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Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks

Amazon filed a patent this month for a new technology that looks like it would help its digital assistant Alexa fight fake voice attacks that could potentially fool Alexa's biometric security protocols. The post Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, News, Trends, Smart Home, Alexa, Smart Speakers, Voice Technology, Biometric Authentication


Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen) review: Alexa's bigger, brighter smart display

The latest smart speaker with screen looks better, sounds great and has built-in smart hubThe new second generation Echo Show is bigger with a better display, but is size enough to keep Amazon ahead of stiff competition from Google?Since the original Echo Show launched last year the software has been refined, but the experience is broadly the same. The Show is a voice-first Alexa speaker, with touch interactivity as an additional input rather than the core experience. If you never wanted to touc...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Smart Homes, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speakers, Echo Show


Smart speakers the likely cause of Chromecast Audio’s untimely demise

Goodbye Chromecast Audio, we hardly knew you. Google confirms rumors that it has killed Chromecast Audio, the inexpensive wireless music streamer that let people breathe new life into their old audio systems. The post Smart speakers the likely cause of Chromecast Audio’s untimely demise appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Business, News, Trends, Home Theater, Chromecast Audio, Smart Speakers


Smart Speakers Make Inroads Into American Homes

Source: Statista When Amazon announced the Amazon Echo in 2014, many people laughed at the idea of voluntarily letting the world’s largest online retailer put a “listening device” in your home. And yet, the Echo, and Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa with it, became a major success, pioneering the smart speaker market in the United States and internationally. According to a recent statement, Amazon shipped more than 100 million Echo devices since 2014, making it the leader in the highly contested ...
Tags: Amazon, Home, Technology, Speakers, Radio, United States, Property, Homes, Npr, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Statista, Edison Research, General Interest, Smart Speakers, Statista When Amazon


Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review: better all round

Latest small smart speaker has improved looks, sound and still has everything good about AlexaAmazon’s latest low-cost Alexa-powered smart speaker, the third-generation Echo Dot, looks better, sounds better, but still costs the same budget-friendly £50.When the second-generation Echo Dot launched in the UK it had very little in the way of competition. Having everything that was good about Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant squeezed into a smaller package half the price of the bigger Echo, it was a n...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, UK, Technology, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speakers


Put Alexa and a JBL speaker in your ceiling with this clever LED downlight

This light makes the smarthome even more accessible. Installed as any other ceiling downlight,the June AI downlight features Amazon Alexa through an integrated JBL speakers. There’s a light in there too. The idea is great: make the smarthome invisible. Instead of having an Amazon Echo sitting on a table, this device sits in a person’s ceiling doing the job of a normal light. But when called upon, it can play music, control devices or anything else possible with an Echo. “This integration of t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Publishing, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Computing, Residential, Bing, Amazon Echo, Lighting, Alexa, Online Music Stores, Jbl, Amazon Alexa


An AI in every home: 23% of the US now owns Smart Speakers

Smart speakers are in more and more homes every month with almost double the amount of Smart Speakers in US homes at the end of 2018 compared to the end of 2017. NPR and Edison Research have released their ‘Smart Audio Report’ looking back at the Smart Speaker industry in 2018. It’s easy to tell from the ever-growing number of companies revealing their entry into the Smart Speaker market that they are on a massive trend and 2018 saw more people than ever picking up an internet-activated, art...
Tags: Music, US, Smart, Artificial Intelligence, United States, 2018, Speaker, Npr, Ai, Digital Music News, Edison Research, Smart Speaker, Smart Speakers


How to Keep Commercials from Activating Your Smart Speaker

‘Tis the season for commercials featuring your favorite smart home speaker showing off what it can do—which means you may have experienced your Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri . And it’s annoying to have to shout, “Hey Google, stop,” or the equivalent phrase for your…Read more...
Tags: Google, Siri, Lifehacks, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers, HomePod


Looks Like Sonos Is Making Some New Smart Speakers

A new filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revealed some details about a new Sonos product. The redacted documents show that a new model number S18 smart speaker will work as satellites for the company’s soundbars to create a surround sound system and will also include built-in microphones for…Read more...
Tags: Science, Leaks, Rumors, Sonos, Surround Sound, Home Audio, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Smart Speakers, Sonos Playbar, Sonos One


Samsung may already be working on a second Galaxy Home smart speaker

Samsung is yet to release its first smart speaker and there's already talk of it prepping a second, more affordable one. Details are scant just now, but if the rumors are true, expect a smaller, simpler version of the Galaxy Home. The post Samsung may already be working on a second Galaxy Home smart speaker appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, News, Samsung, Trends, Smart Home, Bixby, Smart Speaker, Smart Speakers, Galaxy Home


How to Teach Your New Smart Speaker to Understand Your Voice

Not all smart speakers are created equal. In fact, some barely meet the qualifications to be called “smart” in the first place—but they’re getting better at answering your questions, assuming they can understand what you’re saying.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Cortana, Siri, Windows 10, Lifehacks, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Google Assistant, Google Home, Loup Ventures, Smart Speakers, AI Assistants, HomePod


