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.

Score Half-off the Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

For a limited time, smart home shoppers can grab a new Lyric T5 Wi-Fi 7 Day Programmable Touchscreen Smart Thermostat (C-wire required) for $79, regular retail of $150. See the deal. Works with Alexa Use the 7-day flexible scheduling or…

Save $230 in this Amazing B1G1 Sale on Amazon’s Echo Show 2

For a limited time, Amazon shoppers can get a 2 pack of the latest generation Echo Show for half-off. Buy 2 and save $230 when you enter SHOW2PK at checkout. The Echo Show 2 offers premium speakers with Dolby processing…

Refurb Special: Get a Ring Doorbell Pro & Echo Show 5 for $180.

If you’re in the market for the Ring Doorbell Pro edition and an Echo Show 5, you can save big by purchasing refurbished models in this bundle. From Amazon’s listing This bundle contains Certified Refurbished Ring Video Doorbell Pro and…

How to Watch Free Live and On-Demand TV Shows and Movies on Echo Show Devices

Have an Echo Show?  Want free (and sometimes paid) access to live and on-demand TV shows, movies, and cooking classes?  Stay tuned for all of the ways you can access free and paid TV shows on your Echo Show devices.…

Spotlight on Amazon’s New Smart Home Products and Deals

NEW: AMAZON’S ALL-NEW FIRE HD 8 PLUS TABLET, PRE-ORDER NOW Available for pre-order now, Amazon’s upgraded Fire tablet with a June 3, 2020 release date. The All-new Fire HD 8 Plus tablet, HD display, 32 GB, 8″ tablet is Amazon’s…

Alexa Reminders: Learn How to Set them and Ensure you Never Miss Them

Alexa’s reminder functionality allows users to receive a notification when it’s time for a specific action to take place. For example, if you find yourself frequently forgetting to take out the trash on garbage night, you might say, “Alexa, remind…

Alexa Routine Updates: How to Copy an Alexa Routine or Use Amazon’s Pre-set Alexa Routines

Amazon has two updates for Alexa routine users. If you have a routine that you’d like to duplicate (as well as make a few changes to) you can now do so by heading to the Routines section of your Alexa…

Vote for Your Favorite EdTech Alexa Skill for Your Chance to Win a 2nd-gen Echo Show

Six Edtech companies from across the United States submitted their entries for the Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills challenge. Vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice category by May 15, 2020, to be eligible to win a 2nd-generation Echo Show. …

Amazon Offers Big Discounts on its Line of Blink Cameras

Amazon drops prices on its line of Blink cameras. The 2-Camera Kit Blink XT2 Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera with cloud storage included, 2-way audio, 2-year battery life drops from the regular retail price of $180 to $135.  The Blink 1-camera bundle drops…

Score a Super Hot Deal on the Echo Show 5 and Kasa Smart Security Camera

Amazon has dropped the price of the Echo Show 5 to a super low price of $49 (regular retail $90). While Amazon regularly offers the Echo Show 5 at the discounted price of $65, this $49 price point offers a…