Surface Studio 2: what we want to see

Microsoft wowed the world with its first-ever desktop PC in late 2016 with the Surface Studio, but, now nearly two years since, we’re just about salivating over the prospect of a sequel. 

Just imagine, a Surface Studio 2 with an even sharper screen, more powerful innards and the latest in connectivity – the perfect opponent for Apple’s evolving iMac portfolio.

While we’ve heard little to nothing in the way of rumors or leaks regarding a Surface Studio sequel, we’ve at least heard that it is indeed in the works. So, with that sliver of knowledge, let’s take a closer look at the possibilities of a Surface Studio 2.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The would-be second Surface Studio desktop
  • When is it out? Possibly between September and November 2018
  • What will it cost? Likely as much as – if not more than – the current model

Surface Studio 2

Surface Studio 2 release date

Microsoft launched the current Surface Studio back in late 2016, so the product is about due for a refresh given the firm’s general cadence for Surface products that aren’t Surface Pro.

However, we’ve heard next to nothing about when to expect the Surface Studio sequel. All we have to go off of is Windows Central citing sources in a recent video having said that ‘Surface Studio 2 is a-go.’ As such, the outlet expects to see the device ‘in the fall.’

That amounts to anytime between September and November for a possible Surface Studio 2 release. Until more concrete leaks and rumors arrive, this is the expectation we’ll have to hold onto.

Surface Studio 2

Surface Studio 2 price

Sadly, there’s even less known regarding the Surface Studio 2’s possible pricing, i.e. absolutely nothing. So, all we can expect of the potential device’s price so far is for it to hold close to that of the previous model.

Currently, the Surface Studio goes for anywhere between $2,999 (£2,999, AU$4,699) and $4,199 (£4,249, AU$6,599). For Microsoft to go any further above that price might be a shot in the foot, especially considering the pricing of its primary competition, the Apple iMac line.

Conversely, it’s tough to expect Microsoft to drive the price much lower than it is now, either, as the original Surface Studio saw an impressive demand at its current price point during launch. Stay tuned to this space as more rumors and leaks come to light.

Surface Studio 2

What we want to see in Surface Studio 2

For as impressed as we were – and still are – by the Surface Studio, plenty has progressed in the nearly two years since its release, and there’s always room for improvement. Here’s what we hope to see come to fruition in the Surface Studio 2:

More powerful components
This is low-hanging fruit, to be sure, but we could’ve made this wish list when the Surface Studio first released, for it already was a bit lacking in hardware. This time around, a desktop-grade processor is all but essential, as are up-to-date graphics – a Coffee Lake Intel CPU and Nvidia Turing series mobile graphics would certainly do the trick. Plus, a proper SSD would be seen as a boon to the creatives its targeted for.

An even sharper screen
The current Surface Studio screen is absolutely gorgeous, sporting a massive 4,500 x 3,000-pixel resolution across the sRGB, DCI-P3 and Vivid color spaces. But, there’s no reason that it can’t go further. Seeing a 5K Surface Studio to directly rival the priciest iMac would be awfully exciting for content creators.

Thunderbolt 3 connectivity
For as versatile as the Thunderbolt 2 DisplayPort is on the current Surface Studio, it’s time for Microsoft to collectively move onto Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C. Not only does the it offer more throughput for file transfers, it could also serve as a one plug hub for all displays and other peripherals you want to connect. If the Surface Studio 2 is to truly compete, it needs to respect this growing standard for its target audience’s sake.

All accessories included
For what it’s charging for the current – and will charge for the future – Surface Studio, Microsoft should be including all of the essential accessories in the box. Yes, that includes the awesome Surface Dial alongside the Surface Mouse and Keyboard. It’s only fair for a several-grand purchase.

Go to Source

Report Claims AMD Ryzen, EPYC CPUs Contain 13 Security Flaws

CTS-Labs, an Israeli-based security company, released a “severe security advisory on AMD processors” that alleges AMD’s Ryzen and EPYC processors are susceptible to 13 critical security vulnerabilities that span four different classes. The company has classified the categories as Ryzenfall, Masterkey, Fallout, and Chimera.

