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Interesting, even though I have 1-Click purchasing activated my voice purchasing options have been deactivated by default. I have to actually activate them to buy stuff. Currently Alexa cannot discern between different voices. Either way there is the option to enable an optional confirmation code that can be set to be required for voice purchasing. (...


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According to Jeff Bezos, it's a hardware button, and various sources seem to agree from the teardowns A forum post at the EEVblog forums quotes a video featuring Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon: In this video about Jeff Bezos being interviewed by Walter Isaacson at around the 6 min mark, Bezos claims the mute button on the Amazon Echo is physically ...


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It appears that there is no way to mute the microphone by voice at this time, as you suggest; this Reddit thread confirms this, but unfortunately I couldn't find an official Amazon source for it. The mute button on the top of the device seems to be the only way at the present time. Disappointingly, developing a skill to mute the microphones also seems to be ...


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I figured it out. However my solution has some drawbacks. It's either or. Here we go. Go to Amazon.de Inhalte & Geräte (Content and Devices) Click on other possible Kindle Shops where the US store should be available Port your Kindle Account to the US Restart the Alexa App Reconnect the Echo (Dot) to your WLAN Use US language Alexa skills Drawbacks, ...


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TLDR: YES Yes, Amazon Echo will work outside of the supported countries, but some functionality will be lost. Power Amazon Echo supports 110-220 volts which means it works across the whole world without a voltage converter. Plug The Plug is localised to where ever you're buying it. I had to buy an adapter. App Amazon Echo requires a companion App. ...


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Yes, when Alexa loses power, upon recovery it will play a short melodic glissando followed by saying "Hello." This is entirely unprompted and often scares the snot out of me as jump to see who's in the house.


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Currently, Alexa supports very limited customisation of the wake word: Currently, you can use these wake words: Alexa Echo Amazon Computer The documentation also provides instructions for how to select the wake word: Open the Alexa app. Open the left navigation panel and then select Settings. Select your device from the menu. Scroll down and select Wake ...


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Plug the Alexa power supply into an Alexa-compatible smart outlet. Name the smart outlet "Alexa". You should now be able to tell it to turn itself off. Turning it back on will have to be done some other way, of course.


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See these instructions. Create an AWS developer account & AWS account. In the AWS console Create a lambda function. Include in the lambda function some code that will access the API. This can either be python or java or node.js. Here is a python script. Change modify_state to be either 1 or 0 import urllib2 def modify_state( port, state, token): ...


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Additionally to Helmar's answer, one might add the following: You don't need to transfer your whole account. Under Content and Devices > Settings > Country Settings, don't click the big change button, rather click the small link below and follow the instructions. That'll change your content-account to use the US-store. If you have to insert an address in ...


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First, the main reason is not the Echo hearing you, but you hearing it. While my downstairs Echo Dot can usually pick up my shouting from upstairs, I usually can't hear it's response. Now to your point of multiple Echo's turning on, Amazon rolled out new technology a few weeks ago called ESP that will automatically get the nearest Echo to your voice to ...


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While you can create groups/scenes in some smart hubs, I believe* you have to recreate each Group within the Alexa app. (e.g. iOS Alexa app: Smart Home > Create Group) Create a Smart Home Device Group *It might be possible for Echo/Alexa to work directly with scenes/groups from some hubs [I hope there is!]. But I'm unaware of it since my Group from my Wink ...


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Apparently not. This blog discusses the current impossibility of the synchronized alarms. I couldn't find any information that suggests that they changed it by now. However as the blog discusses, it means that you can set one alarm and one timer per Echo, which multiplies your available timers and alarms. Alas, that's not your goal. I checked the usual ...


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I've been exploring dropping the invocation name for Alexa custom skills myself for a couple of projects. And what I came up with after hours of reading through guides and documentations is that... It can't be done for custom skills. So, your best bet for your use case is to use Alexa Smart Home along with some smart home service. I know you said: ...


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Your approach seems to be the best you can do, since the models you've listed don't support any sort of integration with Alexa (and I think it would be infeasible to modify the TV/cinema system directly to connect it to your network). The Logitech Harmony Hub seems to take a very similar approach of simply sending infrared signals to control 'dumb' devices (...


