We have been hearing rumors over the last few days about everything from a new Echo Dot, to an Alexa enabled microwave, an Echo Subwoofer, and a mysterious smart plug. … Continue Reading Amazon is Shaking Up the Alexa Front
I have always thought that the Amazon Echo Show and the Amazon Echo Spot have needed more Skills that took advantage of the display on these devices. Well, yesterday they … Continue Reading Alexa Can Now Give You a Visual Response
Popular multi-room audio company (who recently went public) Sonos finally gets some IFTTT love. I am quite surprised by this, not that Sonos is getting IFTTT integration but that up … Continue Reading Sonos Gets IFTTT Integration
Well, this is exciting, the SmartThings Tracker is now available for preorder directly from Samsung. I first heard about this product in late July and did some digging then but … Continue Reading SmartThings Tracker Now Available for Preorder
Continuing the love between Microsoft and Amazon, yesterday the Microsoft announced the Xbox Skill that allows Amazon Echo, Sonos, and other Alexa-enabled devices control an Xbox One. I love the idea … Continue Reading Xbox One Gets Alexa Skill
I have been excited about Brilliant Light Switches for some time and am even more excited to see them finally hit the market. Starting today you can purchase Brilliant products … Continue Reading Brilliant Lights Switches Now Available!
Well, this is exciting news for any home automation geek (such as myself) that uses an Amazon Echo for voice control, contact and motion sensors can now be connected to … Continue Reading Amazon Alexa Gets Contact and Motion Sensor API Integration
Amazon has been adding some useful video oriented Skills to their lineup of Echo Devices with video displays consisting of the Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV and Kindle Fire … Continue Reading View Recorded Video With Alexa
Amazon and Microsoft have been hard at work integrating Alexa and Cortana. A few months ago this integration went into its limited private beta and today it became publicly available … Continue Reading Alexa and Cortana Walk Into a Bar
Version 184.108.40.206 for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick this update brings with it the simplistic Alexa interface that we saw in the Fire TV Cube which is … Continue Reading Amazon Fire TV Updates
Pi-hole is a hardware based, network wide ad-blocker that has quickly become one of my favorite things to do with a Raspberry Pi. Well it was recently updated to version … Continue Reading Pi-hole Updated to Version 4.0
As many of you I am sure know by now I am heavily entrenched in the Amazon Echo ecosystem, having them in every room of the house and using them … Continue Reading Big Sky Skill Brings DarkSky to your Echo
Finally we will be able to “cast” audio from Amazon Prime Music to our Echo Devices! I have never understood why we did not have this feature from the start, … Continue Reading “Casting” Coming to Amazon Echo Device
There once was a time when I was a DirecTV subscriber and I was very happy with the service. Well times changed, I sold that townhouse and bought a new … Continue Reading Alexa Voice Control Comes to DirecTV
Well the day I have been waiting for is finally here, Wyze Cam integration with Alexa is now live! I can finally say Alexa, Show me my Living Room (or … Continue Reading Wyze Cam Gets Alexa Integration!
Well IPO’s seem to be the rage here over the last week, first Sonos and now Arlo. Netgear announced earlier this year that Arlo would be distancing itself from the … Continue Reading Upcoming Arlo IPO