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16 of the best Alexa skills that we're obsessed with right now

Amazon Alexa is the retail giant’s "personal assistant" that lives inside of every Amazon Echo and Amazon Fire TV Stick device. The smart digital …

427 Genius Ways To Make Everything You Own Look More Expensive

As my mother always said: "Fake it 'til you make it."

The Essential Things to Know Before You Visit New York City

Follow these tips, and you may even be mistaken for a local.<p>New York City can be an intimidating place. It’s loud, crowded, and there seems to be some kind of unwritten code of conduct that only locals can understand. But even though New Yorkers get a reputation for being the chilly …

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9 Alexa tips for music lovers

Simple as it may be, streaming music is one of Alexa's key features, largely because it does it so well. Alexa removes a lot of the friction that used to exist when trying to play music throughout your home. You no longer have pull out a phone, connect the phone to the speaker, look up the music …

How to Voice Train Your Amazon Echo Device

You can help Alexa better understand your voice, leading to fewer mistakes.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

Guidemaster: Everything Amazon’s Alexa can do, plus the best skills to enable

Make the most out of Alexa by using these features and skills each day.<p>If you've just introduced one of Amazon's Echo devices into your home and feel …

8 Fantasy Football players worth reaching for in 2017

Fantasy Football season is quickly approaching. The NFL preseason (less than four weeks away) is when most leagues hold their fantasy drafts, so it’s time to start eyeing potential targets.<p>We’ve put together a list of eight players to consider reaching for (selecting them higher than their average …

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How to get better weather forecasts on your Alexa speaker

A feature of Alexa I use almost every day is the weather forecast. It's a prominent feature that's baked into your Flash Briefing and you can ask for things like tomorrow's weather, the weekend forecast or for weather anywhere in the world.<p>However, Alexa's built-in weather just isn't in-depth …

Hilarious Things You Can Make Alexa Do on the Amazon Echo

Who knew she was this entertaining?!<p>Alexa can do more than just tell you the weather, make purchases on Amazon, and play music.

14 Amazon Shopping Tricks Everyone Should Know

And you don't need Amazon Prime to use them.<p>You already know about all the secret perks that come with a Prime membership, but some of these …

Amazon Deal Drops Price of Echo, Echo Dot

You can get $10 off the Echo Dot and $40 off the Amazon Echo until June 5, but there's a catch.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

Amazon Echo gains iCloud Calendar support ahead of rumored ‘Siri Speaker’ competitor introduction

While Apple may be planning to unveil its ‘Siri Speaker’ next week at WWDC, Amazon is updating its Echo ecosystem to work with iCloud Calendars. Amazon’s Alexa app can now link Apple iCloud Calendars to enable Echo integration.<p>iCloud Calendar support for the Amazon Echo ecoystem means users can …

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Have You Heard of the New Amazon Echo Silver?

<i>This content originally appeared on Fortune.</i><p>A new iteration of the popular Amazon Echo created by <i>Saturday Night Live</i> may be more suitable for the …

Six Awesome Amazon Alexa Skills You Might Not Know

Amazon's Alexa service has the most skills to enable and have fun with, but that doesn't mean it is easy to find the good ones. There are a lot of …

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These Are All of Amazon's 4-Star Alexa Skills

Amazon Alexa's more than 20,000 third-party skills are the way to make your Echo really come alive. Here are all of Amazon's four-star skills.<p>PCMag …

Finally! Alexa can change the color of your smart lights

Amazon's virtual voice assistant Alexa shares a lot of the same novelty appeal as color-changing smart lights from names like Philips Hue, and if you're a fan of both, then here's some good news -- she can finally change their color upon command.<p>Until now, Alexa's software only allowed her to turn …

The Best Amazon Alexa Skills

Trick out your Amazon Echo with the coolest and most useful skills in Alexa's arsenal. From news and local information to games, shopping, and …

Here's everything the Amazon Echo can do

2017 NCAA Bracket Predictions: Best Picks for Every Matchup

Go with your gut.<p>That has always been my bracket-picking philosophy.<p>Last year, I tried to go with my head. Stupid me.<p>I decided I was going to pick the team to win the title that I trusted the most, and that was Michigan State. Didn't matter where the Spartans were slotted. That was my champ.<p>Sparty …

You can finally pair the Amazon Echo with Bluetooth speakers

More than two years after its debut, the Amazon Echo can now stream audio to external speakers over Bluetooth.<p>Amazon's team made no announcement about the update, and it's unclear exactly when they first started rolling it out. Amazon would only tell us that they pushed the update "recently" before …

Amazon Alexa Can Now Be Your Doctor

Just when you thought Amazon’s virtual assistant knew enough already, WebMD – the hypochondriac’s favorite website – has teamed up with the retail giant to give Alexa medical diagnosis capabilities.<p>The integration will allow Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Fire TV users to ask Alexa basic health queries, …

Best Speakers to Use with Your Amazon Echo Dot in 2018

• Best overall<br>• Best for simplicity<br>• Best for portability<br>• Best for sound quality<p><i>Best Overall:</i> Sonos Play:1<p>See at Amazon<p>The Sonos Play:1 isn't a Bluetooth …

Alexa passes 10,000 skills — here are the top 10

Amazon today announced that there are now more than 10,000 Alexa skills available on devices like the Amazon Echo. By comparison, there were roughly 130 skills available last January, and Amazon surpassed the 5,000 mark just last November.<p>Skills have been created that allow you to order chicken …

If you don't already have Amazon Prime, you'll love their latest update

For an annual fee of $99 or a monthly charge of just $10.99, Amazon Prime allows you free two-day shipping and even free same-day delivery depending on your zip code. While being a Prime member definitely has its benefits, some people just don't see the catch.<p>Thankfully, earlier this week Amazon …

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Amazon Wants To Help Make Your Home Smart

The best marketing is education. During a time when products and services are largely the same, educating your customers can differentiate your brand. One recent and exciting example comes from Amazon who has taken steps to offer in-home education to teach consumers how to make their home smart. A …

Amazon Alexa Can Now Unlock Your Doors

Last September, Marcus, a 31-year-old resident of Springfield, Missouri, discovered a flaw with Apple’s HomeKit, the iPhone maker’s program for hooking up smart home gadgets in iOS. Marcus had outfitted his entire house with an array of HomeKit-approved lights, thermostats and door lock. The setup …

Everything You Can Do With Amazon Alexa

'Alexa, tell me a joke.'<p>Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa can make it so you never have to lift a finger to perform certain actions.<p>Not only can Alexa tell you simple things such as the time, set up an alarm and play music, but it's also programmed to do things such as request an Uber pickup and order …

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Kapow! Amazon’s Alexa has learned new words – and she’s more nerdy than ever

An update has added more geeky in-jokes and references to the e-commerce giant’s AI assistant, from ‘Cowabunga’ to ‘Great Scott!’<p>Alexa, the talking lady who sits inside the Amazon Echo waiting for you to say her name, is having a personality makeover. The talking AI’s latest update comes with a …

The best way to put Alexa in every room of your house

CES 2017 wrapped up last week and while there was plenty to talk about at the event, there’s no question that Amazon Alexa was the star of the show. …

iHome Smart Plug can control anything in your house with Alexa or Siri

It seems like every tech conversation these days is about Amazon Alexa and voice controls. Why? Because Alexa is awesome, and controlling stuff with …