5 ways to get the best out of Amazon Alexa

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Amazon’s Alexa turned out to be the holiday guest in millions of homes this year, and that means plenty of people getting to grips with everything their new Echo can do. Although she may be most often seen as a joke-telling, fact-searching assistant, Alexa can do plenty more than that. Read on for five things to do in order to get the most out of Alexa.

Curate your Flash Briefing

If you’ve ever wanted your own personal newsreader, Alexa is happy to help. Amazon calls its customized reports “Flash Briefings” and, out of the box, they include a fairly wide-ranging array of sources and topics. NPR, the BBC World Service, and the Associated Press all offer a variety of news, entertainment, science, and other stories, finished off with the weather report.

Spend a little time configuring things, however, and your Flash Briefing could be a whole lot more useful.

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