Siri vs. Alexa comparison
Published on Apr 28, 2016
Apple’s Siri and Amazon Alexa are similar in that they’re both voice-controlled virtual assistants, but that’s where the similarities end. Which is better? The Verge’s Lauren Goode reports.
The voice-controlled home: Alarm.com and Amazon Echo
Published on May 4, 2016
The Alarm.com skill for Amazon Echo is here, making it easier than ever to control your smart home with the hands-free convenience of voice commands. Here it is in action.
Amazon Echo hands-on review
Published on Sep 15, 2016
Amazon Echo/Echo Dot UK hands-on review: More than a year after Amazon formally launched the original Echo in the US, the company has finally decided to bring its intelligent connected speaker across the pond, complete with Alexa.
So easy - pair your iPhone to Amazon Echo
Published on Dec 2, 2016
Got your hands full? The Amazon Echo is an amazing voice-activated personal assistant. The brand new Echo Dot takes the brains of the Echo, and scales it down into a smaller package. In this video, our Multimedia and Software Editor Danny Chadwick shows us how simple it is to connect an iPhone to the Echo.
One of the most important reasons you would want to connect your iPhone to the Echo is to play your own music! Whether your favorite playlist or a fresh podcast, learning to quickly connect your iPhone is essential. Amazon has made that easy. By simply saying the command, "Alexa, pair" your Echo will be available in your iPhone's Bluetooth settings. Then just select your Echo model in the list of "My Devices" and you can start jamming!
By the way, we've tested and reviewed the sound quality of the Amazon Echo. Have a look:
"Amazon Echo Review"
by Jeph Preece
November 30, 2016
So Easy: how to order an Uber with Amazon Echo
Published on Apr 17, 2017
Uber is in more than 375 cities worldwide. Using the smartphone app, you can order a ride or have food delivered.
And since your bank account information is already saved with Uber, no money changes hands. Convenient, right?
Well, it’s getting even better cause now you can order an Uber using your Amazon Echo.
So easy: Changing Amazon Echo's wake word
Published on Apr 27, 2017
Changing the wake word on your Amazon Echo really is so easy!
Alexa is the name of that little voice that lives inside your Echo. If you’ve got a kid, or worse – ex-girlfriend that shares the same name, fear not – you can change the settings to it’ll respond to a different name.
So Easy: connecting your Amazon Echo to IFTTT
Published on Apr 27, 2017
Connecting your Amazon Echo to IFTTT really is so easy!
IFTTT, also known as If This Then That, is a free Web service that uses triggers to execute an electronic response of some sort.
The Amazon Echo and its Alexa smart assistant is connected to the service, which means you can use it to trigger specific events.
For example, if you let Alexa know your shopping list is complete, then it will email it to you. If you’re home for the evening, then Alexa will alter your smart thermostat's temperature.
Here’s how you do it.