Amazon Turns an “Eye” to Fashion with the Echo Look
Jun19

Amazon Turns an “Eye” to Fashion with the Echo Look

Amazon recently unveiled its first Echo device with a built-in camera called the Echo Look. It’s wasn’t geared toward home security. It wasn’t focused on video communication. Instead, it surprised many pundits by being focused on fashion. The Look lets people take full-length photos of their outfits by simply saying, “Alexa, take a picture”. It can also take a short video as you twirl around to show your outfit from every angle....

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Digital Assistants Becoming Ubiquitous
Jun08

Digital Assistants Becoming Ubiquitous

Siri, the first real digital assistant, appeared only six years ago, as a feature in Apple’s iPhone 4S in October of 2011. Since then many others have imitated Siri. Some, like Google Now were limited to smart phones and were not very good. But in 2015 Amazon broke through with the release of the voice activated Amazon Echo, an outstanding dedicated free-standing device and home automation hub. Since 2015, the competition has really...

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Amazon Echo & Google Home Battle for Your Home
May15

Amazon Echo & Google Home Battle for Your Home

Two giants are battling for your home. Both Amazon Echo and Google Home want to be the device that you use at home to answer questions, play music, and control all of your household devices. They are both are very easy to set up and very similar in their capabilities. Each listens for their trigger word, respond to your orders, requests, and questions. There are, however, some major differences. Here are just a few that you should...

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Sony H.ear Go — A Speaker with Great Connectivity
Apr24

Sony H.ear Go — A Speaker with Great Connectivity

There are many wireless speakers on the market today. In choosing one you must look at the portability, build quality, connectivity, and sound quality. With the Sony H.ear Go SRS-HG1 wireless speaker, you can put a checkmark in all four of those boxes. Design & Build Quality Measuring 2.5 by 8.0 by 2.4 inches (HWD) and weighing in at roughly 1.7 pounds, the H.ear Go has good portability. You can easily throw it into a backpack or...

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Harmony Remote Elite Plays Nice with Alexa
Apr13

Harmony Remote Elite Plays Nice with Alexa

Way back in 1950 Zenith released the first remote control for the television. It was called the Lazy Bone. At that time, it was said that by using remote controls we would all become couch potatoes. Instead devices as well as their remote controls proliferated like rabbits. They now are the cause of much frustration and aggravation. We have not become lazy bones because we often still have to jump up just to find the proper remote or...

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Makes It’s Debut
Mar30

Samsung Galaxy S8 Makes It’s Debut

It’s official, after months of guesses and speculations, the details of Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been announced. Many of the revelations about the phones matched what I had predicted, but there were also some pleasant new revelations. Infinity Display The first surprise was what a great job Samsung did on the new screen. It is not only curved like the Galaxy S7 Edge, but there is almost no bezel. Samsung therefore...

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Flic Makes Life as Easy as Pressing a Button
Mar20

Flic Makes Life as Easy as Pressing a Button

In case you haven’t noticed, everyone is trying to find the easiest way to control internet-connected home devices. Voice activated devices like Google Home and the Amazon Echo are extremely popular, but sometimes we crave something more. That’s where the Flic button comes in. If you would like to control home devices, make calls on your cell phone, and even call an Uber with the press of a button, then the Flic button by Shortcut...

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CES 2017 – Major Companies Dominate the Show
Jan11

CES 2017 – Major Companies Dominate the Show

Every year about this time in Las Vegas, more than 150,000 people gather at CES, the largest technology trade show in the world. This year’s CES 2017 had more than 3,800 exhibiting companies. But this year there is a palatable difference in the exhibitors who are excited about new products. As usual there are start-ups, but there are also more big names with breakout products than I ever expected. One example is Whirlpool who...

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Amazon Echo Dot – A Small Device with a Lot of Punch
Jan02

Amazon Echo Dot – A Small Device with a Lot of Punch

They say that good things come in small packages and the Amazon Echo Dot proves that old adage true.  It is a small device, approximately 3 ¼” around and 1 ½” tall. Dot looks like an over-sized hockey puck. It comes in black or white and you can purchase skins to change its looks. Quite simply, the Dot is a small digital device that packs a lot into its small footprint. If you are aware of the Amazon Echo, which answers to the name...

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Top Tech Devices from 2016
Jan01

Top Tech Devices from 2016

High tech products just keep getting better and better. This year was an especially wonderful year for impressive devices of all different types. So here are just a few of the most popular tech devices from 2016. Smartphones, very popular tech devices, reached a peak this year with three different manufacturer’s offering their best phones ever: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge The Samsung Galaxy S7’s have great OLED screens. The larger...

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