Jill Schmidt
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Jill Schmidt is a voice and smart home technology enthusiast. She created the Facebook group, Amazon Alexa and Smart Home Tips, Deals, News, and How-to's in 2017 and enjoys sharing with and learning from a community of individuals who contribute their technical expertise, insight, and inspiration. Jill is a regular contributor to Alexa-focused questions and answers on Quora.

Celebrate Alexa’s 6th Birthday with Deep Discounts on Alexa and Smart Home Devices

Celebrate Alexa’s golden birthday (Alexa turns 6 on November 6th) with big discounts and deals on Alexa and smart home devices. The 4K Fire TV stick with Alexa built-in and Dolby Vision drops from $50 to a birthday price of…

How to Find Rebates and Cash Back Incentives for Smart Thermostats

If you’re in the market for a smart thermostat that can help you save money over time, your best path to saving cash is to begin by searching for smart thermostat rebates and money-off incentives. (For links on where to…

Our Favorite Amazon Prime Day Bargains

We’re tracking some of our very favorite Amazon Prime Day deals, read on for deeply-discounted picks, many at the lowest price ever offered. This blog will be updated through the end of Prime Day so bookmark it and visit again…

It’s Easier than Ever to Upload Photos to an Echo Show

It’s time to ditch the digital photo frame and relive favorite memories by selecting from a number of different photo displays you can enjoy on your Echo Show device. Amazon has updated the Alexa mobile app so that it’s now…

Most of Amazon’s New Alexa Devices are Available for Pre-Order Now

Amazon announced a host of new Alexa-enabled devices and services at their Fall Event 2020. New devices include the 4th-generation Echo Dot (available in a kids and clock face edition) and the 4th-generation Echo. Both are available in the new…

How to Share Your Favorite Alexa Routines

Amazon now offers Alexa users the opportunity to share routines they’ve created with an Alexa device or through the Alexa app, with family and friends. To get started, open the Alexa mobile app, tap Routines, select a routine you’ve created,…

Score $100 off the Bose Home Speaker 500 with Alexa

If you’re in the market for a top-rated speaker, don’t miss Amazon’s sale on the Bose 500 Home Speaker, available for $299 (regular retail $400) with free Amazon support. See the deal. A single speaker fills your room with impressive…

Score a Great Deal on 2nd-Gen Ring Home Security Products

Amazon is offering a suite of Ring home security products at great prices. Buy the All-new Ring Alarm 14-piece kit (2nd Gen) – home security system with optional 24/7 professional monitoring for $265, $65 off its regular retail price of…

Get the Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip for a Great Price

Amazon is offering the Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip, Surge Protector w/ 3 Smart Outlets and 2 USB Ports, Works with Alexa for $26.29, nearly $14 off the regular retail price of $40. Looking for even more smart outlet spaces? Grab…

Score Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K for Only $25

Amazon is offering half-off their 4K Fire TV stick with Alexa built-in, Dolby Vision, and Alexa voice remote when you add to cart and enter promo code 4KFIRETV at checkout. Get the deal. The most powerful 4K streaming media stick.…