How to Reboot Harman Kardon Invoke Voice Activated Talking Speaker to Restore Proper Operation

Here, we cover how to reboot Harman Kardon Invoke talking speaker.  One would reboot if the speaker shows bad performance, goes quiet or unresponsive to voice requests.  It may emit weird noises, break up, chirp or squeak.  Or, the speaker may suffer other oddities. In any case, always try a speaker reboot first (described here).  … Continue reading How to Reboot Harman Kardon Invoke Voice Activated Talking Speaker to Restore Proper Operation



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 Delete Alexa History, Voice Recordings

Each time you speak a request or command to your Alexa speaker, the virtual assistant records your voice and sends that up to Amazon servers in the cloud.  These recordings help the assistant “learn” your ways of talking (your accent, how you say specific words, et al) so that she grows better able to understand you over … Continue reading How to Delete Alexa History, Voice Recordings



How to Delete Google Home Smart Speaker Voice Recording History

Each time you speak a request or command to your Google Home speaker, Google Home 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 (your accent, how you say specific words, et al) so that she grows better able to … Continue reading How to Delete Google Home Smart Speaker Voice Recording History



Unboxing Original Google Home Voice Activated Speaker

Not difficult packaging for the Google Home voice activated speaker.  Very simple to unbox, power up, and make ready  for setup. For our vision impaired and blind readers, the Google Home smart speaker comes in a solid, heavy box that slides apart into two pieces, with a picture of the unit on the front, as pictured next.  The front and sides are white … Continue reading Unboxing Original Google Home Voice Activated Speaker



Setting Default Windows 10 System Voice

Some Windows 10 programs, such as Apple’s iTunes application, rely on the Windows 10 default system voice when applying voice accessibility to older iPod Nanos.  You can change the voice that iTunes and apps like it use in Windows 10 by following the procedure below. As with prior Windows versions, text to speech translation ability … Continue reading Setting Default Windows 10 System Voice



ClassCo VoiceAnnounce Talking Caller Id Box 9900CW Review

The ClassCo VoiceAnnounce 9900CW Talking Caller Id box extends the world of accessible, yet affordable, blind-friendly technology into the realms of telephone caller Id boxes. Now, you don’t have to see well in order to know who’s ringing you before actually answering the call.  As each call comes in, just after the first ring, this … Continue reading ClassCo VoiceAnnounce Talking Caller Id Box 9900CW Review



Setting Default System Voice, Windows 8

While syncing our iPod Nano, 4th generation with spoken menus enabled, we found the Windows 8 default system voice (David in our case) not to our liking, and so, wanted to change it before attempting another iPod population.  The following procedure accomplished this. Open Control Panel   from the desktop by clicking on the Start button, … Continue reading Setting Default System Voice, Windows 8