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You can finally say 'Computer' to your Echo to command it - The Verge

Amazon has added a new wake word to the Echo and the Echo Dot, and it's the one that anybody who's ever watched Star Trek wants: “Computer.” You can enable it by opening up the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone, then digging down into the ...and more »

How Alexa Fits Into Amazon's Prime Directive - New York Times

When “Star Trek: The Next Generation” first aired in the 1980s, it envisioned a number of technological advances for humankind's future. Set in the 24th century, the show featured 3-D printers, visors that could provide artificial sight and a virtual ...and more »

24.5M voice-first devices expected to ship this year, but apps struggle to retain users - TechCrunch

The next mainstream computing platform may not be bots, AR, or VR, but rather voice-based computing. According to a new state of the industry report from VoiceLabs, it's estimated that there will be 24.5 million voice-first devices shipped this year ...and more »

More than 8M people own an Amazon Echo as customer awareness increases 'dramatically' - GeekWire

Echo Dot. The Amazon Echo Dot. (Amazon Photo). Amazon continues to see more and more traction with its voice-enabled speaker. A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) estimates that there are now 8.2 million customers who ...and more »

Voice control is taking off, but it's not taking over yet - Phys.Org

If unexpected packages start showing up at your door, you might want to have a word with one of your smart devices. Earlier this month, a six-year-old in Dallas asked her family's Amazon Echo smart speaker for a dollhouse. And Alexa, Amazon's Siri-like ...and more »

The Best Alexa Skills to Add to Your Amazon Echo - Lifehacker

You can add tons of features to your Amazon Echo with little apps Amazon calls “Alexa Skills.” Most of them are garbage. We've sifted through the mess to find the best ones that are actually useful.and more »

More than 30 million 'voice-first' devices in US homes by year end [Report] - Search Engine Land

There are now 8.2 million US homes with Amazon Echo/Alexa devices according to one estimate. And voice analytics company VoiceLabs says that Google has sold somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 of its Google Home devices since launch.and more »

You Can Now Address Alexa As "Computer" Because Star Trek Is Real Life - Lifehacker

The future you've been waiting for has arrived. Amazon has added a new accepted wake word to activate your personal voice assistant: Computer. I don't need to explain how cool this is to Star Trek nerds. For everyone else, “Computer” is the trigger ...and more »

Amazon Alexa Setup: Settings to Enable and Disable - Tom's Guide

Whether you have an Echo, Echo Dot, or some other Amazon Alexa-enabled device, it's easy to get started with Amazon's virtual assistant: Turn it on, and it walks you through the setup process. But to get the most out of it, you'll want to dig into the ...and more »

Amazon Echo's new wake word is a gift to Trekkies - CNET

There's a new way to wake up the Amazon Echo smart speaker, and Trekkies are going to flip for it. Just say, "Computer." alexa-wake-word-computer.jpg Enlarge Image. You can change your Echo's wake word in the "Settings" section of the Alexa app.and more »