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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Widget View Post
    I wasn't suggesting Amazon is spying on you when you turn it off, I'm suggesting others may be using it to monitor your on-line banking etc. by using it as a weak point in your home network. Many of the low cost IOT appliances are famously easy to turn into data gleaning bots.

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    Oh, THAT was cool , err... warm.

    I let Alexa search the house for compatible devices ... it only came up with one...
    the wi-fi thermostat.

    So I went thru the setup routine and can now control the furnace with voice commands
    In the AM, when I don't want to get up to a cold house (the static scheduling never worked
    well as I'm up at all different times) , can just tell it what temp to set the house to.
    (and tell it to revert to schedule when done)

    Yeah, everything is password protected , I see no downside to this "skill"
    What now? I'm going to have my cake and eat it too.

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    Alexa’s new Whisper Mode goes live

    https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/18/al...ode-goes-live/

    oh yeah, plugged in my little JBL clip (when want lower volume than the 120Ti's)
    sounds much better than DOT alone.
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    I accidentally bought a Google Home Mini yesterday (thought it was a BT speaker until
    powered it and the thing started talking to me) ,,, when time, I'll set it up and try to do
    a comparo to the Echo in this thread.

    First impression is that it looks pretty minimalistic (like a BT speaker )
    and doesn't have an audio OUT jack.
    What now? I'm going to have my cake and eat it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEAWOLF97 View Post
    I accidentally bought a Google Home Mini yesterday (thought it was a BT speaker until
    powered it and the thing started talking to me) ,,, when time, I'll set it up and try to do
    a comparo to the Echo in this thread.

    First impression is that it looks pretty minimalistic (like a BT speaker )
    and doesn't have an audio OUT jack.
    After reading this ==>> Amazon reportedly has 63% U.S. smart speaker share, eclipsing Google and Apple

    https://venturebeat.com/2018/10/22/a...gle-and-apple/

    decided to just stick with the Echo, and not waste time setting up a second unneeded unit. Off to CL.
    What now? I'm going to have my cake and eat it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEAWOLF97 View Post
    decided to just stick with the Echo, and not waste time setting up a second unneeded unit. Off to CL.
    Got bored and thot I'd play around with the google Home mini. mistake. It can only be setup with a cell phone (I have one, but the android version is not compatible , Echo can use a web browser) .
    GHM also can only output with blutooth. yuk.
    My Echo has a 3.5 jack. I've got a Y plug into it with one leg going to a Sangean radio (nice sound quality, always ON and 110v) and the other leg going to the amp powering the 120Ti's. So I can go from little mono speaker to nice JBL's with just the push of the amp's ON button. (which is just under the PC monitor)

    new features coming almost weekly

    Alexa Can Now 'Get Back to You On That'

    Given that asking for facts is the most commonly-used feature of smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Alexa users are probably familiar with the phrase “I’m sorry, I don’t know that.”

    Alexa’s knowledge base is constantly growing, and at some point in the future she just might have an answer to a question she didn’t before. To that end, Amazon is rolling out a new feature called “Answer Updates,” which allows Alexa to notify you when she learns an answer to a question she didn’t know at the time you asked it.

    https://lifehacker.com/alexa-can-now...hat-1828161701

    There’s also currently no toggle for this in the Alexa app, but you can simply say “Alexa, enable Answer Updates” and you’ll be provided with confirmation and a brief description of the feature. You can disable them (should whatever form the notifications take prove annoying, perhaps) with “Alexa, disable Answer Updates.”
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    black-friday-2018-smart-home-deals

    Save $20
    Amazon Smart Plug for $5 with purchase of any Echo device

    Save $26
    Amazon Echo Dot (third-gen) for $24

    https://www.cnet.com/news/black-frid...-home-deals-7/
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    Got a Windows 10 computer? You can get Amazon Alexa for FREE right now – and here’s how to do it

    She's finally here, and you don't have to pay a penny for her services


    https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/769369...d-free-amazon/
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    this is about my experience too

    .
    good article

    Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’
    Until we invent something that wouldn’t be possible without voice, we’re just repurposing online content for our ears.

    https://www.recode.net/2018/11/12/17...ogle-assistant
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