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Here’s how to connect the Nanoleaf lights to your Google Assistant, Alexa, or Homekit

So you just got some of Nanoleaf's sleek new smart light panels to decorate a room in your house and want to connect them with your smart home setup? No problem, here we have the summary of how to do it. The Toronto-based company launched two new 'Shapes' based lighting options, the new Shapes Triangles and Mini Triangles. But whether you're moving them around, the Shapes Hexagons (which are interoperable with the other Shapes options), or the old Canvas or Light Panels, the integration process with your smart home should look the same. First, you will need to download the Nanoleaf app and follow the steps to set up and connect your lights to the app. Without that step, the rest will not work. Once done, you can integrate Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or Homekit to control the...
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Amazon Alexa September Roundup: Telus Optik TV Skill and More

September 2020 has been an eventful month for Amazon, as the company announced a handful of new Alexa devicesincluding the next generation Echo devices, all new Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Liteas well as the new WiFi 6 compatible Eero Pro 6 and eero 6 mesh systems. In addition to these key hardware releases, Amazon also rolled out some exciting new skills for Alexa, including a Telus Optik TV integration skill. Below are some of the top Alexa updates you should know about for the month of September.Telus Optik TV integration On September 9, Telus launched an Alexa integration that includes Video Skill Kit (VSK) and a smart home skill, which allows customers to control their Telus Optik TV by voice through their Echo device. Connected with Telus Home Assistant, users can...
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Amazon Alexa App to Launch ‘Auto Mode’ for Echo Auto on iOS and Android

Amazon has announced that its Alexa app for iOS and Android will get a new feature called Auto Mode in the coming weeks. Automatic mode in the Alexa app turns your iPhone or Android smartphone into a smart display to work with. Company Echo Autoand compatible Alexa car accessories. The feature will display large images and have large touch targets for common actions such as saved locations, phone calls, or recent media playback. There are four screens for automatic mode in the Alexa app: Starting screen- Shortcuts to play and pause the current music source, navigate home or work, and make a call. You can simply tap the shortcut to start the action or ask Alexa, for example, "Alexa, keep playing my music." Surf- One-click access to your favorite locations stored in the Alexa ...
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Finally, you can turn your boring Amazon Echo Dot into Baby Yoda

If you are a fan of both Star Wars and Amazon Alexa, well, today is your lucky day. A new Otterbox accessory turns the third-generation Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker into The Child of The Mandalorian, an excellent Star Wars series available at Disney +. Amazon's list for the Echo case lists its features, such as how its durable materials can "withstand everyday use." And there is the "precision fit anti-slip base designed for optimal audio output." But really, what does any of that matter? Turn your boring smart speaker into Baby Yoda.The child support is available to pre-order now and will launch on August 20. It costs $ 34.95 in Canada. You can make your order here. Otterbox generally makes smartphone cases, but it appears ...
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Amazon refreshes Alexa app homescreen

The Amazon Alexa app is getting a facelift with a new proactive ‘Home’ screen that’s more user friendly. Beyond the Home page, the ‘More’ section has been packed with a few of the features that have been moved from the now-removed side menu. The homepage is now filled with quick access tiles that should offer users the right info at the right time, once the algorithm learns how you use the app. This means that your Amazon shopping list will always be pinned to the homepage along with music controls and any upcoming reminders or alarms. Scrolling down on the Home page presents users with a plethora of Alexa tips, such as recommended commands, how to send messages between Echo devices, how to make Routines and more. This section shou...
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Amazon developing tool to let Alexa launch Android, iOS apps

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant could soon launch apps on Android and iOS, bringing it more in line with competitors. Dubbed ‘Alexa for Apps,’ Amazon announced the new platform as part of its Alexa Live presentation. It will be available in preview starting July 22nd. Amazon’s vision for Alexa for Apps is to allow users to ask the voice assistant to, for example, open Twitter and look up a hashtag or launch TikTok and start recording a video. Alexa would leverage a companion skill — Amazon’s terms for Alexa integrations with other software — to launch an app and do an action. It’s worth noting that these are functions that Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant can do to varying degrees. Both voice assistants let you open apps on your ...
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Amazon’s ‘Alexa for Apps’ Lets Developers Connect Alexa Skills to iOS, Android Apps

Amazon has today announced the rollout of its ‘Alexa for Apps’ developer preview, which allows developers to seamlessly connect Alexa skills to iOS and Android apps. Alexa for Apps is easy to implement with any app that can be opened with deep links and is already being added to TikTok, Yellow Pages, Uber, Sonic, and more. Alexa for Apps is free to use, simple to set up, and works across both iOS and Android. Developers can add Alexa for Apps to their custom skill to connect mobile customers to multiple apps. Alexa can even open a website or go straight to the App Store if users don’t yet have the intended app installed.  “We believe that voice technology is fundamentally changing the way people search for and find businesses to solve their problems,” said Arbi Vartanian, Dire...
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Amazon Alexa app is now hands-free on Android and iOS

Amazon’s Alexa app is now hands-free on both Android and iOS handsets via a new update. To activate it, you’ll need to open the Alexa app manually or with Google Assistant or Siri. After doing this, you’ll be able to activate Alexa with your voice, as you’d do with an Echo speaker to control your home. The Alexa app has been able to control your smart home; before, however, you’d have to activate it manually and press a button for voice control. Now, by using your voice, you’ll be able to use the wake word, and the Alexa blue bar will appear. For the feature to work, you’ll need to update the app. Afterwards, you’ll get the option to turn on hands-free detection along with a new setting to disable the feature at any time. The funct...