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Old 05-30-2020, 12:39 AM   #4126
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Wow. A $200 device is garbage in a few short years. Throw-away society is the best...
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Old 05-30-2020, 02:36 AM   #4127
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Wow. A $200 device is garbage in a few short years. Throw-away society is the best...
Maybe not the best poster child for the cause. This was basically a failed experiment. They took a risk, it didn't pan out, and not all that many exist in the wild. I can forgive this more than, say, selling billions of cell phones with planned- obsolescence support policies, non-replaceable batteries, etc, and then intentionally repeating it every few years.
Or many examples of products that are simply built too cheaply to withstand normal use, and are unrepairable. Those are better poster children for disposable society.

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Old 06-01-2020, 08:06 PM   #4128
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Amazon Alexa users can now use the “Drop In” feature to talk with all of their Echo devices at once, Amazon announced on its blog. Previously, Drop In messages could only be sent to one other Alexa-enabled device at a time -- a user with an Alexa device in the bedroom could “drop in” on a device in the kitchen and have a two-way conversation.

Now, you can use a device to send a message to all Echo devices in the house at once. This could be helpful with asking group questions like, “Does anyone want anything from the grocery store?” according to the Amazon blog. To start a group Drop In conversation, you can ask Alexa to “Drop In everywhere.”

A similar function has been added to the reminder feature. Users can now choose “all devices” when setting a reminder for the reminder to be played across all Alexa hardware. To enable the feature for all reminders, go to Settings in the Alexa app, then Reminders and opt into “Announce on all devices.”
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:06 PM   #4129
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Uhh... That's new? There has been the "announce" feature for years. I'm not sure about the Reminder every where, but it seems like a no brainer to me, that's the way it should work.
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Old 06-02-2020, 12:53 AM   #4130
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Uhh... That's new? There has been the "announce" feature for years. I'm not sure about the Reminder every where, but it seems like a no brainer to me, that's the way it should work.
Previously, you could only do it on one Echo at a time. The new feature allows you to do it on all of the Echos in your house at the same time.
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Old 06-02-2020, 06:21 PM   #4131
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Previously, you could only do it on one Echo at a time. The new feature allows you to do it on all of the Echos in your house at the same time.
Again. that's how it always should have been. So Jeff's kids are spinning an oversight correction into new and wonderful feature.
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Old 06-28-2020, 11:35 AM   #4132
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A possible warning...

I updated my Alexa app on my iphone, and I have encountered 2 problems...

1) My routines didn't work. These were voice activated routines, for example: "Alexa Good morning". Editing didn't fix the problem. I needed to delete and re-add the routines.

2) I have two harmony hubs, and voice commands no longer work on one (they actually go to the other Harmony Hub). I can use them in routines, but not through voice. They show up in scenes.

I've spent a couple hours this morning trying to solve the problem (deleted the, enabled/disabled the skill, scanned for scenes, no luck.

Also, I have an ongoing problem with routines and notifications with my iphone. Use used to get a sound with the notification text, now I only get the text. This has been going on a while. I called Amazon about it, and they passed it on to the dev team. I get a call every day asking if the problem is still persisting, and have I updated to the latest version of the Alexa app.

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Old 06-29-2020, 02:41 AM   #4133
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I have not ever set up any routines with my Echo Alexa speakers. It would be great if it would do the basic things very well. I am very tired of hearing it announce "Playing on laptop _____: VERY LOUDLY that hurts my ears, after I have adjusted the volume to play a youtube video or a podcast or something else. I asked today why it plays this so loudly and it answered that I can say "Alexa Volume Down." I said but I say that every day and you still play this laptop thing so loud that it hurts my ears. The Echo never gets it.
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