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Amazon Alexa Down: Echo's Voice Assistant Not Working Across The US

03 March 2018, 06:09 | Hattie Nash

Cultural context is the hardest part of speaking a foreign language. Amazon's Alexa could change that

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Alexa can already translate basic terms and phrases in German, French, Italian, and Spanish but Amazon wants to improve on the system.

Alexa would have an understanding of the Japanese culture, which is generally more formal and conservative than American culture and would incorporate its knowledge into translations.

Direct Connect is one of the hundreds of services available from Amazon's AWS platform.

Yahoo found that Alexa could soon help a native English speaker attending a meeting with Japanese business partners understand what those people are saying in Japanese.

The retail revolution that is shifting sales from stores to laptops to smartphones could be on the verge of its next sea change - when shoppers will ask Amazon's Alexa, and other voice-driven speakers, to order just about everything. However, this only works for short sentences and words.

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Amazon's Ambition to turn Alexa into a real-time translator seems to be taking a page from Google Assistant. Google caused a stir when they demonstrated real-time translation via the Pixel Buds.

Meanwhile, other companies have also attempted to create something similar. Instead of relying on a large home device, they expect that Alexa will be able to translate through any smart device.

In a twist of irony, an Amazon ad that showed Alexa losing her voice became a reality as users of the personal assistant reported that the device was not working on Friday.

According to the report, Amazon's team never pointed fingers at company CEO Jeff Bezos, but Nest employees reportedly ended the call under the impression that the decision came from Bezos.

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