[IN BRIEF] Retrospective: week of 30/03/2020

Hello dear Alexiens, Alexiennes, here is the retrospective of the week

Monday

On this Monday, Amazon offered us an avalanche of specials on Amazon Echo and connected objects ! Some good plans are also available, enough to occupy this confinement which, we fear, has only just begun ...

Skills released today

We start the week with the integration of a new local radio station for the Center-Val de Loire region: Radio Indies FORUM. Radio very listened to in Limousin and Poitou-Charentes, FORUM mixes Pop / Rock and Top 40 formats in a "New Mix" appreciated by fans of the Hits of yesterday and today, but also gives an important place local and regional information.

Tuesday

For all those who have taken advantage of the promotions Fire TV Stick, we have updated our tutorial for installing MyCanal on Fire TV Stick. Note, moreover, that it suffices to follow the same procedure for a lot of other applications. Have fun !

[TUTORIAL] Install the MyCanal application on Amazon Fire TV Stick

Wednesday

On this Wednesday where we are all like fish in their jar, the news of the day teaches us the improbable collaboration ofAlexa and Siri. An article not to be taken literally, of course.

Alexa and Siri soon hand in hand?

Skills released today

This time, it's not a joke but the reality: the Red Cross needs us. In addition to making a financial commitment to fight COVID-19, Amazon created a skill for Alexa allowing us to easily donate to the French Red Cross. We obviously invite you to activate it and participate if you can.

Covid-19: donate to the Red Cross with Alexa

How about playing a bit? Here is a quiz initiated byEurope 1: QG which allows you to rack your brains a little. Every day, find ten general knowledge questions on major themes to test your knowledge. The Sport, History and Society sections are supplied by Open Quizz DB.

Thursday

After our first Home Assistant installation tutorial on a Raspberry Pi, we continue to explore this very practical home automation software. Although rather simple to use, it is nonetheless rich in features and a little obscure for some. So here is our Home Assistant tutorial for quick and easy handling.

[TUTORIAL] Home Assistant interface: getting started

Skills released today

Three new features published this Thursday:

Friday

Skills released today

Appearance of a new home automation skill: SPC IoT.

Saturday

How to automate the opening and closing of your front door? Read and watch the very self-explanatory lock videos Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 presented in its Combo 2.0 version with the Nuki Bridge which allows it to be connected to Alexa. Our test confirmed to us that it deserved its place in our selection of best smart locks. In short: to try it is to adopt it!

[TEST] Nuki Smart Lock 2.0: a lock connected to Alexa convincing

To everyone's surprise Amazon announces the upcoming release, on May 13, 2020, of a new product in its range of connected objects: the indoor camera Blink mini. A surprise rarely arriving alone, we also learned of the upcoming arrival of the Blink Sync Module 2 which in addition to allowing the connection of 10 Blink XT or Blink XT2 cameras, will allow the images of the youngest to be stored locally.

Blink Mini: Amazon unveils a new indoor camera

Sunday

The other good surprise of the weekend comes this time from home Avidsen which launches in France, under the Philips brand of which it is the licensee, a connected and wireless video doorbell: WelcomeEye Link. A product which, of course, greatly aroused our interest and which we will try to present to you in a test when it becomes available for sale.

Philips WelcomeEye Link: a connected and wireless video doorbell

Finally, to end this confined week, we found the now traditional diary of a confined... Who no longer seems to know where he is.

[HUMOR] Diary of a confined person: weekend number…? Daytime…?

And there you have it, a busy week for Les Alexiens which, in the end, went rather quickly, right? Good luck for this fourth week and see you soon on our community...

Simple user and novice fallen into the pot Alexa, this one fascinates me and thanks to the boys, Jean-Christophe and Alexien Modo, I learn a little more every day. Loving the different aspects ofAlexa, I turned to skills to share my discoveries with you.