By reaching out to individual detectives within the LAPD, Guy-Rodrigues was able to get the case picked up. As far as she's aware, however, no progress has been made as far as catching the thief, despite knowing multiple purchases were made, including a new car, and illegal acts such as assuming her identity and rerouting her cell phone's voicemail box so that all incoming calls came to his personal phone.
7 and Jan. On Jan. 9, Georgiana Guy-Rodrigues learned of multiple attempts to hack into the Rose Marie estate, of which Guy-Rodrigues is the sole proprietor. In the days surrounding her mother's funeral on Jan. 8, the hacker succeeded in cashing five separate checks for $2,400, $2,500, $2,400, $2,000, and $2,000, in addition to two attempted withdrawals of $21,800 and $8,000, which were both returned, she said.
"It was probably that because of my mother’s passing and the amount of press that was done on it that he probably thought he could get into the account, which is what he did," Guy-Rodrigues said.
"It’s frustrating because, I said, it’s quite obvious that this guy’s going to basically do it again to somebody else," Guy-Rodrigues said.
"I want people to know that my mother hasn’t made any money off of ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ since 1968," Guy-Rodrigues said. "People think that she’s a gazillionaire because of ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’ The residual schedule back then is not the same as it is now, and they certainly weren’t making a million dollars an episode like they do now."” />
Someone has stolen $11,300 out of an attempted $41,100 from the late actreess Rose Marie's estate following the death of the beloved entertainer in December, Variety has learned exclusively. The identity thief withdrew the money from the "Dick Van Dyke Show" star's account after acquiring the late actress' and her daughter's personal information, including their phone and Social Security Numbers in early January.
While Chase Bank quickly covered the total damages, Guy-Rodrigues struggled to persuade bankers and law enforcement to explore the case further. Because the money withdrawn amounted to less than $20,000, the LAPD told her the case was unlikely to qualify for an investigation.
In the time following her mother's funeral, Guy-Rodrigues and her assistant made stops at the bank and police department to look into response options. Guy-Rodrigues thinks the thief targeted the account after the daughter "transferred a substantial amount of money into the joint checking account" to cover funeral expenses including flowers, security, mortuary and church bookings.
"There really wasn’t anybody else that could handle all of this." "It really didn’t give me time to really grieve because I got hit with everything," Guy-Rodrigues said.
Guy-Rodrigues is convinced that had she not taken action herself, the thief would have tried to withdraw more money from her mother's account. According to Detective Luis Bravo, the LAPD officer handling the case, the investigation is "ongoing, and no suspect has been identified." Bravo is reviewing bank statements and transactions in an effort to link them to a suspect.

"Committed to fighting The Duldrumz wherever they are found, The Saliens have launched a daring campaign to free the abducted games so that humans and extraterrestrials alike can enjoy the Summer," Valve said.
The annual Steam Summer Sale is now live and, as usual, there's a new mini-game for people to play while they empty their wallets.
Players who take over planets have a chance to win Steam trading cards and free games. The new space-themed minigame is called "Saliens." Players can customize their saliens, pick a starting planet, and team up with friends to compete for galactic domination. The groups with the most tiles when a planet is taken will get to plant their flag and claim it as their own. If their group defeats the most enemies on a tile, they'll claim it as their own.
Limited Steam accounts are welcome to play "Saliens," Valve said, but their battles won't contribute to the progress on a tile or planet, and they're ineligible for the giveaways.” /> They'll "go into cryostasis and get some well deserved rest," Valve said. They'll still be visible in Steam profiles, along with any cosmetic items people collect during the sale, "until it's time for it to wake up again." Which means the mini-game could make a comeback during future sales. PST. The "Saliens" mini-game runs until July 4 at 10 a.m. Once it's over, Valve said players can keep their Saliens.
It runs from now until July 5. This year's sale features some deep discounts on the "Fallout" franchise, 40% off the recently released JRPG "Ni No Kuni II," the first ever sale for popular battle royale title "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds," and more.

