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Re: Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Gene
 

I don't know what is meant by seven speakers.  does that mean seven speakers you can attach or Blue Tooth speakers?  I wouldn't think it would mean having seven speakers in the unit itself.  I don't have any of these products and I don't know if the full size Echo has more features or can run more skills than the dot.  But without more information, I wouldn't make any decision based on the number of speakers listed.  No unit of the size of the Echo would have seven built-in speakers.  And if you are going to play whatever you buy through your stereo, the quality of the internal speaker is irrelevant.
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
From: janet gross
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 1:14 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Hi Mike,

Thank you as this answers quite a few of my questions, and this is good information!  So if the Echo has 7 speakers, and the Dot has 1 speaker, this sounds like the Echo would have much more quality sound, and that does explain why the Amazon Echo cost more money.  So I can just tell Alexa to enable several different skills, wow, I like this!  Smile! 

Thank you also for the phone number as I think I will give them a call to find out more about this Visa card and its rewards.  Amazon says if I apply for this Visa card, I will automatically get $50 off of my first purchase, not bad!  LOL!   

Thank you again, as I always appreciate the help. 

Janet

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike B.
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 10:34 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

 

Hi Janet,

 

Just to help a leettle bit.  The Amazon Echo has 7 speakers, whereas the Echo Dots have only 1 speaker.  As for acquiring skills, you can ask Alexa to enable probably hundreds if not thousands of skills, but if it's not a skill Alexa can enable for you there is plenty of help out there to learn how.

 

Also, the Amazon / Chase Visa card information is very accessible from a telephone.  You can make payments, schedule payments, hear your balance, your rewards points plus much more from their, 

 1-8888-247-4080 phone number.

Take care.  Mike.  Go Dodgers.
Sent from my iBarstool.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

----- Original Message -----

From: janet gross

Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 5:33 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

 

Mary,
So it sounds like it might be a task to find the skills I might want.  As far as listening to several pod casts, well, I'm not sure I would want to put to much time in to that, as I have a busy schedule as it is!  LOL!  So, I now see I need to do some research on this as well!  LOL!  Smile! 
The reason I would want to connect the Echo to my Bose stereo is because from what I've heard, the Echo is not the best sounding Device out there for listening to music.  I wanted to purchase Amazon music, but I want a good sound though, especially  if I have to pay the Amazon music monthly. 
I also want to listen to the news, as asking Alexa for the weather, make a call, etc.

Thank you again.

Janet

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mary Otten
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 7:21 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Hi Janet, You have put your finger on the biggest issue I have with the
Echo. The skills are great, that is, when you can find those that you
might like. And there are podcasts which review skills, so there's help
there if you have time to spend listening to that stuff. Some
capabilities are there out of the box, of course, like listening to
radio stations through tune in, or whatever. And there are some cool
skills. But star trek, it is not. <smile>


Mary


On 6/4/2018 5:04 PM, janet gross wrote:
> HI Mary,
> Well, thank you so much!  I now have a little better understanding about the add ons that enhance the functionality of the Echo devices.  I was thinking all the skills would just come with the Echo.
> I really thought I could just open the box with the new Echo, and all the skills would be right there!  LOL!  I guess I'm asking for to much!  Smile!
> Thank you again, as I greatly appreciate it.
> Janet
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mary Otten
> Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 6:53 PM
> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?
>
> I'm not Chris, but what he is getting at is that the Echo family of
> products has add ons that enhance the functionality of the device with
> added capabilities that are not available out of the box. To get that
> additional functionality, you need to find or somehow know about the
> specific skills you want to add, and then you must enable them by
> telling your device to enable such and such a skill or, if that doesn't
> work, you go to the alexa app on your phone or to a specific Amazon page
> and search for and enable the skill there. There are bunches of games,
> for instance, which must be found and enabled before you can play them.
>
>
> Mary
>
>
>
> On 6/4/2018 4:47 PM, janet gross wrote:
>> Chris,
>> What do you mean when you say with the  Amazon Echo one must enable the skills?
>> Janet
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of chris judge
>> Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 5:40 PM
>> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?
>>
>> Whith the amazon echo one must enable the skills. Is the same true of the google home?
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Mehler
>> Sent: June 4, 2018 3:26 PM
>> To: main@techtalk.groups.io
>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?
>>
>> Hello,
>>
>> <probably a low-grade question> what is an Echo Dot and a Google Home Mini? Are they smaller versions of the alexa?
>>
>> What all do they do and are there any podcasts on the subject?
>>
>> To those who have one or both devices are there privacy concerns as there now are with I think it's the Amazon alexa?
>>
>> Thanks.
>> Dave.
>>
>>
>> On 6/4/18, Laz <laz@...> wrote:
>>> As someone who owns both an Echo Dot and a Google Home mini i have to
>>> say that the sound on the Google Home mini is much better than that
>>> from the Echo Dot. In my experience they both can access the same
>>> radio stations and both use Tune-In and I heart Radio. I've also found
>>> that you can find a wider variety of songs on the Google Home mini
>>> than you can on the Echo Dot. both can pair with bluetooth Speakers,
>>> headsets, or Bluetooth receivers so connecting either one to a stereo
>>> isn't difficult.
>>>
>>> Laz
>>>
>>> On 6/4/18, Walter Ramage via Groups.Io
>>> <wpr@...>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Hi.  That is good to know.  Last October I traded in my Arcam Solo
>>>> neo DAB music system for something different and high-end.  The good
>>>> thing about the Arcam Solo Neo was it also had internet radio,
>>>> unfortunately the station listings were not accessible Via the hi-fi
>>>> unit but they were via their website.  I think there were well over
>>>> 1000 internet stations I could choose from and I could search them
>>>> via genre i.e. news, sport country music pop music rock music
>>>> religious spoken word etc..  I would imagine I'd need to do a web
>>>> search for stations in order to instruct the echo, or would the echo
>>>> do a search for me?  Walter.
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
>>>> Behalf Of
>>>> -
>>>> Sent: 04 June 2018 13:17
>>>> To: Walter Ramage via Groups.Io
>>>> Cc: main@techtalk.groups.io
>>>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or
>>>> Amazon Echo?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Yes, international stations can be accessed.  Usually any station is
>>>> started by its call letters or its name.
>>>>
>>>> A local station k d k a is started by that call name.  Just using npr
>>>> anywhere starts the local public radio station nearest to you.
>>>>
>>>> For example using a name; one of the bbc services is called bbc 4
>>>> which is a mostly news source, bbc 4 xtra plays radio dramas.  There
>>>> are several other bbc choices for music and regional services in the
>>>> uk.
>>>>
>>>> On Sun, 3 Jun 2018, Walter Ramage via Groups.Io wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hi.  Thanks.  As much as I would like to listen to local and
>>>>> national
>>>> radio
>>>>> stations I wonder if the Echo would be able to find international
>>>>> radio stations and if so, how is it done.  Walter.
>>>>>
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
>>>>> Behalf
>>>> Of
>>>>> Richard Brock
>>>>> Sent: 03 June 2018 20:32
>>>>> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
>>>>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or
>>>>> Amazon Echo?
>>>>>
>>>>> Hello Walter,
>>>>> I recommend the Amazon, Echo. You can purchase an Echo, Dot for $39
>>>>> thatt will give you all its features for a very reasonable price.
>>>>> You will ve able to listen to many radio stations, plus have access
>>>>> to thousands of skills that are fun to interact with.
>>>>> Good luck,
>>>>> Rich
>>>>>
>>>>> On 6/3/2018 1:45 PM, Walter Ramage via Groups.Io wrote:
>>>>>> Hi folks.  It hasn't interested me in the past but I'm toying with
>>>>>> the
>>>>> idea
>>>>>> of purchasing either a Google Home or An Amazon Echo.  The problem
>>>>>> is, I don't know which product is the best, especially in the area
>>>>>> of accessibility.  My main use for the product would be radio
>>>>>> listening.
>>>>>> I
>>>>> do
>>>>>> have a number of DAB radios in the house but their presets are
>>>>>> limited
>>>> and
>>>>>> it requires pressing a number of buttons to get the station required.
>>>>> With
>>>>>> either Google or Amazon I can ask for that station to be played.
>>>>>> I
>>>> guess
>>>>>> other skills might be useful but I don't know all what is
>>>>>> available
>>>>> however
>>>>>> I'm not interested in having it turn on and off lights since I
>>>>>> never use lights since I am total.  I understand that Amazon have
>>>>>> a much wider
>>>> range
>>>>>> of products but I'm not really concerned about appearance as it is
>>>>>> irrelevant to me.  Also I know some echoes have touch screens but
>>>>>> do
>>>> they
>>>>>> have audio feedback?  As I have said, I'm toying with the idea and
>>>> haven't
>>>>>> made my mind up but when I do and if I decide to make a purchase
>>>>>> I'd
>>>> like
>>>>> to
>>>>>> have some idea of what I'm about to spend my money on.  All
>>>>>> comments welcome.  Walter.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> XB
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>> --
>>> Affordably priced Accessible Talking MP3 Players, Accessible phones,
>>> Bluetooth devices, and accessories http://www.talkingmp3players.com/
>>> Email: laz@...
>>> Phone: 727-498-0121
>>> Skype: lazmesa
>>> Personal Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/laz.mesa
>>> Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Talkingmp3players?_rdr
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
>
>
>







Re: Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Janet
 

Hi Gene,

No I don’t have anything that I could test with now.  Let’s hold on, and I will call Bose, and ask them about this, and let you know what they say.  Bose is usually pretty good about asking them questions, and they still have or at least used to have my system in their computer, so I will see. 

