Tag Archive: Alexa

How to customize your Amazon Alexa Flash Briefing

Alexa, what’s in the news?

That’s a question you can ask your Amazon Echo every single day and receive a custom report based on what you want to hear about. Cut out the fluff, keep the good stuff.

Thanks to the Alexa skills catalog, there are a number of different news sources you can call upon to tailor your Flash Briefing to your particular tastes. It’s really easy to set up, too.

Here’s what you need to  [Read More…]

How to listen to audiobooks using Amazon Alexa

Setting up alexa to read your audiobooks is a breeze.

Talking to Alexa can make keeping organized easier, but it’s definitely useful for more than just an interactive to-do list and search engine. You can also use Alexa to listen to your Audiobooks when you’re ready to relax. We’ve got the details on how to get listening to your favorite books in no time.

Alexa can read audiobooks

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Using Alexa Conversations to make calls

You can make calls through Alexa! But what does that actually mean?

Alexa Conversations is Amazon’s way of offering a way to contact other Alexa users with either your voice or an app, and it works great as long as you remember where everything is. It also helps if you have lots of friends and family who also use Alexa.

Want to send messages with Alexa? Here’s your guide!

Here’s a quick how-to on Alexa Conversations!

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How to connect your favorite music to Alexa

Listening to music with Alexa is as easy as connecting the app you want to use!

Most of us spend some time every day listening to music, podcasts, or audiobooks. For some folks, it’s how they workout at home, while others like to lounge on the couch and listen to a good story after a hard day at work. It doesn’t really matter why you want to listen using Alexa and your Amazon Echo, just that you  [Read More…]

How to send a voice message with Amazon Alexa

You can now send messages through Alexa using just your voice, but there are some caveats.

Messaging with Alexa is one of those features you either don’t know how you managed without or you’re completely uninterested in. For those falling into the former category, there are a few quick tricks for getting the most out of this new Alexa-based messaging system. Here’s what you need to know!

How Alexa Voice Messaging works

It’s a fairly  [Read More…]

How to enable and disable Alexa skills

How do you make your Amazon Echo do stuff? You’ve got to have skills!

Alexa is the beating heart of the Amazon Echo and the platform upon which all of its abilities are based. Think of it like an operating system with apps that developers can build for it.

In this case the apps are known as skills, and they’re what makes your Echo do all kinds of things like turn on your lights, control your WiFi  [Read More…]

Easily handle your emails with the Newton skill for Alexa

Despite the ludicrous amount of apps available for download in the Google Play Store, finding a third-party email client that can provide you with all the services you need might prove quite a complicated task. In a recent piece, we discussed AOL’s recently improved Alto email experience which among other things, includes better Amazon Alexa […]

AOL’s Alto email update adds full calendar capability, improved Alexa integration

Email apps are getting smarter and smarter these days. They need to in order to be able to survive in today’s competitive landscape, where messaging apps reign supreme. Case in point, this week, Alto – the email app developed by Verizon (more specifically AOL) – announced the advent of a new Alto experience for iOS […]

Ikea’s cheap smart lightbulbs will soon support Google Home and Amazon Alexa

Ikea is a huge name in inexpensive home furnishing, but its influence is extending to the smart home space, too.

When Ikea gets into a market, competitors stand up and notice. In the case of smart home tech, the company began offering wireless charging solutions built into desks and lights, it allowed for the average consumer to see the magical technology without going to a carrier store or tech retailer.

Ikea’s smart lighting solution, Trådfri, similarly undercuts  [Read More…]

Watch out, Alexa: Hands-free calling is coming to Google Home!

You’ll be able to call any landline or mobile number — for free!

As expected, Google announced some great new features for Google Home during the Google I/O keynote. One of the coolest new features is hands-free calling, which will allow you to call any landline or mobile number in the U.S. or Canada absolutely free.

This is a direct response to Amazon, who announced Alexa Calling for it’s Amazon Echo devices last week. But while Alexa  [Read More…]