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Lawsuit claims Amazon’s Alexa devices record without consent

A lawsuit claims Amazon is violating laws in at least eight states by recording children without consent through Alexa devices.


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 2:19 p.m.

Parents can’t delete what kids tell Amazon voice assistant

A kids’ version of Amazon’s Alexa won’t forget what children tell it, even after parents try to delete the conversations.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

Hey Alexa, open Providence Health Connect; former Amazon exec gives health provider head start in voice bot technology for Spokane-area patients

Beginning in mid-April, Alexa can schedule your doctor’s appointment. Providence Health Care partnered with Alexa Health and Wellness to offer patients the option of scheduling Express Care visits through the …


Police think Alexa may have witnessed a New Hampshire double slaying – now they want Amazon to turn her over

Alexa might have been listening, as she almost always is, when Christine Sullivan was stabbed to death in the kitchen of the Farmington, New Hampshire, home where Sullivan lived with …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 2:16 p.m.

New version of Alexa skirts some kid questions about Santa, Stormy Daniels

A version of Alexa won’t tell kids where babies come from or spill the beans about Santa. It also won’t explain some things kids might have heard on the news …


Amazon’s Alexa is now at home in new subdivisions, hotels

Amazon is working with homebuilders and hoteliers to make its smart speaker and artificial-intelligence system a part of everyday life for new customers. The company has put its engineers to …


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Amazon invites Alexa into the living room with Fire TV Cube streaming box

Amazon is placing Alexa at the center of the living room with a new video streaming box that aims to replace remotes with voice commands.


Amazon working on a fix for Alexa speakers that laugh at random

In the past few days, some users of Echo home speakers running Amazon.com’s Alexa voice-based digital assistant have reported hearing strange laughing noises at random.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 10:24 a.m.

Former Spokane TV anchor gets split-second appearance in Super Bowl ad

Spokanites who regularly tune in to local TV news may get a jolt of deja vu this Super Bowl Sunday.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant compete at CES to control the smart home

In what’s becoming an annual tradition, the CES electronics trade show, being held this week in Las Vegas, has brought a flurry of announcements of new gadgets built to work …


One more thing to ask Alexa: Where’s Santa on Christmas Eve?

Amazon’s diligent, computerized know-it-all is the latest technology to enlist in NORAD Tracks Santa, the military-run program that fields phone calls and emails from children around the world eager to …


Amazon turns up the volume on rivals with Echo price cut

Amazon will head into the holiday shopping season with a simple wish list: It wants voice-controlled devices featuring its digital assistant Alexa to become as ubiquitous in people’s homes as …


Alexa, Cortana talk to each other in Amazon-Microsoft deal

Both companies say that later this fall, users will be able to access Alexa using Cortana on Windows 10 computers and on Android and Apple devices. They’ll also be able …


Shopping by voice on Amazon or Google device could cost you

Voice shopping hasn’t really caught on yet, but if it does, look out – you might never know if it’s offering you the best deal.


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa.


UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Bezos says artificial intelligence to fuel Amazon’s success

Amazon.com Inc. is embracing artificial intelligence to deliver goods more quickly, enhance its voice-activated Alexa assistant and create new tools sold to others through its cloud-computing division, Chief Executive Officer …


Can Siri or Alexa replace your need for friends? Well, maybe

A recent study co-authored by James Mourey, assistant professor of marketing at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business, sought to see exactly how much a humanlike digital device might replace …


Google opens its digital assistant to developers in race against Amazon’s Alexa

Two months after rolling out its digital assistant, Google is opening its doors to outside developers to help the company chase rivals, particularly Amazon.com, in a critical technology race.


Alexa now can help users track Amazon parcels

Shoppers obsessively tracking their Amazon packages can now put the smartphones back in their pocket and ask Alexa, the tech giant’s voice-powered digital assistant, instead.


Capital One to let users pay bills via Amazon’s Echo

NEW YORK – Capital One has teamed with Amazon to let owners of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker system pay their bills and get other account information through voice commands. Amazon’s …