Amazon Echo has a number of brilliant features that'll help you this weekend
The Amazon Echo was one of our favourite gadgets to launch last year.
In a nutshell, the Amazon Echo is a 360-degree omni-directional speaker, powered by a cloud-based virtual assistant called “Alexa”.
The internet-connected speaker lets you order dinner, check the weather, turn on the lights, adjust your thermostat, call a cab, play radio stations, podcasts, music and more, using only your voice.
Amazon this week emailed customers with some new voice commands for AI assistant, Alexa.
In the email, Amazon highlighted the Echo's ability to help you enjoy live sport coverage – including the Premier League fixtures scheduled this weekend, not to mention Super Bowl VI.
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Things to ask Amazon's Alexa
According to Amazon, the easiest way to get access to sport coverage is to ask "Alexa, play talkSPORT on TuneIn".
If you miss the match, the smart speaker can let you know the result. For example, "Alexa, what was the score in the last Arsenal match?".
You can also ask about upcoming fixtures – "Alexa, when do Liverpool play next?"
Amazon also highlights some of the third-party apps, dubbed Skills, available to download and install on your Amazon Echo.
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The US retail giant writes, "Did you know the International Space Station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes? With the Space Station Skill, discover the perfect moment to see it.
"To get started, enable the skill by saying 'Alexa, enable Space Station' then, just ask: 'Alexa, ask Space Station for current location'."
Amazon also goes on to list a number of little-known voice commands to control music playback on the Echo.
However, these are currently restricted to those who subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited.
The on-demand music catalogue boasts more than 40 million songs, including the latest releases.
Those who want to use the service will have to cough-up £3.99 a month to enable Amazon Music Unlimited on a single Amazon Echo.
Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can search for tracks on the Echo using only lyrics.
For example, you can ask "Alexa, play that song that goes 'we all live in a yellow submarine'."
Some of the features highlighted are limited to those who pay for Amazon Music Unlimited
Amazon Music Unlimited customers can also check out the latest releases from today's top artists, just ask – "Alexa, play the All Hits playlist."
Fortunately, for those who do not want to subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited, there are plenty of other tricks to try with Alexa.
There's even a hidden trick inside the Echo which wakes you with a rather obnoxious Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.
Expect to see Alexa appearing in more gadgets this year with companies including Ford joining the voice search revolution.
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Alexa's integration into Ford vehicles will allow owners to play and resume audiobooks, order items on Amazon, search for and transfer local destinations to the in-car navigation system, and more. From the summer, drivers with Ford SYNC 3 will be able to ask Alexa to read weather reports, play music, check news, add items to shopping lists and more – all from their car.
The benefits of this collaboration don't just start in the car as, from home, Ford owners will be able to remote start, lock or unlock doors, and get vehicle information using voice commands.
Alexa is also being included in a number of non-Amazon speakers, including a new device from Lenovo.
Along with a standard speaker, Lenovo will launch a special Harman Kardon edition for premium audio quality.