Amazon took a blunderbuss approach to their device event this morning, so we’re going to attempt to nutshell the lot. Revealed today were a whole bunch of Amazon Echo devices, a DVR called Fire TV Recast, and a set of improvements for Alexa across all Alexa-friendly devices. “The Alexa service is always getting smarter, whether you’re using the Echo you bought three years ago or an Echo Show you buy tomorrow” said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa, “Soon customers will be able to manage their email, easily secure their home, watch the shows they love on Echo Show, and make their daily routines more productive—all just by asking Alexa.”
1. New Alexa Features
Amazon announced enough features to fill a day’s worth of articles, so I’ll collect them all here in a nutshell. Alexa Guard will activate smart home security measures by saying “Alexa, I’m leaving.” Hunches is Alexa’s learning AI system that’ll predict when you’ve forgotten items like turning out the living room light once you’ve left your home.
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