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Technology Five unexpected uses for your Amazon Echo

02:00  23 february  2020
02:00  23 february  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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  Give Amazon Alexa superpowers to any speaker you already own If you already have a perfectly good speaker, no need to buy an Echo. The Amazon Echo Input device brings Alexa commands to your JBL, Bose, Sonos speakers and more.The Echo Input lets you make any Alexa command that you can with an Echo speaker, like checking the weather, setting timers and playing music. However, it doesn't allow calling or drop-ins if you're connected with Bluetooth .

You probably use your Amazon Echo (0 at Amazon ) for playing music, powering on your smart home devices and making phone calls. For example, you can cast something from one Echo device to another. You can also quickly send donations to a charity and have Alexa guard your house while

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You probably use your Amazon Echo for playing music, powering on your smart home devices and making phone calls. But are you really using Alexa to its full potential when you're only calling on it for the basics?

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After all, there are tons of things Alexa can do that you may not have thought about yet. For example, you can cast something from one Echo device to another. You can also quickly send donations to a charity and have Alexa guard your house while you're away.

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Read on for more surprising things your Amazon Echo can do.

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Alexa Cast to other devices

When you're really into a song that you're listening to on your Amazon Echo but need to go to another area in the house, it can be frustrating to pause the music. Fortunately, if you have multiple Echo devices, you can Alexa Cast to another speaker.

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  Amazon Echo Show now scans barcodes for your grocery list Amazon has launched a feature for newer Echo Show that lets you add items to Alexa's built-in shopping list by scanning their barcodes. Sure, it's pretty easy to add stuff to your grocery list with Alexa's help: All the assistant needs is a voice command. But there may be times when you have to add something very specific that could be difficult to dictate, or times when you want to be 100 percent sure you're picking the right product for someone in your household.According to VentureBeat, the feature is available for Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 smart speakers with displays.

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From the Amazon Music app on your phone, select the playlist you're listening to. Pull up the music controls and tap the button on the lower right side of your screen. Then select which Echo speaker you'd like to cast to.

Alexa can guard your home

If you're ever worried about your house when you're out of town, you can turn on Alexa Guard before you leave the house. Just say "Alexa, I'm leaving" and the voice assistant will start listening for signs of a break-in, like glass breaking. If it hears anything suspicious, it will send you an alert so you can decide whether to contact authorities to check it out.

When you arrive back home, you can say, "Alexa, I'm home," and it'll stop listening for noises.

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Donate to charity

If you have a charity that you'd like to donate to, you can use your Amazon Echo to send the donation over. When you say "Alexa, I'd like to make a donation," the voice assistant will ask which charity you'd like to give to -- there are over 300 options to choose from. Then Alexa will ask how much you want to donate. Note that you'll need to have Amazon Pay set up before trying to send your donation.

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Echo device can't connect to Wi-Fi or has intermittent connectivity issues. Try the following steps to resolve Wi-Fi issues: Make sure that your Echo device is within range of your wireless router and has a good connection. Check that your Echo device is away from any devices that cause interference

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Shopping on Amazon

When you're running low on house supplies, like paper towels or toothpaste, you can ask Alexa to order some for you through Prime Now. You'll first have to enable voice purchasing in the Alexa app.

To do so, open the app > Menu > Settings > Account Settings > Voice Purchasing and toggle the Purchase by voice setting on. When you're ready to make a purchase say, "Alexa, I'd like to purchase toothpaste." The product will be added to your cart and Alexa will ask you to confirm that you want to buy it now.

You can add a pin code in the same settings so that only you can make purchases on your Echo speaker.

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Finding your lost phone

Losing your phone in the house happens way more often than you'd like to admit. And when you don't have anyone around to call it, it can be frustrating trying to track it down on your own. Fortunately, you can use your Amazon Echo to find it. You can ask Alexa to call your phone, but if it's on silent, that won't do much. Another option is to download the Find My Phone skill in the Alexa app.

4 new things Alexa can do on your Amazon Echo

  4 new things Alexa can do on your Amazon Echo Alexa can now send commuter and traffic details to your phone and give you details about the election.Some of the new features include asking Alexa to send traffic information to your phone when you don't have time to look it up. You can also ask Alexa for information about the elections, like when to vote in your area.

Want to know more about what your Amazon Echo can do? Check out these six unusual skills you should try on your Amazon Echo and how to customize Alexa for a better Amazon Echo experience.

Originally published earlier this week.

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