Janet

 

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 7:53 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

 

I could explain the things you probably have but do you have any way to test to see what is what?  It would be very easy to show you in person but it would take perhaps six sentences to describe the kinds of line-in and line-out connectors you very likely have.  You very likely have line-in and line-out connectors but there are two widely used kinds, and I would have to describe both.

 

Gene. 

----- Original Message -----

From: janet gross

Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 6:52 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

 

HI Chris and Everyone.

Is there any way I can tell myself which plug I might have on my Bose? I’ve had the Bose for at least ten years, and I don’t remember which outputs it might have.  I know there is a output in the back of it, but don’t know what it is for though. 

Janet

 

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Chris Grabowski
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 5:17 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

 

If your Bose stereo has a 3.5MM jack for input, then you can.  If it has RCA jacks for input you'd need a 3.5MM male to RCA jacks cable.

 


From: janet gross
Sent: Monday, Jun 4, 2018 3:58 PM EST
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Howard, 
Thank you, this is good to know.  I am seriously considering an Echo Dot myself.  You say I can connect an Echo Dot  to  my home entertainment system which is a Bose stereo and not just a speaker? 
Janet 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Howard Traxler
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 2:49 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.
 
I have an Echo Dot.  I don't do much music on it but it sure sounds better 
than I ever expected; much better than those terrible cell phone speakers. 
Also, it has an output jack which can be connected to one's home 
entertainment system.
 
Howard
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "janet gross" <janet.harvard@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 1:58 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.
 
 
HI Everyone,
I'm still debating which Echo or Dot to buy.  So far I am considering either 
the Echo Dot, or the Echo second generation.  I am looking for something 
that has a good sound quality as I will probably buy Amazon's music.  I went 
on to the Amazon web site, and they are giving me a offer in which I don't 
know anything about, so I want to ask those who might be more familiar with 
the Amazon Visa Card.  This offer is only if I buy an Echo or dot.  So if 
anyone is familiar with the card would you please share your information or 
experience?
I copied and pasted below the message I get when I visit the site.
 
Janet
 
Amazon Rewards Visa Card
$50 instant gift card
Janet, get a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon approval for the Amazon 
Rewards Visa Card
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Re: Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Janet
 

Hi Gene,

I am currently paying Apple Music $9.99 per month, and I don’t really want to spend any more than that.  What I like about the music subscriptions is   one can create their own playlist.  I have most of the same music on my computer, but I would have to burn all those songs on a disc, and I’ve done that before, but I think that might have messed up my Bose stereo a little, and I would need to send my Bose stereo back to Bose, and pay $114, and they would clean it and set it back to factory settings, so it would be like bran new, so I wouldn’t want to put those discs back in the stereo.  I did use the cheapest CD’S to burn music, and I don’t think that was a good idea now!  The radio will play on the Bose, but if I insert a cd, the cd will either do nothing, or it will just get stuck in it.  Bose told me before just to buy a cd cleaner, and if that didn’t work to send it to them, so I did buy and used the cd cleaner, but I could only play my cd’s in the Bose for maybe close to a year, and now it is right back doing the same thing. 

Is Spotify an app? Not familiar with that. 

Janet

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 7:56 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

 

How much do you anticipate spending monthly on music?  It might be better to use something like Spotify with the Echo if you intend to spend at least ten dollars per month.

 

Gene

----- Original Message -----

From: janet gross

Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 7:33 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

 

Mary,
So it sounds like it might be a task to find the skills I might want.  As far as listening to several pod casts, well, I'm not sure I would want to put to much time in to that, as I have a busy schedule as it is!  LOL!  So, I now see I need to do some research on this as well!  LOL!  Smile! 
The reason I would want to connect the Echo to my Bose stereo is because from what I've heard, the Echo is not the best sounding Device out there for listening to music.  I wanted to purchase Amazon music, but I want a good sound though, especially  if I have to pay the Amazon music monthly. 
I also want to listen to the news, as asking Alexa for the weather, make a call, etc.

Thank you again.

Janet

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mary Otten
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 7:21 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Hi Janet, You have put your finger on the biggest issue I have with the
Echo. The skills are great, that is, when you can find those that you
might like. And there are podcasts which review skills, so there's help
there if you have time to spend listening to that stuff. Some
capabilities are there out of the box, of course, like listening to
radio stations through tune in, or whatever. And there are some cool
skills. But star trek, it is not. <smile>


Mary


On 6/4/2018 5:04 PM, janet gross wrote:
> HI Mary,
> Well, thank you so much!  I now have a little better understanding about the add ons that enhance the functionality of the Echo devices.  I was thinking all the skills would just come with the Echo.
> I really thought I could just open the box with the new Echo, and all the skills would be right there!  LOL!  I guess I'm asking for to much!  Smile!
> Thank you again, as I greatly appreciate it.
> Janet
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mary Otten
> Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 6:53 PM
> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?
>
> I'm not Chris, but what he is getting at is that the Echo family of
> products has add ons that enhance the functionality of the device with
> added capabilities that are not available out of the box. To get that
> additional functionality, you need to find or somehow know about the
> specific skills you want to add, and then you must enable them by
> telling your device to enable such and such a skill or, if that doesn't
> work, you go to the alexa app on your phone or to a specific Amazon page
> and search for and enable the skill there. There are bunches of games,
> for instance, which must be found and enabled before you can play them.
>
>
> Mary
>
>
>
> On 6/4/2018 4:47 PM, janet gross wrote:
>> Chris,
>> What do you mean when you say with the  Amazon Echo one must enable the skills?
>> Janet
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of chris judge
>> Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 5:40 PM
>> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?
>>
>> Whith the amazon echo one must enable the skills. Is the same true of the google home?
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Mehler
>> Sent: June 4, 2018 3:26 PM
>> To: main@techtalk.groups.io
>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?
>>
>> Hello,
>>
>> <probably a low-grade question> what is an Echo Dot and a Google Home Mini? Are they smaller versions of the alexa?
>>
>> What all do they do and are there any podcasts on the subject?
>>
>> To those who have one or both devices are there privacy concerns as there now are with I think it's the Amazon alexa?
>>
>> Thanks.
>> Dave.
>>
>>
>> On 6/4/18, Laz <laz@...> wrote:
>>> As someone who owns both an Echo Dot and a Google Home mini i have to
>>> say that the sound on the Google Home mini is much better than that
>>> from the Echo Dot. In my experience they both can access the same
>>> radio stations and both use Tune-In and I heart Radio. I've also found
>>> that you can find a wider variety of songs on the Google Home mini
>>> than you can on the Echo Dot. both can pair with bluetooth Speakers,
>>> headsets, or Bluetooth receivers so connecting either one to a stereo
>>> isn't difficult.
>>>
>>> Laz
>>>
>>> On 6/4/18, Walter Ramage via Groups.Io
>>> <wpr@...>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Hi.  That is good to know.  Last October I traded in my Arcam Solo
>>>> neo DAB music system for something different and high-end.  The good
>>>> thing about the Arcam Solo Neo was it also had internet radio,
>>>> unfortunately the station listings were not accessible Via the hi-fi
>>>> unit but they were via their website.  I think there were well over
>>>> 1000 internet stations I could choose from and I could search them
>>>> via genre i.e. news, sport country music pop music rock music
>>>> religious spoken word etc..  I would imagine I'd need to do a web
>>>> search for stations in order to instruct the echo, or would the echo
>>>> do a search for me?  Walter.
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
>>>> Behalf Of
>>>> -
>>>> Sent: 04 June 2018 13:17
>>>> To: Walter Ramage via Groups.Io
>>>> Cc: main@techtalk.groups.io
>>>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or
>>>> Amazon Echo?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Yes, international stations can be accessed.  Usually any station is
>>>> started by its call letters or its name.
>>>>
>>>> A local station k d k a is started by that call name.  Just using npr
>>>> anywhere starts the local public radio station nearest to you.
>>>>
>>>> For example using a name; one of the bbc services is called bbc 4
>>>> which is a mostly news source, bbc 4 xtra plays radio dramas.  There
>>>> are several other bbc choices for music and regional services in the
>>>> uk.
>>>>
>>>> On Sun, 3 Jun 2018, Walter Ramage via Groups.Io wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hi.  Thanks.  As much as I would like to listen to local and
>>>>> national
>>>> radio
>>>>> stations I wonder if the Echo would be able to find international
>>>>> radio stations and if so, how is it done.  Walter.
>>>>>
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
>>>>> Behalf
>>>> Of
>>>>> Richard Brock
>>>>> Sent: 03 June 2018 20:32
>>>>> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
>>>>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or
>>>>> Amazon Echo?
>>>>>
>>>>> Hello Walter,
>>>>> I recommend the Amazon, Echo. You can purchase an Echo, Dot for $39
>>>>> thatt will give you all its features for a very reasonable price.
>>>>> You will ve able to listen to many radio stations, plus have access
>>>>> to thousands of skills that are fun to interact with.
>>>>> Good luck,
>>>>> Rich
>>>>>
>>>>> On 6/3/2018 1:45 PM, Walter Ramage via Groups.Io wrote:
>>>>>> Hi folks.  It hasn't interested me in the past but I'm toying with
>>>>>> the
>>>>> idea
>>>>>> of purchasing either a Google Home or An Amazon Echo.  The problem
>>>>>> is, I don't know which product is the best, especially in the area
>>>>>> of accessibility.  My main use for the product would be radio
>>>>>> listening.
>>>>>> I
>>>>> do
>>>>>> have a number of DAB radios in the house but their presets are
>>>>>> limited
>>>> and
>>>>>> it requires pressing a number of buttons to get the station required.
>>>>> With
>>>>>> either Google or Amazon I can ask for that station to be played.
>>>>>> I
>>>> guess
>>>>>> other skills might be useful but I don't know all what is
>>>>>> available
>>>>> however
>>>>>> I'm not interested in having it turn on and off lights since I
>>>>>> never use lights since I am total.  I understand that Amazon have
>>>>>> a much wider
>>>> range
>>>>>> of products but I'm not really concerned about appearance as it is
>>>>>> irrelevant to me.  Also I know some echoes have touch screens but
>>>>>> do
>>>> they
>>>>>> have audio feedback?  As I have said, I'm toying with the idea and
>>>> haven't
>>>>>> made my mind up but when I do and if I decide to make a purchase
>>>>>> I'd
>>>> like
>>>>> to
>>>>>> have some idea of what I'm about to spend my money on.  All
>>>>>> comments welcome.  Walter.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> XB
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>> --
>>> Affordably priced Accessible Talking MP3 Players, Accessible phones,
>>> Bluetooth devices, and accessories http://www.talkingmp3players.com/
>>> Email: laz@...
>>> Phone: 727-498-0121
>>> Skype: lazmesa
>>> Personal Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/laz.mesa
>>> Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Talkingmp3players?_rdr
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
>
>
>







