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A Google Home Mini device placed on a wooden shelving unit

Google Nest ‘Drop In’ Support (And What To Do Instead)

The Google Home range – which includes various Nest smart speakers and hubs including the ‘Mini’ devices – is a line of products known as ‘smart voice assistants’, and they…

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A phone screenshot from my Google Home app's "Downtime" feature, explaining what it does (including that alarms and timers will still be heard).

Google Home Downtime: What, Why… and How To Turn It Off!

“Digital wellbeing” is an idea that appeared a few years ago, and it aims to address addiction to digital technology – such as social media and computer games – by…

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Screenshot of Alexa app, on the Communicate tab, showing Call, Message, Drop In and Announce features.

Alexa & Echo: Are Calls and Messages Free?

The “Communicate” tab on the Alexa app shows various options, including ‘Call’ and ‘Message’. This allows you to contact your Echo devices, but also people in your contact list. So…

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Google WiFi System placed on a table

Does Google Home Act As A WiFi Extender?

Google’s range of smart speakers – the Google Home range – are great: they provide a large number of benefits and features for free, and you can also play loads…

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A Google Home Mini device placed on a wooden shelving unit

Does Google Home (And The Google Home App) Cost Money?

Google’s range of smart speakers – the Google Home range – are a rival to Amazon’s Echo range. Google Home devices (including the Google Mini and Nest Mini) give weather…

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A new Echo Dot (sandstone color) in setup mode with an orange ring going around it.

Echo Is ‘Account Locked’. Also Can Stolen Echos Be Tracked?

During the setup process for a new Amazon Echo smart speaker, you’ll have to link it to your Amazon account via the Alexa app. However sometimes this fails for unclear…

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Echo Dot 3rd generation model, with a blue 'listening' ring after a voice command was issued.

Amazon Echo: Transferring Music To Another Echo

It’s quite common to be listening to music on your Echo in one room, but you need to move to another room – and so you want to continue playing…

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The Google Nest Mini (2nd generation) on a table, processing the command "Ok Google, play Skies and Shadows"

Can Google Home Read Emails And Text Messages?

Google’s smart voice assistant – the ‘Home’ range – is great. It can play music, search (and read back) the internet, read your calendar entries, and a whole lot more….

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A BBC weather screenshot showing the sunny (but cloudy) weather forecast in Cwmbran.

Why Does Alexa Give The Wrong Weather?

I live in a town called Cwmbran, but yet when I ask my Echo device for “the weather today”, I get the weather forecast for Caerphilly – somewhere I haven’t…

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My Amazon Echo (with a blue ring, in listening mode) next to a Philips Hue E14 White Ambiance box.

Hue And Alexa Integration Problems (& How To Fix Them)

I recently started to switch over to smart lighting in my house, and overall I really like the integration with Alexa. After all, being able to control your lights using…

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