Hey, Alexa? Amazon Echo Review

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I first got the Amazon Echo last December. I was gifted one by my incredible boss, and then proceeded to gift them to my parents, my sibling, and my BFF. It's that good...At first, the Echo was just another way for me to listen to awesome music, but it quickly became my go-to source for a lot of necessary every day kind of information. And that's why I wanted to share this Amazon Echo review with you.

She takes up significantly less space than my Ninja Coffee Bar. (Not that I would ever in a million years part with my coffee source), but I wanted you to have a frame of reference for just how unassuming she is.

Because there are new updates to what she can do nearly every month, I find myself utilizing her more and more all the time. "She" has become an integral part of my daily routine. I keep her in my kitchen so that I can ask, "Hey Alexa, what's the weather?" Or "Alexa, what's my commute like today?". She's become like a member of my family at this point.

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When I am cleaning up, for instance, I tell her to play my favorite Billy Joel station. As I'm cooking, I request alarms for certain dishes I'm creating. I wanted to test her to her full capacity, so I started making "recipes" for her using IFTTT. If This, Then That is a website where you can customize actions specifically for your Amazon Echo. I love the one that helps me find my phone. I also get a kick out of the one that tells me when the ISS is overhead.

You can get new information about how to use Alexa every day by adding to your Flash Briefing. This is a quick update of all information (news, celebrity gossip, weather, etc) that you've deemed worthy. Just add "Alexa Things to Try" to your personalized list of Flash Briefing sources.

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On a side note...The 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee is taking place on May 26. Alexa can give you a Spelling Bee word, or spell and define words—just ask: "Hey Alexa, can you give me a spelling bee word?". Nice. Get ready to sound really smart to your kids.

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