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by Kevin Coupe

The Washington Post on yet another use for the Amazon Echo, the company's screenless, voice-controlled household computer, beyond the ability to play music, dim the lights, or buy stuff on Amazon.

According to the story, "Capital One announced Friday that it is the first bank to partner with Amazon to let customers review their finances through Alexa-enabled devices, including the Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot and Fire TV ... People who own one of those devices and have a Capital One credit card or bank account will be able to request information on their account balance and most recent transactions. Instead of having to log in through their laptop or phones, customers will be able to speak the commands while they’re doing the dishes or doing other tasks around the house."

The story notes that for the moment, the service will only allow people to review their finances, but that the expectation is that new applications will be developed over time ... and that new security features will also have to be developed at the same time.

The Amazon ecosystem continues to expand. It is an Eye-Opener.
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