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How to create custom Alexa commands for Amazon Echo using IFTTT

With a little help from the online automation service, you can teach Alexa all sorts of new tricks. Here's how.

By November 16, 2015


How to create custom Amazon Echo voice commands for Alexa

With a little help from IFTTT, you can program your own commands for Amazon Echo that'll have Alexa doing your bidding. Here's the step-by-step on how to do it.

By November 16, 2015


'Alexa -- where's my car?' Automatic syncs your vehicle with Amazon Echo

A new integration between Amazon Echo and the Automatic connected car gadget will let 'Alexa' keep tabs on your vehicle's condition, gas mileage, and location.

By November 12, 2015


Pitting Siri vs. Alexa in the CNET Smart Home

We audition the best digital assistants out there to see which work best for voice control the CNET Smart Home.

By October 22, 2015


'Alexa, hit the lights': Amazon Echo adds support for Insteon devices

Starting today, you'll be able to turn your Insteon smart home gear on and off simply by asking Alexa to do it -- provided you've got the right Insteon Hub.

By September 25, 2015


'Dammit Alexa!': I feel bad when I yell at my Amazon Echo

Part speaker, part personal assistant, Amazon Echo moves into a Crave writer's home, gets yelled at, tells jokes and becomes part of the family.

By March 7, 2015


What exactly is the ideal smart home?

There's no shortage of options when it comes to building a smart home that works for you. Here's the gear each CNET Smart Home editor would go with in their own home -- and the gadgets they're passing on.

By November 24, 2015


GameSpot's The Lobby - Xenoblade Chronicles X Pre-Review Impressions

Since coming out in Japan earlier this year, GameSpot's Peter & Alexa have had plenty of time to play Xenoblade Chronicles X so they tell the folks at The Lobby what they think before its North American release.

By November 19, 2015


Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition unboxing

GameSpot's Danny O'Dwyer and Alexa Ray Correia crack open the Pip-Boy edition of Fallout 4.

By November 1, 2015


The CNET Smart Home kitchen: Giving brains to the heart of the home

We added devices and used apps in the kitchen of the CNET Smart Home's kitchen that would enhance the entire experience of gathering in the kitchen, from cooking and eating a meal to entertaining guests.

By November 13, 2015