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SiriusXM’s new streaming-only ‘Essential’ plan targets smart speaker owners

Last week, and rolled out free music streaming services to cater to the growing base of smart speaker owners. Now, SiriusXM is going after this market, too. The company has launched a new plan called SiriusXM Essential which targets those who listen in-home and on mobile devices, but not in cars. The streaming-only plan is also more affordable — $8 per month, versus the $15.99 per month (and up) plans for SiriusXM’s satellite radio service for cars. With a subscription to Essential, customer...
Tags: Google, Music, Media, Tech, Streaming Music, Amazon Echo, Streaming Service, XTRA, SiriusXM, Xbox Sony, Matt Epstein, Smart Speakers, Pandora Now, Amazon Alexa Amazon Fire TV Chromecast Apple


Amazon launches ad-supported music service to Echo owners

Amazon today announced the launch of a free, ad-supported music service in the U.S. that will be available to anyone who wants to play free music on their Echo speaker. Until today, Echo owners who wanted to stream music from Amazon could either pay for an annual Prime membership for access to Prime Music, or they could pay $3.99 per month to stream from Amazon Music Unlimited (or $9.99/month to stream on non-Echo devices, as well.) The new service has the same catalog as Prime Music, whic...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Echo, Apps, Spotify, Tech, Bloomberg, Software, Computing, Speaker, Apple Music, Alexa, Subscription Services, Amazon Music, Online Music Stores, Google Home


YouTube Music is now free with ads on Google Home devices

Following reports that Amazon is preparing to launch a free, streaming music service for Echo owners, Google today announced YouTube Music will be free on its Google Home smart speakers and other Google Assistant-powered speakers — like those from JBL, Panasonic, Sony and others. The free service will be ad-supported, and available in select markets, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, parts of Europe and elsewhere. The move appears to be a preemptive strike in light of Amazon’s plans. Bloomberg...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Europe, Media, Youtube, Tech, Bloomberg, Speaker, Streaming, Streaming Music, Streaming Service, Youtube Music, U S Canada Mexico, Google Assistant, Google Home


Analysts say there will be 200 million household smart speakers by year’s end

A new report by the research and analysis firm Canalys predicts that more than 200 million smart speakers will be engaged by users by the end of 2019, which is a growth of over 82% from last year. The post Analysts say there will be 200 million household smart speakers by year’s end appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Facebook, Business, News, Trends, Siri, Smart Home, Alexa, Digital Assistant, Canalys, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers


There will be 200 million smart speakers by year’s end, analysts say

A new report by the research and analysis firm Canalys predicts that more than 200 million smart speakers will be engaged by users by the end of 2019, which is a growth of over 82% from last year. The post There will be 200 million smart speakers by year’s end, analysts say appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Facebook, Business, News, Trends, Siri, Smart Home, Alexa, Digital Assistant, Canalys, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers


Amazon launches a certification program for Alexa skill developers

Developers building voice-enabled applications for Amazon Echo and other Alexa-powered devices will now have a new way to validate their abilities, with Amazon’s launch of a new AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty certification. This is the first time Amazon has offered a certification program for Alexa developers, the company says. Certification programs are standard in the technology industry — and AWS already offers a training program and certifications of its own that allow organiz...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Tech, Bloomberg, Aws, Amazon Echo, Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Kevin Kelly, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speakers, Alexa Skill Builder Specialty, Alexa Developer Console, Alexa Every, AWS Certification and Education Programs


Smart speakers installed base to top 200 million by year end

Smart speakers’ global installed base is on track to top 200 million by the end of this year, according to a report out today from analysts at Canalys. Specifically, the firm forecasts the installed base will grow by 82.4 percent from 114 million units in 2018 to 207.9 million in 2019. The U.S. will continue to lead in terms of smart speaker adoption, but a good portion of this year’s growth will also come from East Asian markets –  particularly China, the report says. The firm estimates 166 per...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Hardware, China, Tech, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Speaker, Deloitte, Baidu, Forecast, Alexa, Tmall, Voice Assistant, Juniper Research


