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« Reply #30 on: June 27, 2017, 01:34:19 PM »

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Meh.

Next firmware update (this week) will bring intercom capability. This is big. Big enough to clinch total dominance of the jabber device market.
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« Reply #31 on: July 04, 2017, 10:56:12 PM »

Intercom works. I used a throwaway G Voice number to have it send the activation code. Even so, it picked up 2 family members with Alexa devices (listed in my Amazon account for gift shipments) and offered to set them up as contacts. 2 more Dots ordered for a total of 5. That's dirt cheap for a station-to-station intercom system.
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« Reply #32 on: July 07, 2017, 06:03:54 PM »

Amz is doubling down on their voice assistant dominance. Alexa devices can now send you notifications, though limited. 

http://www.aftvnews.com/amazon-alexa-devices-can-now-send-you-notifications/
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« Reply #33 on: July 07, 2017, 09:06:02 PM »

Get there firstus with the mostus.  I have this feeling that by the time Apple starts shipping their Siri-can Amazon will already own the Jabbernet.

But the can device might be a sideshow for Apple, they will gain some real life Jabbernet experience which they can put into Apple Car and their self driving car OS.

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« Reply #34 on: July 13, 2017, 06:19:34 PM »

f### it, I'm all in.  6. I'm more than paying for these with time billing memos.

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« Reply #35 on: July 13, 2017, 06:47:53 PM »

Worth a read.

I installed an Amazon Echo Dot in a car and it was the best infotainment system I've ever used.
http://www.businessinsider.com/using-amazon-echo-dot-in-a-car-2017-7/

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Here's a scary thought from Debbie:

There are many signs that Alexa is going to flash over to encompass social.  But not just the friends & family version of social ...it's going to be an entity you engage with ---think chatbot on steroids.
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« Reply #36 on: July 17, 2017, 04:43:43 PM »

>all in

I needed a water-resistant cover in order to install one on the deck. They apparently don't make one, so I fashioned a reasonable substitute out of a peanut butter jar. Works fine ...and the remote (previously rated 'meh') is a must-have for this one installation.
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« Reply #37 on: July 17, 2017, 04:58:21 PM »

The first real Alexa phone is here

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The U11, meanwhile, allows you to access Alexa just by calling out its name, the same way you would with an Echo device.
http://www.businessinsider.com/htc-u11-amazon-alexa-assistant-support-hands-on-2017-7
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« Reply #38 on: July 22, 2017, 09:29:10 PM »

Nobody cares about your Amazon Alexa Skill
https://medium.com/the-mission/nobody-cares-about-your-amazon-alexa-skill-ac14bd080327
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« Reply #39 on: August 02, 2017, 11:59:09 AM »

Alexa devices can now control your Fire TV
http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/08/02/alexa-devices-can-now-control-fire-tv/

IMO, this adds some height to AMZ's walled garden.  Besides bringing into the fold a substantial swath of their hardware, what really caught my eye was voice search of media. Example commands to search for movies, TV shows, apps, and games:
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“Find [genre] on Fire TV.”
“Show me titles with [actor].”

I assume it's only searching AMZ offerings (for now), but keep in mind that we already supposedly have voice control of a browser.

Note, too, that they've promised (coming soon) support for viewing smart home camera feeds on the Fire TV and 2nd gen Fire TV Stick. This will make for low-cost, Amz-based security cam systems similar to what's happening with the intercom.

<added> Fire TV control currently US-only.

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« Reply #40 on: August 03, 2017, 04:34:37 PM »

Another Brick In The Wall

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Amazon today is rolling out a new experience for Prime Photos, its photo backup and sharing app, on Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. With the update, you can now ask Alexa to display your photos, including those saved to your various albums, photos taken on a certain day, week or month, those snapped at a particular location, or even those of specific people or things – like photos of your dog, for example.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/03/amazons-prime-photos-now-works-with-alexa-on-fire-tv/
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« Reply #41 on: August 30, 2017, 11:36:11 AM »

Microsoft and Amazon partner to integrate Alexa and Cortana digital assistants
https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/30/16224876/microsoft-amazon-cortana-alexa-partnership
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« Reply #42 on: August 30, 2017, 12:05:57 PM »

This is one reason I like Amazon, they try to be available on all platforms, whereas the others build walled gardens.  Sounds like a win-win for Alexa users and Amazon and MS.
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« Reply #43 on: September 12, 2017, 01:29:31 PM »

Smart Speaker Shipments Jump 843% In Q2

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Amazon, the undisputed leader in the field, controlling more than 90% of the market.

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penetration at 6% in the U.S. and 3% in the U.K.

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Each home that owns a smart speaker has two, on average, noted Futuresource

http://www.investopedia.com/news/amazon-smart-speaker-shipments-jump-843-q2/
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« Reply #44 on: September 17, 2017, 08:48:06 PM »

Alexa Store Assistant directs you to the right aisle, answers product questions

https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/17/alexa-store-assistant-directs-you-to-the-right-aisle-answers-product-questions/
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