Amazon Alexa Is Now Your Home Intercom

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Users simply say the trigger words "Alexa, Open UKMortgages" and can then search for a mortgage and find their local mortgage adviser.

The new feature turns any Echo device into an intercom which broadcasts messages to all the other Echos in the home.

Alexa works alongside traditional policing methods to inform the public about the important issues in their neighbourhoods.

The Amazon Key app will let you remotely lock and unlock your door, and you can also use it to view your door by watching your Cloud Cam's security feed. Alternatively, you can use commands to prompt Alexa to make announcements in her own voice, TechCrunch reports. To learn more about Do Not Disturb, go here. If so, Amazon's latest feature for Alexa is for you.

Where are Alexa Announcements available?

Quake near Channel Islands today rattles much of Los Angeles County
Sara Almeron, a worker at Manhattan Bagel in Woodland Hills, said she felt an natural disaster as she was talking to co-workers. They described the temblor as a "strike-slip" event. "We recognise that the probability of having a large quake goes up".

Mark Lofthouse, CEO of Mortgage Brain, commented: "We're incredibly excited and very proud to announce the launch of the first ever UK Mortgage Skill on Amazon's Echo devices".

Until now, only Fire HD 10 users could wake Alexa with a voice prompt, with other Amazon tablet users required to hold down the home button to call her up.

The update should be rolling out to the Alexa app soon.

Can Google Home do announcements?

It's not just upgrades to its smart speaker line up being worked on at Amazon HQ - the retail powerhouse just released a reference guide that includes "smart" lamps. Say "Alexa, tell everyone dinner's ready", and everyone in your home within earshot of an Echo device will hear you say "dinner's ready".

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