How To Listen to Your Own MP3 Music on Google Home

Google Home is a fantastic device that focuses around the playback of music. Yet, unlike the MP3 players of a previous age, it has no storage capability of it's own (such as microSD or SD card slot). Instead, Google Home is designed to access all music either from the cloud or from another device via chromecast (but not Bluetooth audio).

Google Home supports several streaming music services including support for Spotify Premium, Pandora, TuneIn, and Google Play Music.  But what about the music you already own on your computer in MP3 format? Maybe you don't subscribe to a premium streaming service because you already own a lot of your own music in the form of MP3 files on your computer hard drive.  Read More >>> about How To Listen to Your Own MP3 Music on Google Home

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Alexa on your Wrist Voice Assistant

Are you ready for a world of Alexa everywhere?  You knew it was coming, and word has come out that you can now get Alexa integrated into the Martian PT 02 Smartwatch.  It's been described as arousing nostalgia while still being true to a modern smartwatch.  For $295 you can have this sleek watch on your wrist.  This looks like a man's watch, so the ladies will have to wait a while to get their hands on this device.   Read More >>> about Alexa on your Wrist Voice Assistant

How to Play your MP3's on Echo Alexa

The Amazon Echo is an amazing device that is built around the playback of music. It does not store it's own audio files (such as with a microSD or SD card).  Instead, the Echo is designed to access music either straight from the cloud or from another device via Bluetooth audio.  

Alexa supports many streaming music services including Spotify Premium, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio as well as the Prime Music service and Amazon Music Unlimited.  But what about the music you already own on your computer in MP3 format? Maybe you don't subscribe to a premium streaming service because you already own a lot of your own music in the form of MP3 files on your computer hard drive.  You can play your MP3's on the Echo. Read More >>> about How to Play your MP3's on Echo Alexa

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Hey Siri: How to Enable Hands Free Siri

Most people don't know that Siri, the voice assistant we have had since the iPhone 4S and was introduced in 2011 can also be used in hands free mode.  Early versions of Siri worked with the user holding the Home button while speaking their voice commands.  

However, this hands free mode, known as Hey Siri, was added in 2015.  It works on the iPhone 6S and later as well as 3rd Generation iPad or later.  It will also work on the iPhone 5S, but the 5S must be plugged into a power outlet. Let's learn exactly how to set this up. Read More >>> about Hey Siri: How to Enable Hands Free Siri

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How to listen to Alexa Podcasts on Echo

Podcasts and Alexa go together like dark chocolate and red wine! Let me show you had to take the best advantage of this with Alexa.  

A podcast is a series of audio files which are played back so that new episodes are listened to first. They have become a recognized medium for distributing audio content and the de facto method of delivering spoken broadcasts over the Internet.  Just about anybody can create a podcast. As a result there is a great difference in quality and style among the many different podcasts out there. This is also what makes them so unique.

Alexa is the intelligent assistant that comes with the Echo, Dot or Tap. One of the things it does best is queuing up your favorite podcasts.  It makes life easier by automating personal tasks and responding to voice commands.  Read More >>> about How to listen to Alexa Podcasts on Echo

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How to Get The Best Flash Briefing From Alexa

An Alexa Flash Briefing is an up-to-date, pre-recorded audio newscast that you can playback on your Echo, Dot or Tap.  Usually these are from well known media outlets such as ABC, Bloomberg, BBC and NPR.   There are hundreds of available (with more coming). Many flash briefings are also available from lesser known and more independent sources such as Slate, digg, or TechCrunch

You can setup a single Flash Briefing source, or many, in which case they will be played in the order you specify. It is a really cool way to customize a set of news sources, and then be able to play it back at your command. Read More >>> about How to Get The Best Flash Briefing From Alexa

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How to Listen to Music on Google Home

Music lovers are some of the first people to embrace voice assistants like Google Home.  It is convenient to use voice to play your music while going about daily activities. You do not have to stop, turn on the stereo speakers, choose the music you want to play, get the right input, or use touch screens to navigate. Just say "Ok Google, play some alt rock music".

Google Home does not store music locally and relies on streaming all content over your network. Let's take a look at your music options on Google Home! Read More >>> about How to Listen to Music on Google Home

How to Protect Your Privacy with Alexa Echo

We have become so used to the web and to companies who use knowledge about us to provide us with a better experience. Sometimes the trust we give a company to use this information is broken, and companies take advantage of it. I'd like to take a look at how some of these issues unravel with Alexa and what you can do to protect yourself. Read More >>> about How to Protect Your Privacy with Alexa Echo

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