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Old 01-05-2017, 04:35 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a Amazon Echo or plan on getting one? Apparently,
you can talk to it and it listens, answers questions and preforms tasks
if its connected to other smart home devices. My question is does it record
everything it hears in your home? It sells for approx. $179. Here's a
description: Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.


Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word "Alexa" and Echo responds instantly.
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I don't need "Alexa" to do things for me that could easily be done by myself. That's just being outright lazy.
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I'll never bring an "Alexa" into my house because, yes, it does record everything that goes on around it, even when in standby mode. That's something that can't be avoided since it's constantly listening for the trigger word to turn itself on.

And like tlc38 said, it can't do anything you couldn't do yourself, it just allegedly makes things more convenient. The keyword is "allegedly"... I've never had much luck with voice recognition software anyway to be honest.
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I got one of these for Christmas (there are smaller versions down to $40 or so). I think that once it hears the word "Alexa" (which is like Siri on Apple's products), it will record and continue recording at least until there is a long pause and it goes back to sleep. The recording goes to Amazon's cloud where it supposedly helps the machine figure out your preferences so that it can help you more efficiently.

After setting the thing up (it accesses a lot of stuff on your cell phone or tablet), I just decided that it looks like a security/privacy/marketing nightmare (marketing: one of the things it can do is interact with programs you subscribe to for a fee). I deleted the app I had downloaded on my phone, and packed it up. I'm not even sure if I'd re-gift the thing, because I'm not sure what it would "remember" about me.
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I don't need "Alexa" to do things for me that could easily be done by myself. That's just being outright lazy.
I was thinking the same thing, I've got two arms and legs that I can still do things on my own, I know Millennials who are already dependent on technology are into this junk.
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Well it was bound to happen.


little girl racks up big bill off Alexa
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Internet-connected devices may start helping in criminal cases. Police in Bentonville, Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon, asking the company to hand over data from an Echo device to help prosecute a suspected murderer.

James Andrew Bates, the suspect in the case, was charged with first-degree murder in November of 2015 after authorities found victim Victor Collins strangled and drowned in Mr. Bates’ hot tub..

Bates has several internet-connected devices in his home, including a Nest thermostat and a Honeywell alarm system, but the key witness in the case may be his Amazon Echo, which, as per The Information, police records say could have controlled the streaming music, which was being wirelessly transmitted throughout the night using Echo’s assistant Alexa.
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