Amazon Alexa: News
Alexa is Amazon's cloud-based voice service available on several devices made by Amazon and third-party device manufacturers. The e-commerce giant claims that "with Alexa, you can build natural voice experiences that offer a customer more intuitive ways to interact with the technology they use every day." Alexa broadly comes under the classification of an artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant. Similar solutions include Google Assistant and Apple's Siri. Alexa was first introduced in 2013 and featured for the first time on the Amazon Echo smart speaker. Today, Alexa is available on the Amazon Echo platform, Fire OS, iOS, Android, Linux, and Windows. Alexa's capabilities include voice interactions, music playback, podcast streaming, playing audiobooks, providing weather traffic sports, and other real-time information including news, and making to-do lists. The voice assistant can be activated for listening to commands using the "Alexa" hotword. This hotword can be changed for every Alexa device you have. Additionally, Amazon offers a variety of voices including male, female, and celebrity voices on a regular basis. You can choose any of these voices for the Alexa service. Alexa's capabilities can be expanded by installing "skills" developed by third-party vendors for compatibility with their offerings.
05 May 2023Amazon
How Amazon plans to revamp Alexa with AI chatbot technology
Voice assistants were once considered futuristic. However, in a world of ChatGPT and Bard, they have become redundant.
16 Mar 2023Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
How will voice assistants fare against AI chatbots in future
Generative AI is the talk of the town. AI chatbots that can answer questions and complete tasks with alacrity have caught the imagination of everyone.
08 Nov 2022Amazfit
Amazfit Band 7 goes on sale: Should you buy?
Amazfit's latest smart band in India, the Amazfit Band 7, is now up for grabs via the brand's official website for Rs. 2,999. It also goes on sale through Amazon later today.
21 Sep 2022Latest Gadget Launch
Sony WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones launched at Rs. 27,000: Check features
Sony has introduced the WH-1000XM5 as its latest wireless noise-canceling headphones in India.
07 Aug 2022Android
Gizmore GIZFIT 910 Ultra smartwatch debuts with 15-day battery life
Homegrown Gizmore has launched a new budget-range smartwatch in India dubbed the "GIZFIT 910 Ultra."
31 Jul 2022Google Assistant
PTron Tangent Duo neckband, with 24-hour playback, launched in India
PTron has introduced the new Tangent Duo wireless Bluetooth neckband in India. The earphones are up for grabs via Amazon.
21 Jul 2022Android
#DealOfTheDay: Echo Buds (2nd Gen) available at Rs. 6,500 discount
Amazon has made its Echo devices available for purchase with steep discounts, ahead of its upcoming Prime Day sale.
19 Jul 2022Amazon
Amazon Prime Day sale: Deals on Fire TV, Echo devices
The two-day Amazon Prime Day sale is all set to go live from July 23. The e-commerce giant has revealed some of the offers, including amazing deals on Fire TV as well as Echo devices.
11 Jul 2022Technology
#DealOfTheDay: This robotic vacuum cleaner is cheaper by Rs. 45,000
Amazon's best-seller ECOVACS DEEBOT U2 PRO robotic vacuum cleaner is currently available for purchase with a massive discount. In fact, with this deal, you can get one for under Rs. 20,000.
03 Jul 2022Wear OS
Fossil Gen 6 Venture Edition smartwatch goes official in India
Fossil has introduced a new Gen 6 series smartwatch in India, called the Gen 6 Venture Edition.
26 Jun 2022Fossil
Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid smartwatch debuts with Amazon Alexa support
Fossil has unveiled its Gen 6 Hybrid smartwatch. In the US, it carries a starting price tag of $229 (around Rs. 17,900) and will go on sale tomorrow i.e. June 27 via the company's official website and other retail outlets.
21 Jun 2022Hyundai
2022 Hyundai VENUE SUV: Top features and highlights explained
Hyundai's 2022 VENUE is up for grabs in India at an introductory price of Rs. 7.53 lakh (ex-showroom). The company has already received over 15,000 bookings for the facelifted model.
14 Jun 2022Mahindra & Mahindra
Mahindra Scorpio-N's interiors revealed: Sony audio, built-in Alexa, leather seats
Mahindra is gearing up to launch the new-generation Scorpio-N in India on June 27.
13 Jun 2022Samsung
Samsung Smart Monitor M8, with 4K display, launched: Check price
Samsung has launched the Smart Monitor M8 in India. The device features a 32-inch 4K display, a detachable wireless SlimFit Camera, and two built-in 5W speakers.
24 Oct 2021Amazon
TikTok star discovers the shocking things Alexa records about you
A TikTok star who goes by "my.data.not.yours" shared a video documenting her surprise when she discovered how much data Amazon has collected about her from smart speakers and smart bulbs.
08 Oct 2021Amazon
Amazon takes another step to improve Alexa's accessibility
Your human companions may zone out during conversations but that shouldn't be the case with programmatically controlled voice assistants, right?
