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10 of the Coolest Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) Echo Speaker's Alexa Skills

Laurie Berry | 14 Мая, 2017, 22:41

For one thing, this version of Amazon's smart speaker responds to any randomly close name to "Alexa" that an elderly person might come up with - Allegra, Anita, Odessa, Aretha, Excedrin, whatever. The feature now comes up with a recently discovered major privacy flaw. How? Among my contacts were old landlords, many co-workers, random vendor account managers, city councilmen, and of course, insane ex-boyfriends. This simply implies anyone in your contacts list, who has your phone number and the Alexa mobile app, can place voice calls, record voice messages, and send text messages. This way my young kids get exposed early to this future of interaction with computers and learn how to best leverage them. You can't even block those unwanted contacts from contacting you.

If mom says you don't call enough, have Alexa do it for you.

The most frightening part of this is that Amazon hasn't implemented any way to stop someone in your contacts list from reaching you through Alexa calling once you've imported it from your phone. Other features include voice over ip phone calls and displaying answers on screen. Hence, you can not block the incoming calls at all. The problem: it'll automatically pull down every single contact you have that uses the Alexa app.

Elise Oras, a marketing and events manager from Raleigh, North Carolina, said that when she installed the Echo calling feature on the Alexa Calling app, the Amazon tool scanned and added all contacts from her phone who had Alexa Calling on their phones and Echo boxes, with no way to delete or block any of them.

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Its new Echo Show voice-controlled device serves as a home intercom system and video-conferencing tool, combining a touchscreen and video camera.

As it turns out, users will need to call Amazon customer service to disable the new feature. And much to our dismay, Amazon has made this procedure even harder. There's no setting in the app or on the website.

The feature builds on Amazon's Chime video conferencing for businesses and is in step with Microsoft's Skype for Business and Cisco's WebEx.

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