What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Amazon Alexa

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Amazon Alexa is the digital assistant software that empowers Amazon’s smart speaker series, the Amazon Echo. Most than just a digital assistant, Amazon Alexa is evolving into software that empowers and proliferates the Internet of Things.

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eBooks #1: ePub is to eBooks as MP3 is to music?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

For a while there, the two big players on the field were Amazon on one side, with it’s Kindle and proprietary format, which is an offshoot of MobiPocket format, and a reader that has a fairly limited range of formats it can read. Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble have DRM in their book formats. Amazon and Barnes and Noble were all geared up for a big fight, until a number of things happened to change the equation. Books Technology Zen amazon epub google

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Hearing an Echo in the Voice AI Wilderness

SocialFish

That got me thinking about how much has changed in the relatively short amount of time that I’ve had Amazon’s Echo in my own home. Would Amazon Echo meet our expectations? Amazon’s regular “What’s new with Alexa?” email from Amazon, I’ll likely see that irritation erased.

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Grating Expectations | Beaconfire Wire

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Crossing the Chasm: Nonprofit Fundraising Strategies and Systems are All Wrong for This New World

NonProfit Hub

If you think about the past 5 years, technology companies like Amazon, Uber and Apple have been making consumers’ lives easier with innovative, streamlined digital experiences. Nonprofit giving in America has been stuck at 2% of GDP for 45 years. What is causing this? Is it the tax code?

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Creating Your Generosity Plan: Kathy LeMay, Raising Change

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" 'Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.' I really believe that when each of us finds what that is, and we do what we can, with what we have, where we are, I think you're just going to see shifts in the world like we've never seen before."

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Deanna Zandt: Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking

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is linked to my Amazon Associates account. It was the power of people sharing the stories with one another that actually brought it to some sort of critical mass where mainstream media then took attention.

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Internet Strategy on the Cheap: Tools and Resources

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Podcasting Hardware Olympus Digital Recorders $125-$200 on Amazon Samson Zoom H4 Handy Digital Recorder. About $270 on Amazon. 120 on Amazon Headphones. About $100 on Amazon. 42 on Amazon Skype Podcast Recording Software Skype [link] (Skype to Skype is free.

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TechSoup Boost: An Easy Way to Boost Your TechSoup Love

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup Boost is similar to subscription services like Netflix, Spotify Premium, and Amazon Prime. If you're reading this, there's a good chance that you already know many of the ways TechSoup helps nonprofits and libraries to achieve more using technology.

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Things I'm looking foward to at the 09 NTC

Connection Cafe

Amazon Payments™ solutions for Nonprofits - Unlock millions of potential donors for your cause. Amazon will be out in full force at NTC, showing how nonprofits can help maximize their online fundraising campaigns and attract millions of potential donors with Amazon Payments.

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Good Food Revolution: Will Allen of Growing Power

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Folks from every aspect of our society, and every profession are involved in the food system. As I vision ahead, I see this being a situation where hundreds of thousands of young people want to do this, but we have to quantify a lot of things to make this a reality for folks.

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Should Your Nonprofit Be Active on the New Myspace?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Unfortunately, I can’t advocate for that right now except for nonprofits associated with the music industry. Last year when Myspace announced that it would be launching a redesign, I was very intrigued.

Why I won’t be buying a Kindle

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Closed – can’t upload open document formats Can only buy books from Amazon I’m still not clear about what happens when you buy your 201st book – do you have to throw out one? Sorry, Amazon. Amazon has this thing sewed up tight, whereas books are to be shared.

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The evolution of web hosting

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Amazon seems to be leading in the next wave of evolution of hosting – pay only for what you need, when you need it. The news today, and why I’m bothering to talk about this, is that Red Hat announced that it will offer RHEL – their enterprise distribution, on Amazon E2.

Stacey Edgar, Founder of Global Girlfriend: Women-made, Eco-friendly, Fair Trade

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If you have suggestions for people I should interview, please email me at britt AT brittbravo DOT com *Show notes* Learn more about Stacey and Global Girlfriend: Website: www.globalgirlfriend.com Website: staceyedgar.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/GlobalGirlfriend Twitter: @Staceedgar Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking and workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.