14 was "like any school day," but "at 2:20 p.m. Leal recalled that Feb. Take cover. our lives forever changed." That was when the second fire alarm of the day sounded, and "we knew that something was off." Leal and her friends ran outside the classroom, fearing that a fire had started in the freshman building. Run for your life." As soon as they arrived in the parking lot, they heard other students and administration scream: "Code Red: Active Shooter.
Leal insisted that the 17 victims who lost their lives "will not die in vein. We're here today, and we're grateful to be here today," she said. "Everything we do from now on is for them."” />
Leal echoed: "It was like a lifetime of horror." The three Parkland survivors reflected on how the experiences "literally felt like the rest of your life," Zeif said.
"I feel like as soon as I got off-campus, that's when it really hit me," she said. Leal described how she went inside a classroom and hid underneath a couch for two and a half hours.
Just like that." Choking up, Zeif remembered saying: "No, he's gone. Zeif's father, who was on a business trip to Brazil during the shooting, flew back home as soon as he heard. When Zeif went to see him in the morning, his father asked if they were going to visit Oliver in the hospital.
Zeif and his younger brother were both in the freshman building where the shootings occurred. So, I texted him and I said: 'Are you okay?' He said: 'Yeah, I'm fine, but my teacher just got shot and he's dead.'" "After about ten minutes of being curled up in a ball, I realized that my little brother, a freshman, was right above me.
Parkland students Madison Leal, Sam Zeif, and Kai Koerber shared their accounts of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a conversation with Variety's New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh at Cannes Lions.
So, they won't be in office much longer." "I don't think they understand that we're the employers and they're the employees," Zeif said. And if you're against us, you're out. "It's either you're with us or against us.
Koerber described how the students had been told there would be a drill from the start of the year, but before they knew it, they were "submerged into the real situation." As he was hiding in the back of a closet in one of the band rooms, "there were people who were just crying all around me." He said, "My first thought was, 'If I never see my mom again or any of my family members, I really want them to know that I love them."
Oliver's father asked: "Where's Guac? He probably just doesn't have good service,'" Zeif recalled telling Oliver's father. He's not answering his phone." Zeif tracked Oliver's phone and figured he was fine since his location showed he was on the other side of the school. "I said: 'He's okay. Zeif texted his family, girlfriend, and best friend that he loved them and soon received a message from victim Joaquin Oliver's father. But Zeif tracked Oliver's location again once he got home and realized that Oliver was indeed also in the freshman building, as he was watching the news revealing that Joaquin Oliver had died in the shooting.
"Shame on you," Leal said. She, Zeif, and Koerber expressed that "if we vote them out," the country has a chance at reaching a place where guns and assault rifles are illegal, banned, and taken out of the hands of people who should not have them.
Leal, Zeif, and Koerber also condemned President Donald Trump and members of congress for putting "money over children's lives."

Now Snap will be looking to work more with the influencers that are popular on its platform, a stark departure from just a few years ago when Snapchat was widely criticized for ignoring them. But with Vidcon in full effect, leading streaming platforms including Facebook and Instagram are touting new opportunities to pursue monetizable content strategies on their respective platforms.
The push for influencers marks the second Show-related announcement this week from Snap, which also expanded its original programming into a new genre: soft-scripted docu-series, with the first Snapchat Show in this area from Bunim-Murray Productions starring teen YouTube creator Summer Mckeen.” />
The Snapchat Show featuring Starrr will have a makeover tutorial format, and is expected to launch on the Discover Platform later this year. Snap is also producing a new 3D Bitmoji with Starrr.
Snapchat Shows, a short-form serialized video format that was employed strictly by premium content providers like NBC Universal, is now being extended to creators on the social platform.
Snap disclosed the change Thursday at the Vidcon event in Anaheim, where Sean Mills, director of content partnerships, spoke and revealed that the first such Show will feature makeup artist Patrick Starrr, creator and star of a E!-branded makeover Show, "Face Forward."

