Alexa Adds Sparkle to the Fourth of July

Get ready to impress the park patrons this firework season when you share the exact moment the sun is expected to set and the fiery shower of light will hit the skies. Check-in with Amazon’s Alexa for the scoop on…

Use Alexa to Locate Family Members

Keep tabs on family members with the free Life360 mobile app and accompanying Alexa skill. After downloading the mobile app and enabling and linking the Alexa skill, you’ll be able to receive notifications when family members leave work, arrive at…

How to Add Custom Phrases to Amazon Alexa Routines

Personalize your Alexa routines by adding custom language to existing or new routines. Open the Alexa app, select “Routines” click on an existing routine, such as “Start my morning,” select > Action > Alexa Says > Custom and type in…

How to Update the Software on Alexa Devices
Although your Alexa-enabled devices will typically update on their own when connected to WiFi, you may occasionally find that your device is missing new skills and features. If you have a voice-only Alexa device (no screen) such as an Echo…
5 Ways Amazon Alexa Can Help Seniors

Although Amazon was not targeting elderly or disabled adults with the creation of the Echo device, one of the most promising aspects of the Echo’s assistive technology is its ability to offer easily accessible information and services to consumers who may…

Buff Up on History with the Time Machine Skill for Alexa
Catch top NY Times newspaper headlines from a random year in history (going back to 1851) with the sweet and simple Time Machine Alexa skill. Enable the skill and say, "Alexa, open Time Machine" to start your journey to the…
Alexa Developer Top Feature Requests

Offering developers the ability to add an Alexa skill to an Alexa routine was the most-voted on developer request submitted to Amazon — and a request that has since been granted by Amazon’s Alexa team. Current top requests include the…

Score Special Deals with the Best Buy Alexa Skill

Best Buy is offering periodic voice-only deals that you can only score with your smart speaker. Recent deals include a $5 (shipping included) Amazon smart plug. You won’t find these deals on BestBuy.com or in stores. Get voice-only deals by asking Alexa…

How to Listen to Bird Sounds with Alexa

If you’ve ever wondered what the call of a bald eagle or a blue jay sounds like, check out the “Bird Songs” Alexa skill. Enable the skill and say, “Alexa, ask Bird Song for a blackbird” (or another bird name) to…

How to Watch Free TV with Alexa

Editor’s Note: For an updated, comprehensive guide to watching Free TV with Alexa, please go here. If you have an Alexa-enabled device with a screen (Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV, etc.) check out the Stream Player Alexa skill. You’ll…