Re: Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Janet
 

Hi robin,
Wow, so Chase Bank will send me my Visa card in Braille if I request it? wow, I like that, as my bank does not do that, matter of fact, I have been having a very difficult time using my bank's site on my computer, but if I download their app on my phone, well, it is even worse! Thank you for all this.
Janet

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Robin Frost
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 8:51 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Hi,
I just wanted to mention in the interest of accessibility for the blind that
Chase bank the issuer of this card still offers upon request the older style
of card with embossed numbers. They also offer for the blind card holders
upon request what they call a dual letter. This is a pair of brailled
letters coming under separate cover the first containing your card number in
braille along with its expiration date. The second arriving bearing the
security code info found on the back. The separate these two pieces of
information even in Braille for security's sake.
I hope that helps anyone who might have or be considering this card.
Tale good care.
Robin


-----Original Message-----
From: Marie
Sent: Monday, June 4, 2018 8:29 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

I have had an Amazon Visa for about two years and like it quite a lot. To
benefit the most from the card you really need to be an Amazon Prime member
which costs $119 per year. For that membership you get free Amazon videos,
tons of free music, free 2 day shipping on most items and a 5% rewards for
purchases made at Amazon.
In addition even if not a member you get 2% at restaurants, service stations
and drugstores and 1% anywhere else. If you did not want to get the
membership you could still get the card, take advantage of the $50 gift card
and just hold it for the required time.
Best is if you only charge what you can pay in full on each statement. If
you manage it correctly it is a great deal, but as Michael said if not
managed it is not so great just like any other credit card.
Marie


-----Original Message-----
From: janet gross
Sent: Monday, June 4, 2018 11:58 AM
To: 'main@TechTalk.groups.io'
Subject: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

HI Everyone,
I'm still debating which Echo or Dot to buy. So far I am considering either
the Echo Dot, or the Echo second generation. I am looking for something
that has a good sound quality as I will probably buy Amazon's music. I went
on to the Amazon web site, and they are giving me a offer in which I don't
know anything about, so I want to ask those who might be more familiar with
the Amazon Visa Card. This offer is only if I buy an Echo or dot. So if
anyone is familiar with the card would you please share your information or
experience?
I copied and pasted below the message I get when I visit the site.

Janet

Amazon Rewards Visa Card
$50 instant gift card
Janet, get a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon approval for the Amazon
Rewards Visa Card


Re: Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Janet
 

Hi Mike,

Thank you as this answers quite a few of my questions, and this is good information!  So if the Echo has 7 speakers, and the Dot has 1 speaker, this sounds like the Echo would have much more quality sound, and that does explain why the Amazon Echo cost more money.  So I can just tell Alexa to enable several different skills, wow, I like this!  Smile! 

Thank you also for the phone number as I think I will give them a call to find out more about this Visa card and its rewards.  Amazon says if I apply for this Visa card, I will automatically get $50 off of my first purchase, not bad!  LOL!   

Thank you again, as I always appreciate the help. 

Janet

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike B.
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 10:34 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

 

Hi Janet,

 

Just to help a leettle bit.  The Amazon Echo has 7 speakers, whereas the Echo Dots have only 1 speaker.  As for acquiring skills, you can ask Alexa to enable probably hundreds if not thousands of skills, but if it's not a skill Alexa can enable for you there is plenty of help out there to learn how.

 

Also, the Amazon / Chase Visa card information is very accessible from a telephone.  You can make payments, schedule payments, hear your balance, your rewards points plus much more from their, 

 1-8888-247-4080 phone number.

Take care.  Mike.  Go Dodgers.
Sent from my iBarstool.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

----- Original Message -----

From: janet gross

Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 5:33 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

 

Mary,
So it sounds like it might be a task to find the skills I might want.  As far as listening to several pod casts, well, I'm not sure I would want to put to much time in to that, as I have a busy schedule as it is!  LOL!  So, I now see I need to do some research on this as well!  LOL!  Smile! 
The reason I would want to connect the Echo to my Bose stereo is because from what I've heard, the Echo is not the best sounding Device out there for listening to music.  I wanted to purchase Amazon music, but I want a good sound though, especially  if I have to pay the Amazon music monthly. 
I also want to listen to the news, as asking Alexa for the weather, make a call, etc.

Thank you again.

Janet

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mary Otten
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 7:21 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Hi Janet, You have put your finger on the biggest issue I have with the
Echo. The skills are great, that is, when you can find those that you
might like. And there are podcasts which review skills, so there's help
there if you have time to spend listening to that stuff. Some
capabilities are there out of the box, of course, like listening to
radio stations through tune in, or whatever. And there are some cool
skills. But star trek, it is not. <smile>


