E-Commerce Trends in 2018: Voice, Subscriptions, Personalization


The mushrooming popularity of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home will fuel e-commerce in the coming year. “You’re going to have a whole new frontier of commerce space driven through voice and brand recognition,” said Michael Levine, marketing vice president at Photon. “It’s going to be a different type of playing field for these brands. “Where it used to be more visual, it’s now going to be driven by voice.” Retailers will start adapting to the new smart speaker technology and learning how to engage consumers with it.

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The best Alexa commands to try with your new Echo

No matter how many Amazon Echo commercials you see, it takes a little time to adjust to Alexa. Putting a virtual assistant in your home signals a change in lifestyle, sort of like adopting a puppy. There will be a lot of trial-and-error, but once you find your rhythm, you’ll forget what life was like without her.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/30/best-alexa-commands-to-try-with-your-new-echo.html

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Google drops YouTube from Amazon's Fire TV, Echo Show

Google is pulling YouTube from Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV devices over the online retailer’s refusal to carry certain products from the search company.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/06/google-drops-youtube-from-amazons-fire-tv-echo-show.html

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Tech Q&A: What Alexa hears, offline Netflix, fun Facebook features, converting to HEIF and more

I have an Amazon Echo and I am really concerned that Amazon is listening all the time. Does the Echo have any privacy settings?

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Amazon Deploys Army of Echoes Against Oncoming Threats


Amazon has unveiled five new Echo products that raise the bar in the automated home market. Among other things, Amazon has improved the sound quality in its second-gen Echo speaker to compete with several new competitors in the high-end audio segment. The new Echo has a new speaker architecture, a dedicated tweeter, Dolby sound processing, and a 2.5 inch down-firing woofer. The new smart speaker uses Amazon’s second generation far-field technology, which offers improved wake word-processing, better beam-forming and enhanced noise cancellation.

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Amazon unveils new products, including new Echo speaker, Fire TV

Amazon unveiled a host of new products on Wednesday, including a new Echo speaker and a pair of smart glasses with built-in Alexa functionality that wowed onlookers.

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Artificial Intelligence, Smart Speakers and You


The AI speaker war is now being waged, and it is escalating. Today you can choose between Amazon Echo and Google Home. Harman Kardon’s Invoke is coming this fall. By the end of the year, Apple’s HomePod will be competing in the market, and Samsung has indicated it will join the fray as well. With all these choices, how can you determine which smart speaker is right for you? Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home are the first generation of products in this new smart speaker and AI marketplace. They both do a good job — some of the time.

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'Who's there?' Amazon's Echo sees potential beyond voice in smart home security

Smart & Safe Tech: Amazon Echo has enabled voice control of smart security devices to keep your home safe. Traditional security providers like ADT are also working with Amazon to integrate with Alexa.

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Smart speaker revolution: Why we'll hear much more from Amazon's Echo

According to tech website Engadget, Amazon is said to be working on next-generation Echo hardware, released this fall, which would put it more in line with Apple’s HomePod smart speaker.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/14/smart-speaker-revolution-why-well-hear-much-more-from-amazons-echo.html

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Amazon's Echo Show: The Future Is Here


Amazon recently launched its Echo Show, which brings a visual screen to its smart speaker device. The screen changes the Echo experience quite a bit, and I wonder whether we’re ready to start living in what seems like a futuristic Star Trek world. The Echo Show experience is sort of like having a laptop sitting on your table — one that uses artificial intelligence, allows you to speak to it, speaks back to you, and shows you relevant things on its screen. It searches the Web for the answers you’re seeking.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84669.html?rss=1

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Forget the Amazon Echo, these new smartwatches let you use Alexa anywhere

Alexa-enabled speakers like the Amazon Echo (which is still on sale at its lowest price of 2017) and the Echo Dot are terrific, but they’re inherently limited.

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Apple may be working on an Amazon Alexa rival

The rumors saying that Apple is working on a Siri-based Amazon Echo rival are back, with a noted insider saying that Apple is currently finalizing the design for the unnamed product.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/04/28/apple-may-be-working-on-amazon-alexa-rival.html

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How to listen to everything Amazon Echo has ever heard

If you own an Amazon Echo, you probably know its strange secret: The device records a lot of what you say. Deep inside that dark tower, Echo keeps a vast trove of recordings. Your voice is preserved. Your friends’ voices are preserved. Anyone who has ever been to your house and said, “Alexa!” has contributed to its great library of human sound.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/04/15/how-to-listen-to-everything-amazon-echo-has-ever-heard.html

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