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Amazon Echo Hot Tub Murder Suspect Agrees to Release Recordings: Kathleen Zellner

Amazon Echo Hot Tub Murder Suspect Agrees to Release Recordings: Kathleen Zellner

At CES, Amazon announced Alexa now supports over 7,000 third-party "skills", up from just 1,000 last June.

Amazon's Alexa Virtual Assistant is already popular and is giving stiff competition to Google Assistant and Apple's Siri.

The tech company had been fighting efforts from USA police to obtain recordings that may have been made by an Amazon Echo speaker in the vicinity of the murder.

It is still early in the technology advancement phase, but the report states that Amazon Alexa device users will have the ability to talk to each other via their Echo or other Alexa devices.

The next challenge for Amazon and other assistant device makers will be differentiating between voices. Reportedly, these new devices will allow people to start phone calls by voice commands.




Reports claim that Amazon is also working on an Echo with phone call capabilities and another with a camera, which could make it a good option for corporate conference rooms and offices.

Office 365 calendars are primarily held by professionals, which may signal a shift in Amazon's overall strategy for Alexa.

Meanwhile, privacy is an important issue that Amazon needs to address. So imagine this, every team has their own Alexa at their office and since it can recognize their individual voices, members of the team can use it to fix their schedules, check the availability of other members, order stuff, leave reminders for teammates and so on.

Google Home also taps into the power of the Knowledge Graph, which means the device is capable of answering follow-up questions. The author of the ZDNet post uses this argument to drive home the point of "how Amazon could come up with something that could spell more bad news for the iPad". "It is letting its high-end Mac Pro workstation wither and die from a lack of attention, and its forays into pro markets haven't really paid off with the iPad".

In theory, that would leave Google/Apple much better-positioned to create powerful third-party ecosystems for their assistants, as well as to optimize them in response to user voice commands. Once done, you will be able to call upon Alexa to provide you with updates and even add meetings simply by using your voice. Both speakers feature a wide range of functions and features.


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