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Amazons Alexa passes 15,000 skills, up from 10,000 in February

Amazons Alexa voice platform has now passed 15,000 skills the voice-powered apps that run on devices like the Echo speaker, Echo Dot, newer Echo Show and others. The figure is up from the 10,000 skills Amazon officially announced back in February, which had then represented a 3x increase from September. The new 15,000 figure was first reported via third-party analysis from Voicebot, and Amazon has now confirmed to TechCrunch that the number is accurate. According to Voicebot, which only analyzed skills in the U.S., the milestone was reached for the…

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The Amazon Echo now doubles as a home intercom system

Amazon will officially release the Show in a few days, but in the meantime, the company is introducing a long-awaited intercom feature for existing Echo devices. The addition uses Drop-In, a teleconferencing feature introduced on the Show that lets close friends and family members call into one anothers device with little warning. I really didnt like the feature when I tested the device this week I found it to be pretty intrusive compared to standard calling, but this implementation makes a lot more sense. This upgrade brings Drop-In to the…

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Crunch Report | Rumors: Amazons New Echo Device

U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly investigating Ubers controversial Greyball program Facebook shutters Oculus Story Studio original VR content division Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted & Filmed by: Tito HamzeEdited by:Chris GatesTeleprompter:Tito Hamze Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the shirt in the…

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