Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your home, your beach trips and even your ride to work. Now that there are many ways to interact with Alexa -- with the Tap, Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Look, Echo Show, Dash Wand and the Amazon Fire TV -- you might find yourself talking to her more often. The list of commands is expanding rapidly, as is the number of third-party services and devices that Alexa officially (and unofficially) supports. Here is the (almost) complete list of Amazon Alexa commands. Summoning Alexa By default, Amazon's connected speakers have the same wake word. All you have to do to queue up a request is say, "Alexa." In the Amazon Alexa mobile application or at echo.amazon.com, you can change the wake word to either Amazon, Echo or Computer. If you have an Amazon Tap, Dash Wand or the Amazon Fire TV voice remote, you'll need to press a button to wake Alexa. Amazon updated the Tap with a … [Read more...] about The complete list of Alexa commands so far
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The Blue-Spotted Stingray (Taeniura lymma), Red Sea., Egypt, Africa. See more pictures of marine life. Casey and Astrid Witte Mahaney/Getty Images World-famous "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, known for seeking out and handling some of the most dangerous animals in existence, died on September 4, 2006, in a shocking accident with a stingray. Six weeks later, a stingray jumped into a fishing boat in Florida and stabbed 81-year-old James Bertakis in the chest. Stingrays are considered by most experts to be docile creatures, only attacking in self-defense. Most stingray-related injuries to humans occur to the ankles and lower legs, when someone accidentally steps on a ray buried in the sand and the frightened fish flips up its dangerous tail. Officials are calling the Florida incident a totally freak occurrence. In the early stages of examining the Steve Irwin accident, some experts have hypothesized that the combined positions of Irwin (above the fish) and his cameraman (in front … [Read more...] about How do stingrays kill?
Year In Review We look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year. By pretty much every measure that matters, 2018 has been Twitch’s biggest year ever. Already a force in the gaming world, Fortnite helped catapult the streaming platform into the mainstream. There were big moments, bigger numbers, and of course, lots of growing pains. In many ways, Twitch’s appeal in 2018 remained the same as it’s ever been: United by charismatic personalities and video games (or travel or cooking or chatting), people form online communities. They can engage as they please, whether that means actively participating or just chilling out and ambiently socializing. Several decades into the internet’s existence, this current era is defined by feelings of loneliness and alienation, even as people are theoretically more connected than ever. Twitch offers a place to go and experience interactions that feel spontaneous and real. Also, gamers … [Read more...] about The State Of Twitch In 2018
Welcome to Midweek Madness, Jezebel’s weekly tabloid roundup that I’m gonna hijack for just a second to say bye! I’m leaving! I wasn’t really here that long, so I don’t know if a proper goodbye post is warranted, but I got a new job! I’ll still be a contributor here but just not nearly as regularly so I guess this is it for a while! Thanks for reading! On to the tabloids where everything reported is fact and definitely real such as… …this Life & Style cover story, which, again! Very real! People OK, so you know how there’ve been a bunch of headlines about how Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are totally in a fight, but all the evidence thus far has been super paper thin and probably not indicative of anything real at all? It’s so dubious and disgusting—and all for the sake of selling magazines. Pitting women against women is wrong! But pitting women against girls? Now, there’s a story! This is all to say … [Read more...] about This Week in Tabloids: Kate’s a Red Herring!! Meghan’s Real Royal Nemesis Is Charlotte!!!!
Ronald Reagan is known as the movie junkie president. He was, after all, an actor before getting into politics. But do you know who watched even more movies than Reagan while in office? Jimmy Carter. And Carter only served a single term. After painstakingly going through the President’s daily journal, which outlined his tasks for each day, I’ve made a list of every movie Carter watched while in office from January 20, 1977 until January 20, 1981. And man, he really did watch a lot of films. Part of my fascination with the movies that presidents watch is just cheap voyeurism. But the other part is an earnest belief that popular culture influences things in the real world. President Nixon was obsessed with the film Patton during the Vietnam War. President Reagan urged Congress to take computer security seriously after seeing War Games in 1983. So what can we glean from the list I’ve compiled of President Carter’s viewing habits? Well, he certainly watched the … [Read more...] about Every Single Movie That Jimmy Carter Watched at the White House