TiVo adds Alexa voice control to its DVRs

TiVo’s DVRs are getting Alexa support. The company is announcing its lineup of DVRs, including Series 4 (Premiere), 5 (Roamio), and 6 (Bolt) boxes like TiVo BOLT VOX introduced...

Fewer parents name baby girls ‘Alexa’ after Amazon Echo debut

'Alexa' was never a top ten U.S. baby girl name. After Amazon used the name for the Echo smart speaker voice assistant, today even fewer parents choose it for their...

The Natede is an Alexa-connected plant holder that is a serious air purifier

Heralded as a "smart and natural air purifier," the Natede promises to help circulate cleaner air within your home while doubling as a sleek plant holder. It has raised over...

Let Alexa and Google Assistant help you celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day

Worried about what you’re going to get mom for Mother’s Day this year? Having some trouble finding restaurant reservations? Why not enlist some help from Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa?...

Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant can hear silent commands that you can’t

You may start thinking about the music you play through your Echo or Google Home differently -- researchers have proven it's possible to embed secret commands into your virtual assistants'...

Researchers show Siri and Alexa can be exploited with ‘silent’ commands hidden in songs

Researchers at UC Berkeley have shown they can embed within songs stealthy commands for popular voice assistants that can prompt platforms like Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant to carry...

Microsoft wants Cortana and Alexa to be friends. Is that cool or just awkward?

MicrosoftAfter announcing an alliance with Amazon late last summer, Microsoft finally showed how its Cortana digital assistant will integrate with Alexa on stage at Build. There’s a lot to...

How to ‘Drop In’ on an Echo, Echo Show, or Echo Dot

Last year, Amazon released the touchscreen-equipped Echo Show, which allowed users to make voice calls through their Echo devices for the very first time. Shortly after that, Amazon rolled out...

Amazon opens up in-skill purchases to all Alexa developers

Amazon today launched in-skill purchasing to all Alexa developers. That means developers have a way to generate revenue from their voice applications on Alexa-powered devices, like Amazon’s Echo speakers. For...

Amazon exec Charlie Kindel says he’s leaving to take a serious break from ‘work’

Amazon is famous for its hard-charging work culture, and Charlie Kindel, an Amazon executive who helped shape the rise of Alexa, is ready to hit the pause button after...