Alexa

Have Alexa tell your GE refrigerator to brew you a cup of coffee

The GE Café™ Series 27.8 ft³ French-door refrigerator has lots of the bells and whistles you’d expect a well-equipped fridge to have, but those aren’t the options we’re interested in.  In addition to the ice and water dispenser on the door, this GE fridge has a Keurig K-Cup brewer that uses the dispenser to brew a …

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The Polk Audio Assist Smart Speaker lets your music speak to you in every room

The audio industry has evolved along with everything else, and those of us who love music whether you are a casual listener or an audiophile, want as many capabilities as we can have in one small and “sexy’ looking device that complements our décor. While there are us audiophiles who still must have our relatively …

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The Mission Battery Shell For Amazon Echo 2 has you covered

The Amazon Alexa service is a world class platform for enabling natural language with a host of Alexa capable devices. Many people interact with the Alexa service using one of Amazon’s own Echo devices. Late in 2017, Amazon updated the original three-year-old Echo with a new design. The new design offered a lower price, new …

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The Meural Canvas is art for your walls that you can control with your voice

Do you remember ten years ago when digital photo frames were so popular? I reviewed about a dozen or so of those frames at the height of their popularity and then overnight it seemed like they just disappeared. This is until recently when we’ve seen a new crop of digital frames pop up that makes those …

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Amazon’s new Alexa Skill Blueprints lets you create your very own Alexa skills

The first review I ever wrote for the Gadgeteer was for the Amazon Echo Dot. With Amazon’s AI Alexa, you could use skills to do things such as turn on lights or order a pizza. Since that time Alexa has evolved. Now there are literally thousands of new skills. Some useful, others not so much. In …

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Ecobee recruits Amazon’s Alexa for their new Switch+ smart switch

The ecobee Switch + is the smarter light switch with built-in Amazon Alexa. Unlike other smart switches that just work with Alexa, the ecobee Switch + has the voice assistant built right in. Use the built-in mic to ask Alexa for lights, news, music, and more. Or control other voice-enabled devices in your home. Depending …

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Speak Music Muse Alexa voice assistant review

Is Alexa your BFF? Do you have the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot devices in your home? Digital voice assistants like Alexa are very handy when you want to control your smart home gadgets or when you want to ask questions and play your favorite music without using your phone, or your computer. Being able …

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iLive Voice Activated Amazon Alexa Portable Wireless Fabric Speaker Review

As smartphones have become more prevalent, people have become used to having all of their information and entertainment with them 24/7. That growth has sparked a surge in portable wireless speakers. I always found these wireless speakers to be a bit too “single use”. If I’m going to haul around a device, I prefer to …

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Enhance your Amazon Echo Dot with stereo speakers and clock display

An Echo Dot can serve as your wake-up alarm all by itself, but iHome has created the Bedside Stereo Speaker that makes your Dot look like a regular alarm clock.  The Dot (generation 1 or 2) connects to the iHome via AUX cable to play all audio, so you can listen to the music Alexa …

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Sonos can now be controlled directly from within the Pandora App

Back in October, alongside the launch of the Sonos One, Sonos told us about several forth coming software updates which would include the ability to control Sonos directly from additional partner apps. Making true to that promise, today Sonos announced that you can now control your Sonos system directly through the Pandora app. And for …

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FABRIQ Chorus Portable Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa review

Give me a speaker, a Bluetooth or wifi connection, throw in a dollop of Amazon Alexa’s brains and witty personality and top that off with a pinch of Spotify or Amazon Music and it looks like a recipe for sheer gadget bliss.  The great thing about this recipe is that all the ingredients are accessible through the …

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The Honeywell Smart Home Security System gives Alexa Eyes!

The Honeywell Smart Home Security System was just announced on Indiegogo ahead of its official debut at CES 2018. This DIY,  self-installed, all-in-one security solution is centered around a camera base station with an integrated 1080p HD camera and 145-degree field of view. The system is self-monitoring but also serves as an Alexa enabled speaker, so it …

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Let your Amazon Echo Dot be anywhere with “This Dottie”

I love my Amazon Echo Dot and one of the best things about it is its portability, but I always find myself looking for somewhere to put it where it’s out of the way and then trying to figure out what to do with its ugly cord. Say hello to This Dottie, a plug-in mount specifically …

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