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ecobee Switch+ with HomeKit also an Alexa smart speaker

ecobee began taking pre-orders for the Switch+ today. This smart-home light switch includes HomeKit support so it can be remotely controlled with an iPhone. But it goes beyond that: with Amazon’s
Ecobee Switch+ Comes With Amazon’s Alexa Built Into It

Ecobee Switch+ Comes With Amazon’s Alexa Built Into It

Light switches were designed to be simple and straightforward; flick it on or off and you’re done. However Ecobee wants to try and make it a little “smarter” and has since launched the Ecobee Switch+

Amazon adds ability to ask follow-up questions to Alexa

Being able to ask Google Assistant follow-up questions without needing to say the action word again has removed a lot of frustration we used to experience when interacting with the search giants

Ecobee Switch+ delivers voice control to every room in a smart home

The name Ecobee is slowly becoming a household name when it comes to the smart home category. We’ve featured a number of Ecobee products including the Ecobee smart thermostat line, Ecobee 4 with a
Amazon’s Follow-Up Mode for Alexa Devices Would be Great With Google Home

Amazon’s Follow-Up Mode for Alexa Devices Would be Great With Google Home

At the end of last week, Amazon announced a new Follow-Up Mode for Alexa devices that allows you to ask follow-up questions without having to repeat the wake word over and over again between each. I
You could one day send money to a friend simply by asking Alexa

You could one day send money to a friend simply by asking Alexa

Amazon's Alexa may just be able to help you transfer money to a bank, your landlord, or your friends, with a voice command. The functionality isn't available yet but could be in the next year or
Nest Hello video doorbell and Nest-Yale smart lock now available

Nest Hello video doorbell and Nest-Yale smart lock now available

Google-owned Nest today announced that its Nest Hello video doorbell and a smart lock created with Yale are now available for purchase. A Nest Temperature Sensor for tracking and changing the
AI at SXSW 2018: Of Hives, Ethics, Morals, and the Singularity

AI at SXSW 2018: Of Hives, Ethics, Morals, and the Singularity

AI has captured the attention of people far outside the technology space, and the implications of the technology are far reaching, changing industries, eliminating many human jobs, and changing the

Best Amazon Echo and Alexa Speakers: Which Models Are Best?

Should you get the Echo Dot or the Echo Show Five? Here are our favorite Alexa speakers from Amazon and its partners.
Alexa’s new ‘Brief Mode’ replaces verbal confirmations with chimes

Alexa’s new ‘Brief Mode’ replaces verbal confirmations with chimes

Amazon confirmed it’s rolling out an optional “Brief Mode” that lets Alexa users configure their Echo devices to use chimes and sounds for confirmations, instead of having Alexa respond with her
Amazon tests a 'brief mode' for when you want Alexa to just shut up

Amazon tests a 'brief mode' for when you want Alexa to just shut up

Love your Echo but think Alexa is just a little too chatty? Well, you're in luck. Amazon is reducing the amount of time you have to spend listening to Alexa respond to commands, thanks to a new "brief
Alexa ‘Brief Mode’ makes Echo less chatty

Alexa ‘Brief Mode’ makes Echo less chatty

Alexa is getting less chatty, with Amazon reportedly testing a new “Brief Mode” which would cut down the assistant’s confirmations to a simple beep. Although not yet officially announced by Amazon,

Alexa's 'Brief Mode' makes the digital assistant way less chatty

Not too long ago, people got creeped out by Amazon's Alexa devices randomly laughing at them. Now Jeff Bezos' digital assistant is offering folks the chance to put a sock in its mouth. Err, speaker.
Alexa could soon be getting a lot less verbose with the new Brief Mode

Alexa could soon be getting a lot less verbose with the new Brief Mode

Users have noted that Alexa-enabled devices, like the Echo or Echo Show, now have a new so-called "brief mode" that does away with some of Alexa's spoken responses with simple beeps. The post Alexa
Green machines: Ford commits to electrifying cars, trucks, SUVs – and Mustangs?

Green machines: Ford commits to electrifying cars, trucks, SUVs – and Mustangs?

Ford powers up an electrified future, Alexa has a crush on R2D2 while in "Brief Mode," and Google Lens comes to Apple devices. The post Green machines: Ford commits to electrifying cars, trucks, SUVs
Amazon Tests Feature That Makes Your Echo Not Talk So Much

Amazon Tests Feature That Makes Your Echo Not Talk So Much

Amazon is testing a new, less conversational option for Alexa. The setting, called “Brief Mode,” replaces Alexa’s typical responses (“Okay, I’ll do [X]”) with brief chirps, Reddit users noted earlier
Alexa’s new Brief Mode will make your Amazon Echo far less talkative

Alexa’s new Brief Mode will make your Amazon Echo far less talkative

If you're tired of Alexa chiming in with a verbal confirmation every time you ask her to do something for you, you're going to want to check out the new "Brief Mode" that Amazon just rolled out. When
Alexa ‘Brief Mode’ makes Echo less chatty

Alexa ‘Brief Mode’ makes Echo less chatty

Alexa is getting less chatty, with Amazon reportedly testing a new “Brief Mode” which would cut down the assistant’s confirmations to a simple beep. Although not yet officially announced by Amazon,