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Make a Houseguest Guide With Alexa Make a Houseguest Guide With Alexa

The Houseguest Guide on Alexa Skill Blueprints lets you program your Alexa to answer questions for housesitters, babysitters, and other guests. You can explain the TV remotes, the garbage routine, and the trick to make the shower work, and Alexa will wrap it all inside a Houseguest Guide skill.

How to Use Alexa's Useful New Calendar Features  How to Use Alexa's Useful New Calendar Features 

Your Amazon Alexa device will now work a bit better with your calendar.

Ask Alexa or Google Home to Read Your Child a Personalized Bedtime Story With This Skill Ask Alexa or Google Home to Read Your Child a Personalized Bedtime Story With This Skill

If you’re looking to change up your bedtime story routine, this Alexa skill can help. Short Bedtime Story will read a, you guessed it, short bedtime story to your child, using his or her name.

Use Alexa to Figure Out What Food Pairs With Your Beer  Use Alexa to Figure Out What Food Pairs With Your Beer 

When we think about pairing alcohol with our food, the first thing that comes to mind is typically wine. While a nice wine pairing is great, you can also pair your food with beer.

Use Alexa to Track Your Favorite Football Team and More  Use Alexa to Track Your Favorite Football Team and More 

Football season is officially upon us. If you have an Amazon Echo device, then you can use Alexa to keep track of your favorite team, get up-to-the-minute stats about players on the field, and even keep track of your fantasy football team.

Get First Aid Tips Hands-Free With This Alexa Skill Get First Aid Tips Hands-Free With This Alexa Skill

We all probably know basic first aid like what to do when you get a burn or what you’re supposed to do if you cut your finger in the kitchen. That said, when the time comes for you to actually use all that knowledge, it’s easy to second-guess yourself. The Mayo Clinic has an Alexa skill that can help keep you on track…

How to Use Amazon Echo as Your Home Security System How to Use Amazon Echo as Your Home Security System

If you’re renting, you may not be able to install a traditional wired security system—and if you live in a small space, you probably won’t need to. Instead, consider building your own security system piecemeal with an Amazon Echo device as the brains of the operation. Amazon’s Alexa integrates with literally thousands…

Get DarkSky's Hyperlocal Weather Forecasting on Alexa With This Skill Get DarkSky's Hyperlocal Weather Forecasting on Alexa With This Skill

If you look back at my Alexa history, the most common question I ask is what the weather is. In San Francisco, the temperature outside can typically range from 50 to 75 each day, and before I make the trek down three flights of stairs with my pup for our morning stroll, I typically want to know what end of the…

Alexa Can Now 'Get Back to You On That' Alexa Can Now 'Get Back to You On That'

Given that asking for facts is the most commonly-used feature of smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Alexa users are probably familiar with the phrase “I’m sorry, I don’t know that.”

Deter Would-Be Burglars With This Alexa Skill Written By Former SNL Writers Deter Would-Be Burglars With This Alexa Skill Written By Former SNL Writers

Growing up, my mom would always turn on NPR when we would leave the house. Her idea was that if a potential burglar was scoping out the place they would hear the radio and either think the speakers were in the house, or at the very least think there was someone at home listening to the broadcast. I’m not sure how…

Amazon's Read-Along App for Kids Is Now Free   Amazon's Read-Along App for Kids Is Now Free  

You know those viral videos where it looks like you’re spying on a text conversation? They vary in satisfaction, but they’re hard to turn away from. That’s sort of the concept behind Amazon Rapids, the chat-style storytelling app for kids ages 5-12. Young readers follow along as stories unfold through text bubbles.…

Use Alexa to Determine What Wine to Serve With Your Dinner Use Alexa to Determine What Wine to Serve With Your Dinner

If you don’t have any wine knowledge, figuring out what wine to serve with dinner can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. While most of us have a decent idea of what to serve with a steak, when it comes to other dishes like pizza or apple pie our current knowledge might fall a little short.

Text Your Toddler Through Alexa Using Mommy-gram Text Your Toddler Through Alexa Using Mommy-gram

You probably don’t want to give your toddler a cell phone, but sending a message to your child at home between meetings or getting that all-important “Where are the Cheerios?!” message via text rather than a dozen phone calls could be pretty nice.

Use Alexa to Perfect Your Grilling Technique Use Alexa to Perfect Your Grilling Technique

When it comes to hamburgers and hot dogs, most of us have a good idea of the right way to grill them up. And even if you don’t, as long as you pay attention to what you’re doing it’s pretty hard to screw them up entirely.

Learn How to Cut Veggies the Right Way With This Alexa Skill Learn How to Cut Veggies the Right Way With This Alexa Skill

Do you really know how to cut broccoli? How about a Kiwi?

How to Listen to and Delete Everything Your Alexa Has Recorded How to Listen to and Delete Everything Your Alexa Has Recorded

Last week a story circulated the web about Alexa recording the personal conversation of a woman and then sending it to a friend of hers. While that was certainly a unique predicament, it can be good to periodically look at what your own Alexa has picked up.

How to Donate to Charity Using Alexa How to Donate to Charity Using Alexa

Amazon launched a new feature for the smart assistant today that allows you to donate anywhere between $5 and $5,000 using your voice. To donate, you just have to say, “Alexa, donate [X amount of dollars] to the American Heart Association.” You don’t have to enable any special skills to make it happen.

Livestream March Madness Games Using Alexa Livestream March Madness Games Using Alexa

I grew up in North Carolina where we’re all very serious about college basketball. When you live within a few miles of both UNC and Duke, and in the general vicinity of Wake Forest let’s just say your March Madness brackets aren’t just a fun thing you do with friends — you’re drawing potentially friendship-ending…

How to Stop Giving Amazon Your Money How to Stop Giving Amazon Your Money

It can be hard to imagine your life with out Amazon. The company offers everything from online shopping to audiobooks to AI-powered speakers, all at cut-throat prices, but Amazon also does a lot of things that you might not agree with.

How to Send Android Text Messages With Your Amazon Echo or Google Home How to Send Android Text Messages With Your Amazon Echo or Google Home

Making phone calls with your smart speaker has been an option for a while now (whether you prefer Amazon’s Alexa AI or a Google Home device) but sending text messages is another story entirely.

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