Amazon will launch a free music streaming service, reports suggest

Amazon are looking at launching an ad-supported music streaming service as their first free on-demand music offering, according to reports. Amazon have had a big influence in developing the digital music industry we have now, pioneering the smart speaker generation and launching multiple music services in digital downloads and on-demand streaming. Now reports suggest they’re launching a new service to offer free music streaming. The reports come from “sources familiar with the plan” spe...
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Spotify, Music, Free, Amazon Prime, New, Streaming, Stream, Amazon Echo, Digital Music News, Digital Music, Amazon Prime Music, Spotify Amazon, Smart Speakers, Ad-supported


Smart speakers: five ways to get one on the cheap

Want to dip your toe in the voice-controlled world of Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant? Here are best, cheapest ways to startSales of smart speakers are soaring despite some people’s concerns over privacy, with Amazon’s Alexa leading the charge into homes in various Echo devices and Google’s Home and Assistant snapping at its heels.They come in various shapes, sizes and prices, but if you just want to dip your toe into the burgeoning voice-powered world, what’s the cheapest way to get Alexa...
Tags: Google, Technology, Money, UK News, Consumer affairs, Tablet Computers, Voice Recognition, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speakers


Illinois almost passed a bill that banned devices that record you without your consent -- and then Big Tech stepped in

This week, Keep Internet Devices Safe Act was gutted by the Illinois senate: it would have allowed people sue manufacturers if they determined that a device had engaged in remote recording without notifying its owner. The Senate was heavily lobbied by trade groups led by the Internet Association, groups that represented Microsoft, Google and Amazon (all of whom make creepy, surveillance "smart speakers" that sport networked, always-on microphones that the manufacturers claim are under user ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Post, Business, Corruption, News, Microsoft, Law, Senate, Cortana, Surveillance, Internet Association, Illinois, Alexa, Microsoft Google, Big Tech


Amazon’s Alexa devices send audio files to human reviewers to improve its technology

Thousands of Amazon employees around the world listen to users’ voice recordings captured on Alexa-powered Echo speakers, reports Bloomberg. Amazon workers listen to the audio clips which they then transcribe, annotate and feed back into the software to improve Alexa’s voice recognition... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, News, Internet, Artificial Intelligence, Alexa, Virtual Assistant, Smart Speakers, Bloomberg Amazon


Amazon's Human Helpers Are Quietly Listening in on Some Alexa Recordings

There’s been a number of incidents where Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant has done things like misinterpret something it overheard and started sending random people recordings of private conversations, or audio files kept by the company wound up in the wrong hands. But a real-life stranger could potentially be…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Science, Technology, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, Amazon Echo, Voice Recognition, Alexa, Digital Assistants, Smart Speakers, Alexa Who Else Is Listening


Review: The $199 Echo Link turns the fidelity up to 11

The Echo Link takes streaming music and makes it sound better. Just wirelessly connect it to an Echo device and plug it into a set of nice speakers. It’s the missing link. The Link bridges the gap between streaming music and a nice audio system. Instead of settling for the analog connection of an Echo Dot, the Echo Link serves audio over a digital connection and it makes just enough of a difference to justify the $200 price. I plugged the Eco Link into the audio system in my office and was...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Gadgets, Echo, Spotify, Pandora, Computing, Npr, Sonos, Amazon Echo, Microsoft Windows, Operating Systems, Streaming Services, Alexa, Don


Amazon Alexa now offers long-form news coverage in addition to Flash Briefings

One of the top use cases for Amazon Alexa is its ability to quickly summarize the day’s headlines via its customizable “Flash Briefing” skill. Now, Amazon is rolling out a new feature that will allow Alexa device owners to get more in-depth news from their preferred news provider, with this week’s launch of “long-form news.” Currently, the new feature works with news from Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Newsy and NPR, Amazon says. Getting the news is already a top voice activity among smart spea...
Tags: Amazon, Media, Tech, Cnn, Speaker, Npr, Cnbc, Alexa, Newsy, Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speaker, Longer, Smart Speakers, Alexa Skill Store, Bloomberg CNBC CNN Fox News Newsy


