Fast Tips Friday: Alexa Tech Support Scam Alert

About once a month I'll get a message from an LME reader complaining about not being able to get the Alexa tech support they've paid for. But here's the thing: Amazon does not charge for tech support on their own devices. If you're paying for it, you've fallen victim to an Alexa tech support scam.     Amazon Offers Alexa Tech Support FOR FREE Amazon has never charged for Alexa tech...

Alexa Fast Tips Friday: Use Alexa As A Clock Radio

I think most people are aware of the update that enabled wake to music functionality, but many don't seem to know that feature works with radio stations too. Yup: you can use Alexa as a clock radio, and you can set that radio to stations from around the world.     The Super-Easy How-To Provided the radio station you want to wake to offers internet streaming (and is therefore available...

FAQ Part 13: Mailbag, Alexa Communities

Publication Date: 2/23/18 - The Alexa FAQ series concludes with some mailbag questions, and links to online Alexa communities. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to view all other posts in the series. Note that the information provided here is accurate as of this writing, on 2/23/18, but is subject to change in the future as the Alexa service and devices evolve. The types of questions I...

FAQ Part 12: Comparing Alexa Devices

Post Updated: 8/4/18 - The Alexa FAQ series continues with a post comparing Alexa devices: if you're trying to decide whether to get the Echo, Echo Plus, Dot, Show or Spot, this post should help. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to view all other posts in the series. Note that the information provided here is accurate as of this writing, on 2/16/18, but is subject to change in the...

FAQ Part 11: Alexa Calendar Integration

Publication Date: 2/9/18 - The Alexa FAQ series continues with information about Alexa calendar integration: which calendars are compatible, and the available voice commands to use with them. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to view all other posts in the series. Note that the information provided here is accurate as of this writing, on 2/9/18, but is subject to change in the future as...

FAQ Part 10: Alexa Flash Briefing

Publication 1/26/18 - The Alexa FAQ series continues with information about the Alexa Flash Briefing: what it is and how to set it up. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to view all other posts in the series. Note that the information provided here is accurate as of this writing, on 1/26/18, but is subject to change in the future as the Alexa service and devices evolve. Flash Briefing...

FAQ Part 9: Using Alexa To Control Your TV

Publication Date: 1/19/18 - The Alexa FAQ series continues with information about using Alexa to control your TV. I'm afraid the news here isn't too great, however. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to view all other posts in the series. Note that the information provided here is accurate as of this writing, on 1/19/18, but is subject to change in the future as the Alexa service and...

FAQ Part 8: Alexa Alarms, Reminders and Timers

Publication Date: 1/5/18 - The Alexa FAQ series continues with information about Alexa alarms, reminders and timers. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to view all other posts in the series. Note that the information provided here is accurate as of this writing, on 1/5/18, but is subject to change in the future as the Alexa service and devices evolve. Differences Between Alexa Alarms,...

FAQ Part 7: An Alexa Intercom System with Alexa Drop-In

Publication Date: 1/3/18 - The Alexa FAQ series continues with information about how to use Alexa as an intercom system with Alexa Drop-In. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to view all other posts in the series. Note that the information provided here is accurate as of this writing, on 1/3/18, but is subject to change in the future as the Alexa service and devices evolve. Also note...

FAQ Part 6: Alexa Calling and Messaging

Publication Date: 12/31/17 - The Alexa FAQ series continues with information about Alexa calling and messaging. Amazon has over a dozen help pages on this topic and I can't cover all of that information in one post, so I'll go with a Q&A format and provide links to the relevant Amazon posts where needed. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to view all other posts in the series. Note...