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ICYMI: Mevo is great for streaming

Talking Tech

5:02 listening | 2 d ago

ICYMI: Mevo is great for streaming

"For as low as four dollars ninety nine cents a month stay tuned after the show to learn about their special offer just for talking tech listeners. Remember the though the little camera that's like a TV studio in one. Little Body came out and twenty sixteen. Now it's back with you model. Ethos scart got better battery better audio and Max out for Vivo is here to tell us all about it. Max sold the company but then bought it back. Tell everybody about the camera. And in a nutshell. What's what's the reason for this new new model versus the MODEL? Or thanks for having me in great to speak to you again. So we've always the only camera that has been designed for the ground up you know for live streaming events. It's not a fifth level feature for us. It's what we do so everything that's in the APP in in the industrial design in how it mount the battery you mentioned is all about Live streaming in. So we had the current product Neva plus For about four years in the market. And the now we really excited to to bring the new camera which is first and foremost everything is refreshed audio electrics Incited ITS NOT USB. It's smaller in terms of battery or we've increased the battery six time. We've improved the audio one of the key Request from our customer also improve the lands. Now we have a still a wide angle but Really flatlined no warping effect. And so on. So it's a it's a product refresh In in you know a lot of detailed improvement in major one the battery that'll customer. We've been waiting for. Yeah we didn't really talk about the zooming but the your basic sales proposition is that you can see basically pinch and zoom and not make people look at one boring static shot you you can have a wide shot of myself then come in for a close up then go back to a wide Zubin on my notebook if you want all sorts of things like that that was your original dream correct. Yeah what we realized you know. Primary use cases being Sitting at an event on the on the floor on a stand microphone. Stand on the floor But now we've Covid nineteen and older the Domon the customer surge that we've received a realizes it does a great use case for me on the desk would call it a Webcam but it's really about putting it on the desk and using it For doing whatever you need to do on your desk record a Creator Youtube video obviously do zoom meeting and so on Many advantage what we have a wider and build on MOST WHIP GAM. We have incredible sharpness in video quality. Compared to Webcams The new microphone which is three microphone. Dan Get turned into a stereo output with spatial processing We think those great when compared to any other kind of camera built in microphone so a lot of people have been searching in vain for webcams Livestream has never been more popular than right now and Webcam sold out and the reason they want with cameras because the Webcam on their camera. I'm sorry I on. Their computer looks terrible. It's very low resolution and everybody wants to look better And they also want a livestream and talk to their customers and things like that now. This is a camera that you can't currently use for zoom meetings and the like but you're you're gonNA be bringing out in a software update to let you do that. Tell everybody how that's GonNa work. But what we've decided to do is to build on own software for MAC and windows That will come in early. May It's a free software for any of our existing customers of plus the new start and it will bring basically you leave wirelessly as a Webcam for any software on your computer that that needs a video source in. Odi Souls to us so excited to bring that it'll make me useful now on desktop But it still has all the capabilities of me that goes well beyond the Webcam you can do. Live live editing zooming in You can recall to the as the card in that is inside the Medieval Camera. You can take it wirelessly And you can even stream at the same time director visible from the camera without using your computer if you wanted to so it's sort of next generation. Webcam okay great and Finally on your website. It says that interest in Covid has Increase the desire for me. Fo- cameras fivefold. Yeah we've actually seen an increase You know more than tenfold You could say the average is more than fivefold And it's it's obvious that everybody is a is a need for webcams but also everybody has a need for coal use case which streaming events So we've We've been able to keep up. We've run out of stock of the of the media plus so it's very important that We start shipping. The divas thoughtful the people that need to to live stream events and soon even use it as a Webcam

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Routines to turn off Alexa

Voice in Canada

1:16 listening | 2 d ago

Routines to turn off Alexa

"Comes from the facebook community. You can access the facebook community. Add Alien say in Canada DOT CA slash community? If you want to join us there and this question is from Asia. Dan and he says good morning. Is there a routine grew in the group? I love this and actually just as a side note. He's I've been thinking about really highlighting some really cool routines so we'll come back to that. But anyway he says he's trying to set up a routine to play some music and or certain skill bedtime for safe. Thirty minutes and after a predetermined number minutes it would stop. Is there a command to set that up? Well James Jury posted a bunch of screen shots of his routine. And I love it. And I'm GonNa tell you. These are all the things that he has set up with the command with just a one command lexi. Put Me to sleep so this is what happens. It turns off his bedroom league. Then it turns off his kids bedroom light in both kids rooms. Then it sets the volume to one then. Lexi SAYS RANDOM PHRASE From the good night list of phrases and then It set to shuffle his sleep playlist and finally has it set on a timer so that lasts for thirty minutes

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3DEO Posts Triple Digit Growth for 2019

3D Printing Today

7:28 listening | 5 d ago

3DEO Posts Triple Digit Growth for 2019

"First story which is really good news. I mean a love hearing stories like this because we haven't heard these kinds of stories in a while is about. This company called Three D Ito. Three D. O. is a company in California of all places to expect that and they're showing incredible growth from twenty eighteen to twenty nineteen. Now of course twenty twenty might be kind of a problem for all companies at this point but the potential will always still be there and so I thought well. Let's take a good hard look at what's really going on here. Why are they successful? What is it that they're doing? That's making them so successful. So if you look at the article there's an article about their growth in two thousand nineteen in D. Printing Industry and our link will be on our show notes but it doesn't really explain it doesn't really get into it hints at it though. Basically it looks as though they're only producing systems for specific vertical markets. So a company that or knows what it needs to produce goes to three D three. Do tells them here's what we need to make. And then they propose. Here's a system that will develop for you using our technology to help you produce your products for cost and throughput. Well okay. That's great but other companies do that too. So how does that make what they do so special so I have to assume it's their technology? There's something about their technology. So I started digging. And what's really interesting is kind of another story here. Is that the. You're not going to find articles that will explain exactly what their technology is. There are links. That'll take you here and there and there and there but you're going to find that the links that should have given you the details of exactly what they're doing our articles that you have to pay for that only give you the abstract but you can surmise or infer. You can what the technology is because they. They described their technology as being. Sis or selective what is it again you? It's selective intelligent layering. No that's not correct us. Inhibitive its intelligent layering was but they call it but they use. Sis SIS as technology where selective inhibition centering where they use the same approach with multi jet where you not only solidify some material but you also provide something on the surface of the solid material which separates it delineates it from the material around in the you assume this is a powder like approach like like LS. So it's SOS SOS less. There's no separation between the the powder and the solid nylon material after it's been centered Whereas multi jet there is multi jet as the as the the arm over the line of powder it not only lays down a chemical which will bind the powder but also chemical which separates the bound powder to the loose powder and according to what we're seeing here Three do does this as well but with metal technologies unlike a desktop metal or Mark Forged va they. They don't do that at all instead they just use. Fdm like approach and then things are a kneeled. Are Things are cleaned cooked couple of times whereas these guys produce stainless steel objects that have extremely shiny surfaces are very very clean Now have to assume it's a powder bed type technology in that. There is some high-powered centering. Involved since its steel. Correct me. If I'm wrong with me but since it's still it's going on while they're using a stainless steel is less picky than than A meal less prone to corrode alloy but generally other doing it probably in either vacuum or under some kind of controlled atmosphere. I don't know the details of their technology of looking at a diagram of it right now and I'm not entirely it. It is a looks like a fairly standard powder bed but they're so Spraying binder on it So I'm not really sure what sets their part their technology apart just based on you know looking at a schematic of it but yeah it's it's hard to see exactly what I'm using. Air Quotes Intelligent. Layering Technology. Is that makes. That's different from ESA or anything any other kind of layering technology so. I'm not really sure what's happening here. And that could be their strength in. That could be why they're doing so well they also like to. They use what is referred to as right metal injection. Molding comes in the House and rings a bell. I think we've talked about before we're basically the is that your you have A metal a powder with some polymer binder in it which is sort of similar we have approached it from the other direction of Three D. Printing You know a polymer will lot of metal fill in it And then Basically you know cooking off all of the plastic and centering. The remaining metal and my understanding is that the metal injection molding systems. You basically use a powder instead of a film. And they're using their essentially injection moulding sometimes where the existing injection moulding equipment. A you know a polymer that has a very high metal powder content which can then be centered essentially to make a a solid metal part. Well if you look back at the original article that we cited the numbers for growth from twenty twenty eighteen nineteen or a little bit unnerving all that that that's six hundred percent. Yeah that six hundred percent you start to wonder That's kind of what you're looking for in a startup phase. If that continues for too many years it can't but But if you don't have that sort of growth. In the in the start of phase. When their technology yell initially comes to fruition and a bunch of people are starting to use it. Then you know you gotta you gotTa worry so It's encouraging yeah. Sure seventy five percent of that business yet. Most of the Three D. Printing Metal stuff I think is GonNa be going into the hat for a while least very very high value manufacturing with rather extreme Tolerance requirements usually So we have to keep our eyes on three. Do and watch them to see what's happening with these guys.