The Surprising Best Feature of Google Home

Despite the fact that there are now somewhere around lurking in kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms around the United States, most people do not need Google’s Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa in their lives. In fact, I thought I’d never own one of these devices, out of principle. Why, after all,…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, United States, Alexa, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Saturday Riff, Google Home Max, Google Home Hub, Logging Off


One in Five Consumers Uses Voice to Interact With Their TVs

More than 20% of all consumers interact with their TVs or streaming devices via voice commands, according to a new survey from IHS Markit. An additional 30% aren’t currently using voice for TV viewing, but are interested in the technology. Unsurprisingly, voice is more popular with younger consumers, with 33% of 25- to 34-year-olds making […]
Tags: News, Voice Control, Smart Speakers, IHS Markit An


Walmart partners with Google on voice-enabled grocery shopping

Following the latest wave of price cuts at Amazon’s Whole Foods announced Monday evening, Walmart today introduced its own plans to challenge Amazon on grocery shopping through a partnership with Google. The company is rolling out a new voice ordering capability, Walmart Voice Order, which works across Google Assistant-powered platforms, including Google’s smart speakers and displays, smartphones, smartwatches, and more. The news follows several efforts by Walmart to enter voice-based commerce, ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Retailers, Lenovo, Alexa, Assistant, Grocery Store, Jbl, Grocery Shopping, Google Express


Pandora want you to talk to adverts with your voice

Pandora are going to start testing interactive voice ads on their music streaming service later this year. The future of advertising could see us having a conversation with AIs like Siri as we find out more about products. With the prevalence of smart speakers in homes and assistants on our phones people are finding talking to a machine less threatening all the time, it was only a matter of time before these features were used for marketing. Pandora are looking to start introducing inte...
Tags: Music, Advertising, Siri, Pandora, Music Streaming, Streaming, Ads, Ai, Voice Control, Digital Music News, Picard, Smart Speakers, Instreamatic, Voice Ads, Eric Picard, Audiomack Global


Buy Committee: Should I Replace My Kitchen Smart Speaker With a Google Home Hub? 

The dream of the internet-connected smart home is alive and well in 2019, but one of our readers, Methusalah, can’t seem to add the oft-$99 Google Home Hub to his collection.Read more...
Tags: Google Home Hub, Smart Speakers


Smart speakers are about to get an IQ bump thanks to new Qualcomm chips

Qualcomm announced a new chipset that is designed to make the next generation of smart speakers sound, listen, and connect better than ever before, and it could soon be in your living room. The post Smart speakers are about to get an IQ bump thanks to new Qualcomm chips appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Computing, Home Theater, Qualcomm, Smart Speakers


Smart speakers now help the U.K. to calculate the cost of living

Smart speakers have become so popular in the U.K. that the device has now been added to the nation’s ”inflation basket.” The basket contains commonly bought goods and services and is used to calculate the cost of living. The post Smart speakers now help the U.K. to calculate the cost of living appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, News, Trends, Smart Home, Echo Speaker, Inflation Basket, Smart Speaker, Smart Speakers


The best Google Home-compatible devices for 2019

Google Home is a voice-controlled speaker built to compete with the Amazon Echo. It can currently control lights, switches, and thermostats from select partners. Here's a list of some of the best Google Home-compatible devices on the market. The post The best Google Home-compatible devices for 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Smart Home, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers


