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Alexa Is A Phone Now!

By now you’ve surely heard about the release of the new Amazon Echo Show, which is now available for pre-order and set for release at the end of June. I’ll be doing an FAQ post about that device later, but for today I’ve got some news that’s too big to keep. Alexa is a phone […]

Alexa, Witness To A Murder? Yes. But No, Alexa’s STILL Not Spying On You.

The internet’s all aflutter with the news: Alexa, the digital assistant inside Amazon’s Echo, Dot and Tap, witness to a murder? Yes, it’s true. But pay no attention to those hysterical, pearl-clutching headlines and conspiracy theorist comment threads: if anything, the reports on this should only reassure you Alexa is not spying on you.   […]

Love My Echo’s Alexa 101: For Anyone Giving Or Getting An Alexa Device

This is a cross-posting of Love My Echo‘s Alexa 101 post, which I posted to that site on 12/20/16. There will be MANY more owners of Alexa-powered devices by the end of this month and it occurs to me that there are a few essential bits of information that most Alexa device owners find helpful, […]

Smart Home on a Budget: The $150 Alexa Starter Kit

Smart home is what’s hot in tech, and you might be surprised to learn it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Today I’m sharing a cross-posting from Love My Echo that details a kind of “starter kit” to give you everything you need to kick off an Alexa-driven smart home, on a budget. Yep, you […]

Alexa Comes To Fire TV

This is a reprint of a post I originally wrote for the Love My Echo site.   On Monday, I fired up the ‘ol Fire TV stick as usual and got this screen (click or tap on images below to view an enlarged version in a new tab or window):     Oddly, my second […]