Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Luxembourg Watchdog Is Looking Into Amazon Alexa’s Recordings

Luxembourg Watchdog Is Looking Into Amazon Alexa’s Recordings

Some say the "conversations" with Alexa feel more natural since she has the ability to speak faster than her normal rate.

Mike George, VP Alexa, Echo and Appstore for Amazon, speaks during the LG press conference at CES in Las Vegas, U.S., January 4, 2017.

Amazon is bringing its Alexa Announcements feature to its Fire TV set-top boxes and HDMI streaming dongles in the UK.

Users of Amazon's Alexa in the United States will be able to use its new feature starting August 7.

All you need to do is, well, ask in the most natural and straightforward way possible by saying "Alexa, speak slower" or "Alexa, speak faster".

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The increasing popularity of Alexa, Apple's (AAPL.O) Siri and Google (GOOGL.O) Assistant has triggered concerns from politicians and privacy enforcers over how some companies handle recordings from users interacting with their voice assistants. You can even say, "Alexa, speak at your default rate".

Now, users can get Alexa to speak faster by saying "Alexa, speak faster". There are seven speeds to choose from; the standard speaking rate, four faster speaking rates, and to slower speaking rates. On the other hand, those who are blind or have visual impairments are mostly used to audio content already so they may want to go faster.

"We're thrilled to introduce this feature to help customers further personalize their interactions with Alexa, and adapt the experience to best fit their individual needs", Sarah Caplener, head of Alexa for Everyone, said in the blog post.

For now, the feature is only available in the United States, and there is no word when or if the feature will be rolled-out in other countries.

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