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Make a Houseguest Guide With Alexa Make a Houseguest Guide With Alexa

The Houseguest Guide on Alexa Skill Blueprints lets you program your Alexa to answer questions for housesitters, babysitters, and other guests. You can explain the TV remotes, the garbage routine, and the trick to make the shower work, and Alexa will wrap it all inside a Houseguest Guide skill.

Here's Everything Facebook Says it's Not Tracking With Its Portal Device Here's Everything Facebook Says it's Not Tracking With Its Portal Device

Facebook’s new video-chatting device, the Portal, goes on sale today. Throw caution to the wind by picking one up, and it taps into your Facebook account to let you make hands-free video calls, display photos, play music, stream video content, and more.

How to Use Alexa's Useful New Calendar Features  How to Use Alexa's Useful New Calendar Features 

Your Amazon Alexa device will now work a bit better with your calendar.

Don't Use Alexa to Buy and Sell Stocks Don't Use Alexa to Buy and Sell Stocks

Have your hands full making dinner but itching to sell some stocks at the same time? Now you can ask Alexa to do it for you.

New Parents, Have Alexa Whisper to You  New Parents, Have Alexa Whisper to You 

For new parents, Alexa can be a huge help—it can create a playlist of lullabies or place an order for more boogie wipes or let you hear what’s happening in the nursery. But the voice assistant hasn’t always been so great at following social cues. Say you’ve finally gotten your infant to sleep and you very quietly ask…

Let Alexa Help Out Your Babysitter    Let Alexa Help Out Your Babysitter   

Your babysitter just arrived and you have seven minutes before you must head out to catch your show/make it to your meeting/watch your buddy walk down the aisle. You try to remember everything they might need to know for the next several hours of caring for your offspring, but you’re blanking, and your little one…

The Most Important Hardware Announcements from Today's Amazon Event The Most Important Hardware Announcements from Today's Amazon Event

Amazon, wanting everything and anything you do to have Alexa integrated into it, announced a smorgasbord of new stuff today. Some of it is interesting; some of it is just an update of the same smarthome gear you already have. (Also interesting, don’t get me wrong, but you probably aren’t likely to buy a new Echo Dot…

Use Alexa to Figure Out What Food Pairs With Your Beer  Use Alexa to Figure Out What Food Pairs With Your Beer 

When we think about pairing alcohol with our food, the first thing that comes to mind is typically wine. While a nice wine pairing is great, you can also pair your food with beer.

Use Alexa to Track Your Favorite Football Team and More  Use Alexa to Track Your Favorite Football Team and More 

Football season is officially upon us. If you have an Amazon Echo device, then you can use Alexa to keep track of your favorite team, get up-to-the-minute stats about players on the field, and even keep track of your fantasy football team.

Get First Aid Tips Hands-Free With This Alexa Skill Get First Aid Tips Hands-Free With This Alexa Skill

We all probably know basic first aid like what to do when you get a burn or what you’re supposed to do if you cut your finger in the kitchen. That said, when the time comes for you to actually use all that knowledge, it’s easy to second-guess yourself. The Mayo Clinic has an Alexa skill that can help keep you on track…

How to Use Cortana and Alexa together How to Use Cortana and Alexa together

Just this month, Amazon and Microsoft forced their voice assistants to start talking to each other, and you can now use Cortana to access Alexa, and vice versa, if you’re in the U.S. The newfound friendship opens the door for much simpler organization and management, as you won’t have to jump back and forth between…

How to Use Amazon Echo as Your Home Security System How to Use Amazon Echo as Your Home Security System

If you’re renting, you may not be able to install a traditional wired security system—and if you live in a small space, you probably won’t need to. Instead, consider building your own security system piecemeal with an Amazon Echo device as the brains of the operation. Amazon’s Alexa integrates with literally thousands…

Get DarkSky's Hyperlocal Weather Forecasting on Alexa With This Skill Get DarkSky's Hyperlocal Weather Forecasting on Alexa With This Skill

If you look back at my Alexa history, the most common question I ask is what the weather is. In San Francisco, the temperature outside can typically range from 50 to 75 each day, and before I make the trek down three flights of stairs with my pup for our morning stroll, I typically want to know what end of the…

Alexa Can Now 'Get Back to You On That' Alexa Can Now 'Get Back to You On That'

Given that asking for facts is the most commonly-used feature of smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Alexa users are probably familiar with the phrase “I’m sorry, I don’t know that.”

Deter Would-Be Burglars With This Alexa Skill Written By Former SNL Writers Deter Would-Be Burglars With This Alexa Skill Written By Former SNL Writers

Growing up, my mom would always turn on NPR when we would leave the house. Her idea was that if a potential burglar was scoping out the place they would hear the radio and either think the speakers were in the house, or at the very least think there was someone at home listening to the broadcast. I’m not sure how…

Use Alexa to Determine What Wine to Serve With Your Dinner Use Alexa to Determine What Wine to Serve With Your Dinner

If you don’t have any wine knowledge, figuring out what wine to serve with dinner can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. While most of us have a decent idea of what to serve with a steak, when it comes to other dishes like pizza or apple pie our current knowledge might fall a little short.

Set a Different Alarm for Every Day of the Week Set a Different Alarm for Every Day of the Week

Every Wednesday, this YouTube series adds a new music video of a screaming frog saying “It is Wednesday, my dudes.” Wouldn’t one of these Wednesday songs make a better alarm for your Wednesday mornings than “Radar (Default)”? You can make this happen, my dudes.

How to Get Siri and Alexa to Understand What You're Saying How to Get Siri and Alexa to Understand What You're Saying

If talking out loud to Alexa (or your digital assistant of choice) feels unnatural, you’re not alone. I’ve had Siri for as long as she’s been alive, yet I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve spoken to her. It’s always seemed easier to open an app on my iPhone or type in a Google query and get exactly what…

Text Your Toddler Through Alexa Using Mommy-gram Text Your Toddler Through Alexa Using Mommy-gram

You probably don’t want to give your toddler a cell phone, but sending a message to your child at home between meetings or getting that all-important “Where are the Cheerios?!” message via text rather than a dozen phone calls could be pretty nice.

How to Play Westworld: The Maze Without an Amazon Echo How to Play Westworld: The Maze Without an Amazon Echo

Now that the second season of Westworld is over, freezing motor functions on a delightful, but somewhat-confusing series for the next year or two, you might feel a bit lost about what you should do next. Find another show to binge? Re-read even more fan theories? Start writing out a delightful old-timey piano cover of…

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