1. cageymaru

    IMDb Launches Freedive- An Ad-Supported Free Video Streaming Service

    Amazon owned IMDb has announced the launch of its ad-supported free video streaming service called Freedive. Freedive will be available to all IMDb visitors regardless of using a laptop, desktop, or Amazon Fire TV device. The initial lineup of content includes free TV shows such as Fringe...
  2. AlphaAtlas

    Alexa Is Offending Some Users Trying to Learn How to Chat

    According to a recent report by Reuters, Amazon's experiments with Alexa are having some unintended consequences. The publication claims that Alexa blurted out "Kill your foster parents" last year. Other incidents involved chats about sex acts or dog defecation, and anonymous sources claim that...
  3. AlphaAtlas

    "Human Error" Allowed an Alexa User to Hear a Neighbor's History

    Reuters reports that a German Alexa user got access to "thousands of recordings" from their neighbor. According to the German trade publication c’t, the customer reportedly contacted Amazon about the mixup, and was able to download the recordings before Amazon deleted the download link. An...
  4. karsten

    kindle fire tv stick for audiobooks?

    Does anyone know if it's possible to listen to audiobooks through the TV with this? either kindle books, audible, Overdrive app etc? Probably not ideal but its for an older person i.e. easy to use. thanks
  5. badcookies

    FS: 2x Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch (No Hub Required, Works w/ Alexa, Google Assistant & Cortana)

    Geeni TAP Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch No Hub Required, Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant & Microsoft Cortana REQUIRES NEUTRAL WIRE I have 2 of this exact item ($25 ea): I bought before realizing it requires a neutral wire...
  6. AlphaAtlas

    Judge Asked Amazon to Share Echo Data for Murder Case

    AP reports that a New Hampshire judge asked Amazon to release recordings made by an Amazon Echo smart speaker. While Amazon objected to these kinds of requests in 2016 and early 2017, Alexa data was apparently used in a murder case last year, but only after a suspect defendant consented to its...
  7. cageymaru

    Amazon Alexa Devices Now Have a Whisper Mode

    Amazon has added a whisper mode to Alexa devices. Now you can whisper to your device and it will respond in kind. Here is an example of normal mode and whisper mode. I suggest that everyone try it with the "Sweet Talker" skill enabled. Or just command Alexa to "talk dirty to me." If you're...
  8. cageymaru

    Amazon Alexa May Detect Emotional and Physical States in the Future

    Amazon has patented a method for the voice assistant Alexa to detect emotional and physical states based on vocal cues that it hears. It will then tailor its conversations in such a way to appeal to the person. For example if a person sounds like they are bored then Alexa will deliver an ad...
  9. cageymaru

    Xbox Voice Commands Expand to Include Amazon Alexa and Cortana Enabled Devices

    Microsoft has introduced a Xbox skill that allows gamers to control their console with their Amazon Alexa or Cortana enabled devices. Some of the devices that can now control your Xbox include a Windows 10 PC, Amazon Echo, Harman Kardon Invoke, Sonos One, or Cortana and Alexa apps on iOS and...
  10. DooKey

    St. Louis University Is Installing Amazon Alexa-Enabled Echo Dots Campus-Wide

    St. Louis University is going to install Echo Dots campus-wide. These Dots are pre-programmed to answer 100 questions about the campus and activities. This will be the first time a university will be deploying these devices in every single dorm room. Amazon Alexa for Business is managing the...
  11. DooKey

    Amazon Launches an Alexa Auto SDK

    Amazon has announced the release of their Alexa Auto SDK today and it's available on GitHub. It does all the things you're used to doing with Alexa in your home and will include additional features like navigation and search. Amazon currently works with a handful of companies to provide this in...
  12. cageymaru

    Amazon Alexa Learns Skills to Ward Off Potential Burgulars

    Amazon has been pushing their Echo smart devices into the homes of their customers for quite a few years now. Echo devices have been calling loved ones, playing music, and ordering more Amazon packages on a regular basis to make life a little easier. Now Amazon's voice assistant Alexa might...
  13. FrgMstr

    Alexa, Send the Nigerian Prince the Balance of My Bank Account

    Associated Press is telling us that banking is coming to those always-on voice activated personal assistants that everyone loves so dearly. Australia seems to already be all over this. We don't trust partying at the Marriott with Alexa. Good luck with giving her all your banking information...
  14. FrgMstr

    Rooms at Marriott Complete with Spying Devices

    I know all HardOCP readers will be excited to find out that when you stay at a Marriott hotel in the near future, you can look forward to an always-on Alexa device in your room listening for your every need, the recording all your activities and sharing it will hotel employees for their...
  15. Armenius

    Skyrim Very Special Edition

    Anyone who saw Bethesda's E3 conference last night probably saw this glorious piece of self-deprecating humor. Well... don't let your memes be dreams! This is a real skill that you can enable for all your Alexa devices. Eat all the cheese!
  16. DooKey

