Today we sold a senior support special to a very lucky lady who needed help recovering her home wifi router password. She also got a much needed pc tune up since her machine was running rather slow upon investigation. All of this, a $50 value for $15 since she was a senior citizen. Disabled individuals and seniors always pay $15 with proper id, that being an mta reduced fare card, or a state id of some kind.
That’s because Google Assistant is being upgraded, adding real-time translation to Google’s increasingly smart AI voice assistant.
All you have to do is for example say, “Okay, Google, become my Italian Interpreter.” Then have a full conversation with someone who speaks Italian.
Google Assistant Interpreter Mode is a game changer in the sense that you won’t need to be bilingual in order to properly visit places and converse with locals around the world. And there’s no need to boot up a translation app, sort through language selection dropdown menus, or spend time typing in words. It all happens automatically.
Assistant can translate between 27 different languages in real-time so far. That list will grow, but the real expansion that is needed is in device support. That’s coming, too, says Google.
Right now, Interpreter Mode works with Google Home speakers, like the Google Home Mini and Home Hub, but it’ll eventually come to more third-party speakers and even smartphones down the line, according to Google.
Its eventual launch on smartphones is when this real-time-translating Interpreter Mode goes from AI with world-changing potential to a world-changing reality. You need the power of Babel in your pocket, not just when a Google Home speaker is installed at a hotel concierge desk.
Fuchsia is a new operating system that Google is working on to potentially be the successor to both Android and ChromeOS. The OS is supposed to be able to adapt to the size of your device.
There is very little to know about Fuchsia at this point in time, as Google is yet to officially acknowledge its existence.
There isn’t a lot to Fuchsia right now, though. There’s a lock screen, a quick settings section, and a home screen. The home screen consists of a search box at the bottom that lets you search for files and applications on the local storage or on Google’s cloud apps. It will also likely display intelligent cards and suggestions from Google in the future.
Considering that Fuchsia is so different from Android, even on a technical level, it only makes sense to question whether or not the platform will support Android apps. Without being able to support Android apps, Fuchsia may not get a lot of traction. Google would have to convince millions of developers to build apps for Fuchsia devices that probably won’t have a lot of popularity at launch, so it’s kind of a big problem for the company.
So Google is making sure it’s not making the same mistake with Fuchsia that Microsoft did with Windows Phone. Instead, Google built in the ability to use Android apps on Fuchsia. 9to5Google reported that the company is making a special version of the Android Runtime built to run Android apps on Fuchsia.
Of course, considering Fuchsia runs on different kernels and has a lot of technical differences from Android, it’s unclear exactly how the Android Runtime will work on Fuchsia, or whether it will introduce any limitations. That remains to be seen for the time being, though as we get into 2019, we will likely get to know a lot more about Google’s future plans for Fuchsia.
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Early Version of Google’s Fuchsia OS Demoed on Pixelbook. (2018, January 18). Retrieved January 4, 2019, from https://www.thurrott.com/google/150531/early-version-of-googles-fuchsia-os-demoed-on-pixelbook
“Alexa I’m leaving.”
That’s all you have to say to activate Alexa Guard, a new feature from that lets your Echo devices use their microphones to listen for trouble, like glass breaking or a smoke alarm going off. In case something were to go wrong while you were away from home, Alexa would notify you on your phone, along with a sample of the sound that triggered it. If you are an ADT, Ring, or other home alarm system subscriber, notifying them too is also an option.
If you want, Alexa will cycle your smart lights on and off while you’re away to make it look like you’re home.
Yep, it works!
With far-field microphones in every Echo device, Alexa is already a pretty good listener. Alexa Guard puts those mics to use by listening for the sound of glass breaking or the sound of alarms when you aren’t home.
The Guard section of the Alexa app gives you a timeline of events as you come and go — along with the option to replay audio of potential concerns.
If you wanted, you could even broadcast yourself telling the potential intruder that you’re calling the police as a means of scaring them off.
Alexa can’t call 911
Still as Amazon notes as you’re confirming setup in the Alexa app, “Alexa Guard is not a replacement for an alarm system or life safety devices. Amazon does not monitor Smart Alerts and cannot contact emergency services on your behalf.”
