I love mine, and with the help of wemo switches and ITaTT I have my lights 
automatically coming on at sunset  

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> On 16 Oct 2016, at 4:25 pm, Dane Trethowan <grtd...@internode.on.net> wrote:
> Hi!
> I know someone who bought one and he's extremely happy with it though he had 
> to do a little fiddling to have it work properly in Australia.
> Even now the Echo still doesn't read phone numbers correctly - we have 8 
> digit phone numbers whereas the U.S. have 7 digit phone numbers. -
> Part of getting the Echo working correctly was to set it to a location with 
> the same time zone as Australia, Guam was the obvious choice here.
> Then the problem arose of getting the App from the IOS App store, the Echo 
> App isn't available in Australia so a workaround had to be put into place.
> I don't recall all of what had to be done now as it was some time ago - I 
> actually posted all the steps required to techno-chat at the time - but now 
> my friend can sign into his account on the web and control the echo from 
> there - well most of it -.
> As was written in the original mail, there are 3 different echos available 
> right now and a review of each model was in Access World a couple of months 
> ago, turns out the original echo is by far the best one to buy and - from the 
> demos I've heard - I'd be pretty happy with that too.
> Amazon does have competition from the Google Home device, the Google Home was 
> demonstrated on the BBC Radio 4 Today show a month or so back, I actually 
> heard the demo live, Google is to launch the Home soon.
> If you'd rather get ahead of the Home and the Echo - and you have an Android 
> phone - then you can either try the Google Allo App or - if you'd rather your 
> Android device be shiny and new with all the features of Amazon Echo and 
> Google Home Built-in - buy a Google Pixel smartphone.
>> On 15/10/2016 6:22 AM, Gordon Smith wrote:
>> Hello everybody
>> I’ve been silently watching this one for about 5 months now, and tonight I 
>> placed an order for one. It isn’t just a speaker that you can listen from, 
>> it’s a “Listener” that you can talk too. You add all your commands verbally, 
>> and you can now have it do quite a wide range of tasks for you. It’s the 
>> first step along the way towards a “Smart” home; read on:
>> Amazon's voice-activated smart home speaker is undeniably futuristic, but 
>> it's also practical and accessible. With a rapidly growing slate of features 
>> and integrations, it's easy to get excited about the Echo's potential.
>> THE BAD The Echo's sound quality is uneven at times, with weak bass at high 
>> volumes. The growing list of "Skills" in the Alexa app could also benefit 
>> from better organisation.
>> THE BOTTOM LINE More than a year after its debut, the Echo is smarter than 
>> ever, and one of the best connected home products money can currently buy.
>> Autumn 2016 update
>> Since introducing the original Amazon Echo in November 2014, Amazon has 
>> continued to refresh and expand its lineup of hands-free, voice-enabled 
>> speakers. In April, the company introduced the Echo Dot, which is a smaller 
>> version of the Echo, and in September returned with an updated version of 
>> the Dot, simultaneously cutting its price almost in half to $50(US) or £50 
>> (UK Sterling).
>> This new Echo Dot, has a slightly sleeker design than the original, though 
>> it comes equipped with the same array of seven microphones and advanced 
>> noise-cancelling technology. Amazon says that the new Dot features a more 
>> powerful speech processor, which delivers improved far-field speech 
>> recognition accuracy. It's currently available for preorder and will ship on 
>> 28 October.
>> The original, more expensive Echo can fill a room with sound. The Dot 
>> features much of the same functionality as the Echo, just with a less 
>> powerful speaker and a line-out plug on the back. In April, also Amazon 
>> introduced the $130.00 Echo Tap. Because it runs on a battery, you need to 
>> hit a button to initiate interactions; it's less convenient than the 
>> always-listening Echo and Dot, but it's also portable. And once you do push 
>> the button, you can issue voice commands to Alexa, play music from your 
>> phone or stream it over Wi-Fi, check the weather or news, and issue commands 
>> to control your smart home.
>> I can’t wait! I’ve ordered the full Echo, so if there’s interest I shall 
>> produce an extensive audio demonstration to show it off in all its glory.
>> ========================================
>> My compliments and kindest regards
>> Gordon Smith:
>> <gor...@mac-access.net>
>> Accessibility & Information Technology Support Specialist.
>> Mobile/SMS:
>> +44 (0)7907 823971
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