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Hidden feature in your Amazon Echo that improves your Wi-Fi signal

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Hidden feature in your Amazon Echo that improves your Wi-Fi signal

If you work from home, you know how important it is to have a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection. But sometimes, your Wi-Fi can get slow or spotty, especially if you have a large house or a lot of devices using the network at the same time.

You might think that the only solution is to move closer to your router or buy a more expensive one. But what if we told you that you can extend your Wi-Fi coverage by using your Amazon Echo device and an Eero mesh system?

That’s right, with the new Eero Built-In feature, you can turn your Echo device into a Wi-Fi extender that can boost your signal by up to 1,000 square feet. This way, you can enjoy a strong and consistent Wi-Fi connection from any corner of your home. Here’s how to set it up.

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A woman uses Wi-Fi to participate in a video conference on her laptop. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

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What is the Eero system?

The Eero system is a whole-home Wi-Fi system. Essentially, it will help give you a Wi-Fi connection throughout your home, which is especially helpful if you have a few “dead” spots in your house or spots where the Wi-Fi is very slow or won’t work at all.

The Eero system works by having a system of nodes that connect together to create one mesh network. The nodes can plug into any outlet in your home, and then you can download the Eero app to your smartphone to help walk you through the steps for how to set it up.

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How to boost your Wi-Fi coverage with Amazon Echo and Eero devices

Amazon’s acquisition of Eero happened back in 2020, and ever since then, Eero has produced some of the industry’s top mesh WiFi routers. Now these routers can extend your Wi-Fi connection up to 1,000 square feet by connecting your Amazon Echo and Eero accounts.

You might not have known this already; however, there are certain Echo devices that come with an Eero Built-In badge. This badge is what makes it possible for your Wi-Fi network to be extended.

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Which Amazon Echo devices have the Eero Built-In badge?

The following Amazon Echo devices can automatically be connected with an Eero mesh system based on their Eero Built-In badges:

Echo Dot with clock (5th Gen)

Hidden feature in your Amazon Echo that improves WiFi signal

Echo Dot with clock 5th Gen (Amazon) (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

The Echo Dot 5th Generation with the clock is the best-sounding Echo device yet. With an enhanced LED clock display and complete with clearer vocals, deeper bass and vibrant sound in any room, you’ll be sure to get the most out of this device.

Echo Dot (5th Gen)

Hidden feature in your Amazon Echo that improves WiFi signal

Echo Dot 5th Gen (Amazon) (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

This Echo Dot 5th generation also has incredible audio with it as well as the handy Alexa assistant to help answer any questions or complete any requests you might have. You can control compatible smart devices with it and pair it with devices like your Fire TV or your Eero network.

Echo (4th Gen)

Hidden feature in your Amazon Echo that improves WiFi signal

Echo 4th Gen (Amazon) (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

The Echo Dot 4th Generation can also pair with your Eero network and is designed to protect your privacy at all times as well. It also has a built-in hub to voice control compatible lights, locks, and sensors. Plus, it has a rich, detailed sound that automatically adapts to any room.

Echo Dot with clock (4th Gen)

Hidden feature in your Amazon Echo that improves WiFi signal

Echo Dot with clock 4th Gen (Amazon) (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

The Echo Dot 4th Generation with the clock display has a sleek and compact design that delivers crisp vocals and a balanced bass for full sound. Alexa will be ready to help you 24/7, and you can use voice control to operate different parts of your home as well as to call friends and family.

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With the exception of the first generation 2016 Eero Home Wi-Fi System, all Eero systems are compatible with Echo upgrades.

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Hidden feature in your Amazon Echo that improves WiFi signal

An Echo device is placed on a laptop. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

How exactly do I connect the two to extend my Wi-Fi?

Before you connect your devices together, you should make sure that all these things have the latest software updates. Here’s how to check for each.

