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Twitch is finally rolling out threaded replies in chat for everyone

Following a limited test of the feature, Twitch is finally rolling out threaded replies in chat for everyone, adding some organization to conversations that, historically speaking, tend to be chaotic and hard to follow. As you’d expect, the threaded replies feature indents replies under the original comment, making it easier to follow the conversation.

Twitch launched its threaded chat replies test last August, giving some users the opportunity to use the feature and send in their feedback. Based on that communication, Twitch added some features to the new replies option and is now delivering it to all of its users. With the feature, users can reply to a chat message and have their response appear underneath it.

Users are able to reply to a chat message by either clicking on an icon next to it or using a keyboard shortcut for those times you don’t feel like using the trackpad. Users will notice the ‘Chat’ button change to a ‘Reply’ button when they start typing a response to an existing chat message, helping keep clear where the reply will go.

Users may also get access to a ‘See Thread’ link, depending on whether the message they’re commenting on is the original chat for a thread. Users will be able to exit the reply thread by clicking an ‘X’ button, after which point the ‘Reply’ button reverts to the ‘Chat’ button we’re all familiar with.

Of course, your message will appear in the chat thread for other users to see. Twitch users have the option of setting these threads to expanded or minimum view depending on their chat appearance settings. Twitch details the new chat feature, including its shortcuts and related explanations, in a support document.

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Ring Video Doorbell gets Alexa Greetings and Quick Replies

Ring Video Doorbell customers are getting a variety of new capabilities in the form of Smart Responses, including Alexa Greetings, Motion Warnings, and Quick Replies. With these features, users can have Alexa greet visitors, get more information about why they’re visiting, offer directions for delivery services, and more.

The most useful of the three new features is Alexa Greetings, but you’ll need a Ring Video Doorbell Pro and a Ring Protect subscription to use it. With this, Alexa can greet visitors when they ring the doorbell, requesting information about the purpose of their visit and, depending on their answer, offer solutions like the opportunity to leave a video message.

As you’d expect, users can set up the Alexa Greetings using the Ring app; the feature can be enabled under the ‘Smart Responses’ menu item. Ring Video Doorbell owners can also set up six preset quick replies for visitors, ones that aren’t quite as in-depth as what you get with Alexa Greetings, but that can still prove useful.

The Quick Replies include phrases like ‘Please leave the package outside,’ as well as requests to leave a package or wait a moment for you to get to the door. This feature similarly allows users to leave a message. Quick Replies are available on all Ring Video Doorbells except for the wired version.

Rounding out the three new features is Motion Warnings, a new security feature that audibly alerts visitors that they’re being recorded. The alert is issued when the camera detects motion, the idea being that such a message may deter porch pirates and others who are snooping around. This feature is available on Ring’s wired doorbells, as well as the Floodlight Cam, Indoor Cam, and Spotlight Cam Wired.

Amazon says the new Smart Responses features are rolling out now.

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