You Should Return the Amazon Echo You Bought and Get a Better Gift

So you bought a loved one an Amazon Echo. Maybe it was on sale, or maybe it was on someone’s list. But inevitably, an Echo is a bad gift. It’s also a lazy gift. But don’t worry. It’s not too late to return it and get a better gift.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Science, Spying, Hackers, Spies, Amazon Echo, Smart Speakers, More Like Ech No Amirite


eMarketer: Amazon took 2/3 of smart speaker sales in 2018, but Echo will feel the squeeze in 2019

Smart speakers that let you control services and other connected devices in your home will continue to be a popular gift choice during the holiday season and into next year, when usage is set to rise by 15 percent to 74.2 million people in the US, working out to 26.8 percent of the US population, according to estimates from eMarketer. But while Amazon’s Echo helped to define and still dominates the market, consumers’ love affair with Alexa may be cooling, just a little, as the Echo is fina...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Ecommerce, Echo, UK, Hardware, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Sonos, Home Hub, Voice Assistants, Alexa


Amazon Will Continue to Dominate Smart Speaker Market in 2019

Google, Apple, Sonos and others will gain some share of the smart speaker market in 2019, but they won’t dethrone Amazon as the market leader any time soon: That’s the gist of a new Emarketer report predicting next year’s smart speaker sales trends. 63.3% of all smart speaker owners will have an Amazon Echo device […]
Tags: Amazon, News, Smart Speakers, Amazon Will Continue, Google Apple Sonos


Smart Speakers Most Popular in Living Rooms, Followed by Bedrooms and Kitchens, Survey Says (EXCLUSIVE)

Amazon Echo may once have been marketed as the ideal kitchen speaker, but a new survey from Adobe Analytics shows that smart speakers are increasingly invading the living room. 63% smart speaker owners surveyed by the company said that they have a smart speaker in their living room, followed by 42% who have one in […]
Tags: News, Adobe, Amazon Echo, Adobe Analytics, Smart Speakers


Bose's Fancy Home Speaker Might Be the Best Sounding Echo Alternative Yet

The idea seemed silly at first. Bose made an Alexa-powered wireless speaker with a little screen, a big $400 price tag and a promise “to fill any room with an astonishing stereo performance.” I’ve been using the Bose Home Speaker 500 for a little more than a month, and there are a few things I don’t like about it. But…Read more...
Tags: Echo, Science, Speakers, Bose, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Home Audio, Smart Speakers, Bose Home Speaker 500 Review


Oh Hey, Now There's One More Reason You Don't Need to Spend a Bundle on a HomePod

In case you needed another reason not to buy a HomePod, Amazon just announced that support for Apple Music is coming to Echo devices starting the week of December 17th.Read more...
Tags: Science, Streaming Music, Amazon Echo, Apple Music, Alexa, Consumer Tech, Smart Speakers, HomePod Amazon


A study says that smart speakers aren’t offering privacy, and it’s our fault

A new study out from the University of Michigan took a deep dive into the habits and attitudes of both smart speaker users and those who purposefully avoid them and the study's revelations about privacy are surpising. The post A study says that smart speakers aren’t offering privacy, and it’s our fault appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Security, News, Privacy, Trends, Michigan, Smart Home, Digital Assistants, Smart Speakers


Smart speakers used primarily for music and information — and shopping

A survey of Alexa and Google Home users shows most people use their devices for core functions and had issues discovering third-party apps. A significant number of people use their device for shopping. The post Smart speakers used primarily for music and information — and shopping appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Smart Home, Alexa, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Googe Home, User Satisfaction, User Survey


Antique phones lovingly retrofitted with Alexa functionality

Artisan maker Dick Whitney modifies beautiful antique phones to offer Amazon Echo functionality. His goal with the "Alexaphones" and other creations is to "combine classical design and usability with the most salient elements of your modern world." Unlike other spying smart speakers, Alexaphone only listens when you lift the handset. Absolutely stunning work. • Secure. Alexa can only hear you when the handset is off the receiver; all of the microphones are physically disconnected otherwise,...
Tags: Post, News, Retro, Vintage, Amazon Echo, Telephones, Alexa, Maker, Intelligent Agents, Smart Speakers, Dick Whitney, Alexaphone


Hello computer: introducing the Guardian Voice Lab

Bringing the authentic voice of the Guardian to Google Assistant through experimentation and innovationEven before computers became a staple of our daily lives, we’ve dreamed of a more natural and intuitive way to interact with them.Smart speakers and voice assistants are fundamentally changing the way we engage with technology. Talking to a computer could be a paradigm shift comparable to how we now use tapping and swiping our mobiles. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Technology, Information, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers, Guardian Voice Lab


Sonos delays Google Assistant integration until 2019, private beta to launch in 2018

Sonos today announced that Google Assistant will not be available on its products until at least 2019. The service was supposed to launch in 2018 but the company said in a blog posting it needs a bit more time. Additional information about timing will be released in early 2019, Sonos says. Eager customers can sign-up for a private beta as long as they agree to use the service extensively and respond to surveys within a few days. Sonos products already have access to Amazon Alexa. Given ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Speaker, Sonos, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Amazon Google, Smart Speakers, Sonos One, Software Platform, Amazon Alexa Given Sonos