1) Update your software

How to check for software updates on your Eero device

  • Open your Eero app
  • Go to Settings
  • Click Software version
  • Update your software if there is an option available to do so

How to check for software updates on your Echo device

  • Simply say, “Echo, check for software updates”
  • If Alexa says there is an update available, ask her to update

2) How to check for software updates on your Alexa app

For iPhone:

  • Open your App Store app
  • Click the profile icon in the top right corner
  • See if Alexa has an update available under Available updates 

For Android: 

 Settings may vary depending on your Android phone’s manufacturer 

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  • Open the Google Play Store app
  • Click the profile icon in the top right corner
  • Click Manage apps and devices
  • Update Alexa if available

Once all your devices are fully up-to-date, you can connect your Eero system to your Amazon Echo device.

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Hidden feature in your Amazon Echo that improves WiFi signal

A woman uses her cellphone while on her laptop. (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

3) Connect your Eero system

How to connect your Eero system to your Amazon Echo device

  • Open your Eero app
  • Click the Discover tab
  • Tap Amazon Connected Home 
  • Toggle on Eero Built-In 
  • Your compatible Echo devices will be listed here. Select the ones that you wish to extend Wi-Fi for

Once your software is updated on everything and your Eero and Amazon Echo devices are connected, you can then use Alexa to control your Eero network. Some things that you can ask Alexa to do include checking the software for updates, getting more information about your network, restarting your network, or even pausing Wi-Fi connection for specific devices.

It’s a much more convenient way to not only have your network stable throughout your home but also to have your Wi-Fi network easily monitored at all times.

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Kurt’s key takeaways

As you can see, boosting your Wi-Fi coverage with Amazon Echo and Eero devices is not only possible but also very easy. All you need are some compatible devices, the latest software updates, and a few taps on your Eero app.

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With this setup, you can enjoy a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection from any corner of your home, whether you’re working, streaming, or browsing. You should definitely give this a try. You’ll be amazed by the difference it makes.

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Microsoft is working with Nvidia, AMD, and Intel to improve upscaling support in PC games

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Microsoft has outlined a new Windows API designed to offer a seamless way for game developers to integrate super resolution AI-upscaling features from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel. In a new blog post, program manager Joshua Tucker describes Microsoft’s new DirectSR API as the “missing link” between games and super resolution technologies, and says it should provide “a smoother, more efficient experience that scales across hardware.”

“This API enables multi-vendor SR [super resolution] through a common set of inputs and outputs, allowing a single code path to activate a variety of solutions including Nvidia DLSS Super Resolution, AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution, and Intel XeSS,” the post reads. The pitch seems to be that developers will be able to support this DirectSR API, rather than having to write code for each and every upscaling technology.

The blog post comes a couple of weeks after an “Automatic Super Resolution” feature was spotted in a test version of Windows 11, which promised to “use AI to make supported games play more smoothly with enhanced details.” Now, it seems the feature will plug into existing super resolution technologies like DLSS, FSR, and XeSS rather than offering a Windows-level alternative. 

Microsoft says that the new API will be available soon via a preview version of its Agility SDK. It plans to offer a “sneak peek” of how DirectSR can be used during a developer session at the forthcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC). The session will take place on March 21st, and will include representatives from both Microsoft as well as Nvidia and AMD.

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Apple warns against using rice to dry out your wet iPhone; here’s what to do instead

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Cellphones getting water damage is nothing new. Before the iPhone, I had a flip phone that fell into a swimming pool. The first thing everyone told me to do was to dry the phone out with rice.

The idea is that the rice will draw out any excess water, saving your phone from being destroyed by water damage.

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This method remains many people’s tried-and-true method for saving a waterlogged phone, and I’ve seen it work firsthand. 

However, a new support document by Apple has just come out, and the company is asking people to please not place their iPhones in a bowl or bag of rice.

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An iPhone in a bowl of rice (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

Why shouldn’t you put your wet iPhone in rice?

Apple is now warning customers that placing their iPhones into a bowl or bag of rice might actually slow down the drying process and damage their phone’s internal components. In particular, the company warns that small particles of wet rice may end up in your iPhone, damaging the phone’s logic board.

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Wet iPhone (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

What Apple recommends you do instead

Next time your iPhone takes a dip in the swimming pool or the toilet, instead of running for the rice in the cabinet, Apple suggests doing this instead.

