Get a Cheaper Prime Membership If You’re on Medicaid

Get a Cheaper Prime Membership If You’re on Medicaid

Amazon is now offering their Prime membership cheaper to another range of people—those who are on Medicaid.

Amazon’s Prime service offers free two-day shipping for eligible items, streaming shows and movies, music, borrowed ebooks, cloud storage for photos, and more. It can often be considered pricey for some, despite the many different benefits. Because of the $99 yearly charge (or $12.99 monthly charge), it simply hasn’t been affordable for a lot of people. Amazon’s new discount will hopefully change this.

Amazon already provided another way to get a membership on the cheap. Amazon Prime Student offers Prime memberships to students for about half the yearly price ($49 instead of $99). Students simply have to provide information to Amazon that proves they’re currently enrolled as a student. This discount can be used for up to 4 years, as long as proof is provided during each year’s renewal.

Now more people will be able to join Prime without killing their budget. Amazon’s monthly charge for Prime is normally $12.99, but for those who receive Medicaid, it will only be $5.99. This is a significant discount, not only compared to the normal monthly charge, but even compared to the yearly charge. A year’s subscription to Prime is $99, but for Medicaid recipients, Prime membership will add up to a little more than $70 for the 12 months.

Medicaid is used by millions of people. CNN reported last year that 74 million people were on Medicaid. This number includes adults and children.

According to Amazon’s discount page, those with an EBT or Medicaid card must provide proof that they’re eligible for the discounted service. Then they can sign up and get Prime for less than half of what it typically costs on a monthly basis. For more information, head over to Amazon’s website to get started.

Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight

Welcome back to another installment of Tech Spotlight! Each week, I’m talking about cool and useful tech you should know about. This week, I’m putting a lifestyle tracker, soundbar, and wireless charger in the spotlight. Check them out, then make your purchases on Amazon!

Moov Now

This device is a visually pleasing and useful fitness tracker you wear on your wrist or ankle. Moov Now can help keep up with running, cycling, gym workouts, boxing, swimming—any exercise you might do.

With Moov Now, you get audio coaching as you make your way through your workout. It provides motivation and tells you the progress you’re making in real-time. It monitors activity and sleep, and it keeps track of a variety of types of exercises. It can go everywhere with you—it’s light, waterproof, and can last 6 months on its battery.

Your workouts are broken down with different statistics and pieces of information. Runners, cyclists, and swimmers can check out analytics from their workouts and learn how to improve. When running and walking, you can learn about your pace, technique, and more. When swimming, you can find out more about your lap times and turns. You can also follow along with boxing and body weight training tutorials.

There are many different fitness trackers on the market, but Moov Now looks great (especially with its various different colors), does a wide variety of things, and is incredibly affordable (at a little more than $50). Check it out on Amazon and purchase it for your exercise needs!

Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad

Anker’s PowerPort wireless charger is a great choice for charging your iPhone, Galaxy, or other smartphone without plugging it in with a cord. The PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad is designed to make charging easier while maintaining safety.

This wireless charger works on a variety of phones. It’s primarily targeted at newer iPhones—like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X—but it works on other devices, like newer Galaxy models, Google Nexus 6, and others. When compared with standard chargers, this wireless charger can make charging a little bit quicker. It doesn’t compromise its safety standards when charging, either. It’s designed to meet safety standards, and it has temperature control that keeps it from overheating.

Anker’s wireless charger is also particularly nice because you can charge your phone without taking your phone case off. Unless you use a very thick (or metal) case, the charger will work fine. With some wireless chargers, you have to go through the sometimes tedious task of removing your case every time you want to charge, so this feature can save some time and hassle.

Having to plug and unplug your phone from a charging cord can be annoying. With a wireless charger, it becomes completely unnecessary. Take a closer look at Anker’s wireless charger and add it to your cart!

Samsung HW-M360 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

This soundbar from Samsung is a great way to improve your home audio experience without breaking the bank. With high ratings and a comparatively low price, the Samsung HW-M360 Soundbar is a budget entertainment option.

The HW-M360 offers Dolby Digital sound with 2.1 Channel surround sound audio. It also comes with a wireless subwoofer. Many systems use wired subwoofers—being wireless means you can experience great bass after placing the subwoofer wherever works best for your home.