Study Reveals How Smart Speakers Impact Music Consumption

A new study from AudienceNet has revealed that, surprise surprise, those over the age of 16 with smart speakers in their homes are listening to more music, for longer periods of time. ____________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 To the surprise of no one, a new study finds that the smart speaker trend is impacting music consumption in a big way. A new study by AudienceNet of people over the age of 16 looked at exactly how each age group is consuming music an...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Echo, Music, Guest Post, Music Business, Music Tech, How I Listen, Bobby Owsinski, Smart Speakers, AudienceNet


Alexa for Business opens up to third-party device makers

Last year, Amazon announced a new initiative, Alexa for Business, designed to introduce its voice assistant technology and Echo devices into a corporate setting. Today, it’s giving the platform a big upgrade by opening it up to device makers who are building their own solutions that have Alexa built-in. The change came about based on feedback from the existing organizations where Alexa for Business is today being used, Amazon says. The company claims thousands of businesses have added an Amazon ...
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Enterprise, Microsoft, Cortana, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Amazon Echo, Voice Search, Polycom, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Plantronics, Citrix, Amazon Alexa, Alexa Voice Service


Bird-brained computers stand in the way of the voice search revolution | John Naughton

Smart speakers such as Amazon’s Echo won’t answer our search queries until they acquire an understanding of natural languageType “What is the future of search?” into Google and in 0.47 seconds the search engine replies with a list of sites asking the same question, together with a note that it had found about 2,110,000,000 other results. Ponder that number for a moment, for it reflects the scale of the information explosion that was triggered by Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the web in 1989-90....
Tags: Google, Amazon, Technology, Bg, Voice Recognition, Richard Feynman, Tim Berners Lee, John Naughton, Smart Speakers, Ralph Leighton


Nielsen: U.S. smart speaker adoption grew to 24% in Q2 2018, 4 in 10 own more than one

In the second quarter, the adoption of smart speakers – like Amazon Echo and Google Home devices – grew to 24% in the U.S., up from 22% the prior quarter, according to new data from Nielsen, released this week. The measurement firm took a look at how consumers were using their speakers, when, as well as how many were buying multiple devices. The firm found that 4 out of 10 smart speaker owners have more than one device – a sizable percentage that points to consumers finding enough value in their...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Echo, Hardware, Nielsen, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Smart Speaker, Google Assistant, Google Home, Voice Computing, Smart Speakers, MediaTech Trender


Nielsen: US smart speaker adoption grew to 24% in Q2 2018, 4 in 10 own more than one

In the second quarter, the adoption of smart speakers — like Amazon Echo and Google Home devices — grew to 24 percent in the U.S., up from 22 percent the prior quarter, according to new data from Nielsen, released this week. The measurement firm took a look at how consumers were using their speakers, when, as well as how many were buying multiple devices. The firm found that 4 out of 10 smart speaker owners have more than one device — a sizable percentage that points to consumers finding enough ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Echo, Hardware, US, Tech, Nielsen, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Smart Speaker, Google Assistant, Google Home, Voice Computing, Smart Speakers, MediaTech Trender


Amazon Is Going to Drown Us in Alexa Crap

The digital assistant wars are in full swing, and with Google just recently notching the latest victory by finishing Q2 with the top-selling smart speaker in the world, Amazon is revamping its Alexa-powered roster in a very big way.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Smart Devices, Digital Assistants, Smart Speakers, The Great Alexa Flood Of 2018, Alexa Crap


Google Home Mini was the best-selling smart speaker in Q2

Amazon’s Echo Dot may have been a bestseller on Prime Day, but Google’s Home Mini device is now the top-selling smart speaker worldwide, according to a new report out this morning from Strategy Analytics. The analyst firm says Google’s small speaker accounted for 1 in 5 smart speaker shipments in Q2 2018, edging out the Echo Dot with its 2.3 million global shipments compared to Echo Dot’s 2.2 million. Combined, these two entry-level smart speakers – the Echo Dot and Home Mini – accounted for 38%...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, Gadgets, Echo, Samsung, Alibaba, Strategy Analytics, David Mercer, Echo Dot, Google Home, Smart Speakers, HomePod, Google Home Mini, Tmail Genie


Investors are tuning out Sonos after a disappointing quarter

Sonos stock is still struggling to recover after a disappointing earnings report sent shares of the audio hardware manufacturing company plummeting. The stock is currently down over 18 percent in trading on the Nasdaq after yesterday’s news that the company lost 45 cents per share on revenues  of roughly $208 million for the quarter. The losses put Sonos on pace for its worst day since debuting on the public markets in August. Sonos sees modest gains on first day of trading Revenue was ...
Tags: TC, Technology, Wall Street, Tech, Economy, United States, Speaker, Fitbit, Gopro, Sonos, Driver, Smart Speaker, Patrick Spence, Smart Speakers