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What do You Use Your Alexa For?

7 Features You Need to Try On Amazon Alexa!

We’re all familiar with Amazon Alexa by now—whether you own one or not. But what can this device really do to improve your life at home? Here are some of the best features of the Alexa you should take advantage of today!

Control household devices

There is nothing worse than wanting to change the channel, but the remote is across the room. Or needing to turn up the heat, but the thermostat is downstairs. Don’t fret! With the correct technology, you can simply connect your TV, thermostat, lights, kitchen appliances, or garage door to Alexa, and she will complete these tasks when told.!


If you have some time on your hands, Alexa has plenty of features to keep your interest. For example, Alexa offers many different games, such as Bingo, Jeopardy, or Simon Says, to play with your family and friends! If you are the only person home, Alexa can read free Audible books, or you can connect your Kindle and pick up where you left off!

Get cooking tips

Let’s face it, we all get bored of eating the same rotation of dinners each week. If you’re looking for a new recipe or have a question about cooking, Alexa can help! She can convert units of measurement, give you recipe ideas for dinners or cocktails, set multiple timers, and even keep track of your grocery list.

Stay healthy

If you have trouble keeping track of your healthy habits, Alexa has many features to guide you. She can answer questions about calorie counts, give you reminders to hit the gym, and sync to your Fitbit so you can monitor your progress.

Play music

Don’t feel like buying an expensive speaker for your house, but your phone isn’t loud enough? Alexa can play music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and many others. You can even control the volume of the music to your liking.

Make phone calls

Time for your weekly phone call with mom? Simply ask Alexa to “call mom” and you’re good to go. Even better, if you and your family/friends have the Echo Dot Show, you can video call one another for a more personal conversation.

Learn new skills

If none of the features above caught your eye, there is so much more Alexa can do, should you decide to purchase one. For example, if you’re traveling internationally soon, you can download the Translation skill to your Amazon device and Alexa will help you learn the native language in no time. Just ask Alexa to list her skills, and decide which ones fit your life best.

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Tips to Clean up your Devices

Is your laptop, desktop computer, or phone starting to slow down? Are you running out of storage space on one of these devices or is it just overwhelmingly cluttered? Before you surrender and go out to buy a new computer or phone with more space, try these tips to free up space so that your old device feels brand new.

Change settings on your phone.
You can make a few changes to your phone’s settings to free up space on the device. If you go into the Photos and Camera section of your phone and turn off your photo stream, that will prevent all of your photos from saving on all the devices connected to your iCloud. You can also select Safari or Chrome under settings and clear history and website data to stop your phone from saving all of your browsing history. If you’re a Safari user, you should also delete the offline reading list under Safari in your settings. When the offline reading list is turned on, your phone saves webpages for you to read when you don’t have internet connection, taking up space.

Transfer items from your phone to your computer.
Do you need photos from 2014 lingering on your phone? Definitely not. Connect your phone to your computer and upload all of the old photos and apps that you don’t need directly. This will keep your phone from becoming overly full and slowing down due to lack of space.

Then, transfer items from your computer to a cloud system.
Utilize the technology of iCloud or Google drive. You can upload documents and photos from your computer to one of the two. Because you can access your iCloud or Google Drive from any computer, this protects your files more than your computer would. If your computer crashes, your files can disappear, but think of Google Drive and iCloud as huge virtual flash drives. They’ll save everything you need, whether your computer breaks or not. Make sure to continuously add your files to these backup systems. Set an interval for how often you’ll move items to the drive, like once every two weeks. This will help you stick to continuously freeing up space on your computer.

Actually delete emails and texts.
Go through your inbox and unsubscribe to the tons of emails you receive daily from companies you’ve never even heard of. Then, go through and delete old, irrelevant emails. Yes, this can be tedious, but it will leave you feeling refreshed. Do the same for your texts. On an iPhone, you can even go into your settings and select how long you’d like your phone to keep your messages. You can choose to keep messages for a month or a year instead of forever. While you’re at it, delete contacts that you no longer need to reach.

Empty the trash folders.
Most computers and email accounts have a deleted folder or trash can, but files continue to take up space on your devices until you clear them from these trash folders. Stay mindful that you aren’t deleting anything important so that this doesn’t cause any problems. When you’re clearing your inbox of old emails, you can move any old but potentially important emails to an “Important” folder. Then, you’ll feel free to clear the trash whenever you want.

These days, computers and phones are nothing short of investments. To get the best, longest use out of your devices, follow these strategies to free up space and keep everything running smoothly.


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Apple TV+ – Crowding the Market?

When Apple announced its own subscription service this week, Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Arcade, many people thought: “Great, more subscription services to add to the monthly tab.”
Nearly half of consumers in the United States said they are frustrated by the number of subscriptions and services they need to have in order to watch the shows they want. However, the average consumer still subscribes to three video streaming services, according to the survey.
“The more and more subscriptions consumers sign up for, the less the desire they have to add another one,” said Moorhead. “[However] the degree of this depends on just how much benefit the new subscription adds. For example, consumers will be much more motivated to break free from their cable provider if they can get what they actually watch in a more affordable and convenient way.”

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