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.
This week’s skill: Site Checker
Description: Ensure the Internet is running smoothly by checking the health of some of the most popular websites and services on the internet.
Real world use: Site Checker is a handy tool with one big caveat – it can only check on sites that are listed in its database that exists somewhere. It knows many of the more popular sites. Ask it to check for Netflix, Hulu, Google, Amazon, etc. and it will check and let you know. But, throw a site at it that it doesn’t yet recognize and Alexa says, “I don’t know that site yet, but I’m adding new sites all the time.” Let’s hope the database grows quickly. And, maybe has a future feature request the author could develop the ability for users to add their own.
Still, for the popular sites and services that it does already recognize, it can be a big help to figure out if a site or service is down – or its just your equipment.
You can say things like:
“Alexa, ask Site Checker if Netflix is up”
“Alexa, ask Site Checker to check on Reddit”
“Alexa, ask Site Checker to report the health of Google”
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