Posted on January 16th, 2017 by Joy Schwabach
We’re going to talk some more about the digital assistants put out by Amazon and Google. Those would be the Amazon “Echo” and Google “Home.” They are small, relatively cheap (from $50 to $129), and they answer questions and do requests. This is the future. Essentially what we have are two devices that listen to what you have to say — with sometimes less accuracy than you would expect — and then respond. They can play music, occasionally with nonsensical results, and respond to more direct questions, such as “how many calories are there in an apple?” This is all new stuff, the edge of wedge if you will. It’s potentially an encyclopedia on your end table, along with lectures, […]
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Posted on January 2nd, 2017 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Topics: the new Chromebook, 3D art and photos, glamorous camping, news, tech tips.
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Posted on November 21st, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Google Home plays music, brings you news, puts videos on your TV and answers questions. “Internuts:” (interesting websites) include Lighter.world and a site for writers.
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Posted on October 17th, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Topics: Finding your car, looking out for bogus email, sharing your opinions, and Google Now.
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Posted on October 10th, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Virtual reality, a cooking app that speaks to you, and a new Google assistant in your text messaging window.
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Posted on October 3rd, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Get info about your local hospitals and nursing homes, see what they’re good and bad at. A “411” info app for your iPhone. A new photo editing program and more.
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Posted on August 15th, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Five topics: Getting Better Directions, Better Searching with Google Chrome, Fun Doggy website, Political website tells you which candidate you’re most like, What Cortana can do
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Posted on June 27th, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
We love our cell phone service from Google’s new “Project Fi.” It only works with Google Nexus phones, but if you get one, your bill might be as low as $25 a month with tax. Now they’re expanding it. Google Fi currently works with three phone carriers. If the signal is strongest from T-Mobile, for example, that’s who they’ll connect to. If Sprint is better, you’ll be using Sprint. They’ve recently added U.S. Cellular. A Google Fi account gives you unlimited text and phone calls for $20 a month. Each gigabyte of data (which is what you use up when you’re on the Web and all those words and pictures come in), is $10. But you get money back if […]
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Posted on May 31st, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“Google Translate” is a free app for Android and iPhones, that can now translate 52 languages, whether you are online or off. For example: We tapped the microphone icon, then tapped “Spanish,” and said “Where is the bus station?” A voice from the phone then immediately said “Donde esta la estacio del bus?” If the person you directed this to, spoke the answer into the phone’s microphone, the phone would translate their answer into English. Joy tried Indonesian because she’s reading “Tales of a Female Nomad,” and the nomad spent most of her time there. The app solves the worst problem with the old method of using foreign language phrase books: There’s usually little trouble in speaking the phrase […]
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Posted on April 18th, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Less than five percent of Android phone owners have the new “Marshmallow” operating system. A third have the previous version, Lollipop. the rest are so far back the operating systems were written on stone tablets.
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