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What Is Amazon Echo Auto, and How Does It Work?

Amazon Echo Auto brings most of Alexa’s voice assistant features to the vehicle. With a quick voice command, users can stream audio, receive turn-by-turn directions, make phone calls, shop on Amazon, and more. It’s a welcome …

What Is a Smart Plug?

Smart plugs make any appliance or device smarter by allowing you to control them remotely. You can track energy consumption, schedule when a device turns on and off, and control it with your voice.

How to Turn on Dark Mode on a Nest Hub

Google’s smart displays are great at detecting ambient light. Whether the room is light, dim, or pitch black, the Nest Hub will match it with a theme of its own. However, some people prefer Dark Mode all the time, and you can…

How to Connect a Smart Plug to Alexa

Once you pair a smart plug with Alexa, you can turn any appliance on or off with your voice using an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-powered device or app—making any appliance or device a little smarter.

How to Use Alexa to Pay for Gas

You can pay for gas using Alexa at more than 12,000 Exxon and Mobil gas stations across the USA. All you need is an Alexa-powered device and the phrase “Hey Alexa, pay for gas.” Now, it’s as easy to fill up your tank as it is…

What Is an Echo Dot?

Amazon’s Echo Dot is a smart speaker that uses Alexa, a voice assistant that performs tasks like controlling smart home hardware, setting timers, and answering questions. The Echo Dot has a different design from other Echo s…

Why a Proper Smart Home Needs a Hub

If you’ve ever gone down the rabbit hole of smart home gadgets, you’ve probably run across devices that require a “hub.” You might think, “Why would I buy something that requires additional hardware?” I think you should serio…

What Is a Vivint Smart Home Security System?

With a series of sensors, monitors, and cameras all tied to a central hub, a Vivint security system leverages the connectivity inherent in the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor and protect your home. Read on to find out if …

How to Reset a Ring Doorbell

Amazon’s Ring doorbell is normally reliable, but nothing is perfect. If your Ring doorbell isn’t working properly, try resetting it to factory-default settings. This is also essential if you’re getting rid of your Ring doorbe…

How to Connect Alexa to Wi-Fi

Without a reliable Wi-Fi connection, Amazon Alexa’s witty responsiveness and rapid-fire reactions to all of your favorite questions are not possible. Wi-Fi problems will force Alexa to drop that instantly recognizable long ch…

How to Track Sleep With the Google Nest Hub

Google’s second-generation Nest Hub smart display has the ability to track your sleep using Soli radar technology. It doesn’t watch you with cameras, and you don’t need to wear anything on your body. We’ll show you how to set…

How to Teach Google Assistant Unique Contact Names

Google Assistant on your Nest or Home smart speaker or display won’t work very well if it can’t understand what you’re saying. If there’s someone in your life with a particularly complex name to pronounce, Assistant might str…

How to Leave a Family Note on the Google Nest Hub

Google smart displays are great central hubs for households. One feature that ties into this is “Family Notes.” It’s essentially a modern version of leaving a sticky note on the fridge. We’ll show you how to use them….

How to Use a HomePod Mini with Your Mac

The HomePod mini is a plucky little smart speaker that packs a punch. If you don’t have dedicated speakers for your Mac, it can double as a decent speaker for music and movies. Here’s how to use a HomePod mini with your Mac….

How to Turn off “Hey Siri” on HomePod Mini

The HomePod Mini makes for a great little smart speaker. But the “Hey Siri” functionality can sometimes be less than perfect. If you just want to only use your HomePod Mini as AirPlay speakers, you can disable the “Hey Siri” …

How to Send Text Messages with Google Assistant

Sometimes your hands are full and can’t grab your phone to type out a text message. Thankfully, Google Assistant makes it easy to send SMS with only your voice. We’ll show you how it works on phones and smart speakers….

How to Order Food Using Google Assistant

There’s a good chance that you use your smartphone to order food from restaurants. There are tons of apps that make it easy to do. However, Google Assistant on Android makes it even easier. We’ll show you how….

How to Buy Movie Tickets Using Google Assistant

Buying movie tickets online is much easier than waiting in line at the theater, but what if it could be even better? Thanks to Google’s “Duplex” technology, Assistant can do all the legwork for you. We’ll show you how….
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