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Amazon Alexa and Echo Dot

The Complete User Guide for Amazon Echo and Alexa (Alexa Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation, Alexa Tips and Tricks, Amazon Echo Dot with Alexa)
Narrated by: William Bahl
Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Amazon’s Alexa system is one of the most exciting pieces of technology released in the last several years. Being able to tell an electronic speaker like the Echo to play music or engage in conversation is both a great deal of delightful fun and a testament to how far voice-recognition technology has advanced as well as the influence wireless information technology has had on our everyday lives. Even better, Alexa can synchronize the Echo to many things inside and outside the household - hence, you can order food via the internet just by saying a few words to it, or you can even turn the lights on and off by speaking to the Echo instead of heading for a switch.

This audiobook contains:

  • A detailed guide to first setting up your Echo and getting it connected to your Wi-Fi network
  • Explanations of how to change your Echo’s speaker circuit board
  • Advice on making sure your Echo can connect to the internet and solving problems with weak signals or problematic passwords
  • Walk-throughs on using many different internet sites with Alexa’s voice
  • Fun games and secret commands you might not know Alexa recognizes
  • The best ways to train Alexa’s voice-recognition protocols and tips on making sure your Echo won’t lose your voice among the “echoes” in your home
  • Descriptions of the various smart devices you can use with Alexa and troubleshooting guides for problems you may encounter getting them to work with the app
  • An introduction to the Echo Dot, its controls, and its uses
  • Tips on protecting your privacy
  • How to connect to the internet when you are experiencing connectivity problems
  • Tips on helping Alexa to better understand what you are saying
  • What to do when the Echo Dot won’t respond
  • How to update your device’s software
  • A walk-through on blocking or removing unwanted contacts
  • Answers to the most frequently asked Echo Dot questions
  • And more
©2019 Mark Howard (P)2019 Mark Howard

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Very good and detailed training.

Mark does an excellent job in laying the foundation for the backend dev work that you absolutely need to perform if you're serious about creating Skills for Alexa. He guided the building blocks in an intuitive and organized manner and does an exemplary job explaining the Skills development process. Mark explains a typical Alexa skill statement beautifully by deconstructing a typical Alexa invocation phrase, and he even takes the time to demonstrate and describe non-blocking i/o in JavaScript so that anyone could understand. Bravo Mark! I've taken 10+ courses on Audible. Yours is one of the finest. Excellent course to learn custom skill building using an interesting and useful example.

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Very Good Startup course

I am really happy that i have done something great at the end of the day. I love this audiobook so much..the explanations are crystal clear..and thanks to you sir

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Solid and thorough overview

Excellent course to get started with building & creating Amazon Echo and Alexa. The course is very clear & concise. Everything is explained step by step. Mark is very experienced at building Alexa skills and he responds to your questions in a timely and efficient manner. The projects built are interesting, useful & fun. I believe I have enough experience in creating my own Alexa Skills, thanks, Mark!

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Yes, I think I made right choice

Excellent audiobook, Mark takes a complex subject matter and makes it easy to follow along. I have zero coding experience, but now I have an in depth understanding how the process works. Thank you for presenting this course.

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Benefited

Very good material. A good starting point for creating new alexa skills. My only complaint is that there was too much copying and pasting at the end. I would have benefited more if we coded along for the whole thing, and explanations were made about what the code was doing. Although, this was done in the beginning.

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Basics of Amazon Echo Dot and Alexa

Great course for showing the basics of Amazon Echo Dot and Alexa Developer services. thank you

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It was good matching for me

I really like where this instructor is going. At this point he has describes a structure, approach and learning objectives. He has specified the prerequisites and how to work through those. His passion is contagious.

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Good info and momentum

I am liking this audiobook very much. And I love the fact that it has been updated to match the current Alexa developer interfaces.

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step by step

Great course.. It is having step by step by guideline and feel so easy to bring up your first Alexa skill. i yet to finish full course but till now .. i am loving it.

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Solid experience

Course would benefit from more detailed examples and getting into Alexa development faster. Instructor has solid experience and much to offer, would look forward to future more in-depth courses.

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  • Catherine
  • 06-11-19

Amazon Alexa and Echo Dot

Best Alexa and Echo Dot Developer course out. Most of the other Alexa and Echo Dot Developer courses on Audible are just going over the free examples you can get from the Alexa Developer portal. So, no original code content at all. Also, most of the instructions don't really have a grasp and understanding of Alexa and Echo Dot development that is why most of them just copy the code from the Amazon site. The instructor for this course truly understands what he is teaching. There is nothing copied from the Amazon website but real code built from the ground up. By the time you are done with this audiobook you will have a solid understanding of Echo Dot with Alexa development. This is truly the only comprehensive Alexa Skill Development course I have found. In my opinion don't waste your time or money on the other course like I did. If you really want to learn Alexa development this is your audible.

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  • Aaron Galvan
  • 06-11-19

Superb job so far

Looks comprehensive as of this moment and I like what I see. If not in this audiobook, an advanced Alexa course would be super where we can making sure our Echo can connect to the internet and solving problems with weak signals or problematic passwords and also getting some solutions on home automation. This capability is part of the next generation Echo devices such as the Show and the Spot. Thank you! Super job so far.

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  • Julian
  • 06-11-19

An introduction to the Echo Dot

This is very good course, I learnt a lot and some additional things like ngrock,testing and debuging. And an introduction to the Echo Dot, its controls, and its uses. Thanks

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  • Donald
  • 06-11-19

Taught well

This is not an easy subject, but it is taught with well thought through examples. The publishers accented speech delivery may be difficult to understand for some but persistence is repaid because of the added concentration required on the substance of the material.

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  • Linda
  • 06-11-19

Explains things well

The instructor is a genius. The audiobook is absolutely amazing. At first I thought that he was going too fast and maybe got some things wrong, and I had to go over some parts of the audio several times before I understood what it was that I was doing wrong. I have come to realize that his teaching technique is very effective in part because it forces the lerner to slowly learn the amazon Alexa Echo service fundamentals.

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  • James
  • 06-11-19

Cleared Concepts well enough

Fantastic audiobook. Loved the way instructor explains each concept and has demos throughout the course. The descriptions of the various smart devices you can use with Alexa and troubleshooting guides for problems you may encounter getting them to work with the app, is all can found very effective at the end.

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  • Carol
  • 06-11-19

Put together everything

Really a comprehensive course. The information on Alexa Echo Skills Development is scattered in Amazon’s documentation and Blogs. This audiobook really put together everything in a very logical manner with solid example skills.

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  • Tammy
  • 06-11-19

Comprehensive coverage of the topic.

Great course, full development cycle is represented with industry standards every step of the way. Explanations of how to change your Echo’s speaker circuit board. Many thanks.

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  • Paul Carman
  • 06-11-19

This guy rocks

Excellent audiobook to kick start alexa development. This guy rocks. Very well designed course and solid materials. Thanks and wish for more...

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  • Laverne
  • 06-11-19

Made things even more simpler

This is an Amazing audiobook. Before getting this course I took the 5 minute tutorial from Amazon so this course made things even more simpler. The instructor is mindful and has explained everything precisely.

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