This soundbar also can connect to your devices and allows for easy control. If you have a Samsung TV, this soundbar can connect to it easily. It has Bluetooth, which offers a couple nice features: you can turn the soundbar on from your smartphone (or other Bluetooth-capable device), and you can stream music from those devices straight to the soundbar. You can also use Samsung’s app to control the soundbar further from a device. You can use the app to turn up the volume, customize your sound settings, and more.

Whether you have a Samsung TV or not, Samsung’s HW-M360 is a reasonably priced and well-reviewed home theater choice. If you’re in the market to improve your audio experience, learn more about the soundbar on Amazon before making your purchase!

Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight

Hello, and welcome to the newest Tech Spotlight! This week, I’m continuing to highlight some of the tech that’s caught my eye and raised my interest. Like every week, the items I’ve found are cool, fun, incredibly useful, or all of the above.

The items I’ve found this week are an Echo Dot accessory, a TV touchscreen projector, and a solar light. Take a look at what I’ve found, then head on over to Amazon to take a closer look and add them to your cart!

The Spot by Dot Genie

The Spot is an accessory you’ll want if you have an Echo Dot or one of more than half a dozen other small speakers. This accessory allows you to keep your speaker at the ready while mounting it out of the way.

The Spot is a speaker holder that mounts your speaker using your outlet. You place your speaker in the holder, which holds it in with small tabs, then plug it into a wall outlet through the mount’s designated spot. This allows you to have your speaker mounted on the wall instead of taking up space on the countertop or desk. They’ve also designed the mount to prevent sound from being muffled.

This accessory also helps eliminate some clutter. You use your speaker’s plug, but the Spot comes with its own shorter cord that connects to the plug and makes things less messy. This accessory can plug into vertical or horizontal plugs. It’s also designed to avoid blocking the outlet above it, so it only takes up one space.

Speakers like the Echo Dot are small and convenient, but they can be even more convenient with an accessory like the Spot. It comes in five different colors, so check it out and choose the colors you need for each room!

Touchjet WAVE Android Tablet Virtual Touchscreen TV System Projector

This is a product you’ll want if you work with others in meetings, run a classroom, or want to use a smart device with the whole family. The Touchjet WAVE can turn your flat screen TV or monitor into a giant touchscreen device.

The WAVE attaches to the top of any flat screen TV or monitor (up to 65”) and projects a touchscreen down onto it. It uses the Android operating system, and it comes preinstalled with some apps already, including some games and a Chrome browser. You can then add more apps that you want.

This device works well in many different situations. It allows people to work together—everyone can easily touch the screen, unlike using a regular tablet. Using the accompanying app, everyone can share what they’re looking at on their devices. And it can be fun for a family, because you can all play games together on the large touchscreen. It also makes it easier to stream your shows, because you can add your favorite streaming apps to the WAVE instead of having to use a separate device.

Whether it’s at home, at the office, or in a classroom, the WAVE can be a fun or incredibly useful addition. Learn more about how it works, then add it to your cart!

Sun King Pico Portable Solar Lantern

This small lamp makes it possible to stay well-lit in the outdoors or at home without any plugs or batteries. The Portable Solar Lantern is a small solar-powered lantern with a sturdy stand.

The lantern is a small, round, yellow lamp that comes with a detachable base. It’s solar-powered, with its charging area located on the back of the lamp. You can leave the lamp on the base to charge it, or you can detach the lamp and easily set it in any windowsill to let it charge while you’re not using it.

The lamp is convenient in many ways. You can get up to 70 hours of use from the lamp with a full charge. It also has three brightness settings—low, normal, and turbo. It’s light, weighing only 150 grams (which, for comparison, is just slightly heavier than a baseball). And it’s water resistant and durable, so you don’t have to worry about breaking it during a camping trip.

Even if you’re not on-the-go or in the great outdoors, this solar lantern is a small battery- and cord-free way to add some light to your home. Head over to Amazon to take a closer look!

Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight

Welcome back to our Tech Spotlight, where you can find cool new tech! Every week I’m telling you all about my newest tech finds, from tech accessories to apps to smart devices. All of these items can be found on Amazon, so hopefully you have your Prime account ready to go. This week, I’m showcasing a Bluetooth car transmitter, cooking device, and stylus. Happy shopping!

