Amazon is turning Fire tablets into Echo Shows

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Amazon is turning Fire tablets into Echo Shows Slowly but surely, Amazon’s been turning its Fire tablets into Echos. It started with push to talk Alexa function. Last year, the company added a hands-free mode for the voice assistant. Now, it’s adding Show Mode, which brings the same title card UI you get on the company’s screen-enabled smart speaker. Better … Read More

The Sonos Beam is the soundbar evolved

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The Sonos Beam is the soundbar evolved Sonos has always gone its own way. The speaker manufacturer dedicated itself to network-connected speakers before there were home networks and they sold a tablet-like remote control before there were tablets. Their surround sound systems install quickly and run seamlessly. You can buy a few speakers, tap a few buttons, and have 5.1 … Read More

Amazon’s Alexa app for iOS finally gets voice control

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Amazon’s Alexa app for iOS finally gets voice control Way back at the beginning of the year (seemingly 24 or 25 months, at this point), Amazon brought voice control to its Alexa app for Android. The move marked a big step toward the company’s push onto third party mobile devices. At the time, it added that it would bring similar … Read More

Google Home now supports Spanish

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Google Home now supports Spanish Google Home has learned Spanish. Google announced this morning that its smart speakers are now able to listen and respond to users’ voice commands in Spanish. The update may help the speakers gain more ground against Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo devices, not only in the U.S. where a number of people today speak Spanish as their … Read More

Tact $27 M Series C attracts Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce

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Tact $27 M Series C attracts Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce It’s not often you can get three cloud giants like Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce to agree on much of anything, but today they were all part of a $27 million Series C investment in Tact.AI, a startup that has been trying to change the way sales people interact with information … Read More

Zume adds a robotic arm to its automated pizza kitchen

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Zume adds a robotic arm to its automated pizza kitchen Earlier this year, Zume made it pretty clear that it was exploring life beyond pizza. Coffee, steamed buns and frozen yogurt have all been floated as possibilities for the newly formed Zume Inc. Of course, for its subsidiary Zume Pizza, the titular foodstuff is very much its bread and butter. … Read More

Aaptiv raises $22M from Amazon, Disney and more for its “Netflix for fitness”, now valued over $200M

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Aaptiv raises $22M from Amazon, Disney and more for its “Netflix for fitness”, now valued over $200M Health and wellness has been one of the biggest categories for development in the tech industry, with huge range of wearable devices and connected equipment being built to track how we are moving and helping us stay fit. Now, a startup whose app … Read More

Amazon is bringing the Echo to Italy and Spain

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Amazon is bringing the Echo to Italy and Spain Alexa’s slow but steady march across the glob continues, as Amazon gets ready to bring the smart assistant to Italy and Spain later this year. The AI will be joined by the company’s own Echo devices, along with with third-party hardware from Bose and Sonos. In the meantime, the Amazon’s opening … Read More

Sherpa, the Spanish personal assistant, launches an API for its predictive AI with Porsche as 1st customer

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Sherpa, the Spanish personal assistant, launches an API for its predictive AI with Porsche as 1st customer Sherpa, a personal assistant startup that has carved out a niche for itself by focusing on the Spanish-language market (alongside English) and predictive suggestions, is expanding. The company is launching a set of APIs called the Sherpa Platform, which will let other businesses … Read More

Amazon launches an Alexa system for hotels

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Amazon launches an Alexa system for hotels Alexa is coming to your hotel room. Amazon this morning is announcing a new program called Alexa for Hospitality, designed to bring its voice assistant technology to everything from chain hotels to vacation rentals. The system can be customized to include key guest information, like checkout time or pool hours; allows guests to … Read More