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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!


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

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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.


Are Google's smart gadget wrecking YOUR wifi?

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google had admitted a bug in its smart home products is causing major wifi woes for users. The firm's Chromecast TV gadgets and Google Home smart speaker are reportedly overloading home Wi-Fi networks. Google today admitted the bug was real - and promised to fix it tomorrow. Google had admitted a bug in its smart home products is causing major wifi woes for users. The Chromecast TV gadgets and Google Home smart speaker (pictured) are overloading home Wi-Fi networks.


BBC develops a voice-activated assistant in a bid to rival Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The BBC is developing a voice-activated electronic assistant in an attempt to rival Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri. It will similarly be styled as a character – currently dubbed'Auntie' by insiders in a nod to the BBC's longstanding nickname – but will be renamed before launch to make it more'modern-sounding'. The assistant would be available to download free on smartphones and smart TVs in the UK. It would allow users to seek information across the internet by issuing a verbal instruction. The BBC is developing a voice-activated electronic assistant in an attempt to rival Amazon's Alexa (pictured) For example, users could ask the app to get weather reports, play the most recent episode of The Archers or work out the quickest route to work.


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.