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Maple Leaf Alexa (Canada) / Re: Echo fire tv cube?
« Last post by jwlv on February 26, 2020, 05:50:47 pm »
You can get an Ethernet adapter for the Fire TV Stick for $14.99.

As for the Fire TV Cube, the main difference I see is that it has a faster processor (hexa core), more RAM (16GB), and supports 4K. The TV Cube is kind of like an Echo Dot, with its own speaker and mic array. You can speak directly to it without using the voice remote.

There are two versions of Fire TV Stick (quad core, 8GB). One supports 4K, the other does not. To use Alexa on the Fire TV Stick, you need to use the voice remote.
Alexa New Technology Day 1 Editions / Re: Alexa Frames
« Last post by jwlv on February 26, 2020, 05:43:38 pm »
Oh yes! Got my invitation today. Just placed my order and it will be here Friday. :)

Maple Leaf Alexa (Canada) / Echo fire tv cube?
« Last post by tuicemen on February 26, 2020, 05:09:40 pm »
So it is time for a new tv streaming device for my off grid place.  I have cable in the city and can stream the content on my phone however my old android box player is unsupported.
Fire sticks are out of the question with my slow internet connection there i need a Ethernet connection the cube supplies. I really don't  need an added Alexa device there so I'm  looking at the roku ultra as well.
I've used Android boxes and sticks in the past with some success as well as mini PC's.
Has anyone have any input on the fire tv cube?
Echo Technical Support / Re: CNN on TuneIn dropping out
« Last post by kt500 on February 26, 2020, 01:52:42 pm »
Yes!...  And thanks for noting your identical problem here.  Until you, I thought I was alone with this issue and almost purchased a new router because with the lack of others here and elsewhere online indicating a more expansive global problem, I thought the issue was with my hardware. 

I eliminated Amazon (Echo/Alexa) overall as the source of my problem because my TuneIn service disconnects across all Echo devices, but seemingly, only on the commercial stations.  C-Span (non-commercial) does not cut out on TuneIn, but CNN and MSNBC (both commercial stations) do. 

Since this issue is relatively new to me over the last couple of weeks, I haven't tested this theory thoroughly yet...  But if I were to guess, I'd say it may be more of an automatic time out trigger on TuneIn's part to perhaps prompt free subscribers into buying a paid subscription to the service because the drop off doesn't always occur at just a commercial break.  Though both CNN and MSNBC do often drop out at or near commercials, the drop seems more timed to roughly every 15-minute interval and independently across all my devices (I currently have 3 Echo Dots, 1 Echo Studio Pro and 1 Echo Show 8).  In other words, if I ask Alexa to "play CNN through TuneIn" from all my separate devices and 5 minutes apart, all devices will drop CNN 5 minutes apart and roughly after every 15 minutes from the time I asked, commercial or not.

It doesn't make sense to me that TuneIn would cut out on CNN and/or MSNBC at the commercials when that is likely the only source of revenue TuneIn would have available to them as it relates to us free service subscribers.

So far I've not been very lucky finding a solution through Google, so I'm hoping others will read our comments here and come forward with similar drop off issues and have a solution, beyond the possibility of paying $10 or $12 per month for TuneIn...  Which isn't a bad service, but not all that great either...  And certainly not worth $12 bucks a month.  If I had to go with a paid radio service, it would likely be Sirius/XM.  Cheaper and better IMHO and works with Alexa.
Echo Technical Support / alexa adding item to shopping list
« Last post by Tod on February 26, 2020, 11:08:29 am »
Alexa just added eggs to our shopping list without us asking. Is this a known behavior? Actual conversation from this morning:

Susan: "Alexa, what is on the shopping list?"
Alexa: "Your shopping list is empty. Try saying, 'Alexa, add eggs to my shopping list.' ...  ...  ... OK, I added eggs to your shopping list."
Susan: " Alexa, what is on the shopping list?"
Alexa: "You have one item on your shopping list: eggs."

Also, last week I went for groceries and the Amazon Alexa app on my phone showed a list at first which listed a few of the items which disappeared. I called home and successfully got the dozen items verbally from Alexa by asking family (humans) to query the device.

Conclusion: Milestone achieved. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware 8:14 AM, Eastern time, February 26th in the Jervey's kitchen. In a panic, they try to pull the plug...
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa 'Routine' for Motion Sensor
« Last post by Drwoodr on February 26, 2020, 10:40:00 am »
To add on to what Macro said, you can do the same with a Ring alarm motion sensor. I put a Ring motion sensor at my front door.  Whenever someone comes up to the door, my Alexa routine turns on 2 lights near the front door and announces on all of my Echo devices "motion detected at the front door." Then waits 10 minutes and turns off those 2 lights.

I’m trying the same thing with my Ring door contacts, but only see the option to announce from 1 Echo device. How did you get it to announce to a group?

Edit: found my own answer. Instead of selecting “alexa says” for the action, which only lets you select 1 Echo, select “messaging” and you can select multiple echos to make the announcement.
Alexa Across the Pond (Europe) / Re: Get radio stations on Tunein
« Last post by Marco on February 26, 2020, 10:21:00 am »
Yes, there's  a way around this....

Create a routine where the trigger is you saying "Alexa, Radio one" [radio two, radio three...]

Now, on action, select MUSIC and, on the setting screen write the precise name of the station and select TuneIn as the FROM. You can even set a timer if you can.

After clicking on Next you'll return to the routine's main editing screen. Once there click on CHOOSE DEVICE and select "The device you speak to".

That's it. Now you can create a full list of "shortcuts" to your favorite radio stations and call it from any of your echo devices.
I have the same setup, with an echo input connected to my stereo. Whatever your echo input name is (mine is “living room”), just add it’s name to your routine: “play xyz on spotify on living room” or “play xyz channel on SiriusXM on living room”.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa 'Routine' for Motion Sensor
« Last post by Marco on February 26, 2020, 07:05:32 am »
Just to add another sensor to the list of the ones that can be used as routine's triggers:

Samotech Zigbee Motion Sensor for Echo Plus

It costs way less that Philips Hue and it can be added directly to Alexa (no hub) as long as you have PLUS or Show 2nd edition.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Echo + TV Fire thing + streaming apps questions
« Last post by jwlv on February 26, 2020, 05:52:41 am »
By the way, the Fire TV Stick is on sale right now, Feb 26 2020 for $24.99.

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