Your App Lady – The Podcast Episode 22: Monitor Your Blood Pressure from your Mobile Device, Stack the States, and Alexa Skill Check on Mom

Your App Lady 

Show Notes

Series 1 Episode 22

Welcome to series 1 episode 22 of the Your App Lady Podcast!

All about apps and tech that I love and use every day.

On each episode, I’ll talk about recent tech news, recommend apps that I use myself and leave you with a great tech tip.

Tech News

App of the Week: Stack the States

Available for iOS and Android

Stack The States is a game-based geography app. I love apps that teach a skill while tricking a child into thinking they are playing a game. Stack the States is addictive AND they are learning at the same time. I didn’t learn much geography in school so I have been very focused on teaching my children geography. This app is great for practice. My son used it to study when he had to memorize the US States and Capitals.

Tech Tip: Alexa Skill: Check in on Mom

If your mom has an Echo device too, this one is awesome. Just say, “Drop in on Mom,” and Alexa will open a conversation channel, so you can chat with each other as if she were in the room with you. Or at least chat like she had a speaker phone/walkie talkie in her room and you had the same in yours.

Thankfully, you have to do a little set up first for this to work. Because imagine if anyone could drop in on your living room whenever they wanted.

In the Alexa app on your phone, tap the talk bubble icon and tap the person icon at the top of the screen that brings you to your own profile. Tap on “My Profile.” Under Drop In, you can see if this feature is enabled. If it’s not (it isn’t by default) tap the slider bar to the right so that it turns blue. (Get Mom to do this, too.) The go to your list of contacts and find Mom’s listing. Tap on that. There is another slider bar that says if this contact can drop in on you. Tap it so it turns blue. You can choose which of your Amazon Echo devices can do this so if you have one in the bathroom that you want to keep private, be sure and check that now.

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