How To Change Alexa’s Name, Voice & Language [Plus Morgan Freeman / Celebrity Skills]

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In this post, I explore how to change Alexa’s name, voice and language. Sadly you can’t replace her voice with Jarvis, Lord Vader, Cardi B, Morgan Freeman or Snoop Dogg [yet]. izzle my nizzle! A question I often get asked and see a lot out in the forums like Reddit, Quora, and Amazon’s Developer Network , is— Is it possible to change Alexa’s voice to sound like Darth Vader, JARVIS from the Avengers, female rapper Cardi B, Morgan Freeman, or even Snoop D-O-Double-Gizzle? The inspiration to replace Alexa’s voice with a celeb was no doubt fueled by this 2018 commercial series where Alexa “loses her voice:” As things stand today, the simple answer to this question is you can’t really swap out Alexa’s voice with your favorite celeb. However, what you can do is change Alexa’s name, her language (German, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese and Japanese), and even the dialect she uses to match your favorite English-speaking country of origin.  In this post, I’ll show you how. I’ll also introduce you to some Alexa skills that features the celebrities mentioned above. So, roll out the red carpet, and let’s dive in. 3 Ways You Can Change Alexa’s Name, Voice and Language …

How to Connect Amazon Echo and Google Assistant to College Wi-Fi [Campus /Dorm]

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In this post, I provide four solutions to the curious challenge of how to connect Amazon Echo and Google Assistant to college campus Wi-Fi. oneSmartcrib.com is supported by our readers. If you purchase a product after clicking a link in our post, we may earn a commission. For more information, see our full affiliate disclaimer below. h yes, back to school…..it’s that time of year again where young “co-eds” (both male and female) everywhere converge on college campuses across the world. If recent reports in the media are true, many students will be introducing their smart speaker to their dorms and apartments for the first time [source Alexa Goes to College, USA Today]. However, depending on your college or university’s Wi-Fi configuration, getting your smart speaker to play nice with your college network is not an elementary endeavor. Fear not, young padawan!  I am here to hook you up some workarounds that will have you playing Song Quiz with your college roomies in no time flat. The Backstory Last year, my older son Chris gave his girlfriend Marilyn an Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas. She has been living full time on campus at Salem State University in MA, and they …

How To Prevent Alexa from Recording Private Conversations [Step By Step Guide]

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In this post, I’ll walk you through the process of how you can prevent Alexa from recording private conversations [step by step]. dropcap]O[/dropcap]K, ok, try to simmer down. You probably heard the news that Amazon employees can to listen to your private conversations with Alexa. And now you’re grumpy 😤. While I have known that Amazon saves our recorded conversations for a while, this CNN report was a bit of a bombshell for some. Don’t fret, grumpy gills. I’m here to help increase your privacy so you can use Alexa with better peace of mind. To prevent Amazon employees from listening to your conversations, you need to update two privacy settings in the Alexa App. Here’s the short version of how you do it: If you would prefer to see this in action, Today has a nice video overview of the procedure. What follows is an illustrated guide with screenshots to help you disable the settings step-by-step. So What’s the Big Deal? If you have been following the news lately, there have been several reports as to how Amazon stores and keeps your video recordings. This NBC news report summarizes the concerns of many customers:  CBS This Morning broadcast …

How To Make a Smart Dorm for Under $100 $50 $25 [35 College Tech Products for 2019]

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Heading off to school on a budget and want to know how to make a smart dorm for under $100 $50 $25? Alright, you frugal college-bound genius, we are here to give you not 10, not 20, but 35 cool college tech products for 2019. Safeguard That Mac ‘n Cheese ack in the day, roughly a quarter-century ago (yikes), I spent my college freshman year at a little school called Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH (now Franklin Pierce University).  I spent a year living on campus there before transferring over to Northeastern U in Boston. There was no such thing as a smart plug or smart light, and Alexa wasn’t even a twinkle in Jeff Bezos’ eye. Man, if only I had an Alexa as a study buddy and to help keep me organized in school. And a security camera to catch my roomies in the act of raiding my mac ‘n cheese supply! Crazy thing is, this year BOTH of my sons will be attending college (at Bunker Hill and Umass Lowell respectively).  So I thought who better than Christopher and Casey to help me come up with some great budget ideas for college dorms and apartments. In …

How to Make Your Smart Lights Turn On When You Enter a Room [Hue, Lifx, Sengled, & More]

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In this article, we look at some products that address the question of how to make your smart lights turn on when you enter a room. I’ll include solutions for Philips Hue, Lifx, Sengled, and just about every major brand of smart bulbs out there. Smart Lights Are The Bomb mart lights are the bomb diggity. An early adopter of Phillips Hue lights, I love them, and I have been using them for years. They are more expensive than other options, but they just work the way they should. A question that I often get asked is whether you can make your smart lights turn on and off when you enter a room. The answer is yes!  But how do you do it? With a motion sensor. But like most things related to smart home technology, it really depends on the ecosystem you are using. In this post, we will cover some solutions for the most popular smart light brands, including Hue, Lifx, and Sengled. Related: Philips Hue Play Vs Bloom Vs Go Vs Iris: It’s Smart Light Play Time! Continue reading for the scoop. Our Recommendations: Price Comparison Table Here are our recommendations in a convenient pricing table. The table …

