Amazon’s Alexa’s random laugh is creeping users out

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 8:15 AM

Why is Amazon's Alexa Laughing and Creeping People Out?

Some Alexa users are reporting a creepy experience, as some of Amazon’s voice assistant devices are malfunctioning with an unprompted, random laugh, CNN reported.

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"We're aware of this and working to fix it," Amazon said in a statement, noting that the device can hear the command, “Alexa, laugh,” by mistake, CNN reported.

"We are changing that phrase to be ‘Alexa, can you laugh?’ which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh.'" Amazon said in its statement. “We are also changing Alexa's response from simply laughter to 'Sure, I can laugh' followed by laughter.”

The speakers use microphones to detect phrases that Alexa can “hear,” which has some people concerned the listening devices could be collecting data that can be used by marketers or law enforcement officials, CNN reported.

Audio recordings collected by an Alexa device have already been used as evidence in a murder case, CNN reported.

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Hundreds of protesters marching over death of Antwon Rose shut down traffic for miles

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:10 PM

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Hundreds of marchers took to the streets of Pittsburgh Thursday night, protesting the fatal police shooting of a teenager during a traffic stop Tuesday night.

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Traffic was brought to a standstill as protesters spilled onto Pittsburgh’s Parkway East.

The protest is described by WPXI reporters on the scene as “tense,” but “peaceful so far.”

Marchers, holding signs and cell phones, sat down in the street, blocking traffic and causing a back up for miles.

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Two Dayton rec centers host world’s largest swimming lesson

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:05 PM

Dayton rec centers hold world's largest swimming lesson

Two Dayton recreation centers hosted the 2018 World's Largest Swimming Lesson this morning. 

The Greater Dayton and Lohrey Recreation Centers taught basic water safety reminding everyone that learning to swim helps prevent drowning. More than 41,000 swimmers in 27 countries on six continents participated in 2017.

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning remains the leading cause of injury related death for children ages one to four, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for children ages one to 14 in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors. 

"The earlier you introduce kids to the water, the greater chance of survival," said Ian Morgan, the Head Life Saving Instructor for the City of Dayton. "When you enter a kid into water and teach them swim lesson one through four, you reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent." 

In a 2014 survey completed by the American Red Cross, results indicated 54 percent of Americans either can't swim or don't have all of the basic swimming skills. 

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Other results show parents do not recognize that supervision is key. 

According to a 2016 Safe Kids Worldwide report, despite the fact that lack of supervision played a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicated they remain within arms' reach of their child in the water.

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Miamisburg Bicentennial events canceled for Thursday evening 

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:12 PM

All activities related to the Miamisburg Bicentennial have been canceled for Thursday night due to inclement weather.

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The schedule for Friday remains unchanged at this time.

For updates, please visit the Miamisburg 200th Facebook page.

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Miamisburg City Council to meet with Teamsters for tentative contract agreement

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:54 PM

Miamisburg City Council has scheduled a meeting for Friday morning when the city manager is to enter into a contract agreement with Teamsters Local No. 957.

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According to the notice released Thursday afternoon and signed by Mayor Richard Church Jr., the city and the union have reached a tentative agreement. The council declared emergency, meaning the contract will take effect immediately. 

The city and its largest union have been in contract renegotiations since last year, with multiple attempts going unsuccessful. 

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The city’s contracts with its police unions began January 1 of last year. The patrol officers’ union deal expires at the end of 2018, and the sergeants’ agreement at the end of 2019.

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