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Echo Technical Support / Drop In Unavailable
« Last post by dsegel4 on August 21, 2018, 07:03:46 pm »
All devices and contacts (including ourselves) have been enabled for Drop In and are connected to the same network.  I can drop in on one device but when that device tries to drop in on mine, Alexa's voice says I am unavailable.

I've searched high and low for an answer to this. Please help.

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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa picking wrong radio stattion
« Last post by DiandalScotland on August 21, 2018, 06:37:16 pm »
Here in Scotland, Alexa has problems with my accent and plenty of radio channels. If she can't understand me,

Whenever I ask Alexa to play a radio station, She will do via TuneIn (well whenever she understands me).

I know Radioplayer and others are available but I like listening to other stations like Hits 45, Dreamcoats etc etc
Anyway enough rambling, As Alexa at times cannot understand or can't find, I wanted to via the Alexa app, browse and then add station to favourites.
I for the life of me couldn't find how to, till I did, So for others who Alexa doesn't understand, here is what to do.
1. Ask Alexa to play a station, Say Radio2
2. On your Alexa App under Home you will see what you just asked Alexa. Click on link Browse Tunein
3. Search for your station,
ie All oldies Hit 45s and click on it.
4. Click on the music bars at bottom
5. Click on Queue at top
6. Click on arrow down at side of station
7. Click on Favourites. Will change to blue
8. Now it's in Favourites, so next time if Alexa doesn't understand you Just open your Alexa App and go to TuneIn Favourites.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Alexa devices locations
« Last post by karlfr on August 21, 2018, 03:11:45 pm »
we use 2 echo dots at work. Office, stores and trade counter

we use them as intercoms as all are farliy far away.

when i say 'alexa call the stores' the stores recieves it but says 'HOME'

is there a way i can change this? I would prefer all locations to anounce there own name if possible.

Alos.. i havent checked yet, but will this call all devices? im not sure if im calling stores and its also calling trade counter without me knowing
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Commanding one Echo from another
« Last post by Laurel on August 21, 2018, 12:19:45 pm »
I recommend you go the routine route.
Would you be kind enough to explain how I would do it for this situation. Turn off music in TV room, Turn off music in family room, Turn off music in Den.

Would I be able to to do the same for turning on music in each of those locations with a routine?
Thanks.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa report card: could do better
« Last post by scottrods on August 21, 2018, 07:19:56 am »
I wouldn't put it past any of them... Greed rules the world.

Anyone remember what happened with Photobucket last year?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Commanding one Echo from another
« Last post by asianrocker on August 21, 2018, 06:25:13 am »
I recommend you go the routine route.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Need external microphone wired to Dot
« Last post by asianrocker on August 21, 2018, 06:23:21 am »
You can do that via ok Google command on your phone but ok.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa report card: could do better
« Last post by asianrocker on August 21, 2018, 06:21:09 am »
Jwlv. Your scenario won't happen. Don't let those movies control your mind.

In real life. All those companies have back up. So if Google or Amazon pull something like that they still have all their system info to literally get them back up online. They are not the only ones running cloud services.

If any of those companies you mentioned will be affected by your scenario. Then they should fire their whole  IT CREW for not doing their jobs.
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Echo Across the Pond (Europe) / read a file?
« Last post by Bashy on August 21, 2018, 12:52:08 am »
Hi folks, a little back story, i have my own weather station that feeds into a server and the software, amongst other stuff updates a txt file every minute.

What i would like do do, some how, is to have alexa read it on command, e.g. Alea, what are the current conditions?

I can see my 1st issue, the txt file is on my weather pc, although, that very same data is also posted to my twitter weather page and my FB weather page, but the twitter reader for the UK is poop, it cannot find my tiwtter
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa report card: could do better
« Last post by tomsmac on August 20, 2018, 03:29:48 pm »
If you're ready to jump ship, Costco has a 3-pack of Google Minis for $74.99 currently. That works out to be $25 each.

Perhaps I'm just being paranoid, but I think both Amazon and Google are too invasive and infiltrating all our lives. Google owns almost everything on the Internet. If Google decided to de-list this forum from their search engine as well as other web services (namely the Google framework API, Ajax,  pull their ads, etc) this forum would virtually cease to exist as far as the world knows. Amazon can do almost as much since many connected services depend on Amazon's S3 Cloud. I mean things like Uber, Netflix, Pandora, IHeartRadio, all of your smart devices like Wemo, Hue, TPLink, IP cameras, and many other things would no longer work.

Both of these companies have way too much control and I think it's bad, very, very bad. The concept of the internet is distributed computing. Yea, it's still distributed, but under the control of one or two entities. BAD!!!

Maybe one day I'll disconnect from everything and wear a tin foil hat on my head. :) And move into a trailer in the desert and run everything on solar.

LOL. I hear you. But that's why I use a VPN for everything embedded into my router. Even my guests get a tunnel.
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