World, meet Amazon’s Alexa. Alexa is a personal assistant that comes with the Amazon Echo Dot, Echo Tap, and Echo devices. It works similarly to Siri and can be the assistant you never knew you needed.

What Can Alexa Do?

The smart wireless speaker offers a number of valuable services through Alexa that can really make your life easier. By simplifying daily tasks with Alexa, you can get out the door faster and focus on more important things.

With more than 3,000 available skills, it can take some time to determine which skills are right for your needs. That’s why we’ve highlighted some of the best ways to use Alexa to streamline your life.

1. Check the Traffic and Weather

By being able to check the traffic and weather with ease, you can better prepare for the day ahead.

2. Manage Your Calendar

You can edit your calendar and get reminders of upcoming events with voice commands. You can also create tasks on your favorite to-do app.

3. Find Your Phone

If you’ve lost your phone, TrackR will help you find it. Simply instruct Alexa to find your phone or ring your phone so you can quickly determine its location.

4. Set a Timer or Alarm

Along with quickly checking the time, you can also set a timer or alarm on the device. You can also set your phone to ring anytime the alarm goes off.

5. Play Music

You can play a song through Alexa or connect to a paid music service like Spotify. You can even instruct it to play certain types of music (such as, “Alexa, play Christmas music”) to perfectly set the mood.

6. Get the News

Alexa can read the news or your favorite audiobook to you. She can also answer questions so you can always stay informed.

7. Find Local Hotspots

Alexa can help…