For WaPo News, Just Ask Amazon's Alexa

If you’re hungry to hear updates on the 2016 presidential election, now all you have to do is ask. The Washington Post is producing a political news brief available on devices enabled with Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled virtual assistant.

The briefings will feature news and analysis on the 2016 presidential election, written by Chris Cillizza, founder of “The Fix,” a daily political weblog for thePost’s Web site. The new “Flash Briefings” will be available once a day, though in the future there may be updates more often.



WaPo is also exploring the addition of audio and other topics to its Alexa Flash Briefing, according to a statement.

Flash Briefings will be pre-recorded news briefs and segments, available on all Alexa-enabled devices, including Amazon Echo, Fire TV, Amazon Tap and Echo Dot.

Joey Marburger, director of digital products and design at WaPo, said it is exciting to experiment with connected devices as a new platform for the Post's content. “Delivering news in this format is yet another way we can engage with busy readers who want options,” he added.

Amazon chief executive Jeffrey Bezos owns The Washington Post.

Alexa is usually used by Amazon devices for daily tasks such as updating users’ calendars, dimming the lights and playing some music. But just a few weeks ago, Capital One announced that it is the first bank to partner with Amazon to enable customers to review their finances through Alexa-enabled devices.

For example, 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, using a hands-free voice command. Alexa will be able to pay their monthly credit card bill or see if a check cleared.

She can also tell you who is leading in the polls.
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