Newsletter: Skype For Amazon Alexa Devices & Instagram Cleans Up Its Mess

Newsletter: Skype For Amazon Alexa Devices & Instagram Cleans Up Its Mess

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.”  – Benjamin Franklin

SKYPE CALLING AVAILABLE FOR AMAZON DEVICES

THE STORY

Now, users will be able to Skype call their friends and family with their Amazon Alexa devices directly.

WHAT SKYPE IS OFFERING?

With your Alexa device, make hands-free Skype calls by just saying ‘Alexa call Mom on Skype’. And, if someone is not on Skype then just speak the number to Alexa, and you will be connected. And, Skype is also offering Alexa users an experience where they can call to a mobile number or landline by using Skype from Alexa device.

For this, Skype has come out with an offer that is, if you link your Skype with Alexa, you get 200 minutes of calling free for 2 months. (up to 100 minutes/month). This offer is only available in 34 countries for mobiles and landlines.

HOW TO SET UP SKYPE ON ALEXA DEVICE?

  1. Go to Amazon Alexa app and on your Android/iOS device.
  2. Now, configure Alexa device with the app.
  3. In-app, go to Settings and select Communication.
  4. Here, select Skype to link your Skype account.
  5. Login with your Skype account for Skype calling.

WHAT ALEXA DEVICES ARE COMPATIBLE FOR SKYPE CALLING?

The list of Alexa devices that are compatible with Skype calling are:

  • Amazon Echo 1st Gen
  • Amazon Echo 2nd Gen
  • Amazon Echo Plus 1st Gen
  • Amazon Echo Plus 2nd Gen
  • Amazon Dot 2nd Gen
  • Amazon Dot 3rd Gen
  • Amazon Show 1st Gen
  • Amazon Show 2nd Gen
  • Amazon Echo Spot

NO MORE FAKE LIKES, FOLLOWS AND COMMENTS ON INSTAGRAM

THE STORY

Instagram has started removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to gain more followers and likes.

WHAT STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN?

Well, Instagram will not allow anyone to play dirty tricks anymore. Instagram is using Machine Learning tools to identify and reduce inauthentic activity.

Instagram is taking several other steps to reduce inappropriate activities on the app, such as, Instagram will send an in-app message to accounts that are using services to gain popularity. This message will notify them that Instagram has removed all the likes, follows and comments posted by their account. The message will also ask accounts to change their passwords in order to secure them, as they might have given their Instagram username & password to third-party apps unknowingly.

WILL THIS CLEAR THE DIRT?

Instagram is the most trusted platform for now. It’s been working hard to give its users better and secure experience. Earlier this year, Instagram removed inauthentic and fake accounts, and now with this step, there will be no more shady comments and follows from geeks on your account.

In a blog post about the information, Instagram stated:

“Every day people come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions. It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren’t disrupted by inauthentic activity.”

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