Amazon Alexa or Google Home?

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Do you use a voice assistant in your home?

  1. Amazon Alexa

    4 vote(s)
  2. Google Home

    2 vote(s)
  3. Other

    0 vote(s)
  1. Webmaster

    Webmaster Administrator

    Seeing more and more development in the area of voice assistants, so curious as to how many are using one (or more) and for what?
  2. BuzzMyMonkey

    BuzzMyMonkey Well-Known Member

  3. Hught

    Hught Well-Known Member

    It is the child in me but I used to like requesting Alexa to fart, and she did with a variety, last year they wanted me to buy a package of fart sounds, and I was too cheap to buy it.

    Not as fun asking her to fart in other folks homes anymore.
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  4. Wayne Stollings

    Wayne Stollings Well-Known Member

    Both. Alexa in the kitchen and Google in the bathrooms. When I made the choice Google could call out and Alexa could not, so any fall in the bathroom could have been followed by a call for help if needed. Alexa does the shopping lists and both play music although Amazon Prime gives better music choices.
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  5. poppin cork

    poppin cork Well-Known Member

  6. BobF

    BobF Well-Known Member

    Orwell warned us about this,, none, never.
  7. lgb0250

    lgb0250 Well-Known Member

    We use Alexa to turn lights on/off and to play music in different rooms. Not a life changer but simplifies some task.
  8. markfnc

    markfnc Well-Known Member

  9. High Plains Drifter

    High Plains Drifter Well-Known Member

    I literally got one for free and have not taken it out of the box.
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  10. OutdoorPlay

    OutdoorPlay Well-Known Member

    We use Alexa for smart home devices and listening to music. I was using a samsung smartthings for a hub, but we just use Alexa app now for smart hub. My google pixel phone has some of the same skills as Google Nest so I can say that Google can answer questions more in depth.
  11. Stinger2019

    Stinger2019 Well-Known Member

    I received an Alexa as a gift from a family member. I didn't want it so I waited a respectable amount of time and then told the person that I couldn't figure it out and gave it back.
  12. Harvey

    Harvey Well-Known Member

    Eventually, they will murder you in your sleep. We've done well as a society without stuff like this.
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  13. BobF

    BobF Well-Known Member

    I find "Smart TV's" even creepier. They have a camera and mic built in to them that watches and listens to you 24/7, possibly in some of the most private areas of your home. You have absolutely no idea where this live video feed is going, and (assuming it isn't hacked), I can't help but suspect that buried in the fine print of page 481 of your EULA, it deftly describes in "legaleze" that they can use it for "research". That is another way of saying "unfettered access". I'm not signing away my Fourth Amendment Right to privacy just so I can talk to my TV instead of using a hand remote!

    I'll go back to VHS tapes/DVD's and standard NTSC television before I ever let one of those things in my house!
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  14. BuzzMyMonkey

    BuzzMyMonkey Well-Known Member

  15. BuzzMyMonkey

    BuzzMyMonkey Well-Known Member

    Hell I recently heard something of a smart coffee maker getting hacked. Lol.
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  16. DWK

    DWK Well-Known Member

    It’s not Alexa or Google Home you need to worry’s the Roomba.
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  17. Hught

    Hught Well-Known Member

  18. Webmaster

    Webmaster Administrator

    Soooo....a follow-up question. Those who are adamant about not using a Google Home or Amazon Alexa smart speaker...or smart TV - do you have and use an account on FaceBook, Instagram or Twitter?
  19. BobF

    BobF Well-Known Member

    No, no, and no.
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  20. Hught

    Hught Well-Known Member

    My Wife does Facebook, I vowed to die without one, But my Wife is the IT Director for a good sized operation, I would hope she has all kinds of security that I am unaware of.

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