Last week with Alexa – 3/8/20 & 3/15/20

Quick Updates I apologize for missing last week's article! My university has cancelled in-person classes due to COVID-19. As we begin social distancing, I will resume regular updates. In addition, look out for more articles over the next couple of weeks! We wish everyone a safe a healthy season! New Features Over the past couple of weeks, Amazon has released new ways to access polling...

Last week with Alexa – 3/1/20

New Features Today, I'm highlighting two new features of Alexa! For owners of an Echo Show, you can now have Alexa scan barcodes of items in your home and have them added to your shopping list. To access this feature, try: "Alexa, scan this to my shopping cart""Alexa, scan this" The next feature we are going to look at is setting timers and alarms for a specific device. In the past, anytime you...

Last week with Alexa – 2/23/20

New Features This week, I'm reflecting back to my time at CES! Early in January, I witnessed some of the new Alexa features that are coming soon. I will be coming out with a larger article about CES and Privacy with the Echo Devices in the next week or so, but one of the really apparent things at CES this year was the expansion of Alexa in vehicles. With the release of the Echo Auto and...

Last week with Alexa – 2/16/20

New Features This week, I'm highlighting two new features with Alexa! The first is the new ability to change the rate of which Alexa speaks to you. You can set this using your voice: "Alexa, speak faster""Alexa, speak slower""Alexa, reset the speaking speed" The next feature is routine creation via voice. You can now use voice commands to create simple routines. "Alexa, create routine""Alexa,...