November 08, 2019

SiriusXM Now (Finally!) Available On Google (Updated)

Google is finally in the process of rolling out the ability to listen to SiriusXM on their devices. It has been available on Amazon devices for quite some time. 

If you have a SiriusXM All Access or Streaming subscription, you can now connect that to your Google (Nest) Home devices. If you don't have SirusXM, they are offering 3 months free of either Premier Streaming or All Access.

To connect, open the Google Home app and go to Settings/Radio.

As of this writing, if the service is available where you are, there will be a choice to get a free 3-month SiriusXM subscription. Select that even if you already have a subscription. The next screen will give you the opportunity to connect your existing account.

Enjoy!


Note: If you have a non-Google-branded speaker or if the speaker doesn't recognize that you have connected your SiriusXM account in the Home app, you may need to reset your device and add it back to your home group (or whatever group you may have created). See the instructions for your device on how to reset it. Disconnecting it from the power source and then reconnecting it is not a reset.

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In the event you missed previous articles about Google and Amazon devices, you can find them here:


https://www.thekuperreport.com/2018/11/review-google-home-mini-vs-amazon-echo.html

https://www.thekuperreport.com/2018/12/part-2-review-google-home-mini-vs.html

https://www.thekuperreport.com/2019/01/google-home-adds-feels-like-temperature.html


https://www.thekuperreport.com/2019/04/alexa-why-arent-you-doing-what-i-ask.html

https://www.thekuperreport.com/2019/07/real-youtube-app-added-to-amazon-fire-tv.html



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November 07, 2019

Google Speaker Alarm vs. Alarm Clock After Power Outage

This morning I was awakened by loud flights overhead. That usually only occurs when flights have been redirected due to weather conditions. There is an airport about five miles away.

Apparently there was some kind of power surge that tripped the circuit breaker and turned off power that included my bedroom. Only that one circuit breaker was tripped for some reason.

I did some quick research and discovered that there were indeed Con-Ed power outages in parts of New York City and Westchester, but no news reports. (For those served by Con-Ed, here's the link to the Con-Ed Storm Center: https://apps.coned.com/stormcenter/external/default.html).

I reset the circuit breaker. The Google Speaker came back. I asked it the time and it responded properly. I asked if there was an alarm set and it confirmed the alarm was still set. The alarm clocks in the room, however, were a different story. When the power turned back on, the clocks blinked 12:00, which means that any alarm that might have been set on the alarm clocks would not be ringing at the correct time.

Of course, if I had not discovered the power outage prior to when I needed to wake up I may have missed an appointment today. It's good to know that when power was restored my Google speaker was still prepared to ring my alarm at the correct time and I didn't have to reset everything like I will need to do for each alarm clock. (I did not also have an Amazon speaker alarm set, but I will make an assumption here that it would also have still remembered any alarm settings.)



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In the event you missed previous articles about Google and Amazon devices, you can find them here:

https://www.thekuperreport.com/2018/11/review-google-home-mini-vs-amazon-echo.html

https://www.thekuperreport.com/2018/12/part-2-review-google-home-mini-vs.html

https://www.thekuperreport.com/2019/01/google-home-adds-feels-like-temperature.html


https://www.thekuperreport.com/2019/04/alexa-why-arent-you-doing-what-i-ask.html

https://www.thekuperreport.com/2019/07/real-youtube-app-added-to-amazon-fire-tv.html



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