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Is Amazon Alexa laughing at you?

Is Amazon Alexa laughing at you?

The blue light on your Echo device will light up whenever Alexa is listening for a follow-up question.

It's easy enough to summon Alexa on one of Amazon's speakers, but when you've got a million things to ask the voice assistant, it can be a pain having to say "Hey, Alexa" over and over again.

The basic idea is simple, and a little bit obvious in hindsight. The blue ring on your Alexa device of choice will light up during these five seconds to indicate that she's listening.

Users can now enable Alexa's Follow-Up Mode which will ensure that the speaker continues to listen for a second command a few seconds after the first command is given. "She didn't even say anything, just laughed".

To be clear, this doesn't mean that Alexa can handle multiple commands at once.




Finally, say: "Alexa, open My Workouts".

If this sounds useful, because you pepper Alexa with questions and tasks, just fire up the voice assistant's app and head to Settings. ALEXA: "OK, the heat is set to 68".

Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa, who, thanks to her artificial intelligence, answers questions and receives orders from users, shows odd symptoms - which refer to parapsychological thrillers - as she suddenly starts without a reason to laugh in a frightening way it can freeze the blood.

The new feature is called Follow-Up Mode, and it has to be enabled by users before it can be used. The feature appears to be an option for the entire Echo lineup, as well as some third-party Alexa devices, though it's now only available for US English.

Alexa will not listen for a follow-up question if the Echo device is playing music or audiobooks, or if you are on a call through the Echo.


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