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Wearables as Early Detection Health Systems

Future Ear Radio

7:48 listening | 5 d ago

Wearables as Early Detection Health Systems

"And so you know to frame this discussion Obviously with the whole pandemic going on right now Were in the midst of I. Think a whole lot of different trends that are being accelerated in. You know for me personally. I've been writing. Blogging about biometric sensors. And the idea of wearables serving the role of preventative health tools really since the onset of future in so now it's becoming clear as ever that there's this is a really important role particularly during pandemics in health crisis that I think these body weren't computers can play and so I think to kick things off I WanNa to go to you Ryan about just the idea of the different types of metrics that sensors like the ones that Alan cell produces can capture I would love to hear from you know particularly around metrics respiration rate but oxidation You know these different metrics that on the surface. You hear them okay. These you know. A body worn sensor can now capture a respiration rate. What does that actually mean and input it? In the context of why that would be an important metric to know Particularly with you know something that is a respiratory illness like Ovid In how we might be able to be a little bit more proactive with our approach. Here you know in terms of understanding what's actually going on with our bodies and maybe using these tools as part of a early diagnostic system in in just a better way to diagnose and detect anomalies in the data that there might be something going on even before you might be showing symptoms so Ryan. Why don't you start with maybe just a a an overview of some of these different metrics? How we've even gotten to the point to be able to capture these and then what we can glean from those types of metrics. It's a really interesting topic because the One of the silver linings if you will in this In this pandemic or and now is really highlighting the capability the current capabilities of existing Wearable sensor technology that in many cases has been around for years if not long if not decades or longer in the case of something like the pg sensor technology that we make that has been around and finger clips and your lobe clips that measure vital hind in hospitals and healthcare facilities for for decades Those things so the ability to measure things like heart rate and heart rate variability and bought oxygenation in wearable devices has been around for decades. What what this current environment is is really putting focus and and really highlighting is the capabilities of those devices and And also the the ability and the importance of Wanda to data Capture across those different metrics. So it's one thing to to look at someone's heart rate or let's say their body temperature or their respiration rate at a given point in time but what Where these are really adding additional value? And that's really getting highlighted in. This environment is understanding at an individual level. What that data looks like over time. And in a longitudinal sense where you can get an individual baseline on a person and understand how they're different Let's say they're different resting heart rate or heart rate variability changes in an individual Those may be different between Me and you an Andy and Chris All all of us are going to have different baselines at an individual level but the ability to see. Not just what what's going on when someone goes to visit a doctor or in this case where we are discouraged from going into into hospitals and healthcare facilities what that looks like a longitudinal basis for an individual and that gives In many cases much better insights into how individual is responding to whatever. They're whatever they're currently doing or whatever their current environment Maybe doing to them so That gives unique insights and the capability has been there for many years. What this current environment is really putting a highlight on is what are the what those capabilities and mean on longitudinal basis and also in a in a remote monitoring scenario where an individual doesn't have to come into A hospital or a health care facility to see to see a healthcare provider. That can all be done remotely today and we're really seeing The acceleration of telemedicine telehealth and the And the use of wearable sensor data in those contexts to be able to get that data and and I see how an individual's baseline is changing over time. Yeah no I think that makes a Lotta sense and Chris I want to go to you. Now you know. Kinda going off of what Ryan just described with how we can capture all this information before recording. You had mentioned a study that you had just conducted with Va. That I would love for you to expand upon a little bit here and share with the audience About what we can then actually gleaned from this information and in how you worked with. Va To make some pretty meaningful insights based on this type of information that were now being able to gather from these different sensors so you're just to build them what Ryan sharing these. The sensors themselves have indeed been around for for decades the EKG writer DC. G HAS BEEN AROUND FOR I think. Essentially now And while traditionally these types of sensors have been used in impatient environment. Where you have somebody who's lying in a hospital bed where you know it does it does make sense to use something like resting heart rate When you introduce these types of technologies in the real world where people are moving around Going to the mailbox or walking upstairs. They're they're they're sleeping they're awake. How do you capture these? These data sets in that environment in a way that you can actually make sense of what's going on. So the big leap is in the artificial intelligence that the neural nets and machine learning that we can now apply to these data streams to do what Ryan ascribed Annette is build a personalized baseline for an individual from which then you can detect very subtle anomalies in so If his IQ our first FDA clearance was in an algorithm that did exactly that and that was invalidated in this. This va sponsor. Study that you just referenced. In so with that Algorithm. What we're doing is a platform is ingested continuous vital signs specifically cartwright respiration rate in activity. And doing that from a wearable biosensor and it builds a personalized model of their cardiopulmonary physiology as relationship between these different vital signs to detect subtle changes that are are indicative of compensatory behavior within their physiology that can be predictive of

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Alexa Can Give You Reminders

Voice in Canada

0:48 listening | 5 d ago

Alexa Can Give You Reminders

"Today. I want to give you a little tip how you can remember things that you need to get done during the day and I've had a lot of my mind so these kinds of tips. I personally find very helpful and here it is if you wake up in the morning and you start to think about the things that you need to get done during the day particularly if there's particular times of the day that you need to for example email someone or make a phone call that sort of thing you can use. Lexi to remind you to do those sorts of things and it's very intuitive. You simply say. Lexi remind me. Try it again. Alexi remind me to email and insert the name the person at ten. Am today or remind me to phone. You know the person at eleven am and then he will give you a reminder notification at that time it's a very very useful little tip

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A Rocky Time for Google's Hardware Division

