The Digital Lifestyle Show #589 – Addicted

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Richard, Garry and I talk about smart home addiction, creating smart sensors with Arduino and IFTTT, the latest Windows 10 Insider builds, wifi bulbs, new Amazon Alexa Skills and lots more. http://traffic.libsyn.com/iandixon/TDL_Show_20170216_589.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Dell XPS 13 Long Term Test – 3 Months

The Dell and I have hit our 3-month anniversary. How have things gone so far? To recap, the configuration I am using is the 16gb Kaby Bay i7 incarnation with a 512gb SSD and the 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display. The glossy screen is nearly borderless, and the chassis is…

Smart Home for the rest of us – Part 3: Hive Smart Heating

In the last part of my smart home series (see part 1 and part 2) I looked at control lights and smart plugs with Amazon Alexa and in this this post I am going to look at smart heating. Unlike controlling lighting which was relatively simple to setup, controlling heating…

You can now check your Microsoft calendar with Amazon Alexa

I use an Amazon Dot to control my smart home but it’s also handy for other tasks like checking your calendar. Today Amazon has added the ability to link your Microsoft hosted calendar into Alexa along with the existing Google connection. From the Settings section of the Alexa app (or…

Video: Testing an OLALA 64GB USB 3.0 Lighting/USB Drive

In this video I take a look at an OLALA iDisk USB drive. The cleaver thing about this drive is that it has a lighting connector so you can connect it to an iPhone or iPad and a USB connector that you can connect to a PC of Mac. The…

Video: Hands on with Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update build 15031

Overnight Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10 Mobile for Windows Insiders on the fast ring and in this video I take a look at some of the changes. I have to say this build has the least of amount of changes for some time but still it’s worth…

Microsoft release Windows 10 Creator Update build 15031 for Mobile

Microsoft have released a new Windows 10 Mobile build or Windows Insiders. Build 15031 matches the PC build number released this week and perhaps has the least number of changes of any of the recent builds! Microsoft say the share icon has been changed and other than that it’s all…

Microsoft’s Groove for iOS and Android updated with new features

Microsoft have updated the Groove music app for iOS and Android. The music player has new features on both platforms including new options to explore music genre and to play genre based radio. Its good to see Microsoft keep the Groove app updated on iOS and Android. The app is…

Video: Hands on with Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15031

Microsoft have released a new build of Windows 10 for Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring. Build 15031 has a new compact window mode built into the OS and a new Dynamic Lock feature that locks your PC when you walk away from it. In this video I take a…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #588 – Going Dotty

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Jason, Garry, Richard and I talk about new Windows 10 builds, Windows 10 Cloud, controlling Plex from Alexa, new smart home setups and more. Buy our Windows 10 book: Entertainment Apps on the go with Windows 10. We cover music and video streaming services…

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