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  Reply # 1510081 9-Mar-2016 18:45
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Eh... that sux

https://support.spotify.com/nz/learn-more/faq/#!/article/How-can-I-change-my-country-setting

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  Reply # 1510095 9-Mar-2016 19:11
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For spotify I just put a US address as billing address and it works. Cant get spark to pay for it tho :(

 

There was a way to get any timezone on it by using chrome and a request editor plugin, and editing the request to have NZ as the timezone when setting it up on the web. Did that and it worked fine for mine.





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  Reply # 1510123 9-Mar-2016 20:37
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Richms url to chrome thing?

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  Reply # 1510144 9-Mar-2016 21:03
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I just googled for using an echo outside the US and it was someones blog post. I think its also been mentioned in this thread here.





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  Reply # 1510153 9-Mar-2016 21:18
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richms:

 

I just googled for using an echo outside the US and it was someones blog post. I think its also been mentioned in this thread here.

 

 

 

 

You set it to American Samoa timezone/zip code... mine is (US) zip 96799


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  Reply # 1510160 9-Mar-2016 21:23
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Thanks rich.ms, just googled and got it working by changing timezone to Pacific/Auckland

 

Instructions here, works a treat!

 

http://www.echotalk.org/index.php?topic=228.0

 

 


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  Reply # 1519644 25-Mar-2016 14:27
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Got my Echo today - wow - this thing is pretty awesome. The voice recognition is very impressive, and the sound from its speakers is definitely a lot better than expected. 

 

I was able to set the timezone using the instructions here (http://www.echotalk.org/index.php?topic=228.0). Seems to be working well for time, but not able to update my address and therefore get localised weather. Also, after upgrading the firmware my Spotify premium account is working seamlessly without any need to change billing address etc. 

 

Really cool bit of kit. The wife thinks it is fantastic as well - she has been happily adding things to the shopping list all arvo.

 

What skills are others using? I am about to start integrating with openHAB which should really open up a world of possibilities!


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  Reply # 1520018 26-Mar-2016 14:41
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Yeah I forgot to mention the Spotify stuff works even though the Amazon Echo app mentions limited support, just gotta ask Alexa "play xyz on Spotify". One thing that is annoying is trying to ask her to play certain NZ radio stations on tunein - I would have thought adding the stations to your favourites in the app would make those stations take precedence over any other station, I usually end up with some random American radio station!

I have the Amazon HA bridge (hue emulation) installed and running on OpenHAB, and got an Arduino with relay running and implemented in OpenHAB so can control the garage door so asking "Alexa, open the garage door" works a treat but I'm tempted to add another word (passcode as such) to the end as it's fairly easy to break into my house now coz I just yell at Alexa through the front window and can get into the house thru the garage door lol! You can just ask Alexa to "search for devices" and she will pickup any wifi automation devices you have setup like for example some wemo light switches I've got running (they work direct and are irrelevant of openhab though)

You can ask for weather by stating the full address, like what's the weather like in Auckland New Zealand but it's a pain in the arse so looking at adding the following skill after Easter break and get it working so I can "ask openhab what the weather is like" so hoping that will become a workaround.

https://community.openhab.org/t/amazon-echo-skill-for-openhab-available/8113

Also have harmony hub going so can do "Alexa, trigger watch tv", again a pain having to "ask, tell, trigger" rather than using natural utterances like "Alexa, turn on the TV" but I'm sure with time it will get better.

You can get the "fart skill" installed, and ask Alexa for a fart :-) also "Alexa, who's ya daddy" was quite amusing response thought she wouldn't understand the question but it seems she does lol

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  Reply # 1520021 26-Mar-2016 14:46
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Oh also, if you are getting stuff added to your shopping list then install/run IFTTT and setup a recipe to add the echo shopping list items to the reminders \ list on your iPhone (or whatever similar is on android) quite handy I setup on my phone and wife's phone so we just tell Alexa to add stuff to shopping list throughout the week, then run the IFTTT recipe to send the whole list to the phone.

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  Reply # 1520032 26-Mar-2016 15:13
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Spotify doesnt work properly for me, things I try to play will just skip thru the list quickly. Can see it on the desktop spotify or the mobile just going thru the playlist quickly.





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  Reply # 1520041 26-Mar-2016 15:58
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What version is your Echo? Out of the box mine didnt work very well with Spotify but after upgrading it has been working sweet. To upgrade mute your microphone and leave it for an hour or so.


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  Reply # 1520042 26-Mar-2016 16:02
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chimera: Yeah I forgot to mention the Spotify stuff works even though the Amazon Echo app mentions limited support, just gotta ask Alexa "play xyz on Spotify". One thing that is annoying is trying to ask her to play certain NZ radio stations on tunein - I would have thought adding the stations to your favourites in the app would make those stations take precedence over any other station, I usually end up with some random American radio station!

I have the Amazon HA bridge (hue emulation) installed and running on OpenHAB, and got an Arduino with relay running and implemented in OpenHAB so can control the garage door so asking "Alexa, open the garage door" works a treat but I'm tempted to add another word (passcode as such) to the end as it's fairly easy to break into my house now coz I just yell at Alexa through the front window and can get into the house thru the garage door lol! You can just ask Alexa to "search for devices" and she will pickup any wifi automation devices you have setup like for example some wemo light switches I've got running (they work direct and are irrelevant of openhab though)

You can ask for weather by stating the full address, like what's the weather like in Auckland New Zealand but it's a pain in the arse so looking at adding the following skill after Easter break and get it working so I can "ask openhab what the weather is like" so hoping that will become a workaround.

https://community.openhab.org/t/amazon-echo-skill-for-openhab-available/8113

Also have harmony hub going so can do "Alexa, trigger watch tv", again a pain having to "ask, tell, trigger" rather than using natural utterances like "Alexa, turn on the TV" but I'm sure with time it will get better.

You can get the "fart skill" installed, and ask Alexa for a fart :-) also "Alexa, who's ya daddy" was quite amusing response thought she wouldn't understand the question but it seems she does lol

 

Yep I am thinking about customising my own Skill (based on one of the existing ones for openHAB) so I can build it suit my needs.


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  Reply # 1520046 26-Mar-2016 16:29
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SumnerBoy:

 

What version is your Echo? Out of the box mine didnt work very well with Spotify but after upgrading it has been working sweet. To upgrade mute your microphone and leave it for an hour or so.

 

 

3077 which it shows as latest on here https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201602210





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  Reply # 1520054 26-Mar-2016 16:33
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Yep - that is what mine upgraded to. Spotify has been working fine AFAICT.


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  Reply # 1525158 3-Apr-2016 11:33
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Due to daylight savings occurring the Marshall Islands is the same time as NZ. They appear to have blocked that zip code so my echo is an hour out now. Have logged this with amazon and encourage all kiwis with an Echo to do so also!!!

Heres my feedback to amazon...
The country code is not available please help as I'm heading to the Marshall islands and the time zone won't work
Marshall islands resort po box 3279
96960

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