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Alexa's skills that will make your life easier

Amazon's virtual assistant comes loaded with a variety of features. But it's Alexa's skills that really allow you to customize your experience to your liking. These skills are programs that, when enabled, provide additional functionality. There are currently hundreds of skills available on the Amazon site, and more are added every day. Some of these skills are specifically designed to interact with Alexa-compatible products, that is, thermostats, lights, remote controls, while others take an independent approach to control them using your voice. Here are some of the most useful ones, such as those that help you find your phone or remind you of a recipe for a cocktail. Of course, it is not a definitive list, we will expand it over the weeks.

It is a great kitchen helper

Alexa comes preloaded with the ability to add items to a master shopping list, but skills like My Chef go one step further. It is combined with the Chefling application and allows you to track and read recipes, send shopping lists and keep track of product expiration dates. They even remind you what you have in your pantry while you go shopping. If you prepare many meals at home and tend to have a bad memory when you go shopping, My Chef will save you frustrations. There are also many other and very good cooking skills that you will discover.


You can plan your Instant Pot

Do you have an Instant Pot? Alexa can get you very good Instant Pot recipes for you to try. All you have to do is activate this ability. What makes this really useful is that it brings many different ways to filter the recipes. So you select them by the type of cuisine, dietary preferences, difficulty level or even the ingredients (so you can finally eliminate almost expired food from your refrigerator). You can quickly have dinner on your table and you can easily find new recipes to try, which in the long run can become a real addition.


It can help you eat healthier

Are you tracking your calories? Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain weight or simply maintain a healthy appearance, controlling calorie intake can be critical. Do it easily with an Alexa skill. With this Track by Nutritionix, you can say things like "Alexa, tell the food tracker to record a glass of milk," or "Alexa, ask the food tracker for my heat report." Instead of counting your calories in a laptop that you can easily lose or forget, you can now register your calories while you are preparing a meal just by saying so. Easy and fast.


You can find your phone

It is easy to lose your phone or forget it in the depths of the sofa. If someone else is at home, it is likely that your first idea is to ask that person to call you. With the Where?s My Phone ability, Alexa can do that for you, so you won't have to wait for your partner or partner to come home.


He can call you an Uber or Lyft

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If you are a public transport user, it is likely that when you fall behind you are one of those who try to call a taxi with one hand while dressing with the other. Once you establish this ability in Alexa, the application only needs to know the location of your Echo, and you can already scream desperately while you take a shower and think about what excuse you will give your boss this time. This is precisely the kind of thing for which voice activation systems were made.

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It can keep you updated on your sports teams

Although it is a default skill, you might not know that you can enter your settings through Alexa and customize your sports news. You can add your favorite professional or university teams, and get updates on match schedules, results and positions.

Can you read a brief story to sleep

This is ideal for any parent who gets tired of reading their children the same stories before bedtime. You may not like the idea of ??a robot reading to your son or daughter, but we are sure they love it. The application also allows you to customize the story, to include the name of your tweet. Each of the stories lasts less than a minute (and Alexa's monotonous reading voice is not a substitute for yours), but it is worth enabling, if you ever need to rest for one night.


It can read you personalized news reports

We are not referring to a specific skill, but to the ability to customize the news you receive every day. By default, when you ask Alexa for ?brief information?, you?ll be shown the main news from some handpicked sources. But you can enable everything from The Wall Street Journal to an (unofficial) application of Reddit, if you wish. The configuration page in the complementary Alexa application will allow you to add or delete sources until you have an instant information session adapted to your liking.

Can play your music

Do you want to listen to music, but you don't have speakers in your house? Your Alexa-enabled device works like a music player, and once you register the device in your Amazon account, you can play music from your Amazon Music library. Prefer to listen to music from a service like Spotify? You can also do that and even use the Spotify application on your smart phone as a remote control. How to listen to soft and relaxing music while you sleep? You can ask Alexa to stop playing music after a certain time, so it will stop once you're in Morpheus' arms.

You can make a reservation with OpenTable

Set up a profile and then make a reservation for dinner at your favorite place while keeping your eyes fixed on your video games. Like the mobile application of the same name, this ability will allow you to make, modify and cancel reservations, and now you can also do it through your Echo Show. You can use your voice or touch the touch screen of the last Alexa-enabled smart home assistant to request a table. If you cannot find or help you in what you ask, provide you with a list of alternative options. Unfortunately, this capability is not as robust as the application itself.