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The Echo Flex is Amazon’s Alexa gateway drug

The Echo Flex is Amazon’s Alexa gateway drug

Instead of something that looks like a speaker, the Echo Flex is a wall plug that you can fit into any outlet (. It's fairly small at only 2.8 inches tall and 2.6 inches wide, and it doesn't obscure the other outlet when plugged in. Since it's not reliant on taking up any horizontal surface…

Alexa can now express disappointment in you, just like Mom – CNET

Tyler Lizenby/CNET Amazon Echo smart speakers could start exhibiting more emotion based on the kinds of conversations you have with Alexa. An announcement from Amazon says excited and disappointed intonations are available now for developers to use in Alexa skills. That means your voice assistant could start sounding much more naturally emotive. Amazon has been…
Alexa is about to be very disappointed – TechCrunch

Alexa is about to be very disappointed – TechCrunch

A general lack of judgement has always been one of the strongest appeals of smart assistants. Whatever bad pop song or terrible online video you play for the 10,000th time — they don’t care. They’re simply there to help, judgement free. Amazon, however, has been working on some features behind the scenes to help make…
Alexa is about to be very disappointed

Alexa is about to be very disappointed

A general lack of judgement has always been one of the strongest appeals of smart assistants. Whatever bad pop song or terrible online video you play for the 10,000th time — they don’t care. They’re simply there to help, judgement free. Amazon, however, has been working on some features behind the scenes to help make…
Alexa can now sound excited or disappointed – Engadget

Alexa can now sound excited or disappointed – Engadget

Alexa's ability to convey emotions is powered by Amazons' Neural Text-to-Speech technology, and the company says "overall satisfaction with the voice experience increased by 30 percent when Alexa responded with emotions." We guess the testers found it much more pleasing to interact with a voice AI that that doesn't sound monotonous. By the way, Alexa…
Alexa’s voice can now express disappointment and excitement

Alexa’s voice can now express disappointment and excitement

You might hear a little more emotion from Alexa’s vaguely-robotic voice some time soon, as Amazon announced today that developers can now have Alexa respond to questions from US users with a “happy/excited” or a “disappointed/empathetic” tone. Amazon suggests the happy/excited tone could be used when you answer a trivia question correctly, for example, and…

Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds get Alexa support and volume controls in new update – Android...

It's rare that earbuds get significant new features after launch, but Sony is doing that for the WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds. The WF-1000MX3s were already fantastic, but now they've gotten even better with Alexa support, volume controls, and more. The new update adds three new features, two of which are rather substantial. Here's the changelog.…
Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds get Alexa support and volume controls in new update – Android Police

Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds get Alexa support and volume controls in new update – Android...

It's rare that earbuds get significant new features after launch, but Sony is doing that for the WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds. The WF-1000MX3s were already fantastic, but now they've gotten even better with Alexa support, volume controls, and more. The new update adds three new features, two of which are rather substantial. Here's the changelog.…
Amazon’s Alexa is ready to land in your light switches and small toys – CNET

Amazon’s Alexa is ready to land in your light switches and small toys –...

You probably associate Alexa with Amazon's Echo Dot, but it might be coming to smaller devices soon. Ry Crist/CNET Amazon's Alexa will start coming in much smaller packages. The voice assistant will now run on devices with as little as 1MB of memory and low-power chips like the Cortex-M processor -- meaning you could find…
This huge Alexa change could see Amazon’s assistant spread everywhere – SlashGear

This huge Alexa change could see Amazon’s assistant spread everywhere – SlashGear

Amazon has announced a major change to its Alexa Voice Service: it is now available to manufacturers for devices that feature as little as a single megabyte (1MB) of RAM. The new minimum requirement, which is considerably lower than the previous 100MB minimum, opens the door for Alexa across a vast number of connected gadgets…

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LG delivers ‘Real 8K’ in 2020 with eight new OLED and...

For a new year, LG is bringing a new third-gen version of its Alpha9 AI processor, which of course is ready to do all the upscaling and sharpening necessary for its 8K TVs, as well as AI Sound Pro processing. That's supposed to identify between five different types of content and adjust accordingly so words…

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