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How to Use Cortana and Alexa together How to Use Cortana and Alexa together

Just this month, Amazon and Microsoft forced their voice assistants to start talking to each other, and you can now use Cortana to access Alexa, and vice versa, if you’re in the U.S. The newfound friendship opens the door for much simpler organization and management, as you won’t have to jump back and forth between…

How to Get Siri and Alexa to Understand What You're Saying How to Get Siri and Alexa to Understand What You're Saying

If talking out loud to Alexa (or your digital assistant of choice) feels unnatural, you’re not alone. I’ve had Siri for as long as she’s been alive, yet I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve spoken to her. It’s always seemed easier to open an app on my iPhone or type in a Google query and get exactly what…

How to Download The Fall Creator’s Update on Windows 10 Right Now How to Download The Fall Creator’s Update on Windows 10 Right Now

Windows: You can now download the next major update to Windows 10, dubbed the Fall Creator’s Update. You’ll be able to enjoy major features like Mixed Reality support, bringing augmented reality to compatible PC’s, as well as minor upgrades to features like handwriting recognition, voice control via Cortana, and a…

Amazon Is Offering Big Discounts on Two Sonos Speakers [Updated]  Amazon Is Offering Big Discounts on Two Sonos Speakers [Updated] 

Amazon’s offering a big discount on Sonos’ Play:1 and Play:5 speakers from now until October 10th, or as long as supplies last. You can save $50 on the Play:1, and $100 on the Play:5 if you order through your Alexa-enabled device —or snag one online, using the offer code SONOSPLAY1 or SONOSPLAY5.

Alexa's Search by Lyrics Is One of the Echo's Best Lesser-Known Features Alexa's Search by Lyrics Is One of the Echo's Best Lesser-Known Features

In case you didn’t know, Alexa can help you find that one song with those one lyrics that go sort of like “blah blah blah” or whatever.

What People Are Saying After Trying the New Google Products What People Are Saying After Trying the New Google Products

With the handful of new smartphones, voice assistants, and accessories announced by Google yesterday, it makes sense to collect a few opinions before diving in and buying whatever your favorite search engine company announces. Sure, some products might look good on stage, but how do they hold up when you get your…

How to Add Users to Google Home How to Add Users to Google Home

Sometimes all I need in this crazy world is a brisk walk to clear my head and some good music bumping through my headphones. But when that simple pleasure is interrupted every morning by my partner issuing voice commands while I’m out of the house, silencing the music in my headphones, it can be a tad frustrating.…

Here’s How to Enable Google Home’s Latest Updates Here’s How to Enable Google Home’s Latest Updates

Google Home owners will probably be talking to their living rooms a lot more thanks to an update that lets the voice assistant make phone calls to the U.S. and Canada. It’s one of many recent updates granting the smart home device more features and compatibility with other services.

Google Home Will Now Read Cooking Directions Out Loud

When it comes to home voice assistants, there’s no denying that the bulk of their usage comes in the kitchen for setting timers and playing audio. Google’s taking that to the next logical step with Google Home, which can now read recipes out loud.

Google Home Now Supports Multiple Users and Can Recognize Your Voice Google Home Now Supports Multiple Users and Can Recognize Your Voice

One of the biggest limitations of Google Home, Google’s voice-controlled speakerbot, was that it couldn’t tell anyone apart so all your requests were centered on one Google account. But thanks to an update today, now it can recognize up to six people.

The Best Features of the Alexa Phone App You Might Not Know About The Best Features of the Alexa Phone App You Might Not Know About

The big appeal of the Amazon Echo is that you can get things done without touching your phone. So, you might’ve missed that the Alexa app you used to set up your Echo is actually really useful on its own. Here are some of the best things it can do.

How to Keep Curious Kids From Ordering Stuff With Your Amazon Echo How to Keep Curious Kids From Ordering Stuff With Your Amazon Echo

If you think being able to purchase stuff with only your voice is neat, kids—who have no concept of money—will think it’s straight-up magic. Here are a few ways you can keep curious kids from treating your Amazon Echo like a real-life Santa Claus.

Google Home Can Now Control Belkin WeMo and Honeywell Devices Google Home Can Now Control Belkin WeMo and Honeywell Devices

Google Home is a tough contender for the Amazon Echo, but it launched with much less third-party support. Now, the company’s added Belkin WeMo and Honeywell to the list of supported devices.

The Google Assistant Commands that Work on Google Home, Pixel, and Allo The Google Assistant Commands that Work on Google Home, Pixel, and Allo

Google Assistant is a powerful tool, but it doesn’t work the same way the Pixel that it does on Google Home, and both are different from the Android phone you already have. We’ve put together a chart to help clear up what each devices can do.

Help Alexa Understand You Better By Telling Her When She's Right Help Alexa Understand You Better By Telling Her When She's Right

The Amazon Echo is pretty great at understanding your voice out of the box, but Alexa could always use a little help. If she gets a command wrong—or even if she gets it right—open up your Alexa app to give some feedback.

Home Voice Assistant Showdown: Amazon Echo vs. Google Home Home Voice Assistant Showdown: Amazon Echo vs. Google Home

This week, Google released Google Home, a voice-controlled smart appliance, to compete with the surprisingly popular Amazon Echo. Both devices can play music, control your lights, and answer questions with nothing but your voice, but we wanted to see how Google’s new device stacked up against the established…

How to Build Your Own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi How to Build Your Own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi

The Amazon Echo is useful to have around the home. It can play podcasts, take reminders and notes, tell you the length of your commute, even control other appliances in your house. But at prices ranging from $50 to $150, it’s an expensive proposition if you’re not sure you’ll use it. Good news though, you can make a…

Hey Siri Is a Massive, Growing List of Everything You Can Ask Siri To Do Hey Siri Is a Massive, Growing List of Everything You Can Ask Siri To Do

Siri has grown a lot over the years, and in doing so, it’s hard to remember everything you can ask it. Hey Siri is a site that hopes to document as many of the commands as possible.

How Do You Use Your Phone's Voice Assistant? How Do You Use Your Phone's Voice Assistant?

Voice assistants are all the rage, but while Siri, Google Now, and Cortana are all super neat, when it comes to using them people seem mixed. So, we want to know, how to use your phone voice assistant?

Amazon Has an Official Guide for Building Your Own Alexa Device with a Raspberry Pi Amazon Has an Official Guide for Building Your Own Alexa Device with a Raspberry Pi

We’ve shown off one way to build your own Amazon Echo before (or more accurately, Amazon Tap because the DIY version can’t access the always-listening feature), but if you’re looking for a different approach, the Amazon GitHub page has an incredibly detailed guide to getting the Alexa voice service up and running on a…

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