Alexa, Amazon's own personal assistant, has continued to get better and better by the day. After launching in 2014, and most people wondering what Amazon was planning to do with Alexa, it's now one of the better personal assistants out there. Even better than Google Home which launched just this month. Alexa is a part of a number of products from Amazon, like the Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and a few of their Fire tablets and Fire TV sticks/set-top boxes. Amazon is always giving Alexa more "skills", and it can now do things like control the lights in your home, your thermostat, call you an Uber and even help you save on some deals for Black Friday.
Now, Amazon has added a new skill to Alexa, and that is thanks to Allrecipes. What this integration means is that users will be able to simply ask Alexa for a recipe and it'll give it to you. Now of course you can do this with the Allrecipes app on your smartphone, but with Alexa you can do it all with your voice, without getting the Echo (or whatever device you are using Alexa on) dirty. It makes it a much more convenient way of using a recipe while you're cooking this holiday season.
To enable this new skill for Alexa, all you need to do is open the app on your smartphone (the app is available for both Android and iOS). Then tap on "Skills" and find the Allrecipes skill and enable it. After that you'll be asked to link your Allrecipes account, and that's it. All you'll need to do now is ask Alexa for a recipe and you're all set.
The Amazon Echo is currently selling for $179, while the Amazon Tap will cost you $129 and the Amazon Echo Dot is $49.99. The Echo Dot plugs into another speaker, while the Amazon Tap is a portable way of having Alexa (although you need to tap it to access Alexa, instead of it being listening all the time), while the Amazon Echo is a full-on speaker with Alexa built in. You can pick these three up at Amazon, of course, as well as Best Buy and most other retailers.