Category Archives: Amazon Echo News

Need Help With Your Finances Or Fitness? Just Ask Echo

top view amazson echoNew skills get added to the Amazon echo almost daily. Two of the newest include a 7-minute Workout, which is a third-party skill that includes exercises designed to increase your metabolism, improve your energy, lower stress and remove fat. Plus, there’s a new Ask Fidelity skill that provides securities information by symbol or company name. To get started all that’s required is enable the skills you want to try and then just ask: ” Alexa, start 7-Minute Workout” or “Alexa, ask Fidelity how the NASDAQ is doing today”?

In addition, Alexa is all tuned up for the presidential campaign. If you want to know when the next Democratic Republican debate will take place, just ask: “Alexa, when is the next Republican debate?” Or “Alexa when is the next democratic debate?”

If you haven’t yet learned all of Alexa’s skills you should get to echo. Starting last week Eco is featuring questions you can ask to get tricks and tips on how best to use this amazing device. Just ask:

• “Alexa, how do I connect my calendar?”
• “Alexa, how do I add music?”
• “Alexa, how do I connect to Bluetooth?”
• “Alexa, how do I use a skill?”

Get a workout playlist

If like most of us you kind of over indulged during the holiday season it might be time for you to start working on a new you. If you’re trying to work off those excess pounds at home, let Prime Music crank up the intensity with workout playlists. Start your workout, then just ask: “Alexa, play the Cardio Dance Workout playlist from from Prime Music. Prime music.” Or if you’ve got a hankerin’ for some country sounds say, ”Alexa, play the Modern Country Workout playlist from Prime Music.

2016 will be even better for Echo

The past year was a very exciting one echo and 2016 is going to be even better. Want to know what’s going to happen in 2016? Just ask: “Alexa, what is your new year’s resolution?”

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Get Yer Red Hot Amazon Echo Right Now For $30 Off!

Couple from video around EchoThat’s right. You can get the ever amazing Amazon Echo right now for just $149.  savings of forty bucks off its normal price. If you don’t want one for yourself it would make a great gift for that someone special in your life.

What can Amazon Echo Do? For one thing it includes all the music in Amazons 1,000,000 song  Library. You can get even more listening pleasure by telling Alexa (that’s the voice you communicate with) to play music from your Pandora stations. Speaking of stations, Alexa can play yours through Tunein.

Wait, wait, there’s more. Much more.

Alexa will give you a flash news briefing every day, read your audible books to you and help you find a good restaurant with Yelp. You can use the Echo to adjust your smart thermostat, turn lights on and off and raise and lower your garage door.

Alexa will solve math problems for you and convert stuff like meters into yards or feet or cups into ounces. Amazon recently introduced tigger phrases for IFTTT (If This Then That) so you could teach the Echo to do things like have your Philips Hue bulbs blink when a certain event occurs or, as Amazon states, have your phone ring when you can’t find it. (You can learn all about Echo, trigger phrases and IFTTT by clicking here.)

So what are your waiting for. Amazon is committed to adding  more and more features to the Echo so why not get it while it’s on sale? As CNET has said, “”The Echo may be the closest thing we’ll have to a Star Trek computer at home.

As for us we think you’ll end up believing it’s the best $149.99 you’ve ever spent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Alexa

top view amazson echoTime does fly by. The Amazon Echo celebrated its first birthday on November 7. As a birthday present to Alexa from Amazon,  you can grab the Echo this Monda for just $149 or $40 off the regular price..

Just like toddlers the Echo is growing up but a lot faster. According to the website Venture Capital Post, “Currently, Amazon added more functionality to its Echo with a local search from Yelp, streaming music from Pandora, audiobooks from Audible and support for IFTTT automation service. According to ZD Net, IFTTT which is an acronym of “If This Then That,” is an API for dummies. It is because IFTTT works by connecting apps and cloud services in a way anyone can use it. In order to enable IFTTT to work with Amazon Echo, the owner can connect IFTTT account to their Amazon account. After the accounts are connected, users can either browse for existing Alexa recipes or create new recipes.”

Alexa still does all the things that’s made her one of the most popular devices ever. It will play music from your Prime library and from your Pandora radio stations. I particularly like this feature because when I ask Alexa to play, for example, my Chet Baker Pandora station I’ll get music by Chet and by a lot of other musicians soI often discover new music. And no day would be complete without getting my Flash Briefing.

