Get a handy Amazon Alexa Cheat Sheet from CompuSoop.com!

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. 

Now you can get CompuScoop on the Amazon Echo Show

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 :-).

How to use Amazon Alexa on your TV

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

Use your Amazon Alexa to Control your Amazon Fire TV

(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

Exclusive How to: Set up the Amazon Echo Show

By: Dan Uff, Senior Editor On June 28th, customers who pre-ordered the Amazon Echo Show had received the device. While some set up the device immediately, I waited 1-2 days so I could take my time and make positive and negative notes about the set-up and the device itself. On Monday evening, I finally set it up and have been using it ever since. My thoughts?  Please read on. Except for using the built-in camera for a feature called “drop-in” that allows two Shows and persons to talk and see each other (which I think could be quite creepy) I Click Here to Read more

Amazon adds intercom feature to its Echo product

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

Amazon to purchase Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

(FoxBusiness): E-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN) announced Friday it will snap up struggling grocery chain Whole Foods Market (WFM) for $42 per share in an all-cash deal valued about $13.7 billion including debt. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue,” said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a statement. Under the deal, Whole Foods will continue to operate stores under its independent brand and the company’s CEO and founder, John Mackey will remain in his position. Mackey said the partnership allows the Austin, Texas-based food Click Here to Read more

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

OPINION: Why cable cutting is NOT a good idea – just not yet

If you read 98% of the articles abut getting rid of cable and going all streaming to save money, they make it seem that it is the thing to do, and that cable systems should be worried about their business, or are even predicting their demise in a few years. Well, I don’t mean to be the caller of bad news, but don’t call your cable company just yet.  Here’s why: While it is true that cable companies are hiking their prices and are giving you less offerings, you’re still getting a deal with the number of channels and offerings Click Here to Read more

Alexa, Show me Mom

(AARP.com): Amazon is upgrading its popular Echo smart speaker, adding features — including a screen that supports video chats and video phone calls — that may make the digital personal assistant more attractive to older consumers and those who care for them. The newest iteration of Echo, called the Echo Show, sports a seven-inch screen that lets users make and receive Wi-Fi video calls with others who own the device or who have the Amazon Alexa app installed on their smartphone. There’s also a feature called drop-in, which allows preselected users to video in to another person’s device at any time. 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