Latest Amazon smart home news

Ring Stick Up Cam now available, simple to install 1080p security camera
Ring Stick Up Cam now available, simple to install 1080p security camera By Rik Henderson

You can now buy the Ring Stick Up Cam cameras in the UK, with the Wired model available now and the Battery version coming soon.... Read more

Amazon (RED) Echo returns for Black Friday and is on sale for just $69
Amazon (RED) Echo returns for Black Friday and is on sale for just $69 By Maggie Tillman

The (RED) Echo is back! And it's on sale for Black Friday exclusively at Amazon.... Read more

Alexa now enables you to create your own skills in the UK
Alexa now enables you to create your own skills in the UK By Dan Grabham

Amazon has launched Alexa Skill Blueprints in the UK, enabling you to create and customise your own Alexa skills. No coding is required.... Read more

How to create custom Amazon Alexa skills without any coding knowledge
How to create custom Amazon Alexa skills without any coding knowledge By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has opened up its Alexa platform so that anyone - and we mean absolutely anyone - can create a custom Alexa skill.... Read more

Amazon Echo Input is a cheaper Dot without a speaker and will be available 12 December
Amazon Echo Input is a cheaper Dot without a speaker and will be available 12 December By Rik Henderson

Amazon will ship the Echo Input from 12 December. It adds Alexa to any speaker you have around the house.... Read more

Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Alexa commands
Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Alexa commands By Maggie Tillman

Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant, has an answer for just about everything. And, at the same time, she's loaded with hilarious responses for all sorts... Read more

Amazon's next challenge is refining the Alexa software experience
Amazon's next challenge is refining the Alexa software experience By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo is great, but there are some software cracks starting to appear... Read more

Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots
Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots By Adrian Willings

Amazon is pushing the Echo and Echo Dot hard in a bid to dominate the connected home market before too many players - like Google - can catch up.The Amazon... Read more

How to turn on and use Whisper Mode on your Alexa device
How to turn on and use Whisper Mode on your Alexa device By Maggie Tillman

We suspect the feature will come in handy for parents who want to use Alexa without waking a sleeping partner or baby in the evening.... Read more

Amazon Echo event: All the announcements that matter
Amazon Echo event: All the announcements that matter By Maggie Tillman

From an updated Echo Show with a gorgeous 10-inch HD screen to an Echo Wall Clock (seriously), no stone was left unturned.... Read more

Amazon Fire TV Recast lets you send recorded live TV to your devices
Amazon Fire TV Recast lets you send recorded live TV to your devices By Maggie Tillman

Amazon Fire TV Recast will let you send recorded TV to a different device.... Read more

Amazon Echo Show reimagined for 2018 with better sound and 10-inch screen
Amazon Echo Show reimagined for 2018 with better sound and 10-inch screen By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is rattling off updates to Echo devices at a surprise event in Seattle, where it's now announcing a new and improved Echo Show.... Read more

Amazon trots out an Echo Wall Clock and Microwave (seriously)
Amazon trots out an Echo Wall Clock and Microwave (seriously) By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is announcing probably 70 new devices right now at a surprise event in Seattle, including an Alexa-enabled wall clock and microwave.... Read more

Amazon Smart Plug adds Alexa voice control to any electrical device
Amazon Smart Plug adds Alexa voice control to any electrical device By Maggie Tillman

Primarily lets you schedule times to turn devices on and off, use Alexa for voice control, and control devices when you're away from home... Read more

New Amazon Echo Plus gets temperature sensor and Dolby speakers
New Amazon Echo Plus gets temperature sensor and Dolby speakers By Maggie Tillman

Perhaps the most interesting part of this new Echo Plus model is that it includes a built-in temperature sensor.... Read more

Amazon Echo Sub arrives to beef up your Alexa speakers
Amazon Echo Sub arrives to beef up your Alexa speakers By Maggie Tillman

The Amazon Echo Sub is designed to deliver down-firing, 100W deep bass sound through a woofer. It can be paired with an Echo or Echo Plus.... Read more

New Amazon Echo Dot now has "full sound" and better mics
New Amazon Echo Dot now has "full sound" and better mics By Maggie Tillman

Dubbed the "all-new Echo Dot", the new model comes with sound improvements and a fresh design.... Read more

What is Amazon Alexa calling and messaging and how does it work?
What is Amazon Alexa calling and messaging and how does it work? By Maggie Tillman

