Amazon Echo

Why can't Amazon Echo talk to my Fire Stick?

Episode 1365

Cynthia from Burbank, CA
Amazon Echo

Cynthia wants to control her Amazon Fire Stick with Amazon Alexa, but she can't. Shouldn't it work together? Leo says not necessarily. At least not yet. Alexa is getting smarter all the time, though.

Cynthia can talk to the Fire remote, so she doesn't really need the Echo for that. Since she paid over $180 for it, Leo recommends returning it and get the $50 Echo Dot instead.

How can I listen to the radio with terrible reception?

Episode 1362

Ray from Playa Del Rey, CA
Amazon Echo Dot

Ray can't get a decent AM radio signal where he lives. What can he do? Leo says that streaming is a better option. He can stream using iHeartRadio, Tune In, or even just going to a station's website. Or he can get a better AM antenna that he can plug into his radio. CCrane is the best place to go.

Another idea is to get an Amazon Echo Dot, hook it up to the stereo, and then listen to radio that way.

TV News Segment Triggers Amazon Echos All Over San Diego to Order Products

Episode 1352

Amazon Echo

A local TV news segment told the story of a girl who talked to Amazon Echo and accidentally ordered hundreds of dollars in toys and cookies through the automatic ordering feature. In doing so, the radio station triggered homes all over San Diego that have Amazon Echo to do the same thing. Leo says it's important to make sure you have parental controls on to avoid this, and to train yourself to not use the "A" word when talking about things it may mistakenly use to order for you.

How is the Amazon Tap?

Episode 1348

Curtis from Michigan
Amazon Tap

Curtis is a podcaster and uses a Heil PR40 for his microphone. Leo says that podcasting is fun when you're not trying to make a living at it. It's work if he wants to make it into a job, and a tough one at that.

What about the Amazon Tap? Leo says that the only difference between the Dot and the Tap is the battery. The Tap is portable, but it doesn't listen all the time. It only responds when you press a button. How should he set up the Echo? Leo says to just call it Echo, but he'll have to avoid using that word while podcasting.