3/31/17 Alexa Fast Tips Friday

Welcome to LME’s 3/31/17 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.


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1. Play it again, Alexa. If any of your music or audio sources are from Amazon (e.g., Amazon Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, personal Amazon Music Library), when a song or other audio track finishes playing you can say, “[wake word], play that again,”and Alexa will start it over for you.


2. Amazon offers free Alexa tech support—in the U.S., there’s even a phone number. Here’s the U.S. Amazon Alexa Tech Support phone number: 1-877-375-9365 – 3am to 10pm PST, 7 days. Here’s the U.S. Amazon Alexa Tech Support email address: alexa-support@amazon.com.

In the UK, go through the Amazon site. Scroll to the bottom of any page and click the Help link, and on the linked Help page click the Contact Us link in the left-hand sidebar for contact options.


3. Easily find the most recently-released Alexa skills. In the search box at the top of the Skills page in the Alexa app, enter the word “skill” as your search term and click the search button. This search will return a list of ALL Alexa skills. Then you can use the Sort By drop-down list to sort by release date. This will move all the most recently-released skills to the top of the list.


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Where’s The Rest of Them?!
You’ll notice that beginning with today’s post, the Alexa Fast Tips Friday lists will be shorter. This is because it’s become a challenge for me to keep up with the hosting, registration, software and security costs required to maintain this site, never mind the many hours of my own time spent on it each week, so I’ve introduced some premium Things To Ask Alexa and Alexa Fast Tips subscription options to help offset expenses.

I will continue to offer the free email alert option as always, as well as brief, weekly Things To Ask Alexa and Fast Tips Friday posts, but in addition you can now sign up to receive bonus Things To Ask Alexa, Alexa Fast Tips or both via email each week. It’s just $1 per week to subscribe to one of these lists and get 20-25 bonus Things To Ask Alexa or 16-20 Alexa Fast Tips per month, or $1.50 per week to get both. Non-US payments are also accepted, and will be processed at then-current conversion rates each month.

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