CTS-Labs released the information in an unusual fashion. Typically, semiconductor vendors are given 90 days to respond to vulnerabilities before they’re disclosed to the public, but CTS-Labs provided AMD with only a 24-hour notice. CTS-Labs states:

To ensure public safety, all technical details that could be used to reproduce the vulnerabilities have been redacted from this document. CTS has privately shared this information with AMD, select security companies that can develop mitigations, and the U.S. regulators. What follows is a description of the security problems we discovered and the risks they pose for users and organizations.

The unusual nature of the disclosure, and the lack of any supporting evidence, makes it difficult to asses the impact (be it real or imagined) of the alleged AMD security flaws. It is noteworthy that the three different groups of researchers that discovered the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities provided the industry with 200 days of notice to prepare mitigations, which was unraveled by The Register.

CTS-Labs published the information at amdflaws.com, which is a new site created by the small company. The company claims that it discovered the vulnerabilities while studying the impact of what it characterizes as known backdoors in ASMedia chipsets. The company claims these backdoors have existed for six years.

AMD uses ASMedia as its third-party chipset supplier, and CTS-Labs claims to have found the same backdoors on the Ryzen and EPYC chipsets. These backdoors purportedly allow hackers to inject malicious code directly into the Platform Secure Processor (PSP), which is a separate and secure processor that provides global management functionality.

The PSP (also called AMD Secure Processor) functions much like Intel’s ME (Management Engine), which has proven in the past to have vulnerabilities. Neither AMD nor Intel open-source the code that runs on the processors, instead opting to run closed-source Linux distros.

CTS-Labs claims the chipset vulnerabilities led it to conduct an investigation into AMD’s broader security practices, whereupon it discovered additional vulnerabilities.

We reached out to AMD for comment and received the following statement:

At AMD, security is a top priority and we are continually working to ensure the safety of our users as new risks arise. We are investigating this report, which we just received, to understand the methodology and merit of the findings.

AMD’s statement is somewhat vague, but the company has obviously had little time to assess the situation. AMD also had several lawsuits lodged against it after its initial statements on the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities, which the Plaintiffs claim were misleading, so the company is obviously wisely exercising come caution.

We’re digging deeper to find out more information about the vulnerabilities, but given the lack of information, it is best to be cautious. Much like the initial few days of the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities, there is likely to be quite a bit of misinformation circulating in regards to potential performance impacts. Currently the information that CTS-Labs has posted is unverified and is presented without evidence, and the company has several strong disclaimers regarding its “disclosures.” We’ve pasted a partial outtake of the disclaimers below.

AMD has said it will provide further information as it becomes available, and we expect a more detailed assessment of these alleged vulnerabilities will emerge as third-party security researchers study them. 

The CTS-Labs disclaimer, in part:

The report and all statements contained herein are opinions of CTS and are not statements of fact. To the best of our ability and belief, all information contained herein is accurate and reliable, and has been obtained from public sources we believe to be accurate and reliable. Our opinions are held in good faith, and we have based them upon publicly available facts and evidence collected and analyzed, which we set out in our research report to support our opinions. We conducted research and analysis based on public information in a manner that any person could have done if they had been interested in doing so. You can publicly access any piece of evidence cited in this report or that we relied on to write this report.  Although we have a good faith belief in our analysis and believe it to be objective and unbiased, you are advised that we may have, either directly or indirectly, an economic interest in the performance of the securities of the companies whose products are the subject of our reports.  Any other organizations named in this website have not confirmed the accuracy or determined the adequacy of its contents.

Go to Source

MoviePass Retracts Statement About Tracking Users ‘From Home To The Movies’

While speaking at a conference in Los Angeles, MoviePass CEO and Netflix co-founder and former Redbox President Mitch Lowe said their service watches “how you drive from home to the movies” and “where you go afterwards.” In a recent letter to MoviePass customers, Lowe said that he “mischaracterized” how MoviePass locates members.

A Theater Subscription Service

MoviePass is a relatively new service that offers users a subscription service for watching movies in theaters. Users can watch any movie they want once a day if they pay $10 per month (you have to purchase a whole year’s package, though). The company also currently offers a limited-time offer of $8 per month.

However, at first glance, MoviePass doesn’t have a business model that seems in any way sustainable. The company pays theaters the full price for each ticket, which is almost as much as its users pay for a whole month. That means the company loses significant amounts of money for every user who sees more than one movie a month.

