16 Google Home Routine Ideas

If you have a Google Home or Nest smart speaker in your home, you’ll know just how handy they are for voice commands. But, an often overlooked feature is the ability to set up routines. The main reason you would use a routine is so that Google will do something based on a schedule rather … Read more

17 Best Alexa Accessories and Add-Ons

Alexa is Amazon’s answer to the modern-day virtual assistant and it is quickly becoming one of the most popular voice assistants via the Amazon Echo smart speaker. But, have you ever wanted to do more with your Amazon Echo? There are plenty of Alexa accessories that will allow you to do just that. In this … Read more

Does the Echo Dot Need to be Plugged In?

Since introducing an Echo Dot to my house, my opinion of Alexa has been changed for good. This little speaker has a ton of functionality, it can play music, answer questions, make jokes, and integrates with almost every smart device I own. The Echo Dot is much smaller than the Echo speaker and looks like … Read more

Best Smart Speakers with Chromecast Built-In

Google’s Chromecast technology has changed the way we play media across devices in our home. Whilst initially limited to Google’s own speakers and the trusty Chromecast Audio, there’s now a range of third-party manufacturers making speakers with Chromecast and Google Assistant built-in. My home is full of Chromecast-enabled devices so I know exactly what to … Read more

Alexa Commands for the Smart Home

If you have an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled device in your home, you’ll know just how useful Alexa can be. There seems to be a never-ending list of Alexa commands which makes it hard to keep track of them all. Luckily, I’ve got you covered with this complete list covering music, movies, calendar, news, … Read more

Can You Use Alexa and HomeKit Together?

Alexa and HomeKit are two rival smart home platforms from Amazon and Apple respectively. HomeKit isn’t nearly as advanced as Alexa, however, if you have an iPhone in your pocket then HomeKit is an easy choice. If you can’t agree on which voice assistant should control your home, you’ll probably be wondering whether you can … Read more