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Follow the journey of using the Amazon Echo and get power tips and get more out of your Amazon Echo

Alexa Cast | An Unofficial Journey of an Amazon Echo User David Jackson

    • Technology
    • 3.8, 13 Ratings

Follow the journey of using the Amazon Echo and get power tips and get more out of your Amazon Echo

    Amazon Memorial Day Sale

    Amazon Memorial Day Sale

    Amazon is having a sale this weekend for the holiday and I've found some good deals.

    • 6 min
    Fitbit Versa 2 Now Alexa Enabled

    Fitbit Versa 2 Now Alexa Enabled

    Thie Fitbit Versa 2 is an amazing piece of technology. It's a smartwatch that elevates every moment. Use your voice to create alarms, set bedtime reminders or check the weather with Amazon Alexa built-in. Take your look from the gym to the office with its modern and versatile design. See your stats with an always-on display mode. In addition, get Fitbit pay, daily sleep quality scores, apps, notifications, 24/7 heart rate and store 300+ songs for an experience that revolves around you.Check it out at https://amzn.to/2yVABmP

    • 2 min
    Alex Now Remembers

    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 Up Mode There is also now the ability to Alexa more questions without having to say her name.  You can turn this on by going into the app, clicking on your device and turning on "follow up mode." This appears to keep her "listening" for about five seconds after she answers you.  So you can say, "Alexa add eggs to the shopping list, and she would reply and you could then add, "Add Milk to the shopping list" without having to say, Alexa before each item. New Houses Will Come Equipped with Alexa Lennar (the largest homebuilder in the US) announced Wednesday that standard features in its new homes will include built-in Wi-Fi, smart locks, doorbells, thermostats, and lights — all controlled by Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant. Each house will come with two Alexa-enabled smart speakers, an Echo Show and an Echo Dot. New homeowners will also get a free visit from an Amazon technician to help set everything up and teach them how to use it.

    • 5 min
    Announce that Dinner is Ready - IHome iAVS16 Product Review

    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 https://youtu.be/QrwihUQSx6w 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 Alexa Enabled and it had my attention, throw in that is has a built-in phone charger and I was sold. And as they say, "But wait there is more" the iHome app really takes advantage of your Spotify and other services integration. I can finally do what I've been trying to do and that is wake up to a Spotify playlist. For me, this was super cool. Other features as this unit is more than likely going to end up in a Bedroom is there is a light bar that you can set up. There are even smart buttons you can program. That's right you can press one button on the alarm clock and it will play your best Barry White playlist and set the mood with the proper lighting. Oh yea. Setup Is Easy You download a free app, connect the app to your wifi. Then you fire up the clock and the app connects the clock to your wi-fi and you're ready to roll. Likewise, you connect your music services to the iHome app and now you can program your music services to buttons on the top of the unit. Not So Great Surprises You can also program it to control smart devices*, but there is an asterisk there. Those devices have to be using Smart Outlets from iHome. There was one other pet peeve. On their website, it states the display is dimmable. It took me a while, but I figured out that the Snooze button is What Does it Sound Like? If you use to have a dot it's 8 million times better. You can adjust the bass and treble from the app, and I didn't know just how much bass I had until I went downstairs and heard all the bass pumping upstairs. If you're worried it won' t wake you?  Then you would have to be deaf. It will blast you out of the room. Want a warning shot? There is even an option to having soft soothing sounds play before the actual alarm. There is a Difference Between an Amazon Device and an Alexa Enabled Device While the iHome iAVS16 Smart Alarm Clock does everything I want it to do, when I went to try the "Announce" feature it stated that this feature was not available on this unit yet. I've never heard of this, but apparently, there is a difference between an actual Amazon Dot/echo/show and something that is Alexa enabled. Conclusion I've been wanting to wake to a Spotify playlist since music came to Alexa. While you can set music on an alarm in the Alex app, it wouldn't connect to a Spotify playlist and this does. The sound is great, and I have the bonus of a phone charger all in one. I don't have to ask Alexa what the temperature is outside or what alarm is set as they are both on the front of the display. You can buy it at Amazon.com (currently $125)   Watch the video at https://youtu.be/QrwihUQSx6w Thanks To Everyone Who Has Been Shopping At Amazon Through Our Affiliate Banners We appreciate it Amazon.com (aff link)

