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Monday, January 13, 2020

The Sonos Playbar and Amazon Echo devices cannot be grouped for music playback with Amazon Alexa

The Sonos Playbar and Amazon Echo devices cannot be grouped for music playback with Amazon Alexa. Hopefully a software update will allow this in the future.

How grouping works with Sonos.

“This applies to grouping Sonos with other Sonos devices within the Sonos app and is the only supported way to do multiroom playback.”

This article shows how to play music from multiple Amazon Echo devices:

How to set up multiroom music playback with Amazon Echo:
To set up multiroom audio, open the Alexa app and select “Devices” from the bottom right corner. Tap the + icon in the top right, and select “Set Up Multi-Room Music.” The app will then prompt you to create a group, making it easier to control music playback by saying things like “Alexa, play music upstairs” instead of calling out individual speakers. Once you’ve created your group(s), add your desired devices, and the setup is complete.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

How To: Adding Disney+ to a TV with Android TV OS

Adding Disney+ to a TV with Android TV OS is easy if you’ve already got the Disney+ App on a smartphone. One click does it.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020 Shut Down and Suggested Replacement American Doesn't Print Paper Cards

I’ve used for years, and their online address book, to send customized Christmas cards. They handled everything including addressing stamping and mailing out the cards.

They suggest joining their parent company site., but after going over there, I don’t see any way for them to mail cards for you.

After reviewing the backs of this year's Christmas cards, I've decided to replace with

Image: Nailed it by Jackie Crawford, Durham, NC

Minted had some very artistic designs that carry over to addressing your envelope, and can include coordinated stamps. The only thing that's different is that they will pre-stamp all of your cards, and then bulk mail them, in a box, to you. You then mail them. I'm not sure why this extra step is there, but it's no big deal. ;-)

Here's a deal for you:

$25 off $100 at Minted

“Your friends get $25 OFF their first order of $100 or more. You get a $25 reward to be spent on orders of $100 or more.”



Other options, that also address envelopes for you, include Shutterfly and SimplyToImpress.

Note on EXPORTING ADDRESS BOOK: CardStore Exports a .csv file with your addresses, BUT does not maintain the LEADING ZERO in ZIP CODES. #FAIL

Note on how to cancel your American 7 Day Trial Membership:

How do I cancel my subscription?
American Greetings memberships renew automatically. If you do not wish to have your membership renew, please visit the Manage Membership page in the My Account section of the site. You will select the “Do not renew membership” option, and your membership will expire at the end of your term. Please note, charges already incurred may be non-refundable under the terms of your membership. You may continue to use your membership until it expires.

To cancel your trial membership, please contact us within your 7 day trial period. Our Customer Support Representatives are happy to assist you. You can call us at 1-800-711-4474 between the hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST (Monday through Friday) or if you prefer not to call, you can email us at

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

How To Upgrade Netflix from HD to UHD when subscribed through Comcast Xfinity

Comcast Xfinity has a fairly new package that includes a Netflix subscription. This means that instead of paying Netflix for a monthly subscription, the cost is included in your Comcast Xfinity package, and billed through Comcast Xfinity.

If you want to upgrade your subscription from HD to UHD (4K), you'll get a message on the Comcast Xfinity page to give them a call to change your package.

Don't do that.

Instead, sign into your Netflix account on the Netflix website, and upgrade there. You'll be charged through your Comcast Xfinity billing process.