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 #586 – Windows 10 Social Update

Welcome to this week show. Garry, Richard and I talk about controlling the smart home from Windows, new Amazon Alexa setups, complicating the home and the latest Windows 10 insider builds. We also talk iPhone battery life, Xbox updates, using Bluetooth audio over WiFi and more. Buy our Windows 10…

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…

How I setup voice control for my Christmas Tree lights using Amazon Dot

Over the last few weeks I have playing around various smart home components and what other project could there be this time of year other than control of festive lights. There are lots of ways of controlling lights with home automation but my little project is nice and cheap and…

Amazon Echo Dot (2016 UK Version)

Having launched the full-sized Echo in the UK this year, it makes sense that Amazon would follow it up with its cheaper and smaller sibling, the Dot. Appearance Where the original Echo is more of an appliance targeted at the kitchen, the Dot is clearly designed to lurk unobtrusively in…

Amazon Echo Review (2016 UK Version)

Introduction Having been available in the US for nearly 2 years, the Amazon Echo recently launched in the UK. The device itself attempts to improve on the functionality of assistants from Siri and Cortana, and package it into something that could almost be regarded as a domestic appliance. Setup As…

Amazon launched the Fire TV Stick in the UK for £35, £7 for Prime Members

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick was released in the US last October and today Amazon have announced it will be available in the UK from April 15th. The TV stick is a HDMI dongle that has a range of media apps like BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Demand 5, Plex and Amazon’s own…

Amazon announce the Amazon Fire TV Stick

Amazon have announced another streaming device, this one is the Amazon Fire TV Stick. You may think you have already seen the Fire TV and you would be correct. This is a new device, smaller that the Fire TV and around the same size as a Chromecast dongle. It seems…

Amazon Kindle for Windows Phone update

Amazon have issued a minor update to the Windows Phone version of the Kindle app. Version 2.0.0.7 of the app fixed loading screen issues where the app would stick on the lock screen, it also fixes problems with the app crashing on startup. You can find the app in the…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #466 – Rugged Denim

Welcome to a very busy podcast this week. We discuss the Apple announcements and talk about the new bigger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we talk about Apple Pay and of course we talk about the Apple Watch but it’s not all Apple. Last week was the IFA show and…

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