They're the connected giants of the modern world. Amazon has fundamentally changed the way we shop, and Google has fundamentally changed the way we search for information. Now, with the rise of the smart speaker and the companies' Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, they're looking to revolutionize another aspect of our lives too – how we control our homes, our entertainment, and ourselves.Powered by Amazon's Alexa or the Google Assistant, these voice controlled audio devices look to make everyday chores simpler. Want to set a timer while cooking? Just bark a request at your Google Home. Need a Sunday morning playlist to wake up to? Alexa can conjure one up for you with just a voice command. Whether you're using an Echo or a home, each can carry out thousands of requests, from acting as a personal DJ to being the smart home butler of the digital age. The two can seem initially very similar, but with some key differences between the two product ranges you’d be … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo vs Google Home: which is the smart speaker for you?
Amazon echo easter eggs
If you have kids and an Amazon Echo device, there's a good chance you've experienced the hilarity / horror of them accidentally finding some expletive-laden song just by their requesting goobledeegook. So a new Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition will be music to the ears of tech-savvy parents.Launching in the US first (we'll have word on global availability as soon as it is announced), it costs $79.99 – considerably more expensive than a standard Echo Dot. However, it does come with some unique, child-friendly perks, including a two-year damage replacement warranty, a colorful rubber case in either red, blue or green and a year's subscription to the FreeTime Unlimited kid-focussed service.With Alexa, FreeTime Unlimited lets parents leave their children in the capable hands of a selection of expletive-free radio stations including IHeartRadio Family, 300 appropriate Audible audiobooks and tailored premium skills from Nickelodeon, National Geographic and Disney, including alarms that … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition makes Alexa voice assistant child friendly
Amazon Echo smart speakers are leading the charge in terms of sheer numbers finding their way into our homes, and for good reason, they come in a variety of sizes, qualities, and with prices for every budget.The range may have started with the original Amazon Echo, but that was a few years ago now, and there are now five different devices on offer (and that's the conservative number).There are Echos with screens in the Amazon Echo Show and Amazon Echo Spot, with smart home hub features in the Amazon Echo Plus, and for the conscious in the Amazon Echo Dot.Confused? We don't blame you. So here’s our ranking of the Amazon Echo lineup as it currently stands. We’ve divided the list into two sections, screen-less and screen-equipped, and we've omitted the left-field Amazon Echo Look because it's just so different from the rest of the lineup. Note that while all the devices featured here are available in the US, some have yet to be released outside the US, and Amazon has yet … [Read more...] about Best Amazon Echo speaker: the Dots, Spots, Shows and Pluses compared
If you’re tired of asking you Amazon Echo speaker's Alexa voice assistant for boring stuff, like what the time is or how long to cook an egg, it’s time to scrub up on the Easter eggs that she’s been hiding all this time. No, not real life Easter eggs of the chocolate variety, but the secret commands and inside jokes you can ask her to get a reply that’s sometimes informative, often laugh out loud funny or at times just downright dismissive. I mean, what did you really expect her to say when you asked her out on a date? Or whether Siri is better than her? Mind your manners!From classic Star Trek lines and memes to getting to know Alexa a bit better, here are some of our favorite old and new Alexa Easter eggs for Amazon Echo or Echo Dot owners to feast on.Just a quick note before we continue - we decided not to include Alexa’s responses to these fun questions, because we didn’t want to spoil the fun of you hearing them for yourselves. Enjoy!Easter … [Read more...] about 80 Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs: Fun tips and tricks for your Echo speaker
Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa can stream music, read off the day's headlines, or take control of your smart home, but half of the fun is asking questions out of left field to see if she can keep up. And, in a lot of cases, she can. It turns out that Alexa loves a good inside joke, and with good reason. The ability to play along with your favorite Star Wars reference or awkwardly deflect questions about where babies come from is all part of Alexa's charm. Without it, the Amazon Echo would be a less successful voice platform -- after all, no one likes talking to a stuffy, out-of-touch know-it-all. To that end, Alexa's cloud-powered smarts are packed with Easter eggs, and Amazon's seemingly adding in new ones every day. Here are some of our current favorites: Now Playing: Watch this: The weird, wonderful world of Alexa easter eggs 1:06 Alexa's geek cred Think of your favorite geeky show or film, and there's a good chance Alexa's a fan. Trekkers in … [Read more...] about The weird, wide world of Amazon’s Alexa Easter eggs