Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Amazon Echo And Alexa Launched In Australia And New Zealand

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Pre-orders for the Australian Echo speakers are available now on January 18 from amazon.com.au, with devices expected to ship early February. You can ask the device what the weather is like, manage calendar events, and tell it to play songs from the Unlimited Music service, among loads of other things.

Australian businesses have jumped on Amazon's Alexa, unveiling "skills" built for the voice-driven virtual assistant. The key phrase is then "Alexa, ask Airtasker to 'find me a cleaner".

Airtasker co-founder and CEO, Tim Fung, said the name of the game is making the voice-based platform more accessible to users. Amazon is also a big-time newcomer in Australia in general, having only taken its first orders in the country late past year.

But this is just the first step.

The airline has been increasingly experimenting with Artificial Intelligence.

"Chances are in five years" time, she could be the smartest "person' in the room", he added.

George Frazis, Chief Executive, Consumer Bank says customers want a seamless banking experience that fits with their needs and complements their lifestyles. After that, a monthly subscription will be required to continue to use the service.

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Amazon only announced that availability would be in 2018 but did not specify when, but the good news for our readers in Australia and New Zealand is that we finally have a date to look forward to.

"We've started with voice-powered news content to see how consumers respond, and will be using these insights to create an even more immersive AI experience". "Voice is a natural and intuitive interface that can be of great help to customers around the house".

Domino's not surprisingly, has an Alexa skill too for ordering pizza. Customers will also be able to obtain a financial market update.

From your bank balance to your mobile balance and your smart home devices there's a range of Aussie options to integrate with Amazon's Alexa at launch.

AGL and EnergyAustralia are both releasing services for Alexa.

Likewise, AGL said customers could check bill information using Alexa once it launching locally.

Amazon's store launch wasn't quite the beacon of digital hope many expected it would be, but don't worry, because the company that made the Kindle the most popular eReader isn't letting go of Australians any time soon. Customers will also be able to manage a range of account services, Amaysim said.

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