Not only can you place a call using the feature, but you can also leave a voice message or send a text-based message.... Read more

Amazon Smart Plug will add Alexa to any plug socket
Amazon Smart Plug will add Alexa to any plug socket By Chris Hall

Amazon is going to be offering its own Smart Plug, letting you add Alexa voice control to any plug socket.... Read more

The best Alexa tips and tricks: Get more from Amazon's assistant
The best Alexa tips and tricks: Get more from Amazon's assistant By Maggie Tillman

Those of you who own an Amazon Echo might be surprised to learn how much it can really do. It's loaded with features and hidden settings.... Read more

How to group multiple Amazon Echo devices for music
How to group multiple Amazon Echo devices for music By Maggie Tillman

Amazon's multi-room audio feature lets you play music across multiple Echo devices in your home at the same time. But there are caveats.... Read more

What is Alexa and what can Amazon Echo do?
What is Alexa and what can Amazon Echo do? By Britta O'Boyle

Amazon Echo is one of a range of hands-free speakers and devices that can be controlled with your voice. The voice-controlled Amazon "personal assistant"... Read more

How to get started with Amazon Echo and Alexa
How to get started with Amazon Echo and Alexa By Adrian Willings

Your Amazon Echo has just arrived and you might have glanced at the quick-start guide, but beyond the basic setup, what are the first things to do?... Read more

Amazon might launch eight new Alexa devices, including a microwave
Amazon might launch eight new Alexa devices, including a microwave By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is developing an entire new range of Alexa-powered smart home devices. To be clear, these likely won't be new Echo speakers.... Read more

Is Amazon having to give up its next day delivery claim in the UK?
Is Amazon having to give up its next day delivery claim in the UK? By Dan Grabham

Amazon is apparently being investigated over claims that its next-day Prime delivery service doesn't actually deliver "unlimited one-day delivery". That's... Read more

How to adjust Alexa's EQ and sound controls by voice
How to adjust Alexa's EQ and sound controls by voice By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has finally given Alexa equaliser features. That means you'll be able to adjust EQ settings with commands like “Alexa, increase the bass.”... Read more

Amazon's Tap to Alexa feature: How it works and how to turn it on
Amazon's Tap to Alexa feature: How it works and how to turn it on By Maggie Tillman

Tap to Alexa lets owners of the Echo Show tap on the device's touchscreen to access shortcuts to popular Alexa features, like the weather and timers.... Read more

Alexa can now show you what it's saying on your Echo's screen
Alexa can now show you what it's saying on your Echo's screen By Dan Grabham

Users who are deaf or hard of hearing can now see Alexa captions on their Echo Show or Echo Spot.... Read more

Amazon Prime Day tips: How to grab a bargain on Amazon Prime Day
Amazon Prime Day tips: How to grab a bargain on Amazon Prime Day By Britta O'Boyle

Amazon's Prime Day is finally here. Use these tips to make sure you get the best deals... Read more

How to broadcast your voice to all your Amazon Echo devices
How to broadcast your voice to all your Amazon Echo devices By Maggie Tillman

"Alexa, tell everyone it's time to go!" Wouldn't it be nice if Alexa could help you hurry your family along or maybe announce that dinner is ready?... Read more

How to change your Amazon Echo wake word
How to change your Amazon Echo wake word By Dan Grabham

Your Amazon Echo or Alexa wake word is what your Amazon Alexa device listens out for before it bursts into action.... Read more

How to set up and use Drop In on Amazon Echo devices
How to set up and use Drop In on Amazon Echo devices By Maggie Tillman

Whether you have an Echo speaker or an Echo with a screen, you can set up Drop In to communicate between your devices.... Read more

How to stop someone else buying stuff with your Amazon Echo and Alexa
How to stop someone else buying stuff with your Amazon Echo and Alexa By Chris Hall

You've long been able to ask Alexa to buy you things from Amazon. But how do you stop accidental ordering on your Amazon Echo with Alexa?... Read more

What is Amazon Echo Look, how does it work, and when can you buy it?
What is Amazon Echo Look, how does it work, and when can you buy it? By Maggie Tillman

Echo Look is one of the newest additions to Amazon's line of Echo-branded devices, and it's also one of the quirkiest.Each Echo device has a different... Read more

