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How to enable Alexa person and package announcements on an Echo speaker

You may already be used to telling your Alexa smart speaker what to do: play your Spotify playlist, set a timer for the hard-boiled eggs, turn on your smart lights. But you might not know that the voice assistant has a number of proactive features — things it can do without being prompted. One such feature is having an Amazon Echo speaker announce when motion is detected on a compatible security camera. Motion announcements work on a large number of Alexa-compatible cameras and, as of last week, that includes Google Nest’s newest cameras . But now, thanks to a recent update , Echo speakers can also announce when a smart camera sees a person or, on some devices, a package. Plus, it can also automatically show a live feed from that security camera on any Echo Show device, so you can take a look without having to do or say anything. Person and package detection is currently limited to certain models from Ring, with support for cameras from Google Nes

How to turn on subtitles on YouTube

YouTube is home to millions upon millions of videos, and chances are the number of videos you come across is a fraction of everything. This is because YouTube is also available in other countries where English isn’t the spoken language. This can be an issue if you’re trying to watch a video in a different language but don’t understand what’s going on. Thankfully, subtitles do exist and if you want to be able to understand what’s being said in a video, then here’s how you can turn on subtitles in a YouTube video. Turn on subtitles on YouTube Desktop Go to the YouTube video you want to turn on subtitles for Click the subtitle button Once you click it, subtitles should appear in the video If the subtitles appear aren’t in your language, you can click the gear icon, click on Subtitles/CC and then select your language Mobile Launch the YouTube app Go to the video you want to watch Tap o

HomeKit Weekly: How to make any curtains Siri-controlled with SwitchBot and Homebridge

Over the past few months, I’ve been exploring many of the various use cases around Homebridge through the HOOBS all in one box. I have devices that can run Homebridge, but I like the streamlined approach of not needing to manage the nitty-gritty software. My latest experiment with HOOBS is adding the SwitchBot Curtain Motor to my HomeKit environment. HomeKit Weekly is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework. As I mentioned, I am using the SwitchBot Curtain with HOOBS , but frankly, it’s beneficial on its own. If you don’t care about accessing it through HomeKit, you can buy the curtain motor, the SwitchBot Hub Mini Smart Remote , and the SwitchBot One Touch Button to build a really nice solution. On a daily basis, I’d almost be tempted to open and

Where to Watch Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway in ‘WeCrashed’ Online

Apple TV+ Jared Leto  has done it again. The method actor, known for his  extreme on-screen transformations , is almost unrecognizable in his performance as Adam Neumann, the charismatic founder of the WeWork communal workspace venture, in the new Apple TV series  WeCrashed . The first three episodes of the eight-part miniseries hit Apple TV Plus on Friday, March 18. With the help of a dialect coach and an expert hair and makeup team, Leto disappears into the real-life character of Neumann, whose idea for a single co-working space eventually became WeWork, a $47 billion start-up. Inspired by real events, the eight-episode drama details the extreme rise and fall of the company through the eyes of Neumann and his wife, Rebekah (played by  Anne Hathaway ), whose chaotic love story fueled the creation and sudden crash of one of the world's most valuable start-ups. The Oscar-winning pair stars with Kyle Marvin,  America Ferrera  and O-T Fagbenle in the limited-series based on the hit Wo

Here's how to get going with your brand-new Fitbit

No matter if you're trying to lose weight, be more active throughout the day, keep track of sleep, or simply get an idea of your overall health, Fitbits are among the best fitness trackers out there and a great way to help you live a healthier life. Excited to start using yours but need some help getting it set up for the first time? You're in the right place. Here, we'll look at how to set up Fitbit. How to download the Fitbit app for Android Before we do anything else, we need to get the Fitbit app downloaded on your phone. Doing so is quite simple. Open the Google Play Store app on your phone. Tap the search bar at the top and search Fitbit . Tap the Fitbit app (it should be the first result). Tap the green Install button .