Multi-use e-cigs
Alcoholic beverages of any kind
Aerosol Containers (including sunscreen)
Water Guns, water balloons, or other water projectiles
Animals (besides service animals)
Coolers of any kind (besides those advanced for medical use)
Any container of liquid other than 1 factory sealed bottle of water (1 Liter max)
WHAT NOT TO BRING
Fake IDs
Large bags, purses, or backpacks (larger than 20″ x 15″ x 9″)
Kites
Hula Hoops
Glass containers of any kind
Bicycles (Note: Bicycles will not be permitted inside the venue gates. We will offer bike parking, please stay tuned for more information.)
Any items that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of others
Drones or any other remote flying device
Weapons, Knives, or Firearms of any kind” />
Camping tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind
Totems
Marker Pens or Spray Paint
Selfie Sticks
Stuffed Animals
Mace / Pepper Spray
Chairs of any kind
Outside food & beverage (besides one factory-sealed water bottle)
Sleeping Bags
Unauthorized vending or solicitation materials
Walkie Talkies
Hammocks
Tailgating, grilling, or audio recording equipment
Flags and/or flagpoles
But neither are drones, stuffed animals, stickers or hula hoops. Find a safe place to lock it up. We don’t even know what they are but you can’t bring them inside. And yet, some of the items on the list are perplexing, especially when one envisions the average Paul Simon concertgoer: Sure, expected items like weapons, alcoholic drinks, illegal substances, fireworks and glass containers are not allowed. And in a ban sure to pierce the heart of any true Paul Simon fan, no selfie sticks are allowed. Squirtgun? Kites? That camera with a detachable lens? Stays home. Don’t even think about it. Riding your hoverboard to the show? Animals are not allowed, although service animals are (but apparently that does not extend to stuffed service animals). Totems? No way.
Musical Instruments
Skateboards, Rollerblads, ‘Hoverboards’
Cameras with detachable lenses
Sporting equipment (frisbees, footballs, whiffleballs, basketballs, soccer balls, etc)
Professional Audio Recording Equipment
Concert security, especially in light of recent events and especially in a public park, is no laughing matter, and venues and promoters are to be applauded for the great work they’ve done to keep live-entertainment events safe for everyone involved.
Framed backpacks
Fireworks, sparklers, firecrackers, and/or incendiary or explosive devices of any kind
Having said that, and with no small amount of respect for attention to detail, the “What Not to Bring” list for Paul Simon’s forthcoming farewell concert in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, is remarkable in its thoroughness. Extra caution is necessary because of the large crowd expected for it, but also because the park — the site of the World’s Fair in both 1939-40 and 1964-65 — has not hosted a concert in decades.
Air horns and/or megaphones
Focused Light devices (including laser pointers)
Scooters or Personalized Motorized Vehicles
Illegal or Illicit Substances of any kind
Umbrellas
Stickers
But just try to keep a straight face when reading the list below (with a huge hat-tip to Caryn Rose) … Many large concerts have long lists of contraband, and we can’t support public safety at large events enough.

“From 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' which become a global cult sensation, to his historical gladiator epic Spartacus, and his unforgettable work on season one of 'Marvel’s Daredevil,' Steven’s bold, visceral storytelling has left its mark. We look forward to teaming with him on future original series and other projects for our members around the world.” DeKnight is a multifaceted writer, director, producer and showrunner whose daring visions have gripped audiences for years,” said Cindy Holland, vice President, original content, Netflix. “Steven S.
DeKnight served as executive producer and showruner on the first season of Marvel action drama "Daredevil," as well as on the Starz drama "Spartacus." Among DeKnight’s other credits are "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel." He was the writer and director on his first feature film "Pacific Rim Uprising," from Legendary Pictures.
DeKnight has signed an overall deal with Netflix. Under the agreement, DeKnight will develop and produce series and other projects for the streaming service. Dormer "Daredevil" showrunner Steven S.
