Latest Amazon smart home news

Amazon Echo slashed to an incredible £59 for Prime Day
Amazon Echo slashed to an incredible £59 for Prime Day By Chris Hall

Amazon Prime Day starts today at 12:00pm, but Amazon has let us know of some of the amazing discounts that it will be offering on its own devices. Taking £30 off the price of the second-gen Amazon Echo, means you can snap up this Alexa smart speaker... Read more

Wow! Amazon Echo Show available for less than £100, Echo Spot for £90
Wow! Amazon Echo Show available for less than £100, Echo Spot for £90 By Rik Henderson

Amazon Prime Day kicks-off today at midday and runs until the end of play Tuesday 17 July, but Amazon has told us about some of the incredible bargains coming for Echo devices later today.For starters, you can get yourself an Amazon Echo Show for the... Read more

Echo Dot available for just £35 in super deal
Echo Dot available for just £35 in super deal By Rik Henderson

Amazon Prime Day will officially kick off on 16 July but the online retail giant is already offering bargains on some of its own tech products and services.One of those, the Amazon Echo Dot, is now available with £15 slashed off the price. And it's available... 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?Now, families with Echo devices in their home can do just that, thanks to a new "Alexa Announcements" feature... 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.Usually, this is "Alexa", the name of Amazon's virtual assistant and the default option. But you might not like "Alexa", while if you happen... 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 device with a screen, you can take advantage one of Amazon's coolest Alexa features: Drop In. With Drop In, you're able to instantly connect to any of your Echo devices (or a contact's Echo device, if they've... 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? (If you don't know what Alexa is, we'll explain all in our What is Alexa? feature.)And how do you stop reckless friends... 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, do you know the first things you should do with your new Echo? Alexa is the virtual assistant inside Amazon Echo devices - for a briefing... 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 form factor and is best suited to a specific environment - whether you're at home and want to listen... 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 Echo got off to a flying start, establishing itself as one of the hottest smart home devices,... 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 Echo devices support multiroom audio but you will need to group them up using the Alexa app. Here we'll tell you how.You can use the feature to play music across multiple Echo devices in your home at the same time.But there are caveats: the... 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.Alexa will teach you how to play the game, keep score and is the overall host, while the board game plays out... Read more

US Amazon Prime Day deals start with amazing $100 off Echo Show
US Amazon Prime Day deals start with amazing $100 off Echo Show By Rik Henderson

Not only has Amazon announced its Prime Day sales in the UK, it has already kicked off proceedings in the US too, with several deals starting early.Like the UK, the US Prime Day will occur on 16 July (and slightly beyond). However, some Amazon products... Read more

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

Amazon has announced Alexa for Hospitality.This is a new version of the company’s voice assistant, Alexa. It's now being rolled out to hotels, vacation rental spaces, and other locations. It offers a unique Alexa experience that's different from the... 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 Elyse Betters

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 make calls from one Echo speaker to another Echo speaker, like an intercom system. Now, with Connect,... 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.The system, which includes an alarm, keypad, a motion sensor ($30 each for additional ones), and a window or door sensor ( $20 each for additional ones), is called Ring Alarm. It was announced... 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 and teams during the tournament, Amazon has unveiled a bunch of questions you can ask Alexa if... Read more

Amazon US deals: Save on Echo, Fire TV 4K, Fire Tablets and more
Amazon US deals: Save on Echo, Fire TV 4K, Fire Tablets and more By Max Langridge

Amazon is knocking down prices of some of its devices in both the UK and US, with different deals to be had depending which side of the pond you're on. In the US, Amazon is offering money off the Echo Dot and Echo Dot Kids Edition, Echo, Echo Show, Fire... 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 of hidden commands.These are "Alexa Easter Eggs" - an unexpected feature in software - and they range... 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 then sent the conversation to the user's contact - again, without consent. While that sounds absolutely... 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 CNBC, which looked at a leaked internal document about Amazon's plans, billionaire Jeff Bezos' online... 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 Touchscreen Deadbolt have expanded support for Amazon's voice assistant in the form of a new voice-unlocking... 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 features to keep kids entertained – like age-appropriate jokes - it encourages the use of... 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 to your home and it arrives when you're not there, whether that's because you're at work or walking... 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 to Bloomberg, which described the yet-to-be-announced effort as "top-secret", Amazon's robot project... 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 Paperwhite, £40 off a Fire HD 10 Tablet, £25 off an Echo Spot, £20 of a second-generation Echo... 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 ask her. Seriously though, Alexa's repertoire does include being able to answer various tea-related... 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 Elyse Betters

