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11/25/16 Freebie Friday: Two Fantasy Stories for Both US and UK

11/25/16 Freebie Friday: Two Fantasy Stories for Both US and UK

Two fantasy novellas based in the world of the Riyria Chronicles, plus Amazon Black Friday deals.

Freebie Friday: Music For Relaxation, Meditation, Martial Arts & Sleep

Freebie Friday: Music For Relaxation, Meditation, Martial Arts & Sleep

Welcome to Freebie Friday! Today I’ve got two short albums of traditional Asian music for relaxation, meditation, martial arts or help falling asleep.     First up, it’s 5-Element Music for Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga and Meditation: The Wood Element (5/5 stars).     This album has five tracks, each just over five minutes long […]

Strange Voices Coming From Echo: There’s More Than One Reasonable Explanation

Strange Voices Coming From Echo: There’s More Than One Reasonable Explanation

Every three months or so someone will post to an Echo discussion group, saying he or she is freaked out because strange voices or sounds were heard coming from his or her Echo, and of course that can only mean 1) the NSA spies who’ve been listening in on Echos all along have accidentally revealed […]

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 […]

Hands On With Echo Dot & Amazon Tap

Hands On With Echo Dot & Amazon Tap

Okay group, the day has arrived at last: I got my Dot and Tap yesterday and spent many, MANY hours running my own tests, as well as reader-requested tests. Forgive today’s extra-long post, and possibly some typos I can come back and correct later, but I thought it might be frustrating to readers if I […]

Bluetooth Playback Controls For iTunes On Echo, Google Music On Echo

Bluetooth Playback Controls For iTunes On Echo, Google Music On Echo

It’s a very common question among Echo owners and those considering the purchase: how do I get Alexa to play the music I have in iTunes / Google Music? As of this writing (on 2/11/16) Alexa cannot link directly to either of those services, but she can pair to a device that does link directly […]

Echo Not Hearing You Clearly?

Echo Not Hearing You Clearly?

Many Echo owners are reporting problems with their Echo sometimes not hearing them correctly, and sometimes not hearing them at all.   Location, Location, Location Very often, it’s simply a matter of where your Echo is located in the room. Walls near the Echo can cause audio bounceback (aka, echo in the literal sense) that […]

Echo Pranks, Parenting & Romance Tips

Echo Pranks, Parenting & Romance Tips

By now most people have heard of Echo’s Simon Says feature (speak “[wake word]: Simon Says [whatever you want the Echo to say]”) and have used it to prank one or more household members by using Simon Says from a different room than the one the Echo’s in, but that’s small potatoes compared to today’s […]

How You Can Make Alexa Smarter

How You Can Make Alexa Smarter

You know how the product pages, press releases and ads for the Echo always include some bit about how the Echo “keeps getting smarter”? Well, that means a couple of different things. First, new apps and functions are being added for the Echo just about every week, and software updates to incorporate these improvements have […]

Getting Ready For Echo

Getting Ready For Echo

Having received my Echo, I now wish I’d been told a few things before it arrived. I’ll share those things in this post, to save others the trial-and-error.   Choosing The Best Location The Echo is a matte black cylinder that’s about 9 1/4″ high by 3″ wide by 3″ deep. It has a mute […]

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