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Technology 4 places to never put your Amazon Echo in your home

14:15  18 november  2019
14:15  18 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Amazon’s new Echo Flex lets you put Alexa everywhere in your home

  Amazon’s new Echo Flex lets you put Alexa everywhere in your home Alexa now has its own smartplug with modular accessoriesAmazon is announcing two Echo Flex accessories that you’ll be able to slot into the bottom, a motion sensor and a nightlight. Both will be priced at $14.99, and since the Flex is clearly modular we’ll likely see a lot more accessories in the future. Amazon is even building an API for software developers, and will share the specs for accessories in the future so others can build for the Flex.

Don't just plop your Amazon Echo anywhere in your home . You and your Alexa assistant will thank you. However, if you want to keep it intact, never place it anywhere near water. You don't want to risk your kitchen water sprayer going haywire and soaking your Echo 's speaker.

Look out Sonos— Amazon ’s Echo speakers have brought multiroom audio to everyone. With its latest update to Alexa, you can now play the same music on different Echo devices in your house. 1. In the Alexa app, go to the Smart Home Control tab (the house-shaped icon in the bottom right corner).

Your Amazon Echo gives you all the information you need to set it up -- except telling you the best and safest areas in your house to place the smart speaker. You're probably thinking, "Does it really matter where I put it as long as I can speak to Alexa from most areas in my house?" Our answer is yes.

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Placing your Alexa device in certain areas of your house could risk your privacy, security or even damage your Echo.

For example, did you know intruders can access your smart speaker from outside if it's placed too close to a window? We're here to tell you where you shouldn't place your Echo speaker and the best spots for it. Read on for more information.

Amazon Echo Glow: Pricing, features and how to order

  Amazon Echo Glow: Pricing, features and how to order In addition to the new Echo Studio, Echo Dot with Clock and the other devices Amazon launched today, there's one designed just for kids. Part nightlight, part mood lighting, The Amazon Echo Glow is a smart light with multiple features. It should be available soon for pre-order on Amazon at $29.99. © Provided by Cable News Network, Inc.Kids can ask Alexa to set the color, have it pulse to the beat for a dance party, or use "campfire" mode for a warm, soothing vibe. The Amazon Echo Glow also lets you add a color countdown to any family routine you may have in place: The "Rainbow Timer" gives kids a visual cues as they get ready for school or dinner.

While Echo has a built-in synergy with Amazon Prime and online purchasing -- which it has leveraged well already -- Google should have a similar natural synergy with assistance Google Home trails far behind Amazon Echo when it comes to devices already in homes , but it doesn't have to stay that way.

The amazon echo is great. It is certainly not something you can't live without. But,it will make your life easier. It will sit in a corner collecting dust. Because once it is set up you never have to touch it. Can someone tell me if the dot is identical to the Echo except that you can connect your own speakers?

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Amazon Echo Studio and new Echo Dot are big on sound and time

Near a toilet

Placing an Echo near your toilet is gross. Think of all the germs that linger around that area -- even in super clean bathrooms. However, if you must have an Echo speaker in your bathroom (and ok, we do see the appeal), try placing it as far away from the toilet as possible.

If you can, mount it on a wall with a sticky strip or a nail. Just make sure it's secure so it doesn't fall and remember to place it near an outlet so you can plug it in. Also, keep it away from the bathtub (duh!). You wouldn't want to fry your speaker, or you.

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On a sink

If you're trying to drown out the sounds of Alexa's voice, then, by all means, place your expensive Echo on a sink. However, if you want to keep it intact, never place it anywhere near water.

Amazon Echo Dot with Clock: Pricing, features and how to order

  Amazon Echo Dot with Clock: Pricing, features and how to order Rather than redesigning a whole new Echo Dot, Amazon is introducing the Echo Dot with Clock. For $59.99, the Echo Dot gets an LED clock built into the side and keeps two colors options. The new device is available for preorder now. © Provided by Cable News Network, Inc.This seems like a multi-tasking upgrade. Since the Echo Dot might be besides your bed on a nightstand, an alarm clock makes sense here. In our review of the third generation Echo Dot, we wrote about the improvements to sound and the updated design.Echo Dot with Clock keeps all of this, but adds in a visual aid.

