Amazon Echo

How Can I Play Music To All My Rooms?

Echo

Episode 1652

David from Anaheim, CA

David wants to stream music to multiple rooms in his house. MultiRoom music is a challenge because it has to sync from room to room with no latency. But it is doable with Amazon Echo. He can get a dot in each room and add some speakers and it'll work. The Echo is smart enough that he can even command it to play in different rooms as well. The Amazon Echo Input connects to one's own speakers, and right now it's only $10.

Is a Hotspot Better than a Local SIM when Traveling Internationally?

Prague

Episode 1638

John from Indianapolis, IN

John is going to Prague soon for a vacation. He's looking for his data options while there and how to translate the language he will see. Leo says that prepaidwithdata.wikia.com is a great place to find what local sims are available. Is there a pro/con of using a SIM vs. a hotspot? Leo says absolutely. Go for the hotspot. A local SIM will change his phone number while in the country, and as such, nobody can reach him unless they have his new number.

How can I listen to my favorite radio station on Amazon Echo?

Amazon Echo

Episode 1637

Stacy from Commerce Township, MI

Stacy's mom likes a radio station in Pittsburgh, but it will only work on radio.com. Is there a way to get it directly on from her Amazon Echo? Leo says that if it's on TuneIn, then you can get it directly. If not, check IHeartRadio. You may be able to set it up using the Echo App, but it's not an easy process. 

How Can I Remotely Control Devices?

Fire TV Cube

Episode 1618

Brock from Bellingham, WA

Brock wants to be able to turn off appliances and lights remotely for his elderly mother. He wants to be able to see her with a Wyze cam and then remotely control devices from where he lives. Leo says that's a great idea. One thing is, that if she has a Fire TV Cube, it's voice-activated, so if she can speak, she can tell the TV to turn on/off and change channels. But if that's an issue, he can change the channel remotely using the Infinity X1.

What's an Alternative to the Echo Spot?

Spot

Episode 1600

Craig from Newport News, VA

Harold has noticed that the screen on the Echo Spot has started to flicker. Of course, his warranty has run out and the best that Amazon can do is offer him a 50% discount.  Leo says that if he's all in on the Amazon Ecosystem, then the Echo Show is a good option. But why is it broken? The Echo Spot isn't very expensive and they don't use the best screen hardware. So it may have just worn out. 

Doctor Mom ... Erased

Amazon Echo Show 5

Episode 1596

This week, Amazon has announced users have the option to delete any recordings Alexa has made. It's in Settings-Alexa Account-Alexa Privacy-Review Voice History. 

Amazon has also announced the new Echo Show 5. But Doctor Mom says it's way too small to watch video on it. Leo says it's a direct competitor to the Google Home Hub.

Is There an Open Source Alternative to Amazon Echo?

Amazon Echo

Episode 1595

Grant from St. Paul, MN

Grant thinks that home assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon Echo are great for home automation, but he hates talking to a box and knowing that it listens to everything he says. He wants more control over what it hears and what it doesn't. Leo says that there is an open source version called OpenHab, that is highly customizable and completely internal. And it runs on Raspberry Pi. There's also Mycroft.