[BCAB] Really useful skills on the Amazon Echo

Jonathan H digitaltoast at gmail.com
Sun Mar 11 16:49:44 GMT 2018


Whoops! A terrible omission in my previous email -  to add to that, of
course, the BCAB podcast is available from the BCAB skill!

*crawls away ashamed*

Jonathan

On 11 March 2018 at 16:41, Jonathan H <digitaltoast at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Sorry to slightly hijack this thread, but I'm still working on version two
> of the Talking Newspaper skill and would appreciate ideas for adding to the
> next version.
>
> A lot more people are using it for podcasts and streams than I expected, so
> the first major improvement is the removal of the requirement to save a
> favourite talking newspaper before you can listen to podcasts.
>
> That said, while I still want it to primarily be a talking newspaper finder
> and player and not get TOO bloated with general podcasts, I'm very open to
> adding stuff which either isn't available or easily findable elsewhere.
>
> So if you know of any podcasts or radio which is not available on TuneIn or
> other apps, please let me know!
> I am also looking for a list of other blind friendly skills in the UK which
> would appeal to your typical talking newspaper listener, who may be a little
> nervous of new technology, might not own a computer or tablet, but would
> still like to easily find information.
>
> Please note that none of the following will suddenly appear overnight - any
> changes to a skill need to go through a laborious approval process, so give
> it a couple of weeks!
>
> There now follows a list of podcasts which I am in the process of adding or
> have added as they are not easily findable elsewhere:
>
> Braillecast
> dot 2 dot
> infosound select
> and the following, all from the RNIB:
> Tech Talk Episodes
> Tech Talk Features
> Read On Episodes
> Read On Features
> Craic On
> The Weekly Connect
> The Weekly Connect Features
>
> The following have been requested, but I have not yet been persuaded for the
> reasons given:
>
> The Blindside podcasts and Mushroom FM and RNIB Connect Radio are available
> from Tune In.
> Ouch Disability and In Touch podcasts are available from the BBC Skill.
> Cool Blind Tech is not on TuneIn but is it too America-centric? You can help
> me decide that one!
>
> Any more suggestions? Remember, the purpose of this is NOT to duplicate
> other skills or where podcasts are available from the dot in other ways.
> That said, I am happy to maintain a list of podcasts and skills which would
> point at other very relevant skills, again, not looking to duplicate what
> Robin does on dot 2 dot or anything.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jonathan
>
> On 11 March 2018 at 14:45, Clive Lever <clive.lever1955 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Hi Barry,
>>
>> First time out, you say "Enable Harry Potter Letters". From the second
>> time onwards, you'll be able to say 'Play Harry Potter Letters"
>>
>> Best,
>> Clive
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Barry Toner [mailto:barry at tonermail.co.uk]
>> Sent: Sunday, March 11, 2018 1:43 PM
>> To: BCAB Discussion List
>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really useful skills on the Amazon Echo
>>
>> Hi ya,
>>
>> How do you start Harry Potter Letters?
>> I’ve tried Open Harry Potter Letters, Start Harry Potter Letters, Play
>> Harry Potter Letters.  Echo appears to think I’m asking for an audio book as
>> it comes back that it couldn’t find Harry Potter Letters in Barrys Library.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Barry.
>>
>> > HOn 9 Mar 2018, at 16:23, Yusuf Osman <yusuf.osman at yusufosman.org.uk>
>> > wrote:
>> >
>> > I think probably my favourite skills are, and in no particular order,
>> > Hive, Ocado, Harry Potter letters, Audible, Kindle and Question of the
>> > Day (although I suppose that one is debatable) Yusuf I've set up a
>> > FundMe account to help cover the ongoing costs of my PhD. I'd be very
>> > grateful if you'd consider donating. Thank you!
>> > https://www.gofundme.com/lhj928
>> > Why not follow me on Twitter at:
>> > yusuf_oy
>> > Facebook:
>> > /yusuf.osman.188
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Graham Page <gpage at useit.plus.com>
>> > Sent: 09 March 2018 14:39
>> > To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
>> > Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really useful skills on the Amazon Echo
>> >
>> > Hi all.
>> >
>> > First there is the Dot to Dot podcast.  This does have a wealth of
>> > useful skills that are reviewed which is potentially very useful.  The
>> > problem is that the guy who presents the podcast, Robin
>> > Christopherson, sometimes seems more bothered about getting out a
>> > podcast everyday rather than looking to see if anyone is likely to
>> > find the podcast useful.  Of course, what is useful is often quite
>> > subjective but I'm not sure that a skill that throws one of a number
>> > of insults at you when asked is really worth including in any serious
>> > skill list and there are quite a few of these.  There's now over
>> > 300 of them and they don't seem to be sorted in any kind of order.
>> >
>> > Games that I have tried that are worth playing include the Milionair
>> > game skill, based on Who wants to be a millionaire game.
>> > The Path of Discovery Europa is a SciFi game with plenty of sound
>> > effects that looks quite promising.  There's also Magic Door which I
>> > know quite a lot of people have played.  This is an adventure game.
>> >
>> > There's also a skill called Daily Log which allows you to make a
>> > number of short recordings, save them, and search them by word.  I
>> > haven't really played with this  extensively but it looks interesting
>> > as a way of making short notes.
>> >
>> > There is also the My Talking Newspaper skill produced by Jonathan H
>> > which is potentially really good, though it depends how many talking
>> > newspapers sign up over time.  You can listen to podcasts  such as Dot
>> > to Dot with this skill too as well as listening to RNIB Connect Radio.
>> >
>> > In London I use the Tube Planner app which can tell you how to do a
>> > journey by Underground and there is the Fast Tube Status skill which
>> > lets you find out about delays on individual lines.
>> >
>> > Cheers
>> >
>> > Graham
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Clive Lever [mailto:clive.lever1955 at gmail.com]
>> > Sent: 09 March 2018 13:33
>> > To: BCAB Discussion List
>> > Subject: [BCAB] Really useful skills on the Amazon Echo
>> >
>> > Hi all,
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > There have been some comments to the effect that the skills
>> > highlighted in the weekly 'what's new in Alexa" emails are mainly too
>> > trivial. It's a shame thatthey don't include more Skills which are of
>> > particular value to us as blind and partially-sighted people.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > So, if you have any favourite, genuinely useful skills to alert us to,
>> > please write on or off-list. I plan to think of ways the best of them
>> > could be included in an item, possibly a regular feature on our
>> > podcast. If you can send audio files of you actually calling up your
>> > favourite ones, so much the better. Those would be best sent off-list
>> > though.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> > Clive
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
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