Step 1 – Tap the water out

Apple suggests that your first immediate step should be lightly tapping the iPhone against your hand with the charging connector pointed down. This should pull some of the water inside your iPhone out. Don’t be alarmed if only a few drops of water come from the connector port. Leave your iPhone somewhere dry, with some airflow.

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Step 2 – Wait 30 minutes, then try to charge your iPhone

You should leave your iPhone alone for a period of 30 minutes. Once 30 minutes have gone by, you can attempt to charge your iPhone again. If your iPhone charges, congratulations. There’s no water damage to your iPhone and you can resume using it. If you receive an alert saying “liquid detected in USB-C (or lightning) port,” you unfortunately still have water in your iPhone. However, luckily, hope isn’t lost.

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Liquid Detected alert on iPhone (Apple)

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Step 3 – Leave your iPhone in a dry area for 24 hours

If you receive an alert saying “liquid detected in USB-C (or lightning) port,” you unfortunately still have water in your iPhone. Apple warns against using a blow-dryer or any other heat gun device to dry your iPhone after it takes a splash. You should instead leave your phone in a dry area with some airflow and allow for 24 hours to pass. A room with a ceiling fan is a great place to leave your iPhone while it dries.

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Charging Not Available alert on iPhone (Apple)

Step 4 – Retest the connector

After 24 hours have passed, you should try to charge your iPhone again. If your iPhone charges, you are all good. If it doesn’t charge, Apple recommends removing the charging cable from the wall outlet and changing electrical sources for a moment. Apple recommends against trying to insert a cotton swab or any other foreign object into your charging port.

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If your iPhone’s charging port is damaged or not working properly, you may want to consider alternative charging methods that do not rely on the port. For example, some iPhones support wireless charging, which uses a magnetic pad or stand to charge your phone without plugging in a cable. This way, you can avoid inserting anything into the port and prevent further damage. 

Now, if all that doesn’t work and your iPhone still does not charge or shows signs of water damage, such as a wet screen, distorted audio or malfunctioning buttons, you may need to contact Apple for repair or replacement. You can check your warranty status and common issues not covered under warranty by clicking here.

Remember to back up your data before sending your iPhone for repair, as you may lose some or all of your information.

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Kurt’s key takeaways

It’s important to remember that all iPhones since the iPhone 12 are able to safely withstand submersion in water of up to 20 feet for 30 minutes. If you do end up dropping your iPhone in the water, just don’t run for the rice.

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X adds live video to Spaces instead of bringing back Periscope

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Spaces, the live audio feature for X, is now letting hosts turn on their video during chat sessions. The platform formerly known as Twitter announced the news on Wednesday as owner / CTO Elon Musk reposted a walkthrough from a user named “Dogedesigner.”

Spaces users will notice a new option to “enable video” when they first create a new Spaces session. Hosts can opt for either their phone’s front or back-facing cameras as well as either a landscape or vertical view of their video feed. 

The Video Spaces are available on the iOS version of the X app, but we haven’t seen them available on Android or the web yet. Multiple users reported significant lag while trying out the feature so far.

Right now, only hosts have the ability to turn on video. The end result is a prominent display of the host’s video feed, which is then surrounded by icons of co-hosts, speakers, and any listeners. At first glance, it’s an environment that resembles Twitch — expect for the fact that any selected audience members can chime in at any minute. A host’s video feed also only lives inside a Spaces session, so users will have to join the session in order to tune in.

When Elon Musk announced that Spaces would get video late last year, his description of it sounded closer to a videoconferencing app or video call app like FaceTime, where the video feed switches to whoever is currently speaking. 

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But for now, a typical Spaces with video session prominently features the host’s video feed, which is surrounded by the smaller icons of any other speakers, co-hosts, or listeners in the room. It’s not exactly like Twitch since anyone you give permission to can speak back to you, but it does turn the host into the main event in a similar fashion. 

The new video integration of X Spaces is separate from the platform’s existing live broadcast feature, which lets users directly livestream video. Spaces functions as a live chatroom, where multiple users can tune in and speak. In contrast, the audience in a typical live broadcast can only comment or send hearts

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