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Amazon Echo

Amazon to introduce new wireless earbuds and a high-end Echo device this week

September 23rd, 2019

Amazon is planning to release a new pair of Alexa-powered wireless earbuds, according to a new report from CNBC. Interestingly, the device is said to boast an accelerometer which would provide the backbone for a number of fitness-oriented features Amazon plans to include. Specifically, the report notes that Amazon’s headphones will “be able to monitor …

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo devices are assembled by teenagers forced to work overtime hours

August 9th, 2019

In a scathing report that shouldn’t shock anyone, a new expose from China Labor Watch reveals that a Foxconn-owned factory has been employing upwards of 1,500 teenagers (aged 16-18) as interns. Their task? Making speakers for Amazon. While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with a teenager working an internship in and of itself, the report details …

Amazon Echo

Thousands of Amazon employees hear what you say to Alexa

April 11th, 2019

Amazon has thousands of employees across the globe who actively listen to Alexa recordings from Echo devices as part of a broad effort to improve the reliability of the product, according to a new bombshell report from Bloomberg. The revelation has naturally caused a significant amount of blowback from privacy advocates, primarily because Amazon hasn’t …

Parrot Uses Alexa

An intelligent parrot used Alexa to play music and order food from Amazon

December 17th, 2018

An African grey parrot has made headlines recently for inadvertently making orders via his owner’s Amazon Echo. Originally reported via The Times of London, the parrot — whose name is Rocco — would mindlessly activate Alexa and have the virtual assistant tell jokes and play music. Rocco even tried to order a few items from …

Amazon Echo battery alternative

Cavalier Maverick review: Everything the Amazon Echo should be

August 1st, 2018

Amazon invented the smart speaker market out of thin air when it first launched the Amazon Echo. Since Alexa first found her way into kitchens across the country, a host of other big players like Apple, Google, and Sonos have entered the market with their own versions, and smart speakers have become big business. But …

Google Home vs Alexa price, sales

Google just dethroned Amazon in the smart speaker wars

May 25th, 2018

Amazon invented the market for smart speakers when it first launched the Echo, and unsurprisingly, it has dominated the market ever since. Even the HomePod, with the full weight of Apple’s engineering team and Jony Ive’s facial hair, couldn’t make a dent in Echo sales. But according to new sales data from Canalys, Google took …