How to Install and Set Up Cortana App for Microsoft Invoke Smart Speaker

If your mission is to set up a new Microsoft Invoke Cortana smart speaker from Harman Kardon, you’ll need either the PC, Android, or iOS version of the Cortana app running on a machine that’s on the same network as the one where the Invoke speaker will be hosted.  You must install and set up … Continue reading How to Install and Set Up Cortana App for Microsoft Invoke Smart Speaker



AC Power Adapter Specs for Microsoft Invoke Cortana Smart Speaker

The US version of the power adapter for the Harman / Kardon Microsoft Invoke smart speaker discussed here, features retracting AC prongs, a four-foot long cord, and is pretty light weight for its larger size.  It’s very long, yet its modest width allows  easy fitting into a standard power strip outlet without blocking adjacent receptacles. … Continue reading AC Power Adapter Specs for Microsoft Invoke Cortana Smart Speaker



How to Adjust Volume on Microsoft Invoke Voice Activated Speaker

You may control the volume of the sound output on the Cortana smart speaker by Harman Kardon and Microsoft, in two ways.  You can ask the speaker to raise and lower the volume, or you may rotate the outer ring at the top of the speaker.  Details follow. How to voice command the Invoke speaker … Continue reading How to Adjust Volume on Microsoft Invoke Voice Activated Speaker



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



Where is Reset Button on Harman Kardon Microsoft Invoke Smart Speaker

The microphone mute button, located on the back of the Harman Kardon Microsoft Invoke smart speaker, also serves as the RESET button.  Pressing this for several seconds restores the unit to factory default (fresh out of box) state. Will demonstrate in detail how to reset the Invoke speaker in a subsequent post.  Stand by. Related … Continue reading Where is Reset Button on Harman Kardon 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