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  • Luminary launches its subscription-based podcast network on Alexa devices

    Luminary launches its subscription-based podcast network on Alexa devices

    Luminary, a startup building a “Netflix for podcasts,” is now trying a new tack to gain subscribers for its premium service. The company is today launching an Alexa skill that will allow podcast listeners to stream content on Echo speakers and other Alexa-powered devices, using voice commands. In addition, Luminary is also becoming the first […] More

  • Does your kid think your smart speaker is just another family member?

    Does your kid think your smart speaker is just another family member?

    Mary Beth Foster has three Google Home units throughout her Mint Hill, N.C., home, and her two-year-old often talks with them, walking up to them as if they are another person. Recently, while her husband took a shower, her son had an entire conversation with the device. “He asked it to play music, and it […] More

  • Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips, potentially to build out on-device voice control

    Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips, potentially to build out on-device voice control

    Sonos revealed during its quarterly earnings report that it has acquired voice assistant startup Snips in a $37 million cash deal, Variety reported on Wednesday. Snips, which had been developing dedicated smart device assistants that can operate primarily locally, instead of relying on consistently round-tripping voice data to the cloud, could help Sonos set up […] More

  • How to transform your Echo Dot into something truly magical

    How to transform your Echo Dot into something truly magical

    Echo Dot smart speakers are great, they really are. How could you not like an AI helper that stands at-the-ready to tell you the weather forecast, your daily schedule, control your smart home tech, and remind you of the name of the actor who was in that movie that one time. In other words, Echo […] More

  • Two security researchers earned $60,000 for hacking an Amazon Echo

    Two security researchers earned $60,000 for hacking an Amazon Echo

    Two security researchers have been crowned the top hackers in this year’s Pwn2Own hacking contest after developing and testing several high profile exploits, including an attack against an Amazon Echo. Amat Cama and Richard Zhu, who make up Team Fluoroacetate, scored $60,000 in bug bounties for their integer overflow exploit against the latest Amazon Echo […] More