DeKnight added, "Collaborating with Netflix on the first season of Daredevil was one of the most satisfying creative endeavors of my career. I couldn’t ask for a better home for myself or DeKnight Productions.”” /> The level of trust they place in their creatives is matched only by their unflagging support and enthusiasm for storytelling.

Sony has also refused to allow cross-platform play with Microsoft and Nintendo for "Minecraft," stating that they cannot control the user base and protect the many younger players who enjoy "Minecraft."
When they did, the response was quite simply, lacking, only acknowledging that cross-platform play is compatible between the PlayStation 4 and the PC, Mac, iOS, and Android versions and further stating that Sony had "nothing further to add beyond at this point." There was a lot of speculation in the reasons why Sony had blocked accounts from use on the Switch in the two days it took the company to respond.
The update is available now on the Nintendo eShop.
While Sony is within its legal rights to not allow accounts to be used on the Switch version, it certainly doesn't make them look too good as the console wars era is coming to an end.
While Nintendo's new trailer seems like a bit of a veiled jab at Sony, it also gets across the main point: "Minecraft" is definitely a game that's better together, regardless of what system you play it on.” />
"Minecraft" players can also cross-play with the mobile and PC versions. A new trailer from Nintendo shows two people playing "Minecraft" together— one on the Switch, the other on Xbox One.
To put the significance of this into a bit of context, this new update comes not long after the release of "Fortnite Battle Royale" on the Switch, released on June 12. While there was much excitement as "Fortnite" players started downloading and cross-playing with their friends, there was a lot of backlash for Sony, who chose not to allow cross-platform play. Players who used their "Fortnite" accounts on the PlayStation 4 were stunned to find that they were then unable to use those accounts on the Nintendo Switch version— and vice versa.
"Minecraft" fans who play on the Nintendo Switch can now play with friends who game on Xbox One thanks to a new update.

Clearly there’s a cover-up, and the sudden arrival of ex-flame Krisztina (Réka Tenki), a shutterbug back in Budapest after documenting Nazi atrocities in Germany, provides him with an investigative partner as well as adding a little sexual tension. While snooping around he finds a thin dossier on the woman left conveniently half-concealed on the desk of police inspector Gellért (Zsolt Anger), but it doesn’t give him any answers. But like the inspector, Margó is careless about hiding things, and Zsigmond learns that the dead woman, named Fanny, was fleeing her parents’ disapproval after falling in love with a rabbi’s son. Hanging around a boxing ring/watering hole owned by Baron Andras Szőllősy (János Kulka) isn’t offering many clues, and Margó Vörös (Kata Dobó), madame to the ruling class, also isn’t very forthcoming.
Gárdos keeps the testosterone level as high as required for this sort of thing while injecting a note of strong-minded female independence in the character of Krisztina, who loves Zsigmond but won’t let herself be overwhelmed by his cynical personality. A mix of atmospherically designed studio sets and dogged location scouting among Budapest’s grand but decaying prewar structures gives the film a grounded feel and is the production’s most successful element.” /> Revelations come in expected intervals so that interest doesn’t flag, and there’s enough discreetly seedy shenanigans to raise the eyebrows of churchgoing ladies without crossing the bounds of good taste. One scene of anti-Semitic brutality and a number of references to the increased fear Jews were experiencing as Hungary began aligning itself to the Axis powers ensures that the dangerous political situation remains ever-present.
Some period films come across as homages to classics of the past, while others play perilously on the edge of imitation. “Budapest Noir” definitely falls in the latter category, channeling any number of noir films, including “Chinatown,” with the usual stock figures: hard-boiled investigative reporter, femme fatale, corrupt officials, sleazy underbelly, and an urban landscape used as if it’s one of the main characters. Instead, the movie feels like the pilot for a period detective series, which might not be far from the truth since Vilmos Kondor’s novel launched fictional newshound Zsigmond Gordon as a recurring character. It’s a tried-and-true formula, but to make it work there needs to be more than an ounce of originality, which editor-turned-director Éva Gárdos (“An American Rhapsody”) has a hard time locating in either András Szekér’s script or her own direction.
