Amazon's $1 billion purchase of smart home security firm Ring is big news, but it could result in a chilling new era of fragmentation.
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The word "courage" is often bandied about too easily these days. This is a great example of that.
Ambient computing is the next major wave of personal computing, and smart speakers are how we get there.
Amazon's digital assistant has made its way to Windows and I got to try it out a new machine made by HP.
I've just arrived in Las Vegas for CES 2018 but the biggest story of the week has already emerged.
With every new piece of hardware having a digital assistant crammed inside, we are about to experience digital overload.
Amazon is bringing its Alexa smart assistant to Windows 10 in partnership with the world's largest Windows device makers.
Microsoft's high volume, low-cost strategy was the winner in the PC market. But will it work with smart speakers too?
In August of 2017, Microsoft and Amazon said Alexa/Cortana integration would arrive by the end of the year but both companies missed their public deadline.
I often complain about Microsoft's aversion to hard numbers. Well, Amazon is even worse.
Sorry for the seemingly cheap headline, but it's not my fault. This topic creates a unique challenge for its author.
I am probably one of Amazon's best customers, but I don't really take advantage of their consumer tech products and services.
Even Microsoft was able to ship a smart speaker in 2017. How do you like them Apples?
In characteristic fashion, the e-tailer is offering unique benefits that play to the strength of its popularity with consumers.
In a surprise event yesterday, Amazon announced six new Alexa-powered devices for the home, plus coming BMW integration.
Amazon is objecting to Google's decision to pull YouTube from its Echo Show smart appliance.
Harman Kardon isn't just sticking with Cortana for its smart speakers. Harmon Kardon is working with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa too.
Based on Amazon's Alexa technology, the Lenovo Home Assistant is sold as an accessory for a family of the company's tablets
Over a year ago, Microsoft secretly agreed to partner with Amazon to integrate their digital personal assistants, Cortana and Alexa.
During his Build 2017 keynote address, Microsoft's Terry Myerson referred to Mixed Reality as "the next wave" of computing. But I think ambient computing is a much bigger deal.
Like Microsoft, Amazon.com came too late to the smartphone market. But unlike the software giant, Amazon has already found its Next Big Thing.
Google just announced that it will bring Google Assistant to Android 6.0 and 7.0 handsets starting this week.
Microsoft has released new usage figures for Cortana and while the numbers are large, they don't tell the entire story about how it is used or how Siri/Google New measure up.
Two weeks after my wife and I invited Alexa into our home, we're saying goodbye to the Amazon Echo and returning it to Amazon for a refund. The reason? This technology, while interesting and a clear peek at the future, just isn't essential.