Report: Google Assistant is most efficient assistant, Siri is least

A marketing company performed a thorough test of the four main virtual assistants. The results paint a clear picture that the Google Assistant smartphone app...

A marketing company performed a thorough test of the four main virtual assistants. The results paint a clear picture that the Google Assistant smartphone app is the most efficient virtual assistant. Cortana is in second place, Amazon’s Alexa is in third, and Apple’s Siri came in last. A new report from marketing agency Stone Temple...

Deal: Amazon Echo Dot for $40 with bonus $10 gift card

If you haven’t yet stepped into the smart speaker game, you really are missing out. An always-on virtual assistant is incredibly useful around the house,...

If you haven’t yet stepped into the smart speaker game, you really are missing out. An always-on virtual assistant is incredibly useful around the house, especially in places like the kitchen where you often find your hands are dirty and touching your smartphone is ill-advised. While our guide on the matter shows that the Google...

Hands-free Alexa coming to Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets

Amazon is rolling out hands-free Alexa functionality to Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets. Currently, only the Amazon Fire HD 10 (7th generation)...

Amazon is rolling out hands-free Alexa functionality to Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets. Currently, only the Amazon Fire HD 10 (7th generation) has the hands-free Alexa feature. Still, the hands-free Alexa feature will still be a better experience on the Fire HD 10, because it will work with the screen off and...

Alexa will talk less if you turn on new Brief Mode

Although Amazon hasn’t made a statement about it, Reddit users have discovered a new Brief Mode for Amazon Echo products. Brief Mode stops Alexa from...

Although Amazon hasn’t made a statement about it, Reddit users have discovered a new Brief Mode for Amazon Echo products. Brief Mode stops Alexa from issuing verbal affirmation after completing a task; the assistant emits a beep tone instead. The new feature also appears in the Alexa app for Android and iOS. Reddit users over...

Alexa users report outages and other issues

Tech Crunch Users of Amazon Echo hardware and the Alexa service are experiencing some sort of outage. Since Amazon has no consumer-facing downage report site, we...

Tech Crunch Users of Amazon Echo hardware and the Alexa service are experiencing some sort of outage. Since Amazon has no consumer-facing downage report site, we are unsure what is going on. Could this be an issue with Amazon Web Services? Or something else? While Amazon does not have an outage status page for its consumer...

Amazon’s Super Bowl ad preview teases new voices for Alexa

Amazon put up a preview for its Super Bowl ad, starring Jeff Bezos. The ad suggests Alexa will gain support for multiple voices in an...

Amazon put up a preview for its Super Bowl ad, starring Jeff Bezos. The ad suggests Alexa will gain support for multiple voices in an upcoming update. It’s another episode in the competition between Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which has offered multiple voices since last year. A preview of the commercial Amazon will be...

Survey confirms smart speakers are the next big thing

A survey of nearly 2,000 Americans proves that smart speakers are the new hot product. Respondents report using smart speakers over other devices in their...

A survey of nearly 2,000 Americans proves that smart speakers are the new hot product. Respondents report using smart speakers over other devices in their homes, including their smartphones. 65 percent of respondents say they would not want to go back to life without a smart speaker. Smartphone ownership may have flatlined, and tablet ownership...

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