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How to Opt Out of Amazon's Print Holiday Catalog How to Opt Out of Amazon's Print Holiday Catalog

Amazon wants to fill the Toys R’ Us-shaped hole in our hearts with an old fashioned print holiday catalog, much like the recently closed toy store’s “Big Book of Toys.” Amazon’s catalog, which The Verge said will be called “A Holiday of Play,” hopes to reimagine the Black Friday gift guide by adding QR codes next to…

How to Use Alexa's Useful New Calendar Features  How to Use Alexa's Useful New Calendar Features 

Your Amazon Alexa device will now work a bit better with your calendar.

How to Get Amazon Add-On Items Without Paying $25 How to Get Amazon Add-On Items Without Paying $25

Every now and then, I find myself needing an Amazon add-on item, and only an add-on item, which puts me in a bit of a shopping struggle.

New Parents, Have Alexa Whisper to You  New Parents, Have Alexa Whisper to You 

For new parents, Alexa can be a huge help—it can create a playlist of lullabies or place an order for more boogie wipes or let you hear what’s happening in the nursery. But the voice assistant hasn’t always been so great at following social cues. Say you’ve finally gotten your infant to sleep and you very quietly ask…

Let Alexa Help Out Your Babysitter    Let Alexa Help Out Your Babysitter   

Your babysitter just arrived and you have seven minutes before you must head out to catch your show/make it to your meeting/watch your buddy walk down the aisle. You try to remember everything they might need to know for the next several hours of caring for your offspring, but you’re blanking, and your little one…

The Most Important Hardware Announcements from Today's Amazon Event The Most Important Hardware Announcements from Today's Amazon Event

Amazon, wanting everything and anything you do to have Alexa integrated into it, announced a smorgasbord of new stuff today. Some of it is interesting; some of it is just an update of the same smarthome gear you already have. (Also interesting, don’t get me wrong, but you probably aren’t likely to buy a new Echo Dot…

You Don't Own the Music, Movies or Ebooks You 'Buy' on Amazon or iTunes You Don't Own the Music, Movies or Ebooks You 'Buy' on Amazon or iTunes

When you purchase music, movies or books from Amazon or Apple’s iTunes store, you might be under the impression that that material is yours to enjoy forever; that’s how CDs and paper books work, after all. Why rent You’ve Got Mail for $3.99 every few months when you can “own” it and watch it whenever, forever, for…

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…

'The Stinky & Dirty Show' Teaches Kids to Ask, 'What If?'  'The Stinky & Dirty Show' Teaches Kids to Ask, 'What If?' 

There’s a problem in the city. A dump truck has dropped her bin full of bowling balls all over the street without realizing it—the balls that were supposed to be delivered to the bowling alley. Stinky, a garbage truck, and Dirty, a backhoe loader, see it happen and decide they will get the balls to the destination…

How to Use Amazon Echo as Your Home Security System How to Use Amazon Echo as Your Home Security System

If you’re renting, you may not be able to install a traditional wired security system—and if you live in a small space, you probably won’t need to. Instead, consider building your own security system piecemeal with an Amazon Echo device as the brains of the operation. Amazon’s Alexa integrates with literally thousands…

Google One Is Now Available to Everyone in the U.S., But Is It a Good Deal? Google One Is Now Available to Everyone in the U.S., But Is It a Good Deal?

Google launched its new “Google One” cloud storage plans back in May and started rolling its paid storage customers over to the new service. Today, Google is opening up Google One for new U.S. customers. Here’s what you get and how Google’s new cloud storage offerings stack up against the competition.

How to Order Your Whole Foods Groceries for Pick Up (If You're an Amazon Prime Member)  How to Order Your Whole Foods Groceries for Pick Up (If You're an Amazon Prime Member) 

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you may be able to buy groceries at Whole Foods without actually having to wander the aisles of Whole Foods, which we all know to be a dangerous excursion (“How did I spend 32 dollars on cheese dip?”). Today, Amazon announced the launch of grocery pickup, which has rolled out in…

Find the Best Amazon Products With Best Best List Find the Best Amazon Products With Best Best List

Amazon is complicated. Search for a good hand soap and you spend a half hour comparison shopping, parsing star ratings and cost per weight, hunting through third-party suppliers, avoiding Prime Pantry traps, and picking through reviews written by idiots with a grudge. A whole industry of review sites—Wirecutter, the …

Alexa Can Now 'Get Back to You On That' Alexa Can Now 'Get Back to You On That'

Given that asking for facts is the most commonly-used feature of smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Alexa users are probably familiar with the phrase “I’m sorry, I don’t know that.”

Deter Would-Be Burglars With This Alexa Skill Written By Former SNL Writers Deter Would-Be Burglars With This Alexa Skill Written By Former SNL Writers

Growing up, my mom would always turn on NPR when we would leave the house. Her idea was that if a potential burglar was scoping out the place they would hear the radio and either think the speakers were in the house, or at the very least think there was someone at home listening to the broadcast. I’m not sure how…

Amazon's Read-Along App for Kids Is Now Free   Amazon's Read-Along App for Kids Is Now Free  

You know those viral videos where it looks like you’re spying on a text conversation? They vary in satisfaction, but they’re hard to turn away from. That’s sort of the concept behind Amazon Rapids, the chat-style storytelling app for kids ages 5-12. Young readers follow along as stories unfold through text bubbles.…

Track Your Online Spending at the Sites Where You Shop Track Your Online Spending at the Sites Where You Shop

Impulse buying is a thing, and we’re all guilty of it from time to time. Sometimes, if you’re feeling a little down, it feels good to place an order for that little thing you’ve been meaning to buy, but never quite got around to picking up. Or maybe you see a deal for something you’ve been eyeing and figure, “Eh,…

Should You Drop Your Traditional Bank for Amazon? Should You Drop Your Traditional Bank for Amazon?

Amazon is expected to start offering a “checking-account-like product” for consumers who don’t already have bank accounts, the Wall Street Journal reported back in March. Other tech companies, like investing platform Stash and student loan refinancer SoFi, are also trying to get into the checking account game.

How to Spot a Fake Five-Star Amazon Review How to Spot a Fake Five-Star Amazon Review

Over half of Amazon sales come from third-party items. But the reviews on those items are not trustworthy. Following a BuzzFeed News report on the weird world of fake Amazon reviews, the podcast Reply All interviewed a fake review writer, who revealed “the hallmark of a fake review.”

Find the Right Replacement Nut or Bolt via Photo Using Amazon's Part Finder Find the Right Replacement Nut or Bolt via Photo Using Amazon's Part Finder

I moved late last year, which involved taking apart and later putting back together a decent amount of furniture. Consequently, that also led to a few “Where did the other one of these screws go?” moments.

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