Amazon has brought Alexa calls and messaging to tablets

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However, with the new opt-in feature, Alexa will listen for five seconds after the first response.

The basic idea is simple, and a little bit obvious in hindsight. A third user asked Alexa to play music, and she laughed.

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There were even claims that when a user told Alexa to turn off the lights, the AI assistant "refused" to and laughed while doing the opposite.

They added: "In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh.' We are changing that phrase to be 'Alexa, can you laugh?' which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh'". So, if you see the blue ring at the top of your device, you know Alexa is still listening. ALEXA: "OK, the heat is set to 68". Alexa will not respond to follow-up requests "if she detects that speech was background noise or that the intent of the speech was not clear", Amazon wrote. To end a "conversation" you can say something like "thank you" or "stop" while Alexa is listening for a follow-up. Amazon acknowledged on Wednesday that some of its Alexa-enabled devices have developed a new skill: creeping out their owners with unexpected and unwarranted bursts of robotic laughter. Select the device in question, then scroll down and toggle the Follow-up Mode slider into the on position (it's off by default).

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You can use Alexa calling on tablets to phone landline numbers, providing they're connected to an Amazon Echo Connect accessory hub, and you can call anyone in your contacts list for free, just as long as they also have the Alexa app installed on their smartphone or tablet. Obviously you can't make a video call to a regular Echo, but that should be obvious seeing as how it doesn't have a camera.

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