Tag Archive: Alexa

It’s now more affordable to put Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant in your whole house

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time saving you on an Echo Dot!

Amazon’s Echo Dot is a must-have for anyone looking to make their home smarter, and right now you can save $ 20 when purchasing three of them using coupon code DOT3PACK. This drops the price of three of them down to just $ 129.97, which is $ 43.32 each. For those not familiar, the Echo Dot is a hands-free voice-controlled device that can play  [Read More…]

10 Best Alexa Skills you can use right now

Your Amazon Echo only gets smarter from here.

Once you’ve become familiar with all of the commands that come included with your Amazon Echo, it’s time to make this little bundle of microphones even smarter by adding some Skills. These are like apps you can add to your Echo and control entirely with your voice, and there are thousands of them to choose from. To help narrow things down a bit and help get you started, I’ve  [Read More…]

The Huawei Mate 9 now has Alexa built in

There’s a new feature on the Huawei Mate 9, and it may just push some people over the edge.

Huawei’s excellent Mate 9 is now capable of talking to Amazon’s Alexa assistant through an app that will be loaded after the phone receives an over-the-air update.

Hitting devices starting at noon ET on March 22, this will be the first (but likely not the last) Android phone in the U.S. to have direct access to Alexa through  [Read More…]

Which smart lights should you use with Amazon’s Alexa?

Alexa, turn off the Bedroom lights.

When you think about making your home “smarter”, the first thought is usually towards the thermostat or your front door — things you have to drop everything to interact with. Lights are usually high on the connected home list, because for most people, using lights has been a part of everyday life since birth. Light switches are usually available as soon as you enter a room, and most people look for  [Read More…]

Updated Amazon Fire TV Stick brings Alexa to TVs in the UK

Amazon’s Alexa-powered Fire TV Stick is coming to the UK in April.

The updated variant of Amazon’s Fire TV Stick with Alexa integration has made its way to the UK for £39.99. The device is currently up for pre-order on Amazon UK, and will be releasing on April 6. The new Fire TV Stick comes with a redesigned user interface, a faster processor, and a remote powered by Alexa.

With Alexa integration via the bundled remote,  [Read More…]

How to get Alexa in your home without buying an Amazon Echo

You don’t need an Amazon Echo to enjoy Alexa.

One of the coolest parts of Amazon’s Alexa service, especially when comparing the tech to other platforms, is the commitment to many different hardware partners. Any company can make something that works with Alexa, giving that new accessory complete control over all of the things an Amazon Echo has access to. That may mean a more capable speaker, or something a great deal more portable. There’s a lot  [Read More…]

Logitech’s ZeroTouch magnetic car dash is now best friends with Alexa

Logitech is giving its excellent ZeroTouch magnetic car dash an Alexa upgrade.

During CES this past January, Alexa seemed to be everywhere, from creepy robots to capacious refrigerators. Even phones (coming soon). But Logitech waited until the middle of February (yes, that’s now) to launch Alexa support for its excellent (and expensive) ZeroTouch magnetic car dash. The company has also updated its companion app for the product, allowing customers in the U.S. and UK (the only two  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo 101: The basics of Alexa

Amazon Alexa and Echo are one in the same, right? Sort of. Not really. But yes and no. Let’s break down what’s what in the hottest little AI we’ve seen since HAL.

There really is no escaping Amazon Echo. Or Amazon Alexa. Or both. And that actually highlights the confusion some folks have experienced — especially folks who aren’t totally immersed in this newfangled Internet thing. There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you’re pretty well-versed  [Read More…]

Plex now supports Alexa commands via new skills for your Amazon Echo

Get the party started and much more with the Plex skills for Amazon Alexa!

If you use Plex to manage your personal media collection, it’s time to get an Amazon Echo speaker. Plex has finally come to Alexa, allowing you to not only control your media with your voice, but also use Alexa to help recommend music, TV shows or movies for those times when you just can’t figure out what you want to listen to or watch. Coupled  [Read More…]

Three things Google needs to do to truly compete with Alexa inside the home

Amazon Echo is a voice controlled speaker that features the personal assistant called Alexa, who will perform various tasks on your behalf. Launched a few years back, the device proved to be extremely popular with consumers, so it’s no wonder we’ve starting to see alternatives appear on the market. At CES 2017, Lenovo unveiled an