03 Nov

Amazon Echo Jokes

The Amazon Echo will tell you cheesy jokes if you ask it. It doesn’t have a lot, but it can be fun to show off to your friends that you have a robot that tells jokes in your house.

In the following video, I ask many times for Alexa to give me a joke to see what she gives back to me. Enjoy!

30 Oct

Amazon Echo Commands

Amazon Echo Commands

The Amazon Echo commands you can now use with the voice assistant ‘Alexa’ has grown steadily since the Echo was first launched.  To ‘wake’ the voice command system all you have to do is say “Alexa” and she is ready to take commands.  The system isn’t foolproof but it grasps natural language pretty efficiently.  Some of these commands will work even with words left out.  Here is a video showing you just how easy it is.

Here is a breakdown of the commands you can use with Amazon Echo

You can start with the most basic command: Ask for help: “Alexa, help.”

Here are basic commands for media and music


  • Stop or pause: “Alexa, stop” or, “Alexa, shut up.”
  • Mute or unmute: “Alexa, mute” or, “Alexa, unmute.”
  • Change volume: “Alexa, set volume to 5,” “Alexa, louder” or, “Alexa, turn up/down the volume.”
  • Play music: “Alexa, play some music.”
  • Select a song or artist: “Alexa, play music by [artist].”
  • Song information: “Alexa, what’s playing?”
  • Music controls: “Alexa, play” or, “Alexa, next.”
  • Restart song: “Alexa, restart.”


  • Listen to an audiobook: “Alexa, play [title] on Audible,” “Alexa, read [title]” or, “Alexa, play the book, [title].”
  • Resume the last played audiobook: “Alexa, resume my book.”
  • Skip audiobook chapters: “Alexa, next chapter” or, “Alexa, previous chapter.”
  • Listen to Alexa read you a Kindle book: “Alexa, read me my Kindle book.”
  • Set a sleep timer: “Alexa set a sleep timer for 45 minutes” or, “Alexa, stop playing in 45 minutes.”


  • Ask the time: “Alexa, what time is it?”
  • Set an alarm: “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m.” or, “Alexa, wake me up at 7 in the morning.”
  • Set a repeating alarm: “Alexa, set a repeating alarm for weekdays at 6 a.m.”
  • Set a timer: “Alexa, set a timer for 10 minutes.”
  • Set multiple timers: “Alexa, set a second timer for 3 minutes.”
  • Check timer status: “Alexa, how much time is left on the timer?”

News and Weather

  • Ask for your Flash Briefing: “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?”
  • Check headlines: “Alexa, what’s in the news?”
  • Check weather: “Alexa, what’s the weather like?” or, “Alexa, will it rain today?”
  • Get a weather forecast: “Alexa, what’s the weather going to be like this weekend?
  • Get traffic information: “Alexa, what’s my commute look like?” or, “Alexa, what’s traffic like?”

To-do and Shopping Lists

  • Add task to to-do list: “Alexa, add ‘go to the grocery store’ to my to-do list” or, “Alexa, I need to make an appointment with the dentist.”
  • Create a new to-do item: “Alexa, create a to-do.”
  • Check calendar events: “Alexa, what’s on my calendar for tomorrow?”
  • Add an event to a calendar: “Alexa, add [event] to my calendar for [day] at [time]” or, “Alexa, add an event to my calendar.”
  • Create a shopping list: “Alexa, add cheese to my shopping list” or, “Alexa, I need to buy milk.”
  • Check your shopping list: “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?”

These are but a fraction of the commands that you can use with the Amazon Echo and Alexa, in fact there are over 1400 commands available to you.  Here is a more comprehensive list here.  Bear in mind if you have integrated any third party apps the list will increase even further.

28 Oct

Amazon Echo Accessories

Amazon Echo Accessories

The list of accessories for the Amazon Echo has been growing since its launch way back in 2014, here are some of the best accessories you can for the Amazon Echo right now.

1) MoKo Carrying Case– With any precious new gadget or device, you want to keep it protected and yet stylish. The MoKo Carrying case from Amazon offers a range of colors and designs without compromising the safety of your Echo. Made from premium synthetic leather with a soft microfiber interior that protects the aluminium body of the speaker from harm.

2) 3 Year Protection plan for your Echo – Along with the topic of safety, it’s extremely important to cover yourself in case of an accident involving your Echo. This 3 year protection plan covers you for drops and spills and also covers you from normal-use failure. A must if you are clumsy.

3) The Alexa Voice remote – this official, nifty remote connects to your echo via bluetooth and includes a fitted microphone for when you are too far away or if the surrounding area is too loud for your echo to hear you. This remote includes buttons that assist you with volume and also play and pause, previous and next.

4) Amazon Alexa Echo Speaker stand (black) – This accessory enhances strength and stability and protects your device with style and structure. The mount stabilizes sound and comes in a sleek , home-friendly design. The stylish design ensures that the speaker stands perfectly cradles the Amazon Echo as to not impact sound quality.

5) MegaBoot Battery for Amazon Echo – This battery base ensures up to 18 hours of battery life for your Echo device. It includes smart fast charging of around 4 and a half hours and is presented in a clean design to perfectly match your echo stylishly. This accessory enables you to use your echo anywhere without the worry of battery life.

6) Lightning power – The Lycra zipper carrying case bag for Amazon echo speaker and charger – This case includes a 3mm thickness lycra cushion that protects your speaker and is great for travelling and is a must for walkers or hikers. This case enables you to safely transport your Echo even when you visit the most treacherous of places. It is lightweight at only 2.9oz so is easily transportable. Finally it includes a built in carabiner for backpack attachment. This really is the perfect accessory for walkers and travellers alike. This enables you to be able to listen to your favorite songs, albums or audiobooks wherever you are in the world, a very important feature.