Training Google For Free…

If someone asked you to train your replacement for free, would you do it? Millions of knowledge workers are contributing to their future employment demise without even knowing it. I’m one of them. You probably are too. If you have a Gmail account, you are training Google, for free, to eventually replace you or one of your family members with a robot or algorithm. Every time you type, Google is now attempting to complete your sentences for you. Above is an example of Google completing the words “desktop version” in…

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8 More Examples of New Apple Shortcuts

Examples of Apple Shortcuts

On Monday Apple released the best iOS update in years… iOS 12. iOS 12 is a great free upgrade for almost any iOS device. Some of the benefits include longer battery life, improved speed, better control of children’s mobile devices, better use of photos, improvements to messenger, screen time monitoring and more… Apple Shortcuts for Siri Although I was originally dismissive of it, one of the best updates with iOS 12 is the introduction of “Shortcuts”. With Shortcuts, you can create Siri Shortcuts which let you quickly do everyday tasks,…

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We’re All Cyborgs Now

We're all cyborgs now

When Elon Musk was talking to Joe Rogan about artificial intelligence, Elon commented that for the human race to survive AI, we would have to merge with technology. Become cyborgs. But he said that today, we are already cyborgs… Because essentially our iPhones, etc. are already just extensions of ourselves. Cyborg Interface and Wearables Challenges As Apple and other companies continue to expand into the “wearables” market, the design of human/computer interfaces increasingly is defined by the “bandwidth issue”. Namely, humans cannot interface with computers quickly enough. To solve this problem, companies…

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3 Reasons the Facebook Paid Account is Inevitable

3 Reasons Facebook Paid Account is Inevitable-min

Facebook is having a relatively tough time of late… With Apple and Amazon recently reaching trillion dollar market caps, Facebook’s stock has been beaten down. The stock is at a four month low today as Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, is testifying on Capitol Hill about Facebook’s mishandling of user data, manipulation by Russian operatives and other sad consequences of using the social media platform. More and more people are wondering whether they should delete their social media accounts. But these problems may be a silver lining for Facebook’s next…

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Apple Maps’ “Proceed To The Route” Is Unhelpful

I rarely use Apple Maps because once it took me to a dead end street that was not my destination… But another reason I don’t use Apple Maps that often is because it often provides instructions that are unhelpful. One example is “Proceed to the Route.” Why Does Apple Maps Tell Me To “Proceed To The Route”? This morning I thought I would give Apple Maps another try. I had to go to a meeting in North Haven, Connecticut and wasn’t sure if I should take I-84 or I-95. I…

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Robots Make Food More Efficient, Less Magical

robots make food more efficient, less magical

When I lived in Providence, there was a TCBY near my apartment. They sold frozen yogurt and frozen yogurt concoctions, such as “Shivers”, that I bought. One day my father was visiting and we went there. As we approached the cashier, a person behind the counter was pouring a brown, liquid yogurt mix (maybe chocolate?) into the bottom of the yogurt machine. My father turned and looked at me and said, “Kind of takes some of the magic out of it doesn’t it…?” No One Wants to See Robots Make…

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Apple is Crushing It In The Watch Department

Even though Apple’s Siri announcements at WWDC 2018 were pretty banal… Apple is absolutely crushing it in the watch department… Apple Watch really is the new iPhone. I mean, really, what CAN’T you do on an Apple Watch these days? Besides being the perfect starter phone for kids, Apple Watch offers, for free, a way to participate in a remote heart study that could literally save your life. The cellular version also has a cool “red dot“. Even Siri seems more accurate on Apple Watch than on iPhone. At WWDC 2018 Apple…

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What Are Some Examples of Useful Siri Shortcuts?

What Are Some Examples of Useful Siri Shortcuts

**Update** This post was written on the day that Shortcuts was announced… I didn’t really get it at the time and it seemed like something I would never use. I’ve subsequently changed my mind about Shortcuts and think it’s a pretty cool addition and app that could turn out to be a Siri game changer… —- Apple announced Siri Shortcuts and Suggestions at WWDC 2018 today. The announcements today were a little disappointing coming off of the Google Duplex demonstration from a few weeks ago. What Are Some Useful Siri…

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What About GDPR for IoT?

what about GPDR for Internet of Things?

It was widely reported that an Amazon Alexa device recorded a family’s conversation without them knowing, and then emailed the recording as a text message to someone in their contacts list. I’m no privacy lawyer, but I’m guessing this would be considered illegal. Smart Speakers… A Solution In Search of a Problem? Honestly, I don’t understand why people have these things in their homes unless they completely trust the company that manufactures them. I would never buy an Amazon smart speaker. I would never buy a Google smart speaker. I use…

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