Amazon Echo Numbers and Tap in the News
Although Amazon won't release numbers on its sales, estimates indicate that Echo is quickly approaching 10 million units sold. While Amazon has 244 million active users (people who have made purchases in the past 12 months) in around 15 countries, Google boasts over 1.4 billion Android phone users, 1 billion Gmail users, and likely as many or more Google search users all over the world. Source: https://www.cnet.com/uk/news/4-things-google-home-can-do-to-beat-echo-in-2017/
Amazon’s Tap set itself apart from its Echo brethren with better sound – positioned more as a Bluetooth speaker with Alexa functionality than an Alexa device that happened to have a speaker built in when it was introduced last year. The other key difference was right there in the name, requiring users to tap the microphone to enable voice functionality.
A new over-the-air software update arriving today, however, circumvents the need to actually touch the thing. Users can now enable a hands-free mode through a connected Alexa App that fires up Amazon’s smart assistant with a mention of her name.
The update is available now, and needs to be enabled through the aforementioned app. You can always opt out if you want to keep tapping the thing — or are just concerned about having an internet connected device in your home that’s always listening.
Valentines Day Fun With Your Amazon Echo
Sing a Love Song
Tell me a Valentines Day Joke (multiple responses)
Tell Me a Love Story (weird Robot story)
Kid Ask for Dinker Dinker and Gets Porn
App Review WheresMyPhone
This is a free service that states, “Where'sMyPhone collects your phone number and an anonymized identifier to allow it to call you when requested. This data is stored in a secure cloud database. Calls administered via the service are delivered through a San Francisco number, +1 (415) 527-3463. This is the only number that will call you through this skill.” To use it ask Alexa to Open Wheres My Phone (you have to manually enable it in the Skills section of the app). It will prompt you for your phone number. Then ask, “Alexa, ask Where'sMyPhone to find my phone.”
It worked for me. You just to remember the name of the app, which is easy as its where's my phone.
Want a Random Fact?
Ask Alexa to “tell me something good.”
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