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Amazon Alexa Web Portal

Have you received or purchased an Amazon Smart Speaker recently?

A very quick tip, according to reports many will have received a smart speaker as a gift over the holiday period and one of the best selling smart speakers is the Amazon range including the Echo and Dot. By now they have probably all been set up using the Alexa App for iOS or Android and setting have been adjusted on these devices.

There is another way to adjust the settings and adding skills etc. on your new Echo or Dotwhich is via the Amazon Alexa web portal. Being paralysed from the neck down I find it much easier to to browse and change setting via my Mac and not a mobile device, other able bodied users may find the convenience of a web portal an added bonus. Just visit https://alexa.amazon.co.uk in the UK or https://alexa.amazon.com in the USA log into your account and all of the settings for your Alexa device will be available to you.

This is another way of controlling your Alexa smart speaker.

Save Money On A Microsoft Office 365 Subscription

A very quick hint for all users of Microsoft Office 365, whether on Mac or Windows.  A monthly subscription in the UK is £7.99 (£95.88 a year), there is the option on the Microsoft website to sign up for their yearly subscription for £79.00 (saving £16.88).  However, the cheapest way I have found of paying for my Microsoft Office 365 subscription is buying a Pre-Paid yearly subscription card from Amazon, this will give you exactly the same access to Microsoft Office 365 (5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets including iPad, Android or Windows, plus 5 phones and up to 5 users) but at the moment the price is £55.59 (£40.29 a year cheaper than the monthly subscription and £23.41 a year cheaper than getting the yearly subscription directly from the Microsoft website).

Once you have received your code from Amazon log into your Microsoft account, click on your account name in the top right and select View Microsoft Account, click Service & subscriptions in the Account bar then click Payment & billing under Office 365 Home, you will then have an option to Redeem a card or code. Saving some money is as simple as that.