Showing posts with label Alexa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alexa. Show all posts

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Simplify Your Life with Alexa's New Timed Commands

Do you know you can turn off or turn on lights using Alexa with a Timer?

You can now ask Alexa to turn your connected smart home devices on or off at a set amount of time.

You can say “Alexa, turn off the bedroom lamp in 15 minutes” or “Alexa, turn on the front porch at 5 p.m.” 

Previously, the device would just turn on or off.

This is a great upgrade to the Alexa digital home assistant.

Check it out!

Man Calling out to Alexa

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

How to Change the Wake Word for Amazon's Voice Assistant - Alexa

Have you ever wondered if you could change the wake word for your Alexa-enabled device? 

Perhaps you're tired of hearing "Alexa" all the time?

While "Alexa" is a popular wake word, some users may prefer to use a different name or word that's easier to pronounce or remember. 

Additionally, if you have multiple Alexa-enabled devices in your home, using the same wake word for all of them can cause confusion and trigger unintended responses. 

How to change the wake word for your Alexa-enabled device, follow these steps:

  • Open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Tap on the menu icon
  • Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  • Scroll down and select Device Settings.
  • Choose the device you want to change the wake word for.
  • Select the Device settings icon
  • Tap on Wake Word.
Alexa Wake Word Setting
Alexa Wake Word Setting
  • Select the new wake word you want to use from the list of options (Amazon offers "Alexa”, “Amazon”, Computer”, “ Echo," and "Ziggy" as wake word options).
  • Confirm the new wake word by saying it out loud when prompted by the app.

And that's it! 

Your device will now respond to the new wake word you've chosen.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

How to Use Alexa on a Windows PC

Do you need Alexa when you are away from your Alexa device?

You can add the Alexa app to your Windows PC!

Alexa is a virtual assistant developed by Amazon that can be used to control smart devices, play music, and provide information. 

While it is primarily used on Amazon devices such as the Echo Dot and Echo Show, it can also be used on a Windows PC. 

Here's how to set up and use Alexa on a Windows PC:

  • Download the Alexa app from the Windows 10 Microsoft Store or launch the pre-installed app on your Alexa Built-in PC.
  • Sign in to your Amazon account or create one if you are new to Alexa.
  • Ask Alexa a question, Alexa, what's the weather?, Alexa, what time is it?
Some examples of things you can ask Alexa on your PC include:
  • Playing music from Amazon Music, Spotify, and other streaming services
  • Checking the weather and news
  • Setting reminders and timers
  • Controlling smart home devices such as lights and appliances
  • Making phone calls and sending messages
With the ability to control smart devices, play music, and provide information, Alexa can make your daily routine more convenient and efficient.


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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Amazon's Alexa Now Features Named Multiple Timers

Amazon Echo
Beep! Beep! Beep! What was the timer for?

That's no longer a problem for Amazon's Alexa  on Echo speakers..

Alexa now allows you to name your timers.

For example, you can create a timer named "laundry" and another one named "pizza".

Just use your device's wake word (Alexa, Computer or Echo) and then "Create a 30 minute timer called Laundry".

When the timer goes off, it will also tell you the timer's name.

You can also create named reminders for a specific date and time.

Alexa is our favorite personal assistant.

And with her growing set of skills, Google, Microsoft and Apple need to up their game to match Amazon's lead.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Amazon Alexa Now Lets You Make Calls

Amazon's internet-connected speakers now lets you call other Echo devices hands-free.

Amazon Echo
Using the Alexa-powered skill is easy.  You just have to ask Alexa to call one of your contact and your contact's device will start ringing.

To work, you'll need to register your Echo device using the Alexa app.

And your contact also needs to have a registered Echo device connected or use the Alexa app for iOS or Android.

You can also send audio messages to your contacts.

Contacts who also have an Echo device and have registered for the calling feature will be listed in your Alexa app.  You can also call them directly from the app.

At this time, Alex can't call regular telephone numbers.

Not surprisingly, Google announced voice calling to regular phone numbers for their Google Home device.  But calling other Home devices is not yet supported.

To learn more about Alexa calling, check out the Alexa Calling Help Site from Amazon.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Amazon Echo Now Plays Jeopardy!

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Amazon's Echo home internet device now offers daily Jeopardy questions.

The American quiz show, created by legendary Hollywood star Merv Griffin, is now available on the Amazon Echo.

Daily questions, written by the show's writers, come from a wide range of categories including sports, pop culture, travel, and world history.

There are six new clues to play each day.

Don't forget to answer in the form of a question!

If you have an Echo device, open the Alexa app and enable the Jeopardy! skill.

To start playing, just ask "Alexa, start Jeopardy".

Have fun!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Amazon Echo Now Knows Your Google Schedule

Amazon Echo logo
Amazon announced today that their Echo home device now will access your Google Calendar.

You can ask it simple commands regarding your Google calendar.
Just update your Google account in the Amazon Echo app on your smart phone.

Amazon Echo Details on Google Calendar

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