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Hey Siri, Play Some Music: All the Music Commands (and more …)

In this post, we will look into all the Siri music commands, which are not only limited to your HomePod but will (mostly) also work with your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, AirPods and Mac. We'll learn how to control radio stations, podcasts, listen to ambient sounds, set sleep timers and last, but not least, we will create our own music commands.
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“Alexa, what are my deals?” – Early Voice Access to Black Friday Deals!

Did you know, that your Alexa has an early access to Black Friday deals? All you need is your voice to save some money on Amazon Echo devices, today. Alexa's early access currently includes the Echo Dot (3rd Gen) in every color, Echo Flex, Echo Input, Ring...
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Ok Google, Play Some Music! All The Music Commands (and more …)

In this post we will look into all the Google music commands, to enjoy all the music services supported by your Google Home. We will cover basic volume and playback commands, as well as tips and tricks how to play and manage your favorite music. You’ll find commands for setting sleep timers and music alarms, and also how to can create your very own music commands with Google's routines.
Siri Guitar Tuning: Siri Shortcuts and Voice Commands

Hey Siri: “Help Me To Tune My Guitar!”

It started with a tweet. Seeing this inspirational video, which features "Chord Assist", a "Google Developers Experts" project by Joe Birch, left me with mixed feelings.

Google and Philips Hue – Setup and Voice Commands

In this post, we will look into the setup of Philips Hue for Google Home, Nest and Assistant. You'll find all the voice commands, the gentle sleep and wake feature, and also examples how to group and automate your Philips Hue lights with Google Routines and Philips Hue Zones (beta).

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Alexa, Play Some Music: All The Music Commands (and more …)

In this post we will look into all the Alexa music commands, to enjoy all the music services supported by your Amazon Echo. We will cover basic volume and playback commands, as well as tips and tricks on how to play and manage your favorite music. You'll...
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Alexa and Philips Hue: Setup, Voice Commands and New Tips and Tricks!

In this post, we will teach Alexa to talk to your Philips Hue lights. You will find all the voice commands to control your lights just by voice! And we've also added the Philips Hue Zones (beta) feature, which works now nicely with Alexa and added some brand new Alexa light tips and tricks.
Illustration of Philips Hue Reflections with Siri, Alexa and Google

Philips Hue: Who will win, Siri, Alexa or Google?

Let’s examine the strengths and weaknesses of Siri, Alexa, and Google by comparing their configuration options, voice commands, and smart home features for our Philips Hue lights. The world leader in lighting and the smart assistants of the biggest tech companies, can it get...
Logitech Harmony Alexa

Logitech Harmony and Alexa: Setup, Voice Commands and a Candlelight Dinner

This Valentine's post is a story of appreciation, harmony and ultimately ... love. In this post we are going to connect Alexa with our Logitech Harmony Hub, only to find one of the loveliest integrations of voice control. Promise. On top we will create a...
Alexa and Google comparing their Logitech Harmony

Logitech Harmony: Who will win, Alexa or Google?

Let's find out, whether Alexa or Google supports our Logitech Harmony better. We will compare configuration, voice commands, smart displays, and assistant specific smart home features. Now, that we have thoroughly examined the setup of Logitech Harmony: a Hub and it's Elite, Ultimate, Companion, and...

Playlist: Alexa Song Remixes, featuring Siri & Google
Some Alexa Song Remixes, featuring Siri & Google

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Google Home drumming on Golden Gate Bridge

Ok Google, Play Some Music! All The Music Commands (and more …)

In this post we will look into all the Google music commands, to enjoy all the music services supported by your Google Home. We will cover basic volume and playback commands, as well as tips and tricks how to play and manage your favorite music. You’ll find commands for setting sleep timers and music alarms, and also how to can create your very own music commands with Google's routines.

