Tag: Amazon Alexa

You Can Now Use Amazon’s Alexa to Control Apple Music on Select Sonos Speakers

If you have a select Sonos-branded speaker and use Apple Music, then today your device is getting a nice little trick thanks to Amazon Alexa support. Beginning today, both the Sonos Beam and the Sonos One speakers support using Amazon Alexa to control Apple Music with voice controls. That support is available in Ireland, the […]

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Amazon Alexa scientists reduce speech recognition errors by 20% with semi-supervised learning

Deep neural networks take time to train — and lots of data — and that’s particularly true of speech recognition systems. Conventional models tap corpora comprising thousands of hours of transcribed voice snippets. It’s not exactly surprising, then, that scientists at Amazon’s Alexa division are investigating ways to expedite the process. Today they reported that […]

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You can now unlock August Smart Lock with your voice

Unlatching the front door hands-free just got easier — if you have an August internet-connected deadbolt, that is. Today, the San Francisco company announced enhanced Google Assistant integration for the August Smart Lock, alongside Amazon Alexa and IFTTT-powered features for the August Doorbell Cam Pro. First up is hands-free door unlocking. Starting this week, after you […]

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Devialet debuts Reactor, a $1,300 compact version of its Phantom speaker

After making a splash with its high-powered but pricey Phantom speakers, Paris-based Devialet is pushing to reach a wider audience with a compact version of its audio technology, dubbed Phantom Reactor. The Reactor’s design echoes that of the all-in-one Phantom, but is about one-fourth of the size. Just as critically, it’s priced starting at $1,300 […]

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Tempow brings surround sound, mesh networking, other advanced Bluetooth features to smart speakers

Paris-based Tempow wants to transform your smart speaker experience with a suite of Bluetooth audio profiles it’s calling TAP Smart. With TAP Smart, announced today at IFA 2018 in Berlin, manufacturers can add advanced wireless features to smart devices powered by Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant. The first to take advantage of this is Keecker, the […]

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