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Alexa and Capital One introduce voice-powered home and auto payments

With a single voice command, Alexa can now pay your mortgage or tell you the payoff balance on your new car.

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The Amazon Echo smart speaker.

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Months ago, Capital One introduced an Alexa skill that allowed Amazon's virtual voice assistant to tell you your credit card balance or even make a payment. Now, Capital One is expanding that skill to bring home and auto loans into play.

To get started, you'll need to enable the Capital One skill in the Alexa app on your Android or iOS device. Sync Alexa up with your Capital One mortgage or car payments, and you'll be able to ask her when your next payment is due, how much you still owe, or what the payoff balance is. You'll even be able to tell her to go ahead and make your next payment. And, lest you worry about nosy houseguests, you'll need to tell Alexa a four-digit PIN code before she'll divulge anything sensitive.

Alexa devices include the Amazon Echo smart speaker, the portable Amazon Tap speaker, the mini-sized Amazon Echo Dot, and the Amazon Fire TV voice remote.