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July 20
8:09 AM 2015

A "smart" speaker can do simple chores for you. Aside from plating your music, it can give updates of NBA games and schedules.

Amazon Echo users can now ask Alexa for Chicago Sky's next play or who scores in the Atlanta Dream game. Aside from the WNBA scores and schedules, fans of NBA, NCAA, NHL, NFL, MLS and MLB can also get updates through Amazon Echo. The new features also include feeds from live events and concerts via Tuneln. Earlier, Amazon has added story-telling element.

Amazon Echo is now supported by Audible.  If you have an Audible account, you can ask Alexa to read your e-book. Users can ask Alexa to resume reading, control playback or start a new book. And to mark this new feature, Amazon Echo owners can get two free audiobooks from Audible. 

Alexa, of course, is the voice behind this cloud-connected wireless speaker.

If you're the type of person who likes to talk to inanimate objects, Amazon Echo is perfect for you. This black cylindrical speaker goes beyond music and sounds. It's as smart as Siri, Cortana and Google Now -without the phone or other devices- instead it is just a black cylinder. Imagine searching for things without using your smartphone, no typing nor scouring through the results page. Plug in Amazon Echo and ask away. Ask her anything - just like how you'd Google the silliest things.  

It may well be incomparable to its counterparts because it's not at all mobile, it has to be plugged in the entire time you use it - hopefully Amazon improves this aspect as it continuously adds features to the speaker-assistant device.

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