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 calling and messaging now available in the UK

Amazon have updated Amazon Alexa enabling support for calling and messaging in the UK and Germany. With the update you will be able to make voice calls between Alexa devices and the Alexa iOS & Android apps. It will be interesting to see how well this works and how it…

Amazon Announcement – Alexa Marches On

It seems that Amazon are considerably better at keeping secrets than Google or Apple, and home automation fans disappointed by a lack of shipping product from Microsoft got an Echo-shaped treat this week instead during Amazon’s Seattle presentation. Echo Perhaps least surprising was the announcement of a replacement for the…

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

UPDATE November 2017. Since writing this article last year D-Link have introduced support for Alexa so its now much easier to get it working. To get it working I used a D-Link smart plug which cost around £26, an Amazon Echo Dot at £36 and normal LED Christmas tree lights. So now I…

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…

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