Re: [blind-philly-comp] NFB-NEWSLINE® Alexa Skill for Amazon Echo Speakers Now Available

Barb O'Connor

Gene, it does use the same material that you hear on the phone. It also always seems to start  the beginning of whatever paper you’re reading. I tried to tell it to start reading from where I left off but that didn’t work. I also can’t find a way to skip to sections of a particular paper. I’m going to try to be patient, however, as there are probably still some bugs that need to be worked out. I think it will be a need option to use at times. The command that was given to slow down the speech didn’t work either. I guess for now, if I really wanted to slow it down, I would have to go in to my phone and change the speed from the phone favorites. Hopefully this will all come together in time.

On Dec 16, 2018, at 8:58 AM, Gene <gsasner@...> wrote:

When you use the phone service, you hear initial introductory material no matter how many times you use the service.  Does the skill announce that material?  My suspicion is that the skill is very close to the phone service in its interface, the main difference being that you speak commands instead of using numpad equivalents.
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I am thrilled just to have this added convenience.  I can direct alexa what to do while I'm otherwise occupied primping for the day.  I had no idea what the sound would be like; but it is your telephone voice; that is, what you allowed or chose for your use with the service over the telephone.

I will now tweak that, so that it more reflects what I do with my victor.

Warmest regards, Penny

On 12/16/2018 8:37 AM, Gene wrote:
Because such jokes may be misunderstood, and because many members may not be familiar with the service and its history, I will clarify that my comments and others that are meant as humor aren't criticizing the skill nor the service.  My joke is that at first, Newsline was a phone service.  I got a speaker phone so I could conveniently listen to it.  Then computers came and the service developed all sorts of computer-related uses and interfaces with greatly improved efficiency and greatly expanded the ways it can be used.  Now this skill makes the service when you use it, very similar to the phone service again.  The more things change the more they stay the same.
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From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2018 5:22 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] [blind-philly-comp] NFB-NEWSLINE® Alexa Skill for Amazon Echo Speakers Now Available

Yes, but if you had your phone by your bed, or were using a cellular phone, you could do the same thing.  And if you used the speaker function, it would be even more the same. 
The more things change ...

Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2018 3:54 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] [blind-philly-comp] NFB-NEWSLINE® Alexa Skill for Amazon Echo Speakers Now Available

And now just think: I don't have to even get out of my bed to read newspapers. I can stay naked and lazy all day and have plenty to read.  So there Gene Old boy: that's progress indeed!

On 12/15/2018 11:30 PM, Penny Golden wrote:

The only thing you need is your 6 digit number, and your 4 digit pin number.

I got it working the first time I tried it, even though I don't think about those numbers at all.

It's reading my local stuff, and I couldn't be more pleased if it wwere sweeping the floor.

On 12/15/2018 10:00 PM, David Goldfield wrote:

The following announcement comes from the Web site of the NFB of Texas. While Texas is specifically mentioned in this announcement the skill is available anywhere and should allow you to access all of the newspapers and, I'm assuming, magazines.

NFB-NEWSLINE® Alexa Skill for Amazon Echo Speakers Now Available

December 12, 2018

The NFB-NEWSLINE® Alexa Skill for Amazon Echo speakers is now available!

You can now access NFB-NEWSLINE® content on Amazon Echo speakers with your voice by saying, “Alexa, open National Federation.” Read the over 500 publications available to NFB-NEWSLINE® subscribers on Alexa enabled devices with your own voice. Browse Texas newspapers, national papers, magazines and more with Alexa commands like:

  • “Alexa, ask National Federation to list papers from Texas”
  • “Alexa, ask National Federation to read the Houston Chronicle”
  • “Alexa, ask National Federation to speak a little slower”
  • “Alexa, ask National Federation to change voices”
  • “Alexa, ask National Federation to go to the next section”
  • “Alexa, ask National Federation to add this to my favorites”
  • “Alexa, ask National Federation to email me this article”

More tutorials and information about the NFB-NEWSLINE® Amazon Alexa skill will be coming soon. Listen to President Riccobono demonstrate the new skill on Presidential Release number 478 dated Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Check it out online at this link.

David Goldfield, Assistive Technology Specialist WWW.David-Goldfield.Com

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