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It is possible to enable any skill by voice, provided you already know the name of the skill. The Amazon documentation for adding skills is relatively straightforward: If you know the exact name of the skill you want, you can say, "Enable [skill name] skill". Some skills may require you to link to an existing account and a separate subscription in ...


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A simple but effective solution would be to move Alexa away from the TV. Unfortunately, this is not an option all of the time. If this because a consistent problem, you could turn down the volume of the TV, or mute the TV and turn on captions. Using headphones while watching would also work.


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Your quote is actually about the Echo / Echo Dot - physical products that provide interface to the Alexa service. But that is not all they do - they are also music streaming speakers for example. If you are listening to music, it's often best to have it playing through speakers in the room you are in, rather than have it booming through the house from a ...


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I can't speak for Alexa, but google on my phone frequently seems to mis-trigger, thinking it's heard the 'OK Google' when there is just noise. It doesn't seem to happen when the environment is quiet, but sometimes when I'm driving, or of people are moving around, it will trigger. Related article (in German) describing how a synthetic fingerprint can match 2/...


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MAC vendor info is actually part of MAC address (check out on wikipedia_link) If you have any laptop/PC/Mac attached to the network try to discover it by typing simple command in command prompt/shell [ arp -a ] You can use wireshark network sniffer. There is list of sniffers on Insecure.Org web. One of tools which can be used is [nmap] [nmap -sP 172.16....


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According to Amazon.com help section you can use the following commands to make Alexa read your ebooks: Listen to a Kindle book: "Read my Kindle book." / "Read my book, '[title].'" / “Play the Kindle book, '[title].'” / “Read '[title].'” Pause the Kindle book: "Pause." / "Stop." Continue listening to your Kindle book: "Play." / "Resume." Go ...


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After some fiddling around with the involved Amazon components I figured it out. The blog itself and its focus on what the URL starts with is actually rather unhelpful or even misleading. In fact the solution is annoyingly easy. All the provided URLs have to be entered as redirect-URLs, not just the pitangui URL that is mentioned in the blog. Apparently ...


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In the US, you can use the Voice Training feature in the Alexa app. The option can be found by going to the Alexa app, selecting Settings, then Voice Training, then Start Session. You will then be instructed to speak several phrases to help train your device to recognise your voice. Amazon provide the following instructions: During a Voice Training session, ...


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This solution may not work for everyone. Currently Alexa supports three languages: English US, English UK and German. So if you know German, then you could switch and use Alexa in German (or vice-versa). This way, it won't react to what it hears from TV. (Given you do not watch German programs.) Gratis, it will probably prevent most young aged children ...


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Custom skills can capture text and send them to your Skill's API. If you're not completely familiar with how Alexa Skills work, here's a brief summary: First, you register your Skill with Amazon, providing an intent schema and sample utterances. The intent schema defines which actions can be performed, and the slots for custom data to be sent to your API. ...


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This feature is now available for Echo / Echo Dot as well. The following steps worked for me. From the contacts both the parties must enable Drop In. Say "Drop In to X" (Not "Call X". Call still makes a call and does not drop in) Ensure that you have updated the app to the latest version.


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Is it possible to get a (custom?) skill to configure a checklist Alexa would voice out? Yes. It would probably be relatively easy to develop a skill to do this yourself, if there aren't any available, but there are a few to-do list skills (e.g. Todoist or Any.do) if you didn't want to go through the hassle of developing your own skill. You may be interested ...


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Since you asked Alexa for its MAC address, I would assume it is or has been connected to the internet. Log in to your account at alexa.amazon.com, go to "Settings" > [your Dot] under "Devices", and at the bottom under "About" you will find the MAC address of your device.


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Stumbled onto the answer while searching the SmartThings forum for a different issue. In the Alexa app, you can create a group, which can contain both smart devices and an Echo device. By creating a "Master Bedroom" group containing the wall switch (overhead lights) and my Echo Dot, it apparently prioritizes devices in the same group. "Alexa, turn on the ...


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I know you wrote that you would rather not purchase additional hardware, yet at least this is an option. You can easily use the Harmony hub, here is how to do it: Controlling Your Entertainment System with Alexa and the Harmony Hub @ VoiceDesigned.com


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