Amazon Alexa goes quiet on Echo Devices as problems arise with AWS Services

Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant used by the Echo device range, is suffering from service outages that are affecting a number of users in the United States, issues that are likely to be caused by a regional outage of Amazon Web Services in Northern Virginia. Some users in the United States have received failure responses from their Alexa-equipped devices for their queries, reports TechCrunch, with the occasional outages affecting both Amazon’s Echo devices as well as third-party hardware that uses Alexa, including the Sonos One. Along with verbal apologies and chimes from Alexa, users are also seeing instances of a red Click Here to Read more

How to: Keep your Holiday orders private with Amazon Echo

The holidays are here, and that means you may have gifts arriving soon. To avoid giving away any surprises, you can now choose whether Alexa reads product names when you ask “Alexa, where’s my stuff?” or when Alexa reads your Amazon delivery notifications. If you don’t want to hear product names, you can turn them off in the Alexa App. Go to the menu and select Settings. Scroll to the Accounts section and select Notifications. Select Shopping Notifications. Turn product names on or off for Notifications and “Where’s My Stuff?” Swipe right on the settings toggle to turn on product Click Here to Read more

Amazon Echo gains multi-room music support has just announced that its Echo product now has the ability to play the same music in rooms that also have an Echo device. Below is a part of the official press release: You can now synchronize your music playback across Echo devices to play songs from Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, with support for Spotify and SiriusXM coming soon. Simply use the Alexa App to create groups with two or more Echo devices by naming the group, such as “downstairs.” Once you’ve created the group, simply say “Alexa, play John Mayer downstairs.” The new feature should be Click Here to Read more