You know that a device or topic is making it into the mainstream when Saturday Night Live does a parody. This is pretty funny.
Amazon will be shipping the Amazon Echo Show June 28th with a price of 229.99 (right now they have a deal where you can buy two and save $100)
Hands-free video calls. Make hands-free video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa App, and make voice calls to anyone who has an Echo or Echo Dot.
Cool Dolby-enhanced speakers give great sound as you stream from Spotify, iHeart, Pandora, etc.
Now you can control video feeds so have Alexa show you the front door or the baby's room.
There are eight microphones so the unit can hear you from anywhere (even if music is playing)
Like all Alexa based devices, it will get smarter with time.
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Amazon Has 70% of the Market
Amazon is dominating the voice-controlled speaker market, according to a new forecast from eMarketer out this morning. The maker of the Echo-branded speakers will have 70.6 percent of all voice-enabled speaker users in the U.S. this year – well ahead of Google Home’s 23.8 percent and other, smaller players like Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon, and Mattel, who combined only account for 5.6 percent of users. Full Story
Today we hear about some improvements coming to Alex, and we play with a new skill called Mylestone
Alexa to Sound More Human
News out of Amazon this week announced that Alexa will be able to whisper, pause, and sound more human. Here are some of the things she will be able to do
Whispers – Convey a softer dialog
Expletive beeps – Bleep out words
Sub – Use the <sub> tag when you want Alexa to say something other than what’s written.
Emphasis – Add <emphasis> to change the rate and volume at which Alexa speaks.
Prosody – Use this tage to control the volume, pitch, and rate of speech.
No Ads on Alexa Platform
Amazon Bands Ads from Alexa platform except for music and radio and flash briefings. See more
Alex Developers Get More Information About their Customers
Amazon this morning rolled out new tools for developers of Alexa apps, aka “Skills,” which aim to give them more insight into their app’s users, as well as allow them to build location-based skills. The first is a new metrics dashboard – similar to those used by developers of mobile applications but designed for these voice apps – which lets Alexa developers track things like unique customers, sessions, utterances (spoken words) and intents.
The other is a device address API which allows developers to request specific location data from their customers, including street address, city, state, zip, and country.
This means developers will be able to find answers to basic questions about their app – like how many customers do they have if more people are adding the skill and using it, what time of day the skill is more heavily used, and more.
Add Memories to your Video and Photos With Mylestone
Remember your favorite memories?
That’s where the Mylestone Memories skill comes in. Mylestone is a company that transforms memories into unique, audible stories. And its skill for Alexa helps customers relive their most precious moments at any time, right on their device with Alexa.
Upload a few pictures, a video, a favorite song, or even a newspaper clipping, and Mylestone will weave them into a narrative. To start their journey down memory lane, customers simply say, “Alexa, ask Mylestone Memories to tell me a story.” And Alexa will tell them a story that carries them back in time.
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