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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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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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Have you Been Wondering What's the Big Deal with Echo Dot?

It can be confusing keeping track of all the different electronic devices out there.  One of those is the Amazon Echo Dot voice assistant.  It can be challenging to know the differences between the regular Amazon Echo and the shorter Amazon Echo Dot.  There is also some confusion as to how they can be used.  Let's get to the root of these questions in this article. Read More >>> about Have you Been Wondering What's the Big Deal with Echo Dot?

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Making Amazon Echo Kid Proof

Everybody loves their Amazon Echo, Dot or Tap voice assistant.  Especially kids love speaking to Alexa, the voice of the intelligence inside the Echo devices.  As a result of kids loving Alexa, parents love Alexa even more!  Here's what you need to do to make sure your Amazon Echo is safe for your kids (and that your kids are safe for the Echo).  First, let's look at some ways Alexa can be useful with kids around. Read More >>> about Making Amazon Echo Kid Proof

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How to Play your MP3's on Echo Alexa

The Amazon Echo is an amazing device that is built around the playback of music. It does not store it's own audio files (such as with a microSD or SD card).  Instead, the Echo is designed to access music either straight from the cloud or from another device via Bluetooth audio.  

Alexa supports many streaming music services including Spotify Premium, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio as well as the Prime Music service and Amazon Music Unlimited.  But what about the music you already own on your computer in MP3 format? Maybe you don't subscribe to a premium streaming service because you already own a lot of your own music in the form of MP3 files on your computer hard drive.  You can play your MP3's on the Echo. Read More >>> about How to Play your MP3's on Echo Alexa

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How to Get The Best Flash Briefing From Alexa

An Alexa Flash Briefing is an up-to-date, pre-recorded audio newscast that you can playback on your Echo, Dot or Tap.  Usually these are from well known media outlets such as ABC, Bloomberg, BBC and NPR.   There are hundreds of available (with more coming). Many flash briefings are also available from lesser known and more independent sources such as Slate, digg, or TechCrunch

You can setup a single Flash Briefing source, or many, in which case they will be played in the order you specify. It is a really cool way to customize a set of news sources, and then be able to play it back at your command. Read More >>> about How to Get The Best Flash Briefing From Alexa

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