Tech & Science Amazon's Alexa will soon offer personalized responses

06:05  01 december  2017
06:05  01 december  2017 Source:   cnet.com

GE launches $50 hub to connect its Bluetooth smart lights to Alexa and Google Assistant

  GE launches $50 hub to connect its Bluetooth smart lights to Alexa and Google Assistant The C-Reach hub is a useful addition to the product line that starts to make it a lot more capable — if also a lot more expensive. The strength of C by GE bulbs has always been that they’re really easy to get started with, since they rely on Bluetooth and connect directly to a phone, meaning there’s no need for a hub. The downside has been that they were pretty limited beyond that. Because they only use Bluetooth, you can’t control them remotely or set up complicated routines very easily, since the bulbs don’t connect to much else.

Today, Amazon announced that Alexa can now do the same thing. Amazon ' s Alexa will soon offer personalized responses - CNET - www.cnet.com. The new capability is being tested by a handful of developers and will be more widely available next year.

Amazon ' s Alexa last month gained the ability to recognize different voices. Now Amazon is taking that feature a step further, by teaching its voice assistant to offer up personalized responses when it recognizes a customer's voice.

echo-2-product-photos-23© Provided by CNET echo-2-product-photos-23 Amazon's Alexa last month gained the ability to recognize different voices. Now Amazon is taking that feature a step further, by teaching its voice assistant to offer up personalized responses when it recognizes a customer's voice.

A handful of developers are already testing this new capability, and this personalization tool will be more broadly available to developers next year, Amazon said Thursday.

The personalization ability, part of a wave of new features unveiled at Amazon Web Services' annual re:Invent conference, could help make Alexa more enjoyable for customers to use and help cut down on the smart assistant's sometimes canned responses. Moving forward, more personalization could help Alexa come across as more human, making people want to interact with her more often, and help the assistant carry on longer conversations.

YouTube is back on Amazon’s Echo Show

  YouTube is back on Amazon’s Echo Show YouTube has returned to the Amazon Echo Show nearly two months after a Google and Amazon dispute saw the internet search giant pull support for its popular video service from Amazon’s hardware, according to a report from VoiceBot.ai. Along with the return of YouTube, Amazon is also expanding video services on the Echo Show as well, with the company launching support forVimeo and Dailymotion. In a statement to The Verge, an Amazon spokesperson commented that “We’re excited to offer customers the capability to watch even more video content from sources such as Vimeo, YouTube, and Dailymotion on Echo Show. More video sources will be added over time.

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Amazon is introducing a new way to create Alexa skills today, without the need for coding or tech skills. Alexa Skill Blueprints will let the average household customize a variety of questions, with personal answers and responses that are separate to routines.

Developers could use the new feature to create Alexa skills (Amazon's term for voice-enabled apps) that can remember past interactions or preferences set by specific users, helping Alexa offer more personalized responses, Amazon said.

How to pick the right smart speaker for your home .
The Amazon Echo might have first appeared at the end of 2014, when it was a Prime member exclusive, but 2017 has really been the year of the smart speaker. With new Alexa-equipped Echo speakers on the market as well now, plus mini and max options, the choice of options for the smart speaker shopper has never been wider. Here we'll guide you through the features you need to look for when making your choice.

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