Sonos Tips: Custom Alarms

Those of you with SONOS system may find this useful – received this email from SONOS ( and if you don’t have one, I strongly recommend you invest! 🙂 )


Sure, music’s a great way to greet each morning, but there’s a whole day’s worth of things you can do with Sonos Alarms.

  1. Like rise and shine to different songs or playlists on different days. (Funk Fridays, anyone?)
  2. Set up TuneIn radio to deliver your favourite news, weather or local radio shows while you make your morning coffee.
  3. Entertain the dog while you’re away.
  4. Have Beyoncé greet you as you arrive home from work.
  5. Send the kids off to bed with their favourite song.
  6. Wake your better half on their birthday with that song they love.

To set a SONOS alarm

On your Sonos app, tap the Menu, upper left


Scroll to Alarms


Select ‘new Alarm’


Set the Time, Room, Music, Frequency and Volume


Tap Done



Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

Microsoft has acquired LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The software giant plans to integrate the career-oriented social network into many of its apps and services, including Office, Skype and Cortana. You’d get the details of the person you’re meeting for a business deal, for example, or get help from an expert when you’re working on an Office 365 project. Microsoft is vowing to maintain LinkedIn’s overall independence, including the role of CEO Jeff Weiner, and hopes to close the deal sometime in 2016.

According to Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, LinkedIn is a perfect fit. You need a “connected professional world” to get things done, he says, whether it’s getting help with a spreadsheet or fleshing out details in a customer relations tool like Microsoft’s Dynamics. And while Microsoft is purposefully keeping itself at arm’s length, Nadella sees the potential for revenue through subscriptions and (like it or not) targeted ads.

Suffice it to say that this is a huge move for Microsoft. It’s entering the social networking world in a big way — while LinkedIn isn’t direct competition for Facebook or Twitter, its 433 million members are nothing to sneeze at. The acquisition is also proof positive that Microsoft under Nadella is reducing its dependence on Windows and putting more of an emphasis on cloud services. This is as much about acknowledging a changing computing landscape, where Windows doesn’t necessarily dominate, as it is a bid to become a crucial service provider.