Amazon has opened up its Alexa platform so that anyone - and we mean absolutely anyone - can create a custom Alexa skill.Skills are Alexa apps that provide Amazon's assistant with additional features. For instance, there's a popular Jeopardy! skill, which,... 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 picks up your voice when she feels like it. You can yell all you want, and Amazon's assistant will still... 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 Ring Video Doorbell now costs $100 (roughly £89), down from about $150 on Amazon and $179... 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 to make and edit a playlist through an Alexa-enabled device. This includes asking the assistant... Read more

How to set-up an Alexa smart home
How to set-up an Alexa smart home By Chris Hall

A few years ago, the coordinated smart home felt like a pipe dream, but Alexa has changed all that. Thanks to increasing compatibility with smart home devices, Alexa and the Amazon Echo is now the ideal hub of your connected home.Where previously it was... Read more

Shush, Alexa! Amazon tests 'brief mode' so Alexa will beep, speak less
Shush, Alexa! Amazon tests 'brief mode' so Alexa will beep, speak less By Elyse Betters

Have you ever wished Alexa would just shut up?The Future Today Institute, which forecasts how emerging technology will disrupt business, said in its recent 2018 Tech Trends Report that traditional smartphones are on the way out, and that over the next... Read more

Amazon Alexa calling and messaging: What is it, how does it work, and where can you use it?
Amazon Alexa calling and messaging: What is it, how does it work, and where can you use it? By Elyse Betters

Did you know you can use Alexa to call and message others? Amazon's Alexa calling and messaging feature enables you to make and receive calls, as well as send messages between Echo devices, the Amazon Alexa app for iOS and Android and Fire tablets.It's... Read more

How to turn on Alexa Follow-Up Mode and ask strings of questions
How to turn on Alexa Follow-Up Mode and ask strings of questions By Elyse Betters

Amazon buried a little switch in the Alexa app that allows its AI assistant to be a lot more conversational.Available only in the US, the new feature is called "Follow-Up Mode," and when it's turned on, you can make more requests without having to repeat... Read more

Amazon's Alexa is laughing without prompting and freaking people out
Amazon's Alexa is laughing without prompting and freaking people out By Elyse Betters

For a moment, we thought Amazon's AI reached consciousness.Yes, that sounds like something out of a sci-fi horror - but we had to ponder the possibility, considering she managed to wake herself up and start giggling in what can only be described as a... Read more

Amazing Echo bargains: Get an Amazon Echo Dot with Fire TV Stick in a super low price bundle
Amazing Echo bargains: Get an Amazon Echo Dot with Fire TV Stick in a super low price bundle By Rik Henderson

Amazon is hosting some great deals on its own devices in the build up to Mother's Day, with the Echo Spot, Echo Show, 4K Fire TV and Kindle Paperwhite. However, the bargains don't stop there.The company is is offering its bestselling Amazon Echo Dot for... Read more

Amazon Alexa review: What is Alexa and what can Amazon Echo do?
Amazon Alexa review: 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" on these devices is called Alexa, who will perform various tasks for you and control various systems.In... Read more

Amazon might give Alexa smarter real-time translation powers
Amazon might give Alexa smarter real-time translation powers By Elyse Betters

Amazon wants to turn its Alexa assistant into a "sophisticated" real-time translator, according to a new report.Sure, Alexa can already process words and phrases for translation, but soon, it will be able to consider culture when it responds, Yahoo Finance... Read more

