21 slim Alexa commands that you will use again and again

More than any other device, So our best approach of artificial intelligence. She has a voice and personality, and if you ask the right question, they will even be rude with you. Users even refer to Alexa, because they are not.” We have often preferred to say her name, instead of the name of the device itself, Amazon Echo.

Recently, Alexa has made the news it was reported that a Portland, Oregon couple of Echoes included in their conversation and sent it to a friend on their contact list. Amazon apologized say just Alexa took the wrong order was carried out.

You would be amazed at what Alexa has to say to you. My Echo-recordings, recorded conversations, these words also sound like Alexa. Click here to learn how to hear, and remove everything that your Alexa has been recorded.

In fact, I recently made a special podcast about Alexa and how it records and stores the calls. Click here to listen now, as you read this article. You can use my “Komando on the Question of” podcasts in the iTunes store, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts.

The most notable is that all Alexa can learn. They gain skills, day in and day out, and these skills improve over time. She gets to know you, and they will learn the sound and cadence love your voice. Together millions of Echo owners are feeding this imaginary friend, crowdsourcing her training as a legion of human mentors.

You can also create your own Alexa questions and answers. I played a joke on my son.

I told him to ask Alexa, “Alexa, who is the best mother of the world?” She answered, “I searched the whole internet and the whole history of the world. The best is subjective, but the answer is clear. The best mother in the world is Kim Komando. Now, go clean your room.” If you would like the program some of the questions and answers, click here for the steps. It is a lot of fun!

For many owners, the Alexa is more than a mere virtual assistant; she has become something like a domestic partner, Rosie, or R2-D2 can place your order to pick up.

Here are 21 commands that even seasoned Echo users do not know. Many of them are useful, some are fun, and give others the illusion that Alexa is as good as we are.

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1. Translate

Science fiction has long anticipated a “universal translator,” and Amazon is working to make that dream a reality. Alexa can translate into dozens of languages, from Spanish to Hindi, thanks to his Translation skill.

Start by saying “Alexa, open Translated,” then ask, “How do you say [text] in [language]?” Amazon is planning to develop a real-time translator, so stay tuned.

2. Play a song based on lyrics

You’re pretty sure it’s a band from the Nineties. You can remember that the chorus goes something like this: “the time of your liiiife.” But you have no idea what the other lyrics are, nor what the title is.

With this skill, all you have to do is say, “Alexa, play the song that goes [lyrics].” Then Alexa will say: “good riddance,” Green Day,” and you can be shocked that you never knew the actual title.

3. Distance Calculation

It is easier to plan your day if you know how far you are traveling. You can have a much better idea if you can squeeze in a Costco run in between meetings with clients and picking up your grandchildren.

You’ll have to give two different geographical points, such as recognizable landmarks (the eiffel tower) or a clear address (221B Baker Street). If Alexa knows where you live, you can also simply say: “home.”

Just ask Alexa, “How far Costco is from home?” and Alexa will use GPS to give you the driving distance.

4. Again

Your phone has a basic weather report, and with apps like Weather Underground, you can check accurate meteorological patterns. If you are sitting in your living room just too far away from a phone or an open window, you can say, “Alexa, what is the weather like this afternoon?”

5. Wind chill

Again, the actual temperature means very little when there’s an icy wind cutting through your light spring coat. If it is 50 degrees outside but light, it can easily feel like 30 degrees.

If you want to know how the temperature is going to be really feel outside, ask Alexa, “What is the wind chill?”

6. Dollars and cents

Without a calculator, most of us can only remember the most basic arithmetic, which is difficult when we the calculation of tips for the pizza delivery guy, or we try to figure out quarterly tax payments.

Conversion in English can be given in the same way difficult, especially when we are actively doing something, such as making measurements for a new IKEA sofa.

Alexa can understand a range of mathematical questions, such as: “Alexa, how much is $725 minus $48.34?” Or: “What is 324 miles in kilometers?”

7. With the car

Ask how long it takes to get from home to the office, and Alexa will tell you. This is not just an approximation, i.e., it takes traffic conditions into account. As with the distance, you have to give Alexa at identifiable locations, or an established home, or a designated address.

For example: “Alexa, how long will it take to drive from home to 317 Parker Lane?”

8. Store hours

This can be as simple as a Google search, but you can also just ask Alexa, the time that Home Depot, Walmart and other stores to open and to close. Alexa should know, the nearest shops, but you can to specify the location of an independent company.

Example: “Alexa, find business hours for Johnson’s Hardware.”

9. Sunrise and sunset

With fireworks and movies in the park, it is nice to know when the sunsets I had the time. You might also want to know when that dawn run.

