Alibaba Will Invest $1.4 Billion in Smart Speaker AI

Chinese tech giant Alibaba has announced its plans to invest $1.4 billion in smart speaker AI systems.

Andy Rubin’s Startup Essential Shutting Down

y Rubin, the co-founder of Android, started Essential in 2015 with the goal of creating a new line of phones, as well as smart speakers. Unfortunately for the company, the Essential Phone (PH-1) didn’t received the greatest reviews and failed to carve out a substantial market.

Apple, Amazon, Google and Zigbee Alliance Partner to Establish Smart Home Device Open Standard

Apple announced today that it is working with Amazon, Google and the Zigbee Alliance to form a working group that will establish open standards for smart home devices. The group “plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new,…

Echo Show Highlights Amazon’s Dominance in Home AI Technology

Amazon further distanced itself from Google with the launch of Echo Show, a voice-activated home smart assistant with a 7-inch touchscreen display. With the 7-inch screen, homeowners will be able to sing along through the lyrics on display, monitor security…

You Can Now Do Banking With Amazon Echo Devices

Amazon announced that Capital One will be the first company to provide customers with the ability to interact with their financial information through Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo, Fire TV, or the new Amazon Tap or Echo Dot. “Starting…

Amazon Unveils Echo Dot and Amazon Tap

Amazon announced two new Alexa-enabled devices called Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. Describing the former, an Amazon spokesperson tells WebProNews, “Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice controlled device that uses the same far-field voice recognition as Echo. Directly connect Echo…

Amazon Echo Gets Uber Integration

As Amazon prepares to put its Echo device in front of America’s collective face, it appears to be getting some more bells and whistles that will make it appealing to more people. Amazon has already teased a Super Bowl ad…

Amazon Echo Gets More Appealing With Spotify Support

Amazon announced that Spotify Premium subscribers in the U.S. can now listen to music on Amazon Echo, operating it by voice commands. “Additionally, customers can seamlessly switch between playing music on their phone to playing on Echo with Spotify Connect…

Amazon Expected To Launch Smaller, Cheaper Echo

Last summer, Amazon Launched Echo, its voice-controlled smart device that talks to you, lets you add items to your shopping list, and gives you information, music, news, weather, etc. The device has sold pretty well (which must be a relief…

Amazon Echo Is About To Be Sold In A Bunch of Stores

Amazon announced that Echo, its voice assistant smart device, will be available in thousands of retail locations across the United States in time for the holiday shopping season. It will be in over 3,000 The Home Depot, Staples, Sears, Brookstone,…