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Amazon Basics Microwave with Alexa would be ridiculous if it wasn’t so cheap

Amazon Basics Microwave with Alexa would be ridiculous if it wasn’t so cheap

Amazon is adding Alexa support to one of its most popular microwaves, with the new Amazon Basics Microwave with Alexa now capable of responding to voice commands. It's another sign of Alexa's spread into the kitchen, which Amazon says is one of the most common locations for the virtual assistant to be found.

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Amazon Echo Link Amp, Echo Link, Echo Sub are speaker add-ons for your Alexa setup

Amazon Echo Link Amp, Echo Link, Echo Sub are speaker add-ons for your Alexa setup

Amazon is currently hosting an Alexa event in Seattle, and it's been revealing new products at a breakneck pace. Three of these new products were introduced as add-ons for your existing Alexa set-up: the Echo Link, Echo Link Amp, and the Echo Sub. These will all enhance your array of Echo speakers in one way or another, but they could prove to be costly additions depending on what you pick up.

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Amazon Echo Plus 2018 release detailed: Now with temperature

Amazon Echo Plus 2018 release detailed: Now with temperature

This week the folks at Amazon responsible for Alexa hardware dropped a massive number of devices on our heads, all at once. One of these was the 2018 edition of the Amazon Echo Plus. This device is an Echo with a smart home hub built in. Echo Plus 2018 has more powerful bass than before, according to Amazon, and there's a temperature sensor inside, too.

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Echo Dot 3rd-gen revealed and detailed for release

Echo Dot 3rd-gen revealed and detailed for release

A new Echo Dot was revealed at an Amazon hardware event this week, complete with a new look and bumped-up specs. This new version of the Echo Dot is no longer just a plastic hockey puck-like device, now it's coming in a variety of colors with a fabric-covered exterior. This version of the Echo Dot (generation 3, let's call it), has a more powerful speaker, too.

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Amazon Alexa is learning how to whisper – and more

Amazon Alexa is learning how to whisper – and more

Amazon Alexa is getting more personable and more conversational, with 50,000 skills now available, and new features that will make the assistant more flexible and interactive being rolled out. Announced as part of Amazon's annual Echo event in Seattle, WA today, the assistant is getting a number of updates which should make using Alexa more natural.

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Surprise Amazon event today will be an Alexa-fest

Surprise Amazon event today will be an Alexa-fest

Amazon is holding a surprise event in Seattle today, with a host of Alexa-based devices expected to break cover in advance of Google's big Pixel event next month. It's the latest salvo in Amazon's smart assistant line-up, which leaks have suggested will expand into connected appliances as well as more capable multimedia devices.

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Amazon may open thousands of cashierless stores by 2021

Amazon may open thousands of cashierless stores by 2021

Amazon was slow to launch its store of the future, Amazon Go, but that could change in a big way over the new few years. According to a new report, Amazon may open as many as 3,000 Amazon Go cashier-free stores by 2021, giving people all over the nation the opportunity to buy groceries without standing in a checkout lane.

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Amazon Echo Sub, Smart Plug with Alexa leak ahead of official launch

Amazon Echo Sub, Smart Plug with Alexa leak ahead of official launch

It was only a few days ago that a report claimed Amazon would be introducing at least eight new Alexa-based Internet of Things devices, and now two of those alleged products have leaked. One, the Amazon Echo Sub, is said to be a smart subwoofer with a circular design; the other is a Smart Plug that brings Alexa to any power outlet.

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Alexa goes native in 2019 Audi e-tron EV’s dashboard

Alexa goes native in 2019 Audi e-tron EV’s dashboard

Alexa is hitching a ride in Audi's upcoming 2019 e-tron, with the electric SUV the first of the automaker's cars that will feature Amazon's assistant. The news makes Audi one of a number of high-profile automakers which have baked Alexa integration into the dashboard.

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Amazon tipped to launch 8 Alexa smart home and car gadgets

Amazon tipped to launch 8 Alexa smart home and car gadgets

Amazon plans to release a slew of devices with its personal assistant Alexa by the end of this year, at least according to a new report leaking the alleged plan. Amazon reportedly has a minimum of 8 Alexa-based hardware devices in the pipeline, all of them currently unannounced, that will potentially be available to purchase for the holidays.

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Amazon Game Controller no longer compatible with Fire TV

Amazon Game Controller no longer compatible with Fire TV

For some odd reason, Amazon has dropped support for its own game controller from the pendant design Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and the Fire TV Cube. The lack of support was revealed quietly in a small warning added to the Fire TV Game Controller product page. The controller remains compatible with older Fire TV devices, however.

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2018 Top brands list puts Android in 5th place, Apple in 1st

2018 Top brands list puts Android in 5th place, Apple in 1st

A survey run each year called the Prophet Brand Relevance Index (BRI) shows the role company brands play in people's lives. This year is the fourth in which the Brand Relevance Index was run in the United States, and the analysts at Prophet have some interesting results to share. While we'd expect brands like Google and Samsung to be running up closer to the top of the study's resulting "relevant brands" list, it's Apple that takes the cake this year.

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