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    Default What are the drawbacks of Echo Dots?? - am mystified

    Have just come across these devices today. Despite my searches, I have yet to find a serious downside - however, something that seems to be too good to be true -- it generally is. I do know that setting the sound level is more fiddly, however, nothing in my researches so far, stops me from rushing out and buying some. I can only see benefits - and ........ oh, so cheap! So, what am I missing?
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    Default Re: What are the drawbacks of Echo Dots?? - am mystified

    Well some Alexa devices in the states we allegedly recording everything in its radius

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    Default Re: What are the drawbacks of Echo Dots?? - am mystified

    I just got the latest echo dot recently, sounds better than I expected and I quite like it. Considering a second one so I can have one in the bedroom and one in the lounge.
    The software is terrible though, there was much cursing setting it up. And there is the privacy concerns that will stop some people from ever trusting them.

    But it's my Xmas present to myself this year, got some Philips hue smart lights and The Echo dot so I can just tell Alexa to turn the lights on.
    You can also tell Alexa to beam you up or set phasers to kill.

    Oh and you need a smartphone or tablet or a PC with wifi to set it up.
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    Default Re: What are the drawbacks of Echo Dots?? - am mystified

    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    Well some Alexa devices in the states we allegedly recording everything in its radius
    That.
    Even some smart TV's have been found to be recording conversations & sending that to 3rd parties

    Do you really want Amazon listening in to everything you say ?

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    Default Re: What are the drawbacks of Echo Dots?? - am mystified

    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    That.
    Even some smart TV's have been found to be recording conversations & sending that to 3rd parties

    Do you really want Amazon listening in to everything you say ?

    I'm sure they would be bored shitless.

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    Default Re: What are the drawbacks of Echo Dots?? - am mystified

    They’re not looking for entertainment, just a dataset of profiles they can sell to whoever is buying - the more info they have been on you, the more they can charge.

    How do you think these ‘free’ services get paid for?

    Might be one of the customers is your insurance company, wanting to know how much they should bump your premiums this year...?

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    Default Re: What are the drawbacks of Echo Dots?? - am mystified

    Quote Originally Posted by fred_fish View Post

    Might be one of the customers is your insurance company, wanting to know how much they should bump your premiums this year...?
    Or detects you are talking about insurance
    next thing you know, you being bombarded with ads for insurance .

    Then theres a data breach somewhere, all your recorded conversations are available to hackers and scammers . Theres allways a data breech somewhere .

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    Default Re: What are the drawbacks of Echo Dots?? - am mystified

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    Gidday spammer.

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