Gadgets

Listen to all the latest audio news on the newest cool tech: flexible phones, fiddly gizmos, technical widgets and more, aired on leading talk radio shows and premium podcasts.

A highlight from Spotify Wrapped is here!

Talking Tech

04:57 min | 5 d ago

A highlight from Spotify Wrapped is here!

"Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes. One brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Happy Thursday listeners, it's Bret Molina. Welcome back to talking tech. If you're a subscriber to Spotify, one of the coolest features that they have put out each year at the end of the year is Spotify rap. It is a quick look at top songs you streamed on the service in the top artists that you streamed through the platform. It's back again for 2021. On Wednesday, Spotify introduced Spotify wrapped. I wrote about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. If you've never used Spotify before or maybe you just signed up for it like a few months ago and you never knew what Spotify rap was, here's what it's like. You'll go to the app and when you go to the app, you'll see this big section for Spotify wrapped. And what it does is it takes a look back at the artists that you stream the most. The songs you stream the most, as well as the podcasts you enjoyed the most. It's a feature that's available on Spotify app for iOS and Android. And you can also see some of the stuff on the web. We'll talk about that in a minute. When you click on the rap feature, it actually has a story and it runs like SnapChat or Instagram story that you'll see on social media. And it'll show you information such as the minutes streaming songs and then it'll get into your top 5 artists this year and your top 5 songs of this year. Once the story wraps up, you'll get to the end of this story and you'll be able to share these lists. So if you want to share your top artists with other folks on social media or just through text, minutes listen to whatever you want to share, you can share that kind of stuff. There are a couple of new wrinkles this year, the sharing part they've added these new cards that basically make it easier for anyone to share. And also through the stories you can share any slide at any time. And they've done some different slides as well, which we'll talk about in a sec. So you can do all that. The other thing you can do too is they've tried to take the data that you have accumulated through your listening. And try to present it to you in some creative and fun ways. There is a feature called 2021 the movie, which what it does is it basically says if there was a movie about you being made in 2021, this would be the soundtrack. And so it might take a song from your playlist or a song that you stream the most and say, this is the title track for the movie. Here's the song that would play during a scene. There was one I think where it said something like, here's the song that would play if you're professing your love for someone in The Rain. So just taking these funny movie moments and matching them to a song that you really enjoyed on Spotify that year. There's also one called an audio aura and what it does is it displays this colorful visual and it's supposed to be based on your music moods. So it'll take everything you've listened to over the past year and it'll assemble it into these different moods just to give a sense for where your head was at. In terms of your music listening for the year and this story is available just on the app. You can access some of this stuff on the browser as well. But it's mostly the playlists. So the other thing that happens as well is Spotify puts together playlists of your top songs from 2021 and then the same thing with your artist. It'll take collections of music from various artists that you really loved that year. And it'll put it all together in one nice playlist. So it's a lot of fun. Again, I enjoy, I enjoy it a lot. It's funny too because I share my Spotify count with my oldest child. And so our musical tastes are obviously very different. And so it's just funny to see how skewed she makes my Spotify wrap list because you know it'll be a mix of there's this 90s alternative music in there and then we throw in Taylor Swift or we throw in Olivia Rodrigo. So someone seeing my Spotify might be like, wow, you have a very eclectic ear and when it comes to the music you like, but it's really just no, I just share it with one of my kids, so there we go. I wish I could take the credit for it, but unfortunately I can't. But again, if you have Spotify, it's a really fun feature. If you don't have Spotify, you're considering it. Again, it's a once a year thing, but it's still fun. It's part of it's one of the things that makes Spotify really fun and enjoyable as a subscription. So if you haven't checked it out yet, I highly advise you to do so now. Listeners, let's hear from you. Do you have any comments? Questions or show ideas? Any tech problems you want us to try to address? You can find me on Twitter at Bret melina 23. Please don't forget to subscribe and rate us, or leave a review on Apple podcasts, Spotify stitcher. Anywhere you get your podcasts. You've been listening to talking tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world of tech. We get support from ionic shoes.

Bret Molina Spotify SEC Olivia Rodrigo Taylor Swift Bret Melina Twitter Apple
A highlight from Alexa Print in Canada

Voice in Canada

01:37 min | 5 d ago

A highlight from Alexa Print in Canada

"Hello hello, Terry here. Hope you're doing well. It's Thursday. And welcome back to the flash briefing. Today I want to tell you about something that was recently announced as well from the Amazon team. Very interesting. This is the ability to use your Lexi devices or your Lexi app for that matter to print out things. Now, this has been available in the United States for a while. But as of November 18th, Amazon announced the launch of a service called Lexi print in Canada and what this is is a way to print your lists, your recipes, games, educational content using voice commands. So this works with second generation echo devices or newer and a number of here's the technology terms. Gary, IPP enabled compatible printers. So that includes brands such as HP, brother, canon and epson. So here's how you figure it out. If your printer will work with this new Lexie print function, you simply say Lexi discover my printer. Make sure your printer is on. And if it has to be in any type of pairing mode, then make sure that it is on the pairing mode as well. You can also do the same thing through your Lexi app by going to adding devices. But essentially, the voice command is lexique discover my printer. And once you can do that, and if it pairs, successfully, then you can use it to print out those various things that I talked about. So as always, I'd love your feedback on this. If you've got this function and it's working for you, I'd love to hear how you are using it.

Amazon Terry Lexi Epson United States Canada Gary Canon HP
A highlight from These were Google Play's top apps of 2021

Talking Tech

04:42 min | 6 d ago

A highlight from These were Google Play's top apps of 2021

"Get Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes. One brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Hey there listeners, it's Brett Molina. Welcome back to talking tech. It's the first day of December, which means, of course, we're getting close to Christmas. And all the other holidays that we celebrate. It also means we're gonna get closer to end of the year look back type stuff. Google is already ahead of that. They unveiled the apps of the year on Google Play. I wrote about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. Let's start with the app of the year. According to Google Play, which is the hub for apps that are available for Android devices, their best app of 2021 was balance. It has a 4.7 out of 5 rating on Google Play. It's a personal meditation coach. Where users will answer a series of questions and based off that they'll craft a daily meditation plan that's unique to them. Let's hear from Jesse pickard, who is the founder and CEO at elevate labs. This is the studio that creates balance. Quote, no two people are the same, and we wanted to create a personalized mental wellness program that could reflect and support those special differences. And it's also available on iPhones too. So if you have an iPhone, you want to check it out, it's available in apple's App Store. I am sure, obviously, with everything going on with pandemic and just all this stuff, a lot of apps like balance, I calm is another one that jumps out. I am sure a lot of these meditation apps have grown in popularity as people are just looking for opportunities to relax and meditate. Find some moments of peace in the chaos that is pandemic and goodness knows what else is going on. Let's go to games now. In games, Google plays best game in 2021 was Pokémon unite. The game, the company says that dynamic gameplay and cross platform experience are why they chose this game. The way the game works, it has players put together teams of 5 Pokémon creatures and they band together and they compete in a series of online battles with other players who have their own teams. So it's like 5 or 5 kind of thing. I've had a chance to check it out. I still have Pokémon go on my phone and I still pop in there from time to time just to check it out, see what's new. But I'll have to check this out. This looks like a really fun game. I've always been a fan of the Pokémon games, so I think it's worth giving it a shot. Users have to vote on this too. The top app according to Google Play users was Paramount plus. The new streaming service from Viacom CBS that launched earlier this year, it's got a lot of programming, obviously from Paramount and from CBS, but it's also got stuff like Nickelodeon MTV, all those different networks that are within Viacom. The top game, according to users on Google Play, was Garena Free Fire max, I apologize in advance if I'm not pronouncing that correctly. It's a battle Royale game, similar to Fortnite, where 50 players drop on an island and they compete to be the last one standing. So there you go. Those are the top apps on Google Play, according to according to both Google and according to Andrew users. Obviously apple is going to chime in as well because as you know, every year they come out with their app of the year and their game of the year to highlight what's going on in the App Store, we'll have you covered on that front as well. Be sure to visit tech USA Today dot com for the latest on that. Listeners, let's hear from you. Do you have any comments questions or show ideas? Any tech problems you want us to try to address? If you're an Android phone owner, what's been your app of the year or your game of the year? Let me know on Twitter at Bretman in 23. And for the record, I read all these messages that you sent me on Twitter. Shout out to listener Russ Larkin, who reached out in response to our episode recently on what to do if you lose your smartphone. He chimed in with a really great tip. Let me read it to you right now. Quote, a technique I use is I edit my lock screen photo so that it shows a different contact phone number and my email address. Anyone can see it without unlocking the phone. That's actually a really smart idea to have that as a backup. So yeah, if you lose your phone, anyone has to do is pick it up. They see the lock screen, they see a contact in an email, and they can find you right away. Russ, great thinking, I might have to consider that myself. That's a really smart idea. And like I said, I read all these messages. So please send them away. Don't forget to subscribe and rate us, or leave a review on Apple podcasts, Spotify stitcher. Anywhere you

