Amazon Echo Show Review - Do you need the new Alexa?

Amazon Echo Show Review – Honest Review of the Alexa with a screen

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The new Amazon Echo Show has been praised by many tech writers. They’ve gone so far to call it, “The best smart home assistant you can buy.” However, I disagree. I hate the Amazon Echo Show. I bought the two-pack when it was announced and I’m returning both. Why? Read more of my honest Amazon Echo Show review to learn …

How to enable intercom mode with Amazon Alexa/Amazon Echo

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It’s finally here! Here’s a quick video I made on how to enable intercom mode on your Amazon Alexa app with your Amazon Echo devices. “Drop-in” is what Amazon calls the feature that allows you to intercom the different Echo devices in your home. I’ll post another video when I get Echo-to-Echo intercom going. Pretty cool! Have you tried this …

Can you control IKEA Smart Lights with Google Home + Amazon Alexa?

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Swedish home store IKEA has announced that its recently announced Trådfri smart lighting system will soon be compatible with HomeKit, Apple’s smart home management platform. IKEA Lights + Alexa & Google Home Not only that, but IKEA also announced you’ll soon be able to control their Smart Lights with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. I haven’t had a chance to …

Smart Home Deals – Memorial Day Sales

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Nest Thermostat and Google Home – Save $50 Save $50 when you buy both the Nest Learning Thermostat and Google Home at the Nest Store. Save $50 – maybe more – on the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller One of my top 5 favorite smart home products is now available with a $50 gift card. On top of the $50 gift …

Buttons and Remotes For Smart Home Devices

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If you have a smart home, you probably don’t want to use your phone (or voice) for every interaction. You probably want to use a remote, switch or button to control your smart home devices. The definition is home AUTOMATION means not having to do anything – but there are many situations where you need to do something different than …

The Best, Cheap Smart LED Lights – What get for smart LEDs

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I throughly compared all of the different kinds of Smart LED Lights in a previous post. However, the Hue system, which I think is the best, is also the most expensive. By far, the two cheapest Smart LED lights are: GE Link These are my recommendation for the cheapest way to get smart LED lighting in your home. A couple of …