NPR One: Fans of Public Radio will enjoy this.
NPR One is the name of the Alexa app – sorry, “skill,” that will give more people easier access to a range of popular shows.
Once you’ve told your system to gain access to the app – by simply saying, “Alexa, enable NPR One,” you have a number of commands at your disposal.
Alexa, play NPR One.
Here the top local and national news of the moment that includes newscasts and special news pieces.
Alexa, ask NPR One to play the latest news.
Jump directly to the latest newscast.
Alexa, ask NPR One to recommend a podcast.
Listen to standard podcasts curated by NPR editors combined with a selection based on your own listening habits.
Alexa, ask NPR One to play ……NAME OF NPR SHOW
Have a hankering for All Things Considered, or On The Media, perhaps This American Life? If you can name it, you can hear it!
Alexa, ask NPR One to mark as interesting
Marking it allow you to come back to it later.
Alexa, ask NPR One to fast forward .. 15 seconds, 2 minutes, etc
Or, however long you prefer
Go on to the next story
Alexa, ask NPR One for details
Get the details for the story currently playing
It comes as no-one's idea of news to hear that there are generational divides when it comes to looking at business plans.
Before launching this effort, we spoke to lot of people who've experienced waves of techology fads come and go - and return and fade again. These are people who have older parents, or who's personal stage in life is being slightly weary with the time commitment needed to stay current with tech products ... and app updates. It's a crowd that generally thinks the idea of giving people the choice to control technology with something as low-tech sounding as just talking into the air is, well, kinda cool.
As an experiment recently, I trotted out the idea of Tempess*Group to a seminar of undergraduates at UC Berkeley. With very few exceptions, the disdain was palpable.
Note to self: skip the marketing-to-millennial business-plan page.
Years ago, when John Cleese (Monty Python fans will cheer at this point) was in his management advisory capacity, he made an important presentation about what "serious" work included. More to the point here, he suggested that there's a fundamental confusion about the usage of serious AND solemn. One can be terrifically serious about the task at hand and, truly, free of the silly constraints of "business appropriate solemnity."
Clearly, Amazon saw that presentation.
Star Trek fans have gotten used to characters issuing voice commands to their always-listening “Computer” in order to accomplish anything from scanning a planet to serving a cup of the Captain’s favorite tea.
Just so we don’t assume because we have Amazon echo devices in our homes we’ll be serving aboard a starship anytime soon, SHOULD you bark “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot” in the direction of any of the devices microphones, Alexa will politely inform you that the replicator is offline.
Now – should you issue commands, to, say … open the pod bay doors, or fire photon torpedoes .. the replies might surprise you…
There is no better way to make these tools an important - and useful - part of our lives than by using them. And in the case of the Amazon Alexa set of technologies, that's done by trying out various voice commands.
Here are some...
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