    Alexa Recorded a Woman’s Private Conversation and Sent it to a Random Contact

    I know we've heard a million times that Alexa won't record you unless you tell it to, however, it appears this may not be the case since a Portland woman had her Echo record an audio clip of a conversation and then sent it to a random contact. She found out about this when the person notified...
  17. R

    Digital Assistants Can Hear More Than You Think

    Your home or phones wiretap digital assistant can hear a lot more than you think. The New York Times is reporting that researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that devices like Siri and Alexa can be vulnerable to hidden commands, not audible to the human ear. In 2016...
  18. DooKey

    In-Skill Purchases Coming to Amazon Alexa Skills

    All developers of Alexa skills are getting an early Christmas present from Amazon in the way of in-skill purchases. This gives all developers a nice way to monetize the skills they release and those of us that use Prime will get the best deals. So be ready to buy add-on packs for your skills...
  19. DooKey

    Alexa is Getting a Brain

    The folks at Amazon are working on an Alexa Brain initiative and it plans to add lots of new features to your Alexa enabled device. Alexa is going to have better skills arbitration, context carryover of multiple statements, a memory feature that can remember things for you and lots of other...
  20. DooKey

    Create Your Own Alexa Skills at Home With Alexa Blueprints

    Amazon has released their 'Alexa Blueprints' to the public that will enable anyone to create their own Alexa skills at home. Amazon claims you don't need to know code or anything like that to utilize the Blueprints. All you have to do is go to and get started with one of...
  21. R

    Alexa Has Lost Her Voice as Owners Report Outages

    Several reports have come in today of Alexa either having delayed responses, or complete unresponsiveness. Fitz Tepper from TechCrunch is saying that his alexa is giving him replies like “I’m not sure what went wrong”, “sorry, something went wrong”, or a loud chime followed by “sorry, your echo...
  22. DooKey

    Toyota Adding Alexa to Select Cars in 2018

    Toyota has joined a growing group of companies that are jumping onto the Alexa train and plans to add the voice assistant to all models that have the Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 in 2018. All of Alexa's skill will be available in the car. Overall, this isn't a bad...
  23. FrgMstr

    Alexa on its way to the Microsoft Desktop

    Not really sure how this is much different from just having an Alexa spying device just sitting by your PC as there does not seem to be much added functionality, but now you now. Thurrott has the goods from CES. Check out the video. If you are looking for Alexa to control your PC, that...
  24. DooKey

    Alexa Skill Development Makes Good Money for Some

    Everyone knows Alexa has skills, but what many don't know is a large number of those skills are developed by independent developers (WARNING auto play video) and marketing companies. The market for skills has grown from $500K two years ago, to an estimated $50M in 2018. This is nowhere near...
  25. DooKey

    What Happens When A Furby and Alexa Mate?

    When you mate a Furby with an Alexa you get a Furlexa. It really looks pretty good if you ask me and I just might do this to the old Furby I have laying around the house. You can read about how to do it here. Watch the video below. Watch the video here.
  26. DooKey

    What Amazon Echo and Google Home Do With Your Voice Data

    In case you're worried about what your Echo or Google Home save when you talk to it, you should check out this story that lays out how to delete your recorded commands. However, I'm not sure we'll ever get to delete everything they hear, but it is nice to be able to delete some of your more...
  27. DooKey

    Dish Expands Alexa Support to its Joey Receivers

    Back in May, Dish became the first company to integrate Alexa for hands-free TV playback, and now they've expanded Alexa capability to their Joey receivers. If you connect a Echo device to the receiver you can now voice control all of your TVs throughout the home. Dish is hoping TV voice...
  28. M

    Google Removes YouTube off Amazon Echo Show

    Reported by the Verge, Google has pulled the plug on YouTube access through the Amazon Echo Show. The Echo Show is Amazon's latest smart speaker in a 7 inch frame which features Alexa for voice control. Alexa will currently notify users that "Google does not support YouTube on Echo Show." Google...
  29. FrgMstr

    Amazon MAY Share Your Alexa Conversations with Devs

    I have some very strong feelings about having these types of devices in my home, for this very reason (Warning: Autoroll video). I am far from being that "tinfoil hat" sort of guy, or at least I think I am. While it is bad enough having an always on smartphone, having devices sitting around...
  30. FrgMstr

    Smart Device Calls Cops on Domestic Assault

    While this story no longer notes the maker of said device that called the cops, it is still an interesting story. Apparently something bad went down while a couple was house-sitting, and one of those always-listening home devices (which I refuse to have in my house) called the Sheriff's...
  31. Zarathustra[H]

    72% of Windows 10 Users use Cortana Less than Once a Month

    Today at Build 2017, Microsoft's developer conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Windows 10 has reached a new milestone, with 500 million monthly active installations. Of course, this is about half the billion installations they had targeted reaching by now, and they reached...
  32. cageymaru

    Amazon Argues Alexa Speech Protected by First Amendment in Murder Trial Fight

    Amazon has entered into a fight to protect consumer data. Amazon's Echo will record voices when listening for commands to answer questions or order products from Amazon. The device was installed into a home where a murder took place and the police are seeking access to 48 hours of recordings...