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Just a heads up that Iris, Lowe's in-store smart home platform, is shutting down at the end of March. I only one Iris smart plug that I use for my Christmas tree lights, so I hadn't paid much attention to the email notices. However, in looking at another notification email today I realize that they are offering pre-paid Visa cards as refunds to support Iris user migration to a different smart home platform.
To request a redemption go to: https://home.irisbylowes.com/redemption Once you've logged in, it automatically identifies the Iris devices you've registered and provides a redemption amount.
Over the past few days I noticed I hadn't received any notifications. Then I suddenly had a couple pop up. It indicated they were just 18 minutes old, but seem to refer to more than week old comments. I'm assuming they were broken but now are fixed? Or is it just me....?
I’m running into a bit of a snag in setting up smart lighting at home using a Philips Hue bridge, Google Home devices, and Google Assistant running on our Android phones. The specific issue relates back to multiple users, and more specifically, how to configure Google Assistant on my wife’s phone so she can control the Philips Hue lighting from her phone.
After testing colored Hue lights in my office, I decided to pick up a few more dimmable white lights for our bedroom and living room. They installed in a matter of minutes and I configured the rooms in the Google Home app on my phone. After a bit of testing, everything worked as expected on the Google Home devices and Google Assistant on my phone. It was time to train my wife. She’s been gradually warming to the Google Home devices over the past few months and quickly picked up the process. We have the Home devices set up to recognize different voices, and everything worked exactly as planned.
Then we ran into the problem. I’d put one of the lights in our bedroom, where we don’t currently have a Google Home setup. When she went to dim the lights using Google Assistant on her phone, instead of controlling the lights she got web search results. I attempted to connect Assistant on her phone to my Philips Hue account, but to no avail. It prompts me to connect to the Hub but then tells me that it can only be associated with one Google account. So my wife, as of yet, can only control the lights when she uses voice on Google Home.
Has anyone done this successfully? Any ideas on how to make this work? This is my first foray into “smart home” and I’m a bit wary as to what will happen with additional components.
With the arrival of 16299 I decided it was time to reset my PC. It has been over a year of Insider builds and there was enough wonkiness that it seemed like a good idea. But now OneDrive Files On-Demand is missing. The option to enable does not appear on the Settings tab. Perhaps there’s a registry entry that needs to be enabled and won't be until 1709 is “officially” released.
But in the meantime, does anyone know how to re-enable?
There are several things about Project Fi that are making the switch to another carrier difficult. I'd appreciate anyone's insights.
Here's what works great:
Integration with Google Hangouts. While I initially thought that voice over WiFi would be the killer feature, instead it is the seamless integration with Google Hangouts on my PC that I have found the most compelling. Specifically, SMS/MMS messaging is consistent and seamless between phone and Hangouts client. Plus I can send/receive voice calls from my PC, too. As the battery life on my Nexus 6p has slowly (and continually) degraded over time, I find this feature invaluable.
Let me give you an real-life example. I am a contractor working at a company that recently removed ALL physical phone handsets. They use Skype for Business with Cloud PBX to makes calls on their computers. As a contractor I do not get a phone number, although I do have Skype for Business access. Today, I grabbed the wrong cable (micro-USB instead of USB-C) and my Nexus 6p is about to die. Fortunately, I have Hangouts on my laptop and can make calls using my headset.
Pay for Actual Use. Back when I switched to Project Fi, I gave up a 30GB shared family plan with AT&T. While it was, at the time, a pretty good plan for the pricing, my family of 4 was not using enough data to justify the price. Three of us moved to Project Fi and one to Cricket (he didn't want to give up his iPhone). Our monthly charge dropped dramatically. And when we do have overages, the charges are not exorbitant and we pay pro-rated only what we actually use, rather than having to purchase another entire tier of data.
International Coverage. I don't use this often, but when I do it's great knowing I don't have to worry about adding/removing international roaming.
Support. We've found Fi support to be stellar. My daughter broke her screen a few months in and they were able to replace her 5x with a refurb model for a very reasonable fee. That unit recently turned out to have the bootloop problem and they replaced it for free.
Here's what's making me want to switch:
Phone Choices. When we signed up for service with Fi, the 5x and 6p were the offered phones. I would have been open to purchasing a higher end phone for myself, but the 6p and 5x were great mid-level phones that I had no qualms giving to my family. The switch to the Pixel line, definitely targeted at higher-end users, is much less attractive. My Nexus 6p is beginning to wear out and the Pixel line is not an exciting alternative to me for the price.
Actual Data Use. Through a variety of circumstances our data use has increased, while the increased competition between the carriers has decreased bucket plan and unlimited pricing. I'm still saving a bit compared to the big three, but only because I'm more careful than I would otherwise be.
So, here's my quest: I would like to find a solution or a set of solutions that would allow me to use my current cell number (which ends in "00") and send/receive texts/MMS and voice calls from my computer. It would be great if Skype would allow me to port my number and then I could use it.
I've found FullContact, which synchronizes contacts between multiple services (Outlook.com/Exchange/Google/Etc.) to be extremely helpful as I use multiple services. Does anyone know of a similar service that synchronizes across calendars?