Alexa can be super useful thanks to the Echo’s always-listening capabilities that keep it ready for action at a moment’s notice. But how much electricity is that convenience costing you?
The Galaxy S9 is here, and it’s better than the S8 (even if only marginally). It’s not perfect, though, and there are a handful of things you can do right out of the box to make it better.
The Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, and Note 8 phones all have a button to invoke Samsung’s digital assistant, Bixby. If you don’t use Bixby, you can re-program that button to do something more useful.
Google Home’s speaker sounds pretty good, but the Home Mini is a little lacking. Now, you can pair any Home or Home Mini with a Bluetooth speaker for a better audio experience.
If you use Android, you probably use the Google Assistant. If you’re a Galaxy user, Samsung’s own Bixby can get in the way—especially with the Bixby button on the S8, S9, and Note 8. But there’s good news: it’s easy to turn off.
Siri can be useful for a number of things—some powerful, others more trivial. When it comes to the trivial, asking Siri to grab a shot of your mug may be one of the easiest.
Alexa’s new “Brief Mode” makes her a bit less chatty when responding to commands. Here’s exactly what Brief Mode does and how you can turn it on and off.
Ever since the rise of smarthome technology and smart speakers like the Echo, companies have gone out of their way to add voice control to pretty much anything and everything, and it needs to stop.
Siri isn’t all that great to begin with, but here are some ways to at least improve the Siri experience and get her to understand you better when shouting voice commands.
Google recently announced that Assistant would be getting “Routines” that let people execute multiple actions with a single phrase. Routines are now live, and here’s how to use them.
If you frequently give Alexa several voice commands in a row for various tasks, you may be pleased to know that Amazon has made it a lot easier and quicker to do so.
Microsoft is finishing work on Windows 10’s next update, which will probably be named the “Spring Creators Update” and was codenamed “Redstone 4”. This is Windows 10 version “1803”, and it will launch sometime in April 2018.
Raise your hand if you summon your smart speaker by saying its wake word and then waiting a second or two for it to light up. You might be surprised to know that you don’t have to wait for a response.
Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is a unique little device that sounds amazing for its size, but there are probably a handful of things you don’t know about it that you should.
Apple’s HomePod is a great little speaker, and while you can AirPlay music to it from your iPhone, you can also wirelessly hook it up to your Apple TV through AirPlay. Here’s how to do it.
The touchpad on top of the HomePod can be pretty sensitive, making it likely you’ll trigger something accidentally if you haven’t already. There is a way to prevent accidental touches, though.
The $350 HomePod smart speaker is Apple’s extremely-late answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home voice assistant speakers, but is it a product that’s worth your hard-earned cash?
How nice would it be to walk through the front door and say “Hey Google, I’m home” to have the lights turn on, the thermostat set, and the TV turn on and fire up Netflix? With the upcoming “Routines” feature for Google Assistant, that will be a reality.
Google has done a good job making a name for itself in the hardware game, and I’m not talking about the Pixel phones here—I’m talking about Chromecast and Google Home. Both devices are useful, affordable, and among the best at what they do.
The HomePod isn’t just a pretty speaker. You can also perform a few tasks with it, like set alarms and timers. Here’s how.
If you’re a Google Home user, you probably love the idea of controlling as many things as possible in your house with just your voice. The thing is, if you’re also a Roku user, it can leave a huge disconnect in your “Hey Google, <do the thing with the TV>” experience.
While it’s not the main selling point of the HomePod, Siri capabilities allow you to control the speaker using your voice without having to pull out your phone every time. Here’s how to customize Siri on the HomePod (or just disable it entirely).
While the HomePod is great for music, it can also do some other neat things, like read your text messages to you. Be careful, though, as anyone within earshot can ask Siri to read your text messages from your phone. Here’s how to disable that feature.
Setting up the HomePod is pretty easy, and only takes a couple of minutes. However, if you’re coming across a mysterious blank white window during the setup process, here’s how to fix it.
Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is finally here. If you bought one and are eager to get going, here’s how to set it up.