One Fun, Free & Fantastic Game on Alexa

Most folks don't think of their intelligent assistant as a worthy game player.  Yet, as a result of the ability to add third-party skills, the Amazon Echo with Alexa can and will play games.  We are not talking about console style video games or even mobile games.  Instead, we are talking about entertainment which is more like being told a story, which you can respond to and change the outcome!  Does this sound interesting? Read More >>> about One Fun, Free & Fantastic Game on Alexa

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How to control your home with Echo and Alexa

The surprise hit use of Amazon Echo's voice assistant "Alexa",  has become the ability to control the electronics in your house. It's what techies like to call Home Automation. The idea is that you control the electronics in your house from your Echo by giving voice commands. For example, you can walk into a room and say:

  • "Alexa, turn on the living room light"
  • "Alexa, turn on the TV"
  • "Alexa, turn on all lights upstairs"
  • "Alexa, turn everything off"
  • "Alexa, set the bedroom light to purple"

What makes this so wonderful is that it can be done hands-free. When you get home and the house is dark, and your hands are loaded with bags, a simple verbal command can turn light your way through the entire house.  Read More >>> about How to control your home with Echo and Alexa

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6 Ways to Make Siri Do More Now

What if, you are a third party software developer and want your users to tell Siri to command your App to do something? For the first time in five years this is now possible. With a new feature in iOS 10, we third party software developers can now add voice control support to our App!

Siri is great!  Millions of people use this intelligent assistant on their iPhone and iPad to get their work done.  Read More >>> about 6 Ways to Make Siri Do More Now

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3 Ways to Boost Alexa

Alexa, the intelligent assistant which powers the Amazon Echo, Dot, TapFireTV, and Fire HD tablet, has the awesome ability to be extended.  Large companies have already created custom skills, including Fidelity Investments, Lyft, Campbell's Soup and Dominos Pizza.  It is through the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) announced in June 2015 where third party developers can extend Alexa -- and it has changed the way all intelligent assistants must operate. Read More >>> about 3 Ways to Boost Alexa

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These 4 Intelligent Assistants Make Life Easier

Voice assistants have finally become mainstream.  Not only can we can now use voice commands on automated phone systems, much of the electronics available is starting to embrace voice as a way to control the experience.  

Here, I am going to look at the four most important voice assistants available now:  Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana.  We'll take a brief look at advantages and disadvantages of each one. Read More >>> about These 4 Intelligent Assistants Make Life Easier

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