Change Echo Dot Wake Word, How To

You can indeed change the wake word that the Amazon Alexa enabled speakers respond to.  Current choices are, “Alexa…,” “Amazon…,” “Computer…,” and “Echo…”  The wake word is the name you say to wake up the smart speaker.  Alexa then starts listening for a follow-up command / question.  The wake word is how you “get her attention,” so to speak.  … Continue reading Change Echo Dot Wake Word, How To





How to Connect Pandora to Alexa, 2018 Version

This piece shows how to connect Pandora to Alexa smart speakers.  Note that Amazon Echo devices do not come with Pandora enabled by default. Indeed, Pandora will not play if not set up.  E.g. If you ask Alexa to play Pandora when not set up, she says something like: “To play a station, first register … Continue reading How to Connect Pandora to Alexa, 2018 Version





Delete Google Home Recordings, How To

This post details how to delete Google Home recordings to protect against possible privacy breaches.  Each time you speak a request or command to your Google Home speaker, the system records your voice and sends that up to the Google Assistant service in the cloud. These recordings help the assistant “learn” your ways of talking … Continue reading Delete Google Home Recordings, How To





Use Echo Dot as Bluetooth Speaker, How To

In this demo, we show how to use Echo Dot as a Bluetooth speaker, linked to an iPad Air tablet. This lets us play any audio that the iPad is playing, through the Amazon Dot. You might do this if you connect your Dot to your home stereo system for its great sound. And you … Continue reading Use Echo Dot as Bluetooth Speaker, How To





How to Connect Honeywell Thermostat to Google Home, 2019

In this post, we show how to connect Honeywell thermostat to Google Home smart speakers.  Now we have a Honeywell  Total Connect Comfort (TCC)  thermostat in the kitchen for a couple years now, and have enjoyed controlling it through the Google assistant with our voice.  So here’s what we had to do to set up … Continue reading How to Connect Honeywell Thermostat to Google Home, 2019





How to Connect Amazon Dot to Spotify

Here, we describe how to connect Amazon Dot to Spotify for your Echo smart speakers.  After you complete the Spotify connection, you can listen to your Spotify playlists and collections saved on your Spotify account, on any of your Amazon Dot speakers. How to Connect Amazon Dot to Spotify You’ll Need the Following First First, … Continue reading How to Connect Amazon Dot to Spotify





JBL Flip 3 Review of this Portable Bluetooth Speaker

In this piece, we review the JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker.  We cover this wireless splash proof model’s performance, and accessories.  This JBL speaker sounds none too shabby, and goes pretty loud besides. Plus, even at top volume, the built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to ten hours of play per full charge. The only big … Continue reading JBL Flip 3 Review of this Portable Bluetooth Speaker





JBL Xtreme Reset Button Location, Where to Find It

Here, we show the JBL Xtreme reset button location and give a short lesson on how to use it. Press a button duo to reset the Xtreme back to factory default settings.  But unlike some other BT portable speakers, there’s no single button on the Xtreme named   Reset.  Instead, it turns out that to reset … Continue reading JBL Xtreme Reset Button Location, Where to Find It





JBL Flip 2 Reset Button Location, Where to Find It

Here, we show the JBL Flip 2 reset button location and give a brief tutorial on how to use it. Press a button duo to reset the Flip 2 back to default factory settings.  But unlike some other common BT speakers, we find no single button on the Flip Two named   Reset.  So it turns … Continue reading JBL Flip 2 Reset Button Location, Where to Find It