Facebook’s "Portal" Could Launch Next Week

Skype on Alexa

Amazon's Kid Activity Skills are also getting a revamp in this latest update, and will now feature offerings such as Train Like an Avenger, Animal Workout, Oregon Trail, Star Wars Missions and Animal Rescue. Once in place, you will simply be able to say "Alexa, call Jimmy on Skype" to make a call, or "Alexa, answer" to take a Skype call on your smart speaker. Ask Alexa to find nearby restaurants and reserve a table.

The flurry of new products shows how the online retailer is working to make ubiquitous its voice-controlled assistant Alexa, which powers the Echo devices.

The new Dollars 50 Echo Dot speaker, meanwhile, comes with a revamped curved shape and fabric finish and is over 70 percent louder, said Amazon. Last month, it released an Alexa Auto Software Development Kit to make it easier for programmers to build Alexa into automotive infotainment systems. It has also learned to understand whispers. The intelligent system will track movement of user around the room to keep his face in frame.

Rumors have been flying about since the middle of 2017 that Facebook is building a smart speaker with a large touchscreen to rival Amazon's Echo Show.

The global tech giant Amazon has been well known for its range of home devices or to be precise, for its smart home devices. If someone rings your smart doorbell, you'll hear a chime on all of your Echo devices.

Currently, the Alexa assistant is not available in cars through a dedicated device.

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The pricing and availability for the Home Hub has been tipped by Android Authority as being "available later this fall for $149". Then again, the Lenovo Smart Display does show some promise by being deeply integrated into Google's diverse ecosystem.

Use your voice to play music, check the news, open the garage door, find the nearest gas station, and more. It will connect to your phone via Bluetooth so that Alexa's voice commands work.

Facebook ($FB) plans to finally unveil its Portal video chat device for the home next week, Cheddar has learned.

Fire TV Recast: With the Fire TV Recast, users can now record two shows simultaneously, and have them streamed to compliant devices such as the Fire Tablet, Fire TV, Echo Show or iOS and Android mobile devices.

Echo Dot and Echo Plus received minor refreshes, including a new fabric-wrapped design with rounded edges, louder speakers and a new temperature sensor in the Echo Plus.

"Customers only use a fraction of the features" of a microwave, Amazon said.

Amazon has been moving fast in the race of best digital assistants fielded by powerhouse rivals such as Google and Apple and prefer to become the best one for users.

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