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Make Your Own Alexa Skill With Blueprints

One of the great things about Alexa is she is cloud-based. This means she will update with more features on a regular basis. I just discovered blueprints ( ) I just started playing with these, and I found the chore and "whose turn" to be very helpful. If you're creative, this will spark a giant brainstorm in your head.


Alex Now Remembers

Alexa Helps You Remember Anything You can now ask Alexa remember things for you. All you have to say is "Alexa remember ______" and she will make you confirm and that's it. So this could be birthdays, shirt sizes, where the extra blankets are, what wiper blades to use on the volvo, etc. I don't see where you can edit these, so I'm not sure if you accidentally say Grandma's birthday is March 17th when it's really April 17th. I don't see any place in the app to update these. Alexa Follow...


I Got an Amazon Dot Now What?

Today we play a bit with notifications in case you are wondering why your Amazon blinking green. I Got an Amazon Device - Now What Do I Do With It. After doing this show since November 0f 2016, I thought I would help those that are just joining us and share my experiences. I Started With An Echo My original device was the Amazon Echo (now version 2). The speaker sounds great, but if you are looking more for functionality (or you'll just plug in better speaker) you get started with a...


Announce that Dinner is Ready - IHome iAVS16 Product Review

Comments? 888-563-3228 Alexa just rolled out the ability to use all the Amazon Devices as a one-way intercom. Simply Say Alex Announce that dinner is ready and she will announce it on any Amazon Device. iHome iAVS16 SMart Alarm Clock with Alexa Enabled Today I'm reviewing the iHome Smart Alarm Clock the iAVS16 I found the iHome Smart Alarm clock (with Alexa) at Best Buy (FYI it's $25 cheaper at Amazon) and it sounded pretty darn good. Then I found out it was...


Stream Sports on TuneIn for $2.99 a Month

Alex is Getting Brief Mode is Coming This is an experimental feature not available everywhere. Settings > Alexa Voice Response (at the very bottom) Alexa Can Fart On Command Just say, "Alexa Fart." Yep, this should be a big hit with the kids. Taking Another Look At Alexa Routines For me I say, "Alexa, kill the lights," and all of my smart lights go out and she tells me the weather (as I plan on using this when I get ready to leave). I did find I couldn't use it with things that she...


Listening to Podcasts on Alexa With William Nutt

Today we are joined by William Nut from which is one of our partners who is supporting our mission to help users make the most of Alexa, and follow her captivating evolution, through meaningful news, intuitive guides, trusted recommendations and much more. It's “the book” on Alexa, if you will, and they'd be delighted for you to join them on their journey along the next great technological phenomenon. Check them out at Mentioned on the Show School of Podcasting here is...


Control Your TV With Alexa

Today I talk about how I can control my Amazon Fire TV with my Alexa Device, and I try out Firefox on Fire TV


Alexa is Now a Clock Radio

Amazon Music News: Goodbye Music Storage - Hello Hits By Location - Waking Up to Music Amazon quietly announced this week it’s retiring its Amazon Music Storage subscription plans, with plans to completely disallow playing or downloading songs from the service starting in January 2019. So in the past, you could upload your entire music catalog into Amazon and have it available to play (and for Alexa). There’s a long grace period before access to your music is permanently disabled, however....


Checking Your Orders Without Outing Santa Claus

Support the show by going to Being Careful Checking Your Orders with Alexa Currently, when I ask Alexa for an update on my orders she tells me when an item should arrive including the item's name. This may not be a good thing as at times Alexa needs to whisper sometimes (and she hasn't been programmed for that). You can go into your app and turn of the ability for her to announce the name. Go to: Settings > Notifications >Shopping Notifications (from there you can set...


Black Friday Alexa Deals End on 11/27/17 at Midnight

There are some great deals on Alexa enabled items where you can save up to $50. These end on Cyber Monday 11/27 at midnight. Echo Dots are $29 (normally $50) The New Echo with Improved sound is $79 Echo Plus that comes with a philips bulb is $120 For all the great deals see (aff li


Alexa and Thanksgiving

See full notes at This week we have Alexa take a look at Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for? When was the first Thanksgiving? Give me a Thanksgiving Haiku? Tell me a Vegetable Joke? MOre great conversions (Gigabytes to Megabytes) It's Turkey Time! Am I Naughty or Nice (multiple answers) Christmas Facts Skill Who is hosting Saturday Night Live Alex Let's shop Oprah's Favorite Things? Canada Now Gets Alexa!


Best Buy Deals of the Day on Alexa

What's Up Alexa? Today we learn a way go get a quick update (alexa, What's up) How to get a 7-day forecast (Alexa what's the 7-day forecast?) Best Buy Deals Use the Best Buy skill to: - Hear and purchase deals from Best Buy's Deal of the Day - Research products and get recommendations - Learn about our return policy Alexa asked me if I wanted to buy each deal. On days where there are a lot of deals, this could be very annoying. More information A Love Song Alexa, sing me a love song."...


Music Groups and Alexa Routines Test Drive

How to Make Music Groups Work I was having an issue after creating a music group (Go to Smart Home in the Alexa App > Groups > Add Group I talked about this in a previous episode that you can use Spotify with this feature, but you can use the following: Amazon Music Unlimited (Individual plan or Family plan) Prime Music Amazon Music Some third-party music providers I found out one of the third party features is iHeart Radio and Pandora Once enabled, say, "Play [music selection] on [group...


Amazon Alexa Now Has Custom Lists and Recognizes Different Voices

One of the great things about the Amazon Echo is it is constantly getting smarter. Today we talk about two new features being added to the Amazon Alexa platform. Amazon Echo Custom Lists Comes to Alexa Alexa comes built in with a shopping list and a todo list. Now you can create your own lists. For example, you can create a list for a certain store (i.e. Walmart). You could have a certain project (packing for vacation). To use the new feature, you’ll say, “Alexa, create a list.” And Alexa...


The Amazon Echo Family Grows

Today we talk about Echo Connect, Buttons, Echo Spot, and the new cheaper Echo.Click to view: show page on Awesound


Alexa (and the Tic) Make Housework Fun

Today we get some insights on Recipes, and we have a skill to make housework chores more fun, and we have new ways to ask for music.


Amazon Prime Day - Echo Dots for $35

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Sirius XM Comes to Amazon Echo

Today we hear about Sirius XM Using the Echo Show as a baby Monitor Study on Smart Speaker OwnersFor more information go to to view: show page on Awesound


Have Alexa Track Your Calories With Your Voice via Nutrionix

Today I play with the Nutrionix skill which allows me to tell Alexa what I ate and it will put it into the Nutritionix app.Click to view: show page on Awesound


Amazon Introduces the Echo Show - Video Calling and All The Other Alexa Features

Today we hear about the newest addition from Amazon. An Alexa device with video callingClick to view: show page on Awesound