Mary


On 6/4/2018 5:04 PM, janet gross wrote:
> HI Mary,
> Well, thank you so much!  I now have a little better understanding about the add ons that enhance the functionality of the Echo devices.  I was thinking all the skills would just come with the Echo.
> I really thought I could just open the box with the new Echo, and all the skills would be right there!  LOL!  I guess I'm asking for to much!  Smile!
> Thank you again, as I greatly appreciate it.
> Janet
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mary Otten
> Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 6:53 PM
> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?
>
> I'm not Chris, but what he is getting at is that the Echo family of
> products has add ons that enhance the functionality of the device with
> added capabilities that are not available out of the box. To get that
> additional functionality, you need to find or somehow know about the
> specific skills you want to add, and then you must enable them by
> telling your device to enable such and such a skill or, if that doesn't
> work, you go to the alexa app on your phone or to a specific Amazon page
> and search for and enable the skill there. There are bunches of games,
> for instance, which must be found and enabled before you can play them.
>
>
> Mary
>
>
>
> On 6/4/2018 4:47 PM, janet gross wrote:
>> Chris,
>> What do you mean when you say with the  Amazon Echo one must enable the skills?
>> Janet
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of chris judge
>> Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 5:40 PM
>> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?
>>
>> Whith the amazon echo one must enable the skills. Is the same true of the google home?
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Mehler
>> Sent: June 4, 2018 3:26 PM
>> To: main@techtalk.groups.io
>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?
>>
>> Hello,
>>
>> <probably a low-grade question> what is an Echo Dot and a Google Home Mini? Are they smaller versions of the alexa?
>>
>> What all do they do and are there any podcasts on the subject?
>>
>> To those who have one or both devices are there privacy concerns as there now are with I think it's the Amazon alexa?
>>
>> Thanks.
>> Dave.
>>
>>
>> On 6/4/18, Laz <laz@...> wrote:
>>> As someone who owns both an Echo Dot and a Google Home mini i have to
>>> say that the sound on the Google Home mini is much better than that
>>> from the Echo Dot. In my experience they both can access the same
>>> radio stations and both use Tune-In and I heart Radio. I've also found
>>> that you can find a wider variety of songs on the Google Home mini
>>> than you can on the Echo Dot. both can pair with bluetooth Speakers,
>>> headsets, or Bluetooth receivers so connecting either one to a stereo
>>> isn't difficult.
>>>
>>> Laz
>>>
>>> On 6/4/18, Walter Ramage via Groups.Io
>>> <wpr@...>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Hi.  That is good to know.  Last October I traded in my Arcam Solo
>>>> neo DAB music system for something different and high-end.  The good
>>>> thing about the Arcam Solo Neo was it also had internet radio,
>>>> unfortunately the station listings were not accessible Via the hi-fi
>>>> unit but they were via their website.  I think there were well over
>>>> 1000 internet stations I could choose from and I could search them
>>>> via genre i.e. news, sport country music pop music rock music
>>>> religious spoken word etc..  I would imagine I'd need to do a web
>>>> search for stations in order to instruct the echo, or would the echo
>>>> do a search for me?  Walter.
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
>>>> Behalf Of
>>>> -
>>>> Sent: 04 June 2018 13:17
>>>> To: Walter Ramage via Groups.Io
>>>> Cc: main@techtalk.groups.io
>>>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or
>>>> Amazon Echo?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Yes, international stations can be accessed.  Usually any station is
>>>> started by its call letters or its name.
>>>>
>>>> A local station k d k a is started by that call name.  Just using npr
>>>> anywhere starts the local public radio station nearest to you.
>>>>
>>>> For example using a name; one of the bbc services is called bbc 4
>>>> which is a mostly news source, bbc 4 xtra plays radio dramas.  There
>>>> are several other bbc choices for music and regional services in the
>>>> uk.
>>>>
>>>> On Sun, 3 Jun 2018, Walter Ramage via Groups.Io wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hi.  Thanks.  As much as I would like to listen to local and
>>>>> national
>>>> radio
>>>>> stations I wonder if the Echo would be able to find international
>>>>> radio stations and if so, how is it done.  Walter.
>>>>>
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
>>>>> Behalf
>>>> Of
>>>>> Richard Brock
>>>>> Sent: 03 June 2018 20:32
>>>>> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
>>>>> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or
>>>>> Amazon Echo?
>>>>>
>>>>> Hello Walter,
>>>>> I recommend the Amazon, Echo. You can purchase an Echo, Dot for $39
>>>>> thatt will give you all its features for a very reasonable price.
>>>>> You will ve able to listen to many radio stations, plus have access
>>>>> to thousands of skills that are fun to interact with.
>>>>> Good luck,
>>>>> Rich
>>>>>
>>>>> On 6/3/2018 1:45 PM, Walter Ramage via Groups.Io wrote:
>>>>>> Hi folks.  It hasn't interested me in the past but I'm toying with
>>>>>> the
>>>>> idea
>>>>>> of purchasing either a Google Home or An Amazon Echo.  The problem
>>>>>> is, I don't know which product is the best, especially in the area
>>>>>> of accessibility.  My main use for the product would be radio
>>>>>> listening.
>>>>>> I
>>>>> do
>>>>>> have a number of DAB radios in the house but their presets are
>>>>>> limited
>>>> and
>>>>>> it requires pressing a number of buttons to get the station required.
>>>>> With
>>>>>> either Google or Amazon I can ask for that station to be played.
>>>>>> I
>>>> guess
>>>>>> other skills might be useful but I don't know all what is
>>>>>> available
>>>>> however
>>>>>> I'm not interested in having it turn on and off lights since I
>>>>>> never use lights since I am total.  I understand that Amazon have
>>>>>> a much wider
>>>> range
>>>>>> of products but I'm not really concerned about appearance as it is
>>>>>> irrelevant to me.  Also I know some echoes have touch screens but
>>>>>> do
>>>> they
>>>>>> have audio feedback?  As I have said, I'm toying with the idea and
>>>> haven't
>>>>>> made my mind up but when I do and if I decide to make a purchase
>>>>>> I'd
>>>> like
>>>>> to
>>>>>> have some idea of what I'm about to spend my money on.  All
>>>>>> comments welcome.  Walter.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> XB
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>> --
>>> Affordably priced Accessible Talking MP3 Players, Accessible phones,
>>> Bluetooth devices, and accessories http://www.talkingmp3players.com/
>>> Email: laz@...
>>> Phone: 727-498-0121
>>> Skype: lazmesa
>>> Personal Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/laz.mesa
>>> Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Talkingmp3players?_rdr
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
>
>
>







Amazon Music Question Please.

Janet
 

Hi Marie and all.
Ok Marie, time to whipe the egg off your face! Smile! You can correct me if I am wrong, but it sounds like you purchased Amazon's music? Can you tell me what you think about their music subscription? Such as do they have a large variety of music? So one could create their own play list? How much does it cost per month, or does it depend on different factors? I'm asking this because when I do purchase an Echo or Dot, I will more than likely also purchase Amazon music. I currently have Apple music on my phone, but will switch when I purchase the Echo or Dot. So if someone is using Amazon's music, would you please share your experience with me?
Thank you all!
Janet


Re: Actually using the Contacts list?

Smiling?
 

Control+N.

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Vicky Vaughan
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 7:28 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Actually using the Contacts list?

 

Hi List, when you are in your list of contacts and you find the person you want to send an email to, what is the command to start the new email with that address?

 

Many thanks!

 

Sincerely, Vicky

 

 

Virus-free. www.avg.com


Re: Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Marie <magpie.mn@...>
 

As I said, I have not had the Dot very long but last week I asked it to play a playlist from Amazon. The response was that she could not stream from this device so I assumed it was not capable of streaming the music. However, I just tried the same and it is now streaming the playlist with no problem Maybe my WyFy had the hiccups or something. LOL!
Sorry for the misinformation. (with egg on my face!)
Marie

-----Original Message-----
From: Ekstrand, Pamela A. -ND
Sent: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 7:49 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Marie, just curious. What capabilities have you found the Echo to be able to do that the Dot cannot? We have both and I haven't noticed this.

Pam


________________________________________
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [main@TechTalk.groups.io] on behalf of Marie [magpie.mn@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, June 4, 2018 8:33 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

I have both the Echo and a Dot. I have not had the Dot for long but have
found that it does not have all the capabilities of the Echo. It does have
very good sound for such a small device.
Marie


-----Original Message-----
From: janet gross
Sent: Monday, June 4, 2018 2:19 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Hi Laz,
Thank you for this, as this does answer some of my questions, but now that
you mentioned it, I'm wondering about the difference between an Echo-Dot and
an Echo? Maybe there is, not for sure though.
Thank you again.
Janet
is there really

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
Laz
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 4:04 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

I can tell you that you can certainly connect an Echo Dot to a speaker
or a stereo system either via Bluetooth or by using a male to male
3.5mm patch cable into the line in on your stereo. I have no
experience with an Echo, just the Echo Dot so can't advise you on
that.

Laz

On 6/4/18, janet gross <janet.harvard@outlook.com> wrote:
Hi Gene,
I don't know if that is true either, but that is why I'm asking. Some
people also say an Echo or Dot or both can be connected to a speaker or
sometimes they will say one can be connected to a stereo system, now, to
me
a speaker and a stereo system are two different things. so I'm not for
sure. Actually I'm finding myself getting more and more confused with it
all.
Janet


From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf
Of
Gene
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 3:18 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

I don't think that's true of every Echo.

Gene
----- Original Message -----
From: janet gross<mailto:janet.harvard@outlook.com>
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 2:58 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io<mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Howard,
Thank you, this is good to know. I am seriously considering an Echo Dot
myself. You say I can connect an Echo Dot to my home entertainment
system
which is a Bose stereo and not just a speaker?
Janet


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io<mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Howard Traxler
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 2:49 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io<mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

I have an Echo Dot. I don't do much music on it but it sure sounds better
than I ever expected; much better than those terrible cell phone speakers.
Also, it has an output jack which can be connected to one's home
entertainment system.

