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12/1/17 Alexa Fast Tips Friday: Alexa Calendar and List Enhancements

12/1/17 Alexa Fast Tips Friday: Alexa Calendar and List Enhancements

Recent Alexa calendar and list enhancements.

LME 11/5/16 Weekly Summary

LME 11/5/16 Weekly Summary

links to all of the previous week’s posts along with a brief summary of each.

Amazon Echo Smart Home Overhaul

Amazon Echo Smart Home Overhaul

Just last week I wrote about changes underway in the Smart Home area, and this week Amazon unveiled its official overhaul for how Smart Home / connected devices are connected and handled in the Alexa app.     What’s New In Smart Home? Amazon recently added this text to the What’s New? section in the […]

New Utility Skills for Amazon Echo / Alexa

New Utility Skills for Amazon Echo / Alexa

I make it a policy not to review skills, because I’m a skill developer too and I feel it’s a conflict of interest. Still, I check in on the skills tab from time to time to see if any new, useful skills have popped up among the many trivia and just-for-fun skills, and I’ve got […]

Do Echo Alarms & Timers Work During A Network Or Power Outage?

Do Echo Alarms & Timers Work During A Network Or Power Outage?

Some Echo owners are reluctant to use the alarm or timer features of the device, even after those features were recently expanded to allow for multiple alarms and timers, because they worry that all it takes to cancel their alarms is a power outage or moment of network disconnection. Thanks to the fine work and […]

Echo Skills Have Arrived (and one of mine is among the first!)

Echo Skills Have Arrived (and one of mine is among the first!)

Today, Amazon released the first three Echo skills from independent developers to the public, and one of mine is on that short list! From Amazon’s email: We also wanted to give you an early look at a few of the third-party Alexa skills that are starting to come out of the pipeline. These are from […]

Skills Sneak Peek

Skills Sneak Peek

Let me start with this important caveat: Amazon has not yet opened any kind of ‘Skills Store’ to the public, and has not yet finalized all the details of how skills are going to be made available to Echo owners. The only skills I have access to in the Echo mobile app are the ones […]

Is The Official Amazon Echo Launch Imminent?

Is The Official Amazon Echo Launch Imminent?

**UPDATE** 6/23/15 – This morning, the day after the post below was written, Amazon officially announced the Amazon Echo is now available for anyone to order, with an availability date of 7/14/15. However, they’ve changed the contents of the package since the pre-order period: now you have to order the Echo ($179.99 as of 6/23/15) […]

Echo Pranks, Parenting & Romance Tips

Echo Pranks, Parenting & Romance Tips

By now most people have heard of Echo’s Simon Says feature (speak “[wake word]: Simon Says [whatever you want the Echo to say]”) and have used it to prank one or more household members by using Simon Says from a different room than the one the Echo’s in, but that’s small potatoes compared to today’s […]

Echo Traffic Reports – Handling Two Different Household Members’ Commutes

Echo Traffic Reports – Handling Two Different Household Members’ Commutes

Traffic reporting is one of those Echo features that was there at launch, but since it wasn’t talked up much in early tech site reviews many Echo owners have overlooked it. In a nutshell, Traffic provides real-time traffic information (from Nokia’s HERE service) to give you the shortest route to your destination, along with the […]

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