29 Sep 2021Amazon
Here's everything Amazon unveiled at its event
Last night, e-commerce major Amazon wrapped up its fall product launch event in style. The company announced new gadgets including a home robot named Astro, the company's first smart thermostat to rival Google Nest, and the wall-mountable Echo Show 15 smart speaker.
20 Aug 2021Amazon
Have Alexa? Ask Amitabh Bachchan to tell you a joke!
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan's voice is something any Indian can recognize.
24 Jul 2021Technology
Amazon quietly introduces Alexa's male voice, gender-neutral wake word 'Ziggy'
AI (Artificial Intelligence) powered voice assistants have long drawn users' ire for using a female voice by default.
20 Jun 2021Amazon
Indian Alexa-enabled devices get free access to Audible's 'Sleep' selection
Amazon-owned online audiobook and podcast platform, Audible, is beginning to make its presence felt in the Indian subcontinent. The company has now introduced five audio series focused on sleep and relaxation to help people sleep better amid the pandemic.
01 Jun 2021Amazon
Amazon will soon share your internet with neighbors (US only)
If you use Alexa or Echo devices, Amazon's newest experiment gives you a week to opt-out before the e-commerce giant hands a slice of your network bandwidth to your neighborhood.
08 Oct 2020Sony
Now, Amazon Fire TV offers 'Live TV' with Alexa integration
In a bid to upgrade the streaming experience of its customers, Amazon has launched a new 'Live TV' feature for Fire TV devices in India.
25 Sep 2020India
This smart speaker by Amazon can follow you around
At its mega hardware event last night, Amazon made a flurry of tempting announcements.
25 Sep 2020Microsoft
NewsBytes Briefing: Amazon announces ball-shaped Echo products, and more
Last night, Amazon made major headlines by showcasing plenty of products.
14 Sep 2020Bollywood
Soon, you will hear Amitabh Bachchan speak on Alexa devices
In a bid to grow its footprint in the Indian market, Amazon is bringing a way to hear Amitabh Bachchan speak on Alexa-powered Echo devices.
25 Jun 2020Honda
Honda opens bookings for its 2020 City in India
Honda has started accepting bookings for both the diesel and petrol variants of the upcoming 2020 City.
18 Jun 2020Honda
Ahead of launch, 2020 Honda City's key specifications revealed
Honda has revealed the key features and specifications of its all-new fifth-generation City that is likely to be launched in India next month.
03 Jun 2020India
Courtesy coronavirus, hotel industry stares at oblivion; recovery unlikely soon
In the months to come, nations are bound to ease restrictions. Some, like India, have already started. But it will be long before the hotel industry bounces back to the pre-coronavirus days.
21 Apr 2020Audi
India-bound 2021 Audi A3 breaks cover: Details here
German automaker Audi has pulled the covers off the 2021 edition of its premium sedan, the A3. The next-generation model comes with a revamped and sportier design, updated interiors, and new mild-hybrid engines.
21 Apr 2020Jeep Compass
Here's what the Jeep Compass (facelift) will offer
Jeep India is working to launch the facelifted version of one of its popular SUVs, the Compass, in the country by the end of this year.
28 Mar 2020Amazon
Amazon's Alexa can help with preliminary coronavirus diagnosis: Here's how
In a bid to allay all your concerns regarding the novel coronavirus disease, Amazon has built a new triage tool in Alexa.
25 Feb 2020Amazon
Here's what different ring colors on your Amazon Echo mean
Amazon's Echo devices, known for their handy Alexa-powered features, sport fancy light rings.
06 Feb 2020Amazon
Indians told Alexa 'I love you' once every minute
Alexa's ability to handle day-to-day tasks is appreciated globally. But according to Amazon, no one loves the assistant more than Indians, who, surprisingly enough, have been confessing their feelings to the AI.
04 Jan 2020Samsung
#CES2020: Samsung to showcase robots capable of reading facial expressions
In a matter of days, Samsung plans to host an event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
29 Dec 2019WhatsApp
#NewsBytesWeeklyRecap: Alexa suggests suicide, messaging app spying, WhatsApp fraud, more
Even as the world celebrated Christmas this week, there were some interesting developments in the sphere of technology.
26 Dec 2019Amazon
#TechBytes: Some fun tricks you can try on Echo speaker
Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo device can be a really powerful digital aide - if you know how to use it.
24 Dec 2019Amazon
Amazon Alexa tells user to kill herself for 'greater good'
Recently, a paramedic student in the United Kingdom was left horrified after seeking the help of Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa to study.
23 Dec 2019Google
Apple, Google, Amazon teaming up to build open smart home
In a major move, Apple, Google, and Amazon are teaming up for a project to create open smart homes.
19 Dec 2019Sony
Best gadgets to start your 2020 on a 'tech' note
If we can look past the innumerable data leaks, the year 2019 has been great in the tech world. Over the past 11.5 months, we have seen impressive smartphones, laptops, wearables, and other essential tech gadgets.
13 Dec 2019Amazon
Now, hear Samuel L. Jackson's voice on your Echo device
If you are tired of listening to the usual voice of Alexa on your Echo device, there is now an alternative - Samuel L. Jackson.