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OK Google, Play Some Music! Your List of all Google Music Commands

Google Music Commands 2021: Google Home drumming with lightning coming from his drum sticks.

In this post, we will explore all the Google music commands to enjoy all the music services supported by our Google Home and Nest devices. From basic playback commands and playing our favorite music, to setting sleep timers, music alarms, and creating our own music commands with Google Routines.

Google Routines: Immersive Storytelling with Ambient Scenes and Sounds

Google is an amazing storyteller! We will look into the many ways to listen to his stories, but this post is actually about quality time with your kids, your partner, or yourself. We will create Google Routines, where he will magically set the perfect ambience to put us in the middle of the story we … Read more

Google Routines: How to Automate your Life with Google Assistant

It started years ago with shortcuts, then came Google’s ready-made routines. Nowadays, we can create custom routines just by entering any Google Assistant command or by choosing from 20 popular actions. Google Routines are one of the helpful features of our voice assistant, which allow us to automate many aspects of our smart home and … Read more

Logitech Harmony and Google: New Setup and Voice Commands

Illustration Google Home surfing with Logitech Harmony

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 commands. And, we’ve also tested the integration with … Read more

Logitech Harmony and Google Home: Updated App Integration – Why not to update (yet)!

Drawing of Google Home and Logitech Harmony

UPDATE 2018-11-12: Please note that this post is outdated. We have already added a post for the new blue Harmony Service in Google Home: Logitech Harmony and Google Home: New Setup and Voice Commands additionally to the old retired red Harmony Service in Google Home: Logitech Harmony and Google Assistant: (Retired) Setup and Voice Commands UPDATE 2018-11-08: The integration … Read more

The Google Privacy Matrix: Wanna wake up, Neo?

Drawing of GoogleHome Morpheus giving you the choice.

This should have become only one post: Google and our privacy and security. But I realized very soon too late, that such a post would be very, very dangerous. Dangerous for you and dangerous for me. Some of you would be shocked to the point, that you start to hate smartenlight. Some of you would keep asking me … Read more

Google and Our Privacy and Security: Red Pill

Drawing of Google and our Security and Privacy

WARNING: If you’ve accidentally arrived here, without the explicit decision to take the “red pill“, please leave now! This post is a fictional story for insiders, who are curious about the potential impact of artificial intelligence. Have they left? Let me check in GA! No. Ok, let’s rephrase: WARNING: This is going to be the … Read more

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

Google Assistant and Logitech Harmony

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 Harmony setup. UPDATE 2018-11-12: This post … Read more

Workaround: Philips Hue Scenes in Google Assistant through IFTTT

Drawing of Google Assistant using IFTTT to talk to Philips Hue

Finally our Google Home supports Philips Hue scenes natively! Still, if this feature does not work for you, here’s a workaround. Before we start, let me warn you that with this workaround you will need to configure every scene manually. It is a terrible workaround, but if you are new to IFTTT, you might find … Read more