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

I'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 »

7 Annoying Things That Sum Up My Relationship With Amazon Echo's Alexa - News

As a real estate agent, my job is to know what's trending in smart home technology—that strange, ever-evolving realm of products and mobile apps that are designed to boost your home's IQ. I've seen firsthand how young home buyers gawk at cool techie ...and more »

Amazon's Alexa escapes the Echo and gets into cars - The Guardian

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is making its way into cars in the UK, bringing voice controlled music and even the ability to remotely control smart home devices onto the road. The freeing of Alexa from the confines of Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot is ...and more »

Amazon Tap's new hands-free Alexa update means it's actually useful - The Verge

Guess they'll have to re-think the name “Tap.” Amazon today rolled out an over-the-air software update for its portable Amazon Tap that makes the voice-assistant Alexa work without having to tap a button. The new hands-free mode is enabled through the ...and more »

Amazon launches Alexa Voice Service in UK English for even more chat fun - The INQUIRER

AMAZON HAS just opened the floodgates on making Alexa even more versatile for UK users. The Alexa Voice Service (AVS) launched in 2015 has this week been released in UK English and German, allowing users in those countries to take advantage of a ...and more »

Epsilon and Others Scramble for Alexa Data from Amazon -

Amazon, not unlike other retail giants or the web's walled gardens, is notoriously stingy with its data. However, Amazon has opened up some high-level information derived from consumer interactions with Alexa, it's voice-activated home IoT platform ...and more »

Alexa Voice Service now works on connected devices in UK and Germany - TechCrunch

Since first being unbundled back in 2015 in the U.S., Alexa Voice Service — the voice-response software that powers the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot — has been one of Amazon's chief tools to spread its services to a range of connected devices.and more »

With Logitech's ZeroTouch, You Can Now Use Amazon's Alexa In Any Vehicle - Fast Company

With ZeroTouch you can use Alexa to keep up with your calendar, listen to books, and even order toilet paper. With Logitech's ZeroTouch, You Can Now Use Amazon's Alexa In Any Vehicle. [Photo: courtesy of Logitech]. By Emily Price 02.07.17 | 11:00 am.and more »

Amazon rolls out free smart-home consultations - The Seattle Times

Echo, a voice-controlled home assistant speaker, stands in the center of a display during the U.K. launch event in 2016 for the Amazon. (Luke MacGregor / Bloomberg). The advisers in charge of the free in-home consultations demo smart home products, ...and more »

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

amazon-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 »