Amazon Alexa Available with Follow-Up Mode and New Innovations

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This isn't enabling compound requests, so you won't be able to ask Alexa to set your nightly alarm and lock your front door all in one request, but you'll at least be able to cut down slightly on the time and number of words necessary for those multiple actions.

To enable the Follow-Up Mode, open the Alexa app then head to the settings. You'll know if Alexa is ready for a follow-up question if the blue indicator light is on after Alexa answers your first question.

Over the past month, owners of Amazon devices (such as Echo) that use the voice-activated assistant Alexa began reporting incidents of their devices laughing randomly, and without any prompting.

Amazon on Wednesday promised to keep virtual assistant Alexa from spontaneously cackling, giving people eerie feelings about what the artificial intelligence might be plotting.

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Amazon's Echo line of devices gets a new feature in the form of "follow-up" mode, which lets users spit out command after command without repeating the wake word each time. What it means is that you can give her commands in sequence, waiting for Alexa to respond "OK" after each one. To fix the issue, Amazon is disabling that command and changing the trigger phrase to "Alexa, can you laugh?" The blue light will go out as usual to show that Alexa is no longer listening.

Reliability of this follow-up mode will be something that remains to be seen, as Alexa is not without her quirks.

Amazon also told CNET that its Alexa will only reply to follow-up requests if she's "confident" that it is a legitimate request rather than just noise in the background. Though, there are some things Amazon needs to work on.

Follow-up mode is available in US English only and appears to be available on the entire range of Alexa devices.

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