Smart Homes Are Always Changing

Cut through the noise with our FREE newsletter, bringing all the latest smart home news, tips and tricks straight to your inbox. I'll never spam you, and you can unsubscribe anytime.

Is Amazon Alexa Getting Worse? (Some Say It’s “Terrible”)

Example of Alexa not doing what she should

Amazon’s Alexa and products like the Echo are always advertised as being great for creating the ultimate smart home. And in concept, a lot of the time, they are great! However, especially as of late, Alexa can also present some hassle. Let’s face it, sometimes Alexa gets on our last nerve! Between misunderstanding, acting like … Read more

Why Does My Amazon Echo Make Random Noises?

Phone screenshot showing all activity on registered Amazon Echo/Alexa devices.

Having a smart voice assistant like the Amazon Echo is great due to all the smart home features it offers, but sometimes it seems to ‘wake up’ by itself and play a random noise or sound. Sometimes this sounds like a genuine notification (even though there’s no reason for the notification), whilst other times the … Read more

Echo Show For Video Calls: Skype, Zoom and More

The Echo Show camera lens

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 less, a room-filling entertainment system. Whichever way you roll, you’ll find most of the features the Amazon Alexa platform has to offer. This said, the … Read more

How to Only Run Alexa Routines If You’re At Home

Alexa App Routine Triggers

Routines using Alexa have time and again proved extremely useful in the everyday function of our smart homes. They help make our daily lives that much easier – most of the time. Now, what if you want to take routines a step further? Perhaps you want them to run only when you’re home and can … Read more

Can You Queue Music Up On Amazon Alexa/Echo? If Not, Are There Workarounds?

Add to Queue selection in Amazon Music App

One of the great things about having an Amazon Echo is being able to stream your favorite music while you’re…well, doing anything! From cooking to relaxing, to partying with your friends – music is always a great addition. So it stands to reason that you want your music to play continuously, without interruption. It would be … Read more

Say My Name: A Guide to Amazon Echo’s Voice Recognition Feature

Pronunciation options in Alexa app

The Amazon Echo is a popular fixture in many smart homes. And as anyone who has one knows, it works primarily by responding to voice commands. Via the Alexa app, your Echo can even remember your name and your voice. But how?  How does the voice recognition feature in the Amazon Echo work? And what … Read more

Jeff Bezos HATES Music! Some Funny Echo Song Requests – New Video

YouTube thumbnail showing me holding an Amazon Echo and the text Play DEPRESSING Adele music

Conspiracy theory: Jeff Bezos HATES music! Check out these (rude) song requests, and what Amazon Echo plays in response. Video Transcript Hello, I’m Tristan. I think I’ve uncovered a conspiracy theory. Jeff Bezos hates music. There, I said it! What am I talking about? Well, just listen to some of these song requests. Basically Amazon … Read more

Make YouTube Kid-Safe On The Amazon Echo Show (A Simple Tutorial Guide) – New Video

YouTube thumbnail showing me doing thumbs up sign with YouTube Kids enabled on an Amazon Echo Show

The Echo Show is a great touchscreen-enabled product from Amazon, but it also makes it a little bit too easy for children to freely surf YouTube – potentially accessing inappropriate videos. Therefore I went looking for makes on how to child-proof the YouTube installed on the Echo Show, and this video covers everything you need … Read more

Fixing Amazon Echo ‘Device Doesn’t Support That’ Errors

Groups in the Alexa app

Our Amazon Echos no doubt do a lot of awesome things. Sometimes, however, they don’t always work as they should. Error messages happen, and while sometimes they’re valid – sometimes they aren’t. Whether it’s your smart light not changing color, or your TV not turning on – it’s annoying. You ask Alexa to do something, … Read more