Smart Tech Today 10: We Want Smart Blinds πŸŽ™

On our tenth episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talk about these stories: Sony brings AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to select 2018 and 2019 TVs Ikea’s smart blinds won’t work with Apple’s HomeKit until ‘early’ in 2020 Studio Neat Apple TV Remote Stand Amazon launches new battery-powered Echo exclusively for India Amazon’s Ring […]

Automating how loud Siri replies on the HomePod

I’m a huge fan of the HomePod – after bearing the investment cost, it’s improved my daily interactions with music and opened access to controlling my smart home gear, plus provides a new medium for everything I’ve built in the Shortcuts app.

But one of the nagging problems with HomePod is the way Siri, regardless of the current time of day, will respond loudly at whatever volume you’ve previously set.

Thankfully, iOS 13.2 for HomePod provides a solution.

STT 6: Smart Tech: It’s for Everyone πŸŽ™

On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talk about: Disney reaches deal with Amazon to put Disney+ on Fire TV devices: http://bit.ly/2NBk5wH Roku’s new free app lets you control your viewing with your Apple Watch: http://bit.ly/2Q72sGz Google Assistant can now support bathtubs and faucets: http://bit.ly/2O0mbVT How Industrial Giant Honeywell Is Taking Over […]

Smart Tech Today #2: Mesh WiFi and Voice-First Computing πŸŽ™

Mikah Sargent and I have recorded episode 2 of Smart Tech Today, this time over Skype and on the Twitch livestream. Here’s the description from the TWiT page: Mikah reveals he’s now dual-wielding mobile operating systems. Along with his iPhone 11 Pro Max, he’s carrying a OnePlus 7 Pro to better understand and make use […]

Smart Tech Today #1: Voice Assistants in Your Ears πŸŽ™

On Monday, Mikah Sargent and I recorded episode 1 of Smart Tech Today in person at the TWiT studio. In the show, we: Attempt to create nicknames for the major voice assistants. Be sure to share your ideas for Siri, Alexa, and Google nicknames by emailing stt@twit.tv! Discuss all the products Amazon announced at its […]

New DuetCam app shoots video with both cameras at once

Today, as first noticed by 9to5Mac, developer Marcel Schmitz launched a brand new app called DuetCam for $2.99 that takes advantage of iOS 13’s ability to record video with both the front-facing camera and one of the back cameras at the same time. Schmitz’ app basically lets you film what’s in front of you while […]