Stupid Alexa Tricks Mailbag I

I’ve invited readers to share their Alexa Easter eggs and today I’ve got the first batch to share, along with some others I’ve picked up on Twitter and elsewhere. Say the wake word, followed by:

Who’s [music genre]? (a brief list of artists in that genre will be spoken, and a longer list will be sent to the Alexa app)

What is best in life? (at least three different responses)

Never gonna give you up.

from mtbr forums

All your base are belong to us.

What is the Prime Directive?

These three were contributed by Jacki at
Klaatu Barata Nikto.
Use the force.
Does anybody really know what time it is?

I think I’ve shared this one previously, but in case I didn’t, Ray Cullen sent in:
Who let the dogs out?

Rodger Steele sent in:
You are very smart.
You are stupid.

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

What is your quest?

What are you wearing?

Repeat. (whatever was said last will be repeated)

More. (say this following a Wikipedia search -type request to have more of the Wikipedia entry read aloud)


Use the LME Contact form to send in your own Alexa Easter egg discoveries, and be sure to indicate whether or not you’d like to be credited by name in your message.


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And now…

It seems like all anyone has been talking about since Force Friday last week is the BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero. Gizmodo calls it “the coolest Star Wars toy ever.” Wired gets into the physics of how the BB-8 engineers got a ball to roll from the inside here, and TheNextWeb goes a step further down the engineering path with this tear-down video. It’s no surprise that the BB-8 sold out its initial production run last Friday, when it was first released, but you can still put in your order to be among the first to get a BB-8 when the next batch is released. Whether you’re into the science and engineering behind this cool little gadget, are a Star Wars collectibles completist, or just love the idea of having your own adorable droid rolling around your home, you’ll want to get your pre-order in for the BB-8.

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