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Bloomberg Businessweek's investigation is the result of more than a year of reporting, during which we conducted more than 100 interviews. Seventeen individual sources, including government officials and insiders at the companies, confirmed the manipulation of hardware and other elements of the attacks. We also published three companies’ full statements, as well as a statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We stand by our story and are confident in our reporting and sources.For what it's worth, the fact that Bloomberg worked on the story for more than a year and conducted more than 100 interviews isn't persuasive in the slightest, especially if the story from the very beginning -- as Apple alleges -- was based on misinformation. With both sides digging their heels in the sand, we have a scenario where both parties cannot possibly be right. Either Apple is lying -- which at this point seems completely implausible -- or Bloomberg spent a whole lot of resources chasing down a ghost of a story.
Amazon announced over a dozen brand new products last month at its hardware event in Seattle, such as the Echo Sub, Echo Link, Echo Auto, and even a smart microwave. In addition to new hardware, Amazon also showed off a few new features, including one that would allow Alexa to whisper instead of speak at full volume. Called "whisper mode," the feature finally began to roll out to Echo users in the United States on Friday.
The use cases of the new feature are fairly obvious, but as Amazon noted in its announcement post, whisper mode is great for interacting with Alexa early in the morning before everyone is awake, or late at night after everyone has gone to sleep. With whisper mode, you will no longer accidentally wake up the entire house.
There are a few ways to activate whisper mode on your Echo device, depending on your preference:
Once whisper mode has been activated, you'll see just how quiet Alexa can be. Based on some early videos we have seen of the feature in action, you'll probably need to be pretty close to the device to hear her responses.
Whisper mode was one of several software updates Amazon showed off last month. Alexa Guard puts Alexa on high alert for home invasions when you leave the house, hunches give Alexa the ability to make assumptions about other smart home devices based on the time of day or what you say, and doorbell camera integration with the Echo Show means you can have two-way conversations by saying "Alexa, answer the front door."