Then at a café he has a silent flirtation with a woman (Franciska Törőcsik) whose murdered, bruised body is discovered in an area frequented by prostitutes. Things open with preparations for the funeral of Prime Minister Gyula Gömbös, whose political affiliations were very much with the right. For intrepid reporter Zsigmond Gordon (Krisztián Kolovratnik), it’s just another day: “On the crime beat, I’ve seen my fair share of death,” he wearily intones in voiceover, copying pretty much every jaded, unshaven, bourbon-swilling, macho film noir protagonist of the 1940s and ’50s.
As a fairly anodyne mystery, the film can be considered a mildly diverting time filler whose Jewish angle — anti-Semitism forms a key plot point — explains why U.S. specialty distributor
Menemsha Films picked it up. Put in perspective, “Murder on the Orient Express,” released in the same season, made $822,720. Whether her fellow countrymen also want to be reminded of certain similarities is less evident, considering the film only made $275,669 following a November 2017 opening. For foreign affairs junkies, the setting in 1936, soon before Hungary turned fascist, has a distinct resonance with the country’s direction today under Viktor Orbán, and to Gárdos’ credit, she wants those parallels to be felt loud and clear.

Seehorn thought it was odd at first but she realized as they sat together it was a perfect way to become comfortable just being together. Seehorn and Odenkirk bonded during the filming of Season 1 by taking a long car ride together from Albuquerque, where "Better Call Saul" is shot, to Santa Fe for lunch. "All the tools you normally use trying to get to know somebody were gone," she said. Odenkirk was battling a sore throat at the time so the two were mostly silent during the trek. By the time they filmed their first scene together in a parking garage, "it was perfect."
Here are 10 things we learned about the show from the lively panel, moderated by Rolling Stone chief TV critic Alan Sepinwall:
Producers and cast members gathered on Wednesday for a gabfest about the show held as part of the AMC Summit press day in New York. 6. Fans of the "Breaking Bad" prequel have had a long wait for the new season, as Season 3 wrapped up this time last year and Season 4 is set to bow Aug.
Dealing with grief and finding the right path for personal growth are among the major themes explored in the upcoming fourth season of AMC's "Better Call Saul."
Season 4 is "darker and richer" than the prior three seasons, Gilligan said, which also indicates that "Saul" is definitely standing on its own outside of the shadow of its beloved predecessor despite the converging storylines. "In the Venn diagram of 'Breaking Bad' and 'Better Call Saul,' the overlap in the center is getting bigger and bigger," Gilligan said.
A new season of "Saul" always begs the question of whether any familiar faces from "Breaking Bad" will be entering the picture. Gilligan confirmed that Lalo, a heavy from "Breaking Bad" who was referenced among the drug cartel characters but never seen on screen, is finally ready for his close-up. "F— yeah, Lalo," Gilligan said.” />
SPOILER ALERT: This story discusses key plot points from "Better Call Saul" Season 3.
There's a whole process we're going to have to unpack." At that point, it became clear that "Saul" had to establish a true foundation for how Jimmy became a sleazy defense attorney for "Breaking Bad" protagonist Walter White. we saw that this wasn't just (the story of) Saul Goodman in a different suit," said "Saul" supervising producer Gordon Smith. "He's a different guy. The turning point for "Saul" as a series came late in the first season as producers decided to expand the scope of Chuck and Jimmy's adversarial relationship. "Around the point we were discovering that Chuck might be moving against Jimmy …
Seehorn couldn't believe her good fortune when she first sat down for fittings with Bryan. "Jennifer came in and said 'I don't know how you're thinking about it but to me, there's something about Kim that makes her a little bit of an outsider, like Jimmy.' Tears were streaming down my face. "Conversations at fittings can often be about things that are body conscious — how can we make this woman attractive," Seehorn said. They talked about the character of Kim and what kind of wardrobe this scrappy, up-from-the-mailroom woman would wear. And she wasn't the type to change out her purse and jewelry every day. 'Oh, we're going to talk about a character.' " The two decided at that meeting that Wexler most likely bought mix and match outfits from Ross and Marshalls.