All About Android

5:16 listening | 6 d ago

A Rocky Time for Google's Hardware Division

"Know who's not doing great. Google's hardware division. There have been a lot of shakeups and if you have been following along with the news as of last week then you might have heard about some. You might have heard about some t that's been spilled over at mountain view. Hq So as we learned from this very revelatory article published in the information which is a subscription only publication We are actually going to kind of give you the Quick Little T. L. DR points since not everybody can go immediately and read it So I one of the big reveals was that Mark Levin the person who is basically in charge of that wonderful Pixel Algorithm that made photos look so nice He left back in March. So actually since we've been in quarantine probably maybe right before he left who knows So that along with the departure of Pixels Mario Qudos last August which was kind kind of quietly You know snuck under the rug. This wasn't really something that we knew about. I mean we just found out about this last week really Sooner approach I was actually on the latest verge. Cast to Talk Abou this particular report He said that hardware is hard and that Google's playing to continue playing the long game by integrating the Hardware Division with nest absorbing ACC's mobile division and a couple of other little bits. They're just KINDA UNIFY. Those teams versus having them be in kind of their own spaces. He also talked about two to three years for deeper investments to bear fruit. I'm assuming that was you know relating to the Pixel lineup but we are coming upon the what the fourth bill for this one You know this also could possibly tied to the rumors that Google is creating. Its own chipset. And there's a lot of folks out there wondering if that news is something that's going to Kinda herald us into this new age of Pixel devices. What do you guys think or? Do you think this is all just kind of a don't you know? Let's Ya tempest tempest in a teapot. Yes yeah I mean I guess the question is are we worried about where the direction of Pixel phone when you've got the person who's behind arguably the critical key feature of the phones from day one along with another person who's critical to the division as a whole stepping out does does that signal any any warning You know any warnings Well yeah any warning signals around that I'm not sure how much effect this change would have on it. How much of Their DNA is already placed on the Pixel Brand But I mean you know it's also really important too to note that the Pixel devices as a whole hasn't really lived the world on fire. They certainly have done what Google intended for for them to do. I think they probably intended for these. These devices to go toe to toe with with the devices like the iphone and Samsung devices. And they're just not I mean but we are on. I'll I'll take all object to that though based on what though I don't I don't get the sense that Google ever expected this to go toe-to-toe the iphone in any capacity. I think that's I think that's almost a foolish endeavor. I think what I always took away from the from the Pixel. The pixels placement was to create the best in Google class. You know device to show off everything to do with android to really set the bar for Samsung End. A she see end one plus and all the other folks all the other. Oem that are using the the operating system. I think to to try to put out a device that would go toe with the iphone. Would would you know like it's you can after all this time period right? So what you have to do with the lead. By example so in that regard I think the Pixel has been a success. I think I personally never expected pixel sale. I think it would be it would be ignorant. It'd be naive to think that all of a sudden the whole world was going to be using a pixel been you have so many millions of of people who are in the Samsung ecosystem and so many millions of people in Motorola or whatever. It might be so I don't know I and I don't know what their goals are with the program. Who knows. I think if you if you if you create a piece of hardware correctly it. It doesn't have the DNA of just one person it could be said that the fund was Steve Jobs as last big project at has. Dna was all over it. But here we are. You know fifteen years later and that that piece of hardware keeps rolling on. Yeah so I it's. It's the future of the device will be defined by if they can outlive people who come and go and the you know becomes its own entity that other people you know becomes a some the sum total parts of everything every every put into it

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The FBI broke Apple’s iPhone encryption, but you shouldn’t panic

Geek News Central

2:12 listening | Last week

The FBI broke Apple’s iPhone encryption, but you shouldn’t panic

"The most recent contention between the FBI. Napa over device encryption has come to an end as agency is unlocked to iphones belonging to the Pensacola shooter with. No thanks to apple going further. Ag William Bars again called for the government to force apple and others to create backdoors and devices the the apple team or apple has replied the terrorist attack on members of the United States armed service at the Naval Air Station. Pensacola Florida was devastating. And hennessy heinous act up responded to the FBI's I request information hours after the attack and continue sport law enforcement during their investigation. We've prayed every piece of racial able to US including I cloud backups. I count information and transactional data for multiple counts. We lent continuous ongoing technical. And investigators support the FBI OPS Jacksonville Pensacola and Jacksonville Pensacola and in New York. Over the month sense on this many thousands of other cases we continue work round the clock but the FBI and other investigators that keep Americans saved and bring criminals to justice as a proud American company. We consider supporting. We consider supporting law enforcement. Port Work Responsibility. The false claim made about a companies are an excuse to weaken encryption and other security measures that protect millions of users and our national security It is because we take responsibility security so serious that we do not believe in the creation of a back door one which will make every device. Romell too bad actors or threaten our national security and the data security of our customers. There's no such thing as a back door. Just for the good guys. And the American people do not have to choose between weakening encryption and effective investigations. Koskinen keep their information secure and one of the ways in which we do so by using strong encryption across our device and servers. We sell the same iphone everywhere. We don't start customers passcodes and we don't have the capability. Unlock passcode protected. Devices and data centers we deploy strong hardware and software security protections keeping afresh safe. And this show. There are no backdoors into our systems. All these practice apply equally to our operation every country in the world.

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Logitech Circle View camera announced: specs and pricing

Daily Tech News Show

0:28 listening | Last week

Logitech Circle View camera announced: specs and pricing

"To reduce bandwidth and helped networks manage. Their loads apple restored four K. Streaming last month logitech announced an update to its security camera line with these circle view which features at redesigned Ip sixty four rated body and uprights only apples. Home Kit like Logitech circle to camera the circle of you can record video across one hundred eighty degree field of view with infrared footage at night up to fifteen feet away. The Circle View was powered through USB and includes a button

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How to Change Amazon Alexa Wake words

Voice in Canada

1:05 listening | Last week

How to Change Amazon Alexa Wake words

"Today. Let's talk about wake words as you may know you are able to change the wake word of your device so it doesn't have to be lexi and you can do that on a device by device basis. The way you do that is you would go into your lexi app. You would click on these settings. Then you would click on device settings and choose the device that you want to change. Then you'll see if you scroll down a little bit you'll see where it says. Wake word and then you have the option of choosing lexi but the real word you know the word or you can choose amazon. You can use echo or you can choose computer now. Why would you do this. Well a very common use case if you find that you're talking to a device and to devices are responding to you and if this is happening quite frequently what you can do is give them different wake words so that the device knows which when you were speaking to now in theory amazon has designed technology that the device that's closest you should be responding to but sometimes it doesn't work one hundred percent so that is one way around that the downside is of course you have to remember. What is the name of each device that you want to speak to you but hey it might be worth it. So that's something worthwhile checking

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Google's Meet for video calls - Zoom killer?

Talking Tech

2:20 listening | Last week

Google's Meet for video calls - Zoom killer?

