Amazon’s Alexa can now help NFL newbies understand the American sport

  Image: Press Association Anyone new to NFL need not watch in confusion, as an Alexa skill has been added to provide insight into one of America’s favourite sports. For those who have wondered what “move the chains” means or how tall quarterback Aaron Rodgers is, the Rookie’s Guide to the…

Halfords to sell ‘world’s first’ connected smart bike with Amazon Alexa

Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant is continuing to move beyond the speaker and on to two wheels for the first time, with the launch of a new connected smart bike in the UK. The Cybic Legend will allow riders to ask Alexa anything as they cycle - from traffic updates to directions. “Adding Alexa functionality expands…

Amazon Alexa user given access to stranger’s conversations

A user of Amazon’s Alexa smart voice assistant was sent audio files from a stranger after requesting access to his own recordings. According to a report in German technology magazine C’t, the user – who is based in Germany – made a request to Amazon under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to access…

Sega Classics gaming bundle comes to Amazon’s Fire TV

A collection of classic Sega Mega Drive games has been added to Amazon’s Fire TV streaming service to celebrate the games console’s 30th anniversary. The bundle, called Sega Classics, which includes Sonic The Hedgehog and Streets Of Rage in its 25 game collection, can be downloaded through any of Amazon’s Fire TV devices for £11.99.…

Dinner is ready! Amazon adds Alexa Drop In intercom feature to Fire HD tablets

Amazon has announced an expansion of its Alexa Drop In service – which enables intercom-style communication between Alexa-enabled devices. Starting on Wednesday, the latest generation of the Fire HD 8 tablet and the 2017 model, as well as the Fire HD 10, will be able to make and receive Drop Ins and Announcements on their…

Big Mouth Billy Bass is back – this time with Alexa!

Looking for a novel Christmas gift for a loved (or maybe not so loved) one? How about this Big Mouth Billy Bass with a 2018 twist - Alexa connectivity! The animatronic singing prop, made popular in the early 2000s for singing and tapping its tail, is being released again - this time with Alexa compatibility…

Amazon parcels ‘could be delivered to HS2 passengers at their seat’

HS2 passengers could get Amazon packages delivered to their seat, a train manufacturer has claimed. Bombardier Transportation, which is bidding to win a £2.75 billion contract to build the high-speed trains in a joint venture with Hitachi Rail, is developing technology which would enable onboard click-and-collect services. Martin Rennoldson, sales director at Bombardier, said the…

You can now ask Alexa to make Skype calls on Amazon Echo devices

Skype on Amazon Echo Show (Microsoft/PA) Amazon Echo devices can now be used to make calls between Skype users for the first time, as Amazon and Microsoft’s increased collaboration continues to bear fruit. Alexa-enabled devices can be linked up to a Skype account, meaning anyone can say, “Alexa, call Jeff on…

People turning to smart speakers such as Amazon Echo to ‘declutter’

  Amazon recently added the Echo Sub to its line-up (Amazon/PA) Users of smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home see the technology as a way to declutter and use fewer screens in their day-to-day lives, new research suggests. The number of people using intelligent voice-activated speakers has almost…