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Amazon's Alexa can now control your microwave

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon's smart assistant can now add'cooking' to its ever-expanding set of home skills. The firm has revealed that Alexa users in the US can now control their microwave ovens with simple voice commands, by stating phrases such as: 'Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken.' While the functionality is limited to microwaves for now, Amazon says support for'other cooking devices,' including conventional ovens, is on the way. Amazon has revealed that Alexa users in the US can now control their microwave ovens with simple voice commands, by stating phrases such as: 'Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken.' The new microwave functionality will first come to customers in the US, with other countries to follow.


You can send texts via Alexa but only on Android phones

Daily Mail - Science & tech

So much for needing your phone to send text messages. Thanks to a new software update, you can now use Alexa to deliver SMS text messages to any phone. There are some caveats, however. It only works for Alexa users in the US with an Android device that also have the Alexa app installed on their phone. You also can't use the feature to text 911 or participate in group text messages.