"Security has been lax. you've heard of zoom bombing where nasty people invade your meeting and pedal pornography and profanity. This happened because users did not take the time to not allow people to share their screens but enough of it happen for people to start reaching out and for better alternatives zuma's free but it has limits on how long the meeting can be and how many people can be in the room unless you pay starting at fifteen dollars monthly. Google meet starts at six dollars. A month in goes up from there but google has made the program free through september. So what are you get. Well nothing beats inviting people to a meeting directly from g mail but from there you get a bare bones meeting program sure you get security and the ability to share your screen correctly but little else you can record the meeting but the video get saved your google drive and it counts as part of your monthly storage which google charges you for zoom. Lets you download the recording to your hard drive. Meat is missing some of those nifty filters we come to love on soom like adding a different background or blurring the background which you can do with microsoft teams and skype. What you get our captions which are pretty cool. If you need it and actually kind of amazing google offers a real time. Rundown of everything we're saying and in my tests it was one hundred percent accurate but would i pay six dollars a month for me. I think you know the answer. Absolutely not so. Many other alternatives namely zoom hang out skype teams. And i could go on and on and on

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Apple AirPods 3, AirPods Pro 2 could launch as early as next year

Vicki McKenna

0:27 listening | 2 weeks ago

Apple AirPods 3, AirPods Pro 2 could launch as early as next year

"Is apple's next generation of airpods could arrive early next year well connected analyst Ming chi kuo says apple is likely to mass produce the third generation airpods in the first half of twenty twenty one and follow suit with that second generation airpods pro late in twenty twenty one or early twenty twenty two the timing seems to make sense as airpods been selling well and that means there's probably not a real reason to re design them especially not in a

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Ring improves $99.99 entry-level doorbell, adds solar charger

Daily Tech News Show

0:23 listening | 2 weeks ago

Ring improves $99.99 entry-level doorbell, adds solar charger

"Ring launched a new version of its entry level. Doorbell now includes ten. Eighty P video improved night vision and motion zones for ninety nine dollars. Ninety nine cents shipping June. Third that replicates most of the functions of the more expensive and now discontinued video doorbell to ring also offers a new solar charger frame to fit the new video doorbell for forty nine dollars coming in July.

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Google Shows off Its Work on Its Contact Tracing API

All About Android

7:04 listening | 2 weeks ago

Google Shows off Its Work on Its Contact Tracing API

"Talked about this a couple of weeks ago. And there's been a lot of discussion around how Google is going to help in the Kobe. Nineteen kind of mess. The world is in by utilizing technology to help Contact tracing and there's a lot of speculation around if it would be something that voluntary or Out of House GonNa work While Google starting to show its work on on this on the contact tracing concept on android. Initially it's GonNa be leveraging play services which will be updated in the background automatically The first phase involves third party apps from public health agencies. That tap into androids newly integrated control. Said there's GonNa be system controls within the settings APP called quote Unquote Kobe. Nineteen exposure notifications. And you'll get the ability to turn it off and links the health the health agency APP on the device It lists the number of exposure checks that have taken place in the past fourteen days. There's an option to delete random. Id's and turn off exposure of Haitians. The future does not use device location which is fascinating. In fact APPS are prohibited from asking for location access however location settings do need to be on in order to detect nearby Bluetooth devices. Google's also released a sample APP release sample APP code to help to help. Health organizations develop their own APPs quickly. So what do we do? We think that this is going to be enough to help. Stem the the. You know the to have a positive impact on keeping people from being exposed or is this going to be. Is Google kind of saying? Hey we're doing everything. Han here Ohio. Hello exertions use it in your own apps and then just kind of washing their hands of it. I think I like what I see. I think I think they're doing it responsibly. In my opinion having it be a blue to sort of connection but per actively prohibiting the the health organization APP that is actually facilitating. You know this this sort of detection prohibiting them from having location access I think it was a long way or at least for a lot of people I think it will in Hopefully calming them down as far as like. Oh but this is tracking. A lot of people aren't going to really understand and know the difference in frankly. A lot of people also aren't GonNa care at all. They're just going to say anything. That's going to protect me from from catching this virus I'm all in whatever here. Take Take my take my permission as far as that's concerned But I I I trust Google in the sense and I think what they're showing with with this information and Definitely what we'll see in the coming weeks as the APPS start to be released and everything I think they're showing some pretty good faith As far as their intentions here which are to help out and they've already also said that this isn't going to last and after you know they're going to remove this after the the viruses thread is passed so I don't know I feel comfortable enough to use it. I'll definitely be checking it out but I also on an android show so maybe it makes me a used case than random people but do you think. Do you think it goes. I think that will work. Does it go far enough for or are they putting those limitations in that Alicia and will those limitations? Limit the effectiveness of it. Oh I don't know I think I mean honestly I think that remains to be seen right like Bluetooth as technology is a pretty near field can technology. If it was too wide then it would almost be unused Like not very useful in and of itself. Let's say if it was location data but somewhere in the range of two hundred fifty feet around you like it would be telling people you cross pass with somebody who had the virus way more that way when in essence. Maybe they didn't need to know. Maybe there was a very low chance that that person actually crossed direct paths. And then you know at the same time this person sneezing or whatever the situation would be that the transmission would happen so you don't WanNa make it too wide either and I think Bluetooth being such a near Field. Kind of communication method makes that better and also strips out the location tracking aspect so it kind of kills two birds one stone. Maybe that was a bad reference Term to use I know that you wrote about this a couple of weeks ago when this was kind of bubbling up. And you ask them questions in your article as far as what we have yet to find out about this. I feel like this kind of answers at least a little bit of what you were writing about. What do you think a little bit? I still have a lot of questions. I think it's a wonderful idea. I'm really glad Google and apple are working together and doing like you. I don't have any qualms or think anybody should realistically have any reservations based on everything. We're hearing it seems like they're approaching it thoughtfully responsibly. And making every taking every precaution possible to assure people at the same time well on a technical with the Bluetooth. I still wonder effectiveness wise. How is this? I mean? It really can't differentiate between say you passing somebody on the street. Who who's phone eventually may get flagged as having it very quickly. Both wearing masks no contact. Maybe like five feet away and somebody's standing over your shoulder without a mask and coughing for thirty seconds is there's no way it can really tell the difference so in that way it's hard to see maybe doing a little bit of either false positive false worry or or false security something you know just kind of giving you the wrong message but my bigger question is just how many people especially in the US are GonNa opt into this despite everything all the assurances everything. Google can say everything that can show about how it's working. It's just hard to imagine. Any massive number of Americans actively agreeing and going out of their way to opt into it both in in principle because they're going to have concerns and just out of kind of inertia and laziness and you know you have to do it and download the APP so without a lot of people signing up and actively participating assistant like. This can't work so I think that's my biggest question is. Is there any chance and of people especially in the US? We're going to do it for it to work with it being so optional so opt in so many steps. You have to take to make it happen. I guess we'll find out. Is there an on boarding process for this? That I'm just not seeing remain remains to be seen because the APPS themselves haven't been released yet so we don't know basically what Google and apple have done is they've said here's our baking this into the system that the API that allows for this. Here's some sample code so that those health organizations that are going to create the APPS that tap into our API so they have a general idea of what they can create and hopefully the sample code makes it easier for them. If they want to use it they don't it's up to them see Jr. I think you're right. I think the big question will be. How much awareness is around? You know people having the ability to install this APP really know what it's all about. There's got to be some sort of messaging campaign to motivate people to do this and it remains to be seen how effective that's going to be once we actually have. Apps to turn to so We will keep you posted. I'll be eager to watch where that goes from