ZOETOUCH FM Transmitter Bluetooth Car Kit

This transmitter from ZOETOUCH makes it easier to listen to your music of choice while you’re in your car. On top of that, you can take hands-free calls and even charge your devices.

The car kit offers four ways to play music through the transmitter. You can connect via Bluetooth and have your music play over the FM radio. Or you can plug a flash drive into the transmitter, plug an MP3 player in with a cable, or play music from a TF or micro SD card.

You can also use the transmitter’s LCD display and microphone to see who’s calling and answer hands-free. The device is flexible, so you can move it to point in your direction as it’s plugged into your car’s cigarette lighter. And it has two USB ports for charging your other devices, as well.

If listening to the radio just isn’t good enough anymore, or if you want an easy way to take calls in the car, give ZOETOUCH’s Car Kit a look!

ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide

The ChefSteps Joule is a cooking device for anyone, including people with smart devices. This sous vide machine is a high-tech way to cook in any home.

With Joule, you can cook sous vide in a precise and convenient way. All you need to cook is a pot, water, a Ziploc bag, your phone, and the Joule. Sous vide involves cooking food in a water bath at a particular temperature, which the Joule manages nicely. Using the app on your phone, you can maintain the proper water temperature. Just place the Joule, with its magnetic base, in the pan and control everything with the Joule app.

The Joule also makes it easy to control how you cook. You can use the app’s “Visual Doneness” feature to see what food will look like, and you can also find cooking guides in the app. Making things even easier, you can control the Joule with just your voice—if you have Alexa. Joule can be controlled through its Alexa skill, so you don’t even have to pick up your phone to cook with the machine.

If you already have a sous vide machine, the Joule is a small, durable, and smart choice for an upgrade. If you aren’t already cooking sous vide, try out the Joule for precise cooking!

Gouler Active Stylus Digital Pen

This stylus from Gouler makes the Tech Spotlight because of its great reviews, ease of use, and fine point. Many styluses are large and rounded, and they sometimes don’t pair well with every device. This stylus is the answer to those problems.

Gouler’s Digital Pen has a copper tip that won’t wear out, and its point is much smaller than the typical stylus (just 1.6mm). It works with most devices, including most iPads, iPhones, Samsung devices, and more. The Digital Pen is an active stylus, which means it is an electronic device, unlike the passive stylus, which isn’t electronic and simply works like a finger pressing on the screen.

This product comes with a USB cord for charging the pen before use. After a full charge, the Digital Pen can work for up to 10 hours. It has LEDs to show when charging is complete—during charging, the LED will be red, and once it’s fully charged, the LED will turn blue.

Gouler’s Digital Pen is a great choice to replace your passive stylus, whether you’re drawing or writing on your device. Check out their active stylus for a better writing experience!

Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight

Welcome to this week’s Tech Spotlight! As always, I’m sharing three tech-related products with you that are fun, interesting, useful, or all of the above. And as usual, you can find all of these items on Amazon. After you’ve read about my finds, you can head straight over to Amazon to place an order with your Prime shipping. This week I’ve found some highly useful tech accessories, as well as a fun new clock for your smart home!

OMOTON Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard

This keyboard from OMOTON is a highly rated Bluetooth keyboard that works with Bluetooth-capable devices. It’s specifically designed to work best with iPads and iPhones—the keypad has hotkeys that are customized for these devices. However, though the hotkeys aren’t guaranteed to work with other devices, you can still use the keyboard just fine with many other devices.

This keyboard makes the Tech Spotlight because it’s a well-reviewed keyboard with everything that’s necessary for typing on your devices. It doesn’t need a ton of bells and whistles—it just works well. It’s Bluetooth, so there are no cords to worry about. It has the keys and the layout you’re used to, so there’s no need to relearn where all the keys are. And the hotkeys can do things like let you control your device’s music and screen brightness.

The Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard uses two AAA batteries, so you might want to consider buying some rechargeable batteries. However, OMOTON notes the keyboard has a long battery life (as long as half a year) because of features like its automatic sleep mode.

Having a Bluetooth keyboard can make using a tablet or smartphone much more convenient. If you’re looking for one, take a look at the Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard from OMOTON!

