MacStories releases MusicBot, putting most of Apple Music in one Siri Shortcut

Federico Viticci, doing his usual excellent work on MacStories: For the past several months, I’ve been working on a shortcut designed to be the ultimate assistant for Apple Music. Called MusicBot, the shortcut encompasses dozens of different features and aims to be an all-in-one assistant that helps you listen to music more quickly, generate intelligent […]

Smart Tech Today 11: Samuel L. Jackson on Your Amazon Echo πŸŽ™

On episode 11 of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I cover these stories: K-pop rapper Namjoon reveals that he has lost 33 pairs of AirPods ADT planning HomeKit-enabled smart doorbell, regulatory filing suggests How to get Samuel L. Jackson on your Amazon Echo for free Sling TV will give you a free Google Nest Hub […]

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 […]

Smart Tech Today 9: Decorate Your Smart Home for the Holidays πŸŽ™

On episode 9 of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about: Smart tech news: Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security Women are more likely than men to say ‘please’ to their smart speaker In weekend outage, diabetes monitors fail to send crucial alerts Amazon: Amazon’s Echo Show 8 hits […]

Smart Tech Today 8: Goodnight, Sonos: Voice-Controlled Computing πŸŽ™

On episode 8 of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about: Amazon Music now free for Android, iOS, and Fire TV Amazon expands its free, ad-supported streaming music service to iOS The Verge Guide to Amazon Alexa Spotify adds recommended commands on Google Assistant Google Assistant’s latest feature is a personalized audio news feed […]

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: Roku’s new free app lets you control your viewing with your Apple Watch: Google Assistant can now support bathtubs and faucets: How Industrial Giant Honeywell Is Taking Over […]