[Deal Alert] All-time low for Amazon Key Home Kit, with security camera and compatible smart lock, starting at $169.99 ($120 off)

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Amazon announced its Amazon Key home delivery service late last year, allowing Amazon Prime members to remotely unlock and monitor their front door using a kit consisting of an Amazon Cloud Cam security camera and a compatible smart lock. Aside from being able to detect when someone is entering your home, Amazon Key can also let you grant access to an Amazon delivery personnel so they can leave your package in your home, instead of at your doorstep where anyone could grab it.

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How to use your Amazon Echo as an intercom

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Amazon is officially adding an intercom feature to all its Alexa-enabled devices. Here’s how to use it!

Today, TechCrunch reported that Amazon is finally adding a feature to all its Alexa-enabled devices that will allow you to use them like an intercom. You can call the kiddos for dinner, beckon your spouse without leaving your comfortable chair, and even have your Echo announce your departure or arrival as though you’re a dignified guest attending a very important masquerade ball. It’s like texting someone from a room away, but with more gusto.

The feature is expected to roll out to Alexa-enabled devices in the U.S. and Canada over the course of this week, so if you have multiple Echo speakers and want to be the first to creep your family out by pretending to be the overbearing virtual lady from Smart House, read on (and, if it helps, imagine me as the tiny cartoon demon on your shoulder giving you all these super cool ideas).

How to make Alexa announce things for you

If you’d like Alexa to relay a message for you in its automated voice, all you need to do is say “Alexa, announce [your message here].” So, for instance, if you’d like to let everyone know that you’re popping out to grab the bread you forgot earlier, you can say “Alexa, announce that Tory is going to the store” and it will say “Tory is going to the store” through all the connected Echo speakers in your residence. (Although, you know, say your own name, because unless you’re also called Tory, it’d be weird to say my name.)

Though TechCrunch’s report states that this command causes Alexa to relay the information for you, in our testing it still used our voices.

How to speak through Alexa directly

If you’d prefer to go full ghost-in-the-machine and broadcast your actual voice through your Echo devices, you can say “Alexa, tell everyone [your message here]” or “Alexa, broadcast [your message here].” Honestly, I can’t tell if using your own voice would be more or less unsettling — you’d have to try both methods to be sure.

Sound effects

Maybe the best (or worst?) part of this entire thing is that depending on what you’re asking Alexa to communicate, it may play a relevant sound effect to really emphasize your point. Here’s the full list of effects so far and how to trigger them, according to SlashGear:

  • Wake Up – Sound Effect: Rooster Crow
    Say: “It’s time to wake up”, “rise and shine”

  • Quiet Time – Sound Effect: Shhhh
    Say: “Quiet Down”, “Everyone be quiet”

  • Late/Let’s Go – Sound Effect: Feet running
    Say: “We’re late”, “Let’s go”

  • Bedtime – Sound Effect: Twinkle Twinkle
    Say: “It’s time for bed”, “Time to sleep”

  • Goodnight – Sound Effect: Yawn
    Say: “Goodnight everyone”, “Sleep tight”

  • Meal – Sound Effect: Dinner bell
    Say: “Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner’s ready”, “It’s time to eat”

  • Congratulations – Sound Effect: Cheer
    Say: “Congratulations,” “Way to go”

  • Media time – Sound Effect: Show tune
    Say: “Let’s watch TV”, “The movie is about to start”

  • Love you – Sound Effect: Playful kiss
    Say: “Love you”

I joke a lot, but honestly, this would be pretty handy if you’re up to your elbows in pancake batter while cooking a sweet breakfast for your fam and don’t really have the time or energy to go wrangle everyone individually. And, according to TechCrunch’s piece, it’s a long-promised capability, and is joining well-loved communication features like Alexa Calling, Messaging and Drop In.

Thoughts?

Are you going to utilize Alexa’s new intercom feature? Let us know in the comments!

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Amazon now lets you use your Echo like a one-way intercom

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Amazon is rolling out a new feature to the Echo today called Alexa Announcements. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: you’ll be able to use your Echo to make announcements to other Echos in your household It’s basically a one-way intercom. Say you want to tell your kids dinner is ready. According to Amazon, you’d tell your Kitchen Echo “Alexa, announce that dinner is ready,” and the device would repeat that message to everyone else in your home. The announcement is made in your voice too, so your kids won’t think their devices are spazzing out. You could also…

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Amazon Key now available nationwide

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Amazon Key Home Kit smart lock

After launching last year in a limited group of markets, Amazon Key is now expanding.

Amazon Key features are now available nationwide. Anyone can now buy Amazon’s Key Home Kit, which includes a smart lock and an Amazon Cloud Cam security camera. For a limited time, Amazon is offering special pricing on its Key Home Kit.

