• HTC U11 becomes first phone with Amazon Alexa hot-word support

    5 days ago - By Ars Technica

    The HTC U11 on a beach.
    HTC has been promising Amazon Alexa integration for its newest flagship, the U11 , since before it hit the market. Two months after release, it has finally arrived. U11 customers can now download the HTC Alexa app to enable the feature.
    This isn't the first Android phone with Alexa integration , but it's the first smartphone to have always-on, hot-word support for Amazon's digital assistant. This allows you to say "Alexa" at any time and have the phone wake up and respond, basically turning it into a portable Echo. You can also trigger Alexa by mapping it to the...
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  • Amazon's Alexa Accelerator announces its first 13-week startup class

    Amazon's Alexa Accelerator announces its first 13-week startup class

    5 days ago - By VentureBeat

    Amazon's Alexa Accelerator today announced the names of nine startups chosen to participate in the program to be managed by Techstars.
    The 13-week accelerator program in its first year was paid for by the $100 million Alexa Fund will begins today and conclude with a Demo Day in October. Participants receive $120,000 in exchange for 6 percent of equity. 10 companies will be chosen for the Alexa Accelerator.
    Startups chosen to participate, according to a Techstars spokesperson include:
    - Novel Effect is an app that uses voice recognition to add sound effects to stories in real-time...
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