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Want to speak to Alexa en Español? Française? You can!

Believe it or not, not everyone prefers to speak English in their homes ( gasp! ). Some speak another language as their primary means of communication, while others may want to practice their skills when picking up a new language. The good news is that Amazon has made it easy to change the default language that Alexa will listen for and reply in. This can be done in the Amazon Alexa app or directly on touchscreen Echo devices. We'll walk you through just how to change the language that Alexa speaks on your Amazon Echo devices. How to do change the language on your Echo in Alexa App Open the Alexa app on your phone. Tap on the More icon (three lines) in the bottom right corner. Tap on Settings . Tap on Device Settings , which will pull up your list of All Devices . Alternatively, you can skip steps 2-3 and just tap on Devices at the bottom of the screen. Tap the device with the language you wish to change. Tap on the Settings (gear-shaped icon) at the top right of th

Wyze Band review: A worthy $30 fitness tracker with Alexa onboard

Why pay more if you don't need to? Fitness trackers are usually priced well below smartwatches because they tend to offer fewer features, and that's certainly the case here with the new Wyze Band. It doesn't have onboard GPS, nor music storage, nor the ability to respond to app notifications. You can't automatically trigger a workout or engage in step competitions with your buddies. Despite these shortcomings, the Wyze Band does do most of what you'd want or expect a fitness tracker to do, at less than half of the price of market-leading bands like the Fitbit Inspire 2 , and less than a third the price of the new Fitbit Charge 4 . Are there compromises here? Of course. But the whole package was compelling enough for this Fitbit fan to want to test drive the first wearable from Wyze to see if it might be worth my while. In the process, I learned a lot about what is possible at such an affordable price point, and what sacrifices have to be made to achieve that pri

Is the Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen) worth investing in?

Best Answer: Yes. If you own a Fire TV device that's 2nd Gen or newer, you may want to consider investing in the new Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen). What's new about the Amazon Voice Remote (3rd Gen)? The latest version of Amazon's Alexa Voice Remote retails for $30 and looks nearly identical to the brand's 1st- and 2nd-generation voice remotes — with a few exceptions. Like the older versions, the new Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen) features a circular navigation pad for easy browsing on the Fire TV interface. At the same time, the Home, Back, Menu, and Playback controls are situated directly below. Also, like its predecessors, the 3rd Gen version features dedicated power, volume, and mute buttons that are used to control compatible TVs, soundbars, and receivers, which eliminates the need for extra remotes. The 3rd Gen version takes things to the next level with the addition of specific buttons for Amazon's own Prime Video service, as well as Netflix, Disney+, and

Review: The Echo Buds offer great sound and Alexa access at a great price

At a jam-packed 2019 fall product launch, Amazon announced over a dozen new Echo and Alexa products to a gathering of tech reporters and enthusiasts, and I, for one, was keen to get my hands on the Echo Buds for review. You could say that leading up to that announcement, perhaps no device was as widely anticipated as the Echo Buds. But what are the Echo Buds, you might ask? The simple answer is that they're Amazon's first real attempt at truly wireless smart earbuds. The more complicated answer is that they're part of the company's larger efforts to make their smart assistant even more ubiquitous in the wider world. From the smart assistant's earliest days, Amazon recognized the need to remove Alexa from her black cylindrical prison and push her out the front door. After the initial Echo speaker launched in late 2014, the next batch of products to come out included the now-defunct Amazon Tap, which was a portable Bluetooth speaker with Alexa built-in. With the Fi

Let the Alexa-enabled iRobot Roomba 960 clean for you at over $100 off

Amazon currently has the refurb iRobot Roomba 960 robotic vacuum cleaner marked down to just $279.99, which is around $120 lower than it regularly sells for there. Today's price is a match for the lowest we have ever tracked for it and saves you even more compared to a new model . Despite being refurbished, your robot vac will look and work like new and comes backed by a 90-day warranty. We named the Roomba 960 our favorite overall robot vacuum cleaner in 2020 so this is a deal you don't want to miss. You can schedule it to run via the free iRobot HOME app, or by using your voice through one of Amazon's Alexa-enabled Echo devices , making it super convenient. You can also tell it not to clean a specific area. The included sensors warn the device if it is getting near an obstacle or if it's about to fall down a flight of stairs. It can run for 75 minutes before needing to be recharged, and it has the ability to recharge and then resume cleaning from the same place

Sonos Move, the portable Alexa speaker, is $100 off right now on Amazon

The Sonos Move has dropped to $299 on Amazon from its original $399 price. This portable smart speaker produces excellent audio in a durable yet premium design. While the original price might have kept many of you audiophiles hesitant on pulling the trigger, this sizeable $100 price drop may be the deciding factor. The portable Sonos Sonos Move If you're looking for high-quality audio in a premium portable smart speaker, you're looking for the Sonos Move. The high price may have be a turn off to a lot of you, but with a $100 discount, it going to look a lot more reasonable. $299 $399 $100 off See at Amazon After persistent demands from its biggest fans for a high-quality set of battery-powered portable speakers, Sonos finally came out with the Sonos Move last year in 2019. While it's been more than a year since its release, the Sonos Move is still one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers you can buy today. The Move has a very Sonos-esque design with a semi-tran

Can you control your Nest devices with the help of Amazon Alexa?

Best answer: Yes, you can control Nest devices with Amazon Alexa, but you'll need to enable the proper Alexa Skill before getting started. Smarter temperature controls: Nest Learning Thermostat ($250 at Amazon) The latest Dot: Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) ($50 at Amazon) Nest works with Amazon Alexa but there are limitations Thanks to the wonderous world of Amazon Alexa Skills, it's actually possible for you to control some of your Nest devices with the help of Alexa. However, there are some limitations, as Amazon and Google have limited the types of devices that can be controlled with an Alexa-enabled spekaer. Currently, the only products that Amazon Alexa supports are Nest Cameras, video doorbells, and thermostats. That leaves out the ability to control other products like your Chromecast, or the recently-launched Nest Audio. Another limitation is that your "old" Nest Account must have been migrated to a traditional Google account. Those with G Suite acco