Amazon tests 'Brief Mode' feature to make Echo devices talk less

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Alexa has been known to be a bit annoying at times -- laughing at random, ordering items without being told to and giving users more information than they wanted. Thankfully, Amazon has developed a solution that'll make its voice assistant talk a little less. Called'Brief Mode,' it allows users to replace some of Alexa's verbal confirmations with non-verbal signals, like beeps. Amazon has confirmed that it's rolling out a feature called'Brief Mode' to all users. Brief mode turns off some of Alexa's verbal confirmations and replaces them with beeps.


Top skills for Alexa: 6 tips for your Amazon Echo that will simplify your life

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Here are 21 commands that even seasoned Echo users may not know. Many of them are useful, some are fun, and others give the illusion that Alexa is as cognizant as we are. Alexa is no longer "new." The smart-tech revolution is now in full swing, and Amazon Echo is at the heart of it. According to Edison Research, nearly 40 million people own voice-activated speakers, which is about one in six U.S. adults.


Siri, meet Alexa: 'Voice in a Can' app brings Amazon's assistant to Apple Watch

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Amazon's Alexa is coming to the Apple Watch - sort of. A new third-party app, dubbed Voice in a Can, lets you use Alexa on the Apple Watch instead of the iPhone maker's voice assistant, Siri. It's a standalone Apple Watch app, so you don't have to be tethered to your iPhone, according to the Verge, which first spotted it. A new third-party app, dubbed Voice in a Can, lets you use Alexa on the Apple Watch (pictured) instead of the iPhone maker's voice assistant, Siri Instead, all you need is a WiFi connection or access to an LTE network. However, it doesn't mean you can use utilize all of Alexa's skills.


Orchestrate Your Network with AI Driven Innovation - Aerohive Blog

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We've been sharing a lot of information about why we're really excited about HiveManager Shortcuts with Amazon Alexa. While we don't think IT Managers are going to replace 100 percent of browser-based management with voice, we do think it can be a great addition to help simplify a number of tasks. Let's watch a video to see some of the ways HiveManager Shortcuts with Amazon Alexa can simplify a project for IT departments. One of the aspects of IT management that HiveManager Shortcuts with Amazon Alexa integration simplifies is onboarding of new access points. Instead of manually typing in serial numbers of new access points, you can use an Alexa-enabled device to add it verbally.


Amazon update lets Alexa smart devices control TV content

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Amazon's Fire TV service can now be controlled completely by voice commands, thanks to a new software update. The new feature expands upon a recent overhaul of the service, which allows users to access the firm's Alexa smart assistant via its remote. Now the process is completely hands free and can be activated from Amazon Echo, Dot and other Alexa-enabled devices. Amazon's Fire TV service (picture) can now be controlled completely by voice commands, thanks to a new software update Amazon's Fire TV service can now be controlled completely by voice commands, thanks to a new software update. The changes have been rolled out as part of Fire OS versions 5.2.4.1 and 5.2.4.2.