voice-control Stories May 17, 2016

Amazon announced today that it will be bringing its popular Alex voice service to Fire TV. First made popular on its Echo Smart Speaker, the intelligent assistant will be able to control a variety of functions on the streaming media player. Of course, Apple TV has had Siri functionality since the current generation was released last October. How does the Fire TV’s new found feature stack up? Head below for more.

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voice-control Stories April 6, 2015

Roku announces new features and upgrades to its line of streaming media players

Today, Roku has announced slight performance and feature upgrades to its Roku 3 and 2 models, as well as a new search and discover platform. The Roku Feed allows consumers to track entertainment and receive updates when new content is released or goes on sale. Users will be able to search for shows, actors or directors and receive a curated list of results arranged by price. Roku will automatically push this feature out to devices.

The Roku 3 has added a new voice search capability, which allows for users to use the new enhanced remote control to find new content simply by speaking. The updated controller includes a new button to activate the voice search. This feature puts the Roku 3 in-line with Amazon Fire‘s own voice recognition feature.

Meanwhile, the Roku 2 gets a speed bump, receiving the processor previously only available for the Roku 3. It essentially is the flagship model without the enhanced remote.

Pricing remains untouched, although we frequently see discounts on both models. The Roku 3 is available via Amazon for $84.99, while the Roku 2 ships for $64.99.

 

voice-control Stories March 3, 2015

Sony’s new BSP60 voice-controlled smart Bluetooth speaker is a virtual assistant on wheels

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While there is a wealth of Bluetooth speakers out there, all attempting to add extra features and additional innovation to standout from the pack, Sony isn’t generally the first company most people run to. However, its recently revealed BSP60 Smart Bluetooth Speaker has both an interesting visual design and a number of unique tricks up its sleeve.

Head below to find out more about the BSP60 speaker’s smart features, voice-control and how to get it to follow you around the room… expand full story

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