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Amazon FireTV Stick with Alexa in Stock

Voice in Canada

1:15 listening | 2 weeks ago

Amazon FireTV Stick with Alexa in Stock

"I know that a lot of us are looking for things to occupy our time while we are indoors. During this social distancing or physical distancing is I like to call it one of the ways that people have been doing. This of course is by watching things on. Tv and the Amazon fire. Tv stick which of course is controlled by Lexi. In fact has a remote that's voice controlled Had been out of stock until recently but now it is finally back in stock and you can get it and it is a great little device if you are looking to bring some smart elements to any TV particularly if your TV does not have smart elements built in. It's on for fifty bucks right now. The fire TV stick with Alexa. Our voice that is the regular price but the point is that it's back in stock now you can also get a higher definition. One offer twenty dollars more. If you WANNA check it out you can simply go to l. a. In Canada DOT CA slash fire TV. That's my affiliate link. I do earn a small smallish if you use it up. But there's no extra cost you whatsoever and it's a great great little gadget and again it's voice controlled through. Lexi you to say like Lexi Open Youtube or Lexi open particular channel and it just takes care of everything for you so it's really a really nice to

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Apple launches new MacBook Pro with updated keyboard

WSJ Tech News Briefing

0:38 listening | 3 weeks ago

Apple launches new MacBook Pro with updated keyboard

"Say Goodbye to the butterfly keyboard on Monday. Apple announced a new thirteen inch macbook pro which features double the minimum storage on previous models. Faster processors better memory and a return to the traditional scissor mechanism. The decision comes after multiple lawsuits over the butterfly keyboards which were introduced in twenty fifteen to enable thinner laptops but they also suffered reliability problems like duplicate or missed keys since then apple has been forced to offer replacement programs and has been slowly phasing out the butterfly mechanism with the latest model. The company no longer has a single butterfly left in its lineup.

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Apple launches new MacBook Pro with updated keyboard

The Digital Story

4:27 listening | 3 weeks ago

Apple launches new MacBook Pro with updated keyboard

"The new MAC pro. Thirteen inch looks great for photographers. So this just got announced today on Monday when I record the podcast. Their new thirteen inch macbook pro. This is what I've been waiting for now. The fifteen inch. The new fifteen inch has already been announced but personally I like the thirteen inch a little bit better. I think is a little bit more portable in the screens are so good that I do just fine doing my work on it and I was really curious to see what the specs we're going to be on this new machine and what the pricing is going to be. So I'm going to go over the machine. The I think makes the most sense for photographers and that version has the Intel core. I five quad core processor right which is very nice. Eight gigabytes of Ram Onboard Ram. And then the five twelve gigabyte SSD. So that's the model that I'm talking about right now. It's not the cheapest one but there's only one up from the cheapest one by the way this laptop that I'm talking about brand new is one thousand. Four hundred ninety nine dollars. Seems like I paid that much or more for my existing thirteen inch which by the way I bought in early. Two Thousand Fourteen early two thousand fourteen. And it's you know it's still working. I to upgrade it. This one might be a machine that I do if I can get the scratched together to do it. But they are good investments seriously. They are getting investments. They they go and go and go. So what makes this new one kind of cool well has a number of highlights first of all this one has the new. Magic Keyboard has the redesign scissor mechanism. So that part I think alone at the keyboard on these new ones is the good keyboard not the one that has some problems a couple of years ago. Very nice retina display They made to the stereo sound better and they have these immersive stereo speakers in the battery. Life is a bit better to now. This one also has the touch bar. Which is very nice. The touch part self is actually a retina display as well and it's contextual depends on you know which APP you're renting as to you. Know what options are there on? It is sort of adapts Depending on what you're doing at the moment in a really makes it easier to navigate menus and things like that the power button has the touch. Id Sensor so you can quickly log in to the macbook pro. Just by you know putting your finger on their fingerprint and then you can also use touch. Id to make purchases over the web if you have apple pay. So that's another very nice feature so as I mentioned before the model that I like is the one thousand four hundred ninety nine dollar model one point four gigahertz eighth generation Intel core. I five Qui- core processor with a burst. Speed up to three point nine gigahertz and then it also has the eight gigabytes of Ram in the five twelve gigabyte. Ssd alrighty now in terms of supporting external devices is got thunderbolt three ports supporting bi directional transfer speeds of up to forty gigabytes a second while also supporting ten gigabytes per second USB three point one and device charging Scott Wi fi five eight zero two point eleven A. C. Built in for Wireless Networking Bluetooth. Five Point Oh which will allow you. To connect additional compatible peripherals and there is a facetime hd Webcam so nice looking machine comes in space gray or silver always kinda wanted the space gray version of Mac book. I don't know we'll see. This is the most tempted. I've been to upgrade my two thousand fourteen thirteen inch and We'll see how things go I'm posting of course the podcast on facebook. If you have any comments about this machine or if you're tempted to upgrade to it

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Keeping in touch with family using the Facebook Portal

The Tech Guy

2:37 listening | 3 weeks ago

Keeping in touch with family using the Facebook Portal

"What can I do for you today? Mr Jason Yes sir Story is this my nephew and his wife live in Australia. And a Are going to have their first baby in about a month here spent a month actually and they want to get my mom a facebook portal. Yes good idea. So she could see the grandchild. Yes yeah I'm not a fan of facebook lack of interest in people's privacy or personal data all that other stuff now as a side note she does they all do have access to Iowa devices and face time but they get frustrated because I guess view point of view angle. Let me let me point something out. Are they all on facebook I think so. Yeah so they're already giving Mark Zuckerberg everything he wants so having a facebook portal will make them no more of a victim. I guess you're giving mark a camera and microphone in the House but even mark Zuckerberg the founder. Facebook isn't so information greedy that he's like analyzing the picture and saying They need a new stove. We should give them some stove advertising. They're not doing so. I had a portal. I had I. Actually they're quite they're quite easy to use. There's three different models is the new model which I really like goes right on top of the TV of her grandma that might be the easiest but they wanna get so on the TV plugs into the TV. I think it's pretty simple. Set up I don't think your Mama have too much difficulty. What's cool about it is. It's super easy to make these calls. Now it's as easy as facetime because if your facebook friends which I've obviously they are you just you just say the name or you click on it and you're done and it's very fast. It does a great one thing. It does that Other devices don't including facetime is it's zooms in on the speaker and if you move around as babies are want to do it will follow Short so. I think there's a lot to be said for the portal. I think the technology's very good and just remember you're not giving them anything they don't already. That's missing the boat here. Yes seems to me like they should be doing an apple TV. And I'm thinking hey it'd be great to have a camera that could have been a lot of calls for apple disease but you know it takes these things. Don't just pop out You know you've takes years to design them. One hopes apples been working on it but You know there's been no sign no rumors. Nothing you're right. This would be a great facetime device and most of US Trust. Apple will more than we do facebook but since they're already on facebook get the portal. I think they'll eleven Leo LaPorte detect guy.

