You can now control your Netgear Routers from Amazon Alexa

If you have a Netgear router, DSL Gateway or Orbi Home WiFi system you can now control the devices from your Amazon Alexa. Netgear have added the Alexa skill to the UK skills list so you can ask Alexa to do things like reboot your router or enable a guest…

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…

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…

Setting up a Smart Home for the rest of us: Part 2 – Lights

In my first part of my setting up a smart home articles I looked at why I chose Amazon Alexa as the main way of controlling my smart home. In this post I will look at howI have setup my lighting to work Alexa using Philips Hue and my existing…

Setting up a Smart Homes for the rest of us (Part 1)

[Part 2 covering lights is available here] Home automation and smart homes are nothing new, the tech has been around for years and there are some great installations around. I have dabbled with home automation in the past but this year I am really focusing on smarting up my home….

The Digital Lifestyle Show #585 – Public Safety Announcement

Sit back and let you Cortana, Alexa or Siri control your home while you listen to this week’s podcast. Jason, Garry and I talk about the new Windows 10 builds, smart homes, Windows 10 Mobile and lots more. Buy our Windows 10 book: Entertainment Apps on the go with Windows…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #584 – Reduced Blue

Welcome to this week’s podcast. Richard Speed joins Jason and I to talk through the weeks news including the new Windows 10 build for Insiders which includes a lot of new features, we dive in to talk about our favourites. We also talk about Cortana making her way to cars,…

How to control your Amazon Echo or Amazon Dot from Windows 10

[Updated with video guide] I am starting to love my Amazon Dot, I am using it to control my lights and smart plugs, read out the news and play music. When it comes to controlling your Echo or Dot there is an iOS app and there is an app for Android…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #583 – Connected Brain

Welcome to the first show of 2017 where we look back at some of predictions for 2016 and see how well we did. We make our predications for 2017, talk about Amazon taking over our homes, the Windows Insider Program, CES 2017 and lots more. Buy our Windows 10 book:…

mydlink Smart Plugs now support by Amazon Alexa

Last month when I set up Amazon Alexa to control my Christmas Tree lights with D-Link Smart plugs I found the lack of native support of D-Link plugs for Alexa frustrating, in the end I used IFTTT to trigger the mydlink plugs from Alexa which works but is a little…

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