As time goes on, Apple continues to work Siri into more of its products. Its sole domain used to be the iPhone and iPad, then it found its way onto the Apple Watch and Apple TV. Now, Siri is on the Mac, and there are quite a few cool things it can do.
The Amazon Echo can perform tons of tasks with just your voice, like turning on lights, setting alarms, and even playing music. But when it comes time for game night in your household, Alexa can also be a huge help. Here are some great ways that the Amazon Echo can be of assistance the next time you bust out the board games.
Siri is finally on the Mac, but unlike the iPhone version, you can’t launch the virtual assistant with your voice. Sure, there are dock and menu bar icons to click, and you can set a keyboard shortcut, but you can’t just say “Hey Siri” to start giving commands.
If you enjoy listening to the news on the radio while you’re on your way to work, you can get a head start by having your Google Home tell you the news while you get ready in the morning. However, there are many news sources you can choose from, so here’s how to customize what you want to listen to.
There are some pretty cool things you can do with Siri in macOS Sierra, including search the web for images. But what if you want to use one of those images in an email, or other app? All you need is a drag and drop.
To provide your Google Home with even more capabilities, you can connect a few different smarthome devices and control them using nothing but your voice. Here’s how to set it up.
The Google Home’s default music provider is Google Play Music, but the device also supports Spotify. Here’s how to link your Spotify account to your Google Home to play all of the third-party music you’d ever want.
Thanks to Apple’s HomeKit home automation system and the versatility of Siri, you can now control your home lighting with nothing but your voice. Read on as we demonstrate this using Philips Hue.
Google Home is a new entrant in the voice assistant device market, where the Amazon Echo has reigned as the unopposed victor for nearly two years. Here’s how to set up your Google Home device and begin issuing voice commands completely hands-free.
Like all voice assistants, Alexa isn’t perfect at understanding everything we say. If you feel like Alexa’s missing a few too many commands, it might be time for a little one-on-one voice training. Read on as we show you how to train Alexa to recognize your speaking voice and get a better user experience in the process.
The Amazon Echo is a device that can quickly become the center point of your smarthome setup, but what if you live in a larger home where one Echo just won’t cut it? Here’s what you should know about bringing in a second, or even a third, Amazon Echo device into your house.
A behind the scenes feature in iOS 10, SiriKit, makes it easy for you to control and use your favorite apps with Siri–if you know where to look. Let’s set this new voice control up and take it for a spin.
Who needs Alexa when you have Siri? tvOS 10 allows you to control your various smarthome devices from the Apple TV using just your voice. Here’s how to take advantage of such a feature and control your home without even busting out your smartphone.
Most of us are familiar with Siri as an American female voice. What you may not realize is that you can actually change Siri to have a different accent, gender, and language.
Podcasts and the Amazon Echo system are a match made in heaven: you get good sound quality, voice-based control, and a diverse stable of podcasts to listen to. Let’s look at how to tap into a huge podcast library and how, when necessary, to reach beyond it.
Siri has arrived on macOS Sierra, and with it a new feature that allows you to pin widgets to the Today column in the notification center.
The inclusion of Siri on macOS Sierra means you can now do all sorts of things with your voice that once required typing and clicking. You can even control system settings.
You can already do a whole lot with your Amazon Echo, but now you can have Alexa read out tweets from your Twitter timeline and more. Here’s how to use Twitter on the Amazon Echo.
The new Siri Remote that comes with the Apple TV 4 is definitely a step up from the previous generation, complete with a trackpad and motion tracking. The remote also comes with dedicated volume buttons that allow you to control your TV, soundbar, or audio receiver’s volume–no need for a second remote.
If you’ve decided to sell your Amazon Echo or give it to someone else to play around with, here’s how to factory reset it so that it’s ready for a new owner.
Unless you’re a Mac user who’s terribly out of the loop, you probably know that Siri has arrived on the latest version of Apple flagship desktop OS: macOS Sierra. Thankfully, Siri can be easily turned on and off or configured to your liking.
Windows 10’s second big update, dubbed the “Anniversary Update”, is finally here. This is a huge update that touches every corner of the operating system. It includes many, many more changes than the November update did.
If you use your Amazon Echo to add things to your shopping list, but aren’t near your Echo, there are other ways to add items to the list besides just using your voice.
Whenever you set a timer or an alarm on your Amazon Echo, it emits a default sound when your timer or alarm go off. It’s not an annoying sound at all, but if it’s not quite your cup of tea, here’s how to change it and pick a better sound that’s more geared toward your liking.
Recently Amazon added the functionality to order almost any product it offers through the Amazon Echo. Here’s how to set it up and begin doing some online shopping with nothing but your voice.