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Good News Stories in 3D Printing

3D Printing Today

5:21 listening | 3 weeks ago

Good News Stories in 3D Printing

"Good stories out there. We've got actually three things. That are adventurous. The first one and the ad they are Cova nineteen related. And that's kind of hard to get away from these days because it's what's happening in the world. It's all that's happening because we're all home doing nothing or hoping trying to work of so. The first story is about how Lamborghini is working with a company that makes ventilators and Lamborghini has put their HP multi jet to use to generate. What they call an an a an artificial lung or a lung simulator. Now I I looked at this and thought. Oh so. They're basically making an air pump for a ventilator. But that's not is it. No actually this is a piece of test equipment For A for a ventilator so if you have a new design ventilator or in the processing the manufacturing facility were you make ventilators you need to test them to make sure that they can produce you know a certain amount of of flow at a certain rate against the actual resistance of of a long and this is basically as a simulated long that allows them to To perform those tests. So I'm assuming that this is not something. They came up with on their own and decided that it would be clever for them to make that and and You know release it on the world. I'm assuming this is something that the manufacturer ventilator manufacturer ask foreign said that this was something that was Yohan an issue in in their supply chain that they needed more of these to be able to make and test more ventilators in the article. Which by the way is in three d? Printing Industry dated April Sixteenth. There's a photograph of what they're producing. And I gotTa admit like almost all new stories. When you study the photograph your little bit you can see that. The story was a little bit a little bit more hyperbole than it is real interesting news. Because if you look at the photograph you'll realize all that lamborghinis actually producing with HP MULTI. Jet Is the frame of this thing and the bellows you. Well you know that the multi jet did make it simply because you can see the seem. Yeah so are. We don't know where they get the bellows for this lung simulator from. But you know they didn't make it in their. Hp multi jet. There'd be no scene there if it was an HP multi jet unfortunately and then the story goes on to talk about how they're using Carbon dos technology to generate two hundred polycarbonate face shields a day and I found that also to be a little bit Hype he stuff. Because if you look at the photograph following that you see that they're actually producing like we all are those frames that get attached to your head and not the clear shield and I don't know about you but on seeing on TV. All the first responders risking their lives working to the bone in and out there every day. And what I'm seeing them wearing now are facials. That are attached to their masks. That their breathing masks. They're super inexpensive super flexible. Clear face shields. So there's no longer an essential need for these kind of headbands that we're seeing people producing for the most important people that are doing the work. There's a a way simpler approach that they're they're jumping at using right now so I am looking at both of these thing Atlanta. I think this was one of those hype. Hyperbole kind of things Gotcha see I don. I don't know that I kind of disagree with the the not need for For Fe Shields Because the the face shield where where you have the shield attached the top of the mask that that's a mad those have been around forever. That's been served standard hospital equipment and a lot of places but they may not have them. I agree but to use. Dos Technology carbon their carbon machine for this producing two hundred a day. Come on ABC. You're a couple of million a day right with yes there are. There are actually Injection moulding companies. That have gotten on this. Perhaps with Three D. PRINTED DIES. But they are injection molding these these things by the hundreds of thousands the in fact. I saw another article saying that. Now the the big problem in the supply chain. Is Ashley the plastic film that you see through exactly? That's my. They're having to to work on that. So yeah if you're if you're looking for somebody to three D print at home. I don't know that I would just set out and print a a huge number of these unless you have a call for them from your local hospital or local first responders and you have a established source for the film because otherwise you're just wasting your time wasting your film. I strongly strongly agree with

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Android 11 Developer Preview 3

All About Android

6:46 listening | 3 weeks ago

Android 11 Developer Preview 3

"So we might not have google to ring in the next version of the android developer preview. But Google's giving it to US anyway probably because we're stuck at home and those of US spare phones why not install the version of developer preview three for android eleven it is here and our friends at Xga have dug in to. All THAT'S CHANGED SERENA. Do a quick little feature walk through some of the changes include redesign recent apps section with larger previews and buttons for screen shot and sharing an undue gesture which brings back a dismissed. App in the recent APP section. So you'll be able to effectively swipe down to bring it back before it's completely out of the recent APP section a toggle to automatically revoked permissions when an APP hasn't been used for a few months so to automatically do that for you in the background. You don't even have to remember it. Notification Shade will hide that static APP active in the background alert. That's kind of annoying and doesn't go away will android eleven A new compact screen shop pop up menu with options to dismiss it. Share the screen shot or idiot. Edit it immediately so instead of that overlay from the notification shade. It'll pop up in the corner. Kind of like how some of the other. Oem's do it in their you I I know that. Lg V. Sixty does this eventually there will be a third option to Girling screen shots. But that's not yet fully implemented though there have there has been some evidence of that An adjustable back gesture. Excuse me the back gesture will be adjustable for its sensitivity for the left and right edges. So you don't have to worry about automatically turning that on. Ethernet tethering support so that you can share Internet connection with a line in new on boarding details for using chat bubbles for the first time so this will effectively work like the facebook chat bubbles that you might know that shop on the desktop kind of just peering over overlaying your Ui. A redesigned caption preference. Green and volume menu will be renamed to sound. So it's a nice new branding air from volume to sound. I guess you could rebrand volume. That's great that's genius. I guess it makes sense though molest volume control more sound controls. Maybe so that's true. There is always cheap back and forth next version. They'll they'll go back to volume can't exactly just like the gestures. There's also another little bit of news that's coming Google is working on Lenny Us live captions during phone calls. So you'll basically be able to use the caption feature while you're on a call with somebody. Currently it's an English only but I can imagine this is going to be super helpful so that you don't have to constantly ask. Did you hear what I said? Did you hear what I said? Now did you read what I said. It was actually. Did you read what I said when you couldn't hear what I said? Well I'M GONNA be very interested in how Google is going to understand. Like really monthly garbled conversation or conversation brought on by just like choppy cellular service because this is a broadband. We're talking about here. This is a phone call when you think about it though. If if somehow Google can make it so it records. A. Records I guess. Air quotes if it records the audio locally from the phone and then sends that like transcribes that to tax and sends that text message or whatever to the receiving phone and then maybe it could display that as a lifetime. I don't know I mean it's it's it might be a way to actually clear up. Calls that are garbled this is. This is me doing like A. Maybe we should inject disinfect into people like live monologue. That's probably as well thought out but anyway I'm just It's just it just occurred to me saying no interstate. What you're saying Adam. I think it'd be great if a I could basically bridge that gap for us so maybe live caption will be. I mean. It'll be very helpful from an accessibility standpoint in the beginning. But maybe further on is they. I kinda learns what how speeches garbled because of settler connections of it can help bridge that gap to make calls clearer and then we won't have an excuse to say we don't want to talk on the phone anymore will have to just you know we have an ai now that can help us have the clearest conversations it you know it actually makes sense Not Not and none of this is to say that this feature is coming to this to android eleven necessarily but I love this thought experiment because you kind of already have this in video right like. Ai Is really very as become adapt at taking a blurry photo. And using his smarts to like sharpen it and of course. It's not bringing back pixels that that were there that aren't there anymore. It's bringing back pixels based on. Its best educated. Guess on what those pixels would be. You can kind of see that happening on audio as well. I wonder if there would be a assisted. Kinda auto audio quality improvement at the same time. We've got why. What is it for voice over Wifi or Wi fi calling has really cleared up things? So that's that's improved things once you once. You hear a phone call. That's through Wifi calling or those those like Higher Quality Voice Network T. Mobile that I've definitely used like. Wow that sounds a lot better than it did. So maybe it's less you less needed but certainly would come on anti but with the able to remove a fence from the audio because I think that's what we all want right. Apparently that will never happen very very rough reference. I'm glad you all picked up on it every other week. Talk my move off the eastern. We were promised it at Google. I okay speaking of Google I O. That was a promise over at this. Is Why Google Eos and happening this year. They still don't have a ready and they said you know what? We're GONNA cancel it. Thank God this Saturday. Look if you don't have the fence feature done by next I oh it's not happening. I'm serious Jim. It's not happening. And then you know here. We are going to get it working. It's literally always gyms fault every time delay or

