Alibaba launches a Chinese-language smart home speaker rival to Amazon's Echo
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has jumped into the smart home speaker space. The company on Wednesday launched a device called the Tianmao JinglingX1 (Tmall Genie X1). It's Alibaba's version of Amazon's popular Echo device. The X1 is available only in China and speaks only Mandarin. It was only a matter of time, as voice-activated personal assistants...