"Cowboy boots are something you have for a long time," said costume designer Jennifer Bryan. Introducing the boots is an example of how Bryan often has to "reverse engineer" items for the characters that fans know from "Breaking Bad." For "Saul," the boots need to be much newer-looking than they were on "Breaking Bad," she noted. The cowboy boots that Saul Goodman wore in "Breaking Bad" will be making their first appearance in "Saul" this season. It helps that "I know how things are going to end up looking," Bryan said.
Even though Wexler had only a line or two of dialogue in the "Saul" pilot, Seehorn was attracted to the role because it was clear that the character would have her own significant story. "She's not just ancillary" to McGill. "Kim is having her own journey," Seehorn said.
Now we're questioning whether she is making him better or is he corrupting her or does their morality meet in the middle? "Kim started off as the better angel of Jimmy McGill's nature. Jimmy McGill and Wexler's relationship has become increasingly complex as the series has evolved. It's just wonderful stuff," said Vince Gilligan, co-creator of "Better Call Saul" and creator of "Breaking Bad." Gilligan emphasized that he is not as directly involved in "Saul" for the fourth season and was eager to gush about the strong work done by "Saul" co-creator Peter Gould and the rest of the team for Season 4.
"It has a huge impact," says Rhea Seehorn, who plays Kim Wexler, a fellow lawyer and love interest of Jimmy McGill. How Odenkirk's Jimmy processes his grief at the loss of his brother is a key focus of the storytelling in Season 4. The older brother of Bob Odenkirk's Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman character is definitely dead. Viewers last saw him sitting inside his burning house, wrapped up in an aluminium-coated blanket. There's no "Flash Gordon" maneuver coming for Chuck McGill.
A similar process with the show's hairstylist led to Wexler's ever-present  ponytail. "I wanted her to be no-nonsense," Seehorn said. "It became it's own entity." It just had to do with being pragmatic." For so many women, "you find the hairdo that works and then it's 'Great, we're done for like a decade,' " Seehorn said. "It started to get more tightly coiled when she started to get more tightly coiled," Seehorn said. The ponytail has since become a barometer of Wexler's mood. "It had nothing to do with denying femininity.

But more often than not, the fact shines through that you are speaking to an assistant that was originally developed for an audio-only device. “Alexa, play the Daily Show” doesn’t jump to the latest episode of the show in Comedy Central’s app, or even a basic show page within Fire TV's universal search, but instead opens an Alexa skill that plays an audio news briefing produced by the staff of the Daily Show.
Video flash briefings, which some publishers began to produce after Amazon released the Echo Show last year, also obviously work well to the TV screen. Others, including the weather, actually deliver more useful information. Some of them have some basic on-screen displays, which can include cover art and titles for podcasts. A lot of the classic Alexa functionality on the other hand works very well with the Cube, including reminders, alarms, translation, flash briefings, podcasts, weather and more.
Recipe requests, which the Echo Show displays visually, were only answered with audio feedback. Frequently, Alexa also misinterpreted show requests or other voice commands as band names, and started to play random music from the Amazon Music catalog.
The Cube does have an integrated speaker, and it’s pretty smart about making use of it: You can interact with the device, and for instance ask it to set reminders or answer basic knowledge questions, without ever turning on the TV. Alexa also switches back and forth between talking to you via this internal speaker and the TV speaker whenever it assumes that the TV could be on mute, or otherwise not work — for instance when it is switching inputs.
The combination of IR / CEC and voice commands makes it possible to control devices without ever picking up a remote — at least that’s the theory. In our test, using an older Philips TV set, the device had no troubles turning the TV on and off. However, despite doing it once during the setup process, the Cube was never again able to change the inputs of the TV, which meant that you may still have to keep your TV’s remote around to switch from the Fire TV to a game console or similar devices.