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Samsung expects profit decline as pandemic hits sales

Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia

0:28 listening | 3 weeks ago

Samsung expects profit decline as pandemic hits sales

"Well Sam Sanchez in Seoul modestly lower us Samsung's profit slipping off to the corona virus outbreak hurt demand for its smartphones and gadgets that has been offset in part by demand for the memory chips used in data centers in computers which allow people to work and study from home Samsung warned that second quarter earnings may decline as the virus hits Dimond they also full C. missing there on twenty twenty revenue projections by a double digit percentage should the pandemic possessed into the second

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Apple reportedly delaying production ramp-up for 5G iPhones

WSJ Tech News Briefing

0:41 listening | Last month

Apple reportedly delaying production ramp-up for 5G iPhones

"September month for changing leaves back to school activities hopefully and new iphones almost like clockwork apple. Usually unveils new iphone models in mid September and began selling them by the end of the month to me. That happen August is usually crunch time for production. But that could change this year. We report exclusively. That apple is pushing back. Its production ramp up by about a month. Meaning the four new iphone models. It plans to release including its first ever five G. phone could be delayed. The news comes as the coronavirus virus pandemic has weakened global consumer demand and disrupted manufacturing across Asia. Apple's expected to report. Its first quarter earnings later this week.

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The Pros and Cons of Working From Home

Mac Power Users

5:39 listening | Last month

The Pros and Cons of Working From Home

"Was also some really good feedback Listener major gear had talked about where his experience has differed from ours to the big points that we made in that show. Was you know if you're working from home? There's two big advantages more freedom and less meetings and unfortunately for major gear. He has more meetings unless freedom and by that he means that he's apparently getting lots and lots of zoom or other electronic related meetings and I you know. We recorded the episode. It was early in this process but I am watching. My wife worked from home. Well now now she's furloughed so she's unemployed at this point but the For several weeks she was employed and I was amazed at the number of online meeting. She was attending and I was thinking. How do these people get any work done? If they're on zoom all day showing their dogs to everybody I think that Major gear has an excellent point. I think that This particular circumstance where everybody is suddenly working from home the Electronic Meeting Technologies. Have been overused. Y'All talking to a friend of mine about this. After I saw this feedback and he works for a really large organization and he said his workday is now a lot of video meetings. They don't use zoom. They use some other corporate solution. I kind of thought about that. And then I realized that Yagi in a big organization. You have to do this because you've gotten rid of all the things that just happened in office right like when we had office jobs. If you really were honest we had more meetings than we thought because someone will just come by your office and talk or you see somebody in the break room and talk for ten minutes about a project and now it gets. It all has to be scheduled so I totally see the point. I think a lot of people a lot of people feel that way. Unfortunately yeah there is a technology or a system at Basecamp basecamp for my legal side and it's called automatic check ins and what it does you get an automated notice once every increment of time you know it could be a week or a day or three weeks or whatever and and it can. It's topic specific. And I use this with some of my clients where we're working collaboratively on a project and so you get magnification but it doesn't require meeting. This is the intention of this from the base. Camp team was to say you know. We have too many meetings. There's no reason for all of us to sit in the room and wait for each one of us to give their update instead. Why don't we have this automated system and everybody can just go in and read the updates as they show up with these automatic check INS. I think it's an excellent way to avoid meeting. So if you do find yourself with a lot of meetings think about that. Maybe some way you don't have to necessarily base camp at some way to make meetings that are just check in type meetings. Turn that into a digital form and maybe you can avoid a few of those meetings good advice. The the other thing he said was less freedom and I think he was talking about all the software that gets installed on the computers and man. I don't know what to tell you there. Man They because there's so much they can do. There's just too much that they do and that I know that's not true for everyone I've met some. It people who actually really work hard to not be invasive on employees to keep the systems running without make the employees feeling like they're being treated like three year olds and so I really think there's there's two camps there there's I think the good. It people who who do try to do this fairly and then there's other people like well. I've got these tools so I'm going to know everything you do. I'm going to know how many times you hit the space bar in the last fifteen hours. It's just crazy what they can learn. What some of the software I think we touched on in the episode but I think some some people are. Some corporations are organizations with everyone working from home it feels like people feel like they have to be available the whole the whole time you know from from eight to five and maybe that's a little bit different than when you're in the office and everyone kind of understands you get a break like my last job. I worked in. This narrowly higher is is a close to high-rises. We HAVE IN MEMPHIS. You know. It's like twelve stories tall and that's a high-rise all the people in New Yorkers are rolling their eyes it may but We would through New York. Yeah right and we would There was a convenience store type little grocery store across the street and a couple of times a day. People would just wander over there and get something to drink or get snacker in Delhi. And is you weren't chained to the desk from nine to five and I think people feel like they. They need to be accessible like that when they're working from home like prove they're actually doing it which I understand especially if organization is it used to this. Maybe there's some sort of increased You know feeling of needing to just to be hyper quick. In responding sorts of things and it takes a little time for organizations to settle in to working from home and and all. This doesn't even touch the fact that many people like my wife. Who's a teacher even the schools out for the rest of the year? They're still doing online stuff right and as a teacher. She's doing some stuff with her kids and like our family kids who are doing their own schooling. So a lot of people working from home is not their only responsibility. And it's definitely can be stressful and worrisome. A lot to deal with but it can. It can really be good too if you can get all that stuff balance

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Feeling lonely? Isolated? Your smart speaker can help (seriously)

Talking Tech

3:34 listening | Last month

Feeling lonely? Isolated? Your smart speaker can help (seriously)