That last bit is really important. Your Echo device at home hears the sound of your smoke detector going off, and Alexa sends you a notification. Alexa won’t act on your behalf at this point the way a professional monitoring service would. It’s on you to see the notification and act accordingly.
That said, if you subscribe to a professional home monitoring service through ADT, Alexa will forward those Smart Alerts to them. With Ring, Amazon says that users can request dispatch of emergency responders directly from the Ring app if they are subscribed to the Ring Protect Plus plan.
And if you’re using an Alexa-compatible home security system that she can already arm and disarm with voice commands, you’ll be able to set it so that happens automatically whenever you turn Guard mode on and off. And if you’re disarming your system, she’ll still ask you for a numerical PIN code before doing so. That’s a touch that saves you from needing to give two separate voice commands as you come and go. Just say, “Alexa, I’m leaving” when you’re walking out the door, then “Alexa, I’m home,” followed by your PIN code when you return.
Away Lighting is smart and simple
You can use the Alexa app to view a list of the lights Alexa turned on and off during Away Lighting.
Along with listening for trouble, Alexa Guard will let the assistant toggle your smart lights on and off while you’re out to make it look like you’re home.
You can enable the feature with a single tap when you’re turning Alexa Guard on in the Alexa app for Android and iOS devices. Once you do, the app will list all of your smart lights, and include them all in Away Lighting by default. If there are any you’d like left out, just uncheck them.
The feature asks for your zip code when you’re setting it up — Alexa uses that zip code to know what time sunset is in your area each night. Away Lighting will only run when it’s dark out.
You heard that right. There’s a new coupon in town. Your time’s up Dell! The folks here at Bendy Computers have a special discount applicable to Hardware and Support Only. Spend $30 or more in your cart, and get $10 off the whole cart. Not applicable to sale items or in conjunction with other offers. Just use coupon code turkeytime at checkout for this amazing deal.
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Facebook does work best though as it gets routed to one of four people automatically, or our robots. Basically, anything that gives a phone a push notification and works on wifi since some of the team will be on wifi only in a remote location for Thanksgiving. We still want to answer your questions, but even the best technology has it’s limit’s and in this case it’s the Sprint Network.
It can be easy to think of big names like Dell, HP, Xbox, or Valve when buying holiday consumer electronics gifts this year. With steep discounts on Black Friday, Thanksgiving, and the holiday season in general; it’s easy to forget about Small Business Saturday and small business’s year round.
I’m the first to admit when something isn’t going right, and our marketing and sales aren’t going right. Facebook ad’s are not delivering the clicks, sales, add to carts, or even the blog reads we expected. So I switched us to Google Ad’s. This may limit our demographics targeting and other features Facebook gave us, but people search for new desktops and new software on Google. At least when I search for something, I do it on Google.
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On the Internet, use of coupon codes to provide customers a discount is common. But what you may not realize that this code belongs to someone else, an “affiliate”. This person gives you a code, you get a discount, and they get some sort of credit to their account, a giveaway, or cash. The business the affiliate is associated with gets a sale, and pockets the difference between the price the customer pays, minus the discount and affiliate incentives.
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Although Microsoft has now decided to charge for Windows 10 for new users, that has not improved the quality of updates, patches, and hotfixes to the operating system. In fact, Microsoft has just warned all Windows 10 users that its latest upgrade may permanently delete their personal data. Microsoft’s statement comes after Windows 10 users took to Reddit and other sites to warning others to postpone the major 1809 update. The warnings from testers and the general public were ignored. Even the fanboys couldn’t pardon this.
There is no information on how or why the data loss occurred and Microsoft has not provided any timescale as to when the 1809 rollout will resume. Windows 10 users have long demanded Microsoft give them greater control over updates, and this is just the latest in a string of incidents. Notably, in January Windows 10 updates turned PCs with AMD hardware into bricks with the “spectre meltdown problem”, while a major April update was pulled after reports it was causing the dreaded Blue Screen of Death.
That said it is the automated and permanent deletion of user data which is, without doubt, the number one nightmare scenario of any user on any platform. If you weren’t already, now would be a very good time to invest in a backup solution.
Works CitedKelly, G. (2018, October 07). Microsoft Warns Windows 10 Has A Serious Problem. Retrieved October 6, 2018, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/10/06/microsoft-windows-10-update-lost-data-upgrade-windows-7-windows-xp-free-upgrade/#400438406fa4