How to: Keep your Holiday orders private with Amazon Echo

The holidays are here, and that means you may have gifts arriving soon. To avoid giving away any surprises, you can now choose whether Alexa reads product names when you ask “Alexa, where’s my stuff?” or when Alexa reads your Amazon delivery notifications. If you don’t want to hear product names, you can turn them off in the Alexa App. Go to the menu and select Settings. Scroll to the Accounts section and select Notifications. Select Shopping Notifications. Turn product names on or off for Notifications and “Where’s My Stuff?” Swipe right on the settings toggle to turn on product Click Here to Read more

Amazon Echo gains multi-room music support

Amazon.com has just announced that its Echo product now has the ability to play the same music in rooms that also have an Echo device. Below is a part of the official press release: You can now synchronize your music playback across Echo devices to play songs from Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, with support for Spotify and SiriusXM coming soon. Simply use the Alexa App to create groups with two or more Echo devices by naming the group, such as “downstairs.” Once you’ve created the group, simply say “Alexa, play John Mayer downstairs.” The new feature should be Click Here to Read more

Now you can get CompuScoop on the Amazon Echo Show

Ever since the Amazon Echo Show was first announced, we have been hard at work with making sure our Amazon Echo skill worked with the device. After weeks of testing, we can finally announce that you can now get this web site on the device.  Just enable the skill at http://alexa.amazon.com, search for “CompuScoop“, enable it, then ask for a Flash Briefing :-).

Use your Amazon Alexa to Control your Amazon Fire TV

(TheVerge.com): Amazon has just released a software update for its Fire TV devices that allows you to control them using Alexa on another device… like, say, an Amazon Echo. The update was first spotted by Android Police. To use the new feature, you’ll have to link your Fire TV to your Alexa device using the Alexa app on your smartphone. Once set up, you’ll be able to use voice commands through Alexa for things like playback controls, searching for videos, and opening apps. It’s similar to the functionality provided by Amazon’s Alexa Voice Remote for the Fire TV, just without Click Here to Read more

OPINION: Why cable cutting is NOT a good idea – just not yet

If you read 98% of the articles abut getting rid of cable and going all streaming to save money, they make it seem that it is the thing to do, and that cable systems should be worried about their business, or are even predicting their demise in a few years. Well, I don’t mean to be the caller of bad news, but don’t call your cable company just yet.  Here’s why: While it is true that cable companies are hiking their prices and are giving you less offerings, you’re still getting a deal with the number of channels and offerings Click Here to Read more