How to 'Haunt' Your House Using Smart Speakers


Lifehacker 14 October, 2021 - 08:30am

Nothing says “Halloween” quite like some classic, creepy jams. Monster Mash is obviously welcome here, but so is the main theme from Halloween. A good Halloween playlist will ensure you and your guests really get into the spooky spirit.

You can hand-pick these playlists yourself (or use our suggestions), then play them through your smart speaker. Or, to make things easier on you, opt for one of the Halloween playlists your smart speaker can play automatically. There are smart-speaker-specific options, as well as playlists they can pull from streaming services like Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, and Apple Music.

If you really want to deck out your house for Halloween, you might want to consider some smart lights, as well. Buy the right lights, like Philips Hue, which can change colors on command. You could use an array of orange, purple, and red to really set a spooky atmosphere for your guests.

While that’s all doable with a smartphone, it’s fun to use the smart speaker instead. Saying “Hey Google, turn the living room lights orange” is always a great party trick. And, if you set up a command in the smart home app the lights are paired to, you won’t have to ask for the lights to change color-by-color. “Alexa, Halloween lights” could trigger all of your smart lights to change to colors you preset ahead of time.

One fun Halloween easter egg is to ask for a scary story from your smart speaker. Some might run you anywhere from three to 10 minutes; however, I’ve found that if you simply ask Google Home to tell you “something scary,” you end up getting a half-joke, half-scary story. “Did you hear the urban legend about the power cable that was ... too short?”

Speaking of jokes, your smart speaker is trying out its latest five-minute set, if you wouldn’t mind checking it out (there’s a two-drink minimum). While smart speakers are ready to dish out the jokes all year round, ask Google or Alexa to tell you a Halloween joke for something a bit more relevant to the holiday. (Sadly, while Siri can tell you jokes, it doesn’t have any Halloween-specific ones in its repertoire, replying only, “I’m not sure I understand.”)

Halloween music can really set the mood for your party, but so can an atmospheric playlist of sounds. Turn your living room into a creaking, creepy soundscape, complete with screams—just ask your Google Home or Amazon Echo to get spooky, and the smart speaker will follow suit. In fact, you can ask your Amazon Echo to scream at some point in the future. (Will it be as scary as Meryl Streep’s in Big Little Lies?)

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Fast & Furious Starcast Thanked The Rock for Standing Up to Vin Diesel

EssentiallySports 14 October, 2021 - 05:02pm

The same happened with the Black Adam actor when he was cast in the famous ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise. The Samoan actor had some problems with the Hollywood star, Vin Diesel.

Back when The Rock was new to the Fast and Furious franchise, he was the only one to call out the behaviors and actions of Vin Diesel on the set which led to a beef between the two stars.

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Johnson gave a subtle detail about what happened after he called out Diesel.

Interestingly, The Rock revealed that the crew of the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise thanked him for standing up to Vin Diesel. This was because since Diesel was also the producer of the franchise, he thought of himself as the highest authority.

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It caused a firestorm. Yet interestingly enough…[it was] as if every single crew member found their way to me and either quietly thanked me or sent me a note. But, yeah, it wasn’t my best day, sharing that. I shouldn’t have shared that,” said The Rock.

For now, Vin Diesel has not released his official statement after Rock’s latest comments. This eventually gives more gravity to what the Jumanji actor said in the interview.

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