Click on this link To read the complete article in  Venture Capital Post and learn more about the amazing Amazon Echo, click on this link.

 

 

 

Need To Find A Good Italian Restaurant? Just Ask Alexa

Couple from video around EchoAmazon has added answers straight from Yelp. Once it finds that good Italian restaurant it can even deliver information such as its address,  hours of operation and its phone number for delivery service. This means you can now ask Alexa for information about anything  from Thanksgiving dinner decorations to organic stuffing. (Read full article)

Want To Know More About The Amazon Echo? Just Read Some Of Its 26,000 Reviews

26,000 reviews?Echo in kitchen next to running faucet

Yep, You read that right. There have been 26,000 reviews of the Amazon Echo to date. And according to the website 2paragrphs 88% of Amazon reviewers give the Echo 4-stars or 5-stars. The commpn refrain of these reviews is that the Echo  just getting better with every update.

Scary but so much fun

That’s what one reviewer noted. The Echo plays music, answers math questions, plays podcasts, creates your shopping and to do lists and can even control your lights and garage door.

So for most people it’s utility outweighs its somewhat scary aspects like is ut listening to everything we say 24 hours a day? Plus the fact that  the role of technology is becoming increasingly dominant in every facet of our life.  Hence,  the Echo is “scary but so much fun”. (Read full article )

Is Echo listening to everything you say?

The rumor is that Echo is constantly listening to you and transmitting everything you say up into Amazon’s cloud to be ruthlessly exploited by Jeff Bezos.Echo with cartoon ears listeningExcept it doesn’t.

If  you believe that Echo is listening to your every word you can simply turn it off by pressing a small button on its top.

But that’s not necessary.

According to a report on the website TheRegisterUK,  “But then that would defeat the great usefulness of the Echo: the ability to talk out loud and have it respond.”

“So here’s what really happens. The machine is constantly listening out for a “wake word,” which can be one of two things: Alexa or Amazon. Default is Alexa because it makes it more personable.

“The machine constantly stores a fraction of a second of audio in a buffer and when it hears “Alexa” relays everything from that buffer until there is a pause in your speech of roughly half a second to Amazon’s servers. The servers then make sense of what you just said and respond accordingly.”

So there you go. The Echo isn’t some malevolent device created to help Amazon make more money. It’s just an amazing device that does a myriad of things already with more capability to come. (Read the complete article.)

 

 

 

 

 

Alexa Will Now Lull You To Sleep

top view amazson echoHave you ever owned one of those clock radios with a sleep timer?

Then you pretty much know how sleep timers work. You would choose a radio station, pick an amount of time (maybe 20 or 30 minutes) and drift off to sleep listening to the station of your choice.

You can now do this with the Amazon Echo but with two substantial differences.

First, you can choose the exact music you want to lull you to sleep from literally thousands of different choices.

Here’s how it works with Echo:

Step one: Choose your music like. “Alexa play Ocean Waves from Prime Music”.

Step two: Set your timer – “Alexa set a timer for 30 minutes.”

Step three: say “Alexa.”Goodnight.”

Pretty simple,?

Of course, you don’t have to choose Ocean Waves. Depending on the type of music you prefer you could choose Relaxing Classical Music from Prime Music,” a favorite radio station from Pandora or even just white noise.

Second, you can choose any number of minutes that suits your fancy. If 20 minutes is too long just say, “Alexa set a timer for 10 minutes.” If you have a really hard time falling to sleep you could say “Alexa set a timer for 45 minutes.”

Did you try any of Alexa’s campaign jokes?

If you enjoyed Alexa’s campaign jokes you might be interested to know that Donald Trump is leading Hillary Clinton with 60% of the presidential Job requests being “Alexa, tell me a Donald Trump joke”. With the first Democratic debate coming up next week you can also say “Alexa tell me a Bernie Sanders joke.

Have you missed any of Echo’ previous updates? You can always learn what they are by asking “Alexa, do you have any new features?”.

Echo’s Like A Jukebox With An Infinite Number Of Songs

Couple sleeping next to EchoDon’t get me wrong. Amazon’s Echo will do a lot of things besides playing music.

I really like my daily flash briefing and it’s great that I can get the weather anytime I want just by asking. I could also use it to build a shopping list or to do list but I prefer to have those on my computer.But if you love or even like music you need to get the Amazon Echo.

