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Alexa

Author: Paul McFedries
Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2019]
Series: --For dummies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Whether you'll use Alexa to send text messages, play music, control your thermostat, look up recipes, replenish your pantry, or just search the internet for information, you'll find detailed instructions in this fun and easy-to-understand guide. Amazon's hugely popular family of Echo devices has made Alexa a household name. She can answer your questions, entertain you, and even help around the house. Alexa for  Read more...
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McFedries, Paul.
Alexa.
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2019]
(DLC) 2018963863
(OCoLC)1056741268
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul McFedries
ISBN: 9781119565796 1119565790 9781119565819 1119565812
OCLC Number: 1079055097
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 280 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction 1About This Book 1Foolish Assumptions 2Icons Used in This Book 2Beyond the Book 3Where to Go from Here 3Part 1: Getting Started with Alexa 5Chapter 1: Getting to Know Alexa 7What Is This Alexa That Everyone's Talking About (Or, Really, To)? 7Meet your new assistant 8Alexa's components 9How Alexa works 11Where Do You Get Alexa? 12Figuring Out Which Alexa Device You Need 12Checking out Amazon's Echo devices 13Choosing an Alexa device 16Learning What Alexa Can Do 17Playing media 17Communicating 18Shopping 18Getting help around the home 18Getting news and information 18Answering your questions 18Accessing skills 19Automating your home 19Having fun 19Chapter 2: Setting Up Alexa and Your Devices 21Installing the Alexa App 21Signing in to your Amazon account 22Taking a tour of the Alexa app 25Giving Alexa access to your device microphone 26Alexa Feng Shui: Positioning Your Alexa Device 27Adding Your Alexa Device 27Adding your Echo device 28Adding a third-party Alexa device 32Personalizing Your Alexa Device 33Creating a voice profile 33Giving the device a fun name 34Setting the device location 34Setting the device time zone 35Changing the device language 36Changing the measurement units 36Changing the background image if your device has a screen 37Connecting External Speakers to Your Alexa Device 37Connecting speakers or headphones using a cable 38Connecting speakers or headphones via Bluetooth 39Disconnecting paired Bluetooth speakers or headphones 40Chapter 3: Learning Alexa Basics 43Getting to Know Your Echo 43Taking a closeup look at the far-field microphone 44Pushing the Echo's buttons 45Getting feedback from Alexa 46Operating the Echo touchscreen 47Getting to Know Alexa 48Getting Alexa's attention 48Keeping Alexa's attention 49Ending the conversation 50Enabling Brief mode 50Some Useful Alexa Commands 51Everyday-info commands 51Information requests 52Audio commands 52Video commands 53Alarm and timer commands 53Calendar, reminder, and list commands 54Communication commands 54Shopping commands 55Smart-home commands 55Part 2: Having Fun with Alexa 57Chapter 4: Playing Media 59Listening to Music on Alexa 60Playing music through Alexa 60Linking to a music provider 60Setting up a default music provider 61Voice commands for controlling music 63Accessing Alexa via the Amazon Music app 68Playing third-party music through Alexa 69Adjusting music quality 70Listening to Other Audio Sources on Alexa 71Tuning in to a radio station 71Listening to a podcast 74Hearing an audiobook 75Having a Kindle book read out loud 77Streaming Mobile Device Audio through Alexa 78Watching Video on Alexa 79Watching a movie trailer 80Locating and playing web videos 80Watching Amazon's Prime Video 81Taking Photos with Alexa 81Chapter 5: Communicating with Alexa 83Managing Your Alexa Contacts List 84Giving Alexa access to your contacts 84Giving a contact a nickname 85Editing contacts 86Blocking a contact 86Managing your profile and settings 86Exchanging Text Messages 87Sending a text using voice commands 87Sending a text using the Alexa app 88Receiving a text message 88Making Voice or Video Calls 89Making voice calls with voice commands 90Making voice calls using the Alexa app 92Making video calls with voice commands 93Making video calls using the Alexa app 93Connecting Alexa to your landline with an Echo Connect 94Answering an incoming Alexa-to-Alexa call 94Ending a call 95Dropping In on Other Alexa Users 96Letting folks drop in on you 96Dropping in on someone using voice commands 97Dropping in on someone using the Alexa app 98Configuring global Drop In settings for your Alexa device 98Using Your Alexa Device as an Intercom 100Chapter 6: Using Alexa at Home 101A Quick Word about Household Profiles 101Shopping with Alexa 102Enabling voice purchases 102Getting product recommendations 103Placing an order 103Reordering an item 104Ordering multiple items 104Setting up a Voice Code for purchases 104Check your delivery status 105Getting delivery notifications 106Making a donation 107Creating Lists 107Creating and managing lists 109Adding and managing list items 111Getting the Information You Need 112Getting the weather forecast 113Checking traffic 113Hearing the latest news with the Flash Briefing 114Configuring Alexa's sports update 116Letting Alexa Manage Your Calendar 117Linking your calendar to Alexa 118Setting the default calendar 119Unlinking a calendar 119Managing calendar events 119Setting Alexa Alerts 121Getting Alexa to remind you of something 121Setting an alarm 124Running a timer 125Customizing your alarm sounds 127Putting Alexa in Do Not Disturb Mode 128Part 3: Getting More out of Your Relationship with Alexa 131Chapter 7: Asking Alexa Questions 133Searching for Nearby Places 134Asking for Financial Info 134Getting Symptoms and Other Medical Facts 