[BCAB] Really useful skills on the Amazon Echo

Clive Lever clive.lever1955 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 16:22:59 GMT 2018


Thanks Steve,

That's not obvious. Do any writers of skills use a 'how to use this skill'
feature, since the only way you can find out that you can do this is trial
and error, as far as I am aware?

Best,
Clive


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Nutt [mailto:steve at comproom.co.uk] 
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2018 4:14 PM
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really useful skills on the Amazon Echo

No, just say at any time, Films, or Music, or whatever.  It should still
work.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Clive Lever <clive.lever1955 at gmail.com>
Sent: 09 March 2018 21:06
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really useful skills on the Amazon Echo

Hi Steve,

I have to say that I like the Guardian skill too, though I haven't found a
way of navigating back upwards. So, I've asked for Reviews, then Music.
After each three, it askswhich one you'd like to hear, or if you want to
hear more...but how do you go back up a level or too, to hear film reviews,
or even to hear news items? The only way I can find is to close the skill
and re-open...but surely not!

Thanks,
Clive


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Nutt [mailto:steve at comproom.co.uk]
Sent: Friday, March 9, 2018 2:11 PM
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really useful skills on the Amazon Echo

Hi Clive,

The most useful skill it has to me is the Guardian skill.  You can read
virtually the whole newspaper with it, but not many newspapers have their
own skills.

Listening to Dot To Dot, all there seems to be are barks, farts, and
adventure games.

Oh and the odd teach yourself piano as well.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Clive Lever <clive.lever1955 at gmail.com>
Sent: 09 March 2018 13:33
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
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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