Got my Tap

In the Black Friday sale to go with my echo and it’s now sitting at my bedside. You do need a bluetooth or wired speaker unless you want rather tinny sound (fine for alarms etc). It’s great!  

Amazon Echo as a Baby Monitor

This idea is a variation of a previous idea… using Amazon Echo as an intercom. This one would be super simple to implement. All you need is an Amazon Echo in the baby’s room to pick up the sound, and you can listen from a second one in your own

Does the echo respond to “Alexa” better than “Echo”?

One of the first things I did was change the wake word to “Echo” as it seemed snappier. However, I’ve reverted – it seems to me “Alexa” is recognised better, perhaps it’s a British accent thing?

One day to go!

One day to go until the Echo is available on And more importantly one day until my pre-order ships!

Alexa now available from Play Store

Alexa is now available from the play store (and presumably itunes). is up now too.

Things to do in advance of your echo arriving #1: Populate your Amazon Music Library

Upload some mp3s to your Prime Music account (limit of 250 unless you pay extra) so that you can play them through the Echo.

Amazon Echo is coming to the UK!

Confirmed in this morning’s press conference. It will cost £149.99. Echo dot will be £49.99. “The speakers, equipped with Amazon’s “Alexa” assistant AI, will go up for pre-order later today ahead of the September 28 launch date for the Echo. The Echo Dot will arrive October 20, and both speakers

Echo to launch in Europe this week, says FT

From the FT and via the News Page here, further confirmation that the Echo speaker will be released in Europe this week: “Amazon is doubling efforts to expand its personal devices business globally, with the launch of the Echo speaker and its voice-activated Alexa personal assistant in Europe this week.”

UK Official Launch?

Details are emerging about an official UK launch for the Amazon Echo speaker on the 14th September at 11am.    

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