Skype calling coming to Amazon Echo and other Alexa devices

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The Portal device will also work with Amazon's smart assistant Alexa, play music and videos, and give users the news.

You can understand why a physical privacy cover would be needed, although interestingly enough, Facebook may have only developed that "recently" in "response to worsening public trust" in the company.

The takeaway: Alexa Guard is one of the more clever smart home products to come along.

The takeaway: Amazon has been really ambitious about its forays into TV - not only with its original shows and Prime Video service, but also its TV hardware, like the $120 Fire TV Cube unveiled in July, and this new Fire TV Recast. We expect to hear more about the smart speaker at the October 9 event, and until then take all the rumours with a pinch of salt. According to rumors, the gadget will be similar to Amazon's Echo Show, writes the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference for a New time.

Amazon is also going out to the garage with the Echo Auto, a $50 device that will bring Alexa capabilities to cars, accessing vehicle speaker systems via bluetooth and using the driver's smartphone to connect to the cloud.

As you interact with your smart home, Alexa learns more about your day-to-day usage and can sense when connected smart devices such as lights, locks, switches, and plugs are not in the state that you prefer.


Research firm eMarketer has estimated that 40.7 million people in the United States will use Echo devices this year, up more than 31% from 2017.

"Amazon is doubling down on its strategy of integrating Alexa far and wide into appliances, consumer electronics and cars".

It will start with the new E-Tron electric SUV in North America and Europe next year, with other models to follow. Imagine how easy your life would be when Alexa tells you the dos and don'ts of cooking in a microwave oven.

From the kitchen to the vehicle, Amazon on Thursday sought to make its Alexa digital assistant and online services a bigger part of people's lives with an array of new products and partnerships, reports AFP from Seattle. But, most-importantly, the vast user base. The only thing you need is to make sure that the antenna has a good reception and the paired Echo device is present near it. Surprisingly, despite the outlandish nature of this product, it's very cheap and you can make it yours for just $60.

US Amazon users will even be able to buy a low cost Amazon Basics microwave, with Alexa controls and Dash button functionality.

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