How to Reboot the Microsoft Invoke Smart Speaker

You may wish to reboot your Microsoft Invoke smart speaker if it exhibits unstable performance, becomes non responsive to Cortana requests, emits strange noises, breaks up, chirps or squeaks unexpectedly, or suffers other unexplained oddities. Always try a device restart first (described here), as this often clears up many problems, and avoids the unnecessary action … Continue reading How to Reboot the Microsoft Invoke Smart Speaker



Demo of Unboxing the Microsoft Invoke Cortana Smart Speaker

Harman Kardon really packed their Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker quite well in the original carton.  In this demonstration, we explain how to safely unbox the speaker, as well as the included documentation and power adapter accessory.  See the next picture for a view of our Invoke speaker, still in the sealed box, in the … Continue reading Demo of Unboxing the Microsoft Invoke Cortana Smart Speaker



How to Pair Harman Kardon Microsoft Invoke Cortana Speaker as a Bluetooth Speaker

The Harman Kardon Microsoft Invoke smart speaker can function also as a traditional Bluetooth speaker.  It sports a Bluetooth button, that you press anytime you wish to pair this speaker with a new device, such as a phone, tablet, media player, streamer, or other media source device.  In this demonstration, we’ll be pairing the Invoke … Continue reading How to Pair Harman Kardon Microsoft Invoke Cortana Speaker as a Bluetooth Speaker



How to Pair Google Home Mini Speaker as a Bluetooth Speaker

The Google Home Mini smart speaker, pictured above, may now be used as a Bluetooth speaker due to firmware and Google Home app updates in 2017. In this post, we show how to connect your tablet or phone to this speaker via Bluetooth, and transmit audio to the speaker for room-filling, surprisingly awesome sounding playback … Continue reading How to Pair Google Home Mini Speaker as a Bluetooth Speaker



How to Reboot the Google Chromecast Audio Receiver Device

You may wish to reboot your Google Chromecast Audio receiver if it exhibits unstable performance, becomes non responsive to cast requests, emits strange noises through the attached speakers, breaks up, chirps unexpectedly, or other oddities. Always try a Chromecast device restart first (described here), as this often clears up many problems, and avoids the unnecessary … Continue reading How to Reboot the Google Chromecast Audio Receiver Device



How to Free Up a Stalled Garbage Disposal

Often, we travel, or otherwise, do not run the kitchen garbage disposal for several days at a time.  Disposals featuring iron along their interiors are particularly prone to seizing up when not run for a period.  When you turn the switch on and all you hear is a low hum, you know that your disposal … Continue reading How to Free Up a Stalled Garbage Disposal



Google Home Mini Reset to Factory Default Settings

You may decide to sell or give your Google Home Mini smart speaker to another person. Or, maybe you want to link your Mini to a different Google account.   Then again, perhaps you desire to connect the Mini Google Home to a different Wi-Fi network. Well, to unlink this smart speaker from its current Google … Continue reading Google Home Mini Reset to Factory Default Settings



How to Pair Original Google Home Smart Speaker as a Bluetooth Speaker

The original Google Home smart speaker, pictured above, may now be used as a Bluetooth speaker due to firmware and Google Home app updates in 2017.  In this post, we illustrate how to connect your tablet or phone to this speaker via Bluetooth, and transmit audio to the speaker for room-filling, awesome sounding playback. We’d … Continue reading How to Pair Original Google Home Smart Speaker as a Bluetooth Speaker



How to Reset Alexa Echo Gen 2 Dot to Factory Default Settings

You may wish to know how to reset Alexa Echo Gen 2 Dot speaker.  Why?   Because perhaps you wish to sell your old Alexa to a friend. Or perhaps you just want to connect it to a different Amazon account, or to a different wireless network.  So, to that end, in order to reset your Alexa Echo Dot to factory … Continue reading How to Reset Alexa Echo Gen 2 Dot to Factory Default Settings



How to Change Amazon Echo Dot Wake Word

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 How to Change Amazon Echo Dot Wake Word