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Amazon Echo Awaits Your Command
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D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
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11/6/2014 | 8:06:04 PM
Second opinion from my wife
Her: "That's creepy. I don't want us all talking to some machine all the time."

Me: "It's just like Siri or Cortana without pressing buttons."

Her: "Just get up and go over to the computer or use the iPad."
D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
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11/6/2014 | 7:49:36 PM
Maybe this will make up for the Fire Phone
Watch the video on the "invite" page linked above. If this think is as good as the demos, it's going to be a big hit. As a Prime member, I'd gladly pay $99 just for the novelty. It's like having Siri or Cortana at your beckon call without pressing buttons. It's a master stroke to let customers choose their own "wake" word so they can call this thing whatever they want. You could even call it Siri or Cortana, I suppose. If it works well you could call it "Einstein" and if it doesn't, you could say, "yo dummy."
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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11/6/2014 | 5:59:22 PM
Always listening and ready to order
An always-on device, capable of detecting a wake word, capturing conversation, and placing an order based on keywords would render me mute, if I were in its vicinity. But it will be fool proof, right? 
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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11/6/2014 | 5:56:12 PM
Amazon Echo FAQs
Amazon has posted some FAQs about Echo, some of which address privacy concerns. Most notably, Amazon says it will allow you to delete voice interactions sent to Amazon. It's not immediately clear whether those recordings get retained outside of the user account.

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