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I have an echo in my bedroom and I use it to listen to the news.  It used to be when I was finished listening, I would just say 'alexa cancel' and it would stop.  Now, cancel does nothing and I have to say 'alexa stop'.  Cancel still works on other echos, but not the one in my room.

What happened?

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I had a color bulb somewhere it would never be used, so I swapped it with another lamp.  Now, if I command the color bulb to go off from the echo closest to it, the other bulb goes off as well.  It's not consistent and I am confused.

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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Turn off "Alexa for your day" on Show...
« Last post by renegade600 on December 01, 2021, 07:55:43 am »
What really irks me is that Alexa is beginning to add and enable skills that I never set up. I just had to remove the Apple skill and I have no Apple products.

most of the time, skills are added when it misunderstood what was said.   
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa Doesn't Know It's Working
« Last post by jwlv on November 30, 2021, 01:05:05 am »
P.S. Not to nitpick, but when registering here it asks what is opposite of the color black. Neither black nor white are colors :)

Yea, but the spam bots don't know that. But you can figure it out. And that's the genius behind it. I can't really make a Turing test on this forum software.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa app on android phone wont start.
« Last post by TE5LA on November 29, 2021, 07:29:56 pm »
any chance it is being blocked because of the US ban.

I don't know of a USA ban on this brand. Do you mean Huawei?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Turn off "Alexa for your day" on Show...
« Last post by TE5LA on November 29, 2021, 07:22:18 pm »
Every few weeks Amazon adds something new that appears on the Echo Show's home screen. Then you need to go to Settings, Home content and turn it off. For this week's annoyance, it's Fun with Alexa. So far, I don't see a way to turn it off.

What really irks me is that Alexa is beginning to add and enable skills that I never set up. I just had to remove the Apple skill and I have no Apple products.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa wont recognise some device names
« Last post by TE5LA on November 29, 2021, 07:16:29 pm »
The issue is most likely room names that Alexa sees as groups if you must use a room name try naming the devices (room name + heat) like "kitchen heat".
Alexa doesn't seem to care about rooms and devices that are set to them. Some names appear to be hard-coded for specific devices. I have a thermostat named "Thermostat" located in the hallway. Weird, right? And I have an air conditioner in the window of my bedroom that was named "AC". I had to change the name of my window unit to "Midea" (the brand) because when I would tell Alexa to "turn on AC", it would attempt to turn on the thermostat in the hallway, which it can't even do. Alexa can't turn my thermostat on or off or change it from cooling to heat. It has to be done manually and then you can have Alexa set a temperature. It will reply "Thermostat doesn't support this feature", but it does. Google Home has no problem doing it.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: How to Retain a Routine But Disable it on Individual Devices
« Last post by TE5LA on November 29, 2021, 06:55:42 pm »
Unfortunately that can't be done. A routine is enabled for every device on your account. You can't disable it for only certain devices. It's either on for everything or off for everything, and nothing in between.
Yes, Alexa routines are very primitive compared to Google Home. Home allows one routine to perform multiple commands at different specified times.

For instance, I have routines that I use for normal work days, that wake me, give me weather, turn on lights, heaters or air conditioning control, start and turn off a coffeemaker, turn off lights, etc. and this is done over various times. With Alexa, I have to do this with many separate routines and if I'm not going to be working like a holiday or vacation, I have to go find all these routines a disable them. It's a pain.

In Home, I just have one routine for work days and I can do everything because you can set the times for everything to occur in each command, so all I have to do is disable one routine.

I have used both of these systems extensively and each have advantages and quirks. Alexa timer functions are better because you can set a timer on a device and hear it on another, but Home is better when it comes to stopping a timer because all you have to say is "Stop". You don't need a wake-up word.

Both systems bug the heck out of me for their incessant and unneeded additional speaking, such as repeating nearly every command you give them. It is quite obvious that when I ask a light bulb to be turned on or off in the room I'm in, I know whether it has happened. Additionally, Alexa often just starts babbling on about things I have absolutely no interest in: "By the way, did you know that I can talk excessively about topics that you don't care about?"

These companies really need a consultant who understands logic.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Alexa Doesn't Know It's Working
« Last post by TE5LA on November 29, 2021, 06:44:51 pm »
100% of the time, when I tell Alexa to turn on my Nvidia Shield, it always turns it on and then says "Sorry, Shield isn't responding".

Also, Alexa randomly turns it on or my TV when I'm not home. I have no routines for doing this. I have already tried all the resetting and re-linking and reinstalling of Shield skill, Alexa app, etc.

P.S. Not to nitpick, but when registering here it asks what is opposite of the color black. Neither black nor white are colors :)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Turn off "Alexa for your day" on Show...
« Last post by jwlv on November 29, 2021, 05:14:20 am »
Anyone figure this out, or are we stuck with it?

I'm also getting a panel called Fun with Alexa that asks "Where do couples argue at the mall?" and I have everything off in settings.

I'd like my Echo display to show the clock and only the clock, but it's rotating between that and Alexa for Your Day followed by Fun with Alexa.  I could care less about any of this rotating spam.

Thank you.

Every few weeks Amazon adds something new that appears on the Echo Show's home screen. Then you need to go to Settings, Home content and turn it off. For this week's annoyance, it's Fun with Alexa. So far, I don't see a way to turn it off.
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