In­stant up­grades Ap­ple Homepod

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Give Siri a boost with these talkie tips

ONE ELGATO EVE THERMO

De­spite the name, this isn’t a smart ther­mo­stat – it’s a ther­mo­static valve that re­places the one on your ra­di­a­tor. at means you can holler at Siri on the Homepod to tweak the tem­per­a­ture in dif­fer­ent rooms (pro­vided they each have a ermo in­stalled), as well as mak­ing ad­just­ments when you’re not at home.

TWO PHILIPS HUE WHITE AND COLOUR

is three-bulb starter pack lets you cre­ate mood-based light­ing scenes. Want your bed­room to have the same am­bi­ence as a Hawai­ian sun­set? Hue’ll do it. And with Homekit in­te­gra­tion, you can use Siri to switch be­tween colours or pre­set light­ing scenes and au­to­mate your light­ing sched­ules.

THREE AU­GUST SMART LOCK

‘Key­less en­try’ might sound scary, but be­lieve us – us­ing your phone to un­lock your front door is (a) in­cred­i­bly cool and (b) an al­ter­na­tive to keys that you’re far less likely to for­get when you leave the house. e Au­gust Smart Lock is easy to fit, and Homepod com­pat­i­bil­ity means you can un­lock it us­ing Siri com­mands.

1 KEEP THINGS TO YOUR­SELF

Kids love talk­ing to Siri but their dread­ful mu­si­cal taste can mess with Ap­ple Mu­sic’s cu­rated playlists. You don’t want to tell Siri, “Play some mu­sic I like,” only to hear Let It Go for the 4000th time. Open Homepod’s set­tings in your Home app, turn off ‘Use Lis­ten­ing His­tory’, and Ap­ple Mu­sic will ig­nore what your Homepod plays, us­ing your phone’s lis­ten­ing his­tory in­stead.

4 HONE YOUR TRIVIA SKILLS

Nick O’mal­ley could hit you over the head with a sign that says “I’m in the Arctic Mon­keys” and you prob­a­bly still wouldn’t recog­nise him – but that doesn’t mean Siri’s just as clue­less. Ask her for names of band mem­bers, al­bum ti­tles, song­writ­ers and some­times even who plays which in­stru­ment on cer­tain songs – al­though that’s re­liant on Wikipedia hav­ing the info.

2 BUILD A WALL OF SOUND

–e Homepod’s A8 chip uses the built-in mics to lis­ten to it­self and ad­just the au­dio ac­cord­ingly – the idea be­ing that it’ll sound great no mat­ter where you put it. We’ve found that plac­ing it near a wall means that it tends to bounce am­bi­ent sounds off it while the main el­e­ments, such as lead vo­cals, are pushed out into the cen­tre of the room, giv­ing a fuller, wider sound.

5 AB­SO­LUTE SCENES, BRUV

Tap the ‘+’ but­ton on the Home app’s main screen and you can cre­ate ‘scenes’, which are essen­tially spe­cific set­ups for mul­ti­ple Homekit-com­pat­i­ble de­vices: turn­ing on the lights, heat­ing and cof­fee ma­chine first thing in the morn­ing, for in­stance. Once you’ve set your scene you can ac­ti­vate it sim­ply by say­ing, for ex­am­ple, “Good morn­ing!” to your Homepod.

3 TELL SWEAR­ING TO **** OFF

Snoop Dogg might sound like a char­ac­ter from a kids’ TV show, but a lot of his mu­sic is far from suitable for pre-wa­ter­shed ears. Good thing you can block off ex­plicit con­tent in Homepod’s main set­tings menu via the Home app, thereby pro­tect­ing your progeny’s del­i­cate ears from in­ad­ver­tently find­ing out what the Dog­gfa­ther has planned for his la­dyfriends.

6 SOOTHE THE MOVE FROM SPO­TIFY

To get the best out of your Homepod you’re go­ing to need an Ap­ple Mu­sic sub­scrip­tion. If you’re a long-time Spo­tify user there are ways to make the move less of a wrench. You can trans­fer your playlists us­ing an app such as Hou­dini (£2.99) or Song­shift (£free). –e lat­ter also has a £3.99 Pro ver­sion that keeps your playlists synced across ser­vices.

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