Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Paranormal … Alexa - Amazon's digital assistant laughs and spreads fear to its users!

Paranormal … Alexa – Amazon's digital assistant laughs and spreads fear to its users! Is Amazon Alexa laughing at you?
Terence Owen | 12 March, 2018, 16:45

After purchasing an Amazon Alexa-enabled device, you may have found yourself saying the wake word "Alexa" more times in a given day than you're comfortable with. With Follow-up Mode, Alexa will listen for five seconds after she's done responding to you to see if you have anything else to ask. Instead of having to repeatedly say "Hey Alexa" for every question, 'Follow-up Mode' will have the digital assistant continue to listen for a few seconds after an initial question. A third user asked Alexa to play music, and she laughed. If you have anything else to ask her, you can just ask it without needing to say her name first.

To be clear, this doesn't mean that Alexa can handle multiple commands at once.

You can enable Follow-Up Mode on your device by opening the Alexa app and navigating to the Settings menu.

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A representative of Amazon explained: "In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh.' We are changing that phrase to be 'Alexa, can you laugh?' which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh'". ALEXA: "OK, the heat is set to 68". They can end their conversation with Alexa by simply saying "thank you", "stop", "cancel", or "go to sleep".

Amazon says Alexa will only respond to a follow-up commands if she's "confident" that it is a legitimate request and not just background noise.

Last year Amazon added the Alexa calling feature to Echo devices, essentially turning your smart speaker into a phone. Android and iOS have extra steps, forcing you to manually open the Alexa app before you can talk to the virtual assistant, but the basics are the same. Obviously you can't make a video call to a regular Echo, but that should be obvious seeing as how it doesn't have a camera.

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