But this is especially useful when you travel, and sunrises and sunsets occur at strange times. You could say, “Alexa, what is the sunset tomorrow in Albuquerque?”

10. Alarm

There you are, comfortably tucked away in bed, and the light is off. Surely, you remember: you have to wake up at 5 am for an early appointment. Not sure where your phone is, and you don’t feel like setting the alarm clock in the room.

Example: “Alexa, wake me up at 5 o’clock in the morning”

You can also set up similar timers for cooking and even the name of a specified timer.

11. Flatter me

This is a novelty, but it can be Alexa’s most human skill. They can help you if you’re an emotional pick-me-up. “Alexa, you flatter me.”

The Flatter Me skill to find a new compliment and it might be exactly what you need to hear, such as: “The people who love you are lucky to have you in their life.”

12. Meal ideas

You’re not alone if you’ve run out of ideas for dinner. You have cooked the same meals over and over for so many years that your family knows exactly what to expect.

Well, surprise them and yourself. Alexa can give you a recipe based on a maximum of three ingredients that you have in the fridge and pantry. This skill can be activated by saying “Alexa, open meal idea.”

13. The best recipes

You can also enjoy a meal in mind, but you want to search for in certain recipes. If you are thinking about making lasagna, Alexa gives you a list of ingredients to shop for and then step-by-step instructions.

Since recipes are more straightforward to read than hear, this skill is much easier with the Amazon Show, which can the recipe on the screen.

14. Wine

Of course, if you cook a nice meal, you’ll want to pair it with wine. None of us really know which wine goes with which food.

Alexa’s wine skill can give you a detailed explanation of which wines to choose for the food you eat. The skill is called WineSomm (short for “sommelier”), and even if it does not rival a real wine expert, it would be able to come up with compelling new labels.

Example: “Alexa, recommending a wine to go with Frois Gras.”

15. Bitcoin value

You’ve probably heard about Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency whose value has increased over the past few months. Still, the exact worth significantly varied from day to day, much less than the stock market.

If you want to know how much Bitcoin is worth in dollars, by asking: “Alexa, what is the value of one Bitcoin today?”

16. Opening bell

Many smart devices are introduced in the stock market, making it easy to check on the investments. The skill of Opening Bell gives you the stock prices for the companies you follow.

Example: “Alexa, ask Opening Bell of the price of Exxon.” A similar skill TD Ameritrade, who reacts to almost identical commands.

17. Play Audiobook

One of Amazon’s most contagious subsidiaries, Audible, audio book distribution network. When Alexa has access to the Audible app, you can quickly ask for re a specific title where you last left off.

Example: “Alexa, play ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.'”

18. Read Kindle Book

This is a more advanced skill that allows Alexa to read on a Kindle ebook in her own voice. Instead of just playing the pre-recorded version, produced professionally by a publisher, you can listen to the text read aloud. Not everyone will want to hear Alexa read with her robot-like inflection, but it can be useful, especially if you are otherwise occupied. (It is also a blessing for people who are seeing-impaired).

Example: “Alexa, read me my Kindle book.” Give that title.

19. Check Messages

You have just stepped out of the bath, and you do not want to pick-up your phone with wet hands. Or your eyes are tired and you just can’t bring yourself to look at another screen. If you have connected your Alexa to your phone or another device, can you ask her to orate your notifications.

You could say, “Alexa, what are my notifications?” Or you might even say, “Alexa, what did I miss?”

20. Add appointments to Calendar

Alexa is best known as a virtual assistant, and in many ways, in interaction with the Alexa is a bit like having a secretary follow you around your living room, a clipboard in hand, in anticipation of your next appointment. This is useful if you are forgetful, or you have your hands full.

Example: “Alexa, add an event to my calendar.” Later, when you need to check on your daily activities, you can say, “Alexa, what’s on my agenda for tomorrow?”

21. Skill finder

This is just a small selection from the thousands of the 15,000 skills Alexa has at its disposal. It may be useful, in this sea of possibilities, to ask the source.

Say, “Alexa, new skills” and Alexa will tell you about the three new.

How to enable Amazon Skills

Do you have an Alexa of skill that you like? Here is how you activate it.

1. Open your Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet, tap the menu icon (the three horizontal lines on the top left corner) and then tap Skills.

2. Here you can browse or search for the skills that you might want to use.

3. Tap on the desired skill, then tap Enable.” That’s it!

Note: Some skills can also be activated via voice commands. Just say “Alexa-enable”, followed by the skill name, and Alexa will enable that skill automatically.

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