Seneo Fast Wireless Charger

The Seneo Fast Wireless Charger is a super quick way to charge your device without having to plug it in. It works best for Samsung Galaxy devices, but it can also charge newer iPhones.

This charger can provide a standard charge for an iPhone, but it is able to fast charge Samsung devices when connected with a fast charge adapter (for instance, the one that came with your Galaxy phone). The charger is plugged into the wall, allowing for wireless charging of the device itself. All you have to do is place your phone or tablet horizontally or vertically on the charger.

The charger is also a stand, so instead of laying your phone flat, you can actually see what’s on your phone easily while it’s charging. It also has a light that changes color as the charger connects to your device and then begins charging.

It is important to note that you do need your own adapter to plug the charger into the wall. You also can’t plug the charger into the USB port of your computer. And Seneo makes a point to note that some phone cases will interfere with charging, so you may need to remove your case before charging. However, your case may be thin enough to avoid needing to do this.

A wireless charger like this one from Seneo is a great way to charge your phone without looking for the cord to plug in, and it even makes it easy to continue using your phone as it charges. Head over to Amazon to learn more and add this Fast Wireless Charger to your cart!

LaMetric Time Wi-Fi Clock

This clock from LaMetric is a unique and fun way to keep up with the time and much more in your smart home. The LaMetric Time Wi-Fi Clock uses an artfully pixelated display to show you many different kinds of information, all depending on what you enable.

The clock works on its own, but it’s programmed using the accompanying app on a smartphone. This clock can be programmed to do much more than just tell the time. It can display a large number of other things from the thousands of choices. It can show the weather forecast, email notifications, calendar events, and information from smart devices (like your smart bulb or smart plug). It even connects with Alexa.

The different clock faces include fun pixel art, so each feature you connect adds a little flair to the clock. It also has a speaker, so you can do things like set internet radio stations to play when you wake up. And you can come up with your own clock faces by using LaMetric Developer for customization.

This clock is a cool addition to a smart home. If you want to connect your smart devices to one aesthetically pleasing clock, take a look at the LaMetric Time Wi-Fi Clock!

Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight

I’m back with another installment in the weekly Tech Spotlight! I’m discussing fun, useful, or downright cool tech-related items available on Amazon every week. This week features a very useful charger, a time-saving and convenient smart device, and some tech for the kids in your life. Check out what I’ve found this week, then head over to Amazon and add some tech to your cart!

Solar Charger BernetPow 24000mAh Battery Pack

If you like to hike or camp, or if you just like to go out for the day without having to look for an outlet, a portable charger can help. This solar-powered device from BernetPow is a great option for anyone looking to buy a portable charger.

BernetPow’s Solar Charger is a highly-reviewed but reasonably-priced portable charger. The charger can be powered using its solar panel. It can also be charged at an outlet. The product description notes that the solar panel shouldn’t be relied on as the primary way to charge, but of course, having even some solar charging available could be extremely helpful.

This charger can charge three devices at once with 2.4A charging. It’s able to charge most of the typical devices, like an iPhone or a Galaxy. The charger also has a “safety system” meant to prevent things like overcharging or short-circuiting. Also, its listed item weight is 12.3 ounces, which isn’t the lightest option out there, but it’s pretty typical for a decent, high-powered portable charger. And interestingly, it comes with a tiny USB fan that can be plugged in to keep cool in the summer.

This charger also has some features that help prevent wasting a charge. It will automatically stop charging your devices once they’re full, which keeps the battery from charging for no reason and is better for the device. Also, the charger itself will shut off once it’s not longer in use.

If you’re looking for a good new portable charger, check BernetPow’s solar charger out for an option that works well without breaking the bank!

Flic – The Wireless Smart Button, 3 Pack

Flic is a smart button that makes it a little easier to perform actions on your smart devices. Using the Flic app, you can set your button to do just about anything. Each button has three ways to trigger it—with a click, a double click, or a long press. Each of these triggers can be set to something different, and they can also be set to do more than one thing each.

Flic can be used to control your smart devices, like your lights, your thermostat, or even the camera on your phone. It’s meant to be convenient and time-saving. Since it has an adhesive backing as well as a clip, it could be attached near your doorway so you could turn on the lights and the TV as soon as you walked in the door. Or you could clip it on your sleeve to control your music while working out.

