Amazon Echo’s newest wake word

Amazon Echo’s newest wake word on its five year mission to seek out new worlds… oh, wait… Sorry. Amazon Echo’s newest wake word is “Computer” as in… “Computer, set a course for home…” and we zoom in on Captain James Tiberius Kirk. This is more silly fun that the geniuses at Amazon have added. Give it a try: Go to your Alexa App and...
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Amazon Music Unlimited on the Echo

Though I’m a Spotify guy, the new service, Amazon Music Unlimited, is whispering sweet nothings to me and my Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot. If you’d told a teenaged me that there would be a day when I could sit in my living room and say “play Tales from Topographic Oceans” and my living room would immediately be filled with said musical insanity I would say “you, sir...
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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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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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The Gassy Amazon Echo in action

Before the fun – Seriousness! When I encounter silly tech things, I always think of a friend of mine who was instrumental in making the internet ubiquitous. He pointed out the irony of the amount of work he and others did as programmers so we could watch videos of people getting kicked in the nuts and cats falling off tables. He wasn’t upset about it. Not at all. He thought it was a...
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Make your Echo pass gas

Make your Amazon Echo fart “Alexa, ask for a fart!” is my son’s favorite thing to say to the Amazon Echo. Of course, it involves having the skill switched on and, come on… why wouldn’t you want to have the farting skill turned on. Channel your inner 13 year old boy. (Or, in my case, your inner 6 year old boy.) If you’ve forgotten how to turn on skills for...
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