Sep 16, 2020
Amazon gives Samuel L. Jackson his own Alexa wake phrase
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Amazon is expanding its Samuel L. Jackson voice skill for its Alexa digital assistant to include tens of thousands more phrases, including much more of the actor’s iconic expletive-filled delivery. The company is also giving Jackson his own dedicated wake phrase: “Hey, Samuel.” The news follows Amazon’s announcement on Monday that it plans to add its next celebrity voice, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, for the Indian market some time next year.
The Jackson partnership launched last December, allowing Alexa users to pay $0.99 to access the actor’s voice on Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices. Since then, Amazon says consumers complained that the integration was “overly burdensome,” because you effectively had to ask Alexa to ask for Jackson to reply to something.Jackson’s voice library now includes five times as many swear words
In addition to that, the range of questions and exchanges you could have using the Jackson skill was limited, mostly because Amazon recorded only a small number of words using the actor’s real voice and relied on artificial intelligence to expand the library. When gathering feedback, Amazon says most owners of the skill — nearly 75 percent of which had expletives turned on — requested a more candid, off-the-cuff Jackson than was currently available via Alexa.
Now, in today’s update, Jackson’s Alexa integration will feature around 30,000 more phrases, including five times the swear words, reports Variety. And you can activate the voice by just saying “Hey Samuel,” a feature that proved to be a “incredibly hard engineering challenge” Amazon says it needed to upgrade the on-device wake word detector to enable.
Some examples include Jackson saying, “Look at that hot ball of gas and fire! No, don’t actually look,” when asking about the weather, and “Why do Jedis always burn their pancakes? They never turn to the dark side” if you ask for a joke.
Variety also reports that Jackson now offers a touching response when asked what he’s up to, in which he’ll respond he’s thinking about the late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. There are also other topical responses regarding Jackson’s future work, like one mentioning his upcoming Quibi animated show with Ryan Reynolds called Futha Mucka.
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The Voice coaches have been dating since 2015, the same year they each announced their respective divorces – Gwen from Gavin Rossdale and Blake from Miranda Lambert.7Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are reportedly 'struggling' in their relationshipCredit: Trae Patton/NBC
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A friend of the Sweet Escape singer said they’re arguing about the important things, like “where to live and especially politics,” and can’t agree on any of it.
Multiple sources close to the No Doubt frontwoman added: Gwen and Blake are totally different. A fish can fall in love with a bird, but where will they make a home?
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“One of the reasons these two are still not married after five years together is because they can’t even agree if they should get married in his beloved Oklahoma or her home of Los Angeles.”
Earlier this week, a source told Us Weekly that "feel suffocated and stressed [and] they’re both stretched to the limit" after they bought a mansion in Encino, CA for about $13M in May.
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Despite their differences and never having actually gotten officially engaged, Gwen and Blake had planned to get married in Los Angeles this fall.
They plan to have two wedding ceremonies, one in Los Angeles and another at Blake's Oklahoma ranch.
Sources close to the couple recently revealed "they are keen to make it happen as soon as possible" but with the necessary precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.