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Amazon Echo Discussion / 60 or over and own an Alexa device? [Study]
« Last post by TAGTeam on August 01, 2021, 05:13:32 pm »
Hi! I am a PhD student at the University of Toronto. I am conducting research on how seniors use their Amazon Alexa devices. We would like to analyze seniors' Alexa logs for usage patterns. This research has been approved by the University of Toronto's ethics review board and is supervised by Dr. Cosmin Munteanu.

We are looking for 60+ year old participants who are interested in completing the following activities:
1. Sharing your Alexa history logs (as text transcripts) with the researchers for analysis. Any sensitive logs can be excluded.
2. Completing a questionnaire about yourself, your household, the smart speaker devices that you own, and the kinds of behaviours you have engaged in with your devices. This questionnaire will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Participants will be compensated $20 CAD in the form of an email transfer or an electronic gift card from the following merchants: Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Apple, Microsoft, or Presidentís Choice

If you're interested, please send an email to: participate@taglab.ca
Please include the study's name ("Older Adults' Alexa Usage"). I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Echo Show choosing wrong device
« Last post by renegade600 on August 01, 2021, 04:43:51 pm »
try adding the name of the echo device to the command
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Echo Show choosing wrong device
« Last post by David N on July 31, 2021, 03:36:18 pm »
I would deregister your moms echo and set it up under her own account. You can still do drop in, just have to give permission in the app.
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You don't and never did need to have a cell phone to use Alexa/Echo devices.

Using a smartphone to set up an Echo device was just a bit easier than without. But it is not a requirement.
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We switched carriers and didnít import her number. She NEVER even looks at it and doesnít know how to answer it. All she is getting are SPAM calls. We are going to disconnect it from cell service, but wonít if it is needed to use her Alexa Show. Thatís the only way she talks to anyone now. I have looked and only see answers regarding cellphones and setup. She has been set up and has the app on her phone, that I monitor.
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Nope, it certainly isn't fort knox. Fort Knox doesnít have hundreds of bots trying to break in everyday. But this is what it looks like if those questions were not there.

The screenshot is intentionally blurred so you can't see user info. Red = spammers, Black = legit users.

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Amazon Echo Discussion / Echo Show choosing wrong device
« Last post by Hovawart on July 29, 2021, 04:13:31 pm »
My elderly mother and I have Echo Show devices so we can drop in on each other. Recently, every time she asks for music, it plays on my Echo Show and not hers.

When I hear music starting that I haven't asked for, I have to get up, go and see what selection is playing, and direct it to play on her device. This works. But I'd like her to be able to use her Echo without my intervention.
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I enjoyed this app for a couple years. Last month is started to   STOP n start for 2 seconds on occasion (Hiccup).
And though I LOOP it - it shuts off 10-60 minutes after. I wake up and restart it 5-7 times a night.
I see this was a problem 4 years ago. Now i have it again. 

HELP.    Sometimes the one I ask for doesn't start at all. I have to pick another.  Later the one I first picked is available again.  It's  FINICKY.  Wondering if there is another skill I could use instead.



REALLY I have to pick 2 answers after each post?  (This isn't FORT KNOX).
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: ISSUE WITH DOT & AMBIENT SOUNDS-HELP
« Last post by Rojoyinc on July 29, 2021, 09:29:21 am »
I have a ECHO in the bedroom.  It's been great for years - and NOW DOES THIS TOO.
Since the original post was 4 years ago???? I dunno what to do.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / A only plays the first album track then stops. Why?
« Last post by Barry3 on July 27, 2021, 09:46:26 am »
Two Studios connected. I ask her to play album x. She plays one track then nothing.
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