Amazon’s surprise event Thursday brought us over a dozen new products from the online retailer. But that wasn’t all. We also got new Alexa updates that anyone with an Alexa-enabled device can use. Security was a big focus with new features that can keep your home safe. Here’s a look at the new ways you can secure your home with help from Alexa. Alexa Guard One of the biggest security-focused features coming to Amazon’s devices is Alexa Guard. Using your Echo devices, Alexa listens for noises that indicate danger, like a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm going off or the sound of breaking glass. If Alexa detects something suspicious, you’ll receive an alert on your mobile phone with audio clips of the sound. Alexa Guard also integrates with Ring and ADT services, so you’ll have the option to forward the alert to your monitored security provider’s dispatch center. You can enable Alexa Guard mode by saying phrases like, “Alexa, I’m leaving.” Alexa Hunches Alexa and its voice assistant competitors are focused on becoming smarter and more conversational. Amazon announced one more step in that direction Thursday with the introduction of Alexa Hunches. It tries to mimic a human’s hunch that you’re forgetting something or something doesn’t seem quite right. For example, if you say “Alexa, goodnight” but you’ve left a light on or door unlocked, Alexa will suggest to lock the door or turn off the light and do it for you. Alexa doorbell API Alexa-enabled security cameras from Ring, Arlo and August, along… [Read full story]
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