Alexa in Canada: Amazon Alexa and Echo Skills, Tips, and Tricks for Canadians
By Teri Fisher
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Teri Fisher, from the Alexa in Canada Blog and VoiceFirst network, reveals all of his top Amazon Alexa skills, strategies, news, power tips and tricks for Canadians. Discover how you can get the most out of Alexa’s voice first service so you can have the time and freedom to make your life more organized, relaxed, stress-free, entertaining, and fun! Although Teri confesses he does not have a complete Smart home, he uses Alexa to help him be more efficient in his daily life. Amazon Echo devices, personal digital assistants, smart home automation, flash briefings, voice recognition, natural language understanding, artificial intelligence (AI), and everything that works (and doesn’t work) to help you better understand how to get Alexa working for you. Alexa in Canada is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Amazon.com, Inc.
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Great Alexa Podcast
Wonderful podcast to let you know exactly what is available for Alexa in Canada. I listen to podcasts about Alexa in the US and this one has more utility in terms of learning exactly how Alexa works regardless of country.
Simply helps me get more out of my Amazon Echo
Dr Teri does an excellent job covering a major feature, issue or news item each episode. Simple, entertaining and informative.
A must listen for any Alexa user!
I purchased my Alexa device about the time this podcast started. There is no way I would utilize my device to the extent I do without this podcast. The podcast is fun to listen to and includes tips, excellent interviews, tutorials, Alexa news, and much more. I checked out several Alexa podcasts and this one stands out from them all.