Google and Philips Hue – Setup and Voice Commands

In this post, we will look into the setup of Philips Hue for Google Home, Nest and Assistant. You'll find all the voice commands, the gentle sleep and wake feature, and also examples how to group and automate your Philips Hue lights with Google Routines and Philips Hue Zones (beta).
Illustration Google Home surfing with Logitech Harmony

Logitech Harmony and Google: New Setup and Voice Commands

Ok, we were a bit disappointed. There were quite some bugs in the initial integration of Logitech Harmony and Google Home. Guess what? It took some time and now the bugs are fixed. Time to update this post to reflect the recent improvements in setup and voice...
Google Assistant and Logitech Harmony

Logitech Harmony and Google Assistant: (Retired) Setup and Voice Commands

In this post, we will connect Google Assistant with our Logitech Harmony Hub. In case you have not already set up your Harmony devices, activities and favorites, it is a good time to do so. Refer to the post Logitech Harmony: a Hub and its Elite, Ultimate, Companion for the Logitech...
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Google Home and Nanoleaf Aurora: Setup and Voice Commands

Let's introduce our Google Home to Nanoleaf Aurora. In this post we will set up our little Google Home assistant to talk to Captain Muks. We will look into the basic setup and additional tricks to get the most out of our setup. If...
Playlist: AI-News with Siri, Alexa and Google
Our AI-News Channel with Siri, Alexa and Google

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Illustration of Siri playing trumpet in the streets of San Francisco

Hey Siri, Play Some Music: All the Music Commands (and more …)

In this post, we will look into all the Siri music commands, which are not only limited to your HomePod but will (mostly) also work with your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, AirPods and Mac. We'll learn how to control radio stations, podcasts, listen to ambient sounds, set sleep timers and last, but not least, we will create our own music commands.
Illustration of BBQ Ready Siri Shortcut with Philips Hue

Siri and Philips Hue: HomeKit Setup, Voice Commands and Siri Shortcuts

Let’s introduce our Philips Hue lights to Siri and HomeKit. We will look into the basic steps and additional tricks to get the most out of our setup. Furthermore, we will look into Siri Shortcuts and how they can help us to create our own voice commands,...
Illustration of Philips Hue Reflections with Siri, Alexa and Google

Philips Hue: Who will win, Siri, Alexa or Google?

Let’s examine the strengths and weaknesses of Siri, Alexa, and Google by comparing their configuration options, voice commands, and smart home features for our Philips Hue lights. The world leader in lighting and the smart assistants of the biggest tech companies, can it get...
Illustration of Siri as Batman and Nanoleaf Aurora as Superman

Siri and Nanoleaf Aurora: Setup and Voice Commands

Let's introduce our Nanoleaf Aurora to Siri and HomeKit. We will look into the basic steps and additional tricks to get the most out of our setup. Good news: if you've followed our post Nanoleaf Aurora How To - Setup and Configuration to the Muks!, you might...
Alexa and Siri standing next to the Netatmo Weather Station

Netatmo Weather Station, Rain and Wind Gauge, and Alexa and Siri

Now, that Siri has joined Alexa to support the Netatmo Weather Station, it's time for a big update! As this post is a long-term review, we'll have a look, how the Netatmo Weather Station, an Additional Indoor module, the Rain Gauge, and the Wind Gauge performed over...

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Logitech Harmony Alexa

Logitech Harmony and Alexa: Setup, Voice Commands and a Candlelight Dinner

This Valentine's post is a story of appreciation, harmony and ultimately ... love. In this post we are going to connect Alexa with our Logitech Harmony Hub, only to find one of the loveliest integrations of voice control. Promise. On top we will create a...
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Control Smart Lighting with Presence, Geo-fencing and Motion Sensors

We can control smart lighting in different ways, through our presence, or even during our recreational absence. Motion sensor activated lighting is definitely not a novelty. Samuel Bagno invented the first motion sensor already back in the early 1950s, but today's options go way beyond switching our...
iRobot Roomba and Google Home

How to teach your Logitech Harmony: Alexa, Hey Google turn on Roomba!

It must have been a strange moment for Mr. Colin M. Angle, CEO of iRobot, when he presumably announced summer 2017 his plans to sell the mapping data share maps for free with customer consent of his newest robotic vacuum cleaner (Roomba) models to one of the big three (Amazon,...
Siri Falling Asleep with Smart Lighting

Sleeping Better with Smart Lighting: Smarter “Go to Bed” and “Wake Up”

We spend 36% of our lives asleep, and while the average sleep period has decreased over the last 60 years, neuroscience is discovering more and more how important sleep is for our well-being. Can smart lighting help us to sleep better and wake up more energized?
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Natural Smart Lighting: Feeling Better With Smart Light

We have already looked into the impact of light on our sleep in the "Sleeping Better with Smart Lighting" post. But what about the rest of the day? Can smart lighting help us to "feel better", maybe by resembling natural light? For a general...