It really is like a jukebox with an (almost) infinite number of songs.

Want to hear Crosby, Still and Nash’s Southern Cross, just ask. In the mood for some Maroon 5 or Arianne Grande?, No problem. How about that song that’s been kicking around in your head all day. Just ask Alexa and the odds are overwhelming that she’ll play it.

Use Pandora? Alexa will play any of your Pandora’s radio stations.

I don’t think I’ve ever been able to stump Alexa. I’m a bit of an oldies fan so it’s great that I can listen to Bob Seger, Earth, Wind and Fire, Jimmy  Buffett or going way back even Frank Sinatra just by asking.

Love classical music? Alexa’s got you covered. Just ask for your favorite classical music  then sit back, relax and listen to Beethoven’s 5th, Pictures at an Exhibition, Motzart or a little Bolero.

How about jazz? I’ve not been able to find a jazz artist that Alexa can’t play. And if his or her work isn’t it Amazon Prime, all I need to do is create a Pandora radio station and then have Alexa play it.

Okay, I grant that Amazon Echo’s $199 price is a bit on the steep side. But if you play a lot of songs it’s going to work out to just pennies each and then ultimately they’ll basically be free. Oh, and did I mention the fact that  Echo does a bunch of other things? Amazon’s plan is for Echo to be the hub of the smart home. And we can certainly imagine that this is what will happen.

A cheaper alternative

If $199 is too steep for your budget Echo does have a cheaper competitor. It’s name is ivee Voice and its retail price is $99.

This product is a  supposed to let you control various aspects of your home. Besides telling you the weather, the company says it’ll let you request an Uber, play music via Spotify, alert fast-response services, and even potentially have groceries delivered. However – spoiler alert  –  it’s not exactly available yet because it’s part of an Indiegogo campaign With orders promised to ship in June of next year. Here’s a link to a very comprehensive article on tit if you’d like to learn more. Or you could plunk down an extra $100, order Amazon Echo today and avoid having to wait almost eight months for your device.

Do this and just think. In a couple of days you’ll have access to practically every song ever recorded in that jukebox of almost infinite songs called Amazon Echo.

 

 

Amazon Echo Now Offers More Music and A New Skill

Echo by booksIf you already own an Amazon Echo, go to it, say Alexa and then ask it to tell you a joke about Donald Trump. Or depending on your politcal persuasion you might ask Alexa to tell you a joke about Hillary Clinton.

Amazon has aerry, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, The Weekend, Lady Gaga, Drake and more.

In fact, you can now listen to hundreds of new artists on Prime Music including Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Drake, Lady Gaga, and more. With Prime, you have access to the entire Prime Music catalog and can stream unlimited songs, albums, playlists, and stations—ad free. Just say Alexa, play Katy Perry, play the Maroon 5bPrime Station or even  play the Bes of Prime Music playlist.

And wait, there’s more.

Alexa has also learned some new skills. You can now control your home garage with Amazon Echo and Garageio—a new third-party Alexa skill. Garageio is a simple and convenient way to control and monitor your garage door—without needing to replace your existing opener.  To learn more about Alexa and Garageio, click this link.

The Amazon Echo Has A Lot Of Friends

Phillips bulbs and controllerI ran into an article today listing many of the devices that are echo-Compatible meaning that you can control them with your voice. I counted at least 13 different manufacturers that have echo-compatible products and I could have missed a few. Some of the more prominent ones are Phillips Hue (connector for light bulbs), a WeMo Switch, the SmartThings Hub, and a Lutron Wireless 300-watt/100-watt Plug-In Lamp Dimmer with a Remote Control Kit. Other manufacturers offering Echo-compatible devices include Insteon, GE, Bellcon and Cree Connected.

If you’d like to see the article with the complete roundup of things that Echo can control, click this link .

OMG! Alexa’s Cheating on The Amazon Echo

man-people-office-writing-mediumI was startled to read the other day and Alexa and all her voice command stuff will soon be available for you to play music or bingo, get an up-to-weather report or customized news flash on …Amazon Fire TV.

Has Alexa no shame?

I mean stepping out on the Amazon Echo after just a few months? What’s the world coming to?

If you’d rather not spend $199 to buy the Amazon Echo you might want to look into the Amazon Fire TV. I haven’t yet seen what it’s price will be and you will need a remote but here’s a link to the article where you can get all the deets or at least the details now available.