We now have added "Informational Posts" which are tidbits of information that may come in handy at some point.

Make the most out of Google with this list of ‘OK, Google’ voice commands

4-24-17:

One of the most useful things about using Google is the voice commands. Using just your voice you can command your device to do many things on your behalf. It’s fast, convenient, and still feels a bit like the future. The complete list of “OK, Google” commands and compatible apps has grown considerably over time, meaning there are likely things you can do with Google that you’re not even aware of. You can find out more with how to get the most out of Google Now and everything you need to know about Google Assistant.

If you own an Android device, you might want to turn on “OK, Google” so that you can start using this feature without having to tap the microphone icon. The first thing we need to do is make sure this feature is turned on, so let’s see if it is.

Turning on “OK, Google”

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Announcing New Alexa Skill Builder (Beta), a Tool for Creating Skills

4-23-17:

We are happy to announce a new Alexa skill builder, which provides a more intuitive interface for you to easily create engaging Alexa skills. You can also use this tool to build natural dialogs to provide more intelligent responses to user requests.

New features like slot filling, confirmations, and natural prompts help ensure your skill gathers the right information about user intents and responds appropriately. ..Continued..

The complete list of Alexa commands so far

4-18-17:

Here are all the things you can ask Alexa to do. (Dad jokes included.)

Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your home, your beach trips and even your ride to work. Now that there are four ways to interact with Alexa -- with the Tap, Echo and Dot devices, and with the Amazon Fire TV -- you might find yourself talking to her more often.

The list of commands is expanding rapidly, as is the number of third-party services and devices that Alexa officially (and unofficially) supports.

Here is the (almost) complete list of Amazon Alexa commands.
Summoning Alexa

By default, Amazon's connected speakers have the same wake word. All you have to do to queue up a request is say, "Alexa." In the Amazon Alexa mobile application or at echo.amazon.com, you can change the wake word to either Amazon, Echo or Computer.

If you have an Amazon Tap or the Amazon Fire TV voice remote, you'll need to press a button to wake Alexa.

Amazon updated the Tap with a hands-free mode that you must enable in the settings. The only wake work available to the Amazon Tap is Alexa. ..Continued.. by Taylor Martin, David Priest

VERY IMPORTANT RE: Alexa - Amazon Echo

See Also: Police Confirm Amazon Echo Saves All Voice Data, Here’s How to Delete It

4-15-17:

Today I learned 2 things that are very important to know about Alexa:

1) When you ask her a question, if there is someone else talking in the background, Alexa will record their voice as well. Over time Alexa gets to know your specific voice and can pick it out of a few people speaking at the same time, she will also record anyone else talking while you are talking. You may wish to review what she has recorded and delete some or all of what is recorded. Here is how:

2) How to listen to everything Amazon Echo has ever heard. If you own an Amazon Echo, you probably know its strange secret: The device records a lot of what you say. Deep inside that dark tower, Echo keeps a vast trove of recordings. Your voice is preserved. Your friends’ voices are preserved. Anyone who has ever been to your house and said, “Alexa!” has contributed to its great library of human sound.