Do you use your manners to your smart assistant?

Alexa might be our most thoughtful friend. As you may have noticed if you have an Amazon device running your smart home, Alexa is now testing out a ‘brief mode’, which allows us not to have to hear her say ‘ok’ every time we ask her to perform a task, instead emitting a short chime to signal that the job has been done. Seems small, but with the new follow up mode (allowing us to ask back to back questions with no need to reawaken her each time), it means we don’t have to hear ‘ok’ ‘ok’ ‘ok’ repeated 10

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Amazon is in it for the long haul

[kc_row use_container="yes" _id="496607"][kc_column width="12/12" _id="547754"]Amazon are on a hiring spree for Alexa, taking on not only more than Google are for their home automation department but more than google is hiring for....well, everything. Amazon are really going hard at the moment and are on the lookout for developers, engineers and analysts amongst others and they currently have job listings for more than 1000 potential workers. So what does this mean? For Amazon, it obviously shows that they’re committed to the growth and success of Alexa, which isn’t surprising given the popularity of the Amazon Echo. It also perhaps demonstrates that

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Alexa will now allow follow up commands

[kc_row use_container="yes" _id="365302"][kc_column width="12/12" _id="235046"]In the ever-growing tech ‘arms race’, Amazon are committed to making our lives easier, as well as our jaws less sore. Instead of constantly saying ‘Alexa...Alexa...Alexa...’ (or whatever your start up command is), Amazon have released a new update allowing follow up questions to be asked, meaning Alexa will stay awake for an extra five seconds listening out for another question, without the need for you to say her name (don’t wear it out?) again and again. For the moment, the questions need to be separate, you can’t combine them, but it will make for a more natural conversation with

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Alexa lost her voice FOR REAL

[kc_row use_container="yes" _id="47930"][kc_column width="42.62%" video_mute="no" _id="349501"] Alice TowndrowArticle Author [/kc_column][kc_column width="24.03%" video_mute="no" _id="341304"] More Articles [/kc_column][kc_column width="33.33%" video_mute="no" _id="17661"][/kc_column][/kc_row][kc_row use_container="yes" _id="434084"][kc_column width="12/12" _id="349338"]Users of Amazon’s Alexa were left confused, due to the smart device seemingly succumbing to the AWS outage. Poor Alexa has been noted to give replies stating ‘Sorry, something went wrong’, or losing her voice completely, giving no reply. The outage occurred on Friday, affecting homes and businesses across the U.S, particularly the East Coast and California. Amazon Web Services, for their part, were investigating this ‘increased packet loss’ and within a few hours, noted on their dashboard

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Ring is the latest company to be bought by Amazon

[kc_row use_container="yes" _id="189678"][kc_column width="12/12" _id="166246"]Amazon has made an estimated BILLION DOLLAR acquisition to purchase home security and digital doorbell company RING; the successful smart home security company confirmed the deal this week tell USA CNBC news that "We'll be able to achieve even more by partnering with an inventive, customer-centric company like Amazon. We look forward to being a part of the Amazon team as we work toward our vision for safer neighbourhoods." It is expected that Amazon will keep RING as an independent company as it has done so previously with Game streaming company witch and shoe company Zappos. Amazon has previously worked

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Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs

[kc_row use_container="yes" _id="266873"][kc_column width="12/12" _id="913145"] Amazons Digital Assistant seems to be compatible with almost anything these days, except your Windows PC. Both Amazon and Microsoft announcing a new assistant partnership which was due to invoked in late 2017. However, both companies seemed to have failed to meet the integration deadline and now Amazon Alexa is arriving on Windows 10 PCs to challenge Microsoft’s built-in Cortana assistant. HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer are all PC companies that plan to integrate Alexa into a range of Windows 10 laptops and desktops being released this year, which was announced at each respective companies

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AMAZON AUSTRALIA SOFTWARE DROPPED EARLY!

IN BREAKING NEWS – a fluke discovery for any Australian users of Amazon Alexa. If you have shipped an Amazon Echo device from the UK or USA, and have had to do some tricky set up to get it to work, chances are on the 24th of Jan, it stopped working. Things like not recognising your account, even dropped off basic set up features like switching accounts and answering set up questions. It appeared to have been in factory restored mode, forgetting all of your settings and account. Well, there’s a reason for that! As of tonight, Amazon has pushed

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When will Amazon Alexa Launch in Australia?

When?  Where?  How much? Don't worry Australia, we all share that same frustration, yet another MAJOR TECH ITEM that changed the world as we know it ... ANNDD, we don't get it. Its been just over THREE years since Amazon Alexa launched. Back in nov 2014.  It was the move that changed the regular American household. And the tech industry as we know it, SMART ASSISTANTS. Now it's our turn. FINALLY, release date and cost has been released for the Australian Amazon Alexa's echo dot will be 79 AUD The Echo will be 149 AUD Echo plus will be 229 AUD Shipping

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Amazon Alexa new Wake up call feature

Alexa has been updated to support music alarms! Amazon announced that Alexa has been updated to include support for music alarms. So instead of just asking Alexa to set an alarm for you, you’ll be able to request specific songs, playlists, artists, or genres to get you out of bed in the morning. Ranging from a variety of music services, already supported to use as alarm tones, including Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio. The Alexa-powered device can be directly connected to speakers with a 3.5mm audio cable or via Bluetooth. To get yourself into the Christmas spirit on Christmas eve

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Underwhelmed by Amazon Australia

Soooo.... This is awkward. Remember all that hype that was around in the news about a week or two ago... YEAH sorry about that. All broken promises. It sounded amazing did it not? Amazon Australia- no longer did we have to drive to shops, deal with horrid car-parks (thanks Westfeild), deal with screaming kids and angry parents, just to get overcharged for a tech item that is almost sold out. That as usual half the choices are not available because the item had been all over Youtube and the internet for months now, and Australian stores are only JUST stocking

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