Alexa, who are you? New book identifies Amazon’s secret voiceover artist | Amazon

The voice of Alexa, the virtual assistant developed by Amazon, is provided by Nina Rolle, a Colorado-based voiceover artist, according to a new book. Amazon has never revealed who provides the default female voice that responds to commands and questions given to Alexa, but the author Brad Stone said he Continue Reading

Echo Show 10 review: this rotating Alexa display follows you around | Amazon Alexa

Amazon’s latest top-of-the-range Alexa smart display has a trick up its sleeve like no other: it can follow you around a room. The third-generation Echo Show 10 costs £239.99 and is Amazon’s largest smart display, sitting above the smaller £100 Echo Show 8 with an 8in screen and £80 Echo Continue Reading

Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen) review: Alexa’s new small budget ball | Amazon Alexa

Amazon’s fourth-generation Echo Dot has evolved from its predecessors’ puck-like appearance into a small ball, shaking up the idea of what a small smart speaker can look like. The new Echo Dot is priced the same as the last one, costing from £50, although it will be frequently available at Continue Reading

Malicious Amazon Alexa Skills Can Easily Bypass Vetting Process – Tempemail

Researchers have uncovered gaps in Amazon’s skill vetting process for the Alexa voice assistant ecosystem that could allow a malicious actor to publish a deceptive skill under any arbitrary developer name and even make backend code changes after approval to trick users into giving up sensitive information. The findings were Continue Reading

Amazon Echo 2020 review: the best-sounding smart speaker under £100 | Amazon Alexa

Amazon’s fourth-generation Echo Alexa smart speaker is a complete redesign in form and audio, with the popular device transformed into a ball of sound. The Echo costs £89.99 and is Amazon’s mid-range speaker, sitting above the £49.99 Echo Dot and below the £189.99 Echo Studio. The first smart speaker on Continue Reading

Alexa, Siri… Elsa? Children drive boom in smart speakers | Smart speakers

Voice assistants such as Alexa and Siri will become common in children’s bedrooms, according to a new report from Internet Matters, the online safety body, which says it is critical for parents to spend more time understanding new technology. The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of new technology at home Continue Reading

Amazon Alexa Bugs Allowed Hackers to Install Malicious Skills Remotely – Tempemail

Attention! If you use Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa in you smart speakers, just opening an innocent-looking web-link could let attackers install hacking skills on it and spy on your activities remotely. Cybersecurity researchers today disclosed severe security vulnerabilities in Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant that could render it vulnerable to a Continue Reading

‘Alexa, I love you’: how lockdown made men lust after their Amazon Echo | Technology

Name: Alexa. Age: Five. Appearance: The lockdown equivalent of an office affair. I don’t like where this is going. Nor should you. Lockdown has changed society in many ways. One of those is that men now fall in love with their Amazon Echos. This cannot be true. It is and Continue Reading

EU regulators to probe Alexa, Siri and other voice assistants – Software- Tempemail

EU competition regulators are seeking information from 400 companies to establish if there are problems in the market for voice assistants such as Alexa and Siri and other internet-connected devices that could lead to antitrust cases. The European Commission has opened similar inquiries in the past into sectors such as Continue Reading