This week on The Digital

It was a busy week over on The Digital ,here are some of the highlights:

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Video: Using Alexa to control my TV, Xbox, Sky box and AV receiver with a Harmony Hub

Amazon announce Amazon Music app for Windows 10

VLC 3.0 launched with 8K, Chromecast and 360 degree video support

Microsoft provide new guide to software updates and version history for Window Mixed Reality

Video: Hands on with Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17093

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17093 for Windows Insiders

The Digital Lifestyle Show #637 – Starman

Smart Christmas lights: Using Alexa and IFTTT to control your Christmas lights


Over on I have two new articles on how to use control your Holiday / Christmas lights this festive season.

I have posted how to control your Christmas lights using Amazon Alexa which makes it really easy to ask your favourite virtual assistant to turn on your Christmas lights. I also show you how you can have one simple command to turn out on your device.

Video: How to control your Christmas lights with Amazon Alexa

What if you don’t want to have to ask to turn your lights on and you actually want them to come on themselves exactly at the time it goes dark? With smart plugs you can, in my guide I show you how you can have your lights come on as it goes dark outside without using light sensors. The guide uses IFTTT and a D-Link smart plug, checkout my guide on How to set your Christmas lights to come on automatically at sunset each day IFTTT

Each post has a video walkthrough.

So no excuse, never manually switch on your lights again.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review

Over on The Digital I have posted my review with the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset. This is Acer’s take on Windows Mixed Reality.

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Microsoft introduced support for Windows Mixed Reality, which is Microsoft’s system of Virtual Reality and immersive experiences. Microsoft aren’t making their own mixed reality headsets (other than the enterprise/developer focused Hololens) and have left it to their OEM partners to bring out Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

In this review I am going to focus on the Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset and I will only briefly talk about Windows 10 Mixed Reality environment and apps. If you want to know more about Windows Mixed Reality and see it in action have a look at my review of the Lenovo Windows Mixed Reality headset where I spent some time looking at the OS and apps.

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What’s on TDL this week?

What is happening over at this week?

We are our new forums, please take a look including our new Windows Mixed Reality forum

Other posts this week:

TDL Headlines 11/08/2017

Microsoft announces Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

The Digital Lifestyle Show #613 – Smart Cat flap

Video: Hands on with Window 10 Mobile Build 15240

Microsoft release Windows 10 Mobile build 15240

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update build 16251 now available as an ISO

Microsoft release Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16257

Windows 10 UWP VLC app Updated

Microsoft release Windows Hello fix for the Surface Pro 4

Lots more on The Digital

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