Crunch Report | Ford Names Jim Hackett As New CEO

 Today’s Stories  Ford names Jim Hackett CEO to take its connected car plans up a gear Dish integrates with Amazon Alexa for hands-free TV  Patreon doubles in a year to...

Sayspring raises $1.5M for software that lets designers prototype and test voice apps without...

Sayspring, a startup that enables designers to create voice-enabled apps without code ahead of handing over projects to development, has just raised $1.5 million in...

After a year of catching up, Google Home needs to truly distinguish itself from...

Google Home has spent the past year catching up. No surprise, really. The Echo had a roughly two-year head start on the device. This week,...

As technology lends you its ear, these technologies will determine what it hears

In 1999, while traveling through Eastern Europe, I was robbed in a relatively remote area of the Czech Republic. Someone called the police, but we quickly...

Smart assistants are the new Android skins, everyone is building one and most are...

In the early days of Android, skins were the norm. Manufacturers looked to set themselves apart from countless competitors with custom design languages at proprietary...

You can now bank with your voice thanks to American Express’ new Alexa skill

American Express launched its new Amex skill for Amazon Alexa, bringing "select experiences of AmericanExpress.com and the Amex mobile app to Alexa." Now you can link your online Amex account...

SNL just came up with a hilarious version of Alexa designed for senior citizens

While the White House was definitely the focus of tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Live, the show managed to fit in a great sketch on Amazon’s...

Amazon to control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year

Amazon is dominating the voice-controlled speaker market, according to a new forecast from eMarketer out this morning. The maker of the Echo-branded speakers will have 70.6...

Third parties have always been the key to Amazon’s smart home domination plans

For Amazon, hardware has always been a means to an end. From the Kindle e-reader to the Fire tablets to its TV offerings, the company...

This could be Amazon’s Echo with a built-in display

Rumor has it that Amazon has been working on an Echo device with a touchscreen for a while. AFTVnews spotted an image on Amazon’s own...

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Lenovo flashes a new hinge-free, ThinkPad laptop concept with a bending...

In addition to revealing new products for the business and enterprise markets, Lenovo showcased a hinge-free prototype ThinkPad design. The prototype had a...