Google and Disney launch interactive Little Golden Books that work with Google Home

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Google and Disney launch interactive Little Golden Books that work with Google Home Today’s kids are too young to remember Disney’s read-along books and records, which combined narration and sounds with physical books to make reading more entertaining. But they may have laid their hands on more modern sound books that have buttons you press at various parts of the … Read More

You can now control the Nvidia Shield TV with Alexa

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You can now control the Nvidia Shield TV with Alexa Shield TV, Nvidia’s streaming media set-top box introduced last year, is going hands-free by way of Alexa. The company announced this morning the launch of a new Amazon Alexa skill which will enable Shield TV owners in the U.S. to navigate their device with voice commands, including those to turn … Read More

Amazon shares fall as record profits are offset by conservative holiday forecasts

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Amazon shares fall as record profits are offset by conservative holiday forecasts Amazon is still raking in the cash, but its slower than expected customer growth in its web services offerings and a weaker than expected sales outlook for the holiday season shook investor confidence and caused the stock to slide around 5 percent in after-hours trading. Profits for the … Read More

What’s next for podcasting?

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What’s next for podcasting? The podcast market will discover the answer to a foundational question about its future in the next few years. </span>Will it continue along the path of music streaming, where all podcasts are available everywhere on free, ad-supported tiers? Or, will it follow the path of streaming TV into paid subscription services with exclusive content? Today, effectively all … Read More

Amazon backs German smart heating and AC company Tado in new $50M funding round

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Amazon backs German smart heating and AC company Tado in new $50M funding round Tado, the smart thermostat and AC control maker, has raised a further $50 million in funding from an array of noteworthy and strategic investors. Backing the Munich-headquartered company this time around is Amazon, E.ON, Total Energy Ventures, Energy Innovation Capital, and the European Investment Bank. It … Read More

Alexa for Business opens up to third-party device makers

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Alexa for Business opens up to third-party device makers Last year, Amazon announced a new initiative, Alexa for Business, designed to introduce its voice assistant technology and Echo devices into a corporate setting. Today, it’s giving the platform a big upgrade by opening it up to device makers who are building their own solutions that have Alexa built-in. The change … Read More

Amazon Alexa goes AWOL for many users

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Amazon Alexa goes AWOL for many users Some Amazon Alexa users are currently having problems reaching the voice assistant. Instead of reacting to commands, Alexa simply says “sorry, something went wrong.” Amazon hasn’t commented publicly yet on the issue. Based on tweets and Down Detector, users began having trouble reaching Alexa around 7AM PST. While some had their connection issues … Read More

Alexa’s new Whisper Mode goes live

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Alexa’s new Whisper Mode goes live At Amazon’s Alexa event last month in Seattle, the company teased a new feature soon coming to its voice assistant: the ability to whisper. The company demonstrated how whispering a request – like “play a lullaby” – to Alexa would trigger the voice assistant to respond in kind. Today, Amazon says Whisper Mode is … Read More

Twilio launches Autopilot to help developers build better bots

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Twilio launches Autopilot to help developers build better bots Bots went through the hype cycle faster than a speeding roller coaster, as the promise of chatting with a computer quickly turned sour. Now, Twilio wants to take another stab at this market with the launch of Autopilot, a new developer service for building omnichannel bot experiences. ‘Omnichannel’ is a word … Read More