A Data Gathering Company

Lowe held a keynote named “Data is the New Oil: How Will MoviePass Monetize It” at the LA conference, talking about how the data the company gathers about its users will enable it to keep prices low and expand the user base.

After being independent for six years but struggling to increase its number of subscribers, MoviePass sold to Helios and Matheson Analytics, a data analytics company. That’s when the company changed its pricing model from $15-$50 a month to only $10 a month. Lowe believed at the time that this was a better price point that would encourage people to come more often to the movies, and he also said that it needed the funding to make that happen.

However, that funding may come with some caveats. At the LA conference, Lowe said that the company is tracking users “from home to the movies,” and “wherever you go afterwards.” This would be part of MoviePass’ long-term revenue plan. The company intends to eventually send its users to various vendors, before or after the movies, and for MoviePass to get a cut of those purchases.

Retracting Location Tracking Comments

The CEO now says that he mischaracterized how the service tracks users and that the tracking is much more limited than he first implied. According to Lowe, only two events would prompt MoviePass to know a user’s location: when a member searches for a nearby movie theater, and when they check into a theater.

He then clarified that the app has to be open, and that there is no location tracking happening in the background. This feature did exist within the app, but Lowe said MoviePass removed it in the latest update and that the company never used this feature despite developing it in the first place.

The CEO noted that when the company will partner with theaters and studios, it will offer statistical data based on ticket sales and trends, but it never shares personal user data with other companies.

Lowe also added that if MoviePass desires to expand data collection and sharing capabilities in the future, the company will notify users about this change and allow them to opt-in or opt-out of the service.

Go to Source

Next major Windows 10 update pegged for April release

As we draw ever closer to the release of Microsoft’s next major version of Windows 10, the info dumps only grow more frequent and more specific. This time, the latest details come directly from Microsoft itself.

A Microsoft Developer blog post name-dropping the operating system (OS) version known internally as ‘Redstone 4’ was updated on March 13 to include an expected launch date of ‘April 2018.’ This update all but confirms that, at the very least, we can expect to see the next major Windows 10 version next month.

Meanwhile, the world expects Microsoft to publicly dub this major revision the ‘Spring Creators Update,’ a name that has appeared in several leaked Windows 10 Insider Preview builds up until this point.

That more than likely name tells us a lot about Microsoft’s intent with this OS version, namely that it aims to further appease the creative professional audience, as the Fall Creators Update and Creators Update have before it. 

Of course, we already know that this next version of Windows 10 will put a magnifying glass on things like artificial intelligence, gaming, HDR video and security, among other features. And, now it looks as if our wait to see this so-called ‘Spring Creators Update’ will be rather short.

  • These are the best laptops on which to run this new Windows 10

Go to Source

Touch VPN

Touch VPN is a popular VPN service which supports Windows, iOS, Android and Chrome.

The iOS version has ads and an optional ad-free version available for $29.99 (£22) a year. The Android app also has ads, with no commercial version. The others are entirely ad-free, and none require registration or have any data transfer limits.

That all sounds great, and we were keen to find out more. Unfortunately, the Touch VPN website wasn’t much help, being little more than a single page with a few generic explanations of what a VPN can do.

There are a few scraps of information on the various app pages. The Chrome store explained that Touch VPN’s extension can connect you to Sweden, United Kingdom, Denmark, France, United States, Netherlands, and Canada, for instance. But the text hadn’t been updated since 2015, and most of it was very vague.

Pointing our browser at Touch VPN’s social media feeds didn’t show much sign of activity, either. The company’s Google+ page hadn’t been updated since 2015, and its Twitter page had only three tweets, all identical, posted on the same date in 2016.

A good VPN should be constantly working to improve its services, so this dusty, abandoned look didn’t exactly fill us with confidence. But then we noticed a possible explanation. In 2015, Touch VPN was acquired by AnchorFree, the company behind Hotspot Shield. That suggests Touch VPN has something to offer, and if the original owners left at acquisition time, it might also explain why there’s little going on right now.

Privacy

Most VPNs love to boast about their ‘no logging’ policies, their wide protocol support, and all the technologies they use to ensure your privacy and security. Touch VPN’s website says absolutely nothing about any of that on its main page, unfortunately, so we decided to check out the small print.

The privacy policy was a surprise for a couple of reasons.

