New Budget friendly Nest Thermostat E review and install

This is my review of the newer Nest thermostat E. It also includes an unboxing, and full instructional video of what I did for the install. You can find out more information at or at I have gone smart home crazy, and have been adding more and more to my home to be controlled with my Alexa. The newest addition was the Nest thermostat E. … Continue reading New Budget friendly Nest Thermostat E review and install

Why Apple’s HomePod Doesn’t Play by Echo Rules

Some voices suggest the Apple HomePod will fail because it doesn’t go toe-to-toe with other smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo. This is nonsense. The fundamental question here is whether Apple needs to and wants to compete with other smart speaker systems. That would imply that Apple has the same business model, the same values, the same products to sell and the same philosophy about how … Continue reading Why Apple’s HomePod Doesn’t Play by Echo Rules

How Do I Use Alexa on Amazon Echo and Echo Show?

For me, 2017 will always be the year that I took the plunge and truly embraced the concept of a smarter, more helpful home. Back in November, after decades of quietly fearing a dystopian future in which our devices outlived us all, I unboxed a smart lamp that changed my entire outlook on digital assistants. But after two months of slowly upgrading each and every … Continue reading How Do I Use Alexa on Amazon Echo and Echo Show?

Amazon expands Echo multi-room audio feature w/ support for Spotify

Amazon announced today that it is expanding multi-room music playback with Echo devices with support for Spotify. The feature was originally announced back in August, but with limited support from music streaming services… Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods Earhooks Cover At launch, Amazon Echo’s multi-room audio feature only worked with Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora. The company teased at the time that support for Spotify and … Continue reading Amazon expands Echo multi-room audio feature w/ support for Spotify