Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Amazon's Alexa Will Now Tell You What You've Missed

Alexa devices are going to get better at making sure you actually said 'Alexa' The Amazon Echo 'Silver' will never happen, thanks to this Alexa update
Derrick Tucker | 17 May, 2017, 02:16

The skit, starring Kenan and Kel alumni Kenan Thompson and Ghostbusters star Kate McKinnon, introduces the Amazon Echo Silver; "the only smart speaker to be designed exclusively by the greatest generation".

Amazon announced Tuesday that it's launching a new "Notifications for Alexa" feature, which allows the AI assistant to proactively alert users with information that's important to them.

Granted, there are not many words we can think of that can be confused with "Alexa", but there are certain phrases that might trip up devices.

In the case of The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the newspaper will be able to send people the latest breaking news via Alexa once a user asks Alexa to tell them what they missed.

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The company said it will let customers enable notifications - similar to the push alerts available in smartphones and computers - for various Alexa applications.

Developers who have integrated Alexa into their products via Amazon's Alexa Voice Service (AVS) will need to make some tweaks to take advantage of this new feature.

The Washington Post, AccuWeather, Just Eat, and Life360 will be among the first to update their Alexa skills with support for notifications. A green notification light spins around the top of the Echo showing a user that there's a voice message; the same light will be used as a notification indicator for third-party apps.

If a financial services app tracks specific stock movements, for example, you might soon be able to ask Alexa for notifications related to your portfolio, like a quick overview of how an index or stock performed.

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