Amazon Alexa is the retail giant's "personal assistant" that lives inside of every Amazon Echo and Amazon Fire TV Stick device. The smart digital assistant helps you with virtually any task, such as giving you weather updates or playing music, prompted simply by the sound of your voice. Just ask "Hey, Alexa!" and the device will wait for your command. While Alexa is pretty useful around the house, the assistant also has a playful side that can sometimes be downright weird. And while Alexa can be useful -- like with setting timers or telling you the headlines -- it's the more weird and wacky Alexa skills that we just can't get enough of.
Smart speakers are taking over British homes. A recent UK Gov survey found the number had doubled in three months, with around 10% of Brits owning one – and that 75% of these were Amazon Echo devices. The overwhelming majority are used for basic tasks like playing music and answering general knowledge questions – but with the right tips, tricks, skills and accessories you can get the Echo's digital assistant Alexa to do just about anything… Privacy please You can always mute the mics on an Echo device to stop it listening, but if you're concerned you've been over-sharing, deleting your recordings and query history is the next step. Doing so is easy: you can select individual recordings in the Alexa app, or take the nuclear option and delete your daily, weekly, monthly or entire history through the Alexa privacy settings on the Amazon website. If you have multiple Alexa devices you can use them as an intercom in your home.
Amazon Alexa is quite possibly one of the best things to ever happen to your smart home. The voice assistant is capable of quickly ordering pizza from Domino's or Pizza Hut, playing podcasts throughout your home, and even playing a quick game of Skyrim. It can help you find a date, or even sleep better with relaxing meditation and sleep machines with nature sounds. But did you know Alexa can also help you be a better parent to your child? There are a number of clever tips, tricks, and skills that you can tap into via Alexa which will help you navigate the unpredictable journey of parenthood.
So you got yourself a brand new Amazon Echo Dot. You'll get along great with it. But before you start yelling at your shiny new toy, take a quick look at the full range of what it can do for you. It's more than you might have imagined. The tips and tricks below also mostly work for, well, any Alexa-powered device.
Updated for 2018 back to school. There's no doubt Amazon's Alexa has taken the home by storm. If you're sharing a room with another student, cramming for exams, or living away from mom and dad for the first time, Alexa can help. It can also help if you're studying from home. No matter where you learn, Alexa is standing by to help out.