You don’t say: Alexa adds to vo­cab­u­lary

7 Days in Dubai - - TECH TALK -

Ama­zon’s voice as­sis­tant Alexa can now tell you how well you slept and how much more ex­er­cise you need - at least if you have a Fit­bit fit­ness tracker and an Alexa-com­pat­i­ble de­vice, such as Ama­zon’s Echo speaker (pic­tured) and Fire TV stream­ing devices. Alexa - Ama­zon’s an­swer to Ap­ple’s Siri, Google Now and Mi­crosoft’s Cor­tana - is part of the on­line re­tailer’s am­bi­tions to con­trol your liv­ing room, as peo­ple start em­brac­ing a ‘smart’, au­to­mated home. You can al­ready use voice com­mands to ask Alexa for weather, movie list­ings and sports scores. Now, Alexa can tell you when you fell asleep and for how long. Ask about your daily walks, and Alexa will re­ply with how many more miles you need to reach your goals. In re­cent weeks, Alexa has ac­quired such skills as pay­ing Cap­i­tal One credit card bills, order­ing pizza from Domino’s and get­ting a ride through Uber.

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