Howard
----- Original Message -----
From: "janet gross"
<janet.harvard@outlook.com<mailto:janet.harvard@outlook.com>>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io<mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>>
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 1:58 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.


HI Everyone,
I'm still debating which Echo or Dot to buy. So far I am considering
either
the Echo Dot, or the Echo second generation. I am looking for something
that has a good sound quality as I will probably buy Amazon's music. I
went
on to the Amazon web site, and they are giving me a offer in which I don't
know anything about, so I want to ask those who might be more familiar
with
the Amazon Visa Card. This offer is only if I buy an Echo or dot. So if
anyone is familiar with the card would you please share your information
or
experience?
I copied and pasted below the message I get when I visit the site.

Janet

Amazon Rewards Visa Card
$50 instant gift card
Janet, get a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon approval for the
Amazon
Rewards Visa Card












--
Affordably priced Accessible Talking MP3 Players, Accessible phones,
Bluetooth devices, and accessories
http://www.talkingmp3players.com/
Email: laz@talkingmp3players.com
Phone: 727-498-0121
Skype: lazmesa
Personal Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/laz.mesa
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Talkingmp3players?_rdr


Re: Outlook 2016 Contacts

Gene
 

Is there a pattern, for example, the second one up from where you are or some reliable pattern that would allow you to easily compensate?
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Orozco
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 8:21 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] Outlook 2016 Contacts

Hello,

I'm using the latest build of JAWS 2018 with Outlook 2016. I'm
experiencing this annoying issue where, when I flip to the Contacts
screen, I can arrow through the various contacts, but when I enter on
a contact I believe is highlighted, I discover someone else has been
activated. I have changed the view to Card View. In fact, I think I've
cycled through the various views, but nothing has helped. VFO tells me
it's an Office issue. I should consider updating Office, which to me
is code for, we don't know what the heck is bothering your software.
Has anyone else experienced this, and if so, how did you fix it? I can
go to Outlook 2013 if necessary, but I would rather not uninstall and
reinstall if I can avoid it.

Thanks,

Joe



Re: Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Ekstrand, Pamela A. -ND
 

Marie, just curious. What capabilities have you found the Echo to be able to do that the Dot cannot? We have both and I haven't noticed this.

Pam


________________________________________
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [main@TechTalk.groups.io] on behalf of Marie [magpie.mn@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, June 4, 2018 8:33 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

I have both the Echo and a Dot. I have not had the Dot for long but have
found that it does not have all the capabilities of the Echo. It does have
very good sound for such a small device.
Marie


-----Original Message-----
From: janet gross
Sent: Monday, June 4, 2018 2:19 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Hi Laz,
Thank you for this, as this does answer some of my questions, but now that
you mentioned it, I'm wondering about the difference between an Echo-Dot and
an Echo? Maybe there is, not for sure though.
Thank you again.
Janet
is there really

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
Laz
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 4:04 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

I can tell you that you can certainly connect an Echo Dot to a speaker
or a stereo system either via Bluetooth or by using a male to male
3.5mm patch cable into the line in on your stereo. I have no
experience with an Echo, just the Echo Dot so can't advise you on
that.

Laz

On 6/4/18, janet gross <janet.harvard@outlook.com> wrote:
Hi Gene,
I don't know if that is true either, but that is why I'm asking. Some
people also say an Echo or Dot or both can be connected to a speaker or
sometimes they will say one can be connected to a stereo system, now, to
me
a speaker and a stereo system are two different things. so I'm not for
sure. Actually I'm finding myself getting more and more confused with it
all.
Janet


From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf
Of
Gene
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 3:18 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

I don't think that's true of every Echo.

Gene
----- Original Message -----
From: janet gross<mailto:janet.harvard@outlook.com>
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 2:58 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io<mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Howard,
Thank you, this is good to know. I am seriously considering an Echo Dot
myself. You say I can connect an Echo Dot to my home entertainment
system
which is a Bose stereo and not just a speaker?
Janet


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io<mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Howard Traxler
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 2:49 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io<mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

I have an Echo Dot. I don't do much music on it but it sure sounds better
than I ever expected; much better than those terrible cell phone speakers.
Also, it has an output jack which can be connected to one's home
entertainment system.

Howard
----- Original Message -----
From: "janet gross"
<janet.harvard@outlook.com<mailto:janet.harvard@outlook.com>>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io<mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>>
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 1:58 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.


HI Everyone,
I'm still debating which Echo or Dot to buy. So far I am considering
either
the Echo Dot, or the Echo second generation. I am looking for something
that has a good sound quality as I will probably buy Amazon's music. I
went
on to the Amazon web site, and they are giving me a offer in which I don't
know anything about, so I want to ask those who might be more familiar
with
the Amazon Visa Card. This offer is only if I buy an Echo or dot. So if
anyone is familiar with the card would you please share your information
or
experience?
I copied and pasted below the message I get when I visit the site.

Janet

Amazon Rewards Visa Card
$50 instant gift card
Janet, get a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon approval for the
Amazon
Rewards Visa Card












--
Affordably priced Accessible Talking MP3 Players, Accessible phones,
Bluetooth devices, and accessories
http://www.talkingmp3players.com/
Email: laz@talkingmp3players.com
Phone: 727-498-0121
Skype: lazmesa
Personal Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/laz.mesa
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Talkingmp3players?_rdr


Actually using the Contacts list?

Vicky Vaughan
 

Hi List, when you are in your list of contacts and you find the person you want to send an email to, what is the command to start the new email with that address?

 

Many thanks!

 

Sincerely, Vicky

 


Virus-free. www.avg.com


Re: UEB Braille code and restaurant menu inaccessibility

Ann Parsons
 

Hi all,

Well, well, well, I guess both chivalry and problem solving are dead. It's a real shame too. Problem solving is so helpful!

I noticed last night when I was looking up the dollar sign on my cheat sheet and couldn't figure out which dots were which. I went to my handy, dandy brailleNote and wrote the symbols down till I got the one that looked the same as the one in the book.

One does not need to have a BrailleNote or even a Perkins Brailler to solve this problem. All you need is a scrap of paper and a slate and stylus. Write it down, duplicate it, hello? Is anyone home?

Yes it would be easier if the dot numbers were given, but since they aren't, you have to stretch your mind just a tiny bit. It's good for you! People yammer on and on about physical exercise when sometimes what is needed is mental stretching.

Ann P.

--
Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
EMAIL: akp@sero.email
Author of The Demmies: http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/
Portal Tutoring web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
Skype: Putertutor

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."


Outlook 2016 Contacts

Joe Orozco
 

Hello,

I'm using the latest build of JAWS 2018 with Outlook 2016. I'm
experiencing this annoying issue where, when I flip to the Contacts
screen, I can arrow through the various contacts, but when I enter on
a contact I believe is highlighted, I discover someone else has been
activated. I have changed the view to Card View. In fact, I think I've
cycled through the various views, but nothing has helped. VFO tells me
it's an Office issue. I should consider updating Office, which to me
is code for, we don't know what the heck is bothering your software.
Has anyone else experienced this, and if so, how did you fix it? I can
go to Outlook 2013 if necessary, but I would rather not uninstall and
reinstall if I can avoid it.

Thanks,

Joe


Re: Request: Repost Of Extensive Comparison Of Echo Devices

Vicky Vaughan
 

Hi Ron, Here you go
Vicky
Amazon Echo vs Echo Plus vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Show vs Echo
Spot: What's the difference?
| 7 March 2018
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Amazon's Echo lineup is insane at this point, spanning smart speakers,
video devices and new Alexa Gadgets.
The Echo family of products has grown rapidly over the last couple of
years, with a flurry of new devices announced last September to add to the portfolio.
There's an Echo for everyone!

Here are all the Alexa-enabled Amazon devices compared to help you
work out which one best suits your needs.

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* Buy Amazon Echo (UK),
Buy Amazon Echo (US)
* Buy Amazon Echo Spot (UK),
Buy Amazon Echo Spot (US)

Amazon Echo smart speakers

There are several variants of the Echo smart speaker available.
Amazon Echo (second generation)
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* Availability: Available in the US (
Amazon US order page)
/ Available in the UK (
Amazon UK order page)
* Price: $99.99 / ??89.99
* Dimensions: 148.5 x 88 x 88mm, 820g
* Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and
5GHz)and Bluetooth (A2DP)
* Power: Power adaptor/cable (5.9ft)
* Audio: 2.5-inch woofer and 0.6-inch tweeter
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

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The original Amazon Echo is dead. Long live the Amazon Echo.
That's right. Amazon has retired the original Echo model and replaced
it with a new connected Alexa speaker that's shorter, and comes with a
range of different finishes for a nicer, more contemporary look. It
still offers the same Alexa power as it did before, serving as the
centre of the universe while coming in at a much cheaper price.

