Amazon’s Whisper Mode Is Finally Fixing the Worst Thing About Alexa: It’s Too Damn Loud

Amazon Alexa isn’t self-aware--yet--but starting today the voice-enabled assistant will start being at least a little less oblivious about its surroundings. That’s because Amazon has begun rolling out a ‘Whisper Mode’ to its Echo smart speakers, which can detect when users make requests in hushed tones, prompting Alexa respond in kind.

Whisper Mode, one of seemingly dozens of new products and features announced by Amazon last month, went live for some (but not all) Echo owners today...


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