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Brief educational episodes highlighting and demonstrating features of the Amazon Echo. Commands for Alarms, Timers, Phone Calling, reading books, and much more are all laid out by New Vision's technical instructor David Ward. These episodes are especially helpful for new ones to the platform and seniors who are learning how to use their new device.


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Brief educational episodes highlighting and demonstrating features of the Amazon Echo. Commands for Alarms, Timers, Phone Calling, reading books, and much more are all laid out by New Vision's technical instructor David Ward. These episodes are especially helpful for new ones to the platform and seniors who are learning how to use their new device.






Episode 265 New Reminders Feature, Get Your Reminders EVERYWHERE!

In this episode we take a look at a seemingly new feature that allows you to get your reminders broadcast across all your Echos or a select number of them. We also revisit the options for repeating reminders, follow-up mode, and a few other options.


Episode 264 New Timer Features - Don't Burn the Pizza!

We delve into Timer settings that allow you to get those vital alerts on all your Echos and/or your telephone. Never burn that pizza again!


Episode 263 [From Our Archives] Guard Mode

We delve back into our treasure chest of past episodes and pull out a oldie but a goodie, about Guard Mode. That's right the ability to use your Amazon Echo like a guard dog for your home, to alert you when something might not be right at home.


Episode 262 Amazon Music's Explicit Content Filters: A Frightening Failure

In this episode we take a deep dive into Amazon Music's Explicit Content Filters, Parental Controls, and utter lack of features compared to some 3rd party services. Did you know you can't block a song, album, or artist! Its true. Even if it was for benign reasons, for example two artist with the the same name, an you simply don't want to hear one but only the other. Or worse yet the Parental Controls don't give you any clear blacklist or white-listing options. No worries Spotify comes to the rescue or does it? Submit Feature Requests for Amazon Music


Episode 261 Talking Back to DJ's and Amazon Music Price Hike

In this episode we demonstrate how you can give feedback to your favorite music stations on iHeartRadio and discuss the price hike on Amazon Unlimited Music.


Episode 260 Smorgasbord of Tips

This concludes season 5 of the Echo Tips Podcast. We cover a variety of past demos, just in case you missed them. Also have a listen to our possible new theme music and vote on what you like best.


Episode 259 Blueprints, Personal Skills we can Make Ourselves

In this episode we revisit Blueprints. Blueprints allow you to create custom skills for yourself, your family, and/or your business! Formerly covered in episode 154.


258: AI gives A-Lady Brains and maybe a Personality (We Hope)

What does Amazon's AI, Google BARD AI, and OpenAI's ChatGPT, mean for the A-Lady. After some recent announcements from Google and Amazon about AI an their Virtual Assistants we explore what the future might hold. Show Notes: BARD coming to the Google Assistant: AI Plus Alexa META's AI Personas


Episode 257 Changing Alarms and Timers in Other Rooms

In this episode we take a look at how you can set alarms and timers on other Echos, no matter where they are located. We also revisit the Announcements feature and some new ways it operates.


Episode 256 AMI-Audio, Vision Australia, Bugs, and No More WEMO

In this episode we discuss two networks devoted to the vision impaired; namely AMI-Audio and Vision Australia. We also take a look at a set of reoccuring bugs with podcast playback and Audible audiobooks. Lastly, we visit some of the concerning news surrounding Belkin's WEMO and their smart devices. Link to Stacey's IOT Podcast dealing with WEMO


Episode 255 Prime Day Deals and We Revisit Alarms, Timers, and Reminders

There's some amazing Prime Day Deals, ending on July 12th. We discuss a few and then review the power of Alarms, Timers, and Reminders.


Episode 254 Disney Stories and Trivia

In this episode we revisit the brand new Hey Disney Skill. We take a look at the Disney Stories feature and trivia game.


Episode 253 Disney's Soundscapes Transport You to Other Worlds

In this episode you'll learn about the Hey Disney feature called Soundscapes. These can transfer you to a universe of your choosing whether its Disney, Marvel, or Star Wars!


Episode 252 Introducing the All New Hey Disney! Skill

In this episode we introduce you to the all-new Hey Disney! skill. There's a lot going on with this skill, so this is part one of several episodes about the Hey Disney Skill. Below find a list of some of the commands we used and some we'll use in the future. # Hey Disney Feature on Alexa Alexa, introduce me to Hey Disney Hey Disney! Start the magic Hey Disney, what can you do? Hey Disney! let’s go on an adventure! Hey Disney! play a soundscape Hey Disney, let's play Trivia Hey Disney, tell me a story


Episode 251 Outages, Nature Sounds, Sleep Jar, and Ambient Visions

In this episode we demo the Nature Sounds, Sleep Jar, and Ambient Visions Skills. We also highlight the recent Amazon outages that may have affected Alexa's performance over the past few days.


Episode 250 [From Our Archives] Location Based Reminders

Ever wanted to remind yourself of something as soon as you got home? What about work? Now you can using location-based reminders. In this episode, we’ll show you how to set up location-based reminders on your Amazon Echo device. Tune in now! From our Archives, previously episode 44.


Episode 249 No More Celebrity Voices, AI Voices, and the Future!

Tune in to the latest episode of Echo Tips where we discuss Amazon’s recent decision to discontinue its celebrity voices for its virtual assistant. We’ll cover the launch of the feature in 2019 with Samuel L. Jackson’s voice and the addition of Shaq and Melissa McCarthy. We’ll also talk about what this means for users who paid for these voices and what we think the future holds for custom voices on the Amazon Echo. And how AI is going to make our Alexa devices smarter than ever. Referenced in this Podcast: The Verge: VoiceMod's


Episode 248 New Devices Echo Pop and Echo Show 5

Get ready for the latest episode of the Echo Tips Podcast! This week, we’re diving into the exciting new features of the Echo Pop and the newly revised Echo Show 5. Tune in to learn all about these amazing devices and how they can enhance your smart home experience. Don’t miss it!


247: TV Schedules Revisited

Are you tired of missing your favorite TV shows? Tune in to the latest episode of the Echo Tips Podcast to learn how your Echo can help you stay on top of TV schedules and never miss a show again!


Episode 246 Navigating Podcasts and Audible Revisited

This was one of our most popular podcast episodes of all time! So we dusted it off and brought it back for your listening pleasure, plus we mention some of the latest features that are now available that weren't then.