Fast Tips Friday: Early Alexa Prime Day deals start tomorrow

Post published 7/12/19 - Just a quick one today, letting readers know that starting tomorrow, 7/13/19, early Alexa Prime Day deals are available exclusively to Alexa device owners. Beginning tomorrow, Prime members can ask Alexa "What are my deals?" to get exclusive Prime Day offers.This is a command that works outside the Prime Day window as well, but from 7/13-7/16/19 it will return limited...

Early Prime Day deals on Alexa

Post published 7/1/19 - Amazon Prime Day happens July 15th and 16th this year. While Amazon's kept a pretty tight lid on what's going on sale those days they've also announced some early Prime Day deals on Alexa devices and devices with Alexa built in on their US site, with deep discounts starting on some devices today. The special preview deals start today, with more coming in the lead up to...

Fast Tips Friday: Alexa privacy voice commands are here

Post published 6/28/19 - Consumers are increasingly concerned about tech privacy issues, and Amazon's paying attention. Amazon's just announced a new pair of Alexa privacy voice commands that make managing the voice recordings Alexa uses much easier. No more need to hit up the Alexa app or Amazon website: now you can delete Alexa voice recordings using voice commands To delete the most recent...

A new Alexa device: Echo Show 5

Post published 5/29/19 - Today, with no warning and little more fanfare than a press release, the Echo Show 5 appeared on Amazon's US and UK sites. A touchscreen definitely expands Alexa's capabilities, from being able to play digital videos to displaying song lyrics, but for many consumers the Echo Spot's screen is a little too small and the standard Echo Show is a little too big and/or...

Fast Tips Friday: Wireless Alexa Earbuds Are Coming

Post Published 4/5/19 - The interwebs are all abuzz this week with the news that Amazon's Lab126 is preparing to roll out the first wearable technology with Alexa built in: wireless Alexa earbuds. Bloomberg reports: The Seattle-based e-commerce giant is readying earbuds with built-in Alexa access for as early as the second half of this year, according to people with knowledge of the plans. The...

Smart Home Showcase: Alexa Compatible Big Mouth Billy Bass Now Available in the US!

Post Publication Date: 11/29/18 - I don't normally write an entire post to share a single Alexa-related product, but I know many readers have been waiting for an Alexa Big Mouth Billy Bass for a long time.     Readers outside the US: as of this writing, the Alexa-compatible Big Mouth Billy Bass is only being made available in the US. Way back in the early days of Alexa, when the only...

Amazon’s New Alexa Devices for 2018

Publication Date: 9/21/18 - Amazon's new Alexa devices for 2018 include the widest range of functionality we've seen from Amazon yet. Not only are there new-generation versions of the Echo Plus, Show and Dot, new devices with Alexa built in include a budget-priced microwave, large wall clock, Alexa device for the car, and more!     Great news for readers outside the US: all of the...

Alexa Fast Tips Friday: New Dock Turns A Fire HD 10 Tablet Into An Echo Show

If you've considered buying an Echo Show (UK readers click here) but want something more flexible and mobile, Amazon's got a new product you'll want to check out. The new Show Mode dock turns a Fire HD 10 tablet (UK readers click here) into an Echo Show.     Note that this device is currently only available for pre-order in the US (with a release date of 7/12/18), but it should be...

Alexa Fast Tips Friday: Alexa Fire TV Cube

The Alexa Fire TV Cube was announced and made available for pre-order in the US by Amazon yesterday, and deliveries of the device will begin on 6/21/18. For those who already have both Alexa and Fire TV devices, does this cube represent an upgrade? It depends on the rest of your home theater setup.     Note that this device is currently only being released in the US, but it should be...

New! Alexa Video Calling On Fire Tablets

Today (3/12/18), Amazon announced Alexa video calling on Fire tablets is now available in the U.S.! In fact, all the same Alexa messaging and calling features currently available on Alexa devices with screens (Spot and Show) are now available on the latest-generation Fire 7, Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets.     Note for readers outside the US: as of this writing (on 3/12/18), this...