• Get Smart With Stacey: How to Control Outdoor Halloween Lights

    Get Smart With Stacey: How to Control Outdoor Halloween Lights

    This weekend, we decorated for Halloween, which means a few sets of lights, an LED spider, and some cheap spider webs.My connected Halloween lighting looks like this in the front: And this is the back: Not like this, which requires a professional lighting designer: When it comes to holiday lighting, smart switches are your best friends.
  • Send Texts With Amazon Alexa's New AT&T Skill

    Send Texts With Amazon Alexa's New AT&T Skill

    AT&T on Friday will become the first US mobile carrier to let its customers dictate text messages to Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.As with any Alexa skill, you'll need to enable the AT&T texting feature via the Alexa website or mobile app, or by saying "AT&T Send Message" to your Echo speaker.
  • Amazon Introduces Alexa-Exclusive Deals This Weekend

    Amazon Introduces Alexa-Exclusive Deals This Weekend

    21, ask the intelligent personal assistant for daily deals, or go online to see a list of the day's offers.It's as simple as saying "Alexa, order [product].
  • Amazon Alexa Offers Hands-Free Access to  60,000 Recipes

    Amazon Alexa Offers Hands-Free Access to 60,000 Recipes

    In partnership with Allrecipes, the digital assistant helps you plan breakfast, lunch, and dinner via hands-free access to 60,000 recipes.Say "Alexa, ask Allrecipes for the Recipe of the Day," for instance.
  • GE Puts Amazon's Alexa Inside a Table Lamp

    GE Puts Amazon's Alexa Inside a Table Lamp

    You'll find Amazon's Alexa voice assistant ready to take your commands from an Echo speaker, an Amazon Fire TV remote, and now, a table lamp.The lamp can be used to trigger Alexa's core functions, like ordering from Amazon, as well as Alexa "skills" that give the assistant power to control third-party devices and services, like your Google calendar or your lawn sprinklers.
  • How to Set Up an Amazon Echo

    How to Set Up an Amazon Echo

    Download the Amazon Alexa AppIt's available free for iOS or Android and of course for Fire OS on Amazon's own tablets—in fact, newer Fire tablets should probably have it already.Pick a Device to Set UpYou have to have an Amazon account to use Alexa, but you don't need Amazon Prime.
  • Amazon Alexa Data Wanted in Murder Investigation

    Amazon Alexa Data Wanted in Murder Investigation

    Since the Echo speaker is always listening for Alexa voice commands, the audio it recorded could provide clues about what happened inside Bates' home on Nov.According to its privacy statement, the company collects "information about use of Alexa and its interaction with your Alexa Enabled Product (such as device type, voice information, content metadata, and location).
  • Lenovo Reveals Echo-Like 'Smart Assistant' Gadget

    Lenovo Reveals Echo-Like 'Smart Assistant' Gadget

    LAS VEGAS—Lenovo is jumping into the smart home market here with an Amazon Echo-like speaker known as the Smart Assistant.The gadget actually taps into the Amazon Alexa voice service, and is like "having your own digital assistant at home," Lenovo says, tipping options like checking traffic, ordering things from Amazon, and listening to music.
  • Huawei's Mate 9 Becomes the First Alexa Phone

    Huawei's Mate 9 Becomes the First Alexa Phone

    LAS VEGAS—Huawei's Mate 9 phablet will be the first phone in the world to have Amazon's Alexa voice service preinstalled, the company said here at CES.With "OK Google" and the Google widget on an Android phone, you can do basic voice searches and commands.
  • Wake Your Echo in True 'Star Trek' Style

    Wake Your Echo in True 'Star Trek' Style

    Other options include "Alexa," "Echo," and "Amazon.Declare "Computer: Tea.
  • Plex Can Now be Controlled Through Amazon Alexa

    Plex Can Now be Controlled Through Amazon Alexa

    Thanks to new voice controls through an Echo, Echo Dot, or other Alexa-supported device, your Plex experience is ready to step into the future.To get setup, you’ll need to enable the Plex skill, which you can do through the Amazon Alexa app on your phone.
  • Amazon Alexa Coming to Logitech's Car Assistant App

    Amazon Alexa Coming to Logitech's Car Assistant App

    Logitech is adding Amazon Alexa to its ZeroTouch line of car smartphone mounts and driving assistant app.Currently, the ZeroTouch app can handle navigation, play music, take calls, and send and read text messages.
  • Google Home & Amazon Echo Could Soon Handle Voice Calls

    Google Home & Amazon Echo Could Soon Handle Voice Calls

    2017 could be the year that Amazon's Echo and Google's Home replace your smartphone, at least, when you're at home.That's because these chatty device are thought to be adding the ability to handle voice calls.
  • Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data

    Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data

    Prosecutors in an Arkansas murder trial claim that an Amazon Echo could hold data crucial to the case, but Amazon says that data is protected by the First Amendment and is refusing to give it up.It received national attention in December when authorities issued a warrant for data stored on the defendant's Echo, powered by Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.
  • Google Home, Amazon Echo Could Soon Handle Voice Calls

    Google Home, Amazon Echo Could Soon Handle Voice Calls

    This could be the year that Amazon Echo and Google Home replace your smartphone—at least when you're at home.Reports indicate they might soon be able to handle voice calls.
  • Roomba Gets Amazon Alexa-Powered Voice Control

    Roomba Gets Amazon Alexa-Powered Voice Control

    This means, if you have an Alexa-enabled device plus a Roomba, you can now start, stop, and pause cleaning jobs with simple voice activated commands like "Alexa, ask Roomba to begin cleaning.This feature will work with any connected Roomba vacuum, such as the Roomba 900 Series.
  • Take Alexa On the Go in Amazon's Shopping App

    Take Alexa On the Go in Amazon's Shopping App

    To try it out, press the microphone icon in the Amazon shopping app and ask Alexa to play music, tell jokes, report the weather, read a Kindle book, search for products, or track an order.The Amazon shopping app already lets you search for products using your voice, but the new Alexa integration "goes far beyond search," Amazon said.
  • Amazon Alexa Launches on Huawei's Mate 9

    Amazon Alexa Launches on Huawei's Mate 9

    After launching on the iPhone last week, Amazon's Alexa is ready to invade Android as well.The voice-based digital assistant is now available on its first Android handset: Huawei's Mate 9 phablet.
  • LG's Putting Alexa in Everything (Except Phones)

    LG's Putting Alexa in Everything (Except Phones)

    In a meeting at LG's Seoul headquarters, we got a closer look at LG's upcoming robot home hub, which could be the center of an Alexa-enabled home when it comes out early in 2018.Even [LG's own] webOS is an option for us down the road," Kim said.