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Old 01-20-2018, 02:33 PM   #2731
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Amazon Echo devices are headed to Australia and New Zealand in February

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Amazon Unlimited will be launched in Australia and New Zealand on February 1st
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Amazon’s Echo devices will be released in Australia and New Zealand in early February. Customers can preorder an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Plus online from today and the devices are expected to ship early next month. The devices will also be available to buy directly from major retailers in early February. The Amazon Echo is A$119 ($95), the Echo Dot is A$49 ($39), and the Echo Plus is A$199 ($160).

Additionally, Amazon’s music service Amazon Unlimited will be launched in Australia and New Zealand on February 1st. Users can ask Alexa to play the top songs by Kylie Minogue, or ask it to play curated playlists like “Divas Down Under.”
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:55 PM   #2732
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Amazon brings voice control to its Alexa app for Android, with iOS coming soon

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Amazon’s slow push into mobile is getting a lot more real this morning with the addition of voice integration into its Android app for Alexa. Up to now, the app has been little more than a way to manage settings for the Echo and other smart home devices built around its smart assistant.

The addition of voice commands means users can speak directly to their handset the way they would an Echo — to play music, trigger Alexa skills and the like. The update is being rolled out over the course of the coming days through Google Play and Amazon’s own Appstore. A similar update is also on the way for the iOS App Store, but its timing is still up in the air, likely due to Apple’s stricter vetting process.
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Amazon has also, interestingly, brought some voice functionality to its mobile shopping app, while forgoing the functionality for the Alexa app until now. In spite of this, the app has become a hit on app store charts, courtesy of the wild success of the company’s Echo devices this past holiday season.

The company has confirmed that the Alexa app in its current form does not support wake word functionality.
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:01 PM   #2733
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How to delete all your voice data from Amazon Echo, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri

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Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft collect your voice data to improve their AI systems. Here's how to delete everything
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Amazon Echo's Alexa, Google Assistant and Cortana are always listening to obey your commands. Utter the wake word – Alexa, Cortana or Hey Google, and they spring into life. But what if you don't want your voice recorded and stored on Amazon's servers forevermore?

Thankfully, all these services give you the option of deleting your data. Here's how to remove your voice data collected by the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Siri and Cortana.
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'Alexa, delete my data'

You can delete individual recordings – something that may be useful if you've asked Alexa something particularly embarrassing – through Amazon's Alexa app. It's an incomplete but effective way of getting rid of individual commands. Simply select the recording and hit delete.

A more thorough way is to visit Amazon's Your Content page and navigate to the devices tab.

Under each registered Echo there's the option to 'manage voice recordings'. Clicking through prompts a warning that deleting data will "degrade your experience" and also gives the option to get rid of everything.
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:04 PM   #2734
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Alexa’s wake word can now be changed by voice on Amazon Echo devices

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Amazon’s line of Echo devices can be set to respond to one of four wake words which include Alexa, Echo, Amazon, and Computer. You used to have to dive into the device settings in the Alexa app to change the wake word but now you can do it on the fly with your voice. Just say “Alexa, change the wake word” and Alexa will ask which of the three alternative wake words you would like to use. Speak your choice and you’re all set. I can see this coming in handy to quickly change the wake word temporarily when watching a movie or TV show that keeps triggering Alexa.
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:39 PM   #2735
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Alexa can now send SMS text messages if you use an Android phone

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Alexa’s calling and messaging capabilities just gained a new feature if you use an Android phone. You can now use Alexa through any Echo device to send standard SMS text messages without ever picking up your phone. The messages are sent through your phone’s SMS app, so the recipient doesn’t need to have the Alexa app or do anything special to receive the messages.

The new capability is only available to users of Android phones and it likely will not be available to iPhone users anytime soon. That’s because Apple currently does not allow 3rd-party apps to send messages. On an Android device, Amazon relays your dictate message from the Echo device to the Alexa app and then uses the Alexa app to insert the message into the standard SMS text messaging app on your phone.
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Old 02-01-2018, 05:35 AM   #2736
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:56 PM   #2737
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Old 02-04-2018, 01:39 PM   #2738
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:09 AM   #2739
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I thought of a cool feature for Alexa. I wish we could use her to send books from the cloud to our devices. Now that is something I could use.

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"Alexa, Send Kindle Book Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen to my Kindle 3."
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:17 PM   #2740
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Somewhere in the not very distant past, Alexa now supports multiple, named, lists. Finally! Now I can keep grocery, drugstore, and specialty lists separate.
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Old 02-06-2018, 02:35 PM   #2741
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Somewhere in the not very distant past, Alexa now supports multiple, named, lists. Finally! Now I can keep grocery, drugstore, and specialty lists separate.
Funnily enough I was just a few seconds ago looking for this feature, as I want a music list of songs I come across that I don't want to forget about. Unfortunately the feature does not appear to be rolled out here in the UK, as Alexa keeps telling me she "doesn't know that" when I try to create a list.
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I thought of a cool feature for Alexa. I wish we could use her to send books from the cloud to our devices. Now that is something I could use.

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"Alexa, Send Kindle Book Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen to my Kindle 3."
Suggest it to Amazon
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