Alexa, show dramas: Navigating TV shows with voice commands with the Fie TV Cube.
The good news for Amazon is that much of the Cube’s shortfalls can be corrected with software updates. The Cube will get progressively more useful as more apps add voice control, and as more skills with video feedback find their way onto the TV. However, it’s unlikely that voice commands will ever replace the effectiveness of a simple remote with a D-Pad when it comes to navigating through lists of search results.
However, a brief test showed that you shouldn’t throw out your remote control just yet. Amazon’s new Fire TV Cube comes with a pretty radical premise: By integrating Alexa and far-field microphones directly into the streaming device, Amazon promises that you’ll be able to interact with your TV with simple voice commands.
Just like the company’s Echo speakers, it has a colorful LED ring to indicate when it is listening, and it uses Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant to understand and answer your voice commands. Finally, the Fire TV Cube packs 8 far-field microphones capable of picking up voice commands from across the room.
First, the basics: Amazon officially announced the Fire TV Cube earlier this month, and began selling it Thursday for $119.99. For that price, consumers get a full-fledged Fire TV streaming device capable of playing 4K HDR content with 16 GB of on-board storage for apps. Also included in the box are a Fire TV remote control, an IR extender and an Ethernet adapter.
Picking up the remote to scroll through search results is just so much faster. Not only did the Fire TV Cube once display a show called “Episodes” when asked to list the episodes of a previously selected show, it was also virtually impossible to tell Alexa to switch to a different seasons of a show. This type of discovery looks good the first time you use it, but quickly grows old. What’s more, diving deep into the results often leads to frustrating shouting matches.
Much of this has also been available for some time for anyone who pairs their existing Echo with a Fire TV stick, or one of Amazon’s other Fire TV devices. A query like “Alexa, show dramas” does just that, displaying six choices at a time. What sets the Echo Cube apart from those homegrown solutions is its ability to pair voice commands with on-screen feedback. Users can then either pick one by number, or ask Alexa to show more, after which it scrolls to reveal another 6.
Amazon has been able to reinstate YouTube on the device with the help of its Silk browser as well as Mozilla’s Firefox, but there is no way to control YouTube on either browser with voice commands, safe for some very basic playback controls.
— also worked like a charm, with the sole exception that Netflix’s app doesn’t offer fast forwarding functionality via voice commands yet. Alexa was also a bit of a mixed bag as a TV companion. The smart assistant works best when you exactly know what you want, and is capable of effortlessly launch playback of movies and TV shows on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix or other supported apps when asked to do so. Basic playback controls – pause – play, mute etc.
Speaking of IR: The Fire TV Cube also doubles as a kind of universal remote control, thanks to an integrated IR blaster capable of controlling TVs, soundbars and other home entertainment equipment. Amazon ships the device with an IR extender to help with more complicated setups, and the device also makes use of HDMI CEC to control compatible TVs.
In other words: Hold on to your remotes. You may use them less if you get a Fire TV Cube, but you'll still need them.” />
Alexa, go home: The home screen of the Fire TV Cube.
Alexa, what's the weather like: Weather reports look great on the Fire TV Cube.
It seems very natural to just read the label of an on-screen button, like “more ways to watch,” and expect Alexa to select that very menu item. However, the single most frustrating aspect of using voice control with the Fire TV Cube is that Alexa simply doesn’t seem to know what’s happening on the screen at any given time. Instead, it expects you to use a subset of voice commands that often don’t match what’s happening on screen — leading to a kind of cognitive disconnect that get tired quickly. But that’s not how the smart assistant works.

Some of the Cube’s shortcomings are out of Amazon’s immediate control. And then there is YouTube, a sore spot for Amazon: The company has been in a protracted fight with Google over the use of its video service, which has resulted in Google blocking Amazon’s access to YouTube For instance, some publishers haven’t optimized the apps for voice control yet.