How to Pause and Resume Music Playback on the Google Home Mini Smart Speaker with a Touch

You can pause or resume play of the Google Home Mini talking smart speaker by touching it as follows.  Touch and hold either the volume down area (9 o’clock) on the mini, of the volume up area (3 o’clock), but not both at the same time, until play stops (usually about a second or so … Continue reading How to Pause and Resume Music Playback on the Google Home Mini Smart Speaker with a Touch



How to Connect Amazon Alexa Echo Smart Speaker to Bluetooth Speaker

Not only can you use your Amazon Echo speaker as a Bluetooth speaker, but you can also connect it to another Bluetooth speaker, and hear Alexa audio through that external Bluetooth speaker wirelessly.  We demonstrate here how to pair an Amazon Alexa Echo speaker to a Bluetooth speaker in the following paragraphs. Note that your … Continue reading How to Connect Amazon Alexa Echo Smart Speaker to Bluetooth Speaker



How to Get Alexa to Play Spotify Playlists

You can ask an Amazon Alexa smart speaker to play any public playlist on Spotify, as well as playlists that you’ve created in your own Spotify account.  Yes, in order to play anything from Spotify, you need to have at least created a Spotify account, and linked it to your Amazon account via the Alexa … Continue reading How to Get Alexa to Play Spotify Playlists



How to Reset the Amazon Alexa Echo Gen 2 Smart Speaker to Factory Default State

You may wish to factory reset the Alexa Echo Gen 2 smart speaker because you wish to sell your old one to another. Or perhaps you just want to connect it to a different Amazon account, or to a different wireless network. So, with those objectives in mind, in order to reset your smart speaker … Continue reading How to Reset the Amazon Alexa Echo Gen 2 Smart Speaker to Factory Default State



How to Reset the Harman Kardon Invoke Smart Speaker Back to Factory Default State

You may decide to sell or give your Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker to another person. or wish to link it to a different Microsoft account, or connect it to a different WiFi network. To unlink this device from its current account and Wi-Fi network, and to restore the speaker to factory default (fresh out … Continue reading How to Reset the Harman Kardon Invoke Smart Speaker Back to Factory Default State



How to Reboot the Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana Smart Speaker

You may wish to reboot your Harman Kardon Cortana Invoke smart speaker if it exhibits unstable performance, becomes non responsive to voice requests, emits strange sounds, breaks up, chirps or squeaks unexpectedly, or suffers other unusual symptoms. Always try a speaker restart first (described here), as this often corrects numerous problems, and avoids the unnecessary … Continue reading How to Reboot the Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana Smart Speaker



How to Change Assigned Windows COM Port Number on USB Modem

One pesky problem with Windows 10, as well as the earlier versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system, is that the COM port assignments for devices that use them, often change.  A USB modem for example, may start off being assigned to COM3 when you plug it in right out of the box.  But that … Continue reading How to Change Assigned Windows COM Port Number on USB Modem



How to Adjust Bass and Treble on Google Chromecast Audio Receiver

The Google Chromecast Audio receiver device, now offers basic equalization controls (bass and treble), which you can adjust on a per device basis via today’s Google Home app. You may set these controls as follows.   1. Bring up the Google Home app on your mobile device. You then get its Home screen as shown … Continue reading How to Adjust Bass and Treble on Google Chromecast Audio Receiver



How to Adjust Bass and Treble on Original Google Home Smart Speaker

The Google Home suite of smart speakers, including the first, original Google Home assistant speaker, now offer basic equalization controls (bass and treble), which you can adjust on a per speaker device basis via today’s Google Home app. You may set these controls as follows.   1. Bring up the Google Home app on your … Continue reading How to Adjust Bass and Treble on Original Google Home Smart Speaker