Google Brett Molina Jesse Pickard Elevate Labs Viacom App Store Paramount CBS Apple Nickelodeon Russ Larkin MTV Twitter Andrew Russ
A highlight from In-call Video Effects for Alexa

Voice in Canada

01:08 min | 6 d ago

A highlight from In-call Video Effects for Alexa

"Hey there, Terry here. It is Wednesday and I've got a fun little bit of information for you today. On November 9th, Amazon actually introduced a new video calling feature for the echo show devices that uses in call video effects. So what does that mean? It means that when you are on a video call using your echo show or your Lexi app for that matter, you can turn on augmented reality effects and animated emoji reactions. So what you do is when you are on that call, you can tap on the on screen effects button and that will bring up the augmented reality effects and filters. Then you can use, or you can also tap the smiley face icon, and that will deliver short animated reactions, hearts, laugh, confetti, laughs, confetti, and so on. So there you go, if you haven't tried that, experiment a little bit with the echo Lexi video calling. And you might have a lot of fun with that. So there you go. Have fun. And

Terry Amazon
A highlight from Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Talking Tech

05:03 min | Last week

A highlight from Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

"Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes, one brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Hey there listeners, it's prep Molina, welcome back to talking tech. Lots of big news in the world of Twitter. Recall that very first tweet that cofounder Jack Dorsey said, just setting up my Twitter that has kicked off the social media giant and it's helped make it what it is today. More than 15 years after that first tweet, Jack Dorsey, the CEO and cofounder of Twitter is stepping down the company confirmed on Monday. Barack agrawal, who has been with Twitter for more than a decade and has been the company's chief technology officer since 2017 will take over as Twitter's CEO effective immediately. The company said, here's a couple of quick quotes from Dorsey. Quote, I've decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move on from its founders. That is a theme that popped up quite a bit in a note that Dorsey sent to employees, announcing his departure. He shared this on Twitter as well. Here's another quote related to that. Quote, there aren't many companies that get to this level and there aren't many founders that choose their company over their ego. Over their own ego. I know we'll prove this was the right move. A little more background on agrawal, who is taking over as Twitter CEO. He joined as an engineer in 2011. He was named the company's first distinguished engineer for his role on renewing audience growth in 2016 and 2017. Then that year, agrawal was named chief technology officer, where he served ever since. A lot has changed with Twitter in the last few years once dorsi took over if you'll recall, he was serving as CEO of square, which is the digital payment service. He was briefly CEO from May 2007 to October 2008. And he came back on an interim basis in 2015 while they were dealing with a shift in CEO at the time, and then he formally took over permanently in October. Since then we've seen a lot of big changes in Twitter and it's interesting. I did a little bit of research and just looked back to some of the big changes to the platform and it's really interesting to see how different Twitter has become. He was in charge of Twitter when they made changes like, remember when there was a star symbol for the like button now it's a heart that happened under his watch. You'll recall they also lengthen the character count during that time. Twitter was a 140 characters for the longest time and not long after he extended that character count to two 80. Lots of other new features and products and things that they've experimented with and have tried. We saw what they did with fleets, which was their take on SnapChat stories where you could post tweets that disappeared after 24 hours. You saw what they've done now with Twitter spaces, which is their audio product where folks can gather and have conversations on Twitter. So there's lots of stuff that's happened with this platform in the last few years since Dorsey has been in charge. And it's going to be interesting to see how Twitter evolves over the next few months. A few years under this new CEO, you know, Twitter doesn't have the audience that a Facebook or an Instagram does. It is a smaller audience, but it's still impactful. We have a lot of newsmakers that are on Twitter and they announce a lot of big news on Twitter, and that's how Twitter has stayed around for as long as it has is those moments. You know, you don't want to miss that on Twitter. It is also a very good platform for live coverage of anything. Doing anything live in the moment. That's another big positive for tourist. Something that really Facebook and other platforms really haven't cracked. That's something that's been really unique to Twitter. And I think that's why it's thrived. So that's going to be interesting to see over the next few months a few years into this new leadership, how does that evolve? How does that change? And, you know, it'll be really fascinating to watch Twitter and see what kind of changes are in store. Now, as for Dorsey, he is going to stay on Twitter's board until his term expires at the company's 2022 stockholders meeting. And then beyond that, he's out from Twitter. But again, definitely definitely a good run for him as CEO and be interested to see what happens with Twitter here on out. Listeners, let's hear from you. Do you have any comments? Questions or show ideas? Any tech problems you want us to try to address? You can find me on Twitter at Bret melina 23. Please don't forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a review on Apple podcasts, Spotify stitcher anywhere you get your podcasts. You've been listening to talking tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world of tech. We get support from ionic shoes. One thing I've vowed to

Twitter Jack Dorsey Dorsey Barack Agrawal Agrawal Molina Square Facebook Bret Melina Apple
A highlight from myDurham 311 Skill

Voice in Canada

01:44 min | Last week

A highlight from myDurham 311 Skill

"Hello, Terry here. Hope you're doing well. It's Tuesday and I've got a really interesting skill that I want to tell you about today. If you are in the Ontario region or more specifically, if you are in the Durham region. And I hope I pronounced that right, because I'm not Ontario. This region launched the first of its kind smart home voice app in Canada. And I've always thought this is a really great use case for voice apps or for skills. Here is what the deal is all about. So there is a new skill called the my Durham three one one skill. And what it does is it allows people allows you to talk to Lexi and find out information about your region. So for example, elected officials, regional facilities, waste pickup, nearest bus stops, even when to expect the nearest transit bus. And so all you have to do is say Lexi open my Durham three one one and then you are set to go. So give it a try. If you're in that area for sure, give it a try. And like I said at the beginning, I think this is a fantastic use case. I would love to see lots of other government organizations and regions and whatever it is, just create these informational skills that then you can tap into to simply ask those questions that you're wondering about when it comes to getting services and goods in your particular area. I think it's a great great idea. So there you go, give it a shot, and if you've got any feedback for me about it, please feel free to let me know. Just go to Twitter and hit me up, doctor Terry Fisher, DR TRI FIS agar, and I'd love to hear more about your experience with it. All right, talk to you again tomorrow.

Durham Ontario Lexi Terry Canada Terry Fisher FIS Twitter
A highlight from Giving Tuesday: Watch out for charity scams

Talking Tech

04:37 min | Last week

A highlight from Giving Tuesday: Watch out for charity scams

"Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes, one brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Hey there, listeners, happy Monday. It's Bret Molina. Welcome back to talking tech. You have likely recovered from the Thanksgiving weekend. You had Thanksgiving. We had Black Friday. We had small business Saturday. Today we're going to have cyber Monday. If you are done in exhausted by all the splurging between the food and the gifts and the shopping, and you're looking for other ways to spend, you should consider consider excuse me. Maybe donating. Tomorrow is giving Tuesday, which always takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is an event that launched in 2012 as a way for people to find ways to give their time and money to charitable causes. The idea is, you know, spending all this money on your family or yourselves, through all these different sales, like Black Friday and cyber Monday, giving Tuesday is kind of that opportunity to give back to others. A recent report on giving Tuesday found that people donated nearly $2.5 billion in the U.S. last year. So it's become a very big thing. Although shopping and donating are obviously different practices and different ways to use your money. They do have one thing in common, they are prime targets for scammers. I write about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. How to avoid scams when you're making donations on giving Tuesday. A lot of the practices and processes that you see in shopping scams, you might get an email or a text or a phone call that is saying, hey, there's this great deal here, or you can save money here, just click on this link and put in your info. The same practices apply to charitable causes, where scammers will pretend to be an organization that is soliciting donations. And especially during the holiday season is obviously when it's the most common to see these types of scams. There are fortunately, ways that you can protect yourself and a lot of the expert advice is very similar to what you might see if you encounter a shopping scam. So here's what you should do if you come across something come across an email or a text or just any kind of correspondence asking you to donate money. The first step, and the first thing to know is be wary if the organization asks for things like gift cards, or if they ask you to wire money, in some cases, even if they ask you directly for cash in most of those cases, a lot of the bigger organizations don't come out that upfront and ask for that. They certainly will not ask you for gift cards or ask you to wire them money. So if you ever see any kind of message that suggests that or someone's on the phone asking you, do you want to donate just wire money or get these gift cards? Just hang up, delete the email, delete the text message and move on. The next step to take is really take your time when choosing where to donate. There's no reason to rush. You might get messages that say donate now for this great offer. Or you might get some incredible perk for donating. You don't need to do that right away. The better business bureau, really advises people that responsible organizations are going to take whatever your donation is, whether you give it to them that day, tomorrow in a week. There's no reason for you to hurry. You don't, you know, giving Tuesday, obviously is a great time to donate. But if you want to take your time before you decide the organization, take your time. There's absolutely no reason to hurry. The third and final piece of advice is do your research. That's probably the most important thing. A lot of organizations have their own websites. They share a lot of details like the mission, also some of the results they've achieved through their donations. So it's something to look at really closely before you make a donation. You can take it a step further too. The better business bureau allows consumers to search organizations to determine how valid they are if they're legit, the bureau also suggests visiting the website for the national association of state charity officials a lot of charities have to register in states before they can solicit so you can look up a charity on that website. You can also go to the Internal Revenue Service. They have a website for tax exempt organizations so you can look up a charity there and just confirm that, yes, they are real. They are tax exempt. They are recognized by the IRS. And in fact, one of the

