A computer’s place is in the kitchen

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amazon Echo Can Now Play Audiobooks from Multiple Amazon Accounts.

As ZDNet notes, families can now say “Alexa, switch accounts” to cycle between the two adult account holders. In the latest move, the company has added new features to the device, which include the ability to check BART schedules and to add more Amazon accounts. Before going any further, there is something quite important about this to note: When you add another person to Household Profiles, you are also authorizing the user to use the credit cards associated with your account. So, if you have an untrustworthy user, like your roommate, you’ll definitely want to require a code to confirm purchases or turn off voice purchasing all together. To use multiple accounts with Echo, you’ll need to set up an Amazon Households account, which allows two adults in the same house to share Prime benefits, and allows parents to share content with up to four children.

There’s no word on when other transit systems might be added, but users who commute by car can already ask for a traffic report, regardless of location. Beyond its original capabilities of music playback, news, reminders, and Internet queries, Echo can now control an expanding range of smart home devices, and of course lets you buy things on Amazon.com with just a voice command.

Why this matters: Given that Echo is best-suited for a kitchen or other communal area, it makes sense for Amazon to accommodate more than just one member of the household. Multi-account support may also serve as a hook for Amazon Households, a new type of account that allows greater sharing of Amazon Prime benefits between family members, but cracks down on sharing with extended family outside the house.

Amazon also notes: “When you remove an adult profile from a Household, you aren’t able to add both adult accounts to another Household for 180 days. The company is working on a high-end computer dubbed Kabinet, which is expected to become the hub of kitchen automation, communicating with other systems like Echo.

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