About

Who’s behind this site?

This site is owned and operated by Brian MacFarland. This website is not an Amazon site. The products of focus are the Amazon Echo / Echo Dot / Tap hardware and Amazon’s Alexa software are the trademarked and/or copyrighted property of Amazon.com, Inc.

The opinions expressed here are Brian’s alone (unless otherwise specified), and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Amazon.

What’s This Site About?

Alexa/Echo is aimed at maximizing the value of the aforementioned Echo (and Tap) products and Alexa service. Amazon continues to release new Echo (and Tap) hardware. Third parties Alexa-powered products like Triby and Samsung’s Family Hub Refrigerator are joining in on the fun. The Alexa service itself is constantly being updated with new partners and Skills. In fact new categories such as thermostat control are being added.

I find this very exciting and I want to bring you the news, tips/tricks, and my opinions of it all.

Personally, I’ve found that having Echo’s always-on, hands-free service is a life-changer. I recognize not everyone might feel that way, but I believe everyone should give it a try. It is a lot more than Siri or Google Now that you actively have to press a button and talk into a phone… two things that aren’t nearly as convenient they initial seem.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Disclosure

Alexa/Echo is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. The advertising fees are paid by Amazon and do not increase the price of the item to the purchaser.

From time to time makers of tech products such as (but not limited to) apps and accessories may send Alexa/Echo products for review purposes at no cost. In cases where the product is mentioned in a Alexa/Echo post, receipt of a free review copy will be disclosed in the post where that mention appears. However, no guarantee of a positive review is given nor implied upon Alexa/Echo’s acceptance of free review product(s). The reviews are entirely the opinions of Alexa/Echo based on the experience with the product.