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…

Amazon Alexa’s Echo Buttons can now activate smart home routines

Amazon’s Echo Buttons accessory for its Alexa-powered smart speakers are now capable of doing much more than simply playing games. The companion device, which first launched in September 2017, has received an update allowing people to use the Buttons to activate smart home routines – meaning it could serve as a button to switch on…

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…