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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.

Alexa 101: For Anyone Giving Or Getting An Alexa Device

Alexa 101: For Anyone Giving Or Getting An Alexa Device

Essential information most Alexa device owners find helpful, for both givers and recipients of Alexa devices.

Amazon Echo Smart Home Overhaul

Amazon Echo Smart Home Overhaul

Just last week I wrote about changes underway in the Smart Home area, and this week Amazon unveiled its official overhaul for how Smart Home / connected devices are connected and handled in the Alexa app.     What’s New In Smart Home? Amazon recently added this text to the What’s New? section in the […]

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 […]

Alexa’s Growing Pains, Pt. 2: Connected Home Device Problems

Alexa’s Growing Pains, Pt. 2: Connected Home Device Problems

Click here to read my first Alexa’s Growing Pains post; it explains how and why, as Alexa’s vocabulary and capabilities grow, commands that used to work may stop working. Been having some problems with your Connected Home commands lately? Alexa no longer recognizing device and group names she recognized a week or two ago?   […]

Amazon Echo Gotchas Grab-Bag

Amazon Echo Gotchas Grab-Bag

Today I’m sharing a bunch of tips for dealing with common Echo and Echo-related problems, each of which only affects a specific group of Echo users. So if you’ve been experiencing some kind of frustration related to your Echo or the network where your Echo’s in use, scan the boldface headings below to see if […]

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 […]

Amazon Echo Glitches & Gotchas

Amazon Echo Glitches & Gotchas

The name of the site says it all: I really do LOVE my Echo. But that doesn’t mean I think it’s a perfect and flawless piece of tech. I’m well aware that while my Echo’s now over a year old, it’s still a relatively new type of technology so there are still going to be […]

Echo Can Control TV, Set Top Box, Receiver With Smartthings Hub + Harmony Hub

Echo Can Control TV, Set Top Box, Receiver With Smartthings Hub + Harmony Hub

Today marks a milestone for Love My Echo: I’m expanding the publication schedule by one day. New posts will now be published on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. For LME’s first Thursday article, I’m sharing a guest post from LME reader Troy Gromm, who has done some tinkering with available, Echo-supported devices to put Alexa […]

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 […]

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