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Is Amazon Alexa laughing at you?

Is Amazon Alexa laughing at you?

If you have an Amazon Echo, or any virtual assistant for that matter, it can be a bit of a pain to keep summoning the miniature AI with the wake-up command.

Amazon's Alexa devices include the $49.99 Echo Dot, to the $99.99 Echo, and the $229.99 Echo Show.

If you have a habit of peppering Alexa with multiple questions and commands, then you've probably gotten used to saying "Alexa" over and over to keep waking her up. A new feature called "follow-up mode" may change that. To get Alexa calling and messaging on your tablet, you just need to download the latest version of the app. Instead of having to repeatedly say "Hey Alexa" for every question, 'Follow-up Mode' will have the digital assistant continue to listen for a few seconds after an initial question.

The company said it would change the command to "Alexa, can you laugh?" If you don't, she'll just go back to sleep automatically without saying anything else.

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Given how well the Browns' front office knows Randall, its desire for a player it scouted and watched in person also makes sense. Randall started 30 games in three years for the Packers , who drafted him with the No. 30 overall pick in 2015.

Easy. Amazon is quick to point out that there are some circumstances where Alexa won't keep listening, so they're worth bearing in mind.

Amazon says that Alexa will only respond to follow-ups if she's "confident" that it's a legitimate request and not just background noise, so I'll be curious to see how good she is at distinguishing between the two.

Scroll down to Follow-Up Mode and use the toggle to turn it on.

Devices like the Echo and Echo Dot will give users five seconds to hit it with a follow-up question after it answers your first one, lighting up blue to indicate that it's still listening.


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