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.
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.
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…
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.”
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…
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.
Do you really know how to cut broccoli? How about a Kiwi?
Kids can now ask Alexa to tell them a knock-knock joke on their very own device. Today, Amazon introduced a kid-friendly version of its ubiquitous smart speaker. The Echo Dot Kids Edition, which costs $79.99, is available for pre-order and starts shipping on May 9.
Touchscreens have become the primary way many of us interact with the digital world, but they aren’t great options for the visually impaired. Smartphones have small displays and require precise controls, and their screens shut off after a few moments of inactivity, which makes them difficult to use if your vision…
Alexa Routines are a useful way to trigger a bunch of different actions with a single voice command on your Amazon Echo. Now, they’re getting even better, now that you can add specific songs, podcasts, and radio shows.
It can be hard to imagine your life with out Amazon. The company offers everything from online shopping to audiobooks to AI-powered speakers, all at cut-throat prices, but Amazon also does a lot of things that you might not agree with.
That pair of smart lights in your home, the customizable Flic button on your desk, your voice assistant of choice, and the smart outlet in your office all add up to create a smart home you can use before, during, and after your workday. Instead of just telling Alexa to turn on your bright white lights to boost your…
Smart speakers are cool, convenient and fun to use, but when it comes to privacy, they leave a lot to be desired. If you own an Amazon Echo, a Google Home, or a HomePod, there are a bunch of settings and features to tweak if you’re worried about protecting your personal data.
Whether you’re trying to focus on your work or lull yourself to sleep, white noise is a useful tool to have at your disposal. Now that smart voice-controlled speakers have invaded our homes, playing the right bit of ambient sound is easier than ever.
The Super Bowl is almost here, and whether you care about the food, the commercials, or the actual game, there’s something to be excited about. But if none of that interests you, maybe you’ll get a kick out of talking football with your AI assistant of choice.
Making phone calls with your smart speaker has been an option for a while now (whether you prefer Amazon’s Alexa AI or a Google Home device) but sending text messages is another story entirely.
It’s tempting to turn your Amazon Echo or Google Home into an alarm clock. You may already have a smart speaker sitting on your nightstand, and the ability to switch off the alarm or get an extra ten-minutes of snooze time without lifting a finger (or even opening your eyes) is a huge plus.
Amazon may have been first to offer a smart home display with the Echo Show, but Google just beat its rival in one key category: privacy.
Every Christmas party and family gathering I go to typically has a least a minute of confusion where everyone decides who is going to be in charge of the tunes. That then leads to questions about how that person’s phone can be connected to the speaker system where we are, or whether they can log in to Spotify to…
The Echo Dot’s best feature (aside from Amazon Alexa voice controls) may just be its built-in aux port, which makes it easy to plug your old speakers into the puck-shaped device. Unfortunately, Google didn’t include an aux port in its similarly-sized Home Mini, meaning you’ll need a Chromecast Audio to connect it to…