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Re: Amazon Echo Dot
« Reply #60 on: 23:00:49 | 08 January, 2017 »
Amazon are going to have to do something about accidental (and perhaps one day, criminal) use.
There was another example in recent days of sound from TV resulting in orders being placed (for dolls houses - was a TV news report of a kid who had placed orders).
Having it default to ordering and having no double check is not safe.

Instead of ringing the doorbell to see if someone is at home before breaking in the criminals will start shouting Alexa/Echo/Amazon through the letterbox and asking for the door to be unlocked.

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and I am also experimenting with an LMS skill but using Raspberry Pi as the Amazon device ...
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Re: Amazon Echo Dot
« Reply #61 on: 00:35:11 | 09 January, 2017 »
You can switch off 'buying' in settings, and/or set a pin code.

There is a whiff of poltergeisterei about the whole thing!
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Re: Amazon Echo Dot
« Reply #62 on: 03:29:20 | 09 January, 2017 »
Mine went through a spate of randomly "talking" with no prompt.

You can check through what voice command set the thing off in the app log. In this case it wasn't possible to tell what the issue was.

However, that evening they started behaving very strangely, couldn't understand questions, commands, etc, then said they couldn't "connect". Other users were reporting "the red ring of death".

I called the support desk who said there was "a cloud" issue and their developers were working on it. Next morning everything was back to normal and my dots haven't mis-spoken since.

Except a recent radio programme on the Amazon Echo woke my kitchen device up every time they mentioned Echo,Amazon or Alexa.

The app has quite a depth of settings and you can turn "shopping" off/on and apply a security code as you wish. It's like being on Facebook, you have to check your settings. I suspect many Echo/Dot owners never actually go through the app if, indeed, it ever occurs to them, or even know it exists.

There have been reported issues with Dots being woken up by messages on phone answering machines and people have claimed to be able to open wifi front doors by calling through the letterbox, so far as I know, only reported by users testing it out rather than with any criminal intent. Although why anyone would want a BlueTooth front door lock as a security device is beyond me.

User groups have been pretty sceptical as to whether any of these reported cases of buying and criminal mis-use have actually occurred and I find them hard to believe they've happened as described. They make good stories in The Daily Fail though.
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Re: Amazon Echo Dot
« Reply #63 on: 03:52:46 | 09 January, 2017 »
Yes - I know it can be turned off. My criticism was of their choice to have the default that order is placed (if Prime subscriber).
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Re: Amazon Echo Dot
« Reply #64 on: 04:37:09 | 09 January, 2017 »
Understood
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Re: Amazon Echo Dot
« Reply #66 on: 07:25:59 | 09 January, 2017 »
Thanks for your thoughtful input, but still on the fence...

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Re: Amazon Echo Dot
« Reply #67 on: 16:42:31 | 04 March, 2017 »
Rumour - but why not.

Amazon planning echo synchronisation across devices.  Got to be a game changer for low cost audio in the home.

ps: an alexa skill to control squeezeboxes is progressing well.

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Re: Amazon Echo Dot
« Reply #68 on: 17:27:00 | 05 March, 2017 »
Rumour - but why not.

Amazon planning echo synchronisation across devices.  Got to be a game changer for low cost audio in the home.

ps: an alexa skill to control squeezeboxes is progressing well.

Chromecast Audio also has multi-room playback according to this article.  (I don't have one.)
http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-audio-guides/how-to-use-chromecast-audio-multi-room-group-playback/

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Re: Amazon Echo Dot
« Reply #69 on: 22:20:23 | 05 March, 2017 »
Chromecast Audio also has multi-room playback

So do most recent Frontier Silicon based internet radios.
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