Representatives from the Chinese side say they think it likely that Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the G-20 meeting later this month. But in order to reach a trade...China Economyread more
Software engineers straight out of college often make six-figure salaries, not counting equity compensation.Technologyread more
Wall Street, though, is clamoring for a rate cut, with an 85% chance of a move in July and a 61% probability of three reductions by year's end.The Fedread more
A company spokesperson said the outage was the result of a "an internal technology issue" and was not security related.Retailread more
The flattening of the yield curve is exuding a bad omen for the stock market if history is any guide.Marketsread more
Using MIT's living wage calculator, CNBC Make It mapped out the minimum amount a single parent must earn to meet their basic needs without relying on outside help in every...Earnread more
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced at a press conference on Saturday that a contentious bill to allow extraditions to mainland China has been put on hold.China Politicsread more
Stratolaunch, the world's largest airplane, which flew once, is up for sale, sources familiar told CNBC.Investing in Spaceread more
Transparency is key… or is it? With the first-ever non-transparent, actively managed exchange-traded fund receiving approval from the SEC, "ETF Edge" goes straight to the...ETF Edgeread more
Mired in a crisis over its best-selling 737 Max plane, Boeing could hand the spotlight over to its rival Airbus at the Paris Air Show.Airlinesread more
A new update to the Apple Watch called watchOS 6 will notify you if the environment you're in is too loud and could damage your hearing.Technologyread more
You can use your Amazon Echo or Alexa on your phone to get in a quick workout wherever you are.
You don't have to turn on a TV, load an app or dig around to install a special skill. And there are hundreds of workout skills listed, ranging from five-minute core and cardio to Tabata interval training and squats.
All you need to do is know the command, and Amazon will automatically install the skill and launch the guided exercise. They've been around for a while, I just never really knew to look for them or that they existed.
I tried two simple ones that encourage you to use them daily, and they're really simple to start:
Speaking this phrase launches a skill by a company named Pargee that guides you through a quick workout. You can choose low-impact if you want something a bit easier, or pick from standard and advanced workouts. There are 45 exercises in total.
As I worked along, Alexa would ask if I was ready to move on to the next exercise, which was nice if I needed to take a break. I could also choose to play upbeat music if I wanted to. A "Seven Squad" option gives you more features including workout summaries for 80 cents a month, but I found the free version was good enough for me.
Like the seven-minute workout, you can just speak the above phrase to launch the app, created by developer Stoked Skills, automatically. It's a cardio workout guided by a human voice, not Alexa, which I found a bit more appealing than the seven-minute workout.
You'll start off with jumping jacks to get your heart rate going and continue on through different exercises, including crunches and leg raises. I like that it focuses on form, telling you to keep your shoulders off the ground during crunches, for example. If you like this one, try saying "Alexa, try 5 minute pushups," which works your arms and core.
That's all there is to it. If you want to see other skills and commands you can use, do this: