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nannyH Sat 26-Dec-20 16:10:46

We have been given an echo-dot as a surprise Christmas present. Just wondering what Alexa can do for us apart from music and are there any pitfalls to be wary of? Advice from GNs before I switch it on, please!!!

Spangler Sat 26-Dec-20 16:18:55

It can, does and will, spy on you. Covert surveillance or what?

Floradora9 Sat 26-Dec-20 16:22:09

Great for timers , weather forecast , silly games , latest news . I get mine to read to me the books I have on my kindle while I do other things like cooking . Great for radio stations too .

Charleygirl5 Sat 26-Dec-20 16:22:36

There is a section on this subject already which gives you good information.

I am partially sighted so I use it as an alarm clock, a food timer, what the weather is in my region, the news, She is very good at additions etc. playing music, making a shopping list, remind you at eg 6 pm tonight to ring X.

I love mine and you will also one you get used to it.

I woke up the other morning to ask Alexa the time. She obviously did not understand my croaky voice so told me that men and women shop differently- really?

She warns me when an Amazon parcel is en route and tells me the contents but unfortunately cannot tell me it is very close or will arrive between 4-6 pm.

I hope this has been of some use- others may come on board to help you.

Be warned she may tell you that you will have to pay x to play music- there is very little she will not play for free. Good luck.

FannyCornforth Sat 26-Dec-20 16:22:37

I love my echoes. I've got three dots, a large show and a small show.
My favourite thing is to link it to Audible, which of course is separate.

I'm not sure why Jeff Bezos wants to spy on me or DH.

cornishpatsy Sat 26-Dec-20 16:34:41

I like the question of the day. Google what can Alexa do, it gives fun things and suggestions you may not have thought of.

As for "it is spying on you", no more than tailored ads on any sites you go on or when you use a debit card.

Callistemon Sat 26-Dec-20 16:59:34

You can play Trivial Pursuit Tap with two to four people. Say "Alexa, open Trivial Pursuit Tap." Alexa explains how to play and then asks you which category pack you wish to use. Alexa then kicks off with the first category and question.

Grandmabatty Sat 26-Dec-20 17:36:58

I love the question of the day quiz and most of the other suggestions given up thread.

chelseababy Sat 26-Dec-20 18:49:47

Thanks Floradora9 I didnt know about Alexa reading me my kindle books. Will be useful for some book group items I'm not keen on.

Urmstongran Sat 26-Dec-20 18:56:43

My 8y old grandson loves to ask ‘tell me a knock-knock joke’.
Except he says ‘please would you ...’

Marydoll Sat 26-Dec-20 19:15:23

I play my Spotify playlist on my phone through Alexa, when I'm pottering about in the kitchen.

I also use it to speak to DH downstairs, when I'm in bed unwell and need something.
I just say, Alexa drop into the living room and issue my orders!!! wink

Charleygirl5 Sat 26-Dec-20 19:19:51

Marydoll are your orders carried out?!

Franbern Sun 27-Dec-20 09:54:25

Have had my little dot in my bedroom for over a year now and really love it. It is the best bedside clock I have very had, - neat, fades when lights go out. Superb as an alarm and just needs to tell it when you want the alarm on for. Plays my audible books to me. Can control the volume just by telling it to up or down, plays radio stations, tell me the weather for the day, etc. etc.

Mine answers to the name of Computer (I am an old time Treekie), The main Alex in my living room has to answer to name of Alexa as it is positioned under my tv there and got itself into confusion whenever I played any Star Episodes and characters were giving their 'Computer' instructions.

So taken with Alexa that my Chrissie pressie this year from my kids was one that goes into my car (fitting carried out by SiL). So, now, I can - by voice - instruct it to read book, play radio, even control my google maps . I really do love these great gadgets.

Marydoll Sun 27-Dec-20 10:02:22

Charleygirl, of course not. I end up standing at the top of the stairs shouting down! That doesn't work either. 🤬

Tweedle24 Sun 27-Dec-20 10:40:47

I use it all the time. I have a regular reminder to feed the cats their evening meal — like Pavlov’s dogs they rush to their food dishes when she pings.

I use her as a radio. As a food timer she is brilliant. When there are several things on the go: she can tell me which item needs attention.

As for surveillance, I don’t worry too much. My mobile has GPS built in. If the government really wants to know what I am doing on my landline, it can listen in. They have records of my birth, medical history, work history, income tax, bank accounts ( if they want it). I must remember not to speak out loud any passwords.

The danger comes, if course if a hostile government gains access to the information stored on these devices.

MiniMoon Sun 27-Dec-20 10:45:17

Download the Alexa app to your phone. There you will find all the "skills" that Alexa has. Skills are like apps, you enable them (you can do it with your voice). I like playing Pointless, twenty questions, and I listen to the radio. She will play any radio station that you have ever heard of. Current Christmas sounds is playing on mine,

Riverwalk Mon 28-Dec-20 07:53:09

Yesterday I signed up to the free trial of Audible and listened for three hours to Barak Obama reading his new book - he has such a great voice!

My problem is how do I get Alexa to resume the book - it doesn't respond to obvious instructions so I had to go to the App to request resume.

NanKate Mon 28-Dec-20 08:01:50

We have 4 Alexas as we like music or the radio all over the house.

I like to listen to Tibetan Bells when I want a half hour rest. DH scurries off as he doesn’t like them. Pan Pipes are very relaxing too, listening now.

Marydoll Mon 28-Dec-20 08:12:21

I should have said that our Alexas are linked to our Sonos system and we can play music through both system devices at the same time in different rooms.

NanKate Mon 28-Dec-20 09:11:38

What a multi-tasking family you are Mary 👍

Marydoll Mon 28-Dec-20 09:16:15

I am a woman, Kate, did you expect anything less? grin

We had Christmas playing in every room, when we were putting up the trees, It felt like being in a shopping mall. Whatever that is!

NanaandGrampy Mon 28-Dec-20 09:37:19

We love ours . We have 5 all over the house and we were given an Echo show for Christmas.

We have an apple music subscription linked to our phones and iPads. So we can play music all over the house , even out in my studio at the bottom of the garden.

Our Alexa's are linked to smart bulbs or plugs too so no scrabbling on the floor behind the sofas to turn things on, we just ask Alexa to do it.

Our show lets us video chat with out children and grandchildren too.

We love them!

MiniMoon Mon 28-Dec-20 10:25:11

I created a group for my Echos and play the radio or a music play list on the Echos in my living room, kitchen and bedroom simultaneously. Currently Scala radio is playing all round the house.

Megs36 Mon 28-Dec-20 20:28:30

My grandson gave us a Portal for Christmas with the promise of coming to set it up when ,if ever, visiting is allowed again, this afternoon I decided to open the box and read the very brief instructions; after about 4 hours, lots of swearing, and mobile phone messing about, I got it working😃😃😃. Spoke to grandson, very impressed, and several friends also impressed,
Lately I’ve had a few worries about my mental health, memory and general confusion so I feel very pleased with myself and think I can still cope a bit.
Don’t want to show off but needed to unload to someone who has no real interest.🧑🏻‍🦳🧑🏻‍🦳
Maybe inthe new year Imay have something to look forward .to.
Happy New Year everyone, Stay in ,Stay safe.

Marydoll Mon 28-Dec-20 21:19:20

Kudos to you Megs 👍