Changing daylight hours messing up your Alexa routines?

Just select "sunset" or "sunrise" to kick them off!

If you have Alexa-connected smart lights, there's a good chance you have an Alexa routine that turns them on every evening at a set time when it usually gets dark outside (if you don't, follow the easy steps below under the "Do This Now" section below to create one!).

The Problem: As spring transitions to summer and every day brings more hours of sunlight, the "dark outside" time is getting later and later.

The Solution: Instead of continually updating your routine as the light changes, set it up to kick off at sunset -- you can even have it kick off up to 60 min before or after sunset. This is a small feature that's helpful in a big way -- you'll never have to reschedule your evening Alexa routine again :)

Pro Tip #1: You can also kick off Alexa routines at sunrise! I keep a lamp on in my living room at night as a sort of "night light," and I love having it set up to automatically turn off at sunrise.

Do This Now: Set up an Alexa routine that kicks off at sunset

  1. Create a new Alexa routine (or open an existing one)
  2. Tap "When this happens"
  3. Tap "Schedule"
  4. Tap "Sunset"
  5. If you want the routine to kick off up to 60 min before or after sunset, update the "Time Offset"
  6. Tap "Next" in the upper right corner
  7. Tap "Add action" to set the actions (like turning on your smart lights) you want to happen when the sun goes down
Pro Tip #2: If you don't have smart lights yet, tap/click here to check out VoiceBrew's guide to selecting the right ones for you and setting them up. Smart lights have become extremely easy to set up -- they connect directly to Alexa, and no hub, new light fixtures or re-wiring is required.

Study suggests your voice could predict future heart problems

A recent paper published by the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that a vocal biomarker could help identify people at high risk of heart failure.

Over a 5 year period, researchers collected 20 second voice recordings for over 10,000 patients with chronic conditions. Based on this data, they developed a vocal biomarker based on 223 "acoustic features." Researchers consistently found a correlation between the vocal biomarker and subsequent hospitalizations over the following years.

Tap/click here to read more about the study on
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