Remember though, these options will apply to the old version. The new one does 
not hit the market until 28 October.


My compliments and kindest regards
Gordon Smith:
< <>>

Accessibility & Information Technology Support Specialist.
+44 (0)7907 823971


> On 16 Oct 2016, at 18:27, Chris Moore <> wrote:
> I love mine, and with the help of wemo switches and ITaTT I have my lights 
> automatically coming on at sunset  
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 16 Oct 2016, at 4:25 pm, Dane Trethowan < 
> <>> 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:
>>> < <>>
>>> Accessibility & Information Technology Support Specialist.
>>> Mobile/SMS:
>>> +44 (0)7907 823971
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