135Asking Alexa to Do the Math 135Converting Units 136Getting Science Answers 137Quizzing Alexa about the Culture 138Bugging Alexa about Books 138Asking Linguistic Questions 139Asking Questions about Companies 140Asking about Dates and Times 140For Everything Else: Querying Wikipedia 141Chapter 8: Adding Skills to Alexa 143Understanding What a Skill Is 143Checking Out Amazon's Alexa Skills Department 144Enabling a Skill 147Enabling a skill with a voice command 147Enabling a skill using the Alexa app 148Working with Skills 149Invoking a skill 149Viewing your enabled skills 150Changing skill settings 151Disabling a skill 152Thirty Cool Alexa Skills to Try 153Building Your Own Skill 155Chapter 9: Making Alexa Accessible 159Controlling Alexa If You Have a Speech Impairment 159Making Alexa more speech accessible 160Installing a text-to-speech app 160Using Tap to Alexa 160Texting without speech 162Checking Out Alexa's Features for the Hearing Impaired 163Making Alexa more hearing accessible 163Enabling Closed Captioning 165Enabling Alexa Captioning 165Enabling Alexa's Features for the Vision Impaired 166Making Alexa more vision accessible 166Navigating with VoiceView 168Zooming in with Screen Magnifier 170Part 4: Controlling Your Smart Home 173Chapter 10: Setting Up Your Smart Home 175What's So Smart about a Smart Home? 176Working with smart-home devices 177Understanding smart-home connections 178How does Alexa fit in? 179Do you need a smart-home hub? 179Setting Up Your Smart-Home Devices 180Installing a Wi-Fi smart-home device 180Understanding Wi-Fi Simple Setup 182Discovering smart-home devices using an Alexa skill 182Discovering Zigbee smart-home devices 184Managing Smart-Home Devices 185Viewing your smart-home devices 185Renaming a smart-home device 187Changing the device type 188Disabling or deleting a smart-home device 189Working with Smart-Home Devices 189Controlling a smart-home device 189Working with device scenes 190Turning smart plugs on and off 192Working with smart lights 192Controlling smart thermostats 193Keeping an eye on things with smart cameras 194Other types of smart-home gear 195Chapter 11: Uncovering Some Smarter Smart-Home Techniques 197Creating Device Groups 198Creating a smart-home group 198Controlling a smart-home group 200Managing a smart-home group 201Alexa in Stereo: Working with Speaker Sets 202Creating a speaker set 203Playing music through a speaker set 205Streaming Music to Multiple Rooms 207Setting up multi-room music 208Playing multi-room music 209Fixing multi-room music sync problems 210Automating Alexa with Routines 211Understanding routine actions 212Creating a routine 212Running a routine 214Working with IFTTT Applets 215Connecting your IFTTT and Amazon accounts 216Enabling an IFTTT applet 216Checking out some Alexa applets 218Part 5: The Part of Tens 219Chapter 12: Ten (Times Ten) Ridiculously Fun Alexa Tricks 221Ten Ways to Ask Alexa to Tell a Joke 222Ten Alexa Wordplay Tricks 222Ten Ways to Get Alexa to Sing 223Ten Oddball Things to Ask Alexa to Do 224Ten Funny Questions to Ask Alexa 224Ten Ways to Get Alexa to Tell a Story 225Ten Ways to Get Personal with Alexa 226Ten Movie Easter Eggs 226Ten TV Easter Eggs 227Ten Music Easter Eggs 228Chapter 13: Ten Things That Can Go Wrong with Alexa (And How to Fix Them) 229Troubleshooting 101 230Restarting your Echo 230Updating your Echo 230Resetting your Echo 231Alexa or Your Echo Device is Unresponsive 232Your Echo Device Isn't Using the Latest Software 233You Can't Connect to Your Wi-Fi Network 234You're Having Trouble Streaming Media 236You're Having Trouble Connecting a Bluetooth Device 237You don't see a Bluetooth device 237You can't pair with a Bluetooth device 238You Ordered Something Accidentally 238Alexa Doesn't Understand Your Commands 240You're Having Trouble Making Calls 241You Changed Your Wi-Fi Network Password 242A Smart-Home Device Doesn't Work Properly 243Chapter 14: Ten Ways to Beef Up Alexa Security and Privacy 245Make Sure Your Wi-Fi Network Is Locked Up Tight 246Change Alexa's Wake Word 248Stop Alexa from Listening (And Watching) 250Trash Sensitive Alexa Recordings 250Configure Alexa Not to Use Your Personal Data 252Shut Down Alexa's Communications 254Turn communications off 254Revoke access to your contacts 255Secure Your Amazon Account 255Give your Amazon account a bulletproof password 256Turn on Amazon's Two-Step Verification 257Delete Your Saved Wi-Fi Passwords 258Revoke a Skill's Permissions 260Deregister Your Alexa Device 260Index 263
Series Title: --For dummies.
Responsibility: by Paul McFedries.

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"Whether you'll use Alexa to send text messages, play music, control your thermostat, look up recipes, replenish your pantry, or just search the internet for information, you'll find detailed instructions in this fun and easy-to-understand guide. Amazon's hugely popular family of Echo devices has made Alexa a household name. She can answer your questions, entertain you, and even help around the house. Alexa for Dummies is the perfect guide for Alexa users who want to get up and running with their Echo devices. From basic setup to making the most of Alexa's powerful smart home capabilities, this is your one-stop resource to all things Alexa. Set up and personalize your Alexa device with an Amazon account and custom settings, including your preferred Alexa voice. Use Alexa to play music throughout your home, stream videos online, and meet all your entertainment needs. Unlock the power of advanced features like Alexa Skills and make your Alexa accessible. Turn your ordinary house into a modern smart home with advanced smart home features and Echo accessories. The virtual assistant you've dreamed of is now a reality with your favorite Echo device."--Publisher's description.

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