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Month: August 2017

  • Basically the Crown lets you control a variety of settings or interface elements depending on the app: Zoom in Photoshop, exposure compensation in Lightroom, column in Excel, and so on. We’ve seen things like this here and there, and Logitech’s is a respectable specimen: understated in design and compatible with major apps out of the box. Now, to be honest, comparisons to Microsoft’s Surface Dial aren’t really warranted. That one is context-sensitive based on where you place it as well as what app you’re in. It’s meant to turn the Surface Studio into a sort of cyborg creation engine as you wield the pen in one hand and dial in the other. TechCrunch I am not sure if I would ever use this but it might be one of those additions for the nitch market.
  • From the start, we’ve believed that your Google Assistant should be available wherever you need help, and that’s why it’s already on Google Home, eligible Android phones, iPhones, Google Allo and Android Wear. This week, we’re continuing to make your Assistant available in even more places. We’re here at IFA in Germany—that’s Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin in case you were curious. It’s a consumer electronics and home appliance trade show and throughout the next few days, you’ll hear about a number of new products that either have the Assistant built in (you can talk to them) or that work with the Assistant (you can control them with the Google Assistant). Google Google is being very aggressive with the Google Home deployment.
  • Trying any sort of game out for the first time can be daunting, as you’re not quite sure what to expect. In this guide, we’ll be helping all of the newbies out there to have the absolute best possible casino experience from the very first time they hop online. Check it out for everything you need to know. Select the Right Site for you Many different sites out there will offer you different deals and offers. You should take time to think about what you want in a site, before you just get online and play. For example, you can look for bigger first deposit bonuses or a lot of alternate payment methods, whichever you prefer. Taking the time to research the site and games is half the battle, as then you can just get down to the business of playing. If you then find out that a site isn’t all that great then there’s nothing to prevent you from going elsewhere. Just try not to get your cash tied up in too many different sites. Read Strategies and Guides There’s so much literature out there from those that are more experienced at gambling, so make sure you make the most of it. Look at strategies, guides and security information from other gamblers – though do be prepared to take some with a pinch of salt. For games of skill like blackjack and poker, these guides can come in very handy. Even for games of luck like bingo, you can follow tips for how to play in new bingo sites to get better deals and increase your chances of winning. Manage your Bankroll When you’re on a winning streak, you might be tempted to gamble more, or perhaps on a losing streak you may wish to add more cash to...
  • ERP is traditionally understood as way to increase productivity, efficiency, and oversight. What often gets overlooked is that it’s also a powerful cost-cutting tool. Organizations of all sizes that are eager to make meaningful reductions in spending will be impressed and surprised by what ERP solutions must offer. Here are some examples of cost-cutting opportunities available immediately after an ERP implementation. Streamline Tech Spending – An integrated ERP solution brings together multiple departments and adds multiple new capabilities. That allows you to eliminate many of the expensive and ongoing