White-hat Chinese hackers turned Alexa into a spy, briefly

This won’t come as any surprise to those of you who put tape over your laptop’s cameras, but Alexa might not be 100 percent secure. This week at the Def Con Hacking Conference in Las Vegas, researchers from the Chinese conglomerate Tencent Holdings disclosed that they were able to use a modified Amazon Echo to … Read moreWhite-hat Chinese hackers turned Alexa into a spy, briefly

Amazon Echo Spot review

Research Center: Amazon Echo Spot When we got our first look at the Amazon Echo Spot in September 2017, we were intrigued and inspired by how attractive it was. Before the Spot came along, Amazon’s Echo devices weren’t much to look at. The original Echo was a large cylinder that resembled some sort of mechanical … Read moreAmazon Echo Spot review

Alexa’s newest feature lets the A.I. get back to you with an answer

In yet another evolutionary step in the artificial intelligence contest between Amazon and Google, Amazon confirmed this week that a new feature called “Answer Update” will enable Alexa to percolate on a question she doesn’t know the answer to, and inform users once she’s learned the answer. Factual questions only, please; we don’t think it’s … Read moreAlexa’s newest feature lets the A.I. get back to you with an answer

Alexa’s oddball ‘Away Mode’ skill aims to keep burglars at bay

What do you do to keep your home safe when you go out? A large growling dog is the go-to house protector for many, but not everyone has the space, time, or money to care for such a creature. One of the oldest tricks in the book is to turn on the TV when you … Read moreAlexa’s oddball ‘Away Mode’ skill aims to keep burglars at bay

A new Amazon Echo Dot resembling the Google Home Mini could be on its way

We could be looking at a new Echo Dot. According to reports from French publications Numerama and FrAndroid, Amazon is planning to release a third-generation Amazon Echo Dot, the most diminutive (and popular) of its Alexa-enabled devices. It has been two years since we have seen any variation in that design, but leaked photos would … Read moreA new Amazon Echo Dot resembling the Google Home Mini could be on its way

Crank up the bass with Amazon Alexa’s new hands-free EQ adjustments

Since the introduction of voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri in smart speakers and other devices, the general trend has been to attempt to use your hands as little as possible. For owners of certain Alexa-powered devices, this has gone even further, as a new feature lets you use the virtual assistant … Read moreCrank up the bass with Amazon Alexa’s new hands-free EQ adjustments