The first was the sheer volume of information collected. Anonymous details logged include “your approximate geo-location, hardware specifications, browser type and version, the date of the Software installation, the date of your last use of the Services, your operating system type, version and language, registry entries, your URL requests and respective time stamps.”

Gulp. The policy says “we do not make any efforts to reveal your identity through this information”, but we’ll leave you to decide how reassured you should be.

The policy goes on to explain that it may also collect personal information, including “your IP address, your name and email address in case you provide us with this information (for instance when you open an account or if you approach us through the ‘contact us’ option), screen name, payment and billing information (if you purchase premium services)…”

Log in using a third-party account, such as Facebook, and the site could also get access to your “user name, email address, profile picture, birthday, gender and preferences.”

The second problem with this privacy policy is that a lot of it makes no sense. It talks about checking whether your device is in use, for instance, to make sure it doesn’t send you any “requests”. Why would a VPN service send you requests?

And then we noticed a clue in this clause: “As part of the Services’ nature and to enable browsing acceleration, information which is publicly accessible by other users that you have accessed may be accessed by those users from cached copy of this data from your device.”

Accessing information via other users and caching data on your device are tricks used by Hola, and sure enough, searching for that clause at Google returned an identical line in the Hola privacy policy.  Touch VPN appears to have cut and pasted large chunks of the Hola document, just editing it to replace Hola’s name with its own.

What’s going on? There are two possibilities, neither very appealing. Either the privacy policy is legitimate, in which case Touch VPN logs more data than almost anyone (well, except Hola). Or it’s a clumsy cut-and-pasted fake, in which case we’re struggling to see why we should believe anything else the company says.

Touch VPN

Performance

Touch VPN offers several clients, each working in very different ways, so to properly understand the service we decided to explore the Chrome extension, as well as the Windows and Android apps.

We started with Chrome and immediately spotted a problem. Although the extension’s rating was an impressive 4.5, when we checked the reviews we found large numbers of duplicates. When we visited, the last 18 reviews were identical, all giving five stars but all using the same text. There was another regularly repeated template before that, again giving five stars. Maybe the rating wasn’t as impressive as it first seemed, after all.

We installed the extension anyway, and noticed it required more permissions than we were expecting. Is it really necessary for the app to “manage your apps, extensions and themes”, for instance?

The extension also asks for permission to “communicate with cooperating native applications”, or reach outside of the browser to contact other processes. We would like to know the reason for that, too, but Touch VPN doesn’t provide any explanation.

After completing the installation, we tapped the Touch VPN address bar icon and a simple console appeared. This gave us the option to choose a virtual location in Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Singapore, the UK or US, and apply this change to all our browser tabs, or just the current one.

Alternatively, tap a Click to Connect button and Touch VPN automatically chooses a location for you. Most VPNs select your nearest server, but unfortunately Touch VPN appears to pick one at random, making it a little less useful.

However you connect, Touch VPN usually displays a flag icon in the bottom left of the screen as a constant reminder of your current location. This is a good idea, at least in theory, but during our tests it didn’t appear all the time.

Although Touch VPN calls itself a “free proxy to unblock any sites”, this wasn’t the case for us. It unblocked our test YouTube clips, but Netflix and BBC iPlayer both refused to stream content when connected to Touch VPN servers.

Performance was generally very good, with speeds regularly reaching 50Mbps and more. There were occasional exceptions when a particular session seemed very slow, or at least inconsistent, but that’s no surprise for a free product, and disconnecting and reconnecting always fixed the problem.

Although Touch VPN doesn’t display ads, as far as we could tell, there are one or two marketing tricks. For example, after using the extension for a while, it asks you to share it on your social media feed before you can link to a specific location.

We also have some questions about privacy. Checking the extension code reveals this whitelist of domains which will be accessed directly, and not passed through the VPN tunnel: accounts.google, google-analytics.com, chrome-signin, freegeoip.net, event.shelljacket, chrome.google, box.anchorfree, googleapis, hsselite, firebaseio, amazonaws.com, shelljacket.us, coloredsand.us, ratehike.us and pixel.quantserve.com.

Several of these websites can be used for tracking, and as Touch VPN doesn’t have a privacy policy we can trust, there’s no way to be sure what it might be doing.

Touch VPN

The Touch VPN Windows app looks similar to the Chrome extension, but has even fewer options. You can choose a location, click Connect or Disconnect, and that’s essentially it.