It's just better designed to fit into your kitchen, thanks to those
new shells. It's very much realigning itself as a competitor to the
Google Home.
While it offers all the skills of Alexa and offers Bluetooth and the
rest of the Echo experience, it doesn't sound as good as the original
model, nor as good as the Echo Plus. This is the model to get if you
want to get connected cheaply, but accepting that music isn't top of your list.

It's available to buy now in both the
US
and the
UK.

* Amazon Echo 2 review: Cheaper price, cheaper experience

Amazon Echo Plus
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* Availability: Available in the US (
See on Amazon US)
/ Available in the UK (
See on Amazon UK)
* Price: $139.99 / ??149.99
* Dimensions: 235 x 84 x 84mm, 954g
* Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and
5GHz)and Bluetooth (A2DP)
* Power: Power adaptor/cable (5.9ft)
* Audio: 2.5-inch woofer and 0.8-inch tweeter
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

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Amazon
Echo Plus
is now top of the Echo tree. It looks just like the original,
canister-shaped Echo. It's very much the same design as the original
speaker, but offering better sound quality, while also offering better
quality sound than the smaller Echo 2. Echo Plus has all the Alexa
skills you know and love - so it will do the same things as the other
Echos - but it's a much more capable smart home controller, thanks to the inclusion of Zigbee.

Zigbee is a smart home standard used by many devices - such as Philips
Hue lights - which allows the Echo Plus to setup and control devices
without the need for a separate hub or app specific to that device.
You just plug in your Hue lights (for example), tell the Echo Plus to
search for them and it will name them and over voice controls. It's very simple.

The Amazon Echo Plus is our favourite of the Echo range. It is
available in the US, UK and other regions now.

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* Amazon Echo Plus initial review: The smart home choice for Alexa
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Amazon Tap
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* Availability: Available in the US (
See on Amazon US)
/ Not available in the UK
* Price: $129.99
* Dimensions: 59 x 66 x 66 mm, 470g
* Connectivity: Bluetooth and supports 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n
Wi-Fi
* Power: Relies on a charging cradle (9 hours of playback)
* Audio: 360-degree sound (dual 1.5-inch drivers and dual passive
radiators)
* Alexa: Yes (Not always-listening by default; Must touch mic button
to access Alexa or enable hands-free option in Settings) Amazon Tap is
a 6.2-inch-tall cylinder speaker with a 7-piece microphone array and
full access to Alexa, making it a smaller, more portable, version of
the original Echo. Unlike the Echo though, the Amazon Tap is wireless
and must use the included cradle to charge but it can do all the same
tricks as Echo as long as you are connected to Wi-Fi.

Amazon says the Tap will stream up to 9 hours of audio on a full
charge, or last up to 3 weeks in standby mode. The Tap isn't an
always-on by default like the Echo is. To wake it, you need to press
the mic on the front or you can enable the hands-free option in the
Settings section of the Alexa app to wake Alexa without having to tap the Tap, though this will drain battery.

* Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots

Amazon Echo Dot
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* Availability: Available in the US (
See on Amazon US)
/ Available in the UK (
See on Amazon UK)
* Price: $49 / ??49
* Dimensions: 38 x 84 x 84mm, 250g
* Connectivity: Bluetooth and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO)
* Power: Plugs into a wall outlet
* Audio: 0.6-inch tweeter
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)
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Echo Dot
is 1.6-inch-tall cylinder with one tiny speaker. It's basically just
the top section of the Amazon Echo and half the price, though equally
as smart. It supports always-on Alexa, connects to the cloud to stream
music, controls your smart home devices, and it offers all the same features as Echo.

The main difference between Dot and Echo is that the speaker is gone.
The idea is you'll hook Dot up to your own audio setup (via 3.5mm or
Bluetooth) so you can use Alexa with your existing speakers. That tiny
speaker won't output much audio; it's only really for Alexa voice
feedback, which, again, requires Wi-Fi. Echo Dot is a great way to add smart skills to another device or a different room.

* Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big
personality

Amazon video devices
Aside from the devices that kick-started the connected speaker trend,
Amazon has also moved into the realm of video too, with several
devices that will give you a screen to take the Alexa experience into the visual realm.

Amazon Echo Show
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* Availability: Available in the US (
See on Amazon US),
Available in the UK (
See on Amazon UK)
* Price: $229.99 / ??199.99
* Dimensions: 187 x 187 x 90mm, 1170g
* Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5
GHz)
* Power: Power adapter/cable (6 foot)
* Camera: 5-megapixel sensor
* Audio: 8-microphone array, dual 2-inch stereo speakers
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

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Amazon's Echo Show is a touchscreen device with built-in Alexa and it
can do everything the regular, voice-only Echo can do (like setting
timers and playing music), but it has a built-in display to offer a
new level of interaction. It's meant to show you more information
about your Alexa queries, such as display a full weather report, steps
in a recipe and it can even serve as a digital photo frame, fetching
your pictures stored on Prime Photos or display lyrics when playing songs from Amazon Music, with bigger and better speakers to do so.

You can connect Echo Show to your Wi-Fi-enabled security cameras in
order to check your video feeds and you'll also be able to place and
receive calls
- both video and voice. A feature called Drop In allows you to specify
which friends and family can make a call at any time, with the
receiver offering a 10-second timeframe to reject a Drop In call or go
into audio-only mode.

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* Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa steps into a touchscreen future list
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Amazon Echo Spot
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* Availability:
Available in the US
and
now the UK
* Price: ??119.99, $129.99
* Dimensions: 32 x 84 x 84mm, 163g
* Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and
5GHz)and Bluetooth (A2DP)
* Power: Power adaptor/cable (5.9ft)
* Audio: Built-in speaker, 3.5mm stereo audio output
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)
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The
Amazon Echo Spot
is what you'd get if you cross the Echo Show with the Echo Dot. It's a
compact Echo to sit beside your bed for alarms. It has a small
2.5-inch screen, which can be used for basic tasks and skills, like
music, but it does a lot more. Like the Echo Show it can be used to make video calls, with a front camera.

It basically offers the same functions as the Echo Show, but in a much
smaller form factor. It can also connect to your Bluetooth speakers, or via line-out.
The Amazon Echo Spot is now available in both the US and UK.

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* Amazon Echo Spot initial review: Smart alarm clock or so much more?

Alexa Gadgets

Amazon officially announced Alexa Gadgets in 2017 a range of
innovative devices that take Alexa into a new realm. We've included
the Echo Look in this selection, because of its unique set of features.

Amazon Echo Look
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* Availability: Available in the US - invite only ( See on Amazon US)
* Price: $199.99
* Dimensions: N/A
* Connectivity: Dual-band, dual antenna (MIMO. 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
* Power: Power adapter (21W) with 7.9 ft. cable
* Camera: 5-megapixel sensor
* Audio: Built-in microphone array, built-in speaker
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

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Echo Show is a $199 Wi-Fi camera that offers full Alexa functionality
plus hands-free photo and video. It is pitched as a cloud-connected
fashion consultant that allows you to snap pictures of yourself in
various outfits. Alexa's software will automatically blur the
background in each image to make your outfit pop, and then it uses
machine learning guided by "fashion experts" to serve up recommendations about what you should wear.

It will work as any other Alexa-enabled device, allowing you to access
music, traffic timers, weather, and a vast library of "skills." The
device is wall-mountable, too, and includes a 5-megapixel sensor,
built-in microphone array, and small built-in speaker. It also has LED
lights (used for the flash). No other specs have been announced yet
and there is no date set for when the Echo Look will start shipping to customers.

Currently, it is available in the US only via an invite-only scheme.

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* Amazon Echo Look is the personal assistant that replaces your mirror

Amazon Echo Connect
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* Availability: Available in the US (
See on Amazon US),
Not yet available in the UK
* Price: $34.99
* Dimensions: 130 x 90 x 29.5mm, 126.9g
* Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5
GHz)
* Included cables: Power adapter, Micro-USB cable, RJ11 splitter,
phone cable
* Audio: N/A
* Alexa: Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated, but requires
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The Echo Connect is a box that you plug your landline phone connection
into to turn it into a voice- controlled system. The box, which will
be launched in the US first and come to the UK and Germany early 2018,
works with an Echo to give you Alexa control over your conventional
phone line. You will be able to make and receive calls in the home simply by telling it answer or ring a contact.

As it uses your existing landline number, you won't need to sign up for any additional services either.
Plus, it all connects to other Echo devices around the home so you can
call from an Echo speaker in the kitchen, say, or a Dot in the
bedroom. It effectively signals the end of the basic handset. The
Amazon Echo Connect goes on sale in Q4 in the US, priced at $34.99.

