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Amazon Echo can now call landlines and mobile phones for free - CNET

Back in May, Amazon added a phone-call feature to its line of Echo smart speakers. Just one catch: You could call only other Echo owners. Last week, along with the announcement of new Echo devices, Amazon quietly eliminated that limitation. Effective ...and more »

Alexa skill tutorial: How to write your first voice-assistant app - InfoWorld

“Alexa, what's the weather forecast?” “Alexa, when is the next New York Giants game?” There are thousands of things you can find out by asking Alexa, the voice service behind Amazon's popular Echo, Dot, and other hardware. And, if there's not already a ...and more »

Amazon Adds New Echo Models to Next-Generation Smart Home Lineup - eWeek

Amazon might have made its name as a book seller and e-commerce giant, but the company seems more committed than ever to its computer hardware and smart-home products. That commitment was on full display Sept. 27, when the company unveiled a ...and more »

Amazon's quest to become the next Apple -

In a laboratory on the 30th floor of Amazon's Day One building, the tech giant's new skyscraper overlooking Seattle, Dave Limp unveils one new product after another. The room, which serves as a test space for Amazon's manufacturing team, is designed to ...and more »

You Can Now Make Free Phone Calls Through Your Amazon Echo Devices - Tech Times

Owners of Amazon Echo devices can now make free calls to mobile phones and landline numbers through their smart speakers. The feature, which many missed during Amazon's unveiling of its new line of Amazon Echo products, is a significant upgrade to ...and more »

Amazon Echo Spot Features Video Conferencing and Other Business Tools - Small Business Trends

Meet the new Echo Spot. An Alexa enabled device that is part personal assistant, alarm clock, video conferencing, calling and more solution. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced the new Echo Spot at its 2017 hardware event, and by many accounts it was ...and more »

Alexa builds a growing army to invade the digital home - ZDNet

Amazon unveils new Echo gadgets for your home. If intelligent voice agents such as Alexa ultimately aspire to be proactive assistants, they fell down on the job in anticipating the half-dozen new Echo products Amazon announced last week. The company's ...and more »

Google is working on an Echo Show competitor - Markets Insider

This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Google is working a screen-equipped smart speaker to compete with Amazon's Echo Show, reports TechCrunch. The device, codenamed ...and more »

Amazon Fire TV can now show live video feeds, but the lag remains - Android Central

Tucked amid all the new hardware announcements from Amazon this week was a little nugget about Amazon Fire TV. Specifically, that you can now view live video feeds from Alexa-enabled cameras. That's the same sort of functionality we have on the Echo ...and more »

Amazon Echo Is Now A Free Phone -

Amazon has been expanding the features of its Alexa Echo devices since first launching them in 2014, and now the eCommerce giant is reportedly adding the ability to make phone calls even to devices that are not Alexa-enabled. According to a report in ...and more »