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Amazon improves Alexa services and privacy

Amazon together with the device announcements also detailed coming improvements to the Alexa services and privacy concerns customers have had.

The Alexa Privacy Hub can help you control your recorded information and you can now auto-delete your recordings on a rolling 3 or 18-month basis.

Concerns about when your Echo devices springs to life can be explored and explained with the new functions:

Alexa, tell me what you heard

Alexa, why did you do that?

Alexa Guard can now detect more sounds and alert you via text message.  Alexa Guard is bing built into Routines and you can add to your ‘I’m Leaving’ routines.  You can also stop indoor camera recording (see the new indoor camera for Ring announced) when you return home for improved privacy.

Alexa is going multi-lingual!  If you speak different languages at home, Alexa will be able to understand and respond accordingly.  Starting in the US with Spanish and English, Canada with French and English, and India with Hindi and English.

Custom voice packs are coming (think featured voices on Waze!) but will be purchased options at $0.99 per voice.  Samuel L. Jackson was featured.

My favorite – Frustration Detection for Alexa. It’s supposed to know if you’re specifically annoyed with Alexa!!  This should send a bucketload of data to help improve Alexa!!

New recipe service -Alexa will be Food Network’s exclusive voice service and recipes should be easier to access and follow on your Echo Show devices.

Drop-in on ALL – starts a group video/audio chat with all your compatible devices – annoy everyone at once.

Freetime for Echo Show devices – bringing the popular content from Fire Tablets for kids to your Echo Show devices.

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Amazon Announcements today – Echo devices galore

Amazon announced a ton of new and exciting Echo devices today.

The Seattle presser impressed with a huge list of new products both available now and some preorder for later in the year.

To round up the products:

Echo Dot with Clock – looks like the latest Gen Echo Dot but with a clock display that glows through the cloth wrap – nice!  Preorder today for $59.99

All-new Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with clock and Alexa – Sandstone

Our most popular smart speaker - Now available with an LED display that can show the time, outdoor temperature, or timers.
Perfect for your nightstand - Ask Alexa to set an alarm. Tap the top to snooze. The light sensor automatically adjusts the display’s brightness, day or night.
Voice control your music - Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and others. You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible.

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Price: $44.99

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New Echo – with improved audio (same tech as in the Echo Plus devices) and new colors – preorder for $99.99

All-new Echo (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa

Meet Echo - Echo (3rd Gen) has new premium speakers powered by Dolby to play 360° audio with crisp vocals and dynamic bass response.
Enjoy premium sound - Personalize your listening experience by adjusting the equalizer settings. Or pair with a second Echo (3rd Gen) or Echo Plus (2nd Gen) for stereo sound.
Voice control your music - Ask Alexa for a song, artist, or genre from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, and more. With multi-room music, play music on compatible Echo devices in different rooms.

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Price: $89.99

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Echo Studio –  looks to take on the high-end sound.  It maps the room and optimizes the audio experience.  Supports Dolby Atmos/3D sound and looks to compete with Sonos and Homepod solutions.  Available for preorder today at $199.99

Introducing Echo Studio – High-fidelity smart speaker with 3D audio and Alexa

Immersive sound – 5 speakers produce powerful bass, dynamic midrange, and crisp highs. Dolby Atmos technology adds space, clarity, and depth.
Ready to help - Ask Alexa to play music, read the news, and answer questions.
Voice control your music - Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, and more. With Amazon Music HD, play 50 million songs in HD plus a growing library of music mastered in 3D.

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Price: $199.99

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Echo Show 8 – they took the Echo 5 design and increased it to 8″.  Features the same manual shutter switch to turn off the camera for privacy.  Show models now come in 5, 8 and 10-inch formats.  The new Echo Show 8 comes in at $129.99 preorder now!

Echo Show 8 – HD 8″ smart display with Alexa

Alexa can show you more - With an 8" HD screen and stereo sound, Alexa can help manage your day at a glance.
Be entertained - Ask Alexa to show you movie trailers, TV shows, movies, or the news. Or listen to radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks.
Connect with video calling and messaging - Call friends and family who have the Alexa app or an Echo device with a screen. Make announcements to other devices in your home.

