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Google Home Hub smart speaker with display: Continued Conversations icon

Continued Conversation: Fewer Okay Googles needed for Google Home Hub

Continued Conversation for Google Home smart speakers is here.Basically the new feature enables you to continue issuing voice commands without having to continually say "Okay Google" or "Hey Google" each time.For instance, you might ask Google about today's weather. As the speaker is giving you forecast information, a small...
Alexa app compared to Sonos for whole home audio

Replacing Sonos with Amazon Echo & Alexa – is it a good idea?

As a long-time fan of Sonos products such as the Sonos One and Play:5 speakers I've been watching Amazon Echo products with interest. I wonder, could they replace a Sonos setup for whole home audio?The advantage of going with Echo, of course, is that you get all the additional...
How to (not) disable the Amazon Echo Alexa Try card

Amazon Echo: The one thing that drives me (and others) absolutely bonkers

Try "Alexa, ..."For all the amazing capability voice assistants bring to our homes, there's often a gotcha here or there, after all this is new technology with the Echo Dot kicking off the smart speaker revolution merely three years ago in 2015.Speaking of Echo, the one thing that drives...
Alexa app compared to Sonos for whole home audio

Trendspotting: Echo Dot smart speaker leads way for Amazon on Cyber Monday

We love the Echo Dot. In fact we really, really love the tiny smart speaker. If there was any doubt about our obsession with all things Alexa, that was cast aside in a major way yesterday.Amazon says this year's Cyber Monday was the company's biggest shopping day ever. Ever....
Sonos Amp is an updated Connect:Amp with more power and connections

New Sonos Amp delivers more power, supports AirPlay 2 and TV connectivity

Sonos Amp is an updated Connect:Amp with more power and connections, plus a new and modern minimalist look for $599.
Wemo Mini Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Works with Alexa and Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit

Smart Home News: Wemo Mini smart plug now works with Apple HomeKit

Wemo today announced that its Mini Wifi Smart Plug now supports Apple HomeKit.That means you can now use your iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and even the HomePod speaker to control devices connected to the Wemo Mini plug. You can also use Siri to give voice commands -- "Siri, turn...
Smart Home News: Google Home now supports Spotify Free music streaming

Smart Home News: “Hey Google, wake me up to some jazz in 30 minutes”

Okay Google, wake me up in 30 minutes to some funky jazz.And there you go. You can now use ask Google Home to wake you to music. The long awaited feature is now here, confirmed by an email from Google with examples on how to add a little excitement...
Apple HomePod ships Feb 9, 2018

Amazon soars, Alphabet & Apple falter – Are earnings an indication of Alexa’s momentum?

"Alexa, take a victory lap."Amazon stock (NASDAQ: AMZN) soared today in after-hours trading thanks to Q4 results that blew away expectations. Short of it: $60B revenue; $2.1B operating income. For a company as big as Amazon -- it's hard to fathom.Meanwhile, Google's parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) missed its...
Sonos 8.3 - Navigation and Display Improvements

Sonos app gets dark Now Playing screen, improved menus

You've got to hand it to the Sonos team.Despite the crush of competition for whole home audio from heavyweights such as Amazon (Echo), Google (Google Home), and others like Bose, Samsung (speakers plus SmartThings hub) and Heos (by AVR maker Denon) the Santa Barbara speaker company continues to innovate...
Amazon Alexa now playing music interface (Web)

Smart Home Audio: Amazon should create dedicated Alexa music app for its Echo speakers

With its recent addition of "Everywhere" mode, Amazon is pushing hard into the whole home audio market. Traditionally that's been the domains of the likes of custom installers, and, more recently, Sonos.In the Alexa app or in its companion browser interface, you can select songs, stations, playlists from various...