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What is cloud computing?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Companies such as Amazon are creating massive grid storage and computing services for applications in the cloud. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What is cloud computing?

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How to Market like a Musician

SocialFish

You can find the Avett Brothers on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. Traditional marketing can feel so grossly salesy. Its inherent “ick factor” is why so many companies fail to properly engage their audiences. The key to getting over that “ick factor” is to get creative.

Another good reason for nonprofits to use FOSS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Miro , the free and open source media player, has released a Firefox plugin , which automatically inserts their affiliate code when you buy something from Amazon. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Another good reason for nonprofits to use FOSS January 6, 2008 This is an amazing example of the kinds of flexibility that is difficult or impossible to get with proprietary software.

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What is private? What is public?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

as well as newsgroups, commerce sites (like Amazon), review sites, forums, and news groups, and even searches the general Web to find out where your people are and what they’re doing online.

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Facebook Developers Garage

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

So TJ found himself scrambling to scale up: currently the game is hosted at Amazon. Most third party apps to date have been social entertainments: tools to share music, or book reviews, for example, or utilities to enhance the poking and posting functions of the site.

Greater Washington Give to the Max Day Training Event

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For example, they recently set up an Amazon wish list for their Food Pantry and posted to their FB page. Within minutes, a fan commented that they had just placed an order for them.

Mobile, Voice-Operated Everything, and Security, Oh My! Top Nonprofit Tech for 2016

Tech Soup Blog

We're also starting to talk to our houses with voice-activated smart home devices like Amazon Alexa –powered voice-controlled speakers, the Echo and Echo Dot. These things play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, and set alarms.

Platforms break open, part II

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

And the big guys have already done this work, check out the way Google and Amazon distribute their API s. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Platforms break open, part II October 18, 2007 The dust is settling.

Tagged Again. Media Consumption.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I listen to music on my IPOD while I blog. Recently, I'm addicted to Sarasate and virtusouso violin music. If there is a book I really really really want, I search for freebie chapters on the Web or use the search inside feature in Amazon. Music: I was trained as a classical musician and love music - world music, latin music, jazz, world music, you name it. Sometimes when I get overwhelmed, my reaction is to dive into my blog reader.

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Screencast of the Week: Foxy Tunes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I learned this from early days in music school (and art school) -- you listened to music or viewed art and analyzed what you were seeing or hearing. The screencast is done MTV style - that is it is like a music video - visuals and music - no narration. Editing is done to the music and works well. They are using copyrighted music, but give a big disclaimer and plea to support those musicians by buying their music.

Vlogging Learning Journal: Editing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Go buy the book, but while you're waiting for your amazon delivery, you can read Chapter 5 here. Added a narration/ over the beginning ten seconds "Last June a snapping turtle visited our backyard" or some music.

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09NTC Nonprofit Radio: How to Make Podcasts That Promote Your Brand and Engage Supporters

Amy Sample Ward

Session Description: With portable music players, smart phones, and cheap bandwidth everywhere, more and more online marketers are turning to podcasting as a powerful way to extend the reach of their brands and engage supporters. Then, we’ll look at various ways to market your podcast via your own website, the social web, and the iTunes Music Store. Amazone Web Services - for very cheap.

Food for thought: Usability and design for the social web

SocialFish

I have been thinking about usability a lot lately, and Lindy pointed me to an awesome blogger/web designer who specifically talks about this stuff, and has written a book on the subject. Joshua Porter writes about designing for the social web. I love his Five Principles to Design By: Technology Serves Humans. Design is not Art. The Experience Belongs to the User. Great Design is Invisible. Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication.

Martha Beck Interview: Finding Your Way in a Wild New World

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Dropping into the nonverbal part of the brain happens whenever we’re very focused on a physical skill, from playing the piano to skiing, when we get lost in enjoying music, and often when we laugh. Full disclosure: The links to Martha's books are linked to my Amazon Associates account. If you buy things on Amazon after clicking on the link, I get a small portion of the sale.

Smartphone Security: How To Erase SD Cards

Tech Soup Blog

They hold our photos, music, videos and apps. One convenient thing they can do is to transfer your data, usually documents, photos, music, or videos to your computer, printer, or another phone. You can get card universal SD card readers for as little as $3 on Amazon.

