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12 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
Episode 207 New Photo Frame Mode for Echo Shows
In this episode you'll learn about Photo Frame mode, a feature originally unique to the Echo Show 15, but now available on all modern Echo Shows. This feature allows you photos to be viewed in all their glory minus the time and annoying news blurbs covering them up. Link to Website Mentioned in Podcast: About Amazon Blog Website with Alexa Updates
10 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
Episode 206 Turning on Request Sounds via Voice [An Accessibility Feature]
I've used this feature since the beginning. But only recently learned you could invoke it via voice.
16 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
Episode 205 Deterring Miscreants during Summer Vacation
Learn how I use People Detection, Routines, and Smart Plugs to make a apartment seem dwelled in, even when I'm not around.
9 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
Episode 204 Learning More from the Pros
In this episode we highlight the Dot to Dot podcast which is passing 2,000 episodes this week. It is a powerful resource for learning about Alexa Skills.
16 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
Episode 203 Echo Show vs. Google Nest Hub [Part 1]
In this episode we compare the Echo Show to the Google Nest Hub. We'll highlight two features that differentiate the Nest Hub from the Echo Show. We'll try to revisit this topic, since there's a lot more to say.
12 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
Episode 202 Captioning Video Calls in More Languages
In this episode you'll learn about live captioning of a video call that can be placed on your Amazon Echo Show. Additionally, you can change the font, font size, font color, and background to aid easier viewing.
12 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Episode 201 Skills for Braille
In this week's episode we review the Braille Bot and Braille Dots Skills. One serves as a reference tool and the other is a game to help with learning various Braille symbols.
15 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Episode 200 SpongeBob Challenge and Masterswords Skills
In this week's episode we cover additional educational skills on the Amazon Echo. These might be good for pre-schoolers, kindergartens, and more.
16 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Episode 199 Skills for Kindergarten Students
In this episode we look at three Skills that might be useful for your little ones. Aiding them with letters, numbers, counting, and more.
11 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
Episode 198 Sleep Sounds
In this episode we review a number of sleep sound skills available on the Alexa Store. I even have a recommendation in here for my dear Uncle Todd. Enjoy!
19 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Episode 197 Zoom Meetings on My Big TV for Under $110
In an effort to help a client who wanted to see folks on her big screen TV, we came up with this solution for Zoom Meetings.
11 minutes | May 25, 2022
Episode 196 [From Our Archives] Listening to Old Time Radio
In this episode we go back to episode 56, a super popular episode about Old Time Radio.
7 minutes | May 18, 2022
Episode 195 Navigating Podcast by Episode Number
Trying to listen to an old episode of a podcast? Learn how you can tell your Echo to play a specific episode.
12 minutes | May 11, 2022
Episode 194 Creepy Person in Front of My Door
In the April Alex Blog Roundup, Amazon discussed this new feature. Which allows a Ring Video Doorbell and soon a Google Nest Camera to send an alert to your Amazon Echo when a person or package is detected. Follow along as we discuss the step-by-step guide at bit.ly/frontdooralexa
17 minutes | May 4, 2022
Episode 193 Occupancy Detection
Want to dip your toes into home automation? Learn how your Echo can detect people in the room or when its empty; an respond accordingly. In today's episode we demo an Echo Show 10 using its camera for occupancy detection but hopefully we'll give the Echo Dot a try in the future. And see how the ultrasonic detection works in comparison.
6 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
Episode 192 Pollen Count and Air Quality
Battling Allergies? Learn how your Amazon Echo can reveal the pollen count for the day in your area! We will also look at how you can learn about the current air quality in your area.
12 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
Episode 191 Alexa Reminders Via Text Message
Learn how you can get your reminders sent to your phone via a text message! Great for folks who don't have a smartphone.
12 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
Episode 190 Notifications for Sales and Deals
Want to save a buck or two? Learn how your Amazon Echo can give you notice that an item in your wish list or cart is about to go on sale. [Revision: An Edit was added to this episode on 4/13/2022 at 9:45am EST, highlighting that this feature is advertised as a Amazon Prime feature.]
12 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
Episode 189 Help for Dieting - Food Facts
Trying to diet? Learn how your Amazon Echo can help you with food facts, so you know what you're eating!
15 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Episode 188 ZOOM Meetings on the Echo Show
Learn how you can join Zoom Meetings on a modern Amazon Echo Show.
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