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« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2017, 05:58:26 AM »
Or say, "Alexa, set sleep timer for one hour."  She confirms that and will stop playing music, radio, whatever in one hour.
 
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« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2017, 07:16:52 AM »
Ok, thanks everyone. It worked. We slept so well with the sounds that we overslept a bit.  :-X

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« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2017, 09:38:24 AM »
I tried this, and found that Alexa just stopped when I told her "stop playing in one minute." I think she hears "stop" and just stops. But "set sleep timer for one minute" worked perfectly.

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« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2017, 09:42:12 AM »
I told her to stop playing in 30 minutes. She said ok and I assume she stopped playing 30 minutes later as we drifted off into far lands before noticing. But she did not just stop playing. She might have only heard the words stop play and ignored everything after that. She is good at ignoring when she gets into one of her snits.  ;D

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« Reply #29 on: January 18, 2017, 10:06:55 AM »
I told her to stop playing in 30 minutes. She said ok and I assume she stopped playing 30 minutes later as we drifted off into far lands before noticing. But she did not just stop playing. She might have only heard the words stop play and ignored everything after that. She is good at ignoring when she gets into one of her snits.  ;D

 Yes, she can be quite temperamental . Sometimes I tell her to shut up . Other times I want to say thank you but she never says you're welcome.



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« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2017, 10:57:15 AM »
Yes, she can be quite temperamental . Sometimes I tell her to shut up . Other times I want to say thank you but she never says you're welcome.

If you remember to say 'Alexa' before you say 'thank you', she will respond.
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« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2017, 12:57:24 PM »
If you remember to say 'Alexa' before you say 'thank you', she will respond.

Aw and here I  thought she was being rude.


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« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2017, 01:57:22 PM »
I tried this, and found that Alexa just stopped when I told her "stop playing in one minute." I think she hears "stop" and just stops. But "set sleep timer for one minute" worked perfectly.

Hmmm....just tried it again.  Works great for me, I said Alexa, stop playing in one minute and she said "Okay, I'll stop playing in one minute."

Maybe you need to run your words together more.  :D. Or talk more quickly, like someone from New York.
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« Reply #33 on: January 18, 2017, 03:11:23 PM »
Hmmm....just tried it again.  Works great for me, I said Alexa, stop playing in one minute and she said "Okay, I'll stop playing in one minute."

Maybe you need to run your words together more.  :D. Or talk more quickly, like someone from New York.
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Alexa could have an issue with accents . . . and I'm guessing, Atunah, even though you've been here a long time, that you might have one.

There's an episode of The Big Bang Theory where one of the characters, Barry, who can't pronounce the "r" sound, basically rants about how horrible Siri (on an iPhone) is; he keeps saying, "Siwi, can you wecommend a westauwant." She responds, "I'm sorry, Bawwy, I don't understand "wecommend a westauwant".

So, that's extreme, and played for laughs, of course, but I suspect that there are limits to how far off "Hollywood American" your speech is that might make it harder for the voice recognition to work.

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« Reply #34 on: January 18, 2017, 03:20:46 PM »
Maybe Claw has an accent, she hears me just fine now that I know what to say for the sleep timer.  :P

My husband actually has more issues at times than I do with her. I really only have issues when I try to get something played that isn't normal english, or has an accent of sort. And my husband keeps asking in way to causal ways. You know, not very specific, like he's talking to Hal or something. We aren't there yet, one does have to kind of narrow it down for her.

I think most of the time the issue is the side speaker that stands about 2 feet from her. The one for the surround system. It gets in the way at times.

I am convinced though she went into a snit when I brought home the dot. Its like she gave us the cold shoulder. Light would come on and then just the dudu sound and off again. Then we would ask her if she was ok, she said she was fine. Then she did it again for the next question.  ;D




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« Reply #35 on: January 18, 2017, 07:46:47 PM »
Alexa could have an issue with accents . . . and I'm guessing, Atunah, even though you've been here a long time, that you might have one.

Claw was the one having problems--Atunah seems to be doing fine!

EDIT:  There's a restaurant in Occoquan called the "Cock and Bowl" (they specialize in chicken dishes and bowls of mussels).  I asked Siri for directions and she must have thought I said Cock and balls because she said "that's not very nice!" LOL.

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« Reply #36 on: January 19, 2017, 04:09:18 AM »
I said, " Alexa, thank you . ( I'm dictating this and she just responded "I can't find the answer to the question," which showed up on the screen.)

