Everything You Can Do With Amazon Alexa


'Alexa, tell me a joke.'


Order beer.

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Order your favorite foods.

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Clean your house.

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Get a quick health diagnosis.

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Make a to-do list.

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Check the weather forecast.

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Check for traffic.

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Read the news.

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Do some research.

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Do calculations.

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Find restaurants.

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Request an Uber.

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Find a recipe.

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Order a pizza.

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Tell a joke.

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Check out sports scores.

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Read a book.

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Turn your house into a smart home.

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Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa can make it so you never have to lift a finger to perform certain actions.

Not only can Alexa tell you simple things such as the time, set up an alarm and play music, but it's also programmed to do things such as request an Uber pickup and order a pizza.

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Yet people often underestimate Alexa’s abilities -- in fact, it basically has its own personality. Alexa can tell jokes, read books, teach math -- the list goes on and it’s expanding regularly.

To unlock Alexa’s full potential, check out everything the voice assistant can do.

Miller Lite is taking things one step further to cater to people’s laziness.

Partnered with alcohol delivery service Drizly, the new “Miller Lite On-Demand” connects with Amazon Alexa. Users can order Miller Lite products by telling Alexa, “Start Miller Lite time.” Alexa will send the request to Drizly and the order will be completed and delivered in under an hour. To set it up, enable the “Miller Time” option in the Alexa Skills store.

Alexa’s food-ordering capabilities don’t stop at pizza. From Chinese to Greek, now you can order all of your food favorites by using Alexa's GrubHub skill. Say, “Tell Grubhub I’m hungry,” and Alexa will pull up a list of the last three meals that you ordered for you to choose from. After you order, Alexa will let you know how long the food will take to be delivered.
If you’ve got an Alexa-powered device and a Roomba, you won't have to lift a finger again to activate the bot. The smart vacuum cleaner now has the ability to communicate with Alexa so you can start, stop or pause cleaning jobs just by saying, “Alexa, ask Roomba to begin cleaning the kitchen.”

Healthtap’s Doctor AI, an artificial intelligence powered service that provides doctor recommended insights and was initially launched for Apple iOS and Android devices, is now available on Amazon Alexa.

The service is especially helpful for people who might have impaired eyesight, difficulty using their hands or simply not used to using screens. With records from more than 107,000 doctors in its network, Doctor AI analyzes the medical records of users, provides a diagnosis and feedback and shares the information in a conversational way.

Doctor AI can also connect users to one of its associated doctors. Some features are available only to premium users.

Lose the pen and paper (or tablet or smartphone) -- you now have your own personal notetaker.

Alexa can help you draft your to do or shopping lists. Just let it know what you need -- “Amazon, add ‘go to the grocery story’ to my to-do list.”

In fact, Alexa can basically act as a personal assistant. It can keep your calendar in order and let you know of any upcoming events or appointments. Just ask, “Alexa, what’s on my calendar for tomorrow?”

Before you even get out of bed to start getting ready for the day, find out what the weather’s like outside. Do you need an umbrella? Alexa has the answer. Ask, “Alexa, will I need an umbrella today?”

If you’re planning ahead, find out from Alexa what this weekend's weather looks like -- “Alexa, what’s the weather going to be this weekend?”

Like the weather, it’s important to be prepared for anything before you head out for the day. Alexa can let you know what the traffic looks like on your morning commute -- “Alexa, what’s my commute look like?” Or, “Alexa, what’s traffic like?”

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Many of us have already (sadly) ditched the newspaper, but here's another way to get the news without reaching for your smartphone.

While you’re brushing your teeth or making breakfast, Alexa can give you a morning briefing. Just ask, “Alexa, what’s in the news?”

There’s a lot that Alexa can teach you.

Say you’re thinking about watching a movie but want to find out more before you dedicate your time. Alexa can tell you what the IMDb rating is for a movie, what actors are in it and basically anything else you want to know. You can ask things such as, “Alexa, who plays in the [name of movie]?” Or “Alexa, what is [actor]’s latest movie?”

If you’re curious about any music or artist you’re listening too, that’s also a question for Alexa. To find out who sings a particular song -- “Alexa, who sings the song [title]?" If you want a scoop on an album -- “Alexa, "What year did [band] release [song or album]?"

Alexa can also look up anything online for you. You can ask it to look up something on Wikipedia, or you can ask something such as, “Alexa, how tall is Michael Jordan?”

With the help of Alexa, you’ll never need a calculator again. From basic math to advanced algebra, Alexa is a math wiz. You can ask it a simple conversion question such as, “Alexa, how many cups are in a quart?” Or, ask something trickier such as, “Alexa, 70 factorial.”

Once you hook up your Amazon account to Alexa, you can use it to make sure you never run out of anything. From groceries to toiletries to music, Alexa can order all of your necessities with your voice. Out of toilet paper? Not a problem -- “Alexa, buy more toilet paper.”

If you want to know about Amazon's daily deals, Alexa will tell you. Just ask, “Alexa, what are your deals?”

After Alexa places your order, it’ll also help you track it: “Alexa, where’s my stuff?”

Don’t know where to go out for dinner? Ask Alexa, it will tell you what’s around. You can ask questions such as, “Alexa, what Mexican restaurants are nearby?” or “Alexa, what are some top-rated Indian restaurants?” Whatever you’re craving -- it’ll have an answer.
If requesting an Uber wasn’t simple enough already -- open the app, add your location and request a car -- it’s even easier now. With Alexa, you can request an Uber simply with your voice. “Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride.” You can then ask, “Alexa, ask Uber where’s my ride?”
If you’re unsure what to cook for dinner, Alexa has a library of recipes to choose from, courtesy of The Food Network. Simply ask, “Alexa, ask Food Network for recipes on TV right now.”

Oops -- you burned dinner, now what? Order a pizza.

You’ll have to have a Domino’s “Pizza Profile” already set up to do this. Just enter your name, address and payment info and add in your “Easy Order” preference, and you’ll never have to lift a finger to order a pizza again.

After you’ve got your Domino’s profile ready, you can start asking Alexa, “Alexa, open Domino’s and place my Easy Order.” After you’ve ordered it, you can have Alexa check on its status too -- “Alexa, ask Domino’s to track my order.

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It turns out Alexa has a comedic side. If you’re feeling down, ask, “Alexa, tell me a joke.”

Alexa doesn’t stop there either. There are a number of “easter eggs” that Alexa has been programmed to respond too. Here’s a list of some of the funniest:

  • "Alexa, what's the first (or second) rule of Fight Club?"

  • "Alexa, show me the money."

  • "Alexa, I want the truth."

  • "Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya."

  • “Alexa, I am your father.”

  • "Alexa, when am I going to die?"

  • "Alexa, don't mention the war."

Check out the complete list in this Reddit thread.
If you’re a sports fan but find yourself with little time to watch your favorite team -- don’t worry, Alexa can get you all caught up. You can ask it the score or time of a game and you can even set your preferences so Alexa knows who your favorite teams are and give a personalized Sports Update -- “Alexa, what’s my Sports Update?”
Not only can you play your favorite songs through Alexa (“Alexa, play The Rolling Stones on Spotify”), but it can tell you info about artists, control the volume and even read you a bedtime story through Kindle. So before bed, just ask, “Alexa, read me my Kindle book.”

You can connect Alexa to a number of smart appliances in your home. If you own platforms such as SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Lutron, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue and others, then you’ll be able to transform your house into a digital maven.

Alexa can turn off lights, lock doors, adjust the thermostat, control your garage door -- needless to say, you won’t have to lift a finger. For example, “Alexa, raise the temperature by one degree.”

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