Amazon Exec: Alexa and Siri SHOULD be able to talk to each other

“Alexa and Siri, rival voice assistants on Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s iPhone, don’t directly communicate with one another. But the Amazon executive in charge of Alexa and the Amazon Echo said he’d welcome the idea,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today. “‘You should be able to tell ‘Alexa, ask Siri X,” said David Limp, senior vice president of devices at Amazon.” “‘If Apple or Google want to come calling, my phone number is out there, they can call… I don’t know if I can envision it but I hope that will happen on behalf of customers,’ Limp told a Click Here to Read more

Can your Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Siri be used AGAINST you in Court?

(WSB TV): Voice assistants like Siri, Google Home and Amazon Echo take convenience to a new level, but does that convenience come with a price? Channel 2 Consumer Advisor Clark Howard says the in-home technology could impact your privacy. The assistants work by listening for the “wake word.” For Echo, that word is “Alexa,” for Google Home it’s “OK Google” and for Siri it’s “Hey Siri.” After it detects the wake word it begins recording the interaction.  As those recordings build up the device becomes more efficient, but with that convenience comes constant monitoring. What these devices record, accidental or otherwise, Click Here to Read more

Order Starbucks Coffee using Tech and your Voice

(Eater): Starbucks is making it ever easier to order your $7 morning latte. Today the chain launches voice ordering on two platforms: its iOS mobile app and Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa. When utilizing the mobile order and pay feature on the My Starbucks app, users can now speak their full order instead of selecting it on-screen. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the app should in theory have no problem taking your order for an extra-complicated venti two-pump half-caf extra-hot skinny vanilla almond milk latte. The feature is currently in beta, and is currently only available to 1,000 customers nationwide; it will be rolled out Click Here to Read more

Star Trek fans can now summon their Amazon Alexa with the word “Computer”

For those of us who long for the day when we can say the word “Computer” and our Amazon Echo would respond, that day has finally come! Now Alexa users can change their ‘wake word’ from the generic ‘Alexa’ to ‘Computer’.  Here’s how to change it: Logon to the Alexa app ( Select Settings > [name of Alexa device]. Select Edit at the Wake Word section. From the Drop Down menu, select the Computer wake word. Click Save. You can now use that word to wake up Alexa. Note: is in the process of pushing out this update.  You’ll not be able to do the above until Amazon Click Here to Read more