Alexa-connected board game When In Rome is now exclusively available for Prime members
Alexa-connected board game When In Rome is now exclusively available for Prime members By Chris Hall

Alexa has made another move into home entertainment with the launch of When In Rome, a board game that's powered by Amazon's digital assistant.... Read more

How Amazon Alexa will work on hotel Echo speakers
How Amazon Alexa will work on hotel Echo speakers By Maggie Tillman

Alexa for Hospitality is a version of Alexa now being rolled out to hotels. It provides you with a new way to access hotel services and amenities.... Read more

What is Amazon Echo Connect and how does it make calls?
What is Amazon Echo Connect and how does it make calls? By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has a new Echo accessory that turns your Echo speaker into a voice-controlled speakerphone: the Echo Connect.Before it came along, you could only... Read more

Ring Alarm home security system is now available to buy in US
Ring Alarm home security system is now available to buy in US By Maggie Tillman

Ring has announced when you can buy its full home security system for those that want to ensure their house is protected both inside and out. The system,... Read more

Alexa can now help you gen up on the World Cup
Alexa can now help you gen up on the World Cup By Dan Grabham

The World Cup starts tomorrow and the virtual assistants are getting on board! As well as being able to ask Siri or Google Assistant about facts, fixtures... Read more

How Alexa recorded a private conversation and sent it to another user
How Alexa recorded a private conversation and sent it to another user By Maggie Tillman

Amazon Alexa made headlines today for appearing to violate a user's privacy by recording her conversation without consent.Worse yet, Amazon's assistant... Read more

Does Amazon want Alexa to become your in-home health aide?
Does Amazon want Alexa to become your in-home health aide? By Elyse Betters

Soon, you might be able to ask, "Alexa, am I sick?", and then possibly share your sensitive health data, such as symptoms, to your doctor.According to... Read more

Alexa, unlock door: Schlage deadbolts gain new voice-unlocking skills
Alexa, unlock door: Schlage deadbolts gain new voice-unlocking skills By Elyse Betters

Door hardware maker Schlage is fullly embracing Alexa with new voice-controlled skills.It has announced the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect... Read more

Amazon is doing a kids version of the Echo Dot that encourages 'please' and 'thank you'
Amazon is doing a kids version of the Echo Dot that encourages 'please' and 'thank you' By Dan Grabham

Amazon is launching a new version of the Echo Dot that is more expensive but will be tailored specifically for use by children.Among other cool child-friendly... Read more

What are Amazon Key and In-Car Delivery and how do they work?
What are Amazon Key and In-Car Delivery and how do they work? By Elyse Betters

Have you ever had a package stolen from your doorstep?It can happen to anyone. There's not much you can do when you've ordered something to be delivered... Read more

It's finally happening! Amazon is working on a robot for your home
It's finally happening! Amazon is working on a robot for your home By Elyse Betters

Does Amazon want to make Rosey the robot a reality?It is reportedly developing a home robot - and we can't help but think about The Jetsons. According... Read more

Amazon Echo, Fire TV Stick and other great devices reduced for Prime members
Amazon Echo, Fire TV Stick and other great devices reduced for Prime members By Rik Henderson

Amazon has knocked money off some of its own top tier devices for customers with Amazon Prime membership.Prime members in the UK can get £30 off a Kindle... Read more

How to use Alexa to make the perfect cup of tea
How to use Alexa to make the perfect cup of tea By Dan Grabham

Today is National Tea Day and as usual on such occasions, Alexa has been in touch to let us know that we could all make better cups of tea if only we would... Read more

How to solve Amazon Echo mic problems
How to solve Amazon Echo mic problems By Elyse Betters

Amazon Alexa is fun to use... when she can hear you.If you own an Echo device, especially one of the original models, you've likely noticed that Alexa... Read more

Amazon slashes price of Ring Video Doorbell now that it owns Ring
Amazon slashes price of Ring Video Doorbell now that it owns Ring By Elyse Betters

Amazon has finalised its purchase of Ring, a maker of smart doorbells and outdoor security cameras, and as a result, it's cutting some prices.The first-generation... Read more

How to create and edit music playlists with Alexa commands
How to create and edit music playlists with Alexa commands By Elyse Betters

Amazon is constantly adding new features to its Alexa voice assistant, and the latest is the ability to create playlists.You will now be able to ask Alexa... Read more

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