Amazon has updated its Alexa personal assistant with a new Follow-Up Mode that can handle back-to-back requests without requiring users to repeat the wake word, with Follow-Up Mode, Alexa will listen for 5 seconds after she’s done responding to you to see if you have anything else to ask. The blue ring on your Alexa device of choice will light up during these 5 seconds to indicate that she’s listening. If you have anything else to ask her, you can just ask it without needing to say her name first. If you don’t, she’ll just go back to sleep automatically without saying anything else.
Microsoft has a new iOS app out called Soundscape that uses 3D audio technology to help map out landmarks and points of interest through audio cues.
Apple has come under criticism in recent months for finally admitting that they throttle CPU speeds on iPhones with old batteries. After pressure from media and customers, the company is including a way to disable this throttling in iOS 11.3, which is expected to be available in a few weeks.
The latest iOS update 11.2.6 is making some users’ AirPods stream in mono, instead of stereo, meaning the same audio channel is coming out of both AirPods. The update may also be affecting the AirPods’ tap controls. Regardless, the fix is easy.
If you were holding out on redesigned AirPods like I was because of their Frankenstein look, then you will probably still be waiting until 2019 based on the latest AirPod rumors. I finally gave in to getting a pair of AirPods after going through at least a dozen bluetooth headsets over the past year. Many mainstream publications picked AirPods as Apple’s best product of last year. After testing out a demo unit in the Apple Store, I have to agree that they really do offer a huge upgrade on all of my previous bluetooth headsets. They are easy to use, and the sound is impressive.
Want to get rid of some recurring app subscriptions? There are a few steps you’ll need to take on Android. Google Play Store Cancelling an auto-renewing subscription on the Google Play Store is fairly straightforward.
Want to get rid of some recurring app subscriptions on the App Store? There are a few steps you’ll need to take. Here’s how for iOS. App Store Cancelling a subscription on the App Store on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch only takes a few steps.
It’s time to set up your brand new Google Home speaker and voice assistant. This device is quite accessible for most users, from playing music to reading books to controlling your smart home devices — and all you need to do to get the attention of Google Assistant is to say “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google.”
The Alexa app allows you to change the ‘wake word’ from Alexa to one of three alternatives. Here’s how you can change Alexa’s name to Amazon, Echo or Computer.
With Echo Connect and a compatible Echo device, you can ask Alexa to call anyone using your home phone service—all you have to do is ask. Because Echo Connect uses your home phone number, either landline or VoIP, friends and family recognize the call. Answer your home phone on your Echo from across the room, so you can easily talk to anyone hands-free when you’re busy making dinner or away from the phone.