Things to ask Alexa – Thanksgiving 2019 Edition

Need a laugh to share with your friends and family this week? Just in time for Thanksgiving we've listed our favorite food-themed Alexa easter eggs and jokes. Enjoy! - but maybe not while gulping a mouthful of food! Alexa, tell me a Thanksgiving joke Alexa, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Alexa, how do you like them apples? Alexa, what is your favorite drink?...

Fast Tips Friday: Alexa, Manage My Content

Post published 7/26/19 - While searching for a specific title in my Kindle book library on the Amazon site, I noticed a new tip at the top of the screen: "Try saying Alexa, manage my content." It works, sort of... I gave the new command a try, followed Alexa's response prompts, and discovered three things.First, per Alexa's response, as of this writing the new command only enables Alexa to send...

Fast Tips Friday: Troubleshooting ‘device isn’t responding’ Alexa errors

Post published 7/19/19 - Perhaps no Alexa error is quite so frustrating as the dreaded, "Sorry, isn't responding. Please check its network connection and power supply," because you only get this one after your smart home device has been properly set up and in use. Today's fast tip can help with that. Smart home devices used to have skills, and many still do Many owners of Alexa devices don't...

Fast Tips Friday: TV volume messed up? Use Echo as a Bluetooth speaker.

Post published 7/5/19 - Today I'm revisiting a tip I shared some time ago, about using Alexa devices as TV speakers. For about a week I've noticed my TV's volume going up and down by itself and based on Google research, I've concluded it has a faulty sound card. I don't want to be without my TV while it's in for repairs and have no idea what such a repair would cost, but since all my TV...

Fast Tips Friday: Alexa privacy voice commands are here

Post published 6/28/19 - Consumers are increasingly concerned about tech privacy issues, and Amazon's paying attention. Amazon's just announced a new pair of Alexa privacy voice commands that make managing the voice recordings Alexa uses much easier. No more need to hit up the Alexa app or Amazon website: now you can delete Alexa voice recordings using voice commands To delete the most recent...

Fast Tips Friday: What to try when Alexa plays the wrong song

Post published 4/26/19 - Lately, I've noticed Alexa is getting my music requests wrong quite a bit. Here's what to try when Alexa plays the wrong song. It's all about the keywords In music requests, Alexa's sensitive to certain keywords that specify a type or location of content. Consider my recent music request below, for the song "Tongue Tied" by the band Grouplove:Alexa, play Tongue...

Fast Tips Friday: Alexa Knows Area Codes, Zip Codes, State Abbreviations

Post published 3/29/19 - It's yet another feature consumers have wanted from the beginning: Alexa knows area codes, zip codes and state abbreviations now, and can do some related searches. Make Alexa Your Partner In Address & Phone Lookups Unfamiliar area code showing on your caller ID? Forgot the state abbreviation for Mississippi and need to send a package there? Need to know the zip codes...

Fast Tips Friday: Get Amazon Prices From Alexa

Post published 3/15/19 - Amazon has implemented yet another feature Alexa device owners have wanted from the start: you can now get Amazon prices from Alexa! Just Ask---But Be Specific! I stumbled across this new feature while trying to test Alexa's ability to give stock quotes, and since then I've played around with it a bit. I've found that Alexa's answers are most accurate if you can provide...

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Helps From Alexa

Post updated 2/22/19 - Uh oh. It's the big day, and you lost all track of time! Don't worry, it's not too late to do something thoughtful for your special someone thanks to these last minute Valentine's Day helps from Alexa. None of these ideas will cost you anything, but they're all very thoughtful and memorable, and sure to be appreciated by your sweetie. Create a Custom, Virtual Hallmark Card...

Fast Tips Friday: Add or Subtract Alexa Timer Minutes

Post date: 2/1/19 - Most Alexa device owners agree the Alexa timer feature is among the most useful functions. The timer began as a very basic, single timer but Amazon added the ability to set multiple, named timers last year. Did you know you can now shorten, extend or restart those timers with a voice command? Alexa Timer Commands Most people already know you can use commands like these to set...