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Amazon wants more people to develop speech-based adventure games for Alexa

Amazon wants more people to develop speech-based adventure games for Alexa

  Amazon’s plucky little voice assistant already has a fairly broad skill set – but gaming has never really been Alexa’s strong suit. Granted, the AI is no Xbox, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some potential for a little gaming fun. A few developers have already created titles for the platform, adventure games that […]

Nucleus’ smart intercom adds Alexa functionality

Nucleus’ smart intercom adds Alexa functionality

Amazon’s friendly AI is continuing its brisk march across smart home services. A week after August announced Alexa functionality for its smart lock, Nucleus is doing the same for its home intercom system, a rare feat for a touchscreen device. The family focused smart intercom system, which starts shipping today, features a front-facing HD camera, […]

Awair air quality monitor teams up with Nest, Amazon Echo and IFTTT

Awair air quality monitor teams up with Nest, Amazon Echo and IFTTT

Awair, the IoT product that sits in the home and measures the quality of your air, has today announced integrations with a number of other platforms to improve the experience. The company behind Awair, Bitfinder, has teamed up with Nest, the Amazon Echo, and IFTTT to offer users new ways to interact with the data […]

August’s Smart Lock gets Alexa functionality

August’s Smart Lock gets Alexa functionality

Alexa continues its unremitting march across the world’s different smart home devices with the addition of the August Smart Lock to its list of compatible products. The hardware startup is bringing voice control to its smart home product courtesy of Amazon’s friendly AI. The functionality is arriving for both the first and second generation of […]

Weekly Roundup: Verizon buys Yahoo, WikiLeaks publishes DNC emails and Skully crashes

Weekly Roundup: Verizon buys Yahoo, WikiLeaks publishes DNC emails and Skully crashes

Yahoo finally found a buyer, Mobileye and Tesla broke up, and some of the largest tech companies reported quarterly earnings. These are the biggest tech stories of the week. You can now get the Weekly Roundup sent straight to your inbox, delivered Saturday mornings. 1. Verizon (which owns AOL, which owns TechCrunch) announced it is acquiring Yahoo’s core business for […]

Amazon shatters earnings expectations

Amazon shatters earnings expectations

Amazon shattered expectations when it reported second quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.78, when Wall Street was forecasting $1.11. Amazon also beat revenue predictions, posting $30.4 billion for the quarter when analysts were expecting $29.55 billion. Shares ticked up 2 percent in after-hours trading. The company […]

Amazon debuts a dedicated shop for Kickstarter products

Amazon debuts a dedicated shop for Kickstarter products

Funding a project on Kickstarter is like placing a bet – will the project ever work? Will it ship? Or will you just be out a chunk of change? That said, the crowdfunding platform has enabled a number of companies to get off the ground, including those that range from gadgets and electronics to toys and […]

Amazon partners with U.K. government to test its drones

Amazon partners with U.K. government to test its drones

Amazon today announced that it has partnered with the U.K. government to test some of the technologies that may one day enable its Prime Air drone delivery service. In a partnership with the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Amazon now has the permission to explore beyond-line-of-sight operations in rural and suburban areas (something the U.S.’s Federal […]

Amazon Prime launches in India, initially without Prime Video service

Amazon Prime launches in India, initially without Prime Video service

Today seems to be a day of e-commerce inevitabilities in India. Alongside news of Rocket Internet-backed Jabong’s sale comes the launch of Amazon Prime in the country. The service costs 499 INR (around $7.50) per year, although that “introductory” price will later rise to 999 INR ($14.80), for which customers get free one- and two-day delivery for products […]

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