cutting edge of technology, but they’re catching up in an important way: voice control. Big Red has quietly introduced an Alexa skill for its FiOS Video Media Server set-tops, letting you change the channel (by name or number) and steer DVR playback with spoken commands. You’ll need […]