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Amazon Echo: The Alexa commands that all parents need to know

opinion<p><b>Amazon Echo is a new addition to my house.</b><p>The kids have been asking for one for months because they loved chatting with Alexa at our friends’ …

Smart Homes

How to extract text from JPEG screenshots on iPhone

Did you ever snap a photo of a magazine page, or capture a screenshot of text, and wish you could just copy and paste it like any normal text? Maybe it’s a photo of a recipe from a paper book, and you’d like to be able to search for it in future? The good news is that you can easily extract the …

Apps

Amazon Echo Speakers Become A Home Intercom

Amazon has added a new feature called Alexa Announcements to its Echo smart speaker line of products.<p>The feature acts like a one-way intercom that …

Smart Homes

Alexa’s newest trick will turn all of your Amazon Echo devices into intercoms

Tired of yelling down the hall or up the stairs for everyone to come down and eat dinner? Looking to give your voice a well-deserved rest? If so, …

Smart Homes

Amazon makes it easier to give Alexa follow-up commands

It's easy enough to summon Alexa on one of Amazon's speakers, but when you've got a million things to ask the voice assistant, it can be a pain having to say "Hey, Alexa" over and over again. Now, Amazon has rolled out a new feature, which gives its Echo speakers the ability to listen to …

Give Yourself the Gift of Slow Cooker Cream of Mushroom Soup

Slow Cooker Cream of Mushroom Soup<p>Serves 4; makes about 5 cups<p>1 1/2 pounds cremini mushrooms, sliced 1/4-inch thick <br>4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) …

Slow Cookers

This Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Is Better than Takeout

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken<p>Serves 4 to 6<p><i>For the chicken:</i> <br>1/4 cup cornstarch <br>1 teaspoon kosher salt <br>1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper <br>1 1/2 …

Slow Cookers

How to Make Sourdough Biscuits (Cowboy Style) | Art of Manliness

“The heart of his breakfast was a plentitude of sourdough biscuits, which he cooked in a Dutch oven out in the backyard. His pot dough had been …

Sleek battery pack doubles as a wireless charger [Deals]

As far back as Nikola Tesla, people have dreamed of powering devices wirelessly. Somehow we’ve gained a lot of other technological wonders before that, but wireless charging is now a thing. And it’s getting a lot more portable.<p>The JS Wireless Power Bank is part portable battery, part wireless …

How to turn any song into a ringtone with GarageBand for iOS

There are very few iOS tasks that still require a Mac. One of those is getting your own ringtones onto your iPhone. You can buy them, but you can’t add a downloaded ringtone onto your iPhone without hooking up to iTunes. Or can you? GarageBand on iOS lets you save your own creations as ringtones, …

iPhone X keeps your notifications secret from people who aren’t you

Thanks to Face ID, the iPhone X knows when its owner is looking at it, and can hide the content of your notifications until you do so. Now, if somebody else picks up your iPhone X and takes a peek at your incoming alerts, it will only see a list of the apps that have notifications for you. The …

Apps

Fried chicken and doughnut recipes directly from the deep south

The “Deep South” that we think of today is an area of the US that stretches from New Orleans on the Gulf of Mexico into Arkansas’ Ozark mountain range, across to Charleston on the Atlantic Coast and as far north as Kentucky and southern Virginia, and also includes adopted bits of Florida, but …

Baking

WhatsApp finally getting complete message recall and erase feature

WhatsApp is rolling out an extremely privacy-focused new feature to users that should help you quickly fix mistakes in your messages, whether that’s …

Product Recalls

How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

Tips<p>Starting with macOS Sierra and above, Apple implemented the ability to unlock your Mac when you are in proximity, and wearing your Apple Watch. …

Apple Watch

Texting problems on Apple Watch 3? Here's what's going on

The Apple Watch Series 3 includes cellular connectivity, but SMS messages are not treated the same way as phone calls and iMessages. Here's what you need to know.<p>The big new feature on the Apple Watch Series 3 is its ability to live on a cellular LTE network, free from both Wi-Fi networks and the …

Smartwatches

How I fixed my Apple Watch Series 3 LTE connectivity problems

Some Apple Watch Series 3 users are experiencing issues with connecting to LTE when away from their phones, which, you know, kind of defeats the …

watchOS 4: How to customize and use the new Siri face on Apple Watch

watchOS 4 introduces a new Siri watch face on Apple Watch that intelligently updates to show you relevant content throughout the day. The Siri watch face pulls data from 14 different sources by default, but customizing these sources can help remove information from the timeline that you don’t need …

South Park trolls Amazon Alexa owners in this week’s episode

South Park returned to our screens this week, and if you’re a fan of the show with an Amazon Alexa then it was... interesting (spoilers ahead). Cartman, ever the prankster, starts the show’s 21st season off by triggering a virtual Amazon Alexa, and adding disgusting items to its shopping list. If …

South Park

What is an eSIM?

<b>The Apple Watch Series 3 and Pixel 2 represent two of the first popular consumer gadgets to use eSIM, but what exactly is eSIM technology and what</b> …

Amazon Alexa now responds to certain questions with skills that can help you when Alexa can’t

Amazon is making it easier for Echo and Alexa-powered device owners to find voice apps that extend the functionality of its virtual assistant. The company recently launched a new feature that has Alexa making suggestions of third-party skills to try in response to certain questions. In other words, …

Automation

Amazon Echo takes on Sonos with new feature that lets you sync your music across multiple speakers

Amazon's Echo speaker has been a revolutionary product for the gigantic online retailer and a new feature is set to make it even more popular.<p>Today, …

How to use Amazon Echo speakers and Alexa as intercoms

You can call your Echo device from within your house from another Echo device or the Alexa app.With Amazon's Echo speakers, you can set up multi-room …

Amazon Echo

9 ways Amazon's Alexa can help you in the kitchen

Cooking is a social activity. Parents make food. Kids help in the kitchen. Friends bake together. Families bequeath recipes through the generations. People get together for a potluck and trade cooking tips all evening.<p>Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, has become commonplace in many homes, picking …

Automation

Alexa finally makes Fire TV truly hands-free

Amazon is always improving its popular digital voice assistant, Alexa. The latest update: You can now control your Amazon Fire TV using Alexa and the Echo, totally hands-free.<p>Even if you don’t own one of the devices, you’ve probably heard of Alexa, the digital assistant that powers Amazon’s Echo …

Best Smart Thermostats for Amazon Echo in 2018

One of the things you need to know about Amazon Echo — actually, I'm talking about Alexa here — is that in a good many ways, it's hardware agnostic. …

Smart Homes

How to pin notes and use stationery in iOS 11 Notes app

iOS 11’s Notes app is fantastic, and can probably replace apps like OneNote or Evernote for many people. In iOS 11, it mostly catches up with the Mac version — and adds a bunch more neat features only possible on the iPad, like sketching with the Apple Pencil.<p>Today, we’re going to see how to pin …

Apple Pencil

34 Old-School Fishing Tips for Today’s Anglers

For 35 years, H.G. “Tap” Tapply was a mainstay in the pages of <i>Field & Stream</i>, writing the hugely popular “Tap’s Tips” column. Each month, he served …

Fishing

99 Tech Life Hacks You Should Know

A life hack is a strategy, technique, trick or shortcut that can help make life easier – by speeding up efficiency, enhancing productivity and …

Apps

Apple Watch Series 1 vs. Series 2: Know the difference

Smartwatches