Here’s the LME 11/5/16 Weekly Summary: links to all of the previous week’s posts along with a brief summary of each. Click through on the links to view the full post for any you’re interested in.
10/31/16 Stupid Alexa Tricks: Happy Halloween Edition
Bad Time for LME’s 10/31/16 Stupid Alexa Tricks. The big day is finally here, and Alexa’s ready with some seasonal Easter Eggs.
11/1/16 – AlexaDev Tuesday: Udacity’s New, Credentialed AI Nanodegree
Amazon’s Alexa team, Didi Chuxing and IBM Watson are partnering with Udacity for Udacity’s new, credentialed Artificial Intelligence Nanodegree program.
11/2/16 – How To Create Alexa Reminders
The ability to create Alexa reminders isn’t yet available, but there’s an easy way to fake it using the Alexa mobile or web app.
11/3/16 – AlexaDev Tuesday (on Thursday): A Workaround For Alexa Push Notifications
Push is something many devs have been wanting, and I’ve got a guest post from Matt Farley sharing his project: a workaround for Alexa push notifications.
11/4/16 (Almost) Freebie Friday: Celtic Music!
Three albums of Celtic music, perfect for the upcoming crisp autumn days.
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The All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – White + TP-Link Smart Plug bundle (UK visitors: click here for the TP-Link Smart Plug, click here for the Echo Dot in White) is a great way to dip a toe into the Alexa pool before investing more heavily in smart home or Alexa devices. There’s no need to buy a hub or any other equipment, Alexa support for this plug is built right into the software. The Dot allows you to use your own speakers for the audio output if you like, connecting wirelessly or via Bluetooth, and still provides all the same Alexa functionality as the full-sized Echo. Currently (as of 11/5/16) rated 4/5 stars across over 1,280 reviews and currently priced at $69.99, this bundle saves you about $10 compared to buying the two items separately (bundle only available on Amazon’s US site). If you have a friend or family member who’s curious about Alexa and smart home, this would make a great gift.
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