Amazon introduces APIs to connect smart cameras to Echo devices

Amazon introduces APIs to connect smart cameras to Echo devices

Amazon has released a set of APIs that enable smart home cameras and doorbells to connect and communicate with Echo devices. Developers are able to use the Doorbell Event Source and Motion Sensor APIs to enable customers to connect their doorbell and camera motion sensors to Alexa. The APIs give these customers the choice to […]

Snapchat teams with Amazon for visual search tool

Snapchat teams with Amazon for visual search tool

Snap has announced that it is testing a new visual search tool for its app that will enable users to check Amazon for products and shop for items directly from the app. The functionality, which the firm is rolling out “slowly”, transforms Snapchat’s camera into a visual search service, with the app able to recognise both […]

Skype calling is coming to Alexa devices

Skype calling is coming to Alexa devices

While everybody has been talking about Amazon’s Alexa-enabled microwave, it has been announced that Amazon’s Alexa devices will soon be able to manage Skype calls. The Amazon and Microsoft partnership means that people using Alexa devices will be able to make outgoing voice and video calls, accept incoming Skype call, and make SkypeOut calls using just […]

Proximity Worldwide drives innovation with Voice and IoT Labs

Proximity Worldwide drives innovation with Voice and IoT Labs

Proximity Worldwide has unveiled its first Voice & IoT lab named Invoke. Launching at Barefoot Proximity, the Cincinnati office within the Proximity global network, the lab will provide a dedicated hub for audio, voice and IoT development and deployment, and will drive innovation and new business growth for the network. Building on Proximity’s legacy of […]

Amazon’s Alexa assistant now works with over 20K devices

Amazon’s Alexa assistant now works with over 20K devices

Amazon’s digital assistant technology Alexa is now available on 20,000 devices according to the internet retailer, an impressive increase on the 4,000 connected devices where users could access the smart assistant at the start of the year. The figure was revealed during an Amazon press event at IFA in Berlin, as reported by CNET, where […]

BBC Good Food launches its first-ever Alexa skill

BBC Good Food launches its first-ever Alexa skill

The BBC’s popular food media brand, Good Food, has launched its first skill on Amazon’s AI assistant, Alexa, giving cooks around the UK access to more than 11,000 recipes with their voice. The skill, which is now live on Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo and Echo Dot, was built for BBC Good Food by digital […]

Amazon is testing video ads in mobile search results

Amazon is testing video ads in mobile search results

With advertisers spending increasing amounts of money in Amazon’s growing advertising business, the firm is looking for ways to expand its range of ad products, and the latest innovation is video advertising within its mobile search results. The mobile video ads are currently in a limited beta test, and while the product has only just been […]

Amazon launches Auto SDK to bring Alexa to more cars

Amazon launches Auto SDK to bring Alexa to more cars

Amazon announced an open source release of the Alexa Automotive Core (AAC) SDK, or Auto SDK, to help automakers integrate Alexa voice control into cars and their infotainment systems, screens often used for navigation, media, or climate control. The software development kit is free for download on GitHub and is optimised for bringing Alexa to […]

Marin Software Research Reveals Amazon’s Rapid Rise and Increased Q2 2018 Search Spend

Marin Software Research Reveals Amazon’s Rapid Rise and Increased Q2 2018 Search Spend

Marin Software, a leading provider of digital marketing software for performance-driven advertisers and agencies, released research findings from its global Q2 2018 Digital Advertising Benchmark Report. As search spend continues to grow from increased clicks and CPCs, Marin Software’s report identifies eCommerce as another channel quickly gaining traction thanks to increased spend on Amazon. Marin Software […]

RoosterMoney unveils pocket money skill for Amazon Alexa

RoosterMoney unveils pocket money skill for Amazon Alexa

With skills aimed at children and families proving to be one of the fastest growing categories for Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, mobile ‘pocket money’ tracking app RoosterMoney has announced the launch of the first-ever pocket money skill for the voice assistant. The RoosterMoney skill enables users to track their saving and spending, as well as keeping them […]

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