 Anyway, in response to my thank you, she said , " sure, nice talking to you."

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« Reply #37 on: January 19, 2017, 05:12:15 AM »
I just tried Thank you a few times:
"My pleasure"
"No problem. I'm happy to help."
"Sure, nice chatting with you."

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« Reply #38 on: January 19, 2017, 06:04:27 AM »
When I request my playlist Treme [tre-MAY] (music from HBO series), Alexa replies "playlist Treme [treem]".
 
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« Reply #39 on: January 19, 2017, 10:13:38 AM »
When I request my playlist Treme [tre-MAY] (music from HBO series), Alexa replies "playlist Treme [treem]".

 She does have a problem with pronunciation. When I request Godspell, she calls it Gahpell.



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« Reply #40 on: February 06, 2017, 05:38:28 AM »
Far as I'm concerned Echos need resetting by pulling plug too often.  It should not happen.  Late last night I had to reset when she didn't recognize artist name Johnny Mathis in a request for music.  Not many hours later same Echo didn't respond at all to simply wake name.  I wondered if a previously set alarm would sound.  It did, but I couldn't stop it by voice.  I reset which, of course stopped it.  When I plugged it it,  the alarm then continued.  Stopped it by voice.

Short time later I requested, "Echo, shuffle album 'The Things We Are Made Of' by Mary Chapin Carpenter."  Did not recognize it.  First time I tried got response "You might like . . . ."  Tried again.  Got the bloop sound.  In other words -- nothing.  Reset by plug.  Tried again.  She recognized it and played.

I call or e-mail Echo support.  Never really gets any better.  Sometimes I think Amazon and Google were in a race to get these things out in the market.  Amazon went first before it was really ready.  It needs work.  A lot of work.
 
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« Reply #41 on: February 06, 2017, 05:49:32 AM »
How is your wifi reliability/connectivity? I've got 2 dots & 1 echo - and have only needed to pull the plug for a reset maybe once in 6 months...

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« Reply #42 on: February 06, 2017, 06:10:02 AM »
I have never unplugged my Echo. It never needed it. I have had mine since whenever they came up for prime members as beta. I ordered Dec 2014, but don't remember when it shipped. Its been in the same place since and I never had to reset it. I got the red ring a couple of times, but that was a router issue.
Now she might not always hear me, but I call that selective hearing  ;D

We'll see how my xmas added dot fares. so far same thing and it is upstairs away from the router.

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« Reply #43 on: February 06, 2017, 06:31:43 AM »
Sometimes Dot doesn't understand what I'm asking. The solution for me is to ask again a minute later. She certainly knows Johnny Mathis because she plays him for me.


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« Reply #44 on: February 06, 2017, 07:33:55 AM »
We rarely have to reset ours either.  I have to reset my smart plugs every few weeks, but the Echos and Dots are pretty solid.
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« Reply #45 on: February 06, 2017, 08:17:31 AM »
How is your wifi reliability/connectivity? I've got 2 dots & 1 echo - and have only needed to pull the plug for a reset maybe once in 6 months...

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Fine.  No problems with anything else. 

I'm not techie.  There's only me in this one bedroom condo.  Two Echos -- one in living room and one in bedroom.  I have old Fire tablet -- no problems with it.  I have a TiVo hooked up to TV.  I stream using Fire TV and Apple TV.  No problems.  ISP is AT&T U-verse 18 mbps.  Three Kindles (really use only one).  Computer is a newish MacBook Pro.  I think that's everything.
 
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« Reply #46 on: February 06, 2017, 08:36:22 AM »
Sometimes Dot doesn't understand what I'm asking. The solution for me is to ask again a minute later. She certainly knows Johnny Mathis because she plays him for me.

Right after I posted this, Alexa shut down on me. She is such a prissy-missy sometimes. Anyway, the plug connecting to the Dot was loose. No idea how that happened.


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« Reply #47 on: February 06, 2017, 01:29:07 PM »
Now what has happened to photo in my signature??  I am seeing question mark in a little blue box.
 
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« Reply #48 on: February 06, 2017, 02:00:00 PM »
I don't even see the question mark.


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« Reply #49 on: February 06, 2017, 05:56:25 PM »
Sandpiper, I see the picture of the Beagle now!

I believe one time I had a glitch with my Echo and pulled the plug briefly for a fix. Certainly not a common problem. Thankfully!

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