Amazon just bought Ring and its smart home devices for $1 billion
Amazon just bought Ring and its smart home devices for $1 billion By Elyse Betters

Amazon wants to dominate the smart home space.The company has agreed to acquire Ring, a smart home company, for more than $1 billion, according to Reuters. A Ring spokesperson said in a statement that "Ring is committed to our mission to reduce crime... Read more

Amazon Echo owners in the UK can now use Alexa to control Fire TVs
Amazon Echo owners in the UK can now use Alexa to control Fire TVs By Elyse Betters

Amazon is bringing far-field voice control to Fire TV devices in the UK.The company has announced that, by pairing a Fire TV device with any Echo device, you can now ask its Alexa assistant to play movies, launch apps, control playback, and more. This... Read more

How to make and receive phone calls with Amazon Alexa
How to make and receive phone calls with Amazon Alexa By Elyse Betters

Amazon allows you to make phone calls through Alexa on Echo devices and the Amazon Alexa app, as well as the Echo Connect accessory.Last year, the company introduced a new feature, called Alexa Calling and Messaging, and then it followed that up with... Read more

Alexa can now play Mornington Crescent with you, be careful though she's a stickler for the rules
Alexa can now play Mornington Crescent with you, be careful though she's a stickler for the rules By Rik Henderson

Amazon's smart voice assistant can do many things, switch on and off your lighting, answer your Ring doorbell, control your Sonos audio system, but did you know that she can also play Mornington Crescent?Not only that, but she's great at it.Ask her "Alexa,... Read more

How to control your Nest devices using Amazon Alexa commands
How to control your Nest devices using Amazon Alexa commands By Elyse Betters

Those of you who own a Nest-branded smart device can immediately begin controlling it with your voice, via Amazon's Alexa.That's right. Nest has two skills that allow its devices to work with Alexa’s voice controls. With the Nest Thermostat skill, for... Read more

Future Echo devices could come with Amazon's own custom AI chip
Future Echo devices could come with Amazon's own custom AI chip By Elyse Betters

Not to be outdone by Apple and Google, Amazon has reportedly begun development of its own artificial intelligence chip.According to The Information, Amazon has started designing a custom AI chip for Echo devices, with the purpose of improving Alexa and... Read more

Amazon reveals how it stops Alexa responding to its hotword unintentionally
Amazon reveals how it stops Alexa responding to its hotword unintentionally By Chris Hall

There probably hasn't been a time that you've consciously been thankful for deep neural networks and machine learning, but that's what Amazon is using to ensure that Alexa doesn't respond to the "Alexa" keyword when you don't want it to. To demonstrate... Read more

Stuck for things to ask Alexa? Try all these...
Stuck for things to ask Alexa? Try all these... By Dan Grabham

If you've got a new Amazon Echo you'll be keen to try out phrases the voice assistant will understand and respond to. Click here to buy the Amazon Echo Click here to buy the Amazon Echo Dot Here then are some of the fun phrases you can try out with your... Read more

How to use Amazon Alexa to send SMS texts to phones by voice
How to use Amazon Alexa to send SMS texts to phones by voice By Elyse Betters

Amazon has quietly updated its Alexa assistant once again - this time, adding the ability to send SMS text messages.You can now ask Alexa to send SMS text messages to a contact's mobile phone, rather than just message people through the Alexa app, but... Read more

Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons are free and available for all Prime members to use
Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons are free and available for all Prime members to use By Rik Henderson

Dash Buttons have been around for a few years now, enabling you to instantly order a product on Amazon through the click of a connected, physical button.Each Button costs a small sum which essentially goes towards your first order.Now Amazon has expanded... Read more

Amazon Echo Spot now available in the UK, pre-order today for £119
Amazon Echo Spot now available in the UK, pre-order today for £119 By Chris Hall

The missing piece of the Echo puzzle - the Echo Spot - is now available to pre-order in the UK. The little brother to the Echo Show, the Echo Spot makes for a perfect bedside companion. See the Echo Spot on Amazon UK  Announced alongside the refreshed... Read more