Dot to Dot: A daily 5min Echo demo from Alexa
DTD1040 Blinkist

DTD1040 Blinkist

December 6, 2019

Summarising what this brilliant skill is all about is blinking hard, so let's let the skillstore do it for us; Where do the world’s smartest people get their ideas? From great books! Blinkist transforms the key ideas of 3000+ bestselling nonfiction books into powerful packs you can listen to in around 15 minutes. Over 10 million users treat us as a companion on the most noble and challenging journey we know: fulfilling human potential. Create your account, and get 1 free title each day with Blinkist’s Free Daily. Don’t have a Blinkist account? You’ll still get free listening access to 3 of Blinkist’s most popular titles. You can also use your Alexa device to create a free Blinkist account and listen to a new, free title each day with the Free Daily. Want more than 1 title a day? Unlock the full Blinkist library of 3,000+ titles with a free, no-commitment 7-day trial of Blinkist Premium. The Blinkist Alexa skill is easy to use, and specially developed to bring the best of Blinkist to Alexa devices.

DTD1039 The A-lady gets depressed … and excited!

DTD1039 The A-lady gets depressed … and excited!

December 5, 2019

The A-lady's voice will soon be much more expressive - or developers will have the ability to add extra emotion into her voice in their skills, at least. Let's hear some samples followed by a reminder of the Voice Tester skill which provides samples of the other voices also available to developers.

DTD1038 Master Blaster

DTD1038 Master Blaster

December 4, 2019

Like cricket? Yes? Then you'll love testing your wits against a torrent of test-match-related googlies with today's boundary-belting skill by those thumpingly good chaps at Voxogenic Technologies.

DTD1037 Knight Manager

DTD1037 Knight Manager

December 3, 2019

Forsooth, it's hard having 'Knight Manager' as your day job.

DTD1036 Quiz Club

DTD1036 Quiz Club

December 2, 2019

Love this skill guys. Here's what it says about it in the skillstore; Quiz Club allows you to create and play your own quizzes, as well as play quizzes that are open to everyone. This skill includes some short demonstration quizzes. Features include: Recall your quizzes using a name and 4-digit code; or play one of the openly available quizzes. One or multiple rounds with a different topic for each round. As many questions as you like per round. Optional additional / fun fact for each question. 1-3 named skill levels with different points per level. Ability to save the player's name, last score and skill level. Ability to play again (single user only). Multi-player one-at-a-time mode with ability to save players names, score and skill level (but not play again in the same session). Simple quiz mode with no option to save player's details. For details on how to get your own quiz added to Quiz Club, email quizclub@ambiently.co.uk

DTD1035 Amazing Advent Calendar

DTD1035 Amazing Advent Calendar

December 1, 2019

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. It's time to yank open those advent calendar doors and get a real festive treat every day in the run up to that lovely time of year that is Christmas. OK - I'm a Baha'i and not a Christian. But we believe in Jesus of course - as we do all the Messengers of God - and so we can enjoy every festival with equal excitement. And boy am I excited about Christmas!

DTD1034 The Daily Five Minutes Skill Demo Show (a reminder)

DTD1034 The Daily Five Minutes Skill Demo Show (a reminder)

November 30, 2019

Just a quick reminder today that you can listen to Dot to Dot as part of your daily flash briefing by asking her to "Enable The Daily Five Minutes Skill Demo Show".

DTD1033 Mumsnet Pregnancy Advice

DTD1033 Mumsnet Pregnancy Advice

November 29, 2019

Are you expecting or know someone who is? Alternatively, you might just be weirdly interested in day-by-day, blow-by-blow info on what's involved. Either way, here's what the skillstore says about today's fab skill; Pregnancy Advice is here to give you daily tips and advice throughout your pregnancy, based on the experiences of real-life parents who visit Mumsnet every day. Mumsnet is the UK’s largest network for parents, with around 10 million unique visitors per month clocking up around 100 million page views. Our daily pregnancy tips will tell you fascinating (we hope!) facts about what's happening to you and your growing baby from the moment you get your bfp (big fat positive) until the day you give birth. You'll also get some essential words of wisdom on everything from weird pregnancy cravings to preparing for life with a newborn. To get started, just enable Pregnancy Advice and tell it your due date. If you don't know your due date, you can find out using the due date calculator at mumsnet.com

DTD1032 Connect-Four Game

DTD1032 Connect-Four Game

November 28, 2019

It's the last demo of the Echo Show for now. Today we look at that other classic falling objects game; Connect 4 (but this time with the numeral spelt out - almost certainly for trademark reasons). If you don't have an Echo with a screen and yet still, for some slightly bizarre reason, have the urge to control the game by voice and at the same time see it in a browser, then the action can be accessed by going to https://calcbox.de.

DTD1031 Falling Blocks

DTD1031 Falling Blocks

November 27, 2019

Wit a huge apology up-front for everyone without one of these shiny Echo Show puppies, the big question of the day is whether, using commands such as "Alexa, left, right, rotate, counter or drop" can you beat the blocks as they fall inexorably towards the bottom of your lovely Echo Show's screen? Only one way to find out.