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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.

1/7/17 Weekly Summary

1/7/17 Weekly Summary

Links to all of the previous week’s posts along with a brief summary of each.

How I Use Alexa

How I Use Alexa

You might be surprised to learn I keep it pretty basic and practical.

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.

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 […]

New Amazon Echo / Alexa Smart Home Commands

New Amazon Echo / Alexa Smart Home Commands

Earlier this month I wrote about Alexa’s growing pains due to new smart home commands being introduced.     Earlier this week, reddit user Dale Higgs shared the results of his own experiments with a list of new Smart Home commands / action phrases, and he’s given me permission to share the list with Love […]

Amazon Echo Smart Home Skills Roundup

Amazon Echo Smart Home Skills Roundup

The Alexa skills machine has certainly kicked into high gear, with new skills being released on a near-daily basis. But since most of them are for entertainment purposes only, many Echo owners only check the skills tab in the Alexa app when they hear of a new skill with practical functionality they’ve been waiting for. […]

Revisiting IFTTT For Amazon Echo: Now You Can Use It With More Devices, More Easily

Revisiting IFTTT For Amazon Echo: Now You Can Use It With More Devices, More Easily

Last June I wrote an IFTTT In Plain English post, and at that time I didn’t feel that IFTTT was convenient, flexible or user-friendly enough to make it very worthwhile to Echo users. But things have definitely changed for the better since then, and IFTTT (If This, Then That) is probably worth a second look […]

Is Philips HUE Compatible With Other Bulbs, Or Not?

Is Philips HUE Compatible With Other Bulbs, Or Not?

Many owners of Philips HUE smart lighting systems are variously confused, annoyed or angry, and with good reason, because Philips hasn’t been consistent in its statements about HUE support for third-party (non-Philips) bulbs.   Dubious Puppy is confused, annoyed and angry.   In January of this year Philips promised its dedication to an open smart […]

How To Connect LIFX Bulbs To Echo

How To Connect LIFX Bulbs To Echo

**UPDATE 2/7/16: Amazon has added native LIFX support, meaning that you can now connect your LIFX bulbs via the Alexa app under Settings > Connected Home > LIFX and after doing so, can use Alexa voice commands to turn your LIFX lights off or on. However, you must still set your bulbs up and register […]

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