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Are E-Books Greener Than Printed Books?

Tech Soup Blog

The sale of e-reader devices and tablets has skyrocketed since the introduction of the Amazon Kindle in 2007 and the Apple iPad in January 2010. According to Lean Market Research , tablet computers and e-readers are doing to print publishing what the iPod and iTunes did to music. According to Digital Book World , among all types of e-readers, the various types of Amazon Kindles are now the most popular e-reader by a wide margin with more than 40 percent market share.

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Media Consumption Meme

Have Fun - Do Good

I try to buy books from independent bookstores, we have a lot of great ones in the Bay Area, but I do love to order from Amazon or Powells for the "Santa Factor." Music: I buy CDs sometimes, but mostly I download music from the iTunes Music Store. A couple weeks ago Tara Hunt of HorsePigCow tagged me to be a part of the media consumption meme that has been flying around. It's been a pretty busy couple weeks, so I'm just now getting to it: Books: My favorite category!

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A Twitter follower is worth $0.24

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Kicking off the effort was paired with an e-mail to a list of about 30 classical music bloggers. The payment process went through Amazon, which created an extra step. Flickr Photo by Sugarpond.

News by the Spoonful: TechSoup's 2015 Tech Predictions

Tech Soup Blog

Amazon, Facebook, and Ebay have all had ways for consumers to donate through their platforms for years, but what is different about this trend is that a specific charity is leveraging a technology platform to source free or discounted supply to meet its demand.

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Free Live Interactive Event: Future of Fundraising

Tech Soup Blog

On MoreBirthdays.com, people can support, give, and celebrate surviving cancer or loved ones by creating a birthday wish through e-cards, music video, or musician phone call. Technology for nonprofit development and fundraising is quickly changing.

GeekOut Summit | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

A videotaped dancer spins around like Mr. Clippy while you play music. The software tries to do beat detection on the song to synch up the video with your music.

Welcome to the Idiocracy « Digital Diner

Gavin's Digital Diner

Amazon continues to suggest that I just might want to buy “SharePoint 2007 for Dummies,&# “Digital Photography for Dummies,&# and “Canadian History for Dummies.&# Digital Diner Gavin Clabaugh's irregular blog on irregular things.

Digital Pulp Fiction

Gavin's Digital Diner

The book was Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons , a proper book; a marvelous story for a boy who spent his days poking at squiggly-wiggly things in the tide pools of Cadboro Bay. More so, after watching what the iPod and digital music has done to the music industry; I fear for the future. Amazon is betting on making up that cost with the sale of content; figuratively giving away the razors and hoping to sell you a razorblade in the form of a $9.77

Digital Pulp Fiction

Gavin's Digital Diner

The book was Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons , a proper book; a marvelous story for a boy who spent his days poking at squiggly-wiggly things in the tide pools of Cadboro Bay. More so, after watching what the iPod and digital music has done to the music industry; I fear for the future. Amazon is betting on making up that cost with the sale of content; figuratively giving away the razors and hoping to sell you a razorblade in the form of a $9.77

Nonprofit Technology News for June 2013

Tech Soup Blog

Tumblr, which was recently acquired by Yahoo, is an up and coming social media site where people share text, photos, links, music, and videos from whatever device they’re on. In retail, Amazon is so 2012. It's time to catch up on some nonprofit technology trends and news!

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Nonprofit Technology News for May 2014

Tech Soup Blog

The way The Fog will work, as Christopher Mims describes it in the Wall Street Journal , is that our smart devices will send software updates to one another, rather than routing them through the cloud, a bit like how peer-to-peer music and movie sharing is done via services like Bittorrent.

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Google Trends and OSS CMS Trends | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

The upshot of all this is that it’s very difficult to track items such as Ruby (the programming language not the gem) and Mambo (the CMS and not the music).

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About that Google Phone

Idealware

there's a functional media player, and an app that, like iTunes, connects to the Amazon music store. You can store music and movies on an SD card (a 1GB card comes with the phone, but, if you plan to use it for music, you'll want to purchase a 4, 6 or 8 GB card). After my highfalutin post on mobile operating systems , I thought I'd step back and post a quick review of my T-Mobile G1 , the first phone running Google's Android Mobile OS.

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