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How to use Alexa Blueprints for DIY fun galore

How to use Alexa Blueprints for DIY fun galore

It's time to turn Alexa into a joke machine, using the first round of Alexa Blueprints to do some mischief. If you're a big fan of The Office, you know the episode cold open where Michael Scott figures out he can make his computer speak. Today, you can make all your Amazon Echo or otherwise Alexa-infused devices do what you want. Or at least answer all the questions you ask it, how you wish.

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Alexa Skill Blueprints let anyone create personalized experiences

Alexa Skill Blueprints let anyone create personalized experiences

Amazon has announced Alexa Skill Blueprints, a new way for users to vastly personalize their Alexa experience. With Blueprints, users can create their on personalized skills and responses using templates, with a total of 20 Skill Blueprints being offered initially. The process is said to be simple enough for anyone to use, no coding skills necessary.

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We’re all over this Amazon Echo Spot double-deal: Here’s why

We’re all over this Amazon Echo Spot double-deal: Here’s why

It's Alexa's cutest device, but Amazon's Echo Spot needn't break the bank courtesy of a deal the retailer is running on the spherical smart speaker. Launched in December, the touchscreen-fronted gadget is more than just an alarm clock: it's a full Alexa smart home device. Usually it's $130, but Amazon is offering a way to save $40 on your order.

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Alexa Routines gets music support: here’s how to use it

Alexa Routines gets music support: here’s how to use it

Amazon has announced an improvement to Alexa's Routines feature, enabling the digital personal assistant to play music as one of its preset routines. Routines, as usual, enables the user to automate certain series of actions, such as reading the news, turning on the lights, and getting the traffic based on a trigger phrase. Now users can make music part of those routines.

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Amazon Alexa gets DVR support for TiVo, DISH, and more

Amazon Alexa gets DVR support for TiVo, DISH, and more

Amazon's Alexa personal assistant now supports DVRs from certain companies, including TiVo, DISH, DirecTV, and Verizon. The new capabilities are made possible by an update to the Video Skill API, which Amazon announced today. With it, users can ask Alexa to schedule a new DVR recording and manage existing recordings, among other things. One example of a voice command now supported by the Video Skill API is, "Alexa, record TV Show Name."

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Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Amazon plans to join the custom chip club, with future Alexa devices like the Echo smart speaker reportedly set to be powered by a homegrown AI processor. Efforts to design a special chipset that would give Alexa offline talents, among other improvements, are said to have been underway for the past few years. As well as further differentiating its assistant technology, it could also open Amazon up to a potentially lucrative new market.

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Alexa SMS support lets users send text messages via voice

Alexa SMS support lets users send text messages via voice

Amazon's digital assistant Alexa is on the receiving end of a new ability: SMS support. With this, Alexa users located in the US can now use their smart speaker to send a text message to one of their contacts. This joins Alexa messaging, expanding the number of people that Echo device owners can message using the hands-free convenience that comes with voice commands.

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Amazon Prime had a ridiculously good 2017

Amazon Prime had a ridiculously good 2017

It'll probably come as little surprise that Amazon had a great 2017, with the online retailer announcing it shipped more than five billion items worldwide to its Prime subscribers. While Alexa-toting gadgets like the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Remote had already cemented their spots as popular Amazon products over the holidays, it turns out that Jeff Bezos' online behemoth is popular for more than just tech.

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100+ Alexa skills every Echo owner should know about

100+ Alexa skills every Echo owner should know about

Christmas has come and gone and the odds are high you received an Echo device; maybe it was the flagship model, maybe it was the smaller Dot or the display-toting Show. Regardless, Alexa is now a resident in your home, and she can get stuff done...if you know how to use her properly. Key to Alexa's usefulness are her skills, of which she has many, but they're not all made equal. Find here more than 100 skills every Alexa owner should know about.

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5 ways to get the best out of Amazon Alexa

5 ways to get the best out of Amazon Alexa

Amazon's Alexa turned out to be the holiday guest in millions of homes this year, and that means plenty of people getting to grips with everything their new Echo can do. Although she may be most often seen as a joke-telling, fact-searching assistant, Alexa can do plenty more than that. Read on for five things to do in order to get the most out of Alexa.

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Amazon Alexa the holiday 2017 star with “millions” of Echo Dot sold

Amazon Alexa the holiday 2017 star with “millions” of Echo Dot sold

Amazon's Alexa has stormed the holidays, with the voice assistant - and the Echo devices that embody her - a huge sales success at Christmas 2017. The Echo Dot, Amazon's most affordable Alexa device, and the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were the retailer's number one and number two top-selling products, respectively, Amazon confirmed today. That only underscored evidence from the Apple App Store suggesting Alexa had spread considerably on Christmas morning.

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Echo Show YouTube support is back

Echo Show YouTube support is back

The Alexa-powered Echo Show has regained YouTube support, following a spat between Amazon and Google, though there have been compromises along the way. The touchscreen-fronted smart speaker launched earlier this year with the ability to search for and play YouTube videos. However, that was subsequently disabled after the Google-owned video service complained about how Amazon had implemented the streaming.

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