Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Why you might hear creepy laughter from your Amazon Echo

Alexa is laughing at users and creeping them out Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published broadcast rewritten or redistributed
Melody Ballard | 10 March, 2018, 00:54

Several users of Alexa took to social media to share the fact that Alexa was "creepily" laughing without being prompted by the user.

Several people who own Amazon's Echo speakers have reported a unusual bug: The Alexa voice assistant has been laughing for apparently no reason.

Twitter user Kamo Boomin says that his Amazon Echo (which uses Alexa) started talking "totally unprompted" and he realized it was "listing off local cemeteries and funeral homes".

That said, music will become an increasingly key part of the company's Alexa play as more and more companies like Sony and Sonos continue to add the smart assistant to their own speakers.

The CEO of cloud services provider Box, Aaron Levie, said, "Amazon Alexa is apparently creepily laughing at random times".

NASA reveals what lies beneath Jupiter's swirling surface
The images Juno captured of these cyclones can help scientists understand the gas giant's interior structure, core, and origins. The $1 billion Juno mission , which NASA launched in 2011, is expected to continue to reveal more of Jupiter's secrets.

Kentucky sees decrease in ER visits related to opioid overdoses
This fast-moving epidemic affects all ages, genders and states and is still increasing across the USA , she said. Consistent with the program report, it indicates that the Midwest (70%) is the most burdened region.

Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. will play Thursday in SEC tourney opener
Martin said Porter, the No. 1 recruit in the country past year , will he able to help Missouri in a variety of ways. In the season opener against Iowa State , he only played two minutes before leaving the game with a back injury.

Reports of the odd behavior by Amazon's AI-based speaker started towards the end of February some Echo owners reported that their devices appeared to start laughing for no reason.

The way Amazon has approached the fix leads us to believe they think users are accidentally triggering the laugh command.

'The laugh wasn't in the Alexa voice. There are other devices such as HP Inc. personal computers and certain modems that work with Alexa, but the problem appears to be limited to the Amazon Echo and the smaller Echo Dot. Instead users will have to resort to asking, "Alexa, can you laugh?" "She didn't even say anything, just laughed".

The apparent malfunction seems to have first come to light in February 2018, as videos of Alexa spontaneously producing a childlike cackle began cropping up on Twitter. "We are also changing Alexa's response from simply laughter to 'Sure, I can laugh, ' followed by laughter", Amazon said.

Recommended

  • Warriors deny Spurs road win

    Warriors deny Spurs road win

    But then the Spurs did what they have become prone to doing in the fourth quarter and Kevin Durant what he often does. After getting fouled on a dunk attempt, Klay Thompson hit both free throws to give Golden State a four-point cushion.
    How DeRozan, Love Have Already Impacted Conversation On Mental Health

    How DeRozan, Love Have Already Impacted Conversation On Mental Health

    What Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan are speaking on is a truth that transcends any income bracket, quality of life, or circumstance. I think he could sense something was wrong and blurted something like, 'I'll be right back, ' and I ran back to the locker room.
    The chance for rain and snow will return overnight

    The chance for rain and snow will return overnight

    Lows Thursday night will fall back into the upper 30s before we start warming up into the weekend. In fact, the meteorological department had issued as many as 39 alerts during the last 24 hours.
  • Daylight Saving Time begins

    Daylight Saving Time begins

    Along with my colleague, I first examined how the shift to daylight saving time affected workers in blue-collar settings. If the clock changed at midnight, bars and restaurants might lose one hour of income when they had to spring ahead.
    Secret $560M Powerball victor  has lawyers pick up prize

    Secret $560M Powerball victor has lawyers pick up prize

    The woman's lawyers have planned a news conference at state lottery headquarters in Concord later Wednesday. "The lottery is a business so they want to sell tickets, they want to put a face to the win", he said.
    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban denies 2011 sexual assault claim

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban denies 2011 sexual assault claim

    A few weeks ago a Sports Illustrated story came out detailing the "corrosive workplace culture" of the Mavericks organization. The woman ultimately never filed charges and police found that there was insufficient evidence.
  • Savannah airport announces nonstop flights to Nashville

    Savannah airport announces nonstop flights to Nashville

    Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers to world-class leisure destinations. For more details, optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com.
    Conrad Sangma allocates portfolios to his council of ministers

    Conrad Sangma allocates portfolios to his council of ministers

    Roy is the longest serving serving legislator who got elected from Shella constituency for seven consecutive terms since 1988. He added: "Congress has the wherewithal to create a turnaround in any situation".
    J'can to play royal fiance - before the wedding

    J'can to play royal fiance - before the wedding

    News, the television star's father Thomas Markle , marking the first time he'll meet his soon-to-be royal son-in-law in person. Kate Middleton wears a gold band next to her engagement ring, which once belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
  • NSE Calls For Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment

    NSE Calls For Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment

    The day is often marked around the world with performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches . Delivering her keynote address, Laure Beaufils commended the NSE for setting out a day like this to celebrate women.
    Gandhi statue desecrated in Kannur

    Gandhi statue desecrated in Kannur

    The statue, located in a compound that houses the Taliparamba Taluk Office, was found vandalised at about 8 am. The spectacle of the Gandhi statue was damaged, which is situated in Thaliparamba area of the city.
    U.S.  sees security risk from Qualcomm deal

    U.S. sees security risk from Qualcomm deal

    CFIUS can approve or propose changes to deals, but only the president can block a transaction on national security grounds. The company will complete a corporate restructure and be headquartered in the U.S.by May 6, 2018.