This smart button uses Bluetooth to connect to your device, and it has a range of “roughly 50m,” according to the product description. It also is resistant to “weather and dust,” and the battery lasts quite a long while—over a year, in fact.

If you don’t have any smart products, or if you use your smartphone very little, this might not be all that useful for you. But if you want to be able to control your music without taking your phone out, or if you want to quickly perform actions with your other smart devices, take a look at Flic’s pack of three smart buttons.

Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

This Electronics Discovery Kit from Elenco is a fun offering in the arena of kid’s tech. More and more companies have been producing educational toys that help kids get excited about different areas of tech. This particularly kit has kids 7 and up figuring out how to connect electrical circuits to build interesting projects.

The pieces all snap together, which means there’s no trouble connecting the different parts. The circuit pieces are color coded and perform a variety of functions. This includes a speaker and switches. Using these pieces, kids can work on 101 different projects. The product description mentions fun projects like a musical doorbell and a light police siren.

Aside from these 101 projects, Snap Circuits Jr. can be upgraded by adding other Snap Circuits kits to it. This means that even once your child is done playing with the 101 projects in this kit, more components can be added to complete even more projects.

Kits like this offering from Snap Circuits Jr. could help children develop a love for tech and help with things like problem-solving, working with parts, and following instructions. Check out this kit and the others they offer to see which is best for your child!

Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight

It’s that time again—time for more cool tech! As usual, I’m showcasing three fun or useful tech items you can find on Amazon. Take a look at this week’s spotlight and then head on over to Amazon!

Vakey Star Night Light Projector

You may have seen some starry sky night lights for sale online over the past years. This particular night light looks like a great option for children and adults alike! The Vakey Star Night Light Projector is a rotating night light that project the night sky onto walls and ceilings. It doesn’t just show an artsy depiction of the stars or just a cluster of unidentifiable sparkles—it projects particular constellations.

What’s especially cool is that you can customize what it projects. You can change what is projected based on your location and the time of year. This means you can project the night light onto your ceiling and see which constellations are really overhead.

Interestingly, this night light is also meant to be fun to put together. It’s a “DIY” night light that has you put together the tech yourself. It arrives in parts, so once you’ve built it, you can feel like you’ve accomplished something and understand how it works a little better.

If you’ve seen products of this nature advertised in the past, here’s your chance to try out a well-reviewed and particularly enjoyable piece of tech. Check out the Vakey Star Night Light Projected on Amazon!

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Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor

We have plenty of activity trackers for us humans. But what about our pets? That’s where the Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor comes in. This device lets humans keep track of their companion animals’ location and activity data.

This monitor attaches to your pet’s collar or harness and works through WiFi. You can set up “Places” that your pets frequent and get alerts when your pet wanders away from their “Place.” You can also look at information about where your pet traveled over the course of the day. If your pet is prone to getting loose and running off, this can help you figure out where she or he headed on their excursion.

The device also tracks how active your pet is and how much rest they’re getting. It’s important to keep up with your pet’s routine and make sure they’re getting enough exercise and sleep. If you’re away from home a lot over the course of the day, this could be a great way to check in on your pet regularly and keep an eye on their habits.

This device is waterproof, able to track your pet from far away, and customizable, so it has an advantage over some competitors. It does require a monthly subscription for its services, but it will likely be worth it for the peace of mind you’ll get. If you want to keep a closer watch on your pet, head over to Amazon and check out this device!

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Bluetooth Speakers, Auto Tech IPX7 Portable Wireless Waterproof Speaker

Sure, you might already have some Bluetooth speakers. But can you take them everywhere—including the shower? If you like listening to tunes while you’re showering, floating on the river, or doing anything that might get you caught in the rain, you’ll like this Bluetooth speaker from Auto Tech. With this speaker, you’re able to take your music anywhere without worrying about inclement weather, accidental drops, or anything else water-related.

The speaker is completely waterproof, not just sort of water resistant. There’s genuinely no worry about it getting wet. So if you cannonball into the pool and splash water all over it, no problem. There’s also a lifetime warranty, so if anything does go wrong with it, you’re covered. It has a suction cup attached, so just stick it anywhere and don’t worry about it.