Over a quarter of US adults now own a smart speaker, typically an Amazon Echo

U.S. smart speaker owners grew 40 percent over 2018 to now reach 66.4 million — or 26.2 percent of the U.S. adult population — according to released this week, which detailed adoption patterns and device market share. The report also reconfirmed Amazon Echo’s lead, noting the Alexa-powered smart speaker grew to a 61 percent market share by the end of last year — well above Google Home’s 24 percent share. These findings fall roughly in line with other analysts’ reports on smart speaker market sh...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Echo, US, Siri, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Speaker, Sonos, Amazon Echo


Over a quarter of U.S. adults now own a smart speaker, typically an Amazon Echo

U.S. smart speaker owners grew 40 percent over 2018 to now reach 66.4 million – or 26.2 percent of the U.S. adult population – according to released this week, which detailed adoption patterns and device market share. The report also reconfirmed Amazon Echo’s lead, noting the Alexa-powered smart speaker grew to a 61 percent market share by the end of last year – well above Google Home’s 24 percent share. These findings fall roughly in line with other analysts’ reports on smart speaker market sh...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Echo, Siri, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Speaker, Sonos, Amazon Echo, Alexa


Alexa’s new Song ID feature can announce what music is playing next

Amazon today is launching a new feature called “Song ID” that aims to help users discover music they like, using Alexa. When enabled, Alexa will announce the title and the artist name before playing each song while you’re listening to a radio station, playlist or new release on Amazon Music over your smart speaker. The optional feature for Echo devices can be enabled or disable by voice at any time by asking Alexa to “turn on Song ID” or “turn off Song ID.” When listening to music through mobile...
Tags: Amazon, Music, Media, Tech, Artists, Streaming, Streaming Music, Songs, Alexa, Amazon Music, Smart Speakers, Song ID, Alexa When


How to Control Your Roku Using Amazon's Alexa

I have a Roku TV mounted to the wall above my desktop PC—which will surely kill me one day here in earthquake-prone California—and I always have to look through piles of stuff to find the remote. Sure, I could turn it on with my universal remote as well, but that’s all the way across the room. Read more...
Tags: California, Automation, Streaming, Roku, Lifehacks, Alexa, Smart Speakers, Control Your Roku Using Amazon


UMG CEO Lucian Grainge shares advice for artists in the age of smart speakers

The CEO of the world’s largest record label has some words of wisdom to share in the ever-changing tech of the modern music industry. The latest reports from December 2018 revealed that 66 million households in the US now have smart speakers. That’s almost double the year before when it was around 37 million. The smart speaker revolution is having an effect on the way that people listen to music. So much so that Universal Music Group CEO and chairman Lucian Grainge is advising his arti...
Tags: Music, Advice, US, Artists, Tips, Streaming, Universal, Mobile World Congress, Artist / Label News, Umg, Universal Music Group, Lucian Grainge, Smart Speakers, Barcelona Grainge


One in Three Consumers Wants Their Next TV to Listen to Them

With the growing popularity of smart speakers, more and more consumers are expecting similar functionality from their TVs: 32% of consumers told Adobe Analytics in a recent survey that voice control is an important factor when it comes to buying their next TV set. The tidbit is part of the latest Voice Report published by […]
Tags: News, Adobe, Adobe Analytics, Smart Speakers, Voice Report


Adobe’s new survey finds voice technology popular, expanding

Adobe Analytics released its annual survey of 1,000+ consumers about voice technology and this year's results are promising for smartphone and smart speaker manufacturers who are seeing growing adoption of voice use. The post Adobe’s new survey finds voice technology popular, expanding appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Adobe, Trends, Surveys, Smart Home, Digital Assistants, Adobe Analytics, Smart Speakers, Voice Technology


Adobe’s new survey finds voice technology is gaining in popularity, expanding

Adobe Analytics released its annual survey of 1,000+ consumers about voice technology and this year's results are promising for smartphone and smart speaker manufacturers who are seeing growing adoption of voice use. The post Adobe’s new survey finds voice technology is gaining in popularity, expanding appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Adobe, Trends, Surveys, Smart Home, Digital Assistants, Adobe Analytics, Smart Speakers, Voice Technology