Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
This week’s skill: News Junkie
Description: News Junkie allows you to stay on top of the latest headlines from 80+ news sources. You can add multiple sources to your custom feed and access headlines from them with a single utterance. You can search news stories by source, categories or even topics!
Real world use: News Junkie is a *ahem* news junkie’s dream. The Flash Briefing capability of Alexa is a great way to get an overview of the day, but the news sources are restricted to a few and you have to listen to them all at once. The News Junkie skill really expands your news consumption capability so that you can listen to news anytime, but the true value here is how it parses through the news to deliver exactly what you ask.
Want news from a single news source? Just ask.
Want to hear about a single topic across all your selected news sources? Just ask.
Things you can say…
“Alexa, ask News Junkie to list all sources”
“Alexa, ask News Junkie to list all categories”
“Alexa, ask News Junkie to list all sources under the category <Technology>(example) “
“Alexa, ask News Junkie to tell me the headlines from the source <TechCrunch> (example)” “to tell me the news brief from the source <TechCrunch> (Headline with description)”
“Alexa, ask News Junkie to add <TechCrunch> (to my custom feed) “
“Alexa, ask News Junkie to show my custom feed settings”
Alexa, ask News Junkie “to reset my custom feed”
“Alexa, ask News Junkie to play headlines from my custom feed”
“Alexa, ask News Junkie to play news brief from my custom feed”+
“Alexa, ask News Junkie to play headlines related to category <category>”+
“Alexa, ask News Junkie to play news brief related to category <category>”+
“Alexa, ask News Junkie to play headlines related to query <i-phone> (example)”
“Alexa, ask News Junkie to play news brief related to query <i-phone> (example)”
New Junkie comes with a long, long list of news sources to choose from. Just say, “Alexa, ask News Junkie to list all sources” and the list will show up in the Alexa mobile app on your smartphone or on the screen if you own an Echo Show or Echo Spot.
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