New versions of the Microsoft Surface and Amazon Echo smart speakers are expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks after both companies confirmed they are planning launch events.
Amazon Alexa users can now ask the digital assistant to speak more slowly as part of efforts to make the virtual helper easier to interact with.
Amazon has unveiled a range of new TV-based devices as the technology giant continues its integration of virtual assistant Alexa into more household gadgets.
It has become a near-ubiquitous virtual assistant, responding to the voice commands of householders around the globe.
The BBC is developing its own Alexa-style digital voice assistant for next year, capable of understanding regional accents.
A new smart speaker tool is to enable football fans to hear the latest news from all 20 Premier League clubs when they ask their virtual assistant for updates.
Amazon has confirmed the introduction of Alexa Announcements to its Fire TV streaming devices in the UK.
Amazon has given virtual assistant users the option to opt out of having human reviewers listen to their voice recordings.
Google has admitted it gives workers access to some audio recordings from its Google Home smart speakers.
Amazon has defended its new partnership with the NHS, insisting it takes customer privacy seriously.
There has been a surge in the number of people asking their Alexas to fart, after a video of two young boys and their grandfather went viral.
Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo could one day be used to detect signs of cardiac arrest, scientists believe.
Vodafone customers can now make hands-free calls using Amazon Echo smart devices under their existing mobile plan, the operator has announced.
Amazon is adding an option to Alexa-enabled devices that will allow users to delete all same-day voice recordings as the company looks to allay privacy concerns around smart speakers.
AI virtual assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant reinforce gender stereotypes which portray women as “subservient” by relying on female voices, a UN report has said.
Smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home are being tested as ways to get information about government services such as the minimum wage or retirement age.
Amazon staff listen to recordings of customer interactions with voice-based assistant Alexa to help train the artificial intelligence’s responses.
Digital voice-powered assistant Alexa has revealed that Luther actor Idris Elba is her celebrity crush, days before Valentine’s Day.
Harrison Ford and Forest Whitaker are among the famous faces appearing in Amazon’s Super Bowl advert that takes a light-hearted look at “rejected” Alexa-enabled devices.
Popular video game The Sims is continuing to emulate real life by adding an Amazon Echo-style smart home speaker into the virtual simulator world.
Anyone new to NFL need not watch in confusion, as an Alexa skill has been added providing insight and guidance on one of America’s favourite sports.
Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant is continuing to move beyond the speaker and on to two wheels for the first time, with the launch of a new connected smart bike in the UK.
A user of Amazon’s Alexa smart voice assistant was sent audio files from a stranger after requesting access to his own recordings.
Alexa is widening its reach even further by working on the Amazon Music app, meaning users can request tracks hands-free.
Amazon Alexa users are now able to hear a story from Father Christmas and have the virtual assistant sing Christmas songs as part of a new festive feature.
Amazon has announced an expansion of its Alexa Drop In service – which enables intercom-style communication between Alexa-enabled devices.
Amazon’s Alexa voice-powered assistant is preparing to gain another high profile music service in the form of Apple Music.
Big Mouth Billy Bass is back with a 2018 twist enlisting Alexa in time for Christmas.
Amazon Echo owners in the UK can now receive personalised experiences with the arrival of Alexa Speaker ID.
Amazon Echo devices can now make calls between Skype users for the first time, as the fruits of Amazon and Microsoft’s increased collaboration continue to make progress.