Smart Homes

How to Set Up a Routine on Your Alexa Device

Echo 4th Gen

Imagine that by just saying, “Alexa, start my morning,” your bedside Echo Dot can tune into your preferred Spotify playlist, raise your automated smart blinds to let the sunshine in, and set your home’s thermostat to that perfect winter morning 75 degrees. It’s all thanks to one of Alexa’s most useful …

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How Does Amazon Prime Now Work?

How Does Amazon Prime Now Work?

If you love the convenience of Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping, you’ll love Amazon Prime Now. In some communities, this service ships products within two hours. There are some requirements you must meet to get the speedier shipping, or you have to pay an extra fee.  Amazon Prime Now is limited …

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How to Decorate Your Home with Light Strips

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Colorful lights, when done right, can make your home look cool and futuristic. LED light strips have come a long way, which means you can ditch the year-round Christmas lights for something cleaner-looking. LED strips are thin and flexible, so you can put them places traditional bulbs can’t go, like …

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How to Stream Music from Google Home

Google Home Mini

Google stands toe to toe with Amazon when it comes to smart speakers and displays. With a lineup that includes the Google Nest, Google Home, Google Nest Hub, Google Nest Hub Max, the affordable Google Nest Mini, and the powerful Google Home Max, there’s a device for everyone, with plenty …

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How to Stop Amazon from Listening to Your Alexa Recordings

How to Stop Amazon from Listening to Your Alexa Recordings

Alexa is a wonder of the technological world. She effortlessly maintains your smart home, organizes your schedule, obeys your every voice command, and even allows you to play games. As of early 2019, around 100 million Alexa-enabled devices had been sold. Alexa is everywhere, from thermostats to appliances to headphones …

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Amazon Echo Dot 2nd-Gen vs. Echo Dot 3rd-Gen

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Amazon’s Alexa-powered third-gen Echo Dot has been out for some time now. So long, in fact, that many of us are probably scratching our heads in an attempt to remember what the previous generation looked or sounded like. The original Dot helped revolutionize the smart home by making virtual assistants …

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How to Measure Home Energy Use

Smart Meter

From the neighborhood grid to the electrical supply panel in our basements, we’re using our home’s electricity more than ever before. From major appliances like washing machines and hot water heaters to outlets and lighting fixtures, the demand for solid power is always on the rise. While there are various …

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The Best Air Quality Monitors for 2021

The Best Air Quality Monitors for 2021

How clean is the air you’re breathing? At one time or another, your home has probably been the unwilling host of microcosmic pollutants. The best air quality monitors will constantly measure the types of irritants in your air, log the readings, and even kick on your air purifier to combat …

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