You can now control Plex with Amazon Alexa

Plex is a great media system and now it is even better as you can interact with Plex via Amazon Alexa. There is a new skill for Alexa available that once enabled you can ask “Alexa, tell Plex to play Doctor Who” or “Alexa, asks Plex to play music by…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #587 – In Hot Water

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Jason, Garry, Richard and I talk about the new Windows 10 build, broadband issues, smart home setups and my experiences with my Hive Home installation this week. We also talk about how I managed to solve my problems installing last week’s Windows 10 build…

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 #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…

Mattel to release a Cortana powered kid’s smart hub

Smart Home assistants are going to be big 2017, Amazon have a head start with Alexa but Microsoft are looking to take them on with 3rd party devices. First we had a teaser of a new Harman Kardon Cortana enabled speaker and yesterday at CES Mattel announced a AI smart…

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…

Amazon Alexa becomes a platform as Lenovo announce Amazon Alexa powered Smart Assistant

This week CES 2017 kicked off and one of the first interesting announcement is from Lenovo with an Amazon partnership. Lenovo have announced the Lenovo Smart Assistant a standalone speaker with Amazon Alexa. Essentially it’s an Amazon Echo built by Lenovo so Lenovo get into the smart home market using…

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…

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