Using Amazon Alexa and Alexa routines to control all your Christmas lights

It is that time of year when you go into the loft and get your Christmas lights out. Once you have finished untangled them why not turn them in to smart lights and control them from Amazon Alexa. I can say “Alexa, turn on Christmas tree lights” and my tree…

Amazon Alexa app now available for Windows 10

Amazon have released an Alexa app for Windows 10 (US, Germany & UK). The app enables you to talk to the Amazon assistant via your PC and control you home. You can do all the normal things that you do with the Alexa device like controlling your smart home, check…

Alexa and Cortana integration is now available in the US

  The long awaited Cortana and Alexa integration has arrived in the form of a public preview. Amazon today announced that US users will be able to say “Alexa, open Cortana” and then have access to Cortana’s functions and the reverse is possible from Cortana. You will be able to…

How to setup Amazon Alexa to control your garden lights

 If like me, you have spent lots of time making sure your garden looks good why not get more out of it by having it lit up in the evening. You can spend extra time in your garden in the evenings and carefully positioned lights can make your garden…

Video: Using Alexa to control my TV, Xbox, Sky box and AV receiver with a Harmony Hub

Having an Amazon Alexa play music is great but how about using it to simplify your home entertainment experiences? Using a Logitech Harmony Hub I am able to ask Alexa to turn on TV and it will turn on my smart TV, turn on the Sky set top box and…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #636 – Broken Cards & PCs

This week on the podcast Richard, Garry and I talk about Richard’s trip to the New York Microsoft Store, Microsoft’s commitment to Mixed Reality, Google Earth VR on Windows Mixed Reality, Apple HomePod and the new Windows Insider builds. We also talk about our experiences with the newly launched Amazon…

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…

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