Got a new Alexa speaker? Or considering getting one -- like the Amazon Echo Plus (0 at Amazon), or Echo Input ( at Amazon)?
There's a lot these smart speakers can do -- so much so that it can feel overwhelming to figure out where to start. Rather than dig around the Alexa app looking for features, check out the 10 best tips and tricks to get you started.
Read more: The best Alexa commands for exercise, better sleep and stress relief.
Just when you thought house phones were dead, Amazon brings them back. Alexa can now be used to make calls to other Alexa devices in other houses. And, like the answering machines of the '90s and '00s, you can even leave a message.
Just note that anyone who has your number can call your Alexa speaker, but you are able to block unwanted incoming calls.
I happen to think it's a wonderful and welcome feature, provided my parents don't use it to check in on me too often...
Controlling your lights, door locks, appliances, switches and other smart home devices is probably what Alexa is best at doing. You can browse the smart home compatibility tool to see what Alexa works with, but here are some ideas to get you started:
No, Alexa can't actually cook for you (yet), but she definitely makes cooking easier and less stressful. I personally keep Alexa in the kitchen to do things like:
Here's our longer list of everything Alexa can do in the kitchen (and how it all works.)
As you get ready for work or arrive home after a long day, Alexa can let you know what's happening in the world. This is called your Flash Briefing and can be customized to include the news sources you want to hear from. What's that you say? You want to hear CNET News? No problem -- here you go.
Actually, more like, "let your kids entertain themselves." Alexa is full of games, Easter eggs, silly answers to silly questions and much more. Here are some ways Alexa can keep your kids busy:
If Alexa can't do something out of the box, there's probably a Skill for it. There are so many Skills, in fact, that Amazon made something called a Skill Finder, which you can use to, um, find Skills. Launch it by saying, "Alexa, open Skill Finder" or "Alexa, tell Skill Finder to give me the skill of the day."
Here are 35 of our favorite Alexa Skills.
While you can't take Alexa to the gym (unless you have a Tap, of course), you can get her to give you fitness feedback and guidance. Here are some ways she can help you get healthy:
Forget digging around for the remote -- Alexa can control your TV almost entirely by voice. The setup takes a bit of time (and money), but once you're set up, you can say things like:
To do this, you'll need a Logitech Harmony remote that comes with the Harmony Hub (you can also buy the Hub separately). Then follow this guide.
By default, Alexa plays music through Amazon Music, because obviously. But if you use Spotify, you can change this setting so that Alexa uses Spotify as the default player. Here's how.
Alexa does have more built-in features for Amazon Music, however. For example, you can ask Alexa for the song of the day, and she'll play it for you.