You get more locations in the Windows app, with sites including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, plus the UK and US. The list isn’t displayed in alphabetical order, which makes it a little more awkward to browse, but otherwise it’s an excellent set of locations for a free service.

Connect to a server and the app displays a session timer, along with the total amount of incoming and outgoing data. In the background, the app is creating a temporary IKeV2 connection using Windows’ own VPN support. That’s not giving you the security and control you’d get with a specialist OpenVPN-based client, but it’s much more capable than the Chrome proxy approach.

The Windows app was a little more successful at site unblocking, too. We were able to watch content on BBC iPlayer and YouTube, although Netflix still wasn’t fooled.

Performance was excellent, with UK-Europe and UK-US download speeds achieving at least 50Mbps on a 75Mbps connection. Even going long-distance to Hong Kong couldn’t stop the party entirely, with downloads approaching a creditable 20Mbps (we’ve seen capable commercial services barely reach 10% of that).

What you don’t get with the Windows client, unfortunately, is any form of DNS leak protection. Visiting IPLeak.net showed Touch VPN was always assigning us servers in the locations we were promised, but our original DNS servers were still visible to anyone who looked.

Touch VPN

Touch VPN’s Android app is better looking than its Windows and Chrome cousins, with a more consistent and straightforward interface.

The list of locations changes again, unfortunately, dropping a few from the Windows build. Here you get Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the UK and US.

The app works much like the other two. You’re able to choose a specific location, or allow the app to select the best one automatically, then connect and disconnect with a click. We found automatic selection worked reliably this time, with Touch VPN always choosing the server nearest to us, and the selected location was always clearly displayed by the app.

Touch VPN’s website unblocking results saw the Android app allowing access to BBC iPlayer, but not allowing us to view Netflix or protected YouTube clips. We’re unsure why each client performed differently, but one explanation might be that they’re using different servers within the same country, and some of these help bypass geo-blocks, while others don’t.

Wi-Fi performance was reasonable, with maximum speeds of around 15Mbps. This tailed off drastically as we tried more distant servers – US to UK connections were barely 5Mbps – but that’s still enough to handle basic tasks.

The Settings dialog included a useful ‘Notify me if I connect to unprotected Wi-Fi’ option, handy as a reminder of when you might need a VPN.

Another setting option offers a choice of VPN protocols including OpenVPN UDP, TCP, and HydraVPN (there’s no explanation of what the latter might be). There’s no mention of OpenVPN support in the Google Play description, which only talks about proxies and SSL encryption, but when we checked out the app’s APK file (its executable files and data) we did find OpenVPN and related libraries.

We noticed one questionable feature in a ‘Sign in’ option, which offered us the chance to sign in with Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or email. We tried it with a dummy email and saw no benefit to us, so our best guess is the company is hoping that curious users will try it with their social media profiles, and unwittingly hand over their profile details.

There are ads, too. Lots of ads, some displayed within the app when you’re connected, and the occasional full-screen ones appearing when you connect or disconnect. They’re annoying, though we’ve seen worse.

Touch VPN also adds a Performance Widget on your lock screen, forcing an extra swipe before you can fire up your device. That’s even more annoying, but fortunately it’s also optional, and you can turn it off from Settings.

Final verdict

Touch VPN’s high speeds and unlimited bandwidth are appealing, but the copy-and-pasted privacy policy, duplicate reviews and over-the-top Chrome permissions suggest it’s not to be trusted. Don’t use it with anything faintly important. And ideally, don’t use it at all.

Go to Source

RasPad is a Raspberry Pi tablet for makers that looks like a fat iPad

Who ate all the Pis?

We love the Raspberry Pi, but being faced with a computer’s guts can be intimidating. And even if you’ve grand designs on turning a Pi into a tablet, a lack of time and a bewildering array of available components may instead make you opt to shove the thing in a drawer.

SunFounder has an answer in the shape of RasPad (from $US129). This all-in-one unit essentially has you plug in a Pi, at which point you have a fully working touchscreen tablet, perfect for hacking and making. The wedge-shaped design may not be as svelte as Jony Ive’s finest, and the 1280×800 pixel 10.1-inch touchscreen isn’t Retina, but then your iPad doesn’t have USB ports, HDMI out, and the ability to switch between operating systems either.

