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6 Smart Home Upgrades That Will Pay Off for You Later

By GotSmartStuff | June 28, 2020

When realtors advise their sellers on what upgrades to do to increase their home value, they say things like give the front door a new coat of paint, trim the grass and shrubs in the front yard and add a few light fixtures.  However, nowadays homebuyers expect much more.  According to a study conducted by…

Amazon Prime Day 2020

By GotSmartStuff | May 23, 2020

Amazon Prime Day is a summer sales event on Amazon websites around the world, where members of Amazon Prime get exclusive discounts on a wide range of items.  Prime Day is one of the biggest retail holidays of the year.  In 2020, over a million products will be discounted for Prime members on everything from…

Alexa’s COVID-19 Resources

By GotSmartStuff | April 11, 2020

In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic that’s forcing most of us into home quarantine and making us paranoid about touching our faces or anything else is the perfect time for voice assistants to spring into action.  Voice commands mean you don’t have to touch places that get heavy traffic during the day – light switches,…

Is Amazon Alexa Always Listening?

By GotSmartStuff | March 15, 2020

As of January 2019, Amazon had sold over 100 million devices that include Alexa, the electronic voice assistant.  Even those not interested in purchasing an Alexa-enabled device know how it works from all of Amazon’s television commercials.  You say, “Alexa, what’s the weather like today?”, and she tells you.  But for those interested purchasing an…

What Happens to Your Smart Home When the Power Goes Out?

By GotSmartStuff | February 17, 2020

Imagine this:  You see a storm fast approaching, and the rain begins pouring down.  You hear thunder, see lightening and begin to wonder what will happen if the power goes out.  Will you be able to open your garage door when you get home from work?  Will you be locked out of your house?  Will…

What Are Alexa Routines?

By GotSmartStuff | January 18, 2020

What Are Alexa Routines?  If you own an Amazon Echo smart speaker, you already know that there are hundreds of things you can do with the device.  But one of the most powerful features of Echo devices is called Alexa Routines.  With Alexa Routines, you can tie multiple actions to a single voice command instead…

9 Reasons to Automate Your Home

By GotSmartStuff | December 23, 2019

We live in a time of unprecedented technological growth.  This is very fortunate, given the fast-paced lives that most of us lead.  In recent years, great strides have been made in making our lives easier by making our homes more tech-savy.  And with almost everyone owning a smartphone nowadays, it makes sense to make our…

Get a Smart Home for the Holidays

By GotSmartStuff | November 26, 2019

The holidays are known to be the most wonderful, cheerful time of the year.  However for many of us, all the planning, decorating, entertaining and coordinating can lead to stress, worry and exhaustion.  Since smart home automation has become so affordable and ubiquitous, why not use it to your advantage?   You can cut through the…

Amazon Ring Now Partnering With Police

By GotSmartStuff | November 3, 2019

The doorbell-camera company Ring was purchased for $1 billion in February 2018 by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos.  Ring, the ultimate Cinderella story, was on the verge of going broke and got rejected by investors on ABC’s Shark Tank.  Fast-forward to August 28, 2019, and Amazon Ring now works with 405 law enforcement agencies across the…

Alexa Commands for Smart Homes

By GotSmartStuff | October 21, 2019

Amazon Alexa, if you don’t already know, is Amazon’s digital assistant and comes built into Amazon Echo smart speakers and smart displays.  Alexa is perfect for a smart home as it is very convenient to control your smart home with the sound of your voice!  Following is a list of many of the Alexa voice…

New Hardware Announced at Amazon’s Fall 2019 Event

By GotSmartStuff | October 8, 2019

Amazon had its fall 2019 hardware event on September 25, 2019 in Seattle, the home of Amazon headquarters.  Amazon announced 15 new products and the debut of celebrity voices for Alexa. Some of the new products are invitation only, some you can pre-order now and some are available today!  Let’s take a look: Echo Dot…

Amazon’s Echo Lineup – Which is Best?

By GotSmartStuff | September 29, 2019

Amazon’s product line of Echo devices has continued to grow since the launch of the very first standalone Echo Dot back in 2014.  This guide will simplify buying an Alexa-powered speaker or screen for your smart home. Best Overall – Echo Dot (3rd Gen):  The Echo Dot 3rd Generation was released earlier this year and…

Smart Vacuum Buying Guide

By GotSmartStuff | September 17, 2019

Keeping your floors clean is hard work!  So, why not employ a smart robot vacuum to help you?  It doesn’t matter how much or how little you want to spend, there’s a robot vacuum out there waiting for you.  We’ve compiled the following guide for those of you who are stuck on how to shop…

Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Review

By GotSmartStuff | September 5, 2019

Amazon’s Echo Dot 3rd Generation was released on October 11, 2018 and is the best selling speaker of all time.  This impressive smart speaker gives you control of your smart home with a few commands.  It comes in 3 fabric colors: charcoal, heather gray and sandstone.  And although it’s relatively small it packs a big…

Alexa Smart Home Devices

By GotSmartStuff | August 19, 2019

It took a long time for electronic devices around us to actually become “smart”, and the world has Alexa to thank for this transformation! Amazon’s voice assistant has pretty much changed the world giving electronics companies a free way to integrate voice control into their devices. In this article, we will see some exciting smart…

How Are Alexa-Compatible Smart Homes Beneficial?

By GotSmartStuff | August 8, 2019

If we look back a decade, having a smart home felt like a test of patience and money. But Alexa is really a game changer! It has changed the dynamics of how smart homes work and how they are coordinated. In the past, if you wanted a smart home, you had to have tons of…

Are You an Intelligent Smart Home User?

By GotSmartStuff | July 5, 2019

While smart home devices are making it simple to manage room temperature, lighting, security cameras, door locks and more, they also can make you vulnerable to security breaches. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe: ·        Mitigate hacking by giving your home network a unique name and a strong password. ·        Use Wireless Protected Access (WPA2)…

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