It also has a fun additional feature: it can display an optional LED light show. You can choose a color you want it to stick to, or you can have it move through different colors. With this in mind, it really does have a cool and fun design.

If you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker that you can take anywhere without worrying about the weather or the location, and if you like for your tech to look cool, check out Auto Tech’s waterproof speaker!

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Need Help with Gift Ideas?

Need Help with Gift Ideas?

The holidays are fast approaching, and though the season isn’t all about material items, you might be thinking about how to find the best gifts you can. As I write this article, it’s less than four weeks until Christmas, and Hanukkah begins in less than two weeks. (Sorry for the reminder!) On top of the winter holidays, there are always graduation ceremonies, birthdays, weddings, and who knows what else.

But don’t worry—you can use the internet to find gifts for the people you’re struggling to shop for! Maybe you’re taking part in a company gift exchange or have a fairly new friend you want to pick out a gift for. Here are just a few websites you can use to get suggestions for presents!

Amazon.com Gift Finder

This gift finder is particularly helpful for two reasons: it offers a lot of different results, and it’s conveniently run by Amazon (where you were probably going to buy your gift anyway). Amazon’s gift finding tool has different categories by age range, gender, and category. There’s even an option for pets! You can filter by whether the gifts offer Prime shipping and by price. Unless you narrow by category, there’s a wide (and kind of odd) variety of gift suggestions. You might just find what you’re looking for with only a couple of clicks.

Gift Idea Generator

This website generates gift ideas for adults 18 and older. If you’d rather use an app, it’s available on Google Play. To use the website, you simply answer a series of questions. You start by asking if the gift is for someone age 18+ or 40+. Then you answer questions about how close you are, what kind of gift you want, and what the person is like. I will note that the results are limited—you only get one suggestion each time you go through the questions. But the questions are interesting and the results even moreso. At the very least, it can get the cogs turning and give you some inspiration.

GiftAdvisor.com

This website has a great collection of gift ideas. It offers many different results after you’ve selected different categories or descriptors. You can find gifts by who the person is (including gender and age range), who they are to you (including romantic partners, family members, friends, and co-workers), what type of event it is (including winter holidays and birthdays), plus a lot more. Those three categories are just a few you have to choose from—you can narrow things down in other ways, as well. And, helpfully, the gift ideas are pulled from a variety of different websites. GiftAdvisor.com is an exceptionally useful tool.

Gifts.com

Gifts.com is a gift idea website and shop all in one. Take note that the results you get are for products offered by Gifts.com and that they want you to buy from them. But even still, you can get some great suggestions and use these ideas to shop around elsewhere! You can get gift suggestions based on gender, age range, holiday, and more. Best of all, you can take a personality quiz based on the giftee and get personalized suggestions. This is a great website to get inspiration (and maybe even buy your gift right then and there!)

Alexa Now Works with More Apps on Fire TV

Alexa Now Works with More Apps on Fire TV

Who needs remotes anymore? Now it’s getting easier and easier to control your TV-watching experience with just your voice. Most notably, you can now use Alexa to control more of your video apps on Fire TV!

Fire TV is offered by Amazon and gives TV watchers a way to stream videos through a number of different apps. The Fire TV Amazon page shows apps like Hulu, Netflix, and Sling TV. And Alexa, of course, is Amazon’s smart assistant found on devices like the Echo and Echo Dot. Give Alexa a command and you can complete hands-free tasks.

Alexa was already able to handle some TV controls with Fire TV—specifically, playing videos from the Amazon Prime Video app. You could also control Netflix and HBO Now with your Echo, as well. Users could pair their Echo with their Fire TV and control their videos with their voice.

The newest update expands Alexa’s ability to control video apps. According to the news release, you can now control “Bravo, CBS, Hulu, NBC, SHOWTIME, and Sony PlayStation Vue” with voice commands. For instance, you can ask Alexa to open any of those apps, or you can ask Alexa to play a certain episode from one of those apps. Of course, you also need to make sure you have the most recent update of each of these apps in order for them to work properly with your Echo.

This means that Fire TV’s video apps now work with a pretty decent number of apps, particularly compared to a device like Google Home. Google Home can control some video playback on Chromecast, but it only works with seven “partners” according to their page on Google Home Help. Hulu is not mentioned on their list, and it does not include some other video apps that Alexa can now control, though Google Home’s voice control does work with some video apps that Alexa doesn’t (like Crackle).