Go to Source

Here’s how to call other Echo devices and Alexa users for free

Alexa’s capabilities keep on growing, and the latest big feature is voice calling and messaging. It’s been available in the US for a little while, and things are slightly different in the UK. So here we’ll explain what you can do with it and how to call and send messages using Alexa.

What is Alexa calling and messaging?

Voice calls

The idea is simple: you say “Alexa, call Lewis’s Echo”. The recipient’s Echo will tell him that “Jim is calling” and he can choose to accept or reject the call by saying “Answer” or “Ignore”.

Since an Echo is a hands-free device with a speaker and microphones, it works like any speakerphone, but this does mean anyone nearby can hear your conversation.

These calls are free because they use your broadband connection, just like Skype.

Added in March 2018 is the ability to make calls within the Alexa app. This means you can easily call (or message) people on a Fire, Android and iOS tablet.

As the Fire HD 10 has hands-free Alexa, you can place a call to or send a quick voice message by simply asking Alexa. It’s also now possible to enable Drop In within the app for when you want to quickly connect with other Echo devices in your home.

Messages

For the messaging part, you can say “Alexa, send Lewis a message”. She will ask what message to send, and you then dictate it to her.

The message will be turned into text, and when Lewis sees a yellow ring indicating a new message on his Echo he can say “Alexa, play my messages” and she will read out the message using text-to-speech conversion.

Alternatively, Lewis can check the message in the Alexa app. There’s a new Conversations section (the speech bubble icon at the bottom of the screen) which keeps message threads just like WhatsApp and other messaging apps.

However, you can tap on the text to hear the original recording – just like listening to a voicemail. And since the speech-to-text is sometimes wrong, it can be the only way to figure out what the person originally said.

There’s more: you can use the app to type messages to your Echo-owning contacts and even those that don’t have an Echo: they merely need to install the Alexa app and have an Amazon account.

Plus, when you tap the phone icon at the top-right corner in a message thread you can choose to make a voice call or video call to that person.

When you start a voice call, the Echo will light up green and say “Jim is calling” and the person’s phone will ring.

Video calls

Video calls are no different to using Skype, WhatsApp or any other app that supports video calling unless the recipient happens to have an Echo Show, the only Echo with a screen on it.

If they do, they can use their Show while you use the app and your phone’s front camera.

The Show and Echo Spot have a feature called Drop-in. Let’s say Lewis has an Echo Show. He can choose to allow or block Drop-in calls from certain contacts. For those contacts that are allowed, a Drop-in call displays the video (after a short warning period) on the screen rather than waiting for the call to be answered.

You could use Drop-in from the Alexa app to tell everyone near the Echo Show that dinner’s ready.

Because tablets and phones also have cameras, you can also use the Alexa app on those devices to make free video calls to friends and family with a compatible Fire tablet, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa app.

How do I set up Alexa calling and messaging?

How to use Alexa messaging

Open the Alexa app and tap the conversation icon (bottom middle). You’ll be asked to type your name as you want it to appear to contacts, and also allow the app to sync your list of contacts to determine which of them have an Echo or the Alexa app.

This saves having to add contacts manually.

That’s really all you need to do: you should now be able to ask Alexa to make calls or send messages through your Echo.

And if you’re not near it, you can use the app to do the same, or respond to messages that your friends and family send to you.

Recently, Amazon gave Alexa the ability to distinguish between voices, which allows different people in the house to say “Alexa, Call Dad” and call the right person. However, this isn’t yet available in the UK. When it is, you’ll be able to go to Settings, select a device, scroll down to Account settings and look for a Your Voice option.

This will take you through reading some sentences to Alexa can learn to identify you.

Do not disturb

You’re unlikely to want people to call you at any hour, so there’s a Do Not Disturb feature in the Alexa app where you can set up times between which it will block calls and messages.

To do this, open the menu in the Alexa app (the three lines at the top left) and choose Settings. Select which device you want to control and then toggle Do Not Disturb on.

If you’d prefer, you can set a schedule for Do Not Disturb. Tap Scheduled and enter a start time and an end time – unfortunately you can only set one daily time period at the moment.

How to use Alexa messaging

Alternatively, just say “Alexa, don’t disturb me” near the Echo you want to control.

And just to clarify, you will have to make these settings on each Echo device you own.


Go to Source