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Transform Your Amazon Echo Into a White Noise Machine With This Skill

Every night around 2am, the gentleman that lives above me decides to move a piece of furniture and then throw roughly 7,000 pennies at it. Or at least that’s what I’ve convinced myself he’s doing. Whatever it is it’s startling and consistently wakes me up, but isn’t momentous enough for him to have “any idea” […]

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How to Get Alexa to Read Your Emails, and Tell You If ‘That’ Message Has Arrived

Amazon rolled out a new email-reading feature to its virtual assistant Monday that allows it to read a summary of your new and important messages from the last 24 hours. When it does, you can then opt to read, reply to, delete, or archive those messages, all without powering on your actual computer.Read more… Continue […]

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How to Use Amazon Echo as Your Home Security System

If you’re renting, you may not be able to install a traditional wired security system—and if you live in a small space, you probably won’t need to. Instead, consider building your own security system piecemeal with an Amazon Echo device as the brains of the operation. Amazon’s Alexa integrates with literally thousands…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Amazon’s Read-Along App for Kids Is Now Free  

You know those viral videos where it looks like you’re spying on a text conversation? They vary in satisfaction, but they’re hard to turn away from. That’s sort of the concept behind Amazon Rapids, the chat-style storytelling app for kids ages 5-12. Young readers follow along as stories unfold through text bubbles.…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Amazon Fire TV Cube Is Another Alexa-Powered Curiosity

Amazon Fire TV has always been one of my favorite gadgets. The Amazon Echo, as I’ve previously explained, gives me pause. So when I heard that Amazon was combining Fire TV with Alexa capabilities to create a whole new device called the Amazon Fire TV Cube, my first thought seemed peculiar: Uh oh, people are […]

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