Amazon’s voice-control system is popping up on counters everywhere in America. You can get Alexa, your new Personal Assistant, in many shapes and forms, such as Echo and Echo Dot. These two devices can be set anywhere in your home and help you with everyday tasks.
But what about when you’re not at home? What if you need your beloved Personal Assistant while you’re out and on the go? Yup, Alexa has you covered. Alexa is also growing out of smart home devices and in to more and more parts of your life. From speakers, to wearables, navigations systems, and even smartphone devices.

 

Let me break it down for you – let’s say you are running a tad late to work and didn’t get a chance to hear your favorite local news station. While driving you can talk to Alexa through your Garmin Speak Plus! The Garmin Speak Plus is essentially Amazon Alexa in your car!  While using voice control, you can access music, give you turn by turn directions and more. If you forgot to turn off a light at home, you can ask Alexa to do so through Garmin as well as create to-do lists.  Check your calendar, or play interactive games with your kids before dropping them off to school.

And it gets better! Alexa is also integrated in various wearables, such as the Guess Connect smartwatch. With Alexa wrapped around your wrist, you can ask her for assistance while you are on the go. If you want to place a Domino’s Easy Order before you get home or ordering an Uber to pick you up, just ask Alexa.

You can also be the life of the party with the Ultimate Ears BOOM! If you’re hosting a pool party for your kid’s birthday, ask Alexa to play your favorite playlist. Don’t worry about those cannon balls, belly flops, and forward flips, these cool speakers are waterproof.

And before I head out, you can also find Amazon Alexa in smartphone devices, like the Coolpad Splatter, available on Amazon! Alexa will be there with for you to ask for your flash briefing and guide you to the closest coffee shop.

Alexa is taking over and these are just a few of the awesome products that incorporate the technology! Where else could you benefit from having Alexa?

Love is in the air! Click here to check out 12 techy gifts under $50 to give your loved ones 💘

12 Techy Gifts Under $50 to Buy for your Valentine

The most romantic day of the year is creeping up and for those of you who haven’t yet figured out what to get your significant other, we’re here to help! Check out these 12 techy gifts under $50 that will wow your S/O this Valentine’s day.

By Maria Ruiz and Ashley Thielen

1. Universal Mobile Lens Kit – $18.00

Capture the perfect Valentines. Take your cute couple pictures to the next level with this mobile lens kit. Its universal clip allows you to use it with any tablet or smartphone camera on both main and selfie cameras. It has 3 types of lenses – fly-eye, wide angle, and macro lens that will make everyone say #relationshipgoals.

Mobile Lens Kit

2. VR Headset – Google Cardboard – $15.00

Virtual Reality doesn’t require a big price tag. Google Cardboard’s custom-designed lenses make for an awesome and affordable VR experience. Simply slide in your smartphone, download any of the numerous compatible apps, and enjoy the ride!

VR Headset

3. Mophie Power Station – $49.95

This portable 6,000mAh universal battery pack allows you to keep using your favorite devices wherever you go! With it’s fashionable design, slime size, and multiple color options, there is no excuse for “my phone is about to die.” It also has two USB ports that let you charge multiple devices – a gift for you and your Valentine.

Mobile Power Station

4. Pop Socket – $15.00

Get creative! Make a customized Pop Socket for your Valentine. Whether a cute message or your favorite couple picture, your Valentine will have a grip, stand, or earbud-management system that reminds them of you.

Pop Socket

5. Google Home Mini – $49.99

The Google Home Mini will be your partners best friend when it comes to playing music for date night, a reminder for your anniversary, or help with a dinner recipe. It’s the perfect sidekick for any information, entertainment, or activity you need.

Google Home Mini

6. Tile Mate 4 Pack – $49.95

Tired of hearing your significant other complain about losing their keys, phone or wallet? With Tile Mate, you can quickly track things you often misplace. This tiny Bluetooth gadget pairs with an easy-to-use app that tracks your more valuable items in seconds.

Tile Mate

7. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet – $49.99

The Amazon Fire 7 tablet is thin, light, and durable! Now Alexa enabled, you and your S/O can access unlimited information and entertainment! Enjoy a relaxing night in with movies, TV shows, games and eBooks! And, if you’re a Prime member, you can get unlimited access to even more entertainment at no additional cost.

