Tips & Tricks

Smart Home On A Budget: The $150 Starter Kit

Smart Home On A Budget: The $150 Starter Kit

$150 is all it takes to get a smart home off the starting blocks—or give a loved one the gift of a smart home starter kit.

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.

10/10/16 Stupid Alexa Tricks: By The Book Edition

10/10/16 Stupid Alexa Tricks: By The Book Edition

Alexa knows her Shakespeare and fairy tales.

10/1/16 Weekly Summary

10/1/16 Weekly Summary

Here’s the LME 10/1/16 Weekly Summary: links to all of the previous week’s posts along with a brief summary of each.

Echo And Dot Can Improve Dementia Patients’ Lives

Echo And Dot Can Improve Dementia Patients’ Lives

When memory begins to slip away, it’s a frustrating and sometimes humiliating thing for dementia sufferers. Alexa can step in to serve dementia patients’ needs while letting them keep their dignity.

Why You Should Always Tattle On Alexa

Why You Should Always Tattle On Alexa

Sometimes Alexa doesn’t do what you were expecting her to do. Sometimes she can’t do something that you think she should be able to do. Either way, you should always tattle on Alexa.     Amazon Wants To Hear About It, So They Can Make Alexa Better I recently posted about contacting Amazon directly for […]

Amazon Echo Phone and Email Support

Amazon Echo Phone and Email Support

I put that big ‘ole Echo Help Desk link in the sidebar, but it seems a lot of folks who own Alexa enabled devices either aren’t clicking on it or don’t know about this site to begin with.     Got A Problem? Seems hardly a day goes by that I don’t see someone posting […]

More Alexa/Echo Tips and Tricks

More Alexa/Echo Tips and Tricks

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t learn about some new Alexa feature—or am reminded of pre-existing one I’d forgotten about. So it’s time to share some more Alexa/Echo tips and tricks.     List Newly-Released Skills In the recent Skills tab redesign in the Alexa app, the top-level sort ‘by release date’ option […]

Alexa / Echo Tips and Tricks Grab Bag

Alexa / Echo Tips and Tricks Grab Bag

Here are some helpful tips and tricks for your Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices: handy features you may not be aware of.     Reset Your Echo If your Echo’s acting weird and turning it off and back on isn’t doing the trick, try a reset. There’s a tiny reset button at the bottom, in […]

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 […]

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