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The latest news and guides surrounding Amazon Alexa. Whether you’re looking for tips for using your Echo device or better ways to utilize the voice assistant in general, we’ve got you covered.

The Amazon Echo Show 8 at the Devices Event 2023.

Adding AI to Alexa is the brain transplant we’ve all been waiting for

Present-day Alexa sucks. But new generative AI features promise the type of effortless interaction we’ve been promised for a decade.
Amazon Echo Hub.

The Amazon Echo Hub is almost the whole-home hub I’ve always wanted

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) on table.

What an Alexa red ring means and how to fix it

Amazon SVP of Devices and Services Dave Limp demonstrates the Let's Chat feature of Alexa, powered by AI.

At long last, Amazon brings AI features to Alexa

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen, 2020 release)on a table with a yoga matt and water bottle.

The best Amazon Alexa smart speakers

Best Amazon Echo deals: The Show, Pop and Dot are on sale

The Amazon Smart Thermostat hanging on wall.

Break out of a rut with these useful summer-focused smart home routines

Echo 4th Gen speaker on table.

What is Amazon Alexa, and what can it do?

Amazon Echo 4th Gen smart speaker on a table.

Best Amazon Alexa accessories: lights, plugs, thermostats, cameras, and more

Nest Smart Thermostat on wall.

The best smart thermostats for Alexa

A blue Echo Pop sitting on a table.

How to set up the Echo Pop

Amazon Echo Pop in four colors.

Echo Pop vs. Echo Dot: which is the better smart speaker?

Amazon logo on the headquarters building.

Amazon to pay $30M in FTC settlements over Alexa, Ring privacy violations

Regulators accused Amazon of violating privacy laws on a number of fronts, though the tech giant denies breaking the law.
The Amazon Echo Pop and its retail box.

Amazon Echo Pop Review: a perfectly priced Alexa

The Amazon Echo Pop is the least expensive way to get into the Alexa ecosystem — and you basically get what you pay for. Which is good.
Ring Floodlight Camera placed on a wall outside.

How to turn off Amazon Sidewalk on Ring devices

Amazon Sidewalk is a local networking feature that keeps your Ring devices online in the event of a web outage. Enabled by default, here's how to turn it off.
Echo 4th Gen

What to know before you enable Alexa Guard

Compatible Amazon Echo smart speakers and displays can help protect your home with a feature called Alexa Guard. Here are all of the details you need to know.
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) vs Google Nest Mini

Alexa Guard vs. Nest Aware: which is the better option?

Alexa Guard and Nest Aware are home security branches of Amazon and Google's smart home ecosystems, but which of the two is the better package? Let us weigh in.
AI assistants compared with ChatGPT.

Forget ChatGPT — Siri and Google Assistant do these 4 things better

Thanks to ChatGPT, the AI buzz is everywhere. However, don't let OpenAI's rockstar AI trick you into ditching the trusty Google Assistant or Siri on your phone.
Amazon Echo Show 10.

The most common Echo Show problems and how to fix them

Is your Echo Show giving you issues? Here the most common bugs that pop up with the Amazon smart display and several fixes you can try.
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How to use Amazon’s Alexa app on your smartphone

Amazon's Alexa app brings its immensely popular voice search and control features to many Android and iOS phones. We'll show you how to make the most of it.
Alexa together.

How to use Alexa Together

Alexa Together is a useful suite of Alexa features designed to help you keep tabs on family members remotely. Let's explore the many things the platform can do.
Dani lights a cigarette as zombies attack her from behind in Dead Island 2 key art.

Dead Island 2’s Amazon Alexa voice commands are novel, but limited

Dead Island 2's Alexa Game Control implementation allows players to change weapons and set waypoints, but it's a little limited so far.
Amazon Echo Show 5th Generation on a shelf.

How to connect Matter devices to Amazon Alexa

Connecting Matter devices to Amazon Alexa is a simple process, but there are a few requirements to be aware of. Here's everything you need to know.
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How to enable whisper mode on Alexa, and how exactly it works

With whisper mode, you can chat with Alexa whenever you want, even at 3 a.m. This guide shows you how to enable this cool feature and explains how it works.
The Amazon Smart Thermostat hanging on wall.

How to fix an Amazon Smart Thermostat that’s unresponsive or not working as expected

If you're looking to fix an unresponsive Amazon Smart Thermostat, there are plenty of troubleshooting steps you can try. Here's what you need to know.
Drop In on the Amazon Echo Show 10.

How to Drop In on an Echo, Echo Show, or Echo Dot

Amazon's Drop In feature allows users to communicate through Echo devices. Here's how to use the Drop In feature with your Echo smart speakers.
Apple HomePod mini on table

HomePod Mini vs. Echo Dot: which is better?

Amazon and Apple have two new smart speakers on the market, but which of these next-gen devices is truly the best? Let's take a deeper look at both speakers.
Echo Dot 4th Gen Clock Model

How to change Alexa’s name or the name Alexa calls you

Tired of having Alexa listen when you don't want her to? This guide breaks down how to change Alexa's name, as well as what name Alexa calls you.
Amazon Echo Show 15 Smart Display on a wall.

The best Alexa skills to use on your Amazon Echo in 2023

Amazon Alexa has changed the way we live and play with tech. Here, we compiled some of the best and most useful skills that you can add to your Alexa today.
Amazon Echo Auto

The Amazon Echo Auto is a car accessory only die-hard Alexa users should get

The Amazon Echo Auto is a great way to get Alexa in your car without breaking the bank, but it's also an accessory you probably don't need.
Echo 4th Gen on table.

The best Amazon Echo tips and tricks

Making the most of Amazon's virtual assistant, Alexa, isn't that tough. We've compiled a list of the top Echo speaker tips and tricks that everyone should know.
Amazon Alexa Voice Remote Pro.

Amazon’s Alexa Voice Remote Pro review: put it in the box already!

The Amazon Alexa Voice Remote Pro is the best Fire TV remote — which is a shame because you'll have to pay extra for it.
Some scary teens in The Midnight Club.

How to find ghosts with Alexa (and other scary skills)

Far more than a smart home controller, many Alexa devices can also be used for some truly ghoulish fun. Here are some of our favorite frightening Alexa skills.
Astro looking at a dog on a couch.

Despite its new features, Astro is still impractical for most people

Amazon's Astro is a nifty invention, but it's functionality is still limited. It's not the most practical purchase for the vast majority of people.

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