Amazon Fire Tablet

8. Phone Card Holder – $15.00

Two in one, how about that? Keep your wallet and smartphone all in one place thanks to Case-Mate. This card holder has two slots to hold your cards securely, making them accessible easily and always.

Phone Card Holder

9. JBL Clip Mini Portable Speaker – $49.95

Make an adventure out of your Valentine’s day with this awesome portable speaker from JBL! Surprise your partner by playing your ‘song’ during a hike or picnic. It’s great for listening to music at home and is small enough to take with you on the go. And, it is splash proof! So, you don’t have to worry about rain, splashes, or water damage when things get steamy.

Portable Speaker

10. A Smart Plug – $29.90

No need to stand up to turn on/off the lights when it comes to movie night. The TP-Link Smart Plug works with Alexa and Google Assistant so you can schedule when you want the lights go off, turn off lights if you forgot when you are away from home, or just ask Alexa or Google Assistant to turn them off for you! No need to interrupt your cuddle session.

Smart Plug In

11. Drone – $49.99

Capture your special moments and romantic sceneries with the Sky Rider Drone. Fly it high with an easy-to-use smartphone app and LED navigations lights that let you spot your drone. With your own flying camera to capture your perfect sunset date on the beach, you’ll have the best photos and videos to share with family and friends.

Drone

12. Smart Bracelet – $32.99

They say couples who work out together stay together, right? Get your significant other this amazing smart bracelet that has a heart rate monitor, sleep monitor, and calorie counter all on your wrist! Amazing, right?

Smart Bracelet

And for those who are nice and single for Valentine’s Day this year, don’t worry – the Amazon Alexa enabled Coolpad Splatter is on sale for $99.99 from now until Valentine’s Day! #TREATYOSELF

 

Big sports fan? Click here to read on cool, must-have apps for sports, news and entertainment.

Game day is getting close! While you’re getting your jerseys and face paint ready for the big day, you should download and check out some of these awesome apps before the coin toss.

By Maria Ruiz and Ashley Thielen

1. Super Bowl LII Fan Mobile Pass
If you are one of the lucky fans that gets to watch the game live at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, then this should be your go-to app. Once registered for the app, you will receive a QR code that allows you to check into the activities and experience all the fun at the event. With Mobile Pass, you can explore the different attractions and activities surrounding the Super Bowl LII, including autograph signing, the NFL Shop and more! You can also explore an interactive map and schedule to find out when and where everything is happening, as well as receive real-time event alerts!

2. Clippit
Sporting events are all about the highlights and Clippit is all about GIFing those moments. Clippit allows you to take your favorite 30 second TV moments and turn them into GIFs to share on social media! This is your chance to go viral with epic clips from the big game and maybe even another surprising moment from Justin Timberlake’s halftime performance.

3. NFL Mobile
Maybe you’re not sitting in front of the TV right as the game starts, but guess what? There’s an app for that! Download the NFL Mobile app to stream the game if you are stuck in traffic, still wandering the chip aisle at the grocery store, or are just fashionably late to the party. If you aren’t on the Verizon bandwagon, the app still lets you watch highlights, read stories, and provides up-to-the-minute scoring. You might be late for the party, but you’ll be on track for the game.

4.Uber Eats and Postmates
I don’t know about you, but when I think of Super Bowl Sunday, the first thing that comes to mind is food. If you are like me, and don’t do well in the kitchen or don’t like the idea of spending the morning prepping and the evening cleaning up, then these apps are for you. Download Uber Eats and Postmates to order food from local restaurants and have them delivered directly to you. You can get $15 off on your first order with Uber Eats or free delivery with Postmates. You’re welcome.

5. Thuuz Sports
If you don’t love either team and aren’t THAT into watching the game but still want to know what’s happening, then download the Thuuz Sports app! Thuuz is your own personalized sports guide that notifies you of highlights based on your league and team preferences. The app will notify you when things are getting exciting, so you know when to switch from your latest Netflix binge to the game and at least pretend you watched it when you go into the office on Monday.

6. Angry Birds 2 and Angry Birds Evolution
You can play too! NFL and Rovio Entertainment partnered to create an exciting, limited-time Super Bowl game integration. Within Angry Birds 2 and Angry Birds Evolution, mobile gamers and football fans can outfit their flocks with a choice of any of the 32 official NFL jerseys and helmets to compete in brand new Super Bowl-themed game levels as well as in-game competitions! This is an awesome way to get in the Super Bowl spirit leading up to day of the big game.

 

 

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