Marvee’s Blog

Our latest news and Marvee musings on voice tech, aging and caregiving

Alexa Follow-On Mode

Amazon has released a great new feature, the Alexa Follow-Up mode.  It lets you speak back-to-back requests without having to say your wake word each time.  This is fantastic! We've also found this to be valuable from a different user experience...

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My Favorite Echo Dot Plugin Mount

The power cord being visible where have my Echo Dot has always bugged me. Well, I love This Dottie - Echo Dot Plug-in Mount. So very happy now! (and my apologies for the grainy image) Visit the Ask Marvee Amazon Shopping Page for more recommendations....

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Remember your Favorite Alexa Commands – Free download

A Cheat Sheet comes in handy!   For any one new to using an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Fire TV stick or the many other Alexa -enabled devices, it is sometimes a puzzle to remember the correct voice command for your favorite music station, playlist or to repeat...

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How To Use Alexa Course: Shorten your learning curve!

By popular request, Heidi has updated the How To Use Alexa online course designed for older adults and families to learn how to use the Amazon Echo devices and Alexa.  Fresh content (updated Dec 2017), 2.5 hours of video and step-by-step guides walking...

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Staying connected during Hurricane Irma

An Alexa Plan, who knew!   I've been through a few hurricanes living in Florida, but none frightened me like Hurricane Irma.  Irma was headed for landfall on the west coast of Florida, aimed at Naples FL, with me directly in the path of the eye!  Landfall...

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The Amazon Echo Show

Alexa, meet your new display! The Echo Show - Order now, available to be released June 28th, 2017. (We use affiliate links to help offset the costs to operate Marvee. We appreciate the "click") Here's an Echo Show video for your visual pleasure! Enjoy!...

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Marvee Family News mobile app is here!

 FAMILY NEWS APP Are you a contributor to a loved ones Marvee Family News Group?  We're EXCITED to announce we've launched the Family News companion iOS app designed just for you! Download the app via the Apple app store, log in with your Marvee Family News...

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Ten Things to Do First: Tip #10

HANDS-FREE MOMENTS: DEFINE, USE, ENJOY! It's obvious by now that I am a huge fan of Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo and Echo Dot.  Voice-driven devices enable the ability to do many useful things, its marvelous!  But yes, capability is evolving and there...

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Ten Things to Do First: Tip #9

It's a wonderful thing to be able to ask Alexa what the traffic is for your morning commute. Within the Alexa app, Alexa lets you input one route. This video shows you how to set it up. But importantly, we'll cover a work-around to add another route. Great to have if...

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Ten Things to Do First: Tip #8

Just a quick tip on where to get help.  Just ask Alexa, of course, ...but also access help within the Alexa app. This is tip #8 of our series: Ten Things to Do First - to help you get up to speed faster right out of the box with your Alexa device.   Today's Quick Tip:...

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