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Amazon Unveils New Hands-Free 'Tap Mode' For Voice Assistant Alexa - iTech Post;

Amazon Unveils New Hands-Free 'Tap Mode' For Voice Assistant Alexa - iTech Post

iTech PostAmazon Unveils New Hands-Free 'Tap Mode' For Voice Assistant AlexaiTech PostAmazon has just released an all-new hands-free Amazon Tap Speak, which makes its voice-assistant named Alexa work without even having to tap any button. This was made in response to most users of the Tap that complained about the Alexa button being ...and more »

Amazon Tap firmware update enables Echo-style hands free voice commands - Android Police;

Amazon Tap firmware update enables Echo-style hands free voice commands - Android Police

Android PoliceAmazon Tap firmware update enables Echo-style hands free voice commandsAndroid PoliceHere's an interesting example of a product getting better with age. The Amazon Tap speaker was introduced as a mobile, battery-powered alternative to the Echo, with access to the same Alexa voice commands, but limited in that it could only accept said ...and more »

Amazon Tap Is Now Hands-Free: No Need To Push Any Buttons, Just Say 'Alexa' - Tech Times;

Amazon Tap Is Now Hands-Free: No Need To Push Any Buttons, Just Say 'Alexa' - Tech Times

Tech TimesAmazon Tap Is Now Hands-Free: No Need To Push Any Buttons, Just Say 'Alexa'Tech TimesAmazon has confirmed that Tap, its only smart speaker without an always-on feature, will receive an update that gains it such a functionality. This means Tap owners won't need to push a button anymore to activate Alexa. ( Amazon ). Advertisement.and more »

Voice Control Platforms a Key Technology Trend in 2017 - Nasdaq

Voice Control Platforms a Key Technology Trend in 2017NasdaqTechnology companies have spent years on computational linguistics to solve the basic problem of making machines more efficient in an era where they would have to deal with bigger data loads and more complex queries. One of the products of this ...and more »

Amazon has finally fixed the worst part of the Echo Tap - Mashable;

Amazon has finally fixed the worst part of the Echo Tap - Mashable

MashableAmazon has finally fixed the worst part of the Echo TapMashableThe company is adding hands-free functionality to the Echo Tap, finally bringing it up to speed with the other devices in the Echo Line. SEE ALSO: Trekkies can now wake up their Amazon Echo by saying 'computer'. Previously, you could only interact with ...and more »

You can now summon Alexa on the Amazon Tap without having to actually tap it - Phone Arena;

You can now summon Alexa on the Amazon Tap without having to actually tap it - Phone Arena

Phone ArenaYou can now summon Alexa on the Amazon Tap without having to actually tap itPhone ArenaOf all virtual assistants that currently exist, Amazon's Alexa is easily one of the most popular and powerful out there. The Alexa AI has grown stronger and more functional over the years, and whether you want it to sing you an entirely original song ...and more »

Remains of the Day: Amazon Tap Gets Touch-Free Activation - Lifehacker;

Remains of the Day: Amazon Tap Gets Touch-Free Activation - Lifehacker

LifehackerRemains of the Day: Amazon Tap Gets Touch-Free ActivationLifehackerContrary to its name, Amazon Tap, the mobile Bluetooth speaker with Alexa abilities, now has a hands-free mode so that you don't need to tap the microphone button. Life is full of surprises. That and more in today's news. Advertisement. Amazon Tap ...and more »

Sonos has Alexa control working, but don't hold your breath - SlashGear;

Sonos has Alexa control working, but don't hold your breath - SlashGear

SlashGearSonos has Alexa control working, but don't hold your breathSlashGearSonos has given its first public demonstration of Amazon Alexa integration, though the streaming speaker company says the actual roll-out of voice control is still some way off. The two companies announced a partnership back in August 2016, which will ...and more »

You don't need to touch the Amazon Tap to use Alexa anymore - Engadget;

You don't need to touch the Amazon Tap to use Alexa anymore - Engadget

EngadgetYou don't need to touch the Amazon Tap to use Alexa anymoreEngadgetHaving to touch a device to use voice commands kind of defeats the purpose of having voice commands at all. For example, my use of "Okay, Google" went down dramatically once I switched from Android to iOS. Amazon realizes this problem is a problem too, ...and more »

Sonos demoes Alexa control, says more assistants coming - CNET;

Sonos demoes Alexa control, says more assistants coming - CNET

CNETSonos demoes Alexa control, says more assistants comingCNETSonos demonstrated Amazon Alexa voice control of its speakers at an event in Boston yesterday. Antoine Leblond, Sonos vice president of software, walked onstage and said, "Alexa, pause Sonos" to an Amazon Echo Dot speaker, pausing the music playing ...and more »

Amazon Tap goes hands-free: How to make it wake up to 'Alexa' - Pocket-lint.com;

