Amazon Music Library Changes: Ability To Upload Your Own Music Is Going Away

I don't normally post on Sundays---especially not when it's Christmas Eve---but this news is too important to keep. Amazon Music Library changes are on the way and if you've uploaded (or planned to upload) a personal digital music library so Alexa would have access to play it, get ready for disappointment.     Multiple Outlets Report Effective January 2019, Amazon Music Storage Will Be...

Big News: Alexa Repeating Reminders Are Here!

Post Updated 8/2/18 - Amazon is doing a great job of filling in the gaps in Alexa functionality to deliver features users have been wanting from the beginning. Just last week I shared the news that Alexa wake to music is now available, and now the news is out that Alexa repeating reminders are here---for both the US and UK!     Finally, you can set repeating reminders for things like...

Alexa Fast Tips Friday: Echo 2 vs Echo Plus

Welcome to LME's 10/27/17 Alexa Fast Tips Friday. Early reviews are out so for those trying to decide which to pre-order, it's now possible to make some comparisons between Echo 2 vs Echo Plus. Note that Amazon's official name for the Echo 2 is Echo 2nd Generation.     Full disclosure: I do not have these devices in my possession, what you're about to read is based on reviews posted at...

Alexa Sonos, UE and Moto Z Speakers

Amazon's made good on its original promise to make Alexa available through a variety of devices. Alexa Sonos, UE and Moto Z speakers, with the Alexa voice service built right in, are upon us! That means there's no need to connect to an Alexa device you already own, because with these devices Alexa's there right out of the box.     Sonos One: For High End Sound At Home Or Office The...

10/6/17 Alexa Fast Tips Friday: Alexa Discussion Groups

Welcome to LME's 10/6/17 Alexa Fast Tips Friday. Today I want to help out everyone who's upset about Amazon's decision to shut down its online customer discussion forums, and looking for alternative Alexa discussion groups.     First, An Announcement We all have moments of weakness and temptation, especially during the holiday season, and there's not always someone nearby talk us off...

Amazon’s New Echo Devices – For Both US & UK

Welcome to LME's 9/29/17 Alexa Fast Tips Friday. Today I've got the scoop on Amazon's new Echo devices. Great it looks like most of these are going to be released in both the US and UK, and the Show is coming to the UK in November as well!     Echo Plus The Echo Plus (UK readers, click here) has some new exterior finishes to offer, but the only significant functional difference between...

Alexa Multi-room Music Is Here! In Both The US & UK!

At long last, IT'S HERE! Amazon has officially announced the new Alexa Multi-room Music feature, and rolled it out in both the US and the UK.     Amazon's also added a new Help topic for the feature, but the way things work is fairly self-explanatory. These screenshots from the Alexa app tell the story. Note that I've censored my device and group names, the gray boxes won't be there...

Amazon Rumor Mill: New Echo and Alexa Whole Home Audio

Publication Date: 8/8/17 - In the U.S. discounts on Echo and Dot have outlasted Prime Day by a few weeks now, and there may be a good reason for that. Rumor has it a new Echo and Alexa whole home audio are on the way.     The Whole Home Audio Whispers Earlier this week a German tech blog reported that Amazon has already made the necessary software changes to make Alexa whole home audio...

You Don’t Need To Worry About That Echo Hacking Story

Some scary-sounding news of an un-patchable vulnerability in the Echo has the internet in a panic today, so rather than Alexa Fast Tips today's post is here to reassure you that these click-baity stories don't mean you need to worry about Echo hacking.     They're Saying Hackers Can Use My Echo To Bug My House! The nerve-jangling headlines and summaries breathlessly report it's possible...

Alexa Fire TV Control Is Coming…and Kind Of Here Already

Publication Date: 7/18/17 - Last week numerous outlets reported that Alexa Fire TV control---controlling your Fire TV device using voice commands issued to an Echo, Echo Show, Dot or Tap---is coming, but this new Fire TV / Fire TV Stick functionality appears to have been delayed. Never fear: LME's got you covered with a tip for partial Fire TV control you can use while you wait!     Per...