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#iACast 132 – Amazon Echo Announcements 2019

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On this episode, Michael and Jason discuss the wide range of new Alexa products announced at Amazon’s September 25th event. These include the Echo Studio, Echo Buds, Echo Frames, Echo Loop, and so much more.


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#iACast 96: Picking a Device

On this episode of the iACast, Michael, Aleeha and Jason discuss techniques in determining which device is right for you before you even get to the store.



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#iACast 68: CES 2018 and Combined Apple Apps

Welcome back to the latest episode of the iACast. We’ve been gone for a while, but here’s an episode sure to inform and entertain. This week, it’s all about the Consumer Electronics show, held in early January. We’re joined by hosts Michael, Aleeha, Jason, Matt, and, for her iAccessibility debut, Allison Hartley! Here’s some of the stuff we found among the many products from this year’s lineup.

Kohler’s $6,000 smart toilet

Kohler’s smart mirror

This $16,000 robot uses artificial intelligence to sort and fold laundry …

Somnox’s robotic pillow is designed to snuggle

Our second topic of the show deals with Apple reportedly merging iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps in 2018. Join us for a very lively discussion, and leave your feedback in the comments or on social media.

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#iACast 67 – 2018 Tech Predictions

On this episode of the iA Cast, Michael, Jason, Matt, and Aleeha discuss the latest news in technology, and what we think will happen in the tech world this year. Here are some of the items covered.

Featured image from New year, new gear – 6 new tech trends and predictions for 2018 …

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iA UnboxCast 10: Amazon Element 50 inch TV

On this episode of the iA UnboxCast Michael, along with Aleeha, and Jason unbox the 50 inch Amazon Element 50 inch TV with Fire TV built in. This is an accessible TV with FireOS built in.

All‑New Element 50‑Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV ‑ Fire TV Edition$549.99Amazon.comFree shipping

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#iACast 53 – AI Cast

On this episode of the iA Cast, Michael, Aleeha, Jason, Matt, Anne and Meaghan discuss the current status of artificial intelligence in consumer technology products.

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#iACast DemoCast 5 – Echo Calling

On this episode of the iA Cast, Michael, Jason, and Aleeha discuss the latest updates to the Alexa app and how to use the new communications features for the Alexa app for iOS.

Alexa App for iOS
Alexa App for Android
Amazon Echo Calling and Messaging

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#iACast DemoCast 4 – Echo Dot

In this episode of the iA DemoCast, Aleeha sets up the Amazon Echo Dot for the first time with iOS Alexa app. She then demonstrates a few things you can try with your own Alexa enabled device.

Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Alexa App for iOS
Amazon Alexa App for Android

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#iACast 35 – Hands Free Purchasing Power

Welcome to our latest episode of the iA Cast. This week we discuss the following topics.

We will have one more episode this week and then we will have new content fresh from the CSUN 2017 conference

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Amazon Tap Without the Need to Tap?

Amazon just announced that the Amazon Tap would be updated soon to support a new feature known as hands free mode. This will allow the device to work more like the traditional Echo or Echo Dot where you can just say, “Alexa” to activate the Alexa voice system, so all you would have to do is ask it questions as if you were using an Echo or Echo Dot. Here is how to turn this feature on.

Enable Hands Free mode on Amazon Tap.

To Enable Hands free mode, you will need to have the updated device software on your Tap. At the time of this post I do not see this software update, but here are the steps if you were to have this software update which rolls out over the air as long as the device is on Wi-Fi.

  1. Open the Alexa app on your mobile device
  2. Find the menu button at the top left
  3. Find Settings in the menu
  4. Find and select your Tap in the list of devices. It should have the name similar to Your Name’s Tap
  5. find the setting for Hands free mode and activate it

While using Hands free mode you should still get 8 hours of battery from your Tap. You can also press the power button on the back to put the device to sleep so it keeps charged longer.


Many have said that the Tap was a useless device because it did not have hands free use with the Alexa platform. With this software update, Amazon has gone a long way to make this device more useful in making it a battery powered alternative to the Echo Dot and to the bigger Echo device.

I personally plan to use this device now while I travel and at convention season this summer.

Amazon Tap – Amazon

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#iACast 34 – iA DemoCast 2: The Braille Challenge

Last year we released the Braille Challenge skill to the Alexa Skills Store. Join Michael as he demonstrates the use of this skill in this episode of the iA DemoCast.

You can find the Braille challenge at the following link.
The Braille Challenge – Alexa Skills Store


The Braille Challenge is coming to Alexa

Do you have the Amazon Echo with Alexa? If so, then you will soon be able to test your knowledge of Braille by playing the Braille Challenge game on the Amazon Echo, which is coming soon.