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* Amazon Echo Connect turns your landline into an Alexa-enabled phone
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Amazon Echo Buttons
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* Availability: Not yet available yet in the US or the UK
* Price: $19.99/??19.99 for two
* Dimensions: N/A
* Connectivity: N/A
* Included cables: N/A
* Audio: N/A
* Alexa: N/A
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Amazons New Echo Buttons Will Take Your Jeopardy Game To The Next
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Echo Buttons are Bluetooth-connected, multi-coloured devices that can connect to Alexa for gaming.
Imagine playing a game, such as Jeopardy, and being able to slap these
buzzer buttons as you play. Jeopardy, of course, has long been a
popular skill on Amazon's Alexa platform, so it makes sense that the
company would want to develop an accessory that takes advantage of it.

But you can use these buttons for any Alexa-enabled game skill,
including trivia ones. Amazon demoed such use-case scenarios during
its event, showing how they interact, glow, and respond to touch. Keep
in mind Amazon isn't afraid of playing with different form factors and
ways of using Alexa. Amazon said its Echo Buttons will cost $19.99 for a set of two in the US, or ??19.99 in the UK.

They are not yet available to pre-order or buy.

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* Amazon Echo Buttons will take your Jeopardy game to the next level

Conclusion: Which Echo should you buy?

When it comes to the Echo speakers, the falling price of the latest
generation of devices makes them attractive. The second-gen Echo (or
Echo 2 as some might call it) is attractively priced and looks great.
The small size and small price of the Echo 2 does come with a slight
downside, and that's a smaller sound.

If music is what you're interested in, then the Echo Plus sounds a lot
better than the Echo 2, so we'd recommend the Echo Plus as the speaker
to buy. If you can find a good deal on the original Echo then that is
also worth considering, as it sounds better than the Echo 2 and is
just as smart thanks to the Alexa skills it offers.

The Echo Plus is a natural smart home controller - although all Echo
devices have Alexa skills to support a wide range of smart home
devices, the Echo Plus will discover, name and control those devices
that use Zigbee (like Philips Hue) without the need for separate hubs
or apps. If you're building a smart home, the Echo Plus is the model you want.

The Echo Dot is essentially your Alexa extension, ideal for connecting
to your existing sound system to add smart skills, like voice controlled music.
Echo Dot is also ideal to extend Alexa to other rooms of the house, so
if you've setup a voice- controlled smart home, Echo Dot makes it easy
to always be in voice range.

The Echo Show takes things in a different direction. It's more expensive, but if gives you video calling.
If you know someone else with an Echo Show, it's a natural choice to
save you from needing to use Skype on your laptop for example. Echo
Show is also a great visual companion, serving up information cards
for things like weather or sports result, reflecting the Alexa experience on the Fire tablets.

The Echo Spot will give you a mini Show experience, putting video
calling and a small screen into a smaller device, the sort of thing
you might want on your desk or bedside table. You still get all the
Alexa skills, but Spot will probably be best joining a household
that's already using Alexa. It's essentially the Echo Dot with a display.

Why Amazon's Echo Dot Is Better Than Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)
Updated on April 7, 2018
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Krzysztof is a lifelong future tech junkie investigating the latest
stories from companies like Apple, Samsung, Google, and Amazon.

The Amazon Echo Dot
The Amazon Echo Dot | Source

What's the Amazon Echo Dot?

Amazon's
Echo Dot
is a 360 degree speaker that uses far-field voice recognition powered
by the Amazon Alexa voice service/assistant.

Design-wise it looks like a hockey puck with four buttons on top. It's
basically a Bluetooth speaker that looks like the first inch and a
half of the top of a Pringles can.

The Echo Dot has everything the Echo Plus has, including long range,
far-field voice capabilities, a microphone off button, volume buttons,
an action button (for WiFi setup), and of course "Alexa," who can
answer questions, play music, and give you news, weather, traffic, sports results, and much more.

You also won't lose access to any of the Echo's abilities, including
its third party skills like Fitbit, Uber, Domino's Pizza, and Capitol
One (found in the Alexa app).

However, there are a couple of huge differences between the Amazon
Echo Plus and the new Echo Dot such as the smart hub via Zigbee integration in the Plus.
This allows for easy smart home connectivity among a variety of products.

There are other differences listed below but ultimately you'll decide
what works for you, so feel free to compare and contrast between the
Dot and the Plus.

Comparison of Echo Plus, Echo Dot and Amazon Echo

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Echo Plus
Echo Dot
Amazon Echo (2nd Gen)
"Alexa," who can answer questions, play music, and give you news,
weather, traffic, sports results, etc.?
yes
yes
yes
Skills like Fitbit, Uber, Domino's Pizza, and Capitol One (via Alexa)?
yes
yes
yes
Long range, far-field voice capabilities?
yes
yes
even better
Size
9.3" x 3.3" x 3.3"
1.5" x 3.3" x 3.3"
5.9" x 3.5" x 3.5"
A microphone off button?
yes
yes
yes
An action button (for WiFi)?
yes
yes
yes
Built-in speaker?
yes
yes
yes
A 3.5 mm audio output jack that facilitates connectivity to any
speaker and turns it into an Alexa- enabled device?
yes
yes
yes
Power adapter and USB charging cable included?
yes
yes
yes
ESP feature designed for multiple devices: Word command alerts the closest device?
yes
yes
yes
Can you connect to your own Bluetooth speaker?
yes
yes
yes
Is it portable?
no
with accessory
with accessory
Does it have a volume ring?
yes
no
no
Hands-free activation with a wake word?
yes
yes
yes
Color options?
black, white, or silver
black or white
multiple outer shell designs
Cost?
$150
$50
$100
Additional features
Zigbee smart hub integration
Install in vehicles via mobile connection Improved audio with Dolby
speakers table end

The new Amazon Echo Dot is the smartest no-brainer ever

Echo Dot's Best New Features

While the software of Echo Dot is similar to its predecessor's, the
different hardware makes it slightly more interesting and accessible.

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The Dot comes with a power adapter and a USB charging cable, but the
3.5 mm audio cable is sold separately.

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* If you prefer to connect the device to your own Bluetooth speaker, then you may do just that.

Download the Alexa app from Fire OS, Android, or iOS devices and use
the Quick Start Guide included in the packaging to setup your WiFi and
Bluetooth to other products (mobile phones and Bluetooth speakers).

If you have a Sonos One speaker, you can access that speaker's
settings in the Alexa app. You'll need to enable the Sonos skill and
link your account to Alexa before setup.

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* You can obtain the sound quality you want and access Alexa's smarts,
including the ESP feature designed for multiple devices. When you say
"Alexa", only the closest device to you will respond.
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* The Echo Dot is much lighter/smaller than the Echo, which increases its portability in the home.
There are even ways to take the product outside the home if combined
with another Alexa powered device called the Amazon Tap.

However, the Amazon Tap is viewed as a middle-of-the-road Bluetooth
speaker that lacks cellular data and/or mobile hotspot connections, thus limiting portability.
The Tap may be battery powered, but when you constantly need a WiFi connection, it loses its punch.

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* The Echo Dot, like the Echo, provides hands-free activation through
a wake word. Within the Alexa app, the spoken wake word that activates
the device can either be "Alexa", "Computer", "Echo," or "Amazon."

Due to the Tap being battery powered, you have to "tap" a button on
the device for Alexa to respond to your request/question otherwise
it'll drain the battery.

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* Lastly, the 2nd generational model is available in either black or white.

The Echo Dot's Price Cut
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* At a mere $50 ($49.99 to be exact), the Echo Dot is half as
expensive as its first generation predecessor and $100 less than the Echo Plus.

You'll receive the same software and Alexa voice capabilities as the
original with the added capacity to improve speaker quality through an
audio output or Bluetooth connection, and it's half the price of an
Amazon Echo! No wonder so many tech sites praised this product, often
giving it an Editor's Choice Award.

The Echo Dot's closest price competitor is the Google Home Mini, which generally costs around $49.
The Mini is very similar to the Echo Dot in sound quality, size, and
ability, but the Dot (and Alexa) has been around longer and it offers
a lot more third-party integration than Google does.

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Echo Dot Stands on Its Own

What I love is that this device doesn't lose the far-field voice recognition of its predecessor.

The Echo Dot has a seven-microphone-array for listening, supports fast
and easy WiFi connectivity, and most importantly it has a built-in
0.6" speaker that delivers sound on par with other mini Bluetooth speakers.

The sound quality will be lacking and won't fill a room with sound,
but it's not bad for intimate bedroom listening, and many reviewers
agreed that it sounded better than expected.

But if the sound quality bothers you, then you can always connect it
to another speaker or perhaps upgrade to the larger Echo. The Echo Dot
was always designed to be a gateway to the smart home, which is why
consumers often buy multiple Dots for their home.

So if you're willing to forego sound quality, then you can't go wrong with this device.

Good luck buying the Echo Dot, Amazon didn't make it easy!





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Re: UEB Braille code and restaurant menu inaccessibility

Ann Parsons
 

Hi all,

If you need to read your bank statements, then learn UEB. Doesn't your statement have a list of symbols used in it and what they mean?

