Latest Amazon smart home news

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... Read more

Amazon might actually launch a wheeled home robot and high-end Echo soon
Amazon might actually launch a wheeled home robot and high-end Echo soon By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has been quietly tinkering away on two new Alexa-enabled devices: A wheeled home robot, and a high-end Echo speaker.... 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

All the features and functions that come with having more than one Echo... Read more

Amazon's UK head of Alexa and devices: We take privacy very seriously
Amazon's UK head of Alexa and devices: We take privacy very seriously By Dan Grabham

Amazon released its Echo Show 5 last week and we had the opportunity to meet with Dennis Stansbury, Amazon’s UK head of Alexa experience and devices.... Read more

Amazon finally releases the Amazon Echo Wall Clock in the UK to visually display timers
Amazon finally releases the Amazon Echo Wall Clock in the UK to visually display timers By Dan Grabham

Amazon has finally put its £30 Echo Wall Clock on sale in the UK. We say 'finally' because Amazon first mentioned the Wall Clock as part of its big Echo... Read more

Get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99p with a Music Unlimited Family Plan
Get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99p with a Music Unlimited Family Plan By Rik Henderson

You can get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99p if you sign up to an Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan for £14.99 a month.... Read more

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

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

Amazon intros the more compact Echo Show 5 to sit above the Echo Spot
Amazon intros the more compact Echo Show 5 to sit above the Echo Spot By Dan Grabham

Amazon has introduced a more compact 5.5-inch version of the Echo Show - named the Echo Show 5.... Read more

Alexa Guard explained: How it works and how to get it for your Echo device
Alexa Guard explained: How it works and how to get it for your Echo device By Maggie Tillman

You could pay hundreds and perhaps thousands for a smart home security system. Or you could just use the Echo device you already own.... Read more

Amazon surprises us all with Blink XT2 that's cheaper than its first outdoor cam
Amazon surprises us all with Blink XT2 that's cheaper than its first outdoor cam By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has quietly announced a new smart camera under a brand it acquired a couple years ago.... Read more

Alexa is always listening: How to delete your Alexa voice recordings
Alexa is always listening: How to delete your Alexa voice recordings By Chris Hall

If you're worried about your privacy or want to remove a recorded conversation, we have all the details... Read more

Jeff Bezos says that Amazon needs to have multibillion-dollar failures to succeed
Jeff Bezos says that Amazon needs to have multibillion-dollar failures to succeed By Dan Grabham

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says that Amazon needs to "occasionally have multibillion-dollar failures" so that the company is "experimenting at the right... Read more

Sometimes, people at Amazon listen to what you tell Alexa
Sometimes, people at Amazon listen to what you tell Alexa By Dan Grabham

A team of actual living people listen to selected Alexa commands as part of a process intended to help Amazon learn more about what people are asking... Read more

Apple Music comes to Echo devices in the UK and Ireland
Apple Music comes to Echo devices in the UK and Ireland By Dan Grabham

Amazon has told us that Apple Music integration has been enabled on UK-based Echo devices from today.... Read more

How to turn on Alexa's Song ID feature so you'll always know what song is playing
How to turn on Alexa's Song ID feature so you'll always know what song is playing By Maggie Tillman

Once you’ve enabled it, Alexa will announce the artist and name of every song before it plays.... Read more

Amazon stops selling physical Dash buttons because of Alexa shopping and auto-ordering
Amazon stops selling physical Dash buttons because of Alexa shopping and auto-ordering By Dan Grabham

Amazon has stopped sales of its physical Dash buttons, saying that the convenience of them has largely been replaced by new ways to shop.... Read more

Alexa Skill Blueprints: How to easily create and publish custom Alexa skills
Alexa Skill Blueprints: How to easily create and publish custom Alexa skills By Maggie Tillman

Thanks to the Alexa Skill Blueprints initiative, you can make and publish your own custom skills - and you don't need to be an app developer to do so.... Read more

Amazon is acquiring mesh Wi-Fi router company Eero
Amazon is acquiring mesh Wi-Fi router company Eero By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is buying Eero, a company well-known for its home routers and mesh Wi-Fi systems ideal for smart home setups.... Read more

Amazon's Alexa-enabled microwave is 30% off right now
Amazon's Alexa-enabled microwave is 30% off right now By Maggie Tillman

Last summer, Amazon announced dozens of new Alexa-enabled devices, including a microwave. Now, that smart appliance is $18 off.... Read more

Classic Choose Your Own Adventure books return as free Alexa games
Classic Choose Your Own Adventure books return as free Alexa games By Rik Henderson

Two Choose Your Own Adventure books have been given a new lease of life thanks to Amazon and its Audible service and Alexa-enabled devices.... Read more

Amazon joining the Zigbee Alliance is a huge statement of future intent
Amazon joining the Zigbee Alliance is a huge statement of future intent By Chris Hall

The Zigbee Alliance has announced that it has a new board member - and it's one of the biggest players in the smart home.Amazon now takes its seat on the... 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

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

Best Alexa tips and tricks: Get more from Amazon's assistant
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

32 fun things to ask Alexa this Christmas
32 fun things to ask Alexa this Christmas By Rik Henderson

Considering the amazing bargains on Amazon Echo devices recently, you may well have treated yourself or a loved one to an Echo, Echo Plus or another Alexa-enabled... Read more

The Amazon Echo Show now gets you step-by-step recipes from BBC Good Food
The Amazon Echo Show now gets you step-by-step recipes from BBC Good Food By Dan Grabham

Anyone who owns an Amazon Echo Show knows that it's perfect for the kitchen and now Amazon has introduced step-by-step recipes to the UK.... Read more

Amazon's Echo Input is available now, bringing Alexa to any speaker
Amazon's Echo Input is available now, bringing Alexa to any speaker By Rik Henderson

Echo Input adds Alexa to any speaker you have around the house.... Read more

Alexa will soon answer your questions with information provided by other users
Alexa will soon answer your questions with information provided by other users By Maggie Tillman

Congratulations, you’re the newest source Alexa will be using in order to answer questions.... Read more

Big Mouth Billy Bass is now a $40 Alexa-enabled device
Big Mouth Billy Bass is now a $40 Alexa-enabled device By Maggie Tillman

This Alexa-enabled Big Mouth Billy Bass comes directly from Gemmy Industries, the company that makes the original Big Mouth Billy Bass.... 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

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

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

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

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

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