How To Increase Alexa Microphone Sensitivity on Your Echo [Make Her Hear Better]

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Currently, there is no setting in the Alexa app that lets you can increase Alexa microphone sensitivity of your Echo devices. However, in this post, I explain a few things you can try to help Alexa hear and understand you better. ‘ve got a bunch of Echo devices. Eight is the last count, I believe. Some I bought purely for testing reasons, but they are all hooked up in my little apartment. They sound great with my multi-room music configuration. But sometimes, they trip over each other. Also, it seems that Alexa isn’t hearing me as good as she did before. Maybe I’m just being a little sensitive. But hey… I’m a Sensitive Guy So I started wondering—is there a way to increase the microphone sensitivity of my Echo devices to make Alexa listen better. If you are here, chances are you are wondering this too. Well, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. Oh, so you want the bad news first? Me too. Always give me the bad news first then make it better. The bad news is there is no sensitivity adjustment in the Alexa app just yet. Bummer. The good news is there a few …

How To Enable Amazon Alexa Whisper Mode [the Easy Way]

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Looking for advice on how to enable Amazon Alexa Whisper Mode? In this post, we explore two fast and easy ways. Everybody Loves Alexa [Or Should] lexa. We all love her. Well, at least the good ones who aren’t obsessed with those impostor assistants like Google Assistant, Siri, and that awful Microsoft one. However, my dear Alexa, you can be a little…how shall we put this….LOUD… from time to time. Thankfully, there is a way to make Alexa hush up a bit, especially during what should otherwise be “quiet time.” In this article, we’ll look at two quick and easy ways to enable Alexa whisper mode in order to help you maintain a little more Zen in your life. What is Alexa Whisper Mode? Whisper mode is a relatively new and little-known feature of Alexa that lets you whisper your usual commands to Alexa, and she will whisper back to you. Best of all? This feature doesn’t stick for everything you ask.  If you talk to Alexa in your regular voice, she will talk at whatever volume level you last set.  BUT when you whisper, she WILL whisper back. Just remember not to whisper too loudly, then she might wake …

How To Add Smart Control To A Ceiling Fan [4 ‘Cool’ Ways that Work With Alexa]

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Want to know four ‘cool’ ways you can add smart control to a ceiling fan that even work with Amazon Alexa? You’ve come to the right place. Continuing with our barrage of summertime posts that have included reviewing everything from robot lawn mowers, to smart ACs, to Alexa summertime skills, in this post I will look at four ways you can automate your ceiling fan. So what are the four ways you can add smart control to your dumb ceiling fan? So as to not keep you in suspense they are: Way 1: Convert your old fan with a controller such as Bond Way 2: Use a Logitech Harmony Hub or Hub-based remote Way 3: Use a smart wall switch Way 4: Install an actual smart ceiling fan My hope?  By the end of this post, you will have a better understanding of your options (and be a “fan” of this blog). Why a Smart Ceiling Fan? ow, why on earth would you even bother making your ceiling fan smart? The answer: because you are L-A-Z-Y. Don’t worry. It’s all good. I’m lazy too. 😊 But seriously, it just adds convenience for the same reasons that smart lights do.  Here …

How To Stop Philips Hue Lights from Turning On After A Power Outage

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Have you ever wondered what happens with smart lights after a power outage? Well, if you have Phillips Hue lights and don’t make this change they will ALL come back on. Even in the middle of the night, while you are sleeping. In this post, I will show you exactly what you need to do to prevent this from happening. ⚡Want the short answer on how to prevent your Hue lights from coming on after a power outage? You need to update the ‘Power On Behavior ‘settings for all your Hue bulbs using the Philips Hue App. Go through every bulb and choose ‘Power Loss Recovery’ mode 💡. A Rude Awakening ast night, the power went out around 3:30 AM. I probably would have slept soundly through it had it not been for EVERY Phillips Hue “smart” light in my house turning on. Bummer. I totally felt like the guy under the covers in the featured image of this post. To add insult to injury, it took Alexa a few minutes to boot up after the lights came on. So, by the time I was able to get her to turn them off, I was WIDE awake 😳. So I …

How to Make Your Dumb AC Smart [Window, Portable or Central]

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In this post, we review three viable ways how to make your dumb window portable or central air conditioner smart. We also look at one potentially dangerous method you may want to avoid. specially for those of us in New England, the summer season seems to come and go so fast. However, when the weather gets hot, sitting around in a hot house or apartment is no fun at all. I like to keep things nice and cold all summer long. Here’s a super-nerdy moment for you, but my 21-year-old son Chris and I like to joke around that we like things “data center cold.” This is even truer during those hot summer nights. But running your air conditioner, especially an older “dumb” air conditioner all summer long can be super expensive, according to the experts at HVAC.com. But you and I don’t need experts to tell us.  Even though I have electric heat, my “cooling” bill used to be nearly as much in the summer as my heating bill in the winter. Yikes! That is, until last year. What did I do?  I installed a smart air conditioner controller called Sensibo Sky. Since my cooling bill is nearly half of …

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