We all know Alexa can do some pretty neat things when it comes to connecting us to our appliances or gadgets. But now, Alexa can be used to operate cars. Well, lightly operate. BMW announced that Alexa would come standard in their next two models. And then Nissan followed suit. But Alexa can only do a handful of things. Which isn’t necessarily bad, though. It’s definitely a start. And do you really want Alexa to be able to do more things? I don’t. At least not until there is more testing involved. It’s interesting to see Alexa being integrated into cars now. Which feels a bit futuristic, but I’m excited to see what Alexa will be able to do.
The new Alexa skill links up with Nissan’s smart service “NissanConnect”. Like I said, Alexa can only do a few things, which include: Turning the engine on (or off), locking or unlocking the car’s doors, honking the horn and toggling on/off the lights. If you have one of these cars, you will be able to use the new Alexa skill:
- Nissan Altima (2016-17)
- Nissan Maxima (2016-17)
- Nissan Murano (2017)
- Nissan Pathfinder (2017-18)
- Nissan Rogue (2016, 2017)
- Nissan Rogue Sport (2017)
- Nissan Sentra (2016-17)
- Nissan TITAN (2017)
- Nissan TITAN XD (2016-17)
- Nissan GT-R (2017)
- Nissan Armada (2018)
There are a couple of differences between Nissan and BMW when it comes to Alexa. Which is what Alexa can actually do in each car. I’ve mentioned (above) what Alexa can do in a Nissan, but what about in a BMW. … Read the rest
Amazon and Google are battling it out right now. And this is a really interesting one. Google has apparently decided that it’s going to stop allowing the Amazon Echo Show to access YouTube. If you ask the smart speaker to show you a YouTube video, it fails and Alexa says “currently, Google is not supporting YouTube on Echo Show”. In response, Amazon issued the following statement:
Google made a change today at around 3 pm. YouTube used to be available to our shared customers on Echo Show. As of this afternoon, Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers. There is no technical reason for that decision, which is disappointing and hurts both of our customers.
If you’re not familiar with the Echo Show, it is an Alexa-enabled smart speaker that has a screen on it so you can watch videos. Since YouTube is the largest source of video on the internet, this seems like it would be a good match. But apparently, Google doesn’t feel that way. A lot of people use the Echo Show in order watch music videos or even for cooking lessons. A lot of that is done through YouTube, so this really does kind of hurt people who are using the Echo Show for that reason.
Amazon’s statement makes it clear that this isn’t a technical issue, but a deliberate choice by Google. Google, on the other hand, has a different reason that it blocked YouTube on the Echo Show:
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We’ve been in negotiations with Amazon for a long time, working towards an agreement that provides great experiences for customers on both platforms.
If you’re a Hilton Honors reward member, you now have a new reason to hold onto your points. You can now use them to pay for items through Amazon. Not everything is available to be used with your points, like digital content. But most everything else. All you need to do is sign in to your Amazon Account, and then click “Shop with Points”. From there you select “Hilton Honors”. It’s that simple. If you have specific questions about the program or your account, you can go to Amazon’s Shop with Points Page to get more detail.
When you are making your purchase, you will see an option to choose the amount of points you want to use. When your order is placed, the points applied will be deducted from the order total and displayed as “Rewards Points”. You can also click on “changed” under the Payment method option to use any available points. According to Amazon’s FAQ page, 500 Hilton Points will equal one dollar on Amazon.com. There are a ton of products available to be purchased through Amazon using points.
Like I mentioned earlier, however, you can’t use the points for Amazon Kindle downloads, digital music, Amazon video titles, Amazon Appstore apps, AmazonFresh items, Subscribe and Save items, Prime Memberships (unless they’re a gift), pre-order items, texbook rentals, or to reload gift cards. Which kind of makes it feel like there isn’t a lot to purchase. But there is. … Read the rest