    • 10 min
    Stream Sports on TuneIn for $2.99 a Month

    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 Launch the Amazon Alexa app on your phone, tap the hamburger and select Routines. Routines can be triggered by a phrase, or set to turn on at a specific time (repeat options for multiple days are available).  Then you put in what you want her to do (so it's a big if this then that statement 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 already had built in. For example, "Alexa, I'm outa here" already had a built-in response.  There are other ways I could do this. I could assign the lights to a room and ask her to turn of a room or scene. You can also have her tell you the traffic and news.  Alexa Owners Get a Discount on TuneIn Live Alexa customers in the U.S. TuneIn Live, as the premium live audio subscription is called, will offer play-by-play calls from thousands of live sporting events, plus access to premium news stations, talk shows and other content. The subscription content comes from TuneIn partners like MLB, NBA, NHL, and the NFL, as well as news stations like CNBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Newsy, and others. he broader TuneIn service also pulls in content from over 120,000 owned and operated as well as partner radio stations, and 5.7 million on-demand programs The skill can be enabled on Alexa device with the command, “Alexa, open TuneIn Live.” TuneIn Live is available as of today, Major League Baseball’s 2018 Opening Day. This isn't the first time there has been a discount applied to Alexa users. The Amazon Music Unlimited Echo Plan lets Amazon Echo owners access all the benefits from Amazon’s on-demand music service on a single Echo device for $3.99 per month, instead of $7.99 per month for Prime members, or $9.99 per month for non-Prime members. When you open the skill, try asking Alexa: - Play the Yankees game - What games are on? - Listen to the Golden State Warriors - Turn on MSNBC Speaking of Discounts, there is a discounted version of Prime  Amazon announced this morning it will offer a low-cost version of its Prime membership program to qualifying recipients of Medicaid. The program will bring the cost of Prime down from the usual $10.99 per month to about half that, at $5.99 per month, while still offering the full range of Prime perks, including free, two-day shipping on millions of products, Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Photos, Prime Reading, Prime Now, Audible Channels, and more. The new program is an expansion on Amazon’s discounted Prime service for customers on government assistance, launched in June 2017. For the same price of $5.99 per month, Amazon offers Prime memberships to any U.S. customer with a valid EBT card – the card that’s used to disburse funds for assistance programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC).  

    • 13 min
    Listening to Podcasts on Alexa With William Nutt

    Listening to Podcasts on Alexa With William Nutt

    Today we are joined by William Nut from aelxa.bio 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 alexa.bio Mentioned on the Show School of Podcasting here is a video demonstrating the School of Podcasting Skill Castbox Stitcher Anypod

    • 12 min

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

PJDJ2007 ,

So helpful!

Well done - just exploring Her now and having fun using this podcast as my North Star... keep it up.

jimmeek55 ,

Great show!

Oh my gosh! I used to listen to, and correspond with Dave back in 2012 when I was doing podcasting with Ctrl-Alt-Deliver and listening to his School of Podcasting show. Just discovered this show and it is a joy to listen to. Dave’s delivery has always been very natural and heart felt. His audio quality is top notch. Glad to have reconnected with him and look forward to following this show. We have four Dots and one Echo in the house and looking to utilize them as fully as we can from intercoms to home automation. Hope to pick up some good tricks from Dave.

Agerillo ,

My Favorite Alexa Related Podcast

David does a great job! His topics are relative and intriguing. Sound quality and production seem very high quality for what he says is a work from home setup. I also find some of the things he says to be humorous and entertaining even when I’m not sure that’s exactly what he’s going for. He comes across as a “real” person and when I listen to his podcast, it’s like he’s having a conversation with me about the features and Alexa related news! Love it, definitely worth a listen and has helped me download some new skills that have been totally worthwhile!

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