Amazon has been adding new capabilities to Alexa at a rapid clip ever since it launched. Those who subscribed to the weekly updates would have noticed that there have been new features on Alexa each and every week since it launched, thanks to Alexa’s brain being in the cloud rather than on the device. Sometimes the additions can be as simple as a skill and sometimes it can be as big as Audible launching on Alexa. Given this rapid pace of innovation, it is easy to lose track of all the things Alexa is capable of. A feature like ‘tip of the day’ from none other than Alexa herself is in order.
Amazon launched this very feature a few weeks ago (and yes, included in their weekly update). You can now configure Alexa to suggest something to try whenever you ask her for a news update (aka flash briefing). Amazon basically added ‘Alexa Things To Try‘ as a news source along side real sources like NPR, Techcrunch etc. which users can then choose to enable for their news briefing. Amazon appears to keep track of the features that it has already suggested to you because every time you can for the flash briefing, you can a different suggestion.
Here are the instructions to enable this feature.
- Open the companion app on your mobile or visit http://alexa.amazon.com/ on a desktop.
- Click ‘Settings’ on the left pane.
- Click on ‘Flash Briefing’ under the ‘Account’ section.
- At the top of the page click on ‘Get more Flash Briefing content’
- In the search box, type ‘Alexa Things To Try’ and hit the search button.
- Click on ‘Alexa Things To Try’ in the results page.
- In the details page for the skill, click on ‘Enable Skill’
- In a couple of seconds, the button turns to ‘Manage in Flash Briefing’.
- You will be routed to the Flash Briefing page where you can see that ‘Alexa Things To Try’ is now part of your enabled flash briefing sources.
- You can also click on the ‘Edit Order’ link and change the order of your flash briefing sources.
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