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How to string multiple Alexa commands together

Your Alexa speaker is now capable of handling a string of commands. Here's how.<p>Smart speakers do a great job of making simple tasks around the house easier. Control the brightness or color of your lights, change the thermostat temperature, control multiple alarms and timers and even order food for …

Smart Homes

Chamberlain's MyQ Garage is a smart-home gateway drug - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Chamberlain MyQ Garage is one of the most affordable smart garage-door openers, and also one of the easiest to install.<p><b>The Bad</b> It works with a growing list of other smart home products, but notables like SmartThings and Revolv still don't have official support.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> …

Home Automation

Tell the family 'dinner's ready' with Alexa Announcements

Rolling out to customers in the US and Canada today, the new feature lets you send a short voice message to every Echo device under your roof with a single voice command.<p>"Dinner's ready!" is about as common an exclamation as you'll hear in the average family household. Now, families that use Alexa …

Smart Homes

Turn your old phone into a home security camera you can watch from anywhere

If you have one or more old phones hanging around, here's a way to turn them into security cameras you can log into from anywhere.<p>Instead of letting your previous phones collect dust in your desk drawer, you can put them to good use. Aside from selling them for a fraction of what you bought them …

Android Phones

Total recall? Amazon's giving Alexa a better memory

New features are on the way for Amazon's voice assistant -- including the ability to remember things about you.<p><b>Skills Arbitration</b> -- Alexa will discover, enable and launch skills on her own based on the specific thing you're asking her to do. Ask her how to remove an oil stain from your shirt, for …

Logging

How to get Alexa to remember things

Need to remember something? Tell Alexa to remember for you.<p>Alexa now has the capability to learn and recall for you. She can remember birthdays, anniversaries, clothing sizes, names and more.<p>Get Alexa to remember special days<p>Never forget a birthday, anniversary or special day again when Alexa has …

Smart Homes

7 tips and tricks for the $20 Wyze Cam

Get the most out of your cheap new security cam with these tips and tricks.<p>A $20 home security camera that live streams video to your phone seems too good to be true, I know. But that's exactly what the Wyze Cam V2 is and does.<p>This tiny camera and its phone app allow you to talk through the …

Time-lapse Photography

How to use Alexa as an intercom

Amazon's Alexa speakers can let you drop in on family members or broadcast to the family that dinner is ready. Here's how.<p>Since Amazon first enabled voice calling and messaging between its Echo-branded smart speakers, it's also added various ways Alexa users can communicate with one another using …

Smart Homes

Amazon's Ring app lets you report package-stealing neighbors

And maybe puppy-thieving delivery drivers?<p>Last February Amazon bought Ring, makers of a video doorbell. The first announcement since the acquisition is an app dubbed "Neighbors" that allow you to send and receive alerts with caught-on-doorbell-video footage about crimes and misdemeanors in your …

Jeff Bezos

A Step-by-Step Guide to Painlessly Plan and Vet Your Retirement

Planning your retirement seems boring. But whether your retirement is five years away or fifty, it’s never too early to start planning for your …

Retirement

18 iPhone Tips That'll Make You Seem Like A Phone Wizard

Holy shit! These are legit.

IPhone 8

Here’s the Maximum Social Security You Can Get If You Wait Until 70

Postponing Social Security can significantly increase your monthly Social Security check, even if you qualify for the maximum benefit.<p>Social Security …

Retirement

Ask the Builder: Don’t let contractor skip steel reinforcement in concrete driveway or patio

<b>Q: Tim, my builder is telling me to forget about using reinforcing steel or mesh in my concrete driveway and patio. He says he’ll just add an inch of</b> …

Home Improvement

How To: 14 Safari Privacy Settings You Need to Check on Your iPhone

Facebook, Equifax, even Twitter — thanks to recent security breaches and data scandals, our privacy and how it's managed is in the public eye more …

Information Systems

41 Genius Sanding Tips You Need to Know

Home › Woodworking › 41 Genius Sanding Tips You Need to Know<p>Save yourself some time and hassle during your next woodworking project with one (or 41!) …

Woodworking

Social Security: What You Don't Know About Your Biggest Retirement Benefit

You would not be alone if you didn't know how Social Security works. Nearly half (47%) of Americans age 50 and over failed a basic true/false …

Retirement

Which iPad to Actually Buy (and the Ones to Avoid)

05.15.18<p>08:00 am<p>Buying an iPad is more complicated than it needs to be, but we're here to help.<p>Buying an iPad should be simple. You just buy …

IPad Pro

Groundhog Day Recut from Rita's Perspective Looks a Lot Different

To most people, <i>Groundhog Day</i> is a treasured comedy that features one of Bill Murray’s finest performances. To others, it’s a metaphor for all kinds …

Comedy

4 Examples That Will Confirm You Were Born to Be a Leader

Do you have a natural bent for people and relationships? That's a good starting point.<p>Ever wonder if you're true leadership material? Perhaps you've been told you are, but the question is <i>by what standard</i>? Thousands of leadership books are written each year, many of them with marketing agendas to …

Leadership

6 Things No One Ever Tells You About Retirement

Many of us look forward to retirement as the reward for a lifetime of hard work. While the post-work years can truly be golden for those who plan for …

Retirement

Good News: Your Retirement Savings May Last Longer Than You Think

Generally speaking, retirees appear to have good saving skills.<p>A new survey released by the Employee Benefit Research Research Institute (EBRI) last …

Retirement

Planning to Work Until Age 70 or Older? Don't Count on It

Almost four in 10 workers plan to work until 70 -- but you'll be shocked by how many current retirees were actually able to work that long.<p>If you're …

Retirement

How does this $12 Bluetooth tracker have the simple feature missing from Tile’s $30 tracker?

Tile’s Bluetooth trackers are fantastic, but the prospect of buying a device you know you’re going to have to throw away and purchase again is …

Tech Trends

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3 Reasons It's Dumb to Take Social Security Benefits at 62

Filing for Social Security at the wrong time could set you and your family back financially. Here's why claiming benefits at 62 is a bad idea.<p>There's …

Retirement

How to talk to every Amazon Echo in your house at the same time

It's no secret that your Amazon Echo is capable of a multitude of different features, and one of my favorites that seems to have slipped under the …

Smart Homes

The Best Rome Travel Tips From Our Readers

Rome wasn’t toured in a day. “Remember you cannot possibly do it all,” says reader neededaname. “Living there full time for about a year and a half …

Italy

How Can You Be Sure Someone Has True Leadership Skills? Look for These 2 Rare Signs

Do you have a favorite boss story? Most likely, you found her or him displaying these two skills.<p>Every one has a great boss story. What's yours? Mine takes me back to 2005. I reported to an executive in a mid-size hospital in Los Angeles. To this day, Bruce is my favorite boss because of his …

Leadership

Here's How the IRS Calculates Your Income Tax

Your income tax is far more complex than simply applying a tax rate to the money you earn.<p>The U.S. tax code is quite complex, so it's no wonder many …

Flood-proof your home with Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Leak/Water Freeze Detector

Priced at $80, the Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Leak and Water Freeze Detector is a nifty device that pings your smartphone as soon as a leak is detected at …