Ann P.

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Request: Repost Of Extensive Comparison Of Echo Devices

Ron Canazzi
 

Hi Group,


A few days ago, someone posted an extensive comparison of the various Echo devices.  I accidentally deleted it before I saved it to disk outside my mail program.  Could someone please repost this e-mail?  Thanks in advance.


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Re: Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
 

Sis Janet, in case this has not yet been mentioned, there appears to be an
ongoing war between Google and Amazon regarding access to each other's
content offeringss on their respective SmartSpeakers.

As such, before purchasing one of these SmartSpeakers, you may want to take
another look at the types of content offerings you find to be more
important.

As a consumer, I don't like the game being played by both giants especially
since both run virtually the same OS's; however, it's the numbers game and
the more one can rack up, the better it feels. I hope their war ends
soonest as this will most likely have the potential for better
interoperability.

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Advocating for talking insulin pumps and CGMs

Keith S
 

Greetings,

A group of blind diabetics are embarking on attempts to get insulin infusion pump companies/manufacturers

to seriously consider implementing speech output for their devices. (This also includes

CGM technology, also known as Continuous Glucose Monitoring). In short, we all feel

it is a safety issue when using such devices, if we cannot see exactly what is going

on with the pumps and the CGM units. We have been given 2 websites, one for the Federal

House of Representatives

and the other for the Federal Senate groups that are in charge of ensuring diabetes

care is at it's best for Americans with this illness. If you care about accessability

to medical devices that diabetics use, as blind people, please contact the members

of both the House and the Senate websites and ask that accessability to diabetes

devices be improved in relation to blind Americans.

Congressional Diabetes Caucus (House of Representatives:

https://diabetescaucus-degette.house.gov/membership

Senate Diabetes Caucus:

https://www.ciclt.net/sn/pol/poc_detail.aspx?P_ID=&ClientCode=nclm&LegComID=21211

Caucus Members

diabetescaucus-degette.house.gov

Even if your Representatives and Senators from your states are not listed, please contact some of these folks to educate and encourage them to request pump and CGM manufacturers to include speech output for these devices. There are no laws forcing them to do so at the present time.

Thank You.


Re: Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Kay Malmquist
 


What does this have to do with Amazon Visa cards?
Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...
 
Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt – 1884-1962, Former First Lady of the United States
 

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The jacks feel different, depending on what they are.  I don’t know how to describe the feel of the, though.  I know, that’s a lot of help.  But maybe somebody else could help with a description.  Or if you know the model, (I don’t remember if you ever said it), they could tell you what it has.  Pam.
 
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 7:52 PM
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HI Chris and Everyone.

Is there any way I can tell myself which plug I might have on my Bose? I’ve had the Bose for at least ten years, and I don’t remember which outputs it might have.  I know there is a output in the back of it, but don’t know what it is for though. 

Janet

 

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Chris Grabowski
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 5:17 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

 

If your Bose stereo has a 3.5MM jack for input, then you can.  If it has RCA jacks for input you'd need a 3.5MM male to RCA jacks cable.

 


From: janet gross
Sent: Monday, Jun 4, 2018 3:58 PM EST
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Amazon Visa Card Question Please.

Howard, 
Thank you, this is good to know.  I am seriously considering an Echo Dot myself.  You say I can connect an Echo Dot  to  my home entertainment system which is a Bose stereo and not just a speaker? 
Janet 
 
 
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I have an Echo Dot.  I don't do much music on it but it sure sounds better 
than I ever expected; much better than those terrible cell phone speakers. 
Also, it has an output jack which can be connected to one's home 
entertainment system.
 
Howard
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HI Everyone,
I'm still debating which Echo or Dot to buy.  So far I am considering either 
the Echo Dot, or the Echo second generation.  I am looking for something 
that has a good sound quality as I will probably buy Amazon's music.  I went 
on to the Amazon web site, and they are giving me a offer in which I don't 
know anything about, so I want to ask those who might be more familiar with 
the Amazon Visa Card.  This offer is only if I buy an Echo or dot.  So if 
anyone is familiar with the card would you please share your information or 
experience?
I copied and pasted below the message I get when I visit the site.
 
Janet
 
Amazon Rewards Visa Card
$50 instant gift card
Janet, get a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon approval for the Amazon 
Rewards Visa Card
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Re: Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

chris judge
 

Yes thanks, that is what I was referring to. I understand with google you don't have to do that?

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From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mary Otten
Sent: June 4, 2018 8:53 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

I'm not Chris, but what he is getting at is that the Echo family of products has add ons that enhance the functionality of the device with added capabilities that are not available out of the box. To get that additional functionality, you need to find or somehow know about the specific skills you want to add, and then you must enable them by telling your device to enable such and such a skill or, if that doesn't work, you go to the alexa app on your phone or to a specific Amazon page and search for and enable the skill there. There are bunches of games, for instance, which must be found and enabled before you can play them.


Mary



On 6/4/2018 4:47 PM, janet gross wrote:
Chris,
What do you mean when you say with the Amazon Echo one must enable the skills?
Janet


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
Behalf Of chris judge
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 5:40 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Whith the amazon echo one must enable the skills. Is the same true of the google home?

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of
David Mehler
Sent: June 4, 2018 3:26 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Hello,

<probably a low-grade question> what is an Echo Dot and a Google Home Mini? Are they smaller versions of the alexa?

What all do they do and are there any podcasts on the subject?

To those who have one or both devices are there privacy concerns as there now are with I think it's the Amazon alexa?

Thanks.
Dave.


On 6/4/18, Laz <laz@talkingmp3players.com> wrote:
As someone who owns both an Echo Dot and a Google Home mini i have to
say that the sound on the Google Home mini is much better than that
from the Echo Dot. In my experience they both can access the same
radio stations and both use Tune-In and I heart Radio. I've also
found that you can find a wider variety of songs on the Google Home
mini than you can on the Echo Dot. both can pair with bluetooth
Speakers, headsets, or Bluetooth receivers so connecting either one
to a stereo isn't difficult.

Laz

On 6/4/18, Walter Ramage via Groups.Io
<wpr=blueyonder.co.uk@groups.io>
wrote:
Hi. That is good to know. Last October I traded in my Arcam Solo
neo DAB music system for something different and high-end. The good
thing about the Arcam Solo Neo was it also had internet radio,
unfortunately the station listings were not accessible Via the hi-fi
unit but they were via their website. I think there were well over
1000 internet stations I could choose from and I could search them
via genre i.e. news, sport country music pop music rock music
religious spoken word etc.. I would imagine I'd need to do a web
search for stations in order to instruct the echo, or would the echo
do a search for me? Walter.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
Behalf Of
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Sent: 04 June 2018 13:17
To: Walter Ramage via Groups.Io
Cc: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or
Amazon Echo?


Yes, international stations can be accessed. Usually any station is
started by its call letters or its name.

A local station k d k a is started by that call name. Just using
npr anywhere starts the local public radio station nearest to you.

For example using a name; one of the bbc services is called bbc 4
which is a mostly news source, bbc 4 xtra plays radio dramas. There
are several other bbc choices for music and regional services in the
uk.

On Sun, 3 Jun 2018, Walter Ramage via Groups.Io wrote:

Hi. Thanks. As much as I would like to listen to local and
national
radio
stations I wonder if the Echo would be able to find international
radio stations and if so, how is it done. Walter.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
Behalf
Of
Richard Brock
Sent: 03 June 2018 20:32
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Which is the better product; Google Home or
Amazon Echo?

Hello Walter,
I recommend the Amazon, Echo. You can purchase an Echo, Dot for $39
thatt will give you all its features for a very reasonable price.
You will ve able to listen to many radio stations, plus have access
to thousands of skills that are fun to interact with.
Good luck,
Rich

On 6/3/2018 1:45 PM, Walter Ramage via Groups.Io wrote:
Hi folks. It hasn't interested me in the past but I'm toying with
the
idea
of purchasing either a Google Home or An Amazon Echo. The problem
is, I don't know which product is the best, especially in the area
of accessibility. My main use for the product would be radio
listening.
I
do
have a number of DAB radios in the house but their presets are
limited
and
it requires pressing a number of buttons to get the station required.
With
either Google or Amazon I can ask for that station to be played.
I
guess
other skills might be useful but I don't know all what is
available
however
I'm not interested in having it turn on and off lights since I
never use lights since I am total. I understand that Amazon have
a much wider
range
of products but I'm not really concerned about appearance as it is
irrelevant to me. Also I know some echoes have touch screens but
do
they
have audio feedback? As I have said, I'm toying with the idea and
haven't
made my mind up but when I do and if I decide to make a purchase
I'd
like
to
have some idea of what I'm about to spend my money on. All
comments welcome. Walter.








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