Ask Alexa Anything

Alexa is Amazon’s answer to Siri the voice command assistant for your digitally connected devices. I have Alexa running on my Nexus Smartphone and recently they added the capability to my Amazon Fire TV. So now I can use my remote or smartphone and say the following to the TV and have the answers, video, music etc. displayed on my big screen HDTV. You can also use Alexa on iPads and iPhones.

  • Play a song in my Amazon Library
  • Launch a movie from Netflix
  • What’s on my calendar or to do list
  • Play a favorite music or news station from any radio station in the world
  • Read the next chapter from my Kindle book
  • What’s my flash briefing from NPR News
  • Re-order physical products you previously purchased on the Amazon website.
  • Ask Alexa to find and read information from Wikipedia
  • Tell me a joke – What do you call a Grizzly with no teeth (Ans. a gummy bear)
  • Alexa Skills -turn on skills that allow your device to tell you about upcoming concerts in your city or play math games with you.

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What Is The Most Useful Site In The History Of The Internet

I’m going to bet 10 cents that no one guesses this site: Here are some of the things this site can do that Google can not:

  • Know exactly what to expect when you go to the doctor

  • You can plug in various bits of information to find out risks of developing diseases.

  • Generate awesome demographic charts

  • How much a dollar from any point in history would be worth today

  • Convert, say, 1950 dollars to 1995 dollars

  • Compare all sorts of man-made structures

  • You can learn about what the internet sees when they look at your computer

  • You can also look at long-term energy price trends for all sorts of locations

Ok, so pay your 10 cents if you didn’t say the site was Wolfram Alpha.

LifeHacker just came up with 13 awesome tricks for the Average Wolfram Alpha User

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