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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Did Amazon just sneak a new wake word?
« Last post by scottrods on July 15, 2021, 07:57:20 pm »
I show it available on several of my devices. Not all of them. Mostly Dots... Even on older ones (second gen dot)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Did Amazon just sneak a new wake word?
« Last post by jwlv on July 15, 2021, 04:07:08 pm »
I just noticed this in my Alexa app.

When did they add "Ziggy" as a wake word???

BTW this is only on my Echo Flex. None of my other devices have Ziggy as a choice for the wake word.

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Works perfectly - triggers my morning briefing once a day in the kitchen when motion is detected and not again until the following morning. Thanks!
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Spamming Photostream With Ad on Echo Show 8
« Last post by AnnoDomini on July 14, 2021, 12:25:51 am »
Hello Echoers - I recently pulled the plug on my Echo Show 8 because Amazon began inserting IMDB ads and various TV show ads into my Amazon Photo stream. I really donít like being spammed and I feel sort of betrayed by Amazon. They just couldnít resist. I only wanted to see my photos. Well, now the Echo Show is in the trash and I will miss how useful it was (making shopping lists you can see and interact with is one thing!) but as a Prime subscriber I refuse to be spammed.
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Thanks - Iíll give that a try.
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It can be done fairly easily.  When you've chosen a motion sensor as the trigger for your routine it will take you to a page where you can choose which day of the week, activation times and a "Suppress For".

Being as you probably won't be 'exactly' 24hrs between activations, I would set a activation window for the earliest you'd want it to trigger, until too late - in a rush to get to work time.  (ie: start: 0700-0900) and then set the 'Suppress For' to 3 hours.  That would mean it would trigger at 0732 when you first walk into the kitchen and would be suppressed until 1032 which is later that your trigger window, therefore it wouldn't trigger again until the next day between 0700-0900

Hope this helps!
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: A Strange Coinicidence?
« Last post by jwlv on July 05, 2021, 12:08:23 pm »
True. True.

I do have several Wyze cams that could have been listening. I also have a Nest thermostat. It's a 1st gen, so I'm pretty sure it doesn't have a microphone. My Roku & remote does not have a mic. I have a few Arlo cams, but they are outside, which probably couldn't hear me. There were several iPhones in the house at the time. I have an older Tivo, which does not have voice capability, so no mic. I have a Ring doorbell that might have heard me. We were about 15 feet from the front door.

Or maybe none of the above and it was just a coincidence since Luca is a popular movie right now. :)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: A Strange Coinicidence?
« Last post by renegade600 on July 05, 2021, 10:09:41 am »
several things could have been listening including your roku and your smartphone.   Maybe you have a nest smoke detector that is listening because they too have microphones.  Think about it, even some thermostats have microphones.   Then there are security cams.  maybe it was alexa but there are just too many other possibilities.  Users tend to blame the most obvious. 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: A Strange Coinicidence?
« Last post by scottrods on July 05, 2021, 08:23:34 am »
Pretty sure the mics on everything in your home are all on all the time. Cell phone to Alexa. I just added the latest, greatest Wifi mesh system (eero 6 pro tri-band - 3 stations) to my home yesterday... It is supposed to be Alexa enabled as well... So no matter what is heard by what, the whole mess will be tied together forever. But I have stellar WIFI now... all the way to the street out front and the alley out back and more. Granted I know it's overkill for my size home, but we have over 100 wifi items in the house now and streaming was getting difficult. You can never have too much overkill. I have had the same "coincidences" here for a few years now... not surprised at any stuff related any more.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / A Strange Coinicidence?
« Last post by jwlv on July 05, 2021, 01:42:17 am »
This afternoon I was showing my son a video on Youtube (on my Roku) about the fireworks explosion that happened in Ocean City, Maryland. After the video ended, I pushed the home button on the Roku so it went back to the home screen where all on my Roku apps are. My Roku has the standard IR remote. It is not the newer voice remote. Then we started to talk about Luca, an animated movie. I said that I wanted to show him a video clip that explained the ending of Luca. So I went back to the Youtube app on my Roku. Low and behold, the main screen of Youtube showed Luca.

Coincidence? Was Alexa listening to us? Did Alexa tell Google/Youtube that we were talking about Luca? I immediately pointed this out to my son. We both thought it was kind of weird that Youtube's home screen showed Luca even though we've never searched for Luca on Youtube and we only talked about it a minute earlier.

I wonder what's going on here...
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