If you ever wondered what else Alexa Echo Could do then you have to wonder no More.
New apps and devices are becoming Echo-friendly, and the little tower is behaving less like a “smart speaker” and more like a “digital assistant.” You can arrange schedules, coordinate your entertainment center in several rooms, and even operate appliances – all without lifting a finger.
Many of these activities will require special equipment and a little time to link them through Bluetooth. Once you do, Alexa’s wireless sorcery is bound to astound you.
You’re listening to a podcast in the living room, right next to your Echo. Then you realize you need something from the garage. You don’t want to lose the flow, so you pick up a compatible device. “Alexa, send that to my Fire tablet,” you say. Now your podcast is portable.
This process works with Echo Dot, of course, which is its own speaker system and can be placed in multiple rooms.
2. Find your lost phone
You simply can’t find your phone, no matter how many cushions you rip out of your sofa. How will you ever tell your spouse to pick up milk on the way home? Then you remember: “Alexa, trigger find my phone.” Echo will then call your phone, and you can follow the ring tone or vibration to its location. This trick is especially handy when you’re alone.
3. Write a to-do list
The to-do list is one of Alexa’s most secretarial abilities, and it will benefit organized and disorganized people alike. To get started say, “Alexa, create a new to-do.” Once you have established the list, you can easily add new items to it by saying “add X to my to-do.” (“Alexa, add dinner at Mom’s to my to-do,” or “Alexa, add finish company report to my to-do.”)
4. Buy things on Amazon
It shouldn’t be surprising that a device created by the world’s biggest online retailer would make it simple to buy things from Amazon.
The easiest objects to purchase are the one you’ve ordered in the past. You can say, “Alexa, buy more paper towels,” and the device will automatically place an order for the brand you’ve already bought.
Say you’re listening to a song on Amazon Music. You find yourself bobbing your head and thinking deep thoughts, and you spontaneously decide to keep it forever. It’s as easy as, “Alexa, buy this song.”
5. Arrange a ride
Without having to touch your phone, much less turn it on and fire up an app, you can orally arrange an Uber or Lyft ride. “Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride.” If you already have an account with Uber or Lyft and have coordinated these services, you can call a car to your house.
6. Operate smart home devices
The smarter your house gets, the more appliances you’ll be able to operate with your voice.
For example, you can vacuum your floors with the Powerbot VR7000. On its own, the Powerbot is already a powerful autonomous vacuum. It looks like a little horseshoe crab that happens to suck up Cheerios. With Echo, you can order your Powerbot to clean the carpets, using only your voice: “Alexa, tell Powerbot to vacuum.”
The list is as big as a house. With a smart thermostat, you can say, “Alexa, set the temperature to 78 degrees.” With a smart security system, you can say, “Alexa, lock my door.” Just call out, “Alexa, dim the lights,” and your smart lamps will set a new mood.
You don’t necessarily have to be in the same room as the smart device. With the Garageio device, you can tell your Echo, “Alexa, ask Gargeio to close my garage,” and your door will roll closed.
7. Find Easter eggs
Okay, these aren’t literal Easter eggs, but the little gags and surprises that programmers leave in certain software. Ever since Echo became available, owners have been talking about Alexa’s ability to tell you a joke. (Just say: “Alexa: Tell me a joke.”) Coming from a small tower, these jokes give new meaning to “stand up comedy.”
But there are numerous other Easter eggs as well. Here are some favorite nerdy recommendations: “Alexa, set phasers to kill.” “Alexa, show me the money.” “Alexa. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.”
TStv to Encrypt it’s Channels, roll out 62 Premium Entertainment Channels
TStv has announced that all of it’s Television channels will be encrypted. This means that the channels on TSTV will no longer be Free-to-air (FTA). The service provider also announced that it will include 62 premium Entertainment channels in it’s collection.
TStv channels will be encrypted starting from 11:50 on November 27th. Also, the premium entertainment channels will be included to the service on 28th November. Prior to the update, viewers will have to pick up a TStv Jolly Decoder at a dealer outlet.
Owners of the Sassy Decoder are advised to visit any nearest dealer to get the decoder fully activated.
TStv currently has over 50 plus channels which in addy is the 16 premium entertainment channels coming soon.
TStv Africa is a owned Nigerian innovative Pay TV Operator that offer Pay As You View (PAYV) subscription, pause subscription, complimentary internet service and video call.
TStv sometime went out of the market due to the challenges the company faced even to the “Satellite Providers”. The good news is that they began full operation on 20th August after NigComSat offered them 5 units of 35.5MHz transponders through a collaboration with Intertel, Federal Ministry of Communications and Nigcomsat.
MTN APN Configuration That Works – Mobile and Modem
MTN APN is what is required to enable internet connection on your phone. APN is an acronym for Access Point Name. Access Point Name is typically the name of the gateway connecting your internet enabled device to the web through an internet service provider, such as MTN.
Most often we run into the problem of missing APN configuration and can’t surf the web with our phone or modem. If you have your APN configured before now and you still cannot browse, make the listed below are in order.
- Data subscription balance
- Data monitor app threshold
- Other phones of same network can browse. Your inability to browse could be a general problem from the service provider at the moment.
- Network signal reception
In Nigeria you can fall into the hands of the wrong people, who will charge you high amount of money in the name of configuring your phone for browsing.
To get the configuration pushed automatically to your phone by MTN.
Send as a text message “Settings” to 3888. Without quotes.
If the above method fails to get you APN configuration, you can fall back to configuring it yourself which always works.
For Mobile phones, navigate to “mobile network” in settings through more connections option, and you should see APN configuration option there.
Note: If your device works just fine, you are advised not to go further. But if for a reason you deleted the pre-installed APN configuration and you want to get it back. You’re welcome. The configurations work for 2G, 3G and 4G network type.
MTN APN settings for smartphones (iOS and Android)
Note: For MTN 4G MiFi modems, the above configuration works for such devices.
MTN APN settings for modems (U.S.B stick modems)
Access Point Name is unique to every service provider and can come pre-configured in SIM cards. When you slot in a new SIM card into a phone, it goes through it’s initiation to the service provider’s system. The service provider can then push necessary configurations to the device. Devices with MTN SIM card making an internet connection must be configured with an APN to present to MTN.
MTN will then examine this APN to determine what type of connection should be created, for example: which IP addresses should be assigned to the wireless device, which security methods should be used, etc. All of which is done in a second by a programmed system.
#ReallyFreeData, Airtel is dashing free data weekly on Recharge Plus
Airtel NG is currently giving out free 250mb data to its subscribers so long as you keep recharging your line. The good news is that you get 250Mb every week, once you meet your recharging target. All Airtel users are qualified for this promo and it gets even better because you can use the data to access any website and content.
You can do the recharging through your bank and still get the reward. In total you enjoy 1GB monthly for simply topping up your airtime. You can use the airtime for regular uses, such as making calls and sending text, even subscribing to a regular data plan.
Speaking of the requirements to enjoy this offer, Airtel NG says you have to recharge your line consistently. Consistently in order to meet your weekly target.
How it Works:
- To get started, you have to first recharge your Airtel line.
- Check your weekly target by dialing *479# or check your recharge notifications.
- Recharge to hit your target
- Get rewarded with 250MB free.
- Dial *123# or *140#. to check balance
Hard to say:
The free data bonus is valid till Sunday 23.59pm every week. You don’t get the reward twice a week, so no need beating the target twice. Airtel didn’t say how long the offer lasts, but it looks like one that its not going over yet. You can’t roll over any unused data. That is to say, once it expires, it’s gone, no renewals.
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