Alexa now offers the hours, addresses and phone numbers for millions of local businesses. The capability arrives via a new partnership between Amazon and Yext, which also supplies data to Google. Try asking, Alexa, what time does Starbucks close?
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An Alexa-powered equalizer lets users control the bass, midrange and treble while listening to music or watching video on their Echo devices.
The integration between Amazon and Microsoft's digital assistants is preliminary, with mutually accessible features to be added incrementally. Get started with the command "Alexa, open Cortana."
The newly released Alexa Cast feature allows users to control the music playing on their Alexa devices from Amazon Music apps, thus eliminating the need for a Bluetooth connection. The feature will be far more notable if opened to third-party services, offering the versatility of Google's Chromecast and Apple's AirPlay.
DirectTV subscribers can now select content on their Genie HR44, HR54, Genie 2 and Genie Mini set-top boxes. Nathan Ingraham of Engadget explains how to get started.