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Smart speakers like Alexa and Google are 'SEXIST'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Smart home devices understand men better than women, according to a new YouGov survey. It found 67 per cent of female owners say that their device fails to respond to a voice command at least'sometimes', compared to 54 per cent of male owners. It also revealed men are ruder to their devices but experience fewer problems being understood. Men are more likely to take an brusque tone with theirs than women yet women have more problems with getting a response to their commands. The smart devices seem to respond less well to women than men, based on the survey results.


Amazon forced to pull its $30 'connected wall clock' after users complain it refuses to connect

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon has been forced to pull its'connected wall clock' after users found it would not connect to their wifi. The $30 smart device can be used to set timers, with LED lights that tick down as time runs out and flashes when the timer expires. Released just a month ago, a slew of customer complaints led to Amazon pulling the click from its site - although the page for it shows as'currently unavailable'. The $30 smart device can be used to set timers, with LED lights that tick down as time runs out and flashes when the timer expires. An Amazon spokesperson said, 'We're aware that a small number of customers have had issues with connectivity.


Amazon Echo customers claim virtual assistant has stopped working

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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!


Twitter users share hilarious 'Alexa' fails online

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Thanks to ever more rapidly advancing modern technology, we hardly have to move from the comfort of our beds to complete anything from shopping to scheduling appointments. But sometimes it's not all it's cracked up to be, as a series of hilarious viral tweets has proved. From receiving unwanted sex toys through the post, to witnessing rather spooky'flirtations' between an Alexa and a Google Home, perplexed gadget lovers have been sharing their virtual assistants' biggest fails on social media... Modern technology is advanced as ever, but sometimes it's not all it's cracked up to be, as a series of hilarious viral tweets have proved Perhaps the old school way really is the best? A peckish child was left disappointed after their McDonald's order turned out to be a book Things that go bump in the night! Alexa scared her owners when she let out a'ghostly wail' out of nowhere Alexa decided she'd rather turn on a lullaby than the lights... surely making for a rather dark musical experience A tweeter was left embarrassed after Alexa pointed out he didn't have a Porsche, when prompted to turn on the porch lights When add pampers turns to add cancer: One Tweeter was left perplexed by Alexa's apparent hearing impediment Alexa's attempt at initiative was quickly shut down by one owner'Do something': Alexa gave one owner a rather unhelpful #alexafail reminder The comments below have not been moderated.


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

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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.