Tag Archive: Alexa

Spotify free now works on Amazon Alexa and Bose speakers

Along with Sonos speakers.

What you need to know Spotify free can now be played on your Amazon Alexa and Bose speakers. You’ll need to first link Spotify via the Amazon Alexa app or make sure your Bose speakers firmware is up to date. Spotify is running a holiday promotion through the end of the year offering three months of Spotify Premium for $ 9.99.

Spotify free is spreading, and that’s a good thing. Earlier this month  [Read More…]

Alexa, how much battery is left in my Echo Buds?

Most wireless earbuds will last a few hours in your ear on a single charge and can get more juice through their charging case. The problem we often have, however, is knowing how much power we have left at any given time on the go. The good news is that it’s easy to check on how much battery life your Echo Buds have so you know when to top them up. We’ll show you how below.

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If you use Alexa to control your smart home, these are the lights you want

The ecosystem of smart home devices that work with Amazon’s Alexa smart voice assistant is vast, and one of the most popular categories of smart home products is smart lighting. With so many options out there, how are you supposed to know which ones work well, or which ones work well with Alexa? My top choice is the Philips Hue White Ambiance Bulb, because it is an industry-leading product, has a massive ecosystem of other Hue products it  [Read More…]

Get these smart doorbells and make Alexa your butler

As an introvert by nature, one of the things I love most about smart doorbells is the ability for me not to have to get off of my keister and answer every knock or ring at the front door. All I have to do is ask Alexa to show me who is at the front door. We’ve compiled a list of great smart doorbells that work with Alexa, but my favorite is the Ring Video Doorbell 2. There  [Read More…]

Alexa, have you tried turning it off and on again?

It sucks when technology doesn’t work. Smart speakers and smart assistants are supposed to make our lives easier, right? Often just turning a device off and then turning it back on again can clear up some issues. Resetting your Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo smart speaker is easy. Just follow the steps below and your Alexa speaker will be back up and ready to start taking your commands.

How to factory reset your 1st Gen Echo Speaker (without screens)

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Get connected with Alexa and these great security cameras

A Wi-Fi-enabled security camera is an excellent way to keep an eye on your home while you’re away. You can check-in on the pets while you’re at work, and in the case of those with built-in microphones, quickly tell your kid that they’re supposed to be studying instead of playing video games. Even better, if you have an Amazon Echo device and use Alexa to do all the smart things in your home, an Alexa-enabled security camera can do wonderful  [Read More…]

Alexa can now use your Amazon Pay balance to pay your bills in India

Pay your phone, internet, and utility bills with just a voice command.

What you need to know You can now command Alexa to pay your utilities, broadband, mobile, and cable bills in India. India is the first market where Amazon has experimented with amalgamating Alexa and Amazon Pay for bill payments. You can use the functionality with any Alexa-enabled device, and not just Amazon’s own smart home products.

When it comes to adding features to its digital  [Read More…]

What’s the best-sounding Alexa smart speaker? Echo Studio or Sonos One?

Amazon Echo Studio

Alexa goes Hi-Fi

$ 200 at Amazon

Pros Multi-directional, immersive sound Supports multi-room audio Can be paired with another Echo Studio or Fire TV Supports multiple music services and Apple Airplay 2 Physical microphone mute switch Cons First gen product Most expensive Echo device

After years of making decent sounding smart speakers, Amazon has finally heeded the call for a high-end, Hi-Fi home for Alexa. The Echo Studio features five speakers for  [Read More…]

Echo on your face and Alexa at your fingertips

It’s Alexa at its smallest — and most basic — in a properly caveated beta program.

What you need to know These are part of Amazon’s Day 1 Editions program and are invite-only. Echo Frames glasses will retail for $ 179.99 and feature Alexa audio assistance. Echo Loop smart ring will retail for $ 129.99, with microphones and haptic feedback.

Amazon announced two of its most ambitions Echo products today as part of its Day 1 Edition program, which  [Read More…]

The new Eero router has dual-band Wi-Fi and can be controlled with Alexa

You can get one for $ 99 or a three-pack for $ 249.

What you need to know Amazon has announced a new Eero router. It supports dual-band Wi-Fi, adaptive backhaul, and works with Eero’s other existing routers. The router can be controlled with Alexa and is available now for $ 99.

This past February, Amazon made a big acquisition with its purchase of the popular mesh router company, Eero. Today, we’re seeing the first Eero router  [Read More…]