This week I wanted to try a some skills that could really inform me or help me. I installed the find my phone skill by TrackR. This skill allows you to use Alexa to help you find your lost phone. You must download the TrackR app first before using the skill. Once the app is installed along with Alexa you can then ask Alexa to find your phone. Alexa will send a call to your cell and unless it is on silent or do not disturb, you should hear your phone. I seem to lose my phone all the time in my room, so I wanted to see if Alexa could help. I was surprised just how convenient the skill can be and will be using it a lot more.
Another skill that I installed was NBC Bay Area’s flash briefing. I currently work at NBC Bay Area and wanted to see how they stacked up against others. To my pleasant surprise I enjoyed their flash briefing more than the CNN one. Although not narrated by a well-known news anchor it was told by Alexa. I liked that it was local news which helps me to stay up to date on whats going on around me. I enjoyed the small summary that came with every news story. I found this skill very helpful and informative.
For my last skill I installed “Black History History Facts”. I am going on a trip for MLK’s 50th anniversary of his assassination and wanted to catch up on some black history before I left. You simply ask Alexa to open up “Black History Facts” and you would hear different facts from different famous people. Although I wished the app did more, it got the job done with what exactly its name says. I will be using this skill a lot in the upcoming weeks.