Bret Molina U.S. National Association Of State IRS
Best Buy Cyber Monday sale: Our favorite tech deals you can shop right now

Voice in Canada

01:20 min | Last week

Best Buy Cyber Monday sale: Our favorite tech deals you can shop right now

"Well, hey there, Terry here. It is Monday and it's cyber Monday. So sales are still there to be had. By the way, if you've used my affiliate link for Black Friday sales, thanks so much. I just want to go through a couple of other sales today. Now, if you missed the Black Friday sales, don't worry because they are still going on. I'm not going to go through all those same sales today. Needless to say there are lots and lots of great deals on the echo devices, in particular, the echo dot and the echo are very greatly discounted. In fact, you get the echo dot for 35 bucks instead of 70 and it includes a smart color lightbulb. And the echo is 80 instead of a 130, and it also includes a smart lightbulb. Now let's get into some of the other deals as well. So if you are looking at getting some type of fire TV a device, then let me tell you about these. The fire TV stick light is 25 instead of 50. The fire TV stick is 30 instead of 60. The fire TV stick four K is 35 instead of 70. The fire TV stick four K max, which includes Wi-Fi 6 support is 15 instead of 75 and the fire TV cube is a hundred instead of a 150. Of course, all of these are controlled by Lexi. In addition, there are tons of

Terry Lexi
A highlight from Leo Laporte - The Tech Guy: 1848

The Tech Guy

04:17 min | Last week

A highlight from Leo Laporte - The Tech Guy: 1848

"Laporte here. I'm your tech guy for you for your meal tonight. 88 88 ask Leo is my phone number. Here's where we talk about all things tech. Well, PCs or Macs, Linux, we also talk about we talk about laptops, desktops. Smartphones, of course, smart watch as they go along with the smartphones. We could talk about all of the various gizmos and gadgets in your life that have chips in them, which is pretty much as we're learning thanks to the chip shortage, everything. Everything. You can't you can't buy a car. You can't you can't buy a refrigerator. I'm still waiting for a stove top. It's just it's all in short supply. The good news, though. Of course, and it's interesting to watch this happen. It's just economics, you know? Because chips are in short supply. Chip companies are going, we got to make more chips. You know, it's not that they're it's not that they're making fewer. It's just the demand is huge. And so the chip companies are doubling their build out because they're building chip factories everywhere. Samsung just announced yet another plant in the United States and Taylor Texas, $17 billion to build a chip plant. In fact, globally chip makers are projected to spend about 50% more than before the pandemic and twice as much as they did 5 years ago, a $146 billion. This year, the people who make the chips because they see this demand. Now, you know what that means? Probably. In a couple of years, all of a sudden all these factories are going to come online and there's going to be a glut, which is good. I hope there's going to be a glut because that means prices will tumble, right? When there's an excess supply now maybe demand a double too, though, you know, that's part of the problem. Demand, people are buying more and more stuff with chips in it. I always say I'll talk about augmented reality. That's almost a joke, you know, when I say we talk about augmented reality virtual reality, real reality. It's because there's not much augmented reality out there. What you've seen VR. We've all seen that. That's like the Oculus rift to the quest to the HTC 5. Those are those visors. You put over your head. They've got two screens in them very close to your eyes. They're tied into a computer or sometimes they have a computer built in as in the case of the quest. And you move your head, the quest, these devices know that your head is moving. So they change the view. You look to the left. The view slides the left look to the right view slides to the right. So it's as if you're in this virtual reality space. Mostly used for gaming, you could use it for other things. There's some movie theaters that you can watch a movie on a screen, and you can see other people there so you can look around and see these seats. I don't know why you'd want to do that, but okay. People do do that. But mostly it's gaming. Augmented reality is a little bit different. Because augmented reality you still are looking at the world, and there are a couple of ways to do that. You could do it in glasses that you could see the world, but they display on top of the world a heads up display, if you will, information. So imagine you're wearing a pair of glasses you're looking down Main Street USA and you see little pop ups to the left and right, with each store and maybe they maybe you've told the glasses you're looking for dungarees and it would show the stores that have dungarees and the prices that kind of thing. Augmented, their augmenting their adding to existing reality. Another way to do it is to take the traditional VR glasses, goggles. You know, where you can't see through them, and add cameras to the front so that on the screens you can project the world around you. They might actually be an easier solution. It looks dorkier because you've got to have these big helmet on or visor on. But as you're walking around, you don't want to run into walls because you can see. And by the way, they're getting close to that.

Taylor Texas Laporte LEO Samsung USA HTC
A highlight from 616: The Quality Will be Ensured, with Daniel Jalkut

Mac Power Users

04:56 min | Last week

A highlight from 616: The Quality Will be Ensured, with Daniel Jalkut

"My friend and yours, mister David sparks. Hey Steven, how are you feeling? Better. Better. Look, I think 90%. Did you just hear the Siri went off in my room when I said hey Steven? Yeah, that's awesome. Thank you, Apple. Yeah. I keep the homepods in my studio where they don't listen. So it doesn't accidentally happen, but on occasion, I'll forget that. And I'll be working on something like I've been building these frames for some acoustic paneling. And I'll be like, I'll yell out, like, hey, voice assistant play some music and then I just don't do anything because I've told them to not listen to have to go over and press the top. You can't win either way, is what I'm saying. I think it's funny that we all just decided to stop asking Apple to give us the option to change the call phrase. That was a thing for a long time and now everybody just we've all surrendered. We're like, okay, well, I guess I'll just never use the word hay again, except when talking to this digital assistant. Anyway, why? That's a downer to start the show on. But hey, we got a guess here. Welcome to the show. Did Daniel jacket? Hey, thanks for having me. Yeah, Daniel, I am here to apologize to you. It's been, it has been almost ten years since you've been on the show. What in the heck, man? I think it's Steven spiel. I kept saying like 5 years ago, I'm like, we gotta get Daniel back on and Steven's like, nope, can't have that guy. Yeah, it seems like I was on a lot more often before Stephen King came around. Yeah. Yeah, I think so. Well, we all understand this. Daniel is in the community. He podcasts, he creates applications. He used to work for Apple, and he is a Mac power user, and we are so happy to have you back. Awesome to be back in the eye as he said, it's actually if we would have waited until February of 2022, it would be I think with no march, march of 2022 would be ten years exactly. So we got in under the wire. We're going to keep it let's keep my visits to at least every ten years. Well, it's going to be much more than that because you have so much great stuff to share when you're doing our prep call. I'm like, how did we not get Daniel back sooner? So much good information regardless. But hey, you know what? We all make mistakes, so we just get involved. You are forgiven. We gotta turn the page. The a couple things before we get into the show today. Just a few announcements. If you're listening to this on Sunday when we release the episode, there's one day left, I'm doing a you know, just like everybody else, I'm doing one of those sales for Thanksgiving, but I've got a big one. It's 20% off everything in the store. It's Turkey 21 and it's going to expire on Monday after the show publishes. So you're in just under the wire. If you're interested in that. Also, I am speaking at the nonprofit productivity summit. And it's a really great list of speakers, Mike Vardy, David Allen, some other folk. And it's about getting more productive when you run your nonprofit. But I think actually a lot of great content in there, even if you're running a for profit company. So go check it out, and we'll put a link in the show notes, but it's nonprofit productive dot com. And if you get to that website, you'll find the summit and you can log in for it there. And on more power users today, we are going deep on cooking. Sometimes it's bratwurst, but today gang, it's pizza. Daniel is a, can I say you're a semi professional pizza maker? You may not, but you may say that I am a semi confident pizza maker. I feel like when, you know, when Italians see Daniel walking down the street, they bow down to him to say you are the greatest pizza maker. Something like that. Hasn't happened yet, but, you know. Either way. When you take a nerd and give them some sort of cooking task, it always has interesting results. And we're going to get into that today more power users. So I'm looking forward to that. Awesome. David, you reminded me, you know, people know we record these in advance. And so sometimes I lose track of the timeline and it's happened to me. I also have like a holiday discount thing going on. Well, we do collectively. Yeah. If you go to give relay dot com, we're doing a discount on annual memberships. So if you have somebody in your life that you want to give a membership for a relationship you want to give something to them or you want to send it to your significant other or your parents and they get