Amazon has been very successful in putting its voice-powered digital assistant, Alexa, in a wide variety of speakers and devices. From its own Echo products If you have an Echo or other Alexa product in your home , you can make it even more useful to yourself (and your family) by training it to recognize

As Amazon regularly adds new functionality, the Echo continues to grow more useful. In fact, it's now the most-used gadget in my home .

You don't want to risk your kitchen water sprayer going haywire and soaking your Echo's speaker. Instead, place it on a different counter that doesn't have a sink, like an island, or tuck it into a corner where it's farther from splattering spaghetti sauce and water spray. It'll stay cleaner and might sound better, too.

By a window

Keep your smart speaker away from all the windows in your house. Not only does it give anyone from the outside access your Echo, but they'll potentially have access to your other smart home devices. For example, if your car is connected to your smart speaker, someone may be able to unlock and start it.

Also, with the recent laser hacks on smart speakers that tricks Alexa into performing commands, it's important to keep your Echo's mic out of sight from a window. Fortunately, there haven't been any confirmed cases of this, but according to researchers, it's possible. But if someone can see your device through the window, it's time to move it or barricade it because that leaves your device exposed. For example, someone could buy something online using your smart speaker.

Amazon Unveils High-End Echo Speaker, Sending Sonos Shares Lower

  Amazon Unveils High-End Echo Speaker, Sending Sonos Shares Lower Amazon.com Inc. introduced the Echo Studio, a high-end speaker to rival Sonos Inc. devices, the Apple Inc. HomePod and Google Home Max. Sonos shares fell 3% to $14.23 following the news. The Echo Studio has three mid-range speakers, a tweeter and a bass. It integrates Dolby Laboratories Inc.’s Atmos audio technology and works with Amazon’s new high-definition music service. Amazon said Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group are helping to support higher-quality audio for the speaker.The new device looks similar to the HomePod, making it noticeably larger than any existing Echo.

Google Home and Amazon Echo are constantly listening We put Google Home and Alexa to the test, challenging them with real questions from a real trivia quiz. Delete any stored voice snippets on a regular basis. You never know who’s going to hack into your network looking to score some kid talk.

The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are proof that the science fiction future we dreamt of as kids is finally upon us. The Amazon Echo ’s ability to discern a wake word amongst a sea of ambient noise is nothing You can unsubscribe at any time and we'll never share your details without your permission.

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Under your TV

How many commercials are out there that say "Alexa, play…" and then activate your Echo? Or even if the TV says anything remotely that sounds like "Alexa," take a guess at what's going to activate.

Not only does this interrupt the show you're watching, but it also starts recording what's said after the command. So if you're having a private conversation and Alexa kicks on, you're risking your privacy. Placing it on a side table makes more sense and is more likely to keep the voice assistant quiet until you make a command.

Where to place your Echo

  • In the corner of your living room (away from windows, of course)
  • A place where it's easily visible for you, so you can see when the light ring lights up
  • On your bedside table
  • On the edge of your kitchen counter -- far, far away from your sink
  • On a mantle or shelf
  • Mounted on a wall that's not facing a window

Ready for more tips on what to do with your Amazon Echo ? Check out these 5 surprising things you didn't know your Amazon Echo could do and 6 things you haven't tried with your Amazon Echo yet.

Amazon discounts the Echo Show 8 by $30 before it's available .
It looks like someone at Amazon missed the memo that Black Friday is at the end of November, not the start. Ahead of the Echo Show 8's release on November 21st, Amazon has discounted both the charcoal and sandstone models by $30, making them $99.99, instead of $129.99. While not new, you can also get a discount on two pre-order bundles. For $168.98, instead of $219.98, you can buy the Echo Show 8 and 5 together. Alternatively, you can purchase the Echo Show 8 and Ring Indoor Camera for $159.98, instead of $189.98.The Echo Show 8 features an 8-inch screen and borrows elements from both of Amazon's past smart displays.

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