Are you tired of having to yell upstairs to summon your spouse from their study? Fortunately, for those of us with more than one Alexa-powered smart speaker , you can use the Alexa app and voice commands to intercom with the different devices throughout your home. It’s all through a useful Alexa feature called Drop In, and it’s pretty simple to use. We’ve assembled this guide to teach you how to use Drop In with your Alexa gear, as well as how to make announcements to all of your devices at once. What is Drop In? The Drop In feature (available in the Alexa app and through Alexa voice commands) is a communication tool that functions like a two-way radio. When you “drop in” on a compatible Alexa device, such as an Amazon Echo speaker or Echo Show , the caller will be able to hear and speak through the Echo device they’ve pinged. If it’s an Echo Show you’re pinging, you’ll be able to see through the device as well. Likewise, the receiver of the Drop In will be able to … [Read more...] about How to use your Alexa device as an intercom
NEW YORK: For a few days last week, it really seemed as though the robot uprising might be upon us. Owners of Amazon’s smart speakers reported spontaneous bouts of creepy giggling from their Echoes. Uninvoked, it seemed, Alexa was laughing at us - we who are supposed to be her masters. “Lying in bed about to fall asleep when Alexa on my Amazon Echo Dot lets out a very loud and creepy laugh,” tweeted @GavinHightower. “There’s a good chance I get murdered tonight.” One Reddit user described Alexa’s laugh as “witchlike”, while another said it was “chillingly creepy”. Right on cue, Elon Musk turned up on a panel at the South by Southwest film festival in Texas this weekend to ramp up the terror factor. “I’m close to AI and it scares the hell out of me,” Mr Musk said. “The danger of artificial intelligence is much greater than the danger of nuclear warheads, by a lot.” A RECURRING PROBLEM Amazon insists Alexa’s laugh is not a menacing prelude to mass destruction. It is … [Read more...] about Commentary: Smart speakers will take over the world? Don’t make me laugh
When you’re known for designing one of the world’s most iconic watches ever, it’s perfectly understandable if you’d just kick back, relax and rest on your laurels for the rest of your life. But apparently, coming up with Casio’s G-Shock isn’t quite enough for Kikuo Ibe, who’s still got some wild ideas straight out of some sci-fi movie. For instance, watches that could read your mind like some telepathic techno-mutant or perhaps a Tinder-version on your wrist to hook up with someone. “You don’t even have to look at your watch to know the time – you just have to think and it automatically tells you the time in your head,” came the 66-year-old Japanese engineer-by-trade’s enthusiastic reply through a translator. READ: ‘I own 470 G-Shocks’: Exploring the obsessions of Singapore’s watch collectors “And nowadays, young people have less opportunities to meet other people – so if a man’s wearing a G-Shock and a lady’s wearing a Baby-G and they pass each other, they’ll get … [Read more...] about A watch that reads minds and hooks you up on dates? Why not, says G-Shock creator
SINGAPORE: After returning from a holiday in Europe in June, polytechnic lecturer Patricia Tay wanted a destination closer to home for her next family getaway at the end of the year. “We thought about Hong Kong," the 42-year-old, who has three daughters aged 4, 9 and 13, told CNA on Wednesday (Jul 24). "That was a good place for kids because it was easy to travel around, and because of the theme parks and food.” But when Ms Tay watched clips of bloodied protesters and a pregnant woman being attacked at a train station there, she reconsidered her decision. “When you see the footage, it gets real - the danger,” she said, expressing concerns about taking the public transport with her young children. “I’m likely to not consider Hong Kong at the year end because it doesn’t seem like it’s going away.” Homemaker Lin Jin Ting, who has two children aged 11 and 15, said she had planned to visit Hong Kong in August, but eventually decided against it. The 40-year-old said she and her … [Read more...] about Fewer Singapore tourists heading to Hong Kong after protests spark safety concerns
Rakhi Sawant and Arshi Khan have been in the news since a long time. The duo had graced Rajeev Khandelwal's Juzz Baatt . However, something happened later, because of which the duo turned foes. Rakhi had called her 'bakwas' before entering the Bigg Boss 14 house. It has to be recalled that both Arshi and Rakhi had entered Bigg Boss 14 as challengers. It is being said that they have stopped talking to each other! As per Spotboye report, Rakhi, who had recently organised a party, had invited all her friends from Bigg Boss 14 house, but Arshi was not in the list! Apparently, the duo has also unfollowed each other on social media. It has to be recalled that the duo's silly fights in the house entertained the audiences. However, they also stood by each other during their low moments, which was also loved by fans. The reason for their differences is not known yet. While Rakhi rubbished the report of any differences, Arshi refused to comment on the … [Read more...] about Arshi Khan Was Not On Rakhi Sawant’s Party Guestlist? Actresses Not On Talking Terms?