Amazon's Alexa goes quiet

Delia Watkins
March 3, 2018

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Assuming the sources' claims are accurate, Amazon's Alexa could one day be a cross-culture tool that includes, when necessary, language translations.

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For example, if a user from the only capable of speaking English but he is at an event in Japan, Alexa will be able to help that user hold a conversation in Japanese. In real life, though, Alexa users had to wait until she is up and running again to ask about the weather or use voice commands to play music. Alexa can already translate in several different languages, such as Spanish, German, French, and Italian, but the goal here is to turn the multilingual assistant into a real-time translator that can help in nearly any situation. Alexa will also be mindful of the Japanese culture, which is more formal and conservative than American culture. The idea is for Alexa to be able to hear and listen to a conversation and then translate the words to make sense. "Direct Connect connections from the Equinix DC1 - DC6 & DC10 - DC12, Ashburn, VA and CoreSite VA1 & VA2, Reston, VA locations are affected by this issue", Amazon said on its status page. It can already do the basic but it still has potential to become smarter. Like with the Pixel Buds, Bragi's own device wasn't met with much success, as pointed out by The Verge. This is according to eMarketer who reported that since the first time Amazon Echo was launched, tens of millions of Alexa devices have been purchased.

If you're wondering why Amazon's digital assistant Alexa has gone quiet today, it's because the platform that powers Alexa is experiencing an outage.

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