If you lose remotes often, don’t like having to rely on a device, or just don’t like having to move more than necessary, this new update will be great. It’s also a good sign, because it could suggest even more voice control options in the future! For more information on Fire TV, check out the Fire TV page.

Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight

It’s time for another Tech Spotlight, where I talk about three cool tech items available on Amazon! This week, all three items have to do in some way with health or outdoor activities—not just for us humans, but for our pets, too. I know, we’ve just had Black Friday, and we’ve all looked at a lot of things to buy. But this tech will be perfect for you or for someone you’re buying for this Christmas. Log in to your Amazon account and check out this week’s tech!

Bellabeat Leaf Urban Health Tracker | Rose Gold

I’m sure we’ve all seen the different health trackers that are available, and many of us have used them at some point. Bellabeat Leaf is different from most because it helps people understand and track aspects of their health while also incorporating fashion elements. Bellabeat Leaf is a pretty and sleek-looking piece of jewelry that can be worn many ways, like as a necklace, bracelet, or (as pictured on the product page) as a clip. Instead of being an obvious bit of tech, it looks like a statement piece that can be worn every day.

Bellabeat Leaf tracks many different activities, like steps and burned calories, and it also tracks things to do with sleep, meditation, periods, and stress. It can track quality of sleep, fertility, and sensitivity to stress, and it can set up meditation sessions, plus even more features.

Your information is sent to the device’s app so you can keep track of different aspects of your health. You can also sync your information to apps like Google Fit and Apple Health, so if you already use those apps or simply prefer them, you can stick with them.

There are different designs for the smart jewelry, as well, so you have options when it comes to appearance. There are even different colors (aside from rose gold, there is also silver).

If you want to keep up with and track your health, Bellabeat Leaf is a fun and different choice. You can track health and look good while doing so. Check out Bellabeat Leaf if you’re interested in a pretty, fun, and different way to stay fit!

Lifepack Solar Powered and Anti-Theft Backpack with laptop storage

This backpack by Lifepack includes some really useful tech. If you’d like to be able to charge devices and listen to music while you’re out with your backpack on, this is for you. The Lifepack includes what they call their “Solarbank” with three different features. Its design is also meant to be extremely helpful.

The “Solarbank” in this Lifepack is comprised of a power bank so you can charge devices, a solar charger to refill your power, and Bluetooth speakers in the backpack. This could be useful for most people who want to use a backpack, but of course, it could be especially helpful if you’re going outdoors and maybe going for a hike or camping. If you’re a student, you could feel more confident about keeping your phone and tablet charged while on campus.

It’s also designed to be secure and survive inclement weather. It has a lock built into it, so you won’t have to buy your own to keep your things safe. It also comes with a rain cover so you can protect your stuff and the backpack’s tech if there’s rain in the forecast.

If you use a backpack regularly, owning one with this kind of tech integrated could make life much easier. Check out the Lifepack for a fun and useful backpack option!

CleverPet Hub – Exercise Your Pet’s Mind + Body

You’re not the only one who needs to exercise and keep your mind in top shape—your pets do, as well. The CleverPet Hub is a cool way to keep your pet moving and active. Many pets can get restless around the house, or they can have so much pent-up energy it’s hard to know what to do. This item can help with that.

The product description notes that neuroscientists designed the CleverPet Hub. It’s meant to stimulate your pet’s mind and keep him or her engaged throughout the day. The Hub offers challenges to your pets and can motivate them with food as they solve puzzles. You can set up a schedule for your pet to use the Hub and then track your pet’s activity through the accompanying app.

It’s also important to note that the Hub is meant to be extremely durable and stay put while being used. The device is designed not to move across the floor as it’s played with. It’s also made of material that’s very hard to damage—the product description says the Hub’s dome hasn’t been broken into yet, despite being used by thousands of dogs. So even if you have a particularly wild pet, the CleverPet Hub is a viable option.

This product is great for people who have pets that need more stimulation and activity than they can offer. It’s also just a great idea to keep pets playing and moving around. Check out the CleverPet Hub if you have a pet that could benefit from an engaging new pet device.