"Show. I wanted to talk about how smart speakers could help those who feel alone. They feel isolated as we've all been quarantined at homework. Ninety five percent of the country has you know. Of course we know. Technology can help us feel connected and stay entertained. I'm talking about video calling over zoom. Or what have you with your friends or streaming Netflix show? That can help. But did you know you're smart? Speaker can help as well. So that's what I explored in this week's column so here are five ways that you're smart speaker. Such as an Amazon echo device or a google could help you get through these challenging times number one. A lot of people aren't aware that you can make free phone calls to any ten digit number in the US or Canada. In fact there are three ways to make a call first of all. You WanNa wake up your device by saying it's wake word. I'M NOT GONNA say it here and then you can say. Call John Smith or Mary Jones or whomever as long as they're in your contacts on your phone that's connected to your smart speaker. You're good to go. You could just say the contact name and you could say of course work or home or mobile or whatever secondly you can say dial and then say the number. The ten digit number or third. You can even use your smart speaker to call a local business. You could just say something like call the Home Depot at the corner of first and third and it will try to find that location and call for you. So that's one way you can use your smart speaker to stay connected number to play games. Some are Solo Games like the magic door for Amazon which is sort of a fantasy. Choose your own adventure kind of tail. Welcome to the magic door. Our journey depends on the choices. We make your first choice begins here with three roads. One leads to the mountains. Another leads to the see. The last is a spooky path into the dark forest. Of course you're going to choose the spooky paths right or you can play with family members like a game like song quiz which is kind of like name that tune and you can also play against someone in their home in your same city. The Third Way you can use your smart speaker to get through. These challenging times is to play music as research has shown music can be an effective therapy to improve your mental wellness and with more than fifty million songs at your Beck and call. Smart speakers might just be what the doctor ordered. You cannot only ask for a particular song or album or artist or genre or playlists but you can also get creative by adding extra words to get specifics. Such as asking for a live version of a song or add the word remix or cover version or something like that a fourth way to use your smart speaker while feeling alone and isolated is to hear some jokes. If you feel like you need a laugh you could say for example. Say the word. Tell me a joke and you may hear why was the chiropractor so busy back to back meetings Wa wa. Or here's one from Google nest. How did she know? The snowman ignored her greetings. He gave her the cold shoulder. Oh boy I didn't say they were good jokes and finally your smart speaker can also guide you through. Mindfulness and meditation sessions on Amazon device. You can say the word followed by open guided. Meditation and that free skill will open and it offers a different session every day. Typically three to eight minutes in length a soothing voice will walk you through the various exercises. Here's an example. The per visit Bonnie scan is to simply check in to see what's going on in your body with open curiosity. There's no need to judge or try to change anything you own Google device. You can say the wake word followed by open meditation guide. Finally if you use meditation APPS like call or head space. Both of those popular APPS also support Amazon Echo and devices wall.

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No webcam? Use smartphone instead.

Talking Tech

5:17 listening | Last month

No webcam? Use smartphone instead.

"Black we all need a Webcam to look better on our zoom meetings because arc are webcams on. The computer are Super Low resolution. There's an APP for that. There's an APP for that. If you use your phone our good friend Jennifer jolly his try to bunch them out and Jen. Hwa You feel people in start off with what was the best APP used. Okay so the very best APP for android phones was the DROID CAM ex pro. That's five dollars. There is a free version but the amount of ads made me absolutely insane within just a few minutes so I would say five bucks for the pro version. That one for me was by far. The easiest to use overall has the best overall. Look and feel the drawback in it's funny Jeff because every single one of these has a pro and con the biggest con for this one was that it only works with Lenox and Windows operating systems. So as long as you have one of those you can grab an old android phone as long as that android phone isn't more than I'd say. Five years old has a decent Webcam. It's just easy to navigate simple to use. You can split your live streams and also livestream to Twitter Youtube. So it's just simple easy setup everything okay well let me throw this. Throw this out at you. Anybody can respond to zoom invitation. Click the link on their phone and then start talking on their phone using the phone's camera. I've done it. I'm sure you've done it as well and it's way higher resolution. That THE ONLY SNAG. Is You have to make sure that your propping the phone up against something and not looking not having the look up at your nose you you want to be on a level. So why would I even care about one of these APPs when I could just use my phone without it? There's a lot more that you can do in them. They're more feature rich They also tend to use the better camera APP They're more intuitive. They're easier to use with teams so there's just a lot more features that you can do with them. The things like two way audio video recording just better overall for these video-teleconferences okay. Now I should mention that this new one plus camera this one plus a phone. One plus eight pro. That came out today I been reviewing it and I did a live stream using the camera on their which looked really good. I did facebook. Live with it But only one problem my livestream guitar player. I play songs on facebook. And I'm a right handed guitar player but I'm left handed using the Selfie Cam. So that's not good you know it's a pro and con with everything so it's kind of sad they're going to have to start making a lefty phones. I mean so my recommendation to guitar players or anybody. Who's playing an instrument that goes in your right hand is turned the phone around us. The other camera. That doesn't flip you well and the whole idea here is to use a phone. That's maybe not your main phone so it's a phone that you have lying around you dust it off there's been a million stats like the average. American. Has You know one to seven devices sitting in a drawer collecting dust so it doesn't even have to be. Your main smartphone could be an older one and further four. Those older phones. One of the tips is to use the camera on the back. That's always a better camera. Then the selfie camera and hence my little hair tie on a glass trek but also mentioned android phones but four I phones. I found the best. App was the epic e p o c Cam Webcam again. There's a free version. There's an eight dollar version. But for the twenty rovers in super simple to use with your Mac. Let's end it by talking about your rubber brand trick. Because I love that I tweeted it. I thought it was brilliant to slow down and tell everybody about your rubber band trick. Okay so you have a smartphone. One of the biggest tips that were all giving you for these video. Web conferencing calls is to put that phone down. Set It on something. But what if you don't have a tripod or a pop socket or any really great way to get that phone stable but also have it take a really good video of you? I have long hair. Take a rubber band or hair tie take glass and just prop it up just rubber band at right on there. You have an instant

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Creating a Virtual Office Water Cooler

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Creating a Virtual Office Water Cooler

"Thing. That's happening to me right now. Is We're locked out of work for good reason. We don't want to go back into that workplace and we'RE GONNA lose. We have lost a lot of internal communications. This friction Lewis Line of sight snippets of conversation audible conversation. Just don't have it and I'm wondering what can I do so I snapped a shot of the screen one of the screens on my android phone. That I use to tap around really quickly to read news and some of the things I would re would be snippets of conversation. I share with people. Well I don't have any share that meeting people so I can't share and more than that. We don't have a list serve. We have no online Commons area. Although we are using stern use Microsoft teams and the zoom video system. Where I work I get regular updates from the very top of feeding chain that would be the president of the Limerick Institute of Technology Vincent Kanani puts out regular updates which are helpful and I can see a flow of information from the common people using the Lat instagram account. It's limerick underscore. It that's the Limerick Institute of Technology and then we do occasionally get mainstream media coverage from like limerick newspapers or from other regional press sources radio or if in the national broadcaster. And what you see your Important initiatives where there are meaningful helpful community enablement procedures. That are put in place. But I can't go to the front page of the website from L. A. T. or to the news section and get a new slow. I gotta read this stuff one page and I don't. I don't like that it's too slow in the background on doing screen shots of things that are affecting me during Kovic nineteen. I'm sharing it on a thing. Called Covert Nineteen Ireland the photo album. On flicker and I'M GONNA look at that every month and see what's happened so like right now. I can have stuff in there about shortages on supermarket shelves and some Radio Station minutes that have been part of as the local community. Ramped up and I have some snaps of what the kids are doing to stay to stay abreast in their teaching and learning. The cool thing is I have a group of students. Small Group created media students who've migrated content through three different durations of a content management systems module. I teach and one of the core values of their work. I'm trying to instill that. They should be able to make their content management process. Friction lists so that the results of what are put into the system can percolate out in this case. Percolate out and serve the internal information needs of the company or The Cross talk requirement of a trading group and may time to reflect as an instructor and what students have done and the students to reflect on what they've done and the share snippets in both cases. The students. Say Here's what we've learned. Here's what we've made. And then for me to affirm that both in terms of academic marks and online discussion. And maybe just maybe this whole process or come around the full three sixty and serve the thing that I started talking about which is help me make the world better with virtual office

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