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NEW Tools for Beta Testing your Alexa Skill

Amazon is really on a role when it comes to development tools.  There was already a facility to allow other accounts to access a skill that is still in development, yet it was difficult to use for multiple users and also required the tester to navigate the Amazon Developer website. It was also a little wierd for Alexa developers, as all the language in the prompts referred to mobile apps.   Read More >>> about NEW Tools for Beta Testing your Alexa Skill

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Controlling Your Heating and Air Conditioning HANDS ON with Amazon Alexa

You guessed right, it is home automation week here at VoiceDesigned!  

A great project you might be interested in seeing to completion is that of upgrading your thermostat so that you can control your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) from anywhere!  This article looks at the Sensi Smart thermostat and covers installation, setup and Alexa integration.  There is no support for Google Home yet.   There are a number of different thermostats available from Amazon which support WiFi, and you are always wise to find the one which is right for your situation. Read More >>> about Controlling Your Heating and Air Conditioning HANDS ON with Amazon Alexa

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Home Automation 101 - HANDS ON - Controlling a Smart Plug

The easiest and probably least expensive home automation project you can start with is controlling an electrical socket with a Smart Plug.  This lets you control a standard (non-smart) electrical device like a lamp remotely from your iOS or Android mobile phone and lets you setup scheduling as well.  On top of that, it will integrate with Amazon Alexa and give you the convenience of voice control. Read More >>> about Home Automation 101 - HANDS ON - Controlling a Smart Plug

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Tech Spec Showdown: G. Home vs. A. Echo

Sometimes it has become difficult to find the exact technology that makes up our favorite electronic devices.  Luckily we now have the Internet along with our friends over at iFixIt to give us the insider information on two of our favorite devices: Google Home and the Amazon Echo.  These guys buy the latest tech gadgets and take them apart, revealing all their components.   Read More >>> about Tech Spec Showdown: G. Home vs. A. Echo

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Positive Affirmations and Amazon Alexa

Do you believe "You become what you think about"?  If so, you are probably aware of the idea of purposely keeping positive thoughts going through your mind by repeating empowering phrases.  You may have heard of Louise Hay or Norman Vicent Peale.   However, did you know Alexa on the Amazon Echo, Dot or Tap  can help you with your positive affirmations? Read More >>> about Positive Affirmations and Amazon Alexa

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Siri Apple TV vs. Alexa FireTV Voice Commands

The two premium set-top boxes: Amazon FireTV and Apple TV 4, side by side.  You can look elsewhere for detailed breakdowns of the difference in hardware and software.  For this "voice-off" we are looking at one thing and one thing only: how well each set top box responds to voice commands and questions.  We pit Siri against Alexa. Read More >>> about Siri Apple TV vs. Alexa FireTV Voice Commands

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