You can now use your Echo speakers as an intercom system

You can now use your Echo speakers as an intercom system

"Dinner's ready!" is about as common an exclamation as you'll hear in the average family household.

Amazon has added a new feature for its Echo speakers, which enables users of the Alexa-powered devices to make one-way announcements around a home or office. Just speak to any one of your Echo devices and say: "Alexa, announce that..." and read out your message. Google Assistant also previously introduced a feature like this so it makes the multi-room speakers all the more useful especially if you're part of a big household.

Consumers can use the new function by saying "Alexa... open UKMortgages".

Amazon started rolling out this feature today for customers in the U.S. and Canada.

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

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrives in Kabul
Abbasi recently joined the Afghan president in Herat to inaugurate the TAPI gas pipeline project. Ghani welcomed Abbasi at Afghan Presidency where the former was presented guard of honour.

AWS also announces a new low-priced storage offering called Simple Storage Service (S3) One Zone Infrequent Access. "Customers have told us that they love how easy it is to use Amazon Key for keyless entry and door monitoring from anywhere with the Amazon Key App", said Rohit Shrivastava, General Manager, Amazon Key.

The Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are two of the hottest consumer products in the USA, but they have been having troubles getting new applications, known as "skills".

Unfortunately, Brits won't be able to bark out those commands just yet.

The implementation is pretty straightforward and uses an RSS feed from the police into the Alexa skill.

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