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Echo Dot now shipping from Canada

Echo Dot now shipping from Canada

We're now shipping the Amazon Echo Dot direct from Canada . We've been using ours for the past week and have been blown away by how good it is. Here are some first impressions and details about using the Dot in Canada. Why the Dot over the Echo? The dot is a fraction of the price and size of the original Echo. It has all of the same functionality, just in a much more compact form factor. You can use Alexa voice services, control your smart home by voice, download 3rd party skills and do everything you would with your Echo....

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Buy the Echo Dot and Amazon Tap in Canada

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Buy the Echo Dot and Amazon Tap in Canada

The launch of the Echo Dot and Amazon Tap should be reason to rejoice. The same technology from the fantastic Amazon Echo has been squeezed into its smaller siblings with a much lower price tag. Once again though, Canadians have been forgotten. So, what are your options to get one? Update (2nd June 2016) - We now stock the Tap. Get yours here or read on to learn more! Update 2 (17th October 2016) - We now stock the Dot! Pre-order yours now for expected delivery date of the first week of November. Buy Amazon Echo Dot - Shipping from...

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Smart Bulb Lighting- the beginners guide

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Smart Bulb Lighting- the beginners guide

The last few years have seen the simple light bulb get complicated as incandescent bulbs were replaced by CFLs, LEDs and now Smart Bulbs. These new lighting options are vastly more powerful than anything that came before but there's a learning curve to conquer before you can get started that is holding many people back from switching.  We're here to simplify smart lighting so you can make the move to fully controllable, energy saving lighting as fast as possible. What is a smart light bulb anyway? Smart light bulbs can be wirelessly controlled from internet connected devices. Using an app (on your phone, online...

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Making the Amazon Echo work in Canada: The Complete Guide

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Making the Amazon Echo work in Canada: The Complete Guide

The Amazon Echo has won rave reviews from our friends in the US but until now, it hasn't been possible to get your hands on one in Canada. Now that we're starting to sell them (get yours here!) it seems like a good time to give you a complete run down of what to expect when you switch it on in the True North and issues to expect when setting up the Amazon Echo in Canada. The Good News Let's get straight to it, the Echo works almost completely the same in Canada as it does in the states. You...

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The smart apartment guide to heating

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The smart apartment guide to heating

Taking control over your apartment heating has never been easier. With a combination of smart thinking and smart home technology, you can reduce your energy consumption while remaining toasty all winter wrong.  Whether you’re a renter or live in an older apartment without a thermostat, you now have plenty of choices to keep your home warm and your bills low.  No thermostat? No problem Many older apartments and condos have basic radiator heating with no user controllable thermostat. The idea of a smart apartment might seem like a pipe dream to you but just because your space wasn’t well equipped when...

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