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Crosspost: How To Opt Out Of Amazon Seller Emails

Crosspost: How To Opt Out Of Amazon Seller Emails

A cross-post from my Digital Media Mom site, about how to opt out of Amazon seller emails. Not specific to Alexa, but of interest to most Amazon shoppers.

Alexa, Witness In A Murder Case? Yes. But No, Alexa’s STILL Not Spying On You.

Alexa, Witness In A Murder Case? Yes. But No, Alexa’s STILL Not Spying On You.

Pay no attention to those hysterical, pearl-clutching headlines: the reports on this should only reassure you Alexa is NOT spying on you.

Alexa 101: For Anyone Giving Or Getting An Alexa Device

Alexa 101: For Anyone Giving Or Getting An Alexa Device

Essential information most Alexa device owners find helpful, for both givers and recipients of Alexa devices.

Alexa Can Now Track Your Amazon Packages!

Alexa Can Now Track Your Amazon Packages!

Here’s another one of those small features that owners of Alexa-enabled devices have been asking for pretty much since the beginning, and it’s finally here: Alexa can now tell you when your next Amazon shipment will be arriving.     Hopefully this new feature will be expanded to support inquiries about all current orders, or […]

Editorial: Why Can’t Amazon, Apple & Google Play Nice?

Editorial: Why Can’t Amazon, Apple & Google Play Nice?

Back in October, Amazon announced it would no longer be carrying Apple TV and Google Chromecast video streaming devices. The announcement spawned a tidal wave of “Why Amazon Gotta Be So Evil?” blog posts and social media exchanges.   Image credit: robohub.org   Now that the Echo’s been out for a year and still doesn’t […]

Placing Amazon Orders On Echo

Placing Amazon Orders On Echo

This is a feature I’ve wanted to try ever since I heard about it, because there are certain grocery items I re-order from Amazon regularly (like the k-cups variety pack pictured below) and letting Alexa be my shopping concierge sounded much more convenient than my usual Go to the computer > Logon to Amazon > […]

Echo Apps & Skills Are Coming

Echo Apps & Skills Are Coming

Now that the Amazon Echo is available for anyone to order (as of this writing, with a ship date of 7/17/15) and the software development kit has been opened up to any and all developers, Echo owners and purchasers are wondering what’s next for the Echo. I know from looking at my site statistics that […]

It’s Official: The Echo Is An Open Platform

It’s Official: The Echo Is An Open Platform

We all knew the day would come when ordering an Amazon Echo would stop being an invite-only affair and a regular product page would open up, but on that day many consumers still held back from ordering an Echo for fear it would be some kind of closed-off, dead end piece of hardware that would […]

Is The Official Amazon Echo Launch Imminent?

Is The Official Amazon Echo Launch Imminent?

**UPDATE** 6/23/15 – This morning, the day after the post below was written, Amazon officially announced the Amazon Echo is now available for anyone to order, with an availability date of 7/14/15. However, they’ve changed the contents of the package since the pre-order period: now you have to order the Echo ($179.99 as of 6/23/15) […]

Echo Traffic Reports – Handling Two Different Household Members’ Commutes

Echo Traffic Reports – Handling Two Different Household Members’ Commutes

Traffic reporting is one of those Echo features that was there at launch, but since it wasn’t talked up much in early tech site reviews many Echo owners have overlooked it. In a nutshell, Traffic provides real-time traffic information (from Nokia’s HERE service) to give you the shortest route to your destination, along with the […]

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