Now, hear Howard Stern on Sirius XM Radio via the Amazon Echo

Amazon is advertising on its Alexa site that Echo users can now get shock jock Howard Stern on Sirius XM Radio (account required). You have to enable the skill via the Amazon Alexa web site, enable the skill, and then link your Sirius XM account to it. The feature is available now.

Amazon Exec: Alexa and Siri SHOULD be able to talk to each other

“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

How to Place a Call using the Amazon Echo

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

Amazon adding “Push Notifications” to its Echo

(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

Alexa is now on the iPhone

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.

There’s a MAJOR update coming to Amazon Echo – What YOU Need to know

(express.co.uk): AMAZON is hard at work a blockbuster update for the cloud-based voice assistant that powers its hugely-popular Amazon Echo speaker – Alexa. Here’s everything you need to know about the upgrade. Amazon is working on a blockbuster new update for the Alexa smartphone app, Express.co.ukhas learned. The US retail company is planning to bring its talkative voice assistant to your iPhone and Android smartphone, a high-ranking executive revealed. The future software update was revealed by Ford Executive Director of Connected Vehicle and Services, Don Butler. Speaking to Express.co.uk at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow at Barcelona, he said: “Amazon is actually going to be Click Here to Read more

Is the current time wrong on your Amazon Alexa? Here’s a fix

For those of us who observe Daylight Savings Time, your Amazon Alexa may not have automatically set its clock ahead.  If that’s the case, do the following: Go in to the Alexa App (either on your device or via the web – http://alexa.amazon.com).  Go to Settings > Time Zone.  Select Amazon Time.  That’s it.