Can you use the Amazon Echo and Google Home to control the same device?


Hi, friends! I’ve been busy testing the Rachio 3 smart sprinkler and pitching away for summertime work but wanted to take a break to finally dive into some of those questions you’ve been sending in through the contact form. I do read your questions! And I’ve been filing them away to try to turn them into helpful little articles like this one.

Let’s-a go!

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Flo covers Google I/O 2018

I was going to write this long, winding diatribe about my time at Google’s developer’s conference last week and what I learned after several hours of sessions and demonstrations. But every time I sit down to write about it, I start to feel really tired.

Needless to say, I’m still recovering. I think a few pictures and links to where you can find my coverage on the web should suffice as I recuperate from the biggest conference of the year for Google fans.

Ahh, yes. The Google Duplex demonstration. We talked about it on every single podcast that I recorded during the week. I’m still processing bearing witness to this experience.



A few new Google Assistant smart speakers are now available, as a sort of precursor as we wait for Smart Displays to hit this summer.

I wrote two pieces during the conference: one small one detailing the new consumer-facing features of the Google Home for Reviewed, and a longer piece on the ethos of Material Theming for Engadget.

I also made a whole host of podcast appearances throughout the week. Here’s where to find them:

  • All About Android: In this special episode, we eschewed the usual weekly show for an hour-long conversation with Google’s Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson and Allen Huang. TWiG’s Jeff Jarvis also joined in on the fun
  • Download: Jason Snell invited Mikah Sargent and me to talk about all the major announcements that occurred at Google I/O, though we chatted about Microsoft Build and a few other tech things, too
  • Material: Our co-host, Russell Ivanovic, was on one last time before heading out on a bit of a hiatus to discuss all that we’d saw at Google I/O. (Andy and I will be holding down the fort for a while from here on out)
  • TWiT: Leo Laporte had me on his end-of-the-week recap show for an invigorating conversation. The panel included journalist Harry McCracken and analyst Sam Abuelsamid.
  • The Parallel: [Episode publishing soon] Shelly Brisbin invited Blind Bargains’ J.J. Meddaugh and me to chat all about Google I/O, including some of the company’s new accessibility features


April showers bring Google I/O flowers


Taken with the Lenovo Mirage Camera, which produces 180-degree media for viewing in virtual reality (or flat like this). 


Hello, friends!

This is my first stab at what freelancers call (I’m assuming) the “monthly update.” Every four to five weeks, I’ll put together a post like this one with links to what I’ve been working on and what’s been published. Think of it as a newsletter, except that I’m posting it here for you to peruse at your leisure instead of delivering it straight to your inbox (maybe someday).

April’s readings

April was a jam-packed month, though I didn’t publish very much. I’ve been finishing up a months-long project for another client, so I spent most of the time in my little smart home lab toiling with do-it-yourself security systems and their accessories. I’ll be sure to follow up with those stories once they post, along with my findings.

Here’s what did publish:

Coming up

I’m headed off to Google I/O in Mountain View next week. I’ll be attending on behalf of TWiT for All About Android. We’ll be recording our show the day after the keynote at Google I/O. I’ve got some stories planned for the developer’s conference, too, and I’ll be sure to update when they’ve posted to their respective publications.

If you want to stay privy to what’s going on while I’m at the developer’s conference, be sure to follow me on Instagram and on Twitter.