Pure introduces DiscoveR smart speaker – disconnects microphones when not in use

Digital audio specialist Pure has introduced a new Alexa-enabled smart speaker that comes with a unique, compressing design that, when closed, physically disconnects the microphones to offer total privacy from Alexa. Called DiscovR, it's a compact portable Alexa-enabled smart speaker. When speaking a command out loud isn’t always appropriate, DiscovR comes with intuitive quick corners. You can pre-set…

IFA 2018: Loewe TVs offer sound personalisation and Amazon Alexa integration

Luxury German TV brand Loewe has previewed a series of new updates to its TV range at IFA 2018 including new colours and Alexa integration. Each new update is expected to be available to the general public before the end of the year. Firstly, in conjunction with German designer and creative director Bodo Sperlein, it…

SEAT adds Amazon Alexa to Leon and Ateca models

SEAT has become the first automotive brand in Europe to launch Amazon Alexa in its vehicle line-up, expanding its digital ecosystem and connectivity offerings. As our lives become increasingly busy, bringing Amazon Alexa into the car means customers can optimise their time behind the wheel - whether that's managing their personal schedule, playing music, navigating…

Amazon Christmas in July – SubPac wearable subwoofer and smart bike helmet

At London's Old Billingsgate Fish Market, pictured above, Amazon and its partners displayed hundreds of new products that they expect to be big sellers during the festive season. As ever with these increasingly popular Christmas in July events, there is actually little that it completely new. Most of the products are already available, although many…

Technology dominates Top 100 World’s Most Valuable Brands. Google and Apple remain top.

Bingeing on Netflix box sets, sharing stories on Facebook and downloading content from Apple’s iTunes and Alibaba’s Ali Picture have contributed to a record year for tech brands in the 2018 BrandZTM Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking released today by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown. Eight out of the Top 10 are technology or tech-related brands. This category continues to dominate the rankings with Google and Apple retaining…

3 industries being disrupted by voice-enabled tech right now

Voice enabled technology has made great inroads in recent years, with digital assistants like Siri, Cortana and Alexa being embraced by millions worldwide. From searching for the best-rated local Mexican restaurant to finding out the name of the actor who played Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, we increasingly use these voice assistants as personal aids,…

Vox Pop: the voice search revolution and how to make your business stand out

Tim Butler, founder of Innovation Visual, talks about how improved accuracy and convenience are ensuring massive growth for voice search and how businesses need to adapt to compete Voice Search is beginning to revolutionise search marketing. Google recently announced that 20% of searches on its mobile app and Android services are now carried out by…

Amazon opens checkout free supermarket in Seattle, Amazon Go

UK supermarkets including Tesco and Sainsbury, not to mention several thousand employees, will be nervously looking over their shoulder as Amazon opens its first supermarket without any checkouts. Called Amazon Go, the self-service supermarket opens its doors in Amazon's home town of Seattle today (22/01/18). In a move that could revolutionise the way we buy…

Alexa goes mobile with Amazon Music app integration

No longer do you have to use an Amazon Echo device to ask Alexa to play your favourite music. Alexa is taking on the likes of Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant, by becoming available in the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android in the UK, US, Germany and Austria. Using Alexa voice controls, customers…