Amazon Tap goes hands-free: How to make it wake up to 'Alexa' - Pocket-lint.com

Pocket-lint.comAmazon Tap goes hands-free: How to make it wake up to 'Alexa'Pocket-lint.comIt's not exactly the most compelling speaker in the Echo lineup, considering it isn't a hands-free and can't respond to the "Alexa" wake word. Instead, to wake Alexa, you have to tap the Tap. The 6.2-inch-tall cylinder speaker comes with a 7-piece ...and more »

Navarre Press joins Amazon's Alexa news app - Navarre Press;

Navarre Press joins Amazon's Alexa news app - Navarre Press

Navarre PressNavarre Press joins Amazon's Alexa news appNavarre PressNavarre Press readers can get their news briefing with just a voice command thanks to the Amazon Alexa application Flash Briefing. Readers need only say “Alexa, read Flash Briefing,” and Alexa will read you the top headlines for Navarre, hot of the ...and more »

Amazon Tap Gets Hands-Free Alexa, Finally Worth Buying - Tom's Guide;

Amazon Tap Gets Hands-Free Alexa, Finally Worth Buying - Tom's Guide

Tom's GuideAmazon Tap Gets Hands-Free Alexa, Finally Worth BuyingTom's GuideThe $129 Amazon Tap, while a fine Bluetooth speaker, has long been the weakest member of the Alexa family due to its lack of hands-free voice controls. Fortunately, that's all about to change. Thanks to a firmware update, you can summon Alexa on the ...and more »

Amazon Echo Tap gets hands-free mode, is officially a portable Echo - TechnoBuffalo;

Amazon Echo Tap gets hands-free mode, is officially a portable Echo - TechnoBuffalo

TechnoBuffaloAmazon Echo Tap gets hands-free mode, is officially a portable EchoTechnoBuffaloThe Amazon Echo Tap has always existed as a sort of less-powerful version of the Echo and Echo Dot. It's perfect for bringing an Alexa along with you on the go but, until now, you had to tap the device and manually bring up Alexa. That was kind of ...and more »

Cleverbot Arrives on Amazon Echo, Offering Conversation and Companionship - PR Newswire (press release);

Cleverbot Arrives on Amazon Echo, Offering Conversation and Companionship - PR Newswire (press release)

PR Newswire (press release)Cleverbot Arrives on Amazon Echo, Offering Conversation and CompanionshipPR Newswire (press release)LONDON, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2016, Amazon announced The Alexa Prize, a competition to advance conversational Artificial Intelligence. A grand challenge to build a socialbot that can converse on popular topics for 20 minutes, taking place in ...and more »

Amazon Tap goes hands-free, thanks to update - ZDNet;

Amazon Tap goes hands-free, thanks to update - ZDNet

ZDNetAmazon Tap goes hands-free, thanks to updateZDNetamazon-tap.png CNET/CBS Interactive. Amazon on Thursday expanded more functionality to its Amazon Tap speaker via an over-the-air update that adds the hands-free capability to summon the Alexa voice assistant. Prior to the update, Tap users would ...and more »

Amazon Tap portable speaker gains always-listening option - Liliputing;

Amazon Tap portable speaker gains always-listening option - Liliputing

LiliputingAmazon Tap portable speaker gains always-listening optionLiliputingOne of the things that makes Amazon's Echo products kind of magical is the fact that you don't ever need to touch them. Just say “Alexa” or “Computer” into thin air and ask a question, and Echo will answer you, play music, or perform hundreds of other ...and more »

Your Amazon Tap no longer requires tapping, just 'Alexa' - CNET;

Your Amazon Tap no longer requires tapping, just 'Alexa' - CNET

CNETYour Amazon Tap no longer requires tapping, just 'Alexa'CNETI'm not saying the Amazon Tap was the red-headed stepchild in the Echo lineup of smart speakers, merely that it was the only one that couldn't be activated hands-free. Instead, to invoke Alexa, you had to tap the Tap. But that's no longer the case ...and more »

Logitech Brings Alexa to Your Car - Chip Chick;

Logitech Brings Alexa to Your Car - Chip Chick

Chip ChickLogitech Brings Alexa to Your CarChip ChickNot too long ago we took a look at the Logi ZeroTouch smart car system, a way for owners of older cars to turn their smartphones into a driver safe smart car interface. Snapping an Android phone into one of Logitech's dash or vent mounts automatically ...and more »

The Amazon Tap Is Now Worth Getting - Daily Caller

The Amazon Tap Is Now Worth GettingDaily CallerThe Daily Dealer has long been a fan of the Amazon Tap, which we have repeatedly called “the most secure Alexa product.” Judging by the device's lagging sales, we were the only ones who liked the idea of an Alexa device that didn't record every single ...and more »