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Common Alexa Problems, Glitches and Fixes

Common Alexa Problems, Glitches and Fixes

Six of the most common Amazon Alexa issues and fixes, including hub and smart home device problems, Airplay problems and LIFX bulb setup.

Troubleshooting Alexa Connectivity & Streaming Issues

Troubleshooting Alexa Connectivity & Streaming Issues

Easy solutions for problems with Alexa connectivity and streaming.

How To Create Alexa Reminders

How To Create Alexa Reminders

The ability to create Alexa reminders isn’t yet available, but there’s an easy way to fake it using the Alexa mobile or web app.

How To Tell Alexa’s Software Version

How To Tell Alexa’s Software Version

Here’s how to tell Alexa’s software version on your own Alexa devices, so you can tell whether you’ve received the latest update or not.

Alexa & Echo Basics Roundup

Alexa & Echo Basics Roundup

This week LOTS of people took advantage of Prime Day deals to buy their first Echo or other Alexa-enabled device, so today I’m sharing a roundup of the posts that are most helpful and informative to new Alexa users. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference, and use the buttons at the bottom […]

Yonomi App Lets Alexa Control HUE Bulb ‘Temperature’

Yonomi App Lets Alexa Control HUE Bulb ‘Temperature’

Alexa voice controls for HUE smart lights are fairly limited; if you’ve been looking for a way to let Alexa control your HUE bulbs’ temperature (a.k.a. color tone, with yellows/reds considered “warmer” and blues/greens “cooler”), read on!     Reddit user gosb offers this solution, which is shared here with permission. I like to change […]

How To Access Alexa, Siri & Google Now From A Single Speaker

How To Access Alexa, Siri & Google Now From A Single Speaker

Today I’m sharing news I know MANY consumers have been waiting to hear, particularly those who use iTunes or Google Music. Frankly, I’m surprised I’m the first one to think of it.     This week Ultimate Ears (UE) announced the addition of support for Siri and Google Now voice commands in its UE Boom […]

Echo, Dot, Tap Registration Gotcha

Echo, Dot, Tap Registration Gotcha

Echo and Amazon Tap are in stock on the Amazon site and the Echo’s being sold by bricks-and-mortar retailers too, but that isn’t stopping many consumers from buying one from a classifieds ad. Amazon is still trying to limit Dot ordering to existing Echo owners and even then, as of this writing (on 6/2/16) the […]

Audible: Send This Book & Returns

Audible: Send This Book & Returns

One of my favorite uses for Echo is listening to Audible audiobooks, partly because it’s so convenient: no need to download the book first, just ask Alexa to “read [book title]” and you’re off to the races! Now, Audible members can share that great audiobook experience with anyone they like via the new, FREE Audible […]

Keeping Audible Books Synced On Amazon Echo

Keeping Audible Books Synced On Amazon Echo

One of my favorite, daily uses for the Echo is listening to audiobooks. I posted about Audible integration with Echo last June, when the feature first became available, but lately I’m seeing comments from Echo owners reporting synchronization problems with their Audible books on Echo.     Syncing Across Devices Thanks to the Audible mobile […]

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