Daniel Steven Mister David Sparks Apple Steven Spiel Siri Mike Vardy Stephen King David Allen Turkey David
A highlight from Turn Off Announcements in Other Locations

Voice in Canada

01:35 min | Last week

A highlight from Turn Off Announcements in Other Locations

"Hello, Terry here. Hope you're doing well. It is Sunday, and that means we've got another question from the community. This is a great one. This is sent in by lift. I hope I pronounce your name right. Here's the question. I'm a fairly experienced legacy product user. I have multiple devices and decided to get my mom and dad and echo dot and a fire stick. They're in a different province. So I thought it'd be fun for the kids to drop in on them. Anyway, we used the announcements a lot in our home and I could not figure out how to stop the announcements from going to their fire TV stick. I found out how to stop it from going to their echo dot, but the fire TV stick is stumping me. So the answer thank you very, very much to member in our community, as always, Pete helped to answer this. And Pete said, firstly, I would have created a separate account for them as they're in a physically separate location. And used Lexi calling rather than dropping. So that's what Pete suggests. And I think that does make a lot of sense. However, those preferences aside, in the Lexi app, devices page the little icon at the bottom of the home screen you'll see devices. And then you can select all devices. And then you can search for the fire TV, then you click on the communications option and you can toggle off the announcements there. And then the announcements will not be made over that particular device. And of course, you can do that for other devices as well. So I hope that's helpful to lots of people. It's a great question. Thank you. Thank you, Pete, really appreciate both the question and the answer. And I hope you're all doing well. Tomorrow I'll be back with some cyber Monday sales as well. So enjoy the rest

Pete Terry Lexi
A highlight from Leo Laporte - The Tech Guy: 1847

The Tech Guy

04:45 min | Last week

A highlight from Leo Laporte - The Tech Guy: 1847

"Rigmarole surrounding the world of technology, anything with a chip in it. This is a show. It's a safe space. I just want to say. It's a safe space for you if you say an almost everybody who calls says, I don't know, I'm not a I'm not really into this stuff. I just have to use it, so I don't really get it, but what do you think? That's okay. Michael Sargent is here. He is, I don't know. My accomplice, I think. My partner in crime, my partner and tech crime. An expert in all things tech, but especially in iOS and macOS, although we made him buy a Windows machine, so that I can talk about that. Android too. So you're getting there. I am all over the place. Have you seen I don't know, do you watch a lot of TV, Micah? I don't want a whole lot of tea. You don't look like that kind of guy. You look like a YouTube kind of guy. I've been watching the football games, because you know, Thanksgiving, you can watch three games in a row. Oh my gosh. Lots of ads for meta, the new Facebook. Really? And there's two categories of ads. And I'm really wondering who these are who these are for. The first category is I think to influence politics, they bring on various people in the Facebook family who do things like content moderation and they show pictures of their family and then they say, and what do you think? And then they spout the Mark Zuckerberg line, we need more government regulation. This is a hard job. And people might go, oh yeah, I thought Facebook was against government. I thought they didn't like the idea of getting regulated. Well, they don't. But what they want is the kind of regulations that they can reasonably without a huge cost adhere to, but no one's starting out in the business could possibly adhere to. There's a term for it. I don't even know what it means. I don't know why this is the term regulatory capture. But the idea is we're going to we're going to get Congress to do something our government to regulate in a way that is good for us, but bad for anybody else. Investopedia says regulatory capture is the economic theory that regulatory agencies may come to be dominated by the interests they regulate and not by the public interest. And really, what Facebook is trying to do with these ads is to convince you that it's a good thing for Congress to pass some laws about content moderation and stuff laws that a big company like Facebook could afford to do, but if you're starting up the next Facebook, because the thing that terrifies Facebook's not government. Because they know government needs them for advertising and campaign commercials and stuff. Plus, they give a lot of money to government. So that's not really what scares them or regulation. What really scares them is competition. That's why they bought Instagram in its crib in effect. That's why they bought WhatsApp in its crib because those were threats to Facebook's dominance. So what really scares them is that some young upstarts, some mica sergeants are going to start another social network that's better than Facebook and everybody's going to go, especially the young people because Facebook does not do well with young people. The young people are going to go, oh, that's so good. Let's use that. Forget Facebook. That's where mom and dad and grandpa and grandpa hang out. And so TikTok, for instance, SnapChat, all these things scare Facebook. So that's what those ads are about. In case you're wondering, they're really, they have a very sly and subtle. Message. Yeah, regulate us, please. In such a way, not antitrust. You don't need to do that. Just to regulate us in content moderation, things like that, such a way that Micah Sargent's book can't succeed. Then there's these other ads that are really weird. I don't know if you've seen them. They're like cartoony jungle Tiger prowling in the jungle and you're walking the junk. And I really don't understand this. It's Facebook advertising the metaverse. This idea that you're going to wear I don't know an Oculus or you're going to Jack in the back of your head to a giant cable or something that's going to put you in this imaginary world is better than the real world that you're just going to want to live in, of course, by Facebook. And it seems a little premature. I'm just saying, these meta ads like this is not around the corner. I guess it would be like seeing an ad for Tesla saying someday. Your car will look like a living room and you can just ride inside.

Facebook Michael Sargent Investopedia Micah Mark Zuckerberg Whatsapp Congress Youtube Football Instagram Micah Sargent Jack Tesla
A highlight from New to cryptocurrency? Know these terms

Talking Tech

05:24 min | Last week

A highlight from New to cryptocurrency? Know these terms

"Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes, one brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Hey there, listeners, it's Brett Molina, welcome back to talking tech. So you've likely heard about Bitcoin. You've likely heard about cryptocurrency. You've likely heard about NFTs. I'm sure, though, as you've heard these words, there are some of you out there that still are completely confused by this whole world. And what all this means and how it works, trading in Bitcoin and exchange for you to real money and there's a zillion questions about it. Thankfully, my colleague, Kim commando, wrote a column about this. You can read her column on tech USA Today dot com. It's called ten cryptocurrency terms people use every day. We'll share a couple here. It's a very volatile world, obviously, is Kim explains. It also can be really confusing, and especially if you're someone that's looking to invest in cryptocurrency or invest in Bitcoin, it's important to know the most common language and words that are used there, just to get a better sense of what you're getting yourself into, especially as you start to invest in stuff like Bitcoin. So we're going to talk over a couple of the terms here. We won't get too deep into it. You can read the rest of the terms that Kim suggests in her column. Let's start with blockchain. So a blockchain is essentially a virtual ledger. Anytime someone buys or sells using a cryptocurrency like a Bitcoin, an entry is made on this virtual ledger. Kim describes it as like a series of box cars on a train. So anytime there is a transaction made another box car gets added to the train. One of the benefits of the blockchain is that it's decentralized. There's no one central group or organization that stores and controls this information. It's spread out on computers all over the world. That are accessible on the Internet. So because of that, you know, a lot of experts I've talked to for previous stories have discussed how it can be a lot more secure because there are so many different this network is so big and there's so many other different computers involved that it's tougher for someone to go in and make changes and like say hack into this blockchain and change things so that, you know, Bitcoin is transferred over somewhere where it shouldn't be. The next term that she brings up is Fiat, and as she mentions, no, it's not the car. Fiat money is government issued currency. So you might hear that a lot when people are talking about cryptocurrency and they'll talk about Fiat currency. So Fiat currency is basically the money we use every day. So in the U.S., dollars coins, all that stuff, that is Fiat currency. Let's do one more term that she talks about. And this is one that you've probably heard quite a bit. It's when we've talked about here, it's NFT. It's stands for non fungible token. It is essentially a digital certificate that basically authenticates a digital item that you've purchased online. It can apply to anything. It can apply to online artwork. You've probably heard this a lot with a lot of artists who are using NFTs to create digital art and they sell their art using these non fungible tokens to authenticate their piece as they sell it. But it applies beyond that. It goes for songs. It goes for viral videos. It goes for articles that goes for even gifts. It's collectible. That's really the biggest appeal with the NFT. Kim points this out. It's like you collect baseball cards. You collect comic books, you collect vintage cars. It's kind of the same thing, but it's all digital. And you use cryptocurrency to buy NFTs. That's the main platform for acquiring them. What makes it interesting and I think for some people confusing is that there's no tangible piece that you're holding in your hands. And I think that's why a lot of people rightfully so are hesitant to invest in NFTs because there is no physical property, you know, with baseball cards, you have a physical card. With a vintage car you have an actual car, maybe sitting in a garage or driveway or on the street or wherever. With NFTs, it's all digital. So it's there for you sitting somewhere and but you you own it and you have this NFT that proves it. So those are a couple of the terms that Kim lays out. Again, she has ten of these so you can read more about cryptocurrency and a lot of the terms that are popular among cryptocurrency on tech USA Today dot com. Listeners, let's hear from you. Do you have any comments questions or show ideas? Any check problems you want us to try to address. You can find me on Twitter at Brooklyn in 23. Please don't forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a review on Apple podcasts, Spotify stitcher. Anywhere you get your podcasts. You've been listening to talking tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit for the world attack. We get support from ionic shoes. One thing I've vowed to