Alexa can't talk to every device or website -- many companies just haven't gotten on board yet. Likewise, not all features of supported smart home devices can be controlled with Alexa. However, there is a workaround that lets you connect Alexa to unsupported devices, apps and websites. It's called IFTTT.
So, for example, you can use IFTTT to create a "rule" that changes your light bulbs' color when your timer is up. That's not something you can simply ask Alexa to do -- you have to program it through IFTTT. If you're ready to take the plunge, here are our favorite Alexa IFTTT recipes.
The CNET Guide to Smart Living: Everything you need to know to live smarter.
Smart Home 101: How to create your own smart home.B:
【江】【秋】【妹】【知】【道】【这】【样】【的】【事】【不】【是】【儿】【戏】，【可】【她】【怎】【么】【想】【这】【事】【都】【是】【利】【大】【于】【弊】。【就】【算】【她】【不】【相】【信】【路】【爱】【玲】，【但】【她】【相】【信】【自】【己】【的】【丈】【夫】。 【江】【秋】【妹】【在】【这】【方】【面】【是】【自】【信】【的】，【她】【觉】【得】【丈】【夫】【无】【论】【如】【何】【也】【不】【会】【看】【上】【路】【爱】【玲】【的】。 【当】【她】【把】【这】【件】【事】【与】【丈】【夫】【商】【量】【的】【时】【候】，【开】【始】【丈】【夫】【是】【不】【同】【意】【的】，【反】【而】【是】【江】【秋】【妹】【越】【来】【越】【激】【烈】，【在】【江】【秋】【妹】【强】【烈】【的】【干】【预】【下】，【丈】【夫】【最】【终】【妥】【协】
【乔】【祁】【一】【脸】【苦】【涩】，【他】【说】【道】：“【你】【觉】【得】【以】【刚】【才】【咱】【闺】【女】【的】【脸】【色】，【她】【能】【理】【我】【吗】？” 【刘】【玲】【瞪】【了】【乔】【祁】【一】【眼】，【她】【用】【手】【肘】【用】【力】【怼】【了】【怼】【乔】【祁】，【没】【好】【气】【地】【对】【乔】【祁】【说】【道】：“【你】【先】【去】【试】【试】【啊】，【她】【不】【理】【你】【再】【说】！” 【乔】【祁】【无】【奈】，【便】【只】【得】【缓】【缓】【起】【身】，【他】【微】【微】【低】【头】【看】【向】【坐】【在】【沙】【发】【上】【的】【刘】【玲】。 【刘】【玲】【看】【着】【乔】【祁】【的】【眼】【里】【带】【着】【鼓】【励】，【然】【后】【她】【用】【手】【把】【乔】【祁】【往】
【好】【像】【这】【些】【飞】【虫】【害】【怕】【王】【元】【一】【般】，【随】【着】【他】【的】【到】【来】，【那】【些】【飞】【虫】【竟】【然】【轰】【然】【而】【散】。 【由】【不】【得】【这】【些】【人】【不】【震】【惊】，【的】【确】【是】【场】【面】【惊】【人】。 【王】【元】【见】【此】，【也】【是】【有】【着】【惊】【讶】【之】【色】，【不】【过】【能】【想】【象】【到】，【自】【己】【的】【湮】【灭】【属】【性】，【对】【于】【飞】【虫】【来】【说】，【那】【就】【是】【天】【然】【的】【克】【星】。 【瞬】【间】【就】【到】【了】【任】【啸】【等】【人】【的】【面】【前】，【对】【着】【众】【人】【示】【意】【了】【一】【下】，【转】【身】【朝】【着】【古】【战】【场】【的】【方】【向】【疾】【行】【而】【去】084香港挂牌【江】【乔】【无】【奈】【的】【摇】【摇】【头】“【碰】【上】【这】【样】【一】【根】【筋】【的】，【我】【还】【真】【的】【没】【法】【说】【其】【他】【的】，【不】【过】，【看】【在】【我】【小】【舅】【和】**【血】【脉】【的】【份】【上】，【也】【不】【能】【不】【管】【啊】，【我】【先】【写】【信】【安】【慰】【安】【慰】【我】【妈】，【再】【给】【温】【子】【灵】【邮】【寄】【些】【东】【西】。 【唉】，【那】【地】【方】【有】【多】【苦】，【我】【是】【见】【识】【过】【的】，【这】【个】【人】，【还】【不】【如】【小】【时】【候】【呢】，【好】【歹】【当】【年】【知】【道】【什】【么】【东】【西】【是】【好】【的】，【还】【贪】【财】，【现】【在】【可】【倒】【好】，【这】【思】【想】，【连】【我】【都】【想】
【看】【了】【一】【天】【的】【宅】【子】，【温】【婉】【决】【定】【把】【两】【边】【分】【开】【来】，【宁】【宅】【那】【边】【叫】【西】【院】，【宋】【府】【这】【边】【叫】【东】【院】。 【宋】【二】【郎】【一】【家】【要】【是】【搬】【过】【来】，【就】【住】【在】【西】【院】，【从】【今】【往】【后】【宅】【子】【里】【要】【备】【至】【少】【两】【套】【车】【马】，【四】【顶】【软】【轿】，【方】【便】【东】【院】【西】【院】【之】【间】【的】【走】【动】，【否】【则】【路】【程】【太】【远】，【老】【太】【爷】【老】【太】【太】【这】【样】【上】【了】【年】【纪】【的】【总】【不】【能】【步】【行】【过】【去】。 【这】【些】，【端】【砚】【和】【徽】【墨】【都】【一】【一】【记】【下】【了】。 【下】【晌】【回】
【天】【灯】【飘】【远】【之】【后】，【那】【些】【隐】【在】【暗】【处】【的】【将】【士】【们】【出】【动】【了】。 【魏】【军】【的】【人】【数】【开】【始】【以】【史】【无】【前】【例】【的】【速】【度】【减】【少】。 【兰】【茝】【提】【着】【手】【中】【的】【剑】，【不】【知】【疲】【倦】【的】【斩】【杀】【敌】【军】，【她】【的】【身】【上】，【她】【的】【脸】【上】【全】【都】【是】【血】。 【不】【知】【过】【了】【几】【个】【时】【辰】，【最】【后】【一】【名】【北】【魏】【士】【兵】【倒】【在】【了】【荆】【州】【城】【外】。 【攻】【城】【的】【北】【魏】【士】【兵】【全】【军】【覆】【没】。 【但】【是】【没】【有】【人】【欢】【呼】【胜】【利】，【因】【为】【这】【时】【候】，【远】【处】
【老】【大】【妈】【一】【聊】【起】【来】【就】【没】【完】【没】【了】，【聊】【完】【了】【张】【秀】【莲】，【又】【聊】【到】【聂】【大】【师】【上】【头】【了】，【表】【姐】【提】【起】【来】【就】【满】【腹】【牢】【骚】，“【年】【纪】【也】【不】【小】【了】，【还】【和】【小】【孩】【子】【一】【样】，【什】【么】【都】【不】【会】【做】，【万】【一】【哪】【天】【我】【闭】【眼】【了】，【他】【一】【个】【人】【可】【怎】【么】【办】，【愁】【死】【我】【了】。” “【给】【聂】【师】【傅】【找】【个】【媳】【妇】【吧】，【有】【个】【伴】【就】【好】【了】。”【表】【姨】【建】【议】。 【表】【姐】【却】【更】【愁】【了】，“【我】【早】【想】【过】【了】，【前】【前】【后】【后】【托】【人】【介】