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If you don’t have any wine knowledge, figuring out what wine to serve with dinner can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. While most of us have a decent idea of what to serve with a steak, when it comes to other dishes like pizza or apple pie our current knowledge might fall a little short.

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If talking out loud to Alexa (or your digital assistant of choice) feels unnatural, you're not alone. I've had Siri for as long as she's been alive, yet I can count on one hand the number of times I've spoken to her. It's always seemed easier to open an app on my iPhone or type in a Google query and get exactly what I'm looking for, rather than navigating a line of verbal questioning that eventually leads to my desired answer — or not.

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Every Wednesday, there's a YouTube series that adds a new music video of a screaming frog saying "It is Wednesday, my dudes." Wouldn't one of these Wednesday songs make a better alarm for your Wednesday mornings than "Radar (Default)"? You can make this happen, my dudes.

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Now that the second season of Westworld is over, freezing motor functions on a delightful, but somewhat-confusing series for the next year or two, you might feel a bit lost about what you should do next. Find another show to binge? Re-read even more fan theories? Start writing out a delightful old-timey piano cover of your favourite 1990s alt-rock song?

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Your Amazon Echo device is already pretty customisable in terms of what skills you add to it. What you may not realise is that if you don't find a skill out there that's quite what you're looking for, you can actually make your own using Alexa's Skill Blueprints.

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After last week's incident, where a family in Oregon had a private conversation recorded and sent to a third party in Seattle by their Amazon Alexa, lots of people are getting worried about what your Alexa might be recoding without you knowing. Fortunately, there's an easy way to see and hear what Alexa has been capturing during the day to day chatter in your home of office.

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When I reviewed the Sonos One back in February, Alexa support was expected but not yet available. But a software update that has been deployed this week adds Alexa support, making it one of the best sounding smart speakers on the market. And the One, as well as some other products in the Sonos range will be getting another update, once Apple finally releases AirPlay 2.

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As parents, you often hear about life's great injustices:

"While I was drawing, his elbow moved my hand so now my princess has a moustache!"

"She moved eight spaces instead of seven! I saw it with my own eyes."

"He ate the last lolly even though I had written on the box, 'Do not eat the last lolly!'"

You're expected to mediate, to help find a solution -- for the 17th time this morning. No more, you say. It's time call in an unbiased third party.

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Touchscreens have become the primary way many of us interact with the digital world, but they aren't great options for the visually impaired. Smartphones have small displays and require precise controls, and their screens shut off after a few moments of inactivity, which makes them difficult to use if your vision isn't great. In these instances, a smart speaker is probably a much more useful device.

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Two minutes is a weird amount of time to stand at the sink with a brush in your mouth. And if you don't use an electric brush with an automatic timer, what are you supposed to do, look at a stopwatch? I've reported before on the lack of good tooth brushing apps; there's one ok one for kids, and that's it. But Gimlet has come to the rescue with a two-minute, twice-daily show called Chompers.