Also of note is that Amazon has added five more smart locks from companies like Kwikset and Yale, bringing the total number of smart locks available with Amazon Key to eight.

With Amazon Key, you can give permanent access to your home to friends or family members, or you can grant temporary access to people like dog walkers or cleaning services. You can choose how long these guests have access, and you’ll be notified any time your guest locks or unlocks your door. You can watch motion clips as they enter and exit, too.

Amazon Key features

Amazon also has an Amazon Key app that’ll let you do things like lock and unlock your door from anywhere, check the lock status of your door, and get a live stream and two-way audio. Amazon Key works with Alexa, too, so you can have the voice assistant show your front door on your television or lock the door.

While Amazon is expanding its Amazon Key Home Kit nationwide, its in-home delivery service is still limited to 37 cities and the surrounding areas. With in-home delivery, Amazon Prime members can allow an Amazon delivery person to drop their packages off inside their door rather than leaving them on the doorstep.

It’s good to see the Amazon Key Home Kit expanding nationwide. It offers an affordable way to add some smarts to your home, giving you a smart lock and a security camera, complete with an app to control it all and integration with Amazon’s Alexa assistant. While Amazon’s in-home delivery isn’t expanding with it, which is understandable since that would require a lot more work, the Amazon Key Home Kit is worth a look if you’re interested in trying a smart lock.

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Amazon adds long awaited intercom feature to its Alexa-enabled devices

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While Apple’ Siri digital assistant is still pretty limited in its functionality, despite it being the main input for HomePod, Amazon has been experimenting and adding new features at a rapid pace.

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Amazon Key smart lock features are available across the US

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Xiaomi Mi Fan Festival sale on Amazon and Flipkart: Discounts on Mi MIX 2, Mi Max 2, Mi Band HRX Edition and more

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Xiaomi today started its two-day Mi Fan Festival sale on Mi.com as well as Flipkart and Amazon.in to offer discounts on its smartphones and accessories. Check out the list of offers. Discounts on Xiaomi products during Mi Fan Festival Sale Mi MIX 2 – Rs. 29,999 (Rs. 3000 off) Mi Max 2 64GB– Rs. 14,999 (Rs. 1000 off) – Flipkart | Amazon Mi Max 2 32GB– Rs. 12,999 (Rs. 1000 off) Redmi 4 64GB – Rs. 9999 (Rs. 500 off) Mi Bluetooth Speaker Basic 2 – Rs. 1,499 (Rs. 300 off) Mi Band HRX Edition – Rs. 999 (Rs. 300 off) –  Flipkart | Amazon Mi WiFi Repeater 2 – Rs. 699 (Rs. 100 off) – Flipkart | Amazon Flipkart also hold flash sale for Redmi 5A at 4PM and for Mi TVs at 5PM. Both Amazon and Flipkart offer 5% (Up to Rs. 500) Instant Discount for with SBI Credit Card users on purchase of Rs. 7500 or more. The limited period offer ends tomorrow, April 6th or till stocks last. You can visit Flipkart or Amazon.in to check out more Mi Fan Festival Sale offers.
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[Deal Alert] Eufy RoboVac 11c Pet Edition for $199.99 ($100 off), Ecovacs Deebot N79S Robot Vacuum for $179.99 ($70 off) on Amazon

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Right now, Amazon has a few products on sale that might interest you if you’re the kind of person who is thinking of upgrading their smart home. There are two robot vacuums — one from Eufy and another from Ecovacs — that are going for $ 200 and $ 180, respectively, as well as a Genie smart speaker and a smart plug from Eufy that are also 33% and 18% off, respectively. The Ecovacs vacuum in particular is a pretty good deal, since it’s the upgraded version of the Wirecutter’s pick for “best robot vacuum” and yet comes out cheaper than the older model by $ 15 with a coupon code.

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[Deal Alert] Multiple Aukey USB-PD chargers are on sale for up to 25% off via Amazon

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We’re well into the era of USB Type-C now, but not all Type-C chargers are created equal. It can be hard to find an inexpensive spare charger with support for USB-PD. That’s the charging standard used on the Pixels, Essential Phone, Pixelbook, Macbook, and more. You can get some of Aukey’s USB-PD chargers today for as much as 25% off with coupon codes.

There are three chargers on sale today, ranging in output from 27W up to 46W.

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Amazon says it has ‘tens of millions’ of paying Music Unlimited users

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As Spotify goes pubic, it's only natural that competing services might want to tout their own success stories in the streaming business. According to Billboard, Amazon Music reports "tens of millions" of paid customers and that Amazon Music Unlimited…
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