6/30/17 Alexa Fast Tips Friday: Greatest Hits

Welcome to LME’s 6/30/17 Alexa Fast Tips Friday: Greatest Hits edition. You may have heard some of these before but since newcomers arrive here every day and I don’t assume you’re all reading every single post every week, I decided it would be a good time for a Quick Tips hit parade of some of the most popular tips I’ve shared to date.

Please note: not being in the UK myself I can’t test any of these tips for UK Alexa users. If the functionality isn’t there yet, it should be coming to you soon.

 

Ignored You The First Time

 

1. Remember to wish Alexa a good morning every day.
I’ll be good about doing this for a while, then a couple of hectic mornings mess with my routine and before I realize it, it’s been weeks since I’ve wished Alexa a good morning. It’s basically a daily Easter egg, joke, trending news story or similar.

 

2. Let Alexa play guard dog.
Want to drive unwelcome visitors away from your home? Get an audio track of dogs barking and growling, like this one (Amazon UK customers click here), then ask Alexa to play it to let the dogs out.

If you don’t want to risk giving away the game by letting the outsider hear you ask, “Alexa, play the song [title],” you have three options. First, stand very close to your Alexa device while making the request, so you can speak quietly. Second, use the voice remote and make your request from behind a closed door in another room. Finally, launch the track from within the Alexa mobile or web app.

 

3. Alexa can now tell you how to mix drinks – no skill to enable.
Alexa can now tell you the ingredients and provide preparation instructions for most common cocktails, and a few obscure ones. Try queries like these (after the wake word):

What’s in a Manhattan?
What’s in a Moscow Mule?
What’s in a Martini?
What’s in a Pimm’s Cup?

 

4. Alexa can now do currency conversions natively, without any specific skill enabled.
Try queries like these (after the wake word):

Convert twenty US dollars to Canadian dollars.
Convert fifteen Euro to Japanese Yen.

 

And of course, the most popular tip of all time so far…

 

5. How To Turn Your Echo, Dot or Show Into A Clock Radio—works with Tap too, if you’ve toggled the Always On setting to On.
We’ve all been patiently waiting for Amazon to update the Alexa software such that we can assign a specific song, playlist or radio station as the alarm tone. In other words, we want clock radio functionality from Alexa. Amazon hasn’t yet answered the call, but in the meantime there’s a workaround you can use.

 

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The Fitbit Aria WiFi Smart Scale (UK visitors – click here) is just the ticket to keep the whole household’s fitness and weight loss goals on track. It tracks weight, BMI, lean mass and body fat percentage for up to eight individuals, and syncs with the Fitbit app. Currently rated 3.5 out of 5 stars and priced at $127.99.

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