Digital assistants are quickly taking the world by storm: It seems like every time you turn around, there’s a new voice-activated device just waiting to bring more convenience to everyday life. But one assistant stands above the rest: Amazon’s Echo line of devices have come to dominate the industry by getting manufacturers to include their digital assistant, Alexa, in everything from our TVs to our coffee makers. In fact, there are now more than 20,000 Alexa-compatible devices worldwide, capable of performing more than 50,000 different tasks, ranging from telling you the time to carrying out complex instructions for your home-security system.
Cooler weather is just around the corner, which means more time spent indoors. It also means you’ll have more time to enjoy your favorite indoor entertainment, like curling up to a great movie or improving your gaming skills. If you have been thinking about updating your equipment to make your indoor entertainment even more enjoyable, now is a great time to catch some bargains on items that will make you look forward to the cozy months ahead.
September is a time for new beginnings, and for some young people, that means taking that first big step into the kindergarten classroom. What skills should children have before they make the important transition from preschool to grade school?
The last big weekend of the summer is over, which means everything you love about fall is fast approaching — the changing colors of the leaves, cooler weather, and of course, football. Now's the perfect time to think about making the most of enjoying the big game. Whether you like to head to the stadium or your living room to root for your favorite team, we've found some gear on Walmart that will help make game day even more exciting.
When it comes to digital assistants — the internet-connected smart appliances that take verbal commands and connect us to our favorite online services — there’s one brand that rules the roost. Amazon’s Echo devices, featuring their smart assistant, Alexa, have set the standard for digital assistant appliances, and Amazon has continued to expand Alexa’s capabilities on a near-constant basis.
People love the game of golf for a variety of reasons. Some people love the feeling of being outdoors. Some love the competition and the occasional wager between friends. Some (at least those who will admit it) love the beverage cart.
Not all consumer reviews are trustworthy. Now that just about anyone can post a public assessment of a product, service, business, or even an individual, it’s getting harder to spot the fakes from the true, helpful reviews.
If you are like most consumers, you probably rely on small appliance every day to make your life a bit easier, from popping pastries in your toaster to microwaving a quick dinner. But if you’ve ever wanted to think outside the box – or outside the realm of traditional small kitchen appliances – now is the perfect time to catch some great deals from Amazon on state-of-the-art machines. Whether you want to make your favorite healthful smoothies, steam fresh veggies, or prepare beverages that rival those found at coffee houses, you can do these tasks and more right in your own kitchen, and save money on the appliances in the process.
The “Three R’s”: reading, writing and ‘rithmatic, are still key facets of a child’s education, but the emphasis is now placed largely on a new saying, the “Six Cs”. These stand for skills that will bring our children into the global workforce of the 21st century: creativity, communication, confidence, critical thinking, collaboration, and content.
When you arrive at your camping spot, you're usually tired and ready for a break already. Setting up camp can seem like a huge ordeal, and the last thing you want is to be scrambling around well after dark when you’d rather be relaxing and having fun.
Who doesn’t love taking in the sun and surf during a trip to the beach? But throwing a towel down on the sand doesn’t offer the comfort most people seek when they spend a long day at the shore. Even the sun can start to get to you after a few hours, which is why bringing the right supplies could actually make or break your beach day.
The cord-cutting movement — that is, the growing number of consumers abandoning cable TV in favor of streaming video and over-the-air HDTV — is picking up steam, and showing no signs of slowing down. Users are finding new ways to bring their favorite shows and movies to their TVs without having to rent a painfully slow cable box and pay for service, and one of the most innovative new approaches is making big waves: Using a network tuner.
Between wrangling the kids and getting yourself ready, stepping out of the door on time in the morning can be a lot harder than it sounds. When you've got lunches to pack, missing shoes to find, and all of your tops seem to have some kind of unidentifiable stain down the front, mornings can make you feel like you’re trapped in some sort of bad dream.
With cinder block walls and drab flooring, it’s no surprise that most dorm rooms give off a pretty institutional vibe. But your dorm room is your home away from home for the year, so you want it to look and feel as fabulous as it can. On a student budget, that may seem like a daunting task, but it is possible to elevate your dorm decor to the next level without breaking the bank. It just takes a little creativity.
You've probably been quite busy the past few weeks with your job, the beginning of a new school year, and preparing for the end of one season and the start of another. That's why taking a break to celebrate Labor Day weekend and enjoy one last summer outing is a welcomed reprieve. But don't forget the things that will make your weekend memorable.
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are concepts that are trickling down from secondary education to preschool and earlier. Did you know that babies are primed for learning STEM as early as a few weeks old? With infants’ natural-born curiosity and sense of wonder, they are already wired to cultivate these skills.
Autumn is fast approaching, school is back in session, and you have a lot to do. Shopping for great deals doesn’t have to be one of your tasks that takes up a lot of time and effort, because we have put together a list of our top five favorite deals of the weekend. And because we understand what it’s like to balance your time with family, a career, and keeping your home in order, we’ve focused this weekend’s must-have buys on items that will make life around the house a little easier and more pleasurable. So sit back, relax, and take a few moments to shop and save both money and time.
If you've ever taken a road trip with kids in tow, you probably already know just how rocky the ride can get. Once the initial excitement wears off, each passing mile seems to be peppered with sibling spats, tearful tantrums, and constant questions. But while family road trips are rarely a walk in the park, they certainly don't have to be a gut-wrenching rollercoaster ride, either. With road trips still being the most popular way for vacationing families to get from point A to point B, there's more kid-friendly travel gear on the market than ever before. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite road trip must-haves to help make your ride as smooth as possible
Get ready, the end-of-summer concert is coming to seemingly every town in America. If you’re planning on attending one of these homages to the end of the season, you’ll need a few things before you plant yourself down to listen to the tunes. We’ve identified the best choices when it comes to the usual suspects — from blankets to binoculars — to accompany you as you get to rockin’ and rollin’.
If you are like most people, you don't like to see summer come to an end. Along with the warm, sunny days come fun outdoor activities, and a lot of time spent playing, grilling, or just relaxing outside of of your home. But even though you don't like to think of the season ending, there are things you will need to do keep your property looking its best, plus there are still fun times to be had outdoors as the evenings turn crisp and cool.
Crazy Rich Asians is the late summer blockbuster romcom based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel of the same name. It has been a quarter of a century since the last studio film featuring a predominantly Asian cast was released. Whereas The Joy Luck Club seemed more of an anomaly, Crazy Rich Asians might be a game changer for the film industry.