Since Alexa can do just so many things, it is kind of natural to assume that she can provide latest news everyday too! Well, the assumption is right, and there are several skills you can enable to get your daily news from different (many!) sources. Particularly helpful for anyone who cannot use a computer or mobile device for their news.

Here are a few that you can choose from:

NPR Hourly News

This skill is updated every hour, and gives a great summary of several important news items in 5 minutes. Also, it’s read by the wonderful Korva Coleman!

The Daily from the New York Times

This skill provides news for 15 minutes five days a week, and is ready by 6 AM. The items covered have much more detail, and typically have interviews with other people.

CNN

The CNN skill starts by giving you a list of topics you can choose from. Just say, “Alexa, Open CNN”.

Techcrunch News

Techcrunch news provides top headlines and summary from the technology and startup world. Alexa starts by giving you the headlines first, and if you are interested in a story, you can tell her to proceed with the summary as well. Just say, “Alexa, open Techcrunch News”.

A list of all the the news skills are available under Skills->News (from Categories).  You can access the News area directly from here. In the image below, you can see some of the news skills available.

image shows some of the news skills in the Alexa app

Flash Briefing

Skills like NPR Hourly News and The Daily from the New York Times are automatically added to your Flash Briefing. Whenever you say “Alexa, what’s my flash briefing?” or “Alexa, what’s in the news?”, latest news will be delivered to you by those skills. This is a good way to get your news in the morning as you are getting ready to head to work or school. You can see what skills (sources) are delivering you your news by going to Settings->Flash Briefings. Here, you can also re-arrange the order of sources and add more news sources to your briefing if you’d like.

Flash Briefing in the Settings area of the Alexa app

List of news skills in Flash briefing.

 

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