Mario Tennis Aces launches this June on Nintendo Switch Mario Tennis Aces launches this June on Nintendo Switch The game will get a new single player expansion pack with 80 test facilities letting you play as an octoling known as Agent 8. The game features different gameplay mechanics depending on what level you're in with a boss at the end of each level.

Weekend weather: Warmer with rain and wind followed by sun Weekend weather: Warmer with rain and wind followed by sun A 40 percent chance of rain and snow is in the forecast for Tuesday during the day , increasing to a 60 percent chance at night. The high will be near 44 with a north wind of 9 to 14 miles per hour , gusting as high as 21 miles per hour .

Dunkirk Director Predicts Black Panther Will Get An Oscar Nomination Dunkirk Director Predicts Black Panther Will Get An Oscar Nomination Starring Chadwick Boseman , " Black Panther " is hailed today as the best film in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Furthermore, he also talked about the possibility of seeing certain characters from Black Panther go on their own adventures.

Kansas cheerleaders among thousands possibly exposed to mumps at Dallas competition Kansas cheerleaders among thousands possibly exposed to mumps at Dallas competition The time from being infected with the virus to developing symptoms can be as long as 25 days but is typically 14 to 18 days. A person at the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship had mumps, officials learned.

Ozil reaches Arsenal century as he delivers for Wenger against AC Milan Ozil reaches Arsenal century as he delivers for Wenger against AC Milan Ozil played a fine pass into Ramsey's path and the Wales midfielder rounded Donnarumma for an easy finish. All the return legs come up on Thursday, March 15.

Spring Forward: Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday at 2 am Spring Forward: Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday at 2 am In 2007, Daylight Saving got a few weeks longer, running from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. So enjoy the additional evening daylight now - and look forward to that extra hour of sleep in eight months' time .

Man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar will fight charge: Lawyer Man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar will fight charge: Lawyer Suspect Terry Bryant appeared behind glass in the Los Angeles courtroom in a blue jail jumpsuit when he entered his plea. He allegedly swiped McDormand's best actress Academy Award as she celebrated at the Governors Ball on Sunday night.

Everything Ravens Fans Need to Know From 2018 NFL Scouting Combine Everything Ravens Fans Need to Know From 2018 NFL Scouting Combine Eisen came in at 5.97 seconds, the second time in the 13 times he's run the 40 at the combine that he came in under 6 seconds. However, NFL teams are concerned about his "fit" at the next level and his athletic testing numbers won't help ease concerns.

Will give special status to AP if voted to power: Rahul Gandhi Will give special status to AP if voted to power: Rahul Gandhi BJP-TDP alliance is on the rocks and TDP is leading the protest against the BJP-ruled Centre in the Parliament over the issue of Special Category Status .

Today marks International Women's Day Today marks International Women's Day Several of Jamaica's leading entertainers will hit the stage on Thursday, March 8 , in support of International Women's Day . It focuses on improving health for men and boys, championing positive male role models and boosting gender relations.

FDA gives nod to 23andMe for no-prescription breast cancer gene testing FDA gives nod to 23andMe for no-prescription breast cancer gene testing The manufacturer also submitted data on user comprehension, which showed instructions and reports were easily understood. They provide information on what the results might mean and where to get additional information.

Walmart is launching its own meal kits in some stores Walmart is launching its own meal kits in some stores The four pre-portioned meals are steak Dijon, basil garlic chicken, pork Florentine and sweet chili chicken stir fry. Kroger has been offering its own brand of meal kits in some stores as well.

Iran nuclear deal's collapse would be a 'great loss' - UN watchdog chief Iran nuclear deal's collapse would be a 'great loss' - UN watchdog chief France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrived in Tehran early Monday for talks on the 2015 nuclear deal and Iran's role in the Syrian conflict.

Michael B Jordan offers to replace fan's retainer Michael B Jordan offers to replace fan's retainer The 31-year-old Jordan felt slightly responsible for the incident so offered to help replace her retainers. So, she might've lost a retainer, but it seems this whole thing turned out pretty great in the end.

Nashville Mayor Pleads Guilty To Felony Theft, Admits Affair With Bodyguard Nashville Mayor Pleads Guilty To Felony Theft, Admits Affair With Bodyguard Forrest's overtime pay more than doubled from 2014-15 to the 2016-17 budget year, according to Metro Nashville Police records . Barry claimed at the time the affair was a personal matter that violated no laws or ethical standards, and refused to resign.