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Maple Leaf Echo (Canada) / Re: purchasing alexa app
« Last post by jwlv on June 20, 2018, 12:03:06 am »
and you can have up to 7 devices free on the Alexa app, before there is any charge. 

Better check yourself again. There is no limit to the number of echo devices you can use on the Alexa app. And certainly there is no charge after some arbitrary magic number 7.
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Maple Leaf Echo (Canada) / Re: purchasing alexa app
« Last post by kitley on June 19, 2018, 10:49:04 pm »
Me again...I did indeed get scammed.  Called and cancelled my credit card.  Called Amazon and Alexa, and Alexa confirmed I had not been speaking to them, and you can have up to 7 devices free on the Alexa app, before there is any charge.  The web site I was on was designed to fool you into thinking it was Amazon.  Will report this to the police tomorrow.  Huge lesson learned, and so glad my hinky meter alerted me.
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Maple Leaf Echo (Canada) / purchasing alexa app
« Last post by kitley on June 19, 2018, 08:31:18 pm »
Hi was just contacting amazon help.  Has anyone else had to pay in order to connect 2 devices on Alexa app????? He says it will be 99.99 US per year...took my credit card number and then helped me set up my new echo.  Also had me put iPhone data on, which I am sure I did not have to do a few weeks ago when setting up Echo Plus.    Have I just been scammed???????     
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa Echo Show for Elderly (96) year old mother
« Last post by Laurel on June 19, 2018, 08:27:50 pm »
CAH that is a nice story. Brought tears to my eyes. 
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Echo Tips & Tricks / How to create a routine to link two voice commands
« Last post by thejeangenie on June 19, 2018, 03:01:58 pm »
Hi,
First off I'm sorry if this obvious or covered elsewhere.

I would like to create a routine to use nightly (say "Alexa Night") which will play BBC Radio 5 and go to sleep after 90 minutes.

(I currently say "Alexa play radio 5 live" then "Alexa sleep in 90 minutes").

Is this possible? Thanks in advance for any help.

Mike
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa Echo Show for Elderly (96) year old mother
« Last post by jwlv on June 19, 2018, 02:34:15 pm »
That is great to hear you and your mother are using this technology successfully! And since you got her an Echo Show, you can "drop in" to make sure she's ok. The screen and camera are the best selling points for Echo Show. Although I don't use my Echo Show to do video conferencing, I do use it with my Arlo Pro security cameras. So if I'm in my office, I can just say "Alexa, show me front yard" and I can see what's going on in my front yard (the Arlo Pro camera that's pointed to the front yard is named "front yard").
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa Echo Show for Elderly (96) year old mother
« Last post by AlanH on June 19, 2018, 01:56:42 pm »
That’s a great story and I hope your mother has many happy years ahead of her with her new ‘friend’.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Alexa Echo Show for Elderly (96) year old mother
« Last post by CAH on June 19, 2018, 01:39:50 pm »
Just wanted to tell about my experience setting up an Echo Show for my elderly mother.  We had an old unused cell phone.  I was able to get a cheap sim card for it (3.99), and put it on a very minimal plan (like 12 or less per month!).  I cancelled her long distance service, so basically the cell phone plan is cheaper for her.  After setting it up, I have the cell phone at my house (5 hours away) because this is not something she can handle, and then I can add any other contacts she needs to call. She has macular degeneration so dialing a phone is very difficult for her, but using voice dialing for alexa is great. I also got her an amazon music subscription (free for 3 months - then 3.99 per month so she can play her 40's music easily.  I can see what she is doing with it using the history on the Alexa app, and she asks about the weather, the time, the humidity, to play music and to call. Hopefully she will learn how to set reminders for appointments etc.   One fun fact is she thanks Alexa ("thank you, honey") and Alexa comes back with "no problem, your welcome, absolutely, etc etc.)  Except for having to use a cell phone to set it up, it is wonderful technology for the elderly. 
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Whole house announcements?
« Last post by Laurel on June 19, 2018, 11:16:00 am »
Your announcements will go to each device i.e. Alexa announce "Dinner is ready".

Notifications like "package will arrive today" goes to all my devices.

I believe with alarms you would have to to click on each room's device to set up the alarm to go off on each device i.e. Ray's room and then set 7:30 alarm, Chloe's room and set 7:30 alarm. 
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Echo Tips & Tricks / Re: Hi all thanks for letting me in
« Last post by asianrocker on June 19, 2018, 11:08:54 am »
You need to install hue sync. It's a desktop software. It works flawlessly on my PC.  It's also free.

Not just YouTube. Once you install it on your PC it sync to your pc background. So if you have fireplace screensaver I would assume it will also flicker like that.

Or if you have downloaded movie playing on your PC it will sync to the movie background.

So far I've only tried it on YouTube. But can't wait to try it on movie.
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