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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