Alexa gets smarter about calendar appointments

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Alexa gets smarter about calendar appointments As digital assistants improve, we’re learning new things to expect from them, but the tasks that a real life assistant may have handled before can still a bit of a challenge to home assistants. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is gaining functionality to help it get smarter about working with your calendar. The new abilities … Read More

Now you can buy a laptop with Alexa preinstalled

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Now you can buy a laptop with Alexa preinstalled It was just matter of time, really. Amazon’s push to get its smart assistant on every piece of hardware imaginable now includes Windows 10 laptops, starting with Acer’s Spin 3 and 5 lines. Both include models sporting Alexa, currently available at retail. Acer looks to be all in with the assistant … Read More

Uber’s chief product officer is out

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Uber’s chief product officer is out Uber Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden, who oversaw Uber Elevate, has left the company, Recode first reported. His last day was yesterday, TechCrunch confirmed. On a day-to-day level, Holden was not that heavily involved. Manik Gupta, for example, is in charge of product, maps and marketplace at the VP level. There was also Uber … Read More

Contentstack doubles down on its headless CMS

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Contentstack doubles down on its headless CMS It’s been about two years since Build.io launched Contentstack, a headless content management system for the enterprise. Contentstack was always a bit of an odd product at Build.io, which mostly focuses on providing integration tools like Flow for large companies (think IFTTT, but for enterprise workflows). Contentstack is pretty successful in its own right, though, … Read More

Vesper’s new microphone technology attracts millions from the biggest names in sound technology

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Vesper’s new microphone technology attracts millions from the biggest names in sound technology Vesper Technologies, a new microphone technology developer, has raised $23 million from some of the biggest names in audio technology to finance the commercialization of its piezoelectric microphones. As audio technology and voice controlled devices become more ubiquitous, manufacturers are hoping to turn to higher performance MEMS … Read More

The 8 features Amazon and Google must add to the Echo and Home

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The 8 features Amazon and Google must add to the Echo and Home The Amazon Echo and Google Home are amazing devices and both have advantages over the other. In my home, we use the Amazon Echo and have them around the house and outside. I have the original in the living room, a Dot in bedrooms, my office and … Read More

TiVo adds Alexa voice control to its DVRs

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TiVo adds Alexa voice control to its DVRs TiVo’s DVRs are getting Alexa support. The company is announcing its lineup of DVRs, including Series 4, 5, and 6 boxes, and the new TiVo BOLT VOX introduced last fall, will be gaining support for Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, which will be able to do things like change the channel, skip commercials, … Read More

Amazon debuts Experience Centers in Lennar homes, showrooms to demo and sell smart home products

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Amazon debuts Experience Centers in Lennar homes, showrooms to demo and sell smart home products Last week, we reported on how Amazon was leveraging a new relationship with home builder Lennar to expand its smart home business, specifically in the sale of home security services. Today, Amazon is taking the next step forward in that strategy: it’s launching a new … Read More