Amazon Echo Listening

If you are prone to paranoia, the idea of the Amazon Echo listening in so it’s ready to respond at the drop of an “Alexa” or “Echo”, might be disconcerting. Convenience sometimes requires privacy. One must trust that your Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot or Amazon Tap listens for the wake word “Alexa”, “Echo” or “Amazon.” and your home...
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Amazon Echo is raining cats & dog jokes

At least 3 times a day, I’ll think to myself “I want to hear a dog joke!” or “If I were single, I’d have 11 cats and I would want to know cat jokes to tell the postman when he tries to avoid me.” Dog jokes and cat jokes are great and wonderful. Once again, your Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot or Amazon Tap can do something great and wonderful: Tell you cat and dog...
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Big Nerds release videos

Big Nerds live on the smart side of life. If you’re a person who lives on the smart side of life (not me, thank you!), you might very well be interested in learning how to develop Alexa Skills. Here’s the one I would develop: “Alexa, without nagging, please get my son to brush his teeth better.” Here are the first two videos from Big Nerd Ranch showing us how to develop...
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Let’s go Alexa!

Alexa, set a timer for 10 minutes, please. One of the things I loathe as a parent is nagging our child. “Please clean up your toys.” “Please put your clothes away.” “We have to go now… let’s go!” It’s no fun for anyone. Enter: Amazon Echo and “Alexa set a timer for x minutes.” The Amazon Echo Timer skill has made our lives better....
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IF THIS THEN THAT – IFTTT

The Model T When I got online back in the stone age (1994), before cool things like IFTTT, the internet was text-based and one had to use Unix commands to do simple things like check email and search. When the World Wide Web began (different than “The Internet”) I had to get someone to help me hook up this thing I BOUGHT called a “NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR” to my Netcom account....
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Amazon Echo Celebrity Alarm Voices & Repeating Alarms

It’s Alarming! Instead of setting a new alarm every day, you can now set one to repeat on your Amazon Echo and then pick from some celebrity voices and have an “Amazon Echo Celebrity Alarm!” Alec (thanks for the correction!!) Baldwin, Missy Elliot, Jason Schwartzman and Dan Marino were all kind enough to donate their time and record wake up messages for free. (hahaha yeah,...
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