Amazon Echo is Now Available to the Public

Amazon Echo is Now Available to the Public

By Rich W Woods That’s right. The Amazon Echo is finally available after being available by invitation only for months. You can grab the Amazon Echo for $179 right now and it will ship on July 14. If you’re not familiar with the Amazon Echo, you can think of it as Siri in your living room. You can ask it questions, tell it to play music, play podcasts, play Audible audiobooks, control Phillips Hue lights,…

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Don’t Use Audible with Amazon Echo

Don’t Use Audible with Amazon Echo

By Rich W Woods A couple weeks ago, Amazon announced that Echo users would be able to listen to audiobooks from Audible on their Echo. It was a long awaited feature. After all, I can listen to music and podcasts, but not audiobooks from Amazon’s own Audible? Well, now you can; however, there’s a huge catch. The Amazon Echo doesn’t sync your place in your book. If you’re familiar with Kindle and Audible, you know…

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Amazon Echo can Finally Read your Audible Books

Amazon Echo can Finally Read your Audible Books

By Rich W Woods I’ve been using the Amazon Echo ever since it came out. Well, ever since I could get an invitation. I always found it odd that, for something that can play music and podcasts, it can’t play audiobooks, especially since Amazon owns Audible. Of course, you can hook up your phone through Bluetooth, but that kind of kills the point of the voice assistant, Alexa. Now, you can finally stream audiobooks through…

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Cortana, Siri, and Alexa Play Trivia Crack!

Cortana, Siri, and Alexa Play Trivia Crack!

By Rich W Woods We all know what Cortana and Siri are. They are voice assistants that are integrated into another platform, being Windows Phone and iOS, respectively. Alexa is a voice assistant that is not tied to a particular platform, at least not in the way that Cortana and Siri are. Alexa is the Amazon Echo, a device who’s sole purpose is to answer questions. Sure, it does other stuff. You can ask it…

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Amazon Echo Review: Siri in your Living Room

Amazon Echo Review: Siri in your Living Room

By Rich W Woods On November 26, Amazon quietly introduced the Amazon Echo by simply adding it to their web site. It was available by invitation only (and still is) and to my knowledge, no one received an invitation for almost a month. I received mine on December 24. The first question one must ask himself is “Why?” Why do I want a voice assistant in the living room? The answer is actually pretty simple….

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Amazon Echo: Unboxing and First Impressions

Amazon Echo: Unboxing and First Impressions

By Rich W Woods On November 6, Amazon quietly announced the Amazon Echo, a Siri machine that sits in your living room. The idea makes sense. We have these voice assistants on our smart phones but does anyone ever use them? When I’m walking down a street in New York City, do I ever see anyone talking to Cortana or Siri? Of course not. After all, to use Cortana or Siri, you have to have…

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Introducing Amazon Echo, Amazon’s Siri Machine

Introducing Amazon Echo, Amazon’s Siri Machine

By Rich W Woods Amazon Echo popped up on Amazon.com today. Echo is something that’s a little tough to explain because it’s something new. Imagine Siri in a standalone machine in the middle of your living room. That’s Amazon Echo. Echo is available by invitation only and you can request an invitation by clicking here. One really has to give Amazon credit for trying new stuff. The Amazon Fire Phone wasn’t a hit but it…

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