Alexa lets you stay abreast of the day's news with its included default Flash Briefing skill, which you can customize to your liking. But beyond that, there are more defined skills that offer in-depth looks at certain topics. From politics to sports to weather, here are the best news skills to add to Alexa.
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Alexa's default news skill is pretty convenient. Just say, "Alexa, what's my Flash Briefing?" to get a customized audio news report. You can pick from worldwide and local news sources, including NPR, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and more. In most cases, the sources get added to your Flash Briefing, and you can arrange the order in which you hear them.
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While Alexa can tell you the weather, it doesn't provide the detailed forecasts of Big Sky. This skill offers forecasts based on your street address, and can tell you what's expected on an hourly basis. You have to link your Big Sky account with Alexa for it to work.
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