If you’re wondering if it’s possible to control Sonos speakers and components with just your voice and a Google Home, it is! This article points out all of the Sonos products that are compatible, shows you exactly what you need to get it working, and clearly explains how to do everything. Continue reading How to use Google Home with Sonos
I just finished listening to the latest episode of John Gruber’s podcast, which is entitled Now Banned in China, and toward the end he wonders why anyone would choose a Garmin over an Apple Watch. There are many reasons: Continue reading Why people still choose Garmin over the Apple Watch
There’s a variety of music streaming services to choose from in 2017, and each one has its ups and downs. This article takes a close look at the best available options, and picks a winner.
Of course, the actual best choice for you is subjective. Your personal needs may be different than mine. But, this is my blog, not yours. My opinion is the only thing that matters around here. :)
Before we jump into it, let’s take a moment to appreciate how amazing music streaming services are. It’s incredible to have over 30 million songs in your pocket. It would be far better if the artists got paid more (and I mean substantially more). But still, never forget how amazing these services are. Continue reading The best music streaming service in 2017
I own the first generation Amazon Echo Dot, and I’ve been using it since May 2016, and almost the entire time it’s been plugged into my Sonos PLAY:5 speaker. With some trial and error, I’ve cobbled together five solid tips for getting the most out of using it with Sonos. The Dot I own is essentially the same as the Echo Dot (2nd Gen) that you can buy today, so all of the tips in this post directly apply to it as well. Continue reading 5 important tips for using the Amazon Echo Dot with Sonos
Spotify and Sonos just made it possible to control Sonos speakers directly from the Spotify mobile app. This new integration was released today, and this blog post clearly explains how to get it all running. Continue reading How to control Sonos with the Spotify app
If you recently decided to try out the Amazon Music Unlimited plan for the Amazon Echo and your 30-day free trial is coming to an end, or if you’ve already started a paid subscription, clearly written instructions for how to cancel are provided below. Continue reading How to cancel the Amazon Music Unlimited Echo plan
I love Macs, but I consider myself level-headed when it comes to criticizing Apple — not an apologetic fan. That’s why I’m a bit surprised by the recent backlash against the new MacBook Pro notebook computers. I don’t share the outrage. Sure, the choice of older Skylake processors over the new Kaby Lake line is a let down, but for me it ends there. Perhaps controversially, where I disagree the most is with the recently abandoned MagSafe power connector. Continue reading An unpopular opinion: The Apple MagSafe power connector was annoying
The iPhone home button symbolizes simplicity, but, when it comes to music services — it’s anything but simple. The overlapping options offered by Apple, Google, and Amazon are terribly confusing. Below they’re visualized with multiple iPhone home buttons. Why? For the hell of it…
Google announced a bunch of new hardware products today, and as I watched their presentation, it seemed clear that they wanted to be taken seriously, once and for all, as a hardware manufacturer. But then I read a statement by a tech journalist that made me question their commitment. Continue reading One reason why you shouldn’t buy Google Wifi
When Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone in 2007, he unveiled several major innovations — but the multitouch interface was by far the most important. It redefined the possibilities of mobile tech. Seven years later, Amazon debuted a product that may have an equally impressive input innovation. However, instead of being a sleek handheld gadget, it was a stark, voice-activated speaker.
Initially, the Amazon Echo was greeted with befuddlement and indifference. Like seeing a smartphone that lacked a hardware keyboard for the first time, a speaker that listened and spoke was a puzzling novelty. Continue reading Amazon aims for domination with the 2nd Gen Echo Dot