Alexa's new Follow-Up Mode can handle back-to-back requests

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Alexa's new Follow-Up Mode can handle back-to-back requests

Another user wrote: "I was lying down and was getting ready to sleep when Alexa made a very loud and thrilling laugh from my Amazon Echo speakers".

Devices like the Echo and Echo Dot will give users five seconds to hit it with a follow-up question after it answers your first one, lighting up blue to indicate that it's still listening.

The basic idea is simple, and a little bit obvious in hindsight. You'll be able to tell that she's still listening because the blue ring will still be on. "She didn't even say anything, just laughed". This means that the user will have to clearly issue the command because if they don't, Alexa probably won't separate it from the background noise.

To enable Follow-Up Mode, head to the Settings section of the Alexa app, then select your Alexa device and turn the feature on.

Once you're done, Alexa gives you the next exercise in the program.

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An explanation for this behavior, which Amazon has given, according to the British "Guardian" and the BBC, is that in some rare cases the personal digital assistant listens to the non-existent command "Alexa laughed".

American electronic commerce and cloud computing company, Amazon, announced the launch of a follow-up mode for its voice assistant, Alexa. You can also end the conversation by saying something like "thank you" or "stop".

Several reports emerged online of Alexa-enabled devices emitting a ghostly cackle. Select the device in question, then scroll down and toggle the Follow-up Mode slider into the on position (it's off by default).

Users of Amazon's Alexa device have reported hearing an unprompted "creepy laugh" coming from the machine.

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