Alexa and its rival Google Assistant are taking the world by storm. Alexa keeps expanding its functions every month to include calling and messaging, news and information, smart home, playing Alexa’s games and voice shopping. Alexa can tell you the weather, the time, the day, set an alarm, make a list, etc. The list is becoming endless and so Alexa is becoming an important adjunct to one’s life. People, however, are having problems setting it up because they are not computer savvy or they have connection problems with their home network.
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My first recommendation for a tech Christmas gift is the new MacBook Pro, which introduces the Touch Bar. This new tech revolution is a touch sensitive glass strip above the keyboard and is an innovative way of interacting with your laptop. It replaces the function key and places tools at your ready when you browse your content.
Microsoft has announced one of the most significant developments in Windows 10: Mixed Reality. I will be getting a Windows 10 mixed reality update as part of my membership in the Windows Insider Program and probably will write future blogs on this new and astounding development.
Mixed reality is breaking down the barrier between the virtual and physical reality. Using a virtual reality device (Hololens) and seeing your hands as you work on a 3D image of a real object is wild. With this device you can bring in a holographic image of another person and collaborate with him.
Almost all of us have home networks because we have many computers, laptops, printers and mobile devices that need Internet access. Routers provide that access and allow us to extend the range of computer devices inside the house and sometimes outside the house. But what about security involved with routers and home networks?
Apple has finally announced the launch of its Apple Watch on April 24, 2015. Pre-orders are being taken now. Just so you know, wearing an Apple Watch will be like wearing a computer on your wrist which will constantly beam messages at you. But like any computer it can break or get water soaked.
The watch has a colorful Apple logo on the standard model with zany hands that will give you time if you can figure out which numbers it is pointing to. I don’t think that many will care about the time but what this miniature computer will do for us that our iPhones can’t.