Whisper Mode Comes To Amazon Alexa, Here’s How To Enable It

In short: Amazon had teased that Whisper Mode was coming to Alexa, and now it is finally here. It is essentially a mode for Alexa to speak quieter to you, and also hear you while you are whispering. The mode is good for using while others are sleeping in your home, and you don’t want […]

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Whisper Mode Comes To Amazon Alexa, Here’s How To Enable It

In short: Amazon had teased that Whisper Mode was coming to Alexa, and now it is finally here. It is essentially a mode for Alexa to speak quieter to you, and also hear you while you are whispering. The mode is good for using while others are sleeping in your home, and you don’t want […]

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NETGEAR Orbi Voice Review: A Router-Smart Speaker Combo Makes So Much Sense

NETGEAR and Harman Kardon partnered up to make something unique, and something that makes sense in 2018. A router and smart speaker combined into one product, the Orbi Voice does not disappoint either. NETGEAR came to IFA last month saying that it had a new product that essentially took three products and put it into […]

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Amazon Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Show & Echo Sub On Sale Now Starting At $49

In short: A number of the devices that Amazon announced at its surprise hardware event last month, are now officially available. That includes the Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Show and the Echo Sub. These devices all feature Alexa, and range in price from $49.99 for the Echo Dot to $230 for the Echo Show. […]

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iHeartRadio Gets More Accessible With Facebook Portal Speakers & Alexa

In short: iHeartRadio is becoming more accessible with the Portal and Portal Plus, Facebook’s first-ever smart speakers announced earlier today. Among other streaming services, the gadgets also ship with native support for iHeartRadio that has now been elevated to a new level by working even without a dedicated user account. The improved accessibility is meant […]

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Amazon’s Redesigned Alexa App Makes Controlling Smart Home Products A Breeze

In short: Amazon has redesigned the Alexa app for both Android and iOS, to make it easier to control your smart home products, as well as interacting with Alexa. The app makes it easier to create groups and add lights or other smart home products to those groups. It also makes it easier, visually at […]

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Amazon Introduces Whisper Mode for Alexa

In short: Amazon has introduced Whisper Mode for Alexa, allowing you to whisper to Alexa and she will whisper back to you. Now the feature isn’t yet available, but it will be available in US English next month. Amazon is also presenting a paper on this at IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology in December. The reason […]

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Alexa ‘Consumables’ Bring IAP To Digital Voice Assistants

In short: Amazon Alexa Skills in the US can now be ‘enriched’ with in-skill purchases called “consumables,” according to a recent announcement from the company. The new developer tools build on the same tools used to include and instantiate one-time purchase and subscription management tools found in the Alexa Skills Kit Command-Line Interface. The primary difference […]

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Amazon Alexa Now Supports Multiple Shopping List Items In Single Request

In short: Amazon Alexa just got a pretty small update, which includes a bunch of new things, but perhaps the biggest change here is the ability to add multiple items to your shopping list with a single request. Previously, you would need to send in multiple queries to Alexa to add multiple things to your […]

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Microsoft Is Bringing Skype Calling To Amazon Echo Devices

In short: Microsoft announced, shortly after Amazon’s big hardware event, that it would be bringing Skype over to Alexa devices – primarily Echo devices. Allowing users to call each other using their Echo device. Skype users will be able to make and accept both voice and video calls over their Alexa device, of course, the […]

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