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Can I Use Amazon’s Smart Plug Without Alexa or an Echo?

With the introduction of the smart plug, came a new convenience that has even further enhanced the functionality of today’s smart home. Smart plugs have been a game-changer for those…

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Amazon Echo Devices With Zigbee: A Game-Changer?

In today’s modern smart home, Amazon’s Echo devices have become a common and useful item – around a quarter of all American households have one, in-fact! Through Alexa, they perform…

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Does SwitchBot Need A Hub?

In the ever-growing sector of smart home products arises yet another contender – the SwitchBot.  Released in 2016 on Kickstarter, then in 2017 to the general retail market, these simple,…

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Using Your Philips Hue Dimmer Switch With Alexa – Is It Possible?

The goal of most smart home owners is to get their homes to operate seamlessly and achieve interoperability with all of their smart devices. With the introduction of smart home…

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Help! My Amazon Echo Is Making Random Noises/Beeps/Chimes?! (How To Fix) – New Video

This is a video guide to go alongside my blog post last year which walks you through everything to investigate if your Echo device is making random noises, beeps, chimes…

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New Video – Amazon Echo: Change Alexa’s Flash Briefing News & Weather To Suit You

The Flash Briefing feature on Amazon Echo devices is quite useful, unless you dislike the news or weather provider – in which case a very useful feature quickly becomes wasted….

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Echo Show For Video Calls: Skype, Zoom and More

The Echo Show product line packs a tech-punch in terms of features: The Echo Show 5 and the Echo Show 8 offer portability—and 2020’s Echo Show 10 is, more or…

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New Video – Google Nest Home News – How To Make It Less… Boring!

So… I recently asked my Google Nest Mini device for a news update, and it went on (and on and on…) for over 10 minutes. TEN MINUTES! Luckily I have…

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New Video – Funny Amazon Echo Easter Eggs (#shorts YouTube video)

A YouTube #shorts video covering some funny easter eggs that I’ve come across on my Amazon Echo Show (although they’ll work on all Echo devices), in less than a minute….

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New Video – Four Amazon Echo Show Features That I Like (#shorts YouTube video)

A YouTube #shorts video covering four features that I like on the Amazon Echo Show in less than a minute. The four features I cover on my Amazon Echo Show…

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