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Amazon Rumor Mill: New Alexa Device With Touchscreen

Amazon Rumor Mill: New Alexa Device With Touchscreen

You can already get a pretty good idea of what Amazon’s new touchscreen Alexa device will be like.

Dot 1 vs. Dot 2

Dot 1 vs. Dot 2

Today I’m providing the rundown on Dot 1 vs. Dot 2.

Amazon Music Unlimited + Alexa: What Do You Get?

Amazon Music Unlimited + Alexa: What Do You Get?

Today Amazon announced Amazon Music Unlimited, and is promoting it with particular emphasis on Alexa voice commands you can use with it.

AlexaDev Tuesday: International Alexa Skills

AlexaDev Tuesday: International Alexa Skills

Alexa skill developers: here’s how Alexa’s expansion into the UK and Germany impacts you, and both your existing and in-development skills.

Alexa Push Notifications: No, Alexa Will Not Start Talking “Out of the Blue”

Alexa Push Notifications: No, Alexa Will Not Start Talking “Out of the Blue”

Tech site The Information reports Alexa push notifications are coming: that Alexa will soon be able to speak without being prompted. Don’t believe claims that Alexa will suddenly start speaking out of the blue, though. If push notifications come, the user will choose whether or not to enable them for each skill or function that wants to use them.

Alexa Sonos Integration Announced

Alexa Sonos Integration Announced

YES! At long last, Sonos has announced it is integrating Alexa voice controls for its sound system hardware.     Sonos Owners Have Been Waiting For This… At a special media event yesterday, Sonos announced integration of Alexa voice controls for its audio systems is currently in development. From Sonos’ press release: Sonos owners with […]

Alexa Controls August Smart Locks Now!

Alexa Controls August Smart Locks Now!

Consumers have been asking for this from the time of the Echo’s original launch, and it’s finally here: August Smart Lock integration!     Most consumers are concerned about home security, and it won’t be long before smart locks are a standard part of any smart home setup. With an August Smart Lock, Connect Hub […]

Alexa Skill Spotlight: Patrón and Pokemon

Alexa Skill Spotlight: Patrón and Pokemon

Here are a couple of skills you may have heard about around the web this week: one to help adults mix delicious Patrón Tequila cocktails, and another to help Pokemon Go! players of all ages.     Please note that I am not personally endorsing these skills, and in fact I haven’t even used either […]

Mobile Hotspot Support For Echo & Dot Now Available

Mobile Hotspot Support For Echo & Dot Now Available

When Echo first launched it was not possible to tether it to a mobile WiFi hotspot, and the same was true of Dot when it first launched. If you wanted to use your Echo or Dot, you needed access to a wired WiFi router/modem. This was a frustrating situation for consumers who want to travel […]

Alexa Connected Home Update: TCP Connect Lights Bow Out, Honeywell Connect Comfort Thermostat Steps In

Alexa Connected Home Update: TCP Connect Lights Bow Out, Honeywell Connect Comfort Thermostat Steps In

It’s a good news / bad news week for Alexa-enabled smart home devices.     Alexa Can No Longer Control TCP Connected Lights TCP Connect announced that effective today, its TCP Connected lighting will no longer offer access via the internet or connectivity through cloud services. Since Alexa can only communicate with services and devices […]

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