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Price: $99.99

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Echo Glow – taking on the aesthetics of the home lighting – think Phillips Hue – $29.99 coming later this year preorder now.

 

Echo Flex – an Echo literally for every room.  A lighter weight device that has a small speaker and accessory ports on the base for third party accessory options.  Nightlight and motion detectors are available.  $24.99 makes it a cost-effective way to have Alexa everywhere without the cost of a full Echo device!

Introducing Echo Flex – Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa

Make any space a little smarter - This plug-in smart speaker lets you get help from Alexa in more places in your home.
Alexa is always happy to help - Manage your day. Get instant information. Check weather and traffic on your way out.
Voice control your smart home - Turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and more with compatible connected devices.

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Price: $19.99

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Ring Stick up Camera powered by battery, solar – $99.99

All-new Ring Stick Up Cam HD security camera with two-way talk, Works with Alexa

See, hear and speak to people from your phone, tablet or select Echo device with Stick Up Cam Battery, a battery-powered camera that can be mounted indoor or out.
With Live View, you can check in on your home any time through the Ring app.
Get notifications whenever motion is detected by adjusting your motion detection.

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Price: $99.99

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Ring Indoor Cameras – Indoor recording can be disabled when you are home – new privacy functionality! – $59.99

Introducing Ring Indoor Cam, Compact Plug-In HD security camera with two-way talk, Works with Alexa

Compact plug-in indoor camera that lets you see, hear and speak to people and pets from your phone, tablet, or select Echo device.
Watch over your entire home by connecting one or multiple Indoor Cams to all your Ring devices in the Ring app.
Get notifications whenever motion is detected by customizing your motion zones.

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Price: $59.99

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Echo Smart Oven – with convection cooking, air fryer, food warmer – upgrade from the original Alexa Microwave – $249.99

Introducing Amazon Smart Oven, a Certified for Humans device – 4-in-1 convection oven, microwave, air fryer, and food warmer, plus Echo Dot

Meet Amazon Smart Oven - A 4-in-1 convection oven, microwave, air fryer, and food warmer.
Preset it and forget it - Includes 30+ built-in presets, voice control with Alexa through a compatible Echo device like the included Echo Dot.
Dinner is ready - With Announcements, Alexa will notify you when the oven is preheated or when your food is done.

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Price: $249.99

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Echo Buds – taking on the Apple Airpods!  Come with Bose noise canceling, Alexa built-in but option to use existing voice assistants like Siri/Google Assistant too – coming in time for Christmas – $129.99

Introducing Echo Buds – Wireless earbuds with immersive sound, active noise reduction, and Alexa

Immersive sound – Premium speaker drivers deliver crisp, dynamic audio. Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology and sealed in-ear design limits background noise.
Hands-free with Alexa – Echo Buds work with the Alexa app to stream music, play Audible audiobooks, make calls, or get directions—just ask.
Access other assistants – Supports access to Siri or Google Assistant from a supported device—just press and hold your earbud.

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Price: $129.99

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Experimental/invite only devices to come –  Echo Frames – Glasses: $179.99. Echo Loop – Ring(!) : $129.99. Limited quantities, those are introductory prices and invite only….hopefully not as long as Echo Auto invites!!!

 

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How does Alexa enhance your day?

So how does Alexa enhance your day?

Alarm goes off 5:05am
Alexa, Stop!
Alexa, Coffee on
Alexa Bedroom lights 50%
Alexa, Bathroom on

Shower time!
Come downstairs, Alexa…kitchen lights on!
Alexa, what’s in the news?
Alexa, what’s the weather?
Alexa, what’s on my schedule?
Time to leave the house!
Alexa…house off!

Time to come home!
Alexa, kitchen lights on!
Alexa, set downstairs to 72 degrees
Alexa, Family room on
Alexa, TV on

Time for bed!
Alexa, house off!
Alexa, open sleep sounds

Zzzzzzzzz………