Amazon rolls out 'Answer Update' feature that lets Alexa get back to you later with responses

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Your questions will never go unanswered again by Alexa. Amazon is rolling out a feature called'Answer Update' that notifies users when Alexa learns the answer to a question that it didn't know right away. The feature, which was first spotted by Voicebot, should start appearing for users in the coming days. Amazon is launching a feature called'Answer Update' that notifies users when Alexa learns the answer to a question it didn't know right away. Users can opt in to the feature by asking their Echo device to'turn on Answer Update.' Alexa will then respond by explaining what the feature is.


Amazon Echo customers claim virtual assistant has stopped working

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Amazon customers complained that their Echo devices stopped working this morning. People took to social media to complain about the Alexa virtual assistant just before 9am. Outage tracker Down Detector logged hundreds of reports about issues with the digital assistant. Alexa is still available on a range of Amazon devices - including the Echo speakers, Fire TV, and Amazon's range of Fire tablets too. Seb Hawker from Bath tweeted: 'That First World problem when Alexa goes down and can't stop the radio playing or turn the plugs on...' Another Twitter user from London said: 'My flat is broken!


Amazon may launch AirPods-style wireless headphones with its AI assistant built in later this year

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Amazon could go head-to-head with Apple and launch its own pair of wireless headphones. The e-commerce giant is in the process of developing earbuds with its AI Alexa assistant built into them, Bloomberg reported, citing sources close to the situation. The product could possibly hit the shelves as soon as later this year. Amazon could go head-to-head with Apple and launch its own pair of wireless headphones. Amazon's earbuds will appear similar to Apple's AirPods, except they'll feature better audio quality and will be offered at a cheaper price point than the iPhone maker's version, Bloomberg said.


Amazon to take on the cable industry with 'Frank' device that can record live TV shows

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Amazon is set to shake up the cable insudtry with a new TV box that allows users to record live shows without a subscription. Codenamed Frank, it will have its own storage for shows, and connect to TVs via Amazon's existing Fire TV box, according to Bloomberg. It describes the gadget as'a new type of digital video recorder for the streaming era.' Codenamed Frank, the new device will have its own storage for shows, and connect to TVs via Amazon's existing Fire TV box, according to Bloomberg. It cited'a person familiar with the plans'. Users will be able to record live TV and stream the video to a smartphone or TV so it can be watched later.


Turn any Windows PC or laptop into a smart speaker with Alexa app

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Computers can be transformed into smart speakers with a mere app. Both laptops and PCs operating on Windows 10 can be now enhanced with AI assistant, Alexa, from this week. It comes after the voice-activated product was made available on the Microsoft store for users in the UK, US and Germany. It works through a devices microphone and speakers, instantly making Alexa portable for use both inside and outside the home. Some Windows PCs will already be compatible with the program's'wake word' functionality, meaning people can use it hands-free by simply saying its name - much like separate speakers.