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Kidscreen » Archive » Amazon rolls out new Alexa kids features
During a presentation of more than 70 new devices, customer features and developer tools, Amazon unveiled several new features for kids on Alexa-enabled devices.

They include Kid Activity Skills, Kid Podcasts and Kid Routines, which feature procedures for after school, bedtime and mornings, and can be customized to include white-noise timers, smart-home controls, music and personalized Alexa messages to initiate the routines. Users simply have to say “Alexa, good night” to launch the customized feature.
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3 hours ago by sentinelle
Anatomy of an AI System
A tour de force exploration of the extractive and exploitative nature of our current era of technology: “A brief command and a response is the most common form of engagement with this consumer voice-enabled AI device. But in this fleeting moment of interaction, a vast matrix of capacities is invoked: interlaced chains of resource extraction, human labor and algorithmic processing across networks of mining, logistics, distribution, prediction and optimization. The scale of this system is almost beyond human imagining. How can we begin to see it, to grasp its immensity and complexity as a connected form? We start with an outline: an exploded view of a planetary system across three stages of birth, life and death, accompanied by an essay in 21 parts. Together, this becomes an anatomical map of a single AI system.”
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6 hours ago by joshclark
Amazon Alexa Will Take Over Your Home - The Atlantic
Will probably add this to my DIG 101 syllabus. And it would pair well with Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains.”
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21 hours ago by samplereality
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In case you missed it, lots of new devices!
$50 Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
$130 Echo Sub…
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2 days ago by geertbaeke.info
Amazon’s Alexa-enabled microwave hands-on: it cooks but does not speak • The Verge
Dieter Bohn:
<p>The way the Alexa integration works is pretty clever: when you set it up, it will get paired to your Alexa system as “the microwave,” and then you can command Alexa to, you know, cook stuff. There are very few buttons on the microwave because all the presets for various food types have been stored in Amazon’s cloud instead.

There is an Alexa button on the microwave, and it does two things: it turns on the microphone on one of your Echo speakers so you don’t have to use the “Alexa” wake word, and, more importantly, it sends a signal so that whatever you’re about to say will be in the context of controlling the microwave. For example, you can hit the button and just say “stop,” and it’ll stop the microwave. (How this is more efficient than just hitting the stop button is unclear.)

The fun feature is the popcorn, though. When you set it up for the first time, you’ll have an option to sign up for a subscription to buy microwave popcorn from Amazon. Then, as you pop it, Alexa will keep track of how many times you have said, “Alexa, make popcorn,” and it’ll reorder automatically when you’re running low. There’s also a popcorn button on the device.

Is all this worth $59.99? Sure, it’s a pretty dead-ahead 700W microwave after all. It’s black and boxy and simple. I don’t have a lot more to tell you about the hardware. It has a rotating tray on the inside. There are vents and a metal enclosure. It ships on November 14th.</p>


Bohn meets the ultimate gadget that is beyond the capabilities of tech reviewing. Whether it's secure... one has to hope so.
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3 days ago by charlesarthur
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Jetzt bei in Seattle — es gibt kostenlose Bananen für alle und Neuigkeiten in Sachen für die Presse
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