Amazon Echo is an awesome gadget, and here's one simple trick you really need to know
Amazon Echo is one of the coolest new gadgets on the market.
The 360-degree omni-directional speaker lets you order dinner, check the weather, turn on lights, adjust the thermostat, call a cab, play radio stations, podcasts, music and more, using just your voice.
Everything is handled by Amazon's cloud-based virtual assistant, Alexa.
The Echo and smaller Echo Dot are perfect for communal rooms, like the kitchen or living room, thanks to the devices' powerful home automation commands – and jovial secret features.
However there is one simple setting that you'll want to enable if you start using the Amazon Echo with your family, friends, or room-mates.
Amazon Echo can be used to make purchases from the US retail giant.
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That's an incredibly useful feature, and lets you place an order with a simple voice command while something is fresh in your mind – rather than wait until you're near your smartphone or computer.
However there is always the possibility that a cheeky room-mate or mischievous sibling could place an order from your Amazon account.
Admittedly, that's less useful.
Fortunately, Amazon has a simple setting that will ensure nobody can place an order on the credit card associated with your account.
You can set a passcode to make authorise any purchases made using the Amazon Echo.
Launch the Alexa app on your smartphone or navigate to alexa.amazon.co.uk and head to Settings.
Under the Accounts heading, select Voice Purchasing.
Tap on Require Confirmation Code and then enter a four-digit PIN code and then select Save Changes.
You probably want to restrict who can make purchases with your Echo
Now, before you are able to complete a purchase using your voice, Alexa will ask for this code.
The code will not appear in your voice history within the Alexa app.
You can also disable voice purchasing entirely from within the same Settings menu.
The news comes as Amazon highlighted a number of new features that Echo and Echo Dot customers could use with AI assistant, Alexa.
In the email, Amazon highlighted the Echo's ability to help you enjoy live sport coverage – including Premier League fixtures.
Amazon also added Outlook support to its talking speaker this week.
Outlook.com can now set Outlook.com as their default calendar for Alexa and all Alexa-enabled devices. This includes accounts with email addresses ending in @outlook.com, @hotmail.com, @live.com.
These users are now able to link a web-based Outlook.com calendar in the Alexa app, then check or add upcoming events by voice.
For example, you can ask "Alexa, add ‘dinner with Katie’ to my calendar", "Alexa, am I free tomorrow night?", or "Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?".