Fiat KIM Brett Molina Kim Commando Bitcoin Blockchain Baseball U.S. Brooklyn Twitter Apple
A highlight from Happy Chanukah 2021

Voice in Canada

01:02 min | Last week

A highlight from Happy Chanukah 2021

"Hello hello, Terry Fisher here with your flash beeping for Saturday. As you know on Saturday, we like to cover different things that you can say to legacy and with starting early next week. I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some things that you can say to Lexi. So for those of you that celebrate, first of all, happy hanukah. And let's get right to it. You can say just that, Lexi, happy hanuka and she'll give you a quick greeting. You can also say Lexi spin the dreidel. You can say, tell me a Hanukkah joke. And here's what I think it's kind of fun. You can actually say Lexi sing me a Hanukkah song. And she's got you covered. So there you go a couple of fun fun things to get you in the mood for the holiday. Again, if you are celebrating hanukah, then happy hunk, all the best next week. And for those of you that don't well, check out some of these commands, particularly that last one. Lexi singing me Hanukkah because it's a lot of fun, and she's got a great tune. So there you go. Have fun and I will talk to you again tomorrow.

Lexi Terry Fisher Hanuka
A highlight from Talking Dimensity 9000 and Pentonic 2000 with Mediatek!

Pocketnow Weekly Podcast

01:00 min | Last week

A highlight from Talking Dimensity 9000 and Pentonic 2000 with Mediatek!

"Your host Joshua Vergara. What's going on, everybody? Jaime and I are together on this episode, but this is actually an interview with a couple of people from media tech. If you haven't been following us for the last week or so, you know that we went to the media tech summit, where we got a number of announcements for processors that are across many different categories of tech. Not only the density 9000 for mobile, but also the pentatonic 2000 for smart televisions, and those are the things that we talk about in this interview. We have the vice president of corporate marketing, doctor finbar moynihan, who's here to talk a little bit more generally about the brand, but of course give us some insight into the density 9000 and the grander strategy behind these processors for these multiple forms of tech. And then we also have Alfred Chan, the vice president of product marketing of the TV business unit. He's here to talk about smart TVs and how the pentatonic 2000 is really going to bring some high end experiences to the smart TV market. Very exciting stuff, especially what that smart TV SOC. It's pretty awesome that we get

Joshua Vergara Finbar Moynihan Jaime Alfred Chan
A highlight from Apple delays launch of driver's licenses on iPhones

Talking Tech

04:54 min | Last week

A highlight from Apple delays launch of driver's licenses on iPhones

"Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes, one brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Hey there listeners, it's Brett Molina. Welcome back to talking tech. So remember we talked about the apple feature that was coming to the wallet app, where it would allow iPhone owners to keep their driver's license or their ID card on their smartphone. Turns out that feature is going to get delayed. According to the website for iOS 15, apple notes that the ability to add ID cards to its wallet app for iPhones will launch in early 2022. You'll recall when the feature was introduced earlier this year during the company's worldwide developers conference, Apple revealed the feature would launch later this year. In September, Apple revealed the first 8 states that would support the wallet ID feature, they said they would first debut in Arizona and Georgia, and then it would follow by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah. So basically the way it works is you add your driver's license or your identification card to the wallet app as you would anything else, like a Starbucks card or a card for Apple Pay, it would live in your wallet. The goal of it was to use it for travel, so say you're at the airport and you were at a security checkpoint, you were able to quickly pull up your wallet pull up your ID. It has a QR code, and you could go through security checkpoints and lanes more quickly in that form. It's when a several features that Apple has planned for the wallet app on iPhones, among them, you can hold digital house keys. You can have the keys to your car there. You can even have workplace badges to enter buildings. These are all features that are expected and that Apple had planned to release within the next year or so. ISO kind of stand by where I was originally I, if you'll recall, I recorded a podcast a while back about how I wasn't ready to use the Apple wallet for my ID. I feel like I already have a ton of information on my iPhone. It just feels like one more important piece of information that Apple now has. And I just wasn't ready for it. I'm not ready for it. And I understand that there are security measures you can take, say you lose your phone, you can do a remote wipe or you can do things to erase your phone if say you lose it. And you have all that information there. I think it's just more of a comfort level for me. I am not ready to give that much personal info to Apple. I just feel like that's a lot. And frankly, this goes for any tech company, it's not just Apple. Just being more guarded with the data that you share there. And, you know, it's something I'm not really ready for yet. The other, you know, the other issue I wonder about too is, you know, how this works legally and things like that, you know, when you have a driver's license on your phone, how does that all play out in legal purposes? You know, apple is presented a case where it's great for travel and things like that. How does use of this ID or driver's license on your phone expand beyond that? That's what's going to be interesting to hear about as these licenses roll out. Again, Apple said that they're planning to launch this feature early next year and it sounds like those handful of states they talked about in September will be among the first to get that. Listeners, let's hear from you. Do you have any comments? Questions or show ideas? Any tech problems you want us to try to address. You can find me on Twitter at Bretman the 23. Please don't forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a review on Apple podcasts, Spotify stitcher. Anywhere you get your podcast. And don't forget to subscribe to the talking tech newsletter. It comes out every Thursday. Visit newsletters USA Today dot com to subscribe. You've been listening to talking tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world of tech. We get support from ionic shoes. One thing I've vowed to stop doing this year, sacrificing comfort for style when it comes to footwear, wearing bionic shoes means I get the best of both worlds, full support and a great looking shoe from work ready to casual to active plus styles for both men and women, ionic covers all your footwear needs, empowering you to live your best life from the ground up. You see what makes bionic unique is their integration of biomechanics, the scientific study of human movement in two podiatrists developed footbeds that deliver the brand's signature three zone comfort. Ionic shoes are clinically proven to help with plantar fasciitis and heal pain. Check them out at bionic shoes dot com. Right now get a 30 day wear test to dry your purchase out. There's nothing to lose, exchange or return for a full refund within 30 days, even if you've worn them outside. Plus, enjoy free shipping on ionic shoes dot com with promo code talking, experience ionic, the most supportive shoes ever. Ionic shoes dot com, promo code, talking.

Apple Brett Molina Starbucks Connecticut Kentucky Utah Oklahoma Iowa Maryland Arizona Georgia Usa Today Twitter
A highlight from Black Friday 2021 Deals

Voice in Canada

04:50 min | Last week

A highlight from Black Friday 2021 Deals

"Hey, hey, Terry here. Happy Black Friday. And you know what that means. There are tons of deals do we had on Amazon? And I want to take you through a whole bunch of these. As you may know, I have an affiliate for Amazon. And if you choose to use my affiliate link to purchasing these products, then hey, thanks so much for doing so. I do earn a small commission. But there's no charge to you whatsoever and the experience is exactly the same. You simply go to voice in Canada dot CA slash Amazon and it takes you to the Amazon page. Voice in Canada CA slash Amazon. Okay, let's get right to these deals, because there are a lot of them. All right, we're going to start with the echo show devices. As far as the echo show 5 goes, this is the smaller device. It's normally a hundred bucks, and it's on sale for 60. Now, with this device, and with a lot of the other devices, you'll find that when you go to that particular page, there is an option to purchase the device only, or you can choose with a free color smart bulb. I'd recommend you choose the free color smart bulb. And then, for example, in this case, if you do that, the price for the two of them together would normally be a $122, and it's still $60. So then you're looking at a 50% off deal. So that's pretty good. When we go to the echo show 8, you're going to find a similar deal so you're going to see that the price is normally a 170, and it's on for one O 5. But again, you have the choice of adding on the free color smart bulb, which typically would run you a $192 and you're getting it for a 105. The echo show ten, this is the one that previously was the flagship one, and it does move. This one for whatever reason is not on sale. So I wouldn't recommend buying this one at least not at this time when you can take advantage of some of the other deals. It's on for three 30. Let's move on to the echo show 15. This is the new flagship one. The flat screen one, I spoke about it a little while ago that you can put on your wall or on a stand. This one is three 29, 99, and you do have the option of purchasing it with a free color smart bulb, again, three 29 99, but you get a bulb with it. All right, moving along. The echo dot devices. The I should say the echo spherical devices. The smallest one being the echo dot. This one is on for 50% off. It's $35 instead of 70. And again, you do have the option of purchasing with a free color smart bulbs. That's a really good deal for 35 bucks. You get a smart bulb and the echo dot, which together normally retail for 92. The echo device the larger spherical device larger than the echo dot, but has the same physical appearance. This was normally one 30 and it's on for 80. And again, you have the option of adding in the free color smart bulb if you choose to do so. The echo flex is normally $35. It's on for 20. This is the one that you would plug into a socket and this one, unfortunately does not come with a free ball. It's already quite an inexpensive product for 20 bucks. You can have an echo device plugged into any socket that you want. And then we've got the echo audio, the echo auto, which is $30, normally 70. And so that's a good price if you want to get echo and echo device into your car. And here's an interesting one too. If you have been looking at echo buds, the earbuds with Lexi built in, then these are on sale as well. They're $90, normally a 155, and you can choose to get the one with the wired charging case or with the wireless charging case. They're normally a 180 and they're on for one 15. So there you go. Those are the echo products that are on sale. There are a lot more other products that are on sale, things like the fire TV stick. The fire TV stick four K, the fire TV stick four K max, and the fire TV cube all have really, really great prices as well. In addition, there are deals on the ring doorbells, and they are deals on the eero 6 and the irr pro 6 Wi-Fi mesh routers, which will then allow you to blanket your home in good Wi-Fi so you can use Lexie wherever you want. So you're going to find lots of other deals. Those are the ones that are most relevant to us, the Lexi users, the echo device users and there you go. Hopefully you'll take advantage of those. Let me know if you decide to get something. I'd love to hear what you get, particularly if it's something new that you haven't had before. And I'd love to hear your impression on you. Again, my affiliate link is voice in Canada dot CA slash Amazon, and that will take you directly to the Amazon website, but it will just be tagged with my referral code. So there you go. Voice in Canada. Thanks so much, enjoy your Black Friday, and I'll

Amazon Canada Terry
A highlight from Giving thanks for the Mediatek Summit (Nick Gray, Phandroid)

Pocketnow Weekly Podcast

00:58 sec | Last week

A highlight from Giving thanks for the Mediatek Summit (Nick Gray, Phandroid)

"To the pocket now weekly podcast. I'm your host Joshua Vergara. What's going on everybody? We have Nick gray back on deck, and the two of us recount a trip that we recently took before we recorded this episode, of course, earlier this week, at the media tech summit. And it was at the media tech summit that we got announcement for a lot of different categories of tech. Of course, mobile processors, but also things like smart TVs, which is quite exciting. After all of that, however, we do talk about things that we're thankful for. And if you are celebrating Thanksgiving today, when this episode comes out, I Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. We are grateful that you are with us here on the pocket now weekly podcast kicking it with us every single week. Nick and I talk about things we are thankful for. Not just in the world of tech, but in general for this past year. So come along and if you are recovering from your food coma on this Thanksgiving hopefully we can give you something nice to listen to while you recover. So, enjoy. I am boosted and fluted ladies and gentlemen. I literally

Joshua Vergara Nick Gray Nick Coma
PS4, PS5 Black Friday 2021 deals are live at Amazon and Walmart | EW.com - EW.com

Talking Tech

01:15 min | Last week

PS4, PS5 Black Friday 2021 deals are live at Amazon and Walmart | EW.com - EW.com

"Again a very different holiday season. Black Friday officially started Sunday at some stores, glass Friday at best buying that they have a whole week of deals. So I guess my top vice would be to start shopping early. So we're a little linked there, but there are still plenty of deals to be had. There's still a lot of shopping. This deer is different with the supply chain disruptions. There's limited capacity. Last year, you couldn't find an Xbox and PlayStation. This year is some of the same you'll see the same. They're all the same issues this year as well. So you need to if you really want one of those GameStop might be one of your options, they're opening Thanksgiving, some of their locations. I haven't seen their Black Friday at yet, but last year we had a lot of camp outs at GameStop. So I know with last year on Black Friday, we were still in the middle of a pandemic. And so we saw a lot of retailers shift their deals online and start offering them much earlier. This year with the supply chain issues and things going on with inflation, what is what's going to be different about shopping this Black Friday? Well, I think

Gamestop
A highlight from Happy American Thanksgiving 2021

Voice in Canada

01:02 min | Last week

A highlight from Happy American Thanksgiving 2021

"Well, hey there, it's Terry Fisher here. Hope you're doing well. I want to take this moment. I know it's the American Thanksgiving, but I want to say, thank you to everybody that has listened to the slash briefing. Even one time, I really appreciate the support. So tall you Canadians out there. Thank you so much. We do have a lot of U.S. listeners as well and to all of you. Thank you as well for all of your support. And do you in particular Happy Thanksgiving? Just for a little fun, you can definitely get Lexi into the celebrations and you can simply say Lexi, Happy Thanksgiving and see what she says. And there you go. I'll keep this one short and sweet today. All the best to everyone for a wonderful weekend. And again, my sincere thanks for all of your support. Over the years. And we'll continue to keep this going. All right. One more thing, as it is, Black Friday, tomorrow, stay tuned for the flash briefing tomorrow while I will highlight some of the best deals on Amazon at this time. So there you go, talk to you then.

Terry Fisher Lexi U.S. Amazon
A highlight from TVS with Scot Westwater

Voice in Canada

00:57 sec | Last week

A highlight from TVS with Scot Westwater

"That is being released on The Voice in Canada podcast. By the way, if you don't know where to find that just go to voice in Canada C 8 and you will see a link along the top menu bar that brings you to the different voice casts, which includes this slash briefing and the podcast. On the podcast, we have Scott westwater. He's the CCO of pragmatic digital. He is an expert when it comes to strategy around a voice app skills, actions, et cetera, marketing. He's actually written a book about this. And when you hear the podcast, you will hear just the sense that he has of the state of the voice industry. And so if you have a voice app or you're wondering how to create one or if you're just interested in how to market something like this, you definitely want to check out this podcast. This is Scott westwater. It was a recording of the voice loans to show that he did with myself. And lots of great stuff in there. It's got a great guy and I know that you'll get a ton of this. Head on

Scott Westwater Canada
A highlight from The best games to download while traveling for Thanksgiving

Talking Tech

01:03 min | Last week

A highlight from The best games to download while traveling for Thanksgiving

"Tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes, one brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Either listeners, it's Brett Molina, welcome back to talking tech. It's Thanksgiving eve. We're one day away from getting to enjoy our favorite foods. Maybe sit back and watch football all day. If you're a football fan, maybe you just enjoy the Thanksgiving Day parade that happens in the morning, whatever it is. We're one day away from all that. Now, for some of you, you are probably traveling for Thanksgiving. Which may be mean a few hours in the car or time spent at the airport, wherever it is, you're going to want to find some ways to kind of pass the time as you're waiting to get to your destination. Not to mention when you travel back home. My colleague Mark saltzman writes about this

Brett Molina Football Mark Saltzman
A highlight from The Voicefluencer Show with Scot Westwater

Voice in Canada

05:56 min | Last week

A highlight from The Voicefluencer Show with Scot Westwater

"So if you're going to go that route, it's still very much education and use cases and things like that. But I think there's certainly no shortage of opportunity if you wanted to take the initiative to start building something yourself. Interesting. You touched on a lot there. One of the things that I find quite intriguing is the way that you say that the questions that you're getting have become different. Do you find that you're doing less convincing of people that voices the next big thing and now that they're a better understanding of that, now they are interested in the application of it or I don't know what the questions that you're getting and how are you having those conversations with people first approach you? So it's definitely gone away from, I don't even know what the hell this voice thing and you're talking about is is a voice acting as a voiceovers. You know, IVRs, there's so many, especially in those early days. There is a lot of confusion over the term. I think generally what we're seeing is there isn't awareness. And so people are especially in the marketing community. People are aware that it exists. They're still very in degrees of belief that it is the next big thing with in search or whatever. But I think you definitely have seen that shift go from, what are you even talking about? Again, to how will this impact my business? Where can I use it right now in a meaningful way? Much like what Mark talked about, it's building for the now and for the future, we can't just go through and say, well, in 5 years, this is where it's going to be. They actually want to see an ROI 6 months after it launches. They wanted us actually see something where it's moving the needle for their business. And because of the whole host of factors that are out of our control, there's still a lot of question marks. And quite frankly, I don't think a lot of the larger consulting firms are actually super well versed in it. So they're still talking more about chat bots and chat experiences. So I think generally speaking, there's still a lot of work to be done on just AI, education in general, figuring out where it can best benefit the business. And it could be something as simple as your CRM program and having AI help with subject lines and versions and things like that. All the way through prospecting and selling. There's a lot of those kinds of things. But really looking at voice and AI as how does this mean? How is this going to move the needle for our organization in a meaningful way? Sure. Sure. I don't know if you saw this tweet by brayden, reem the CEO of voice flow. But he tweeted out and said, this may have been a little while ago, but he said, it looks like by the end of the year, they're going to have ten to 15 of the fortune 100 companies using voice flow, which is which is great from just, you know, when I think about that just at face value, but the implication of that where we've got ten to 15 companies now investing in voice in some way or another, does that surprise you or is that kind of the sense that those numbers where you think the market is at or love to hear your comments on that? I mean, it's interesting. So I just know from a lot of conversations that I can't really get into much of that there are a lot of initiatives going on at a lot of organizations. Big and medium sized. I think so I'm not surprised, but I think the bigger challenge that we're seeing is a lot of it is still R and D, a lot of it's still very experimental. Not fully marketed support. So like, you know, we're not driving traffic. We're not really getting the right people there. We're not iterating and evolving it, making it part of the business unit. It's still in a lot of cases treated as a separate silo and all right, let's see what happens if we do this voice thing. So I'm not surprised that ten or 15 large, fortune 100s are investing. I think it would be really interesting to hear the names of all of the brands and organizations that are actually investing. That would be interesting. Again, because of conversations I've had and just anecdotal conversations with other folks in the industry, a lot of the bigger players have initiatives. A lot of times they just haven't talked about it publicly. So yeah, they're usually kind of on the forefront least, at least exploring what's going on with the technology. Yeah. And like point in case McDonald's. And so like McDonald's here in the states is actually done a pilot on an AI automated voice drive-through system. And my town actually the one that's less than a mile from my house happens to be one of the ones that they put it in. Oh well, first to try it out. So we actually very to try and early on. When we heard it was there. And we're like, all right, let's go try it out. And it was definitely had some rough edges. And you can definitely tell that they were trying things out. And at that point, there were still human interventions happening. More recently, I think it was a couple of months ago. We went back. And it's gotten better. But it's still, you know, probably not ready for prime time yet. I know. I know McDonald's is actually working with IBM to scale and bring it out to more markets. So again, I think there's a lot of trial and error, a lot of learning, which is great. I think we just need to get those initial organizations over the hump, so it's more of a mass play. And so that the really trying to solve their business challenges and their consumer needs. And then as more people start doing it, it's going to become second nature. It's like what Susan always says. Early on in her career, she had to convince someone at a very well known brand that you have to put the website on the packaging. In fact, she basically had to justify the Internet and putting a URL on it because no one knew what a URL was. It's the same kind of thing with voice right now. We're still in a lot of the consumer education. We still have to let them know that it exists. We have to tell them why they want to use it and how it's going to make their lives easier.

Brayden Reem Confusion Mcdonald Mark IBM Susan
Microsoft unveils four Surface computers and a new folding phone

The Vergecast

02:05 min | 2 months ago

Microsoft unveils four Surface computers and a new folding phone

"Big surface event panos pumped mega pumped screens folding cameras. Improved walk straight yet. So there was eight devices into an update to the so basically the context of this is mike. Smith has a bunch of new surface devices for windows eleven so they will drop in on october fifth and they also have an android successor for the surfaced u as a substitute so got surfaced. Pyrite which. I think. I wrote before they still announced but this is the kind of one. We've been waiting for years. Kind of minas ov- redesign but some Screen changes and internal changes. Fundable this stuff. So that was kind of expected and then really minor change. The surface pro acts as a wifi modal. That was kind of like okay. Cool that's happening. Then the surface go free again. Might changes Prices up upgrades this stuff. So yeah k- cool. We kind of expected that. As well. And i guess the surprise Surprise we were expecting a new surface book. But it's the surface laptop studio so replace but team that sort of name and like the way they did it but basically it's a complete redesign at the surface book. So gone is the detachable display. Which i guess i didn't like pessina and a faint everyone Questioned is it full. I don't think the surfaced laptops g necessarily has a good answer to who is it for either but the the actual design is essentially if you remember the odor acer laptops with the the screen folds for almost pulls food or hatred. Folio they post on. It is kind of that design. So it's not really like the unique design that you would expect from the surface of us. That's kind of like myself really focused. Previous who has been very unique hinges and stuff is like a kind of unique hinge in that sense for the overall designers. Yeah it's like one of those crazy eight laptops that we saw many years ago just looks a lot better and more refined

Pessina Smith Mike Acer
Xiaomi Unveils Its Own Smart Glasses

Daily Tech Headlines

00:28 sec | 2 months ago

Xiaomi Unveils Its Own Smart Glasses

"Xiaomi plans to launch their own smart glasses challenge facebook's ray band stories powered by a quad core arm processor and running android. The device will take photos with a five megapixel camera and also display notifications messages provide navigation translate texts in real time and even make calls with the wearables built in mike and speakers. All this is expected to weigh fifty one grams slightly heavier than facebook's mark losses and no price or release date has been

Xiaomi Facebook
Apple Facing M1 MacBook Cracked Screen Class-Action Lawsuit

Mac OS Ken

01:20 min | 2 months ago

Apple Facing M1 MacBook Cracked Screen Class-Action Lawsuit

"Have you suffered from a cracked screen on your m one mac folk cold the law offices of mcguachie. Oh and hristo actually. Don't call their offices but do know that they're leading a class action lawsuit over the issue. Apple insider says the suit follows an investigation by the law firm and to easily cracked macbook screens that accuses apple violating various warranty consumer protection and false advertising laws. According to the complaint. These problems often develop while the class. Laptops are closed. Many class laptop owners have reported that they first observed cracking and or display malfunction when opening their devices from close position others reported their screens cracked as they adjusted the screens viewing angle in an ordinary manner. The reasonable consumer would not expect such activity to damage their device. Let alone caused an obscured display and or screen. Crack that impairs the functionality. Oh no the gun. Get sued apple insider says the lawsuit which demands a jury. Trial seeks a declaration that the mac book screens are defective. Various damages to the plaintiffs in class and attorney's fees and costs among other prayers for relief.

Apple
Razer Says Its New Mechanical Keyboards Have ‘Near-Zero’ Input Latency

Geek News Central

01:08 min | 2 months ago

Razer Says Its New Mechanical Keyboards Have ‘Near-Zero’ Input Latency

"Are you a razor keyboard band. Unlike the razer keyboards. I i do. I've got one in the office. I don't game just like the tactile feel of those particular keyboards. Any become the closest to matching the tactile. Feel keyboards that. I've used for years from hp All those keyboards of mine have basically died on the vine but razor says this new mechanical keyboards have a near zero input. Latency for gamers. The huntsman be to his option has optical switches and an eight thousand hertz polling rate so Again if you're if you're game or you probably like these a lot But i do like the razer keyboards you do. Pay a heavy price for them. They're very expensive. And what is this gonna cost. One hundred eighty nine dollars is what it's gonna cost for that keyboard so not in inexpensive investment but for gamers out there any competitive advantage with a little bit faster. Click will definitely Will pay off the

Huntsman HP
GoPro Unveils the Hero10 Black

Daily Tech News Show

00:24 sec | 2 months ago

GoPro Unveils the Hero10 Black

"Launched the hero ten black action camera able to shoot up to five point three k at sixty frames per second as well as four k. Up to one hundred twenty frames per second and super slow mo two hundred forty frames per second at two point. Seven k with a fifty dollar a year ago pro subscription users can upload videos directly from the camera to the cloud while charging the hero ten blackhawks four hundred ninety nine dollars or three hundred ninety nine dollars with a go pro

Blackhawks
The Apple Watch Series 7 Is Here

The 3:59

01:55 min | 2 months ago

The Apple Watch Series 7 Is Here

"Joining us is our resident wearable guru scott stein. Welcome scott. hey thanks router so. The apple watch com got buried underneath the attached for the new iphone thirteen. And that's natural. Most folks are going to gravitate towards the phone. But it's notable because it actually got a redesign. How is the series. Seven different from previous innovations. Well it's weird because all the rumors have been pointing towards something really big in terms of the design. And what we got was not a big redesign. It looks mainly got a larger screen. Which happened with the series four. So it's another bump up in reducing the basil's it curves a little around the edges which is interesting for apple because they don't really play with that much but we've seen things like that and other devices otherwise it looks exactly the same and then all the claims after that are about things like durability in faster charging what were your initial impressions It doesn't seem like you were that impressed. No i totally was not impressed. I was pretty letdown for me. It's that it looks like apple. Knows they have a successful product and they are kind of sitting a little still with it and to. I miss the days. When wearables experimented more. I think that the landscape right now is is looking at a lot of new Health tech and sensors samsung's galaxy watch for the pit sense. Admittedly a lot of these may fall flat. And you know they're weird body analysis. I don't need that The stress sensor. But i also think apple's behind on things like sleeps sleep tracking Being able to maybe pull more with the optical heart rate sensor temperature which could be used potentially for competitors do things like wellness readings and readiness scores. So yeah let down

Scott Stein Apple Scott Samsung
Apple Fitness+ Is Coming to 15 New Countries With New Types of Workouts

Mac OS Ken

00:51 sec | 2 months ago

Apple Fitness+ Is Coming to 15 New Countries With New Types of Workouts

"I said yesterday that today. We had some of apple's other tuesday announcements you know the things they announced both our services related i. The company has adding workouts functionality. And more countries to apple plus a piece from tech crunch runs us through that on the new workouts. The p. says apple is adding pilot as a collection of workouts. Meant to get folks ready for snow season than winter sports. And they're adding guided. Meditation every day says tech. Crunch fitness plus will add guided meditations that focus on gratitude. Mindfulness and calming these experiences will be available in both video and audio form and could pose competition to apps like head. Space and call

Apple
Will Facebook's Ray-Ban Smart Glasses Make People Uncomfortable?

Marketplace Tech with Molly Wood

02:01 min | 2 months ago

Will Facebook's Ray-Ban Smart Glasses Make People Uncomfortable?

"Look so good in these ray vans and you could catch the envious stares of people who can't believe how good you look because these glasses are built through a partnership with facebook. They allow you to take photos and share video via cameras in the frame. It's the latest attempt by silicon valley to reap bundles of money by using tech to make classes more than glasses. Google and snap have also attempted it. We here at marketplace tech are a camera shy group and the prospect of many more cameras makes us nervous. Susan landau is a professor of cyber security and policy at tufts university. She says there's a reason we'd be uncomfortable. We're always different when we know we're being recorded if i'm walking down the street with a good male friend of mine i might have them on the back. I might even put my arm around them or they might do that to me. Sort of thing that were completely comfortable with. I wouldn't be uncomfortable with my husband knowing it but getting recorded about it. I i would feel edgy. I was a behavior that i just one do. Could this potentially be useful. I mean i have a co worker. Who says that She's bad with remembering faces and was wondering if this might help you know her. Keep track of that. Of course that would be useful I'm also that with remembering faces and and of course it would be useful to have. I have one colleague whose partner would a whisper tour. That so-and-so and That seems more friendly way to do it. So yeah there's certain instances where it would undoubtedly be useful but in any tool that collects data You have to ask. Is the benefit worth the cost. Facebook says the glasses have been built with privacy in mind. The glass of have an led light that lets people know when you're taking a photo or video and the company actually has like a responsible users guidebook saying things like don't record in places like a public restroom.

Susan Landau Silicon Valley Tufts University Facebook Google
The iPhone 13 Is Here and These Are the Specs

Talking Tech

02:06 min | 2 months ago

The iPhone 13 Is Here and These Are the Specs

"So let's start with some of the nuts and bolts around iphone thirteen. There's going to be four versions of this. You've got the standard model which has a six point one inch display. You have the mini model. Which comes back from last year. That's got a five point four inch screen. And they're of course are the pro and the pro max models which have the much larger screens of the pro should have a six point. One inch display and the pro. Max has about a six point. Seven inch display. All for these devices will be available to preorder on friday september seventeenth and the launch one week later on september twenty fourth now price-wise the iphone thirteenth starts at six ninety nine for the mini. Going all the way up to the pro. Max which starts at ten ninety nine if you're looking at the totality of all the iphones at apple offers is a pretty wide range of selection that you have there You have the se which starts at three ninety nine. They're still going to have the eleven in the twelve which are much cheaper than the thirteen. And then you work your way up to the thirteen at six ninety nine and then the pro at ninety nine so really i mean. There's there's a lot of different options there depending on the type of iphone. They you're looking for. We're gonna talk about that a lot more in the coming days. So what does the six ninety nine ninety nine. What does all that money. Get you in the iphone. Thirteen Obviously one of the big things is you get some new colors. Now you get read you get this new color called starlight which is kind of a whitish color you also have midnight which is kind of their version of black and then you also have blue and pink i feel like with iphone. Thirteen a lot of these upgrades are more. Subtle there really. Isn't that one feature that sticks out that makes a jump out so if you're someone that's owning an iphone twelve or even maybe an iphone eleven and you're looking at this phone it doesn't feel that much different Some of the other subtle touches that the iphone thirteen has the camera. Lenses are placed on the back of the smartphone in diagonal position. If you'll notice on your iphones. Now they're basically vertical. You have one on top of the other Along with a lot of the typical upgrades you'd expect a new chip a fifteen again. They tweaked the display. So it's brighter Obviously battery life's better. I think they talked about roughly one and a half to two hours

MAX Apple
Apple Security Update Closes Spyware Flaw in iPhones, Macs and iWatches

Daily Tech Headlines

00:19 sec | 3 months ago

Apple Security Update Closes Spyware Flaw in iPhones, Macs and iWatches

"Apple release security updates for every mac apple. Watch iphone and ipad apple credits. Researchers the university of toronto citizen lab for finding zero click vulnerability. And i message that was allegedly used by nso group to place pegasus by where on an activists phone. Please patrick devices. If you haven't already

Apple University Of Toronto Nso Group Patrick
Apple to Hold It’s Yearly New Technology Event Today

WSJ What's News

00:31 sec | 3 months ago

Apple to Hold It’s Yearly New Technology Event Today

"Slated to hear from apple ceo. Tim cook today. When the tech giant is set to unveil its newest phones and smartwatch during a livestream event the company is expected to stay with the same small medium and large sizes of its phones and offer improvements to cameras and batteries. That's according to a person familiar with the matter. The arrival caps a dramatic year for apple seen record profit but it also faced battles over the power it holds over third party software operating on its mobile

Tim Cook Apple
Here's What You Can Do With Your Old Smartphone

Talking Tech

02:03 min | 3 months ago

Here's What You Can Do With Your Old Smartphone

"Welcome back to talking tech co host. Mike snyder is off today. So as you were aware because of course you listen. Everyday to this podcast. And you've heard me talk about this on several episodes. There's an apple event coming up. Although apple hasn't formally confirmed what they'll showcase on. Tuesday all signs are pointing to the next iphone of course whenever you're in the market for a new device whether it's the upcoming iphone thirteen or an older model smartphone. There's always the question of what to do with your old device if you don't play in a trade it in and you want to keep it. There are several things you can do as tech columnist. Jennifer jolly explains in her new. Pc you can read on tech dot usa today dot com so she breaks down eight different ways. You can use your old phone. We're going to focus on three here. The first is as a mobile hotspot. So basically what you can do is go through a mobile virtual network operator which is basically a carrier. That doesn't have its own wireless network. So for example mint mobile cricket wireless red pocket or some examples many of those services according to jennifer offer less expensive annual plants. And what she can do is sign up for those plans and you can turn your phone into a mobile hotspot. So if you ever need wi fi or any kind of internet access anywhere you can bring that older phone with you and use that to get online another purpose that you can put your smartphone toward is as a home security camera or home. Baby monitor It's it's a very affordable way. Some of those monitors cameras could be a little pricy. And but you can take your old smartphone and you can basically use that as your own monitor a one app the jennifer recommends as alfred home security camera of the premium version of that costs about thirty dollars a year. But she can watch everything that's going on. It's got to talk and he can also use it at night as well so Definitely a multipurpose tool there. One other Way you can use your old phone is as a universal remote so you can

Mike Snyder Jennifer Jolly Apple Jennifer USA Cricket