utilities

3/28/17 AlexaDev Tuesday: Kids Who Code

3/28/17 AlexaDev Tuesday: Kids Who Code

Kids who code, or think they might like to try, should definitely look into the Alexa Skills Kit.

3/24/17 Alexa Fast Tips Friday

3/24/17 Alexa Fast Tips Friday

You may have heard some of these before, but hopefully, at least one will be totally new and helpful to you.

Rumor Mill: Alexa Voice Recognition and Call Capabilities, Intercom Feature On The Way

Rumor Mill: Alexa Voice Recognition and Call Capabilities, Intercom Feature On The Way

Alexa voice recognition and call capabilities, plus an intercom feature, are looking like definite enhancements we’ll be seeing in the new device.

3/11/17 LME Weekly Summary

3/11/17 LME Weekly Summary

Links to all of the previous week’s posts along with a brief summary of each.

3/4/17 LME Weekly Summary

3/4/17 LME Weekly Summary

Links to all of the previous week’s posts along with a brief summary of each.

Amazongeddon II: How To Check Amazon Server Status

Amazongeddon II: How To Check Amazon Server Status

#Amazongeddon II, The Force Stays Asleep, happened today: a bunch of Amazon’s servers went down.

Amazon Echo Google Search: Why Isn’t This A Thing Yet?

Amazon Echo Google Search: Why Isn’t This A Thing Yet?

This question keeps coming up among owners of Alexa-enabled devices and I’ve answered it in countless emails and discussion group posts, but since it isn’t going away I figured I’d better do a post about it.     We’re Talking Internet Information Search, Not Factual Queries Alexa can answer factual queries (e.g., how many pints […]

Recurring Alarms on Echo: It’s A Thing Now!

Recurring Alarms on Echo: It’s A Thing Now!

It was only one week ago that I last wrote about alarms on the Echo. At that time it wasn’t possible to set recurring alarms but I predicted this functionality would come eventually, especially since Amazon’s promo materials for the Dot mention using it as an alarm clock multiple times. Yesterday, sharp-eyed LME reader Dean […]

New Utility Skills for Amazon Echo / Alexa

New Utility Skills for Amazon Echo / Alexa

I make it a policy not to review skills, because I’m a skill developer too and I feel it’s a conflict of interest. Still, I check in on the skills tab from time to time to see if any new, useful skills have popped up among the many trivia and just-for-fun skills, and I’ve got […]

Alexa Can Now Check Stocks & TV Listings!

Alexa Can Now Check Stocks & TV Listings!

Most Echo/Alexa skills released to date have been ‘just for fun’ things, including my own LME Skills. Just for fun skills are easier to write and get certified because they don’t typically involve storing information from the user, or hooking into large online databases. But Echo owners really want more useful skills, and Gobby Apps […]

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