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How To Create Alexa Reminders

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.

10/8/16 Weekly Summary

10/8/16 Weekly Summary

Here’s the LME 10/8/16 Weekly Summary: links to all of the previous week’s posts along with a brief summary of each.

Voicecast: The Little-Known Tip That Gives Amazon Echo’s Alexa A Screen

Voicecast: The Little-Known Tip That Gives Amazon Echo’s Alexa A Screen

Today, with thanks to reddit user spacegeek7, I’m sharing one of those very cool Alexa features that’s been around in some form from the time Echo first launched, but which most Alexa-enabled device owners don’t seem to know about.     Voicecast: What’s All This, Then? If you’ve got a Fire tablet (and since the […]

New Amazon Echo / Alexa Smart Home Commands

New Amazon Echo / Alexa Smart Home Commands

Earlier this month I wrote about Alexa’s growing pains due to new smart home commands being introduced.     Earlier this week, reddit user Dale Higgs shared the results of his own experiments with a list of new Smart Home commands / action phrases, and he’s given me permission to share the list with Love […]

Using Amazon Tap / Echo As A TV Speaker

Using Amazon Tap / Echo As A TV Speaker

Today’s tip is one of those things that’s always been available to Echo and Tap owners, but it may not have occurred to many of them: you can pipe the audio from your Bluetooth-capable TV, computer, gaming console, streaming device or cable box to the Echo or Tap.     How Is This Useful? Here […]

New This Week: Amazon Echo Supports Spotify & Domino’s Pizza Ordering Now!

New This Week: Amazon Echo Supports Spotify & Domino’s Pizza Ordering Now!

This week Amazon rolled out Echo support for Spotify premium, a feature many Echo owners have wanted since the Echo initially launched, and the ability to order pizza via the Echo—just in time for the Big Game this Sunday, of course! Both of these new features are enabled via the Alexa app. First up, Spotify […]

How Echo Can Help Care For Aging Or Disabled Family Members

How Echo Can Help Care For Aging Or Disabled Family Members

An LME reader has emailed to fill me in on the ingenious ways he’s using a second Echo to help him monitor and care for his mother, and has given me permission to share his tips with the LME audience here today.   Image credit: Orange County Elder Care   There are some terrific ideas […]

Echo Custom Wake Words: Why Isn’t This A Thing Yet?

Echo Custom Wake Words: Why Isn’t This A Thing Yet?

One of the most frequent complaints I see on Echo user discussion boards is about lack of support for custom wake words. As of this writing (on 11/11/15), you can either go with the default wake word of Alexa, or change it to Amazon in the Alexa app.     Voice Recognition Tech: It’s All […]

Alexa Fund Recipients Will Bring Alexa Into Your Kitchen, Daily Run & Pet Feeder

Alexa Fund Recipients Will Bring Alexa Into Your Kitchen, Daily Run & Pet Feeder

Yesterday I received this message from a frustrated Echo owner: When is Amazon going to stop screwing around with tricks and get some useful apps on the Echo? I love my Echo but it could do so much more! I replied that Amazon isn’t generally the force behind skills, independent developers are. I also said […]

Why Doesn’t The Echo…

Why Doesn’t The Echo…

…play my Google Music library? …connect to Outlook? …let me check my email? …read text messages from my phone, and let me send replies? …control my home theater set up? …let me look up recipes, and read them to me? et cetera, et cetera.   The Echo Is A Platform: Nothing More and Nothing Less […]

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