Save 35% on the Amazon Echo Show (with display); speaker is priced at $149.99 on sale

Last year, the smart speaker came of age. And in 2018, the category continues to grow. According to data from Canalys that we passed along to you last month, 9 million smart speakers were shipped in the first quarter this year, a 210% year-over-year increase. Despite this growth, there will be sales in the U.S. at certain times of the year in order to pump up sales. We are in one of those periods now with Father’s Day on June 17th followed by the Fourth of July holiday.
For example, Amazon has a great deal on the Amazon Echo Show. This was the first Echo to carry a …


Upcoming smart speakers in 2018: Echo, Google Home, Bixby

Smart speakers are becoming a wide-spread commodity, with Amazon’s Echo devices and Google’s Home coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices, and Apple joining the fray with its own HomePod earlier this year. Not to mention the numerous 3rd party solutions, which support either Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant. No doubt, with the stunning advances in AI that Google showcased at the I/O keynote yesterday, more and more people will be looking to add a smart speaker in their home and many companies will be looking for their place in the niche.

But what can …

For Mom: Amazon has discounts on Echo, Kindle, Fire devices and more

Just in time for next week’s Mother’s Day celebration, Amazon has cut the prices on a number of its own devices ranging from Echo smart speakers to Kindle eReaders and Fire tablets. For example, the second generation Amazon Echo Dot will cost you $39.99, a $10 or 20% discount from its usual $49.99 price. Buy two for $59.98 and save another $20. Other smart speakers on sale include the second generation Amazon Echo. With a 15% or $15 price cut, the smart speaker is yours for $84.99. And for those who would prefer a smart speaker with a screen, the Echo Show is now $159.99. That is after a 30% or …

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition features bright candy-like colors and age-appropriate Alexa

Amazon today introduced a Kids Edition of its hockey puck shaped smart speaker, the Amazon Echo Dot. This smart speaker is definitely designed to grab kids’ attention with colors that resemble a candy coating. And a special kid-friendly version of Alexa is, in Amazon’s words, “a kid-friendly DJ, comedian, and storyteller.” This age-appropriate Alexa is for younger ears, and will reinforce positive behavior by acknowledging when kids say “please” and “thank you.”

This version of Alexa is also programmed to respond to questions differently. Ask her how many planets there are in the …

The best Amazon Alexa skills: make the most out of your Echo smart speaker

Amazon’s AI voice assistant, Alexa, currently has over 15,000 skills. That’s a lot. A lot more than you’d ever use, or need, or even imagine was possible. If you’re somehow not familiar with Alexa Skills, these are basically automated responses to voice commands that you can give out to your Alexa-enabled device and have it launch an app, start a playlist, give you the weather forecast, tell you a funny or unfunny joke, or whatever else. The possibilities truly are endless. And with the recent launch of Blueprints, Alexa’s horizons are about to broaden even further.

But …

Amazon Echo vs Google Home: which smart speaker fits you the best?

Smart speakers are a relatively new category of products that has been slowly embraced. They became a thing in late 2014 when Amazon launched its Echo – a tall cylindric speaker, with a built-in Alexa smart assistant, which you could control using your voice.
A few years later and we can see that the smart speakers market has developed a bit. Big manufacturers, such as Apple and Google, have already released their own AI-injected gadgets, making their first attempts to prevail in your home. And since there are more than a few options available, it can prove to …

Take 20% off the Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation); pick up the smart speaker for $39.99

What? You don’t own a smart speaker yet? The category remains hot as Amazon continues to add more capabilities to virtual assistant Alexa. You can find out the weather, sports scores and stock prices just by asking for them. Without tapping a button, you can turn on or off smart appliances, make a phone call, send a text, order a Lyft, set timers and alarms, and order a pizza.

And right now, you can purchase the Amazon Dot (2nd generation) for $39.99. That is a $10 or 20% savings from the usual price of $49.99. So if you don’t own a smart speaker, or can use a second one for another room, …

Which is the best Amazon Echo for you? A buying guide

Amazon Echo is among the first and biggest smart speaker devices to live in the homes of millions. It houses Alexa — Amazon’s own voice-activated AI assistant, which helps you with general inquiries, ordering takeout, calling for an Uber and other such services, controlling some smart home devices, and also makes it very, very easy to shop from Amazon’s massive catalog.

In order to get Alexa to as many customers as it can, Amazon offers the Echo in 7 different variants, coming in all shapes, sizes, and with different price tags. Basically, if you want an Echo, Amazon made sure that it’d …

No Echo here: Apple reportedly cut orders for its HomePod smart speaker last month

Not every product Apple rolls out is a big winner. Whether it is the price or the fact that Apple came to the category late, the company’s HomePod smart speaker is not selling like Apple thought it would. According to someone familiar with the matter, in late March Apple cut its forecast of HomePod sales for the year, and reduced its orders for the device from contract manufacturer Inventec. Keep in mind that this took place less than two months after Apple finally started shipping the device. Originally expected to launch in December, Apple pushed back the release to February of this year.

During …

Amazon Echo speakers finally get an intercom feature

The Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are two of the hottest consumer products in the US, but they have been having troubles getting new applications, known as “skills.” Phone calls and intercom capabilities have been requested for as long as the two have been on the market, and are considered to be killer features for the platform, but it is only now that Amazon has gotten around to introduce the intercom feature.
Dubbed Alexa Announcements, the new Alexa skill lets users utilise Echo speakers across their homes as a relay system of sorts. That is, you can …