The holidays are here, and that means you may have gifts arriving soon. To avoid giving away any surprises, you can now choose whether Alexa reads product names when you ask “Alexa, where’s my stuff?” or when Alexa reads your Amazon delivery notifications. If you don’t want to hear product names, you can turn them off in the Alexa App. Go to the menu and select Settings. Scroll to the Accounts section and select Notifications. Select Shopping Notifications. Turn product names on or off for Notifications and “Where’s My Stuff?” Swipe right on the settings toggle to turn on product Click Here to Read more
Amazon.com has just announced that its Echo product now has the ability to play the same music in rooms that also have an Echo device. Below is a part of the official press release: You can now synchronize your music playback across Echo devices to play songs from Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, with support for Spotify and SiriusXM coming soon. Simply use the Alexa App to create groups with two or more Echo devices by naming the group, such as “downstairs.” Once you’ve created the group, simply say “Alexa, play John Mayer downstairs.” The new feature should be Click Here to Read more
Now that the Amazon Echo has the ability to change the color of its top ring, each color represents a feature that the device can do. We have compiled a handy cheat sheet that you can download and have it near your Amazon Echo. To download it, just click here or go to the top menu, and select A.I. > Amazon > Light Meaning.
Ever since the Amazon Echo Show was first announced, we have been hard at work with making sure our Amazon Echo skill worked with the device. After weeks of testing, we can finally announce that you can now get this web site on the device. Just enable the skill at http://alexa.amazon.com, search for “CompuScoop“, enable it, then ask for a Flash Briefing :-).
Although most of us know about this, you’d be surprised at how many users don’t know ghat Alexa is in a lot of other devices. One such device is the Amazon Fire TV. An end user not only can run many Amazon Echo skills on their TV, but also have additional features to help them get the most out of the device – and your TV. Here’s what you need to get Alexa on your TV: A newer TV that has a free USB port. A compatible Amazon Fire device (Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, etc.) All of the above devices Click Here to Read more
(TheVerge.com): Amazon has just released a software update for its Fire TV devices that allows you to control them using Alexa on another device… like, say, an Amazon Echo. The update was first spotted by Android Police. To use the new feature, you’ll have to link your Fire TV to your Alexa device using the Alexa app on your smartphone. Once set up, you’ll be able to use voice commands through Alexa for things like playback controls, searching for videos, and opening apps. It’s similar to the functionality provided by Amazon’s Alexa Voice Remote for the Fire TV, just without Click Here to Read more
If you were looking for an excuse to get another Amazon Echo, the company has added a feature to push you over the edge – an internal intercom feature. Now when someone has multiple echos in one home, they can use them as an internal intercom. Set-up and activating it is a snap. Here’s how: Let’s say you have one Echo in your family room, and one in the bedroom. You want to call from the bedroom. You’d just say: “Alexa, call bedroom.” In order for the other person to answer, they would say: “Alexa, answer.” Each echo unit would Click Here to Read more
“Alexa and Siri, rival voice assistants on Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s iPhone, don’t directly communicate with one another. But the Amazon executive in charge of Alexa and the Amazon Echo said he’d welcome the idea,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today. “‘You should be able to tell ‘Alexa, ask Siri X,” said David Limp, senior vice president of devices at Amazon.” “‘If Apple or Google want to come calling, my phone number is out there, they can call… I don’t know if I can envision it but I hope that will happen on behalf of customers,’ Limp told a Click Here to Read more
Over the past 2 weeks, Amazon has been busy updating its Amazon Echo product lineup to give it the ability for it to make (free) calls to anyone else around the world from an Android or iOS device. How? Here is a step-by-step tutorial on what to do: Download the Alexa app for your smart phone for Android or iOS. Launch the app as you do with any other. Tap the Chat icon at the bottom. Tap the icon in the upper-right corner (that looks like the outline of a person). This will show you a list of your contacts that Click Here to Read more
(CNBC): Amazon announced on Tuesday that its Alexa smart digital assistant will soon be able to read out notifications from any device with Alexa installed, including the Echo. Alexa is the first to get this sort of functionality, and it’s one that Siri and Google Assistant still lack. Owners of the Amazon Echo will soon be able to walk in the front door and ask it to read out any notifications from various third parties, such as the latest headlines from The Washington Post or weather threats from AccuWeather. (Imagine if you could just place your iPhone or Android phone on Click Here to Read more
Sometimes, we humans get a brain fart and don’t remember how to spell a word or two. Fortunately, you can ask the Amazon Echo. Here’s how: Spell (word). How do you spell (word). Spell the word Republican. Hey Siri, spell the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Using this trick will save you a ton of time.
Early Wednesday, Amazon.com announced the availability of a new add-on device for their Amazon Echo called The Amazon Echo Look. The company expanded its Alexa family of devices with the Echo Look —a voice recognition device with a camera tailored to snapping a shot of your outfit, rating it, and giving you alternate choices in conjunction with an iOS app. Telling Alexa to “take a picture” commands the device to use a depth-sensing camera and built-in lighting to snap a shot of a worn outfit, and make a “lookbook” of often-worn ensembles. The judgement is performed by the new “Style Check” feature Click Here to Read more
On Thursday, Amazon has a begun updating its official app to include its Siri competitor, Alexa, to its official app. The app will allow end users to ask questions, play music by voice commands, and more. Users can enable Alexa by tapping a microphone icon to the right of the standard search box on the top of the app. For more information, click here.