Smart Tech Today 10: We Want Smart Blinds ๐ŸŽ™

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 8: Goodnight, Sonos: Voice-Controlled Computing ๐ŸŽ™

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

Iโ€™m a huge fan of the HomePod โ€“ after bearing the investment cost, itโ€™s improved my daily interactions with music and opened access to controlling my smart home gear, plus provides a new medium for everything Iโ€™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 youโ€™ve previously set.

Thankfully, iOS 13.2 for HomePod provides a solution.

Smart Tech Today #1: Voice Assistants in Your Ears ๐ŸŽ™

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! Discuss all the products Amazon announced at its […]