Tag Archive: Alexa


The Echo Buds offer great sound and Alexa access at a great price

At a jam-packed fall product launch this past September, Amazon announced over a dozen new Echo and Alexa products to a gathering of tech reporters and enthusiasts. Leading up to that announcement, perhaps no device was as widely anticipated as the Echo Buds, and initial reviews and impressions were mostly favorable.

But what are the Echo Buds, you might ask? The simple answer is that they’re Amazon’s first real attempt at truly wireless smart earbuds. The more complicated  [Read More…]

It’s easy to pair a new Alexa Voice Remote to your Amazon Fire TV!

If you’ve ever had the misfortune to “permanently misplace” or break a TV remote, you know how frustrating it can be to find just the right one and get it paired back up again. The good news is that if you have a Fire TV device, this process can be relatively pain-free and easy. I’ll show you how in the steps below!

Products used in this guide Ultimate controller: Alexa Voice Remote ($ 30 at Amazon) Next-gen DVR:  [Read More…]

Keep track of those great ideas with Alexa notes

If you’re like me, you get your best ideas at the worst times. Luckily, so long as you’re within earshot of Alexa or the Alexa app, you can save that great idea as a note that you can reference later. I’ll show you how in the steps below.

Products used in this guide Alexa on the go: Moto G7 ($ 240 at Amazon) Alexa at home: Amazon Echo Show 8 ($ 100 at Amazon) How to create notes  [Read More…]

Is Alexa finally ready to become our car copilot?

We’ve got Android Auto and CarPlay, but why not a real Alexa Auto?

For several years now I’ve longed for the heads up displays (HUDs) and infotainment systems that I’d see in my rental cars or from my friends’ rides that have built-in Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, and I’ve vowed that my next vehicle will have something like that. However, what I really want is the option to have either of those two great platforms and/or  [Read More…]

Here’s how to ask Alexa where your packages are

One of the great things about ordering products online is that it can be easy to keep track of their progress as they make their way to your home. If you have an Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled device, tracking your deliveries is even easier. I’ll show you a few simple ways that you can use Alexa to know where your delivery is and when you can expect it.

Products used in this guide Keep an eye out: Amazon  [Read More…]

How to follow your favorite sports teams with Alexa

One of my most frequent requests to Alexa is finding out what happened with my favorite team last night. Alexa is able to learn your favorite sports leagues, teams, and players, but there are also a whole host of helpful Alexa skills that you can enable to stay on top of your sport. I’ll show you how below.

Products used in this guide Show me the scores: Amazon Echo Show 5 ($ 80 at Amazon) How to follow  [Read More…]

Put Alexa wherever there is a plug with the Amazon Echo Flex

It’s not pretty, but that’s kinda the point.

When Amazon announced the Echo Flex at its September 2019 event in Seattle, the product received a mixed, if muted reception among the tech press and Echo/Alexa fans. Some saw it as another example of Amazon just throwing a bunch of crud up against a wall (which, ironically, is where this thing goes) to see if it would stick, some didn’t pay it much attention at all, and some  [Read More…]

You must be out of your damn mind to enable this Alexa skill

Amazon announced at its Fall 2019 event that it would soon be enabling celebrity voices on Alexa for purchase, starting with Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson. If you want to shake up how you interact with your Echo device, consider purchasing and enabling the Alexa Skill now while it’s on sale!

Products used in this guide Hold on to your butts: Samuel L. Jackson Alexa Skill ($ 1 at Amazon) Keeping in clean: The Tonight Show Alexa Skill  [Read More…]

Alexa, show me my photos!

Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV devices are great for watching videos, listening to music, and managing your smart home, but they also make nice electronic photo frames. In the steps below, we’ll show you how to configure your devices to create the ultimate family photo slideshows from your Amazon Photos collection!

Products used in this guide Alexa, Show me my photos: Amazon Echo Show 5 ($ 60 at Amazon) Alexa the linguist: Amazon Alexa app (Free at  [Read More…]

Want to speak to Alexa en Español? Française? You can!

Believe it or not, not everyone prefers to speak English in their homes (gasp!). Some speak another language as their primary means of communication, while others may want to practice their skills when picking up a new language. The good news is that Amazon has made it easy to change the default language that Alexa will listen for and reply in. This can be done in the Amazon Alexa app or directly on touchscreen Echo devices. We’ll walk  [Read More…]