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Smart Speakers Are a Great Tool for the Visually Impaired 

Touchscreens have become the primary way many of us interact with the digital world, but they aren’t great options for the visually impaired. Smartphones have small displays and require precise controls, and their screens shut off after a few moments of inactivity, which makes them difficult to use if your vision…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Use Google Home or Amazon Echo to Control What’s on Your TV

Your smart speaker is getting smarter—and part of that involves taking over what’s on the big TV screen sat in the corner of your living room. You can buy Google Homes and Amazon Echos with screens built-in, but here’s how to use them with a separate display, whether you want to watch movies or see […]

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Use Your Smart Home Devices to Help You Work From Home

That pair of smart lights in your home, the customizable Flic button on your desk, your voice assistant of choice, and the smart outlet in your office all add up to create a smart home you can use before, during, and after your workday. Instead of just telling Alexa to turn on your bright white […]

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How to Protect Your Privacy on Your Smart Home Devices

Smart speakers are cool, convenient and fun to use, but when it comes to privacy, they leave a lot to be desired. If you own an Amazon Echo, a Google Home, or a HomePod, there are a bunch of settings and features to tweak if you’re worried about protecting your personal data.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How the HomePod Stacks Up Against Other Smart Speakers

It seems like every new wireless speaker on the market comes with a voice assistant now. Since 2014, when Amazon announced the Echo, the idea of a smart speaker has taken the gadget world by storm. Apple has finally thrown its hat into the ring with the release of the HomePod, leaving us to wonder […]

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Super Bowl Tips and Tricks for Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Siri

The Super Bowl is almost here, and whether you care about the food, the commercials, or the actual game, there’s something to be excited about. But if none of that interests you, maybe you’ll get a kick out of talking football with your AI assistant of choice.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Add an Aux Port to Your Google Home Mini

The Echo Dot’s best feature (aside from Amazon Alexa voice controls) may just be its built-in aux port, which makes it easy to plug your old speakers into the puck-shaped device. Unfortunately, Google didn’t include an aux port in its similarly-sized Home Mini, meaning you’ll need a Chromecast Audio to connect it to…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Control Your Fire TV With Alexa Voice Commands

Amazon is making it even easier to control your Fire TV without straining yourself with the use of a physical remote. After adding the ability the control your television through an Echo speaker over the summer, the company announced an update on Thursday that adds even more voice-based controls across even more…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Talk to Santa Claus With Your Amazon Echo or Google Home

Thanksgiving has come and gone and that means it’s officially safe to start celebrating Christmas (or Hanukkah if you’re like me). Decorations go up, Christmas music plays at every store, and instead of the classic beta option of writing letters to Santa, you can now talk to him all month long on your smart home…Read […]

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How to Delete the Voice Data That Amazon Echo and Google Home Are Storing

For those of us who don’t have an Amazon smart speaker, visits home for the holidays bring with them a new family member, always being shouted at. Alexa! ALEXA! SKIP SONG! But for anyone living with Amazon’s or Google’s smart home device, day in and day out, you eventually start to wonder: How much is […]

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Use This Alexa Skill to Get the Perfect Brine on Your Thanksgiving Turkey

If you’re on the hook for turkey duty this Thanksgiving and you’re freaking out, Amazon is here to help. The same company that will happily sell you a turkey over the internet can teach you how to prepare it, too, thanks to a new Alexa skill from Morton Salt.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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