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Following a notably mild winter, insects are worse this year than they have been in recent summers. More specifically, ticks and mosquitoes are out in force, making for a particularly uncomfortable summer for those who seem to attract the blood-sucking bugs. The best method of dealing with mosquitos is to keep them from biting you …

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Back in May, Amazon announced that notifications would be coming to select Alexa devices, like the Amazon Echo ($179.99 at Amazon.com). While notifications have been available for Echo-to-Echo calling and messaging for a while now, these newer notifications are different: They allow third-party skills to deliver notifications to you, if you so choose. (See our …

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Everyone is busier than ever before, it seems. The days seem to be getting shorter, while the list of things to do continues to grow. Fortunately, we live in a world where technology can handle some of the more menial tasks. If you’re the owner of an Alexa speaker, here are a few ways you …

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One of the Google Home ($129.99 at Dell Home)‘s most natural environments is the kitchen, where it can walk you through recipes, suggest cocktails or wine pairings and, of course, let you set hands-free timers. But what if you need multiple timers? How do you tell which is which? Here is everything you need to know about …

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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. However, Alexa’s built-in weather just isn’t in-depth enough for some. If you want more accurate …

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While you can stream just about any podcast with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant for Echo devices, podcast playback on Alexa is rather limited. Without using Bluetooth or manually choosing what to play through Spotify, you can listen to only the most recent episode of any given podcast. However, there’s a third-party skill that brings much more …

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So you have an unused Raspberry Pi — or five — lying around and you don’t know what to do with it. You’re not alone, even if there are hundreds of projects at the ready. You can turn it into a Minecraft machine, a music streamer for your living room, an Alexa speaker and many …

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Back in May, Amazon introduced voice calling and messaging to its Echo-branded smart speakers. Pending the release of the new touchscreen-equipped Echo Show, Amazon rolled out a new feature that piggybacks on voice calling: Drop In. This is intended for calling relatives and checking in on them with video or voice calling. But for users with …

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Google Home($129.99 at Dell Home) is great for controlling your smart home and helping out in the kitchen. But smart speakers are just as much for play as they are for work. Whether you’re bored with everything on Netflix or you’re having guests over, here are 43 games you can play with Google Home. Guessing …

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The distinctive light ring atop most Amazon Echo speakers is both a status indicator and a notification light — it’s how Alexa can relay information without speaking to you. Typically, it only lights up a few different colors, such as white while you’re changing the volume or two different shades of blue while it’s listening …

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