Amazon Echo Spot now available to order in the UK

Amazon’s latest Echo is now available to pre-order in the UK. The round screen based Echo Spot will be released January 24th, costs £119.99 and is available in black or white. The Spot is works just like the rest of the Echo device and supports video calls, video playback and…

Amazon Alexa coming to Windows 10 PCs this Spring

It looks like Windows 10 will get native Amazon Alexa support in 2018. Last year Microsoft and Amazon announced that there was to be a partnership between the digital assistants but end of 2017 timeframe was missed and this new integration is coming directly from Amazon. The Verge reports that…

You can now control Emby via Amazon Alexa

Emby is one of my favourite media center systems and now you control the media system via Amazon Alexa. The Emby team have added an Alexa skill so you can ask Alexa what is up next, pause the playback of ask to play a movie. The skill is for Emby…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #632 – Merry Christmas

Welcome to our Christmas episode and the final show of 2017. We have a new build of Windows 10 Redstone 4 downloading with a mammoth amount of changes. We talk about my experiences with the new Amazon Echo Show, Harmony Hub, more disappointments with Ultraviolet and lots more. We somehow…

Video: Amazon Echo Show Unboxig, Setup and Review

Just launched in the UK is Amazon’s latest Echo device the Amazon Echo Show. Amazon’s assistant has evolved and now has a 7-inch touch screen, Amazon Alexa is an essential part of my smart home and I was very interested to see how the Echo Show would fit in with…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #630 – Solving the Maze

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Jason, Garry and I talk Windows Mixed Reality, quantum computing, net neutrality, Windows Insider builds, smart home and lots more. We talk creating routines on Amazon Alexa and discus if TV & Movie subscriptions fragmentation is costing us more and more. Checkout my book: Entertainment Apps on…

Review – Amazon Echo 2017

I first reviewed the Amazon Echo when it arrived in the UK in 2016 and was impressed. My spouse was less so. Have a year of app updates and some new hardware helped or hindered Alexa’s advance into the home? The 2017 Amazon Echo is shorter and squatter than it’s…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #622 – Live from the Cliff Top House

Welcome to this week’s podcast. Jason and talk about the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and our favourite features of the update. We also talk about how you can get the Fall Creators Update now and Redstone 4 builds. We talk about my initial impressions of the…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #621 – On the Edge

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Jason and I can finally talk about the Sonos and Amazon Alexa integration we have been testing for some time. We talk about what you can do with it and potential features for the future. We talk about Microsoft’s mobile strategy of bringing Edge…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #620 – Lost My Groove

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Jason, Richard, Garry and I discus Microsoft’s dropping another consumer service with end of the road for Groove Music. Can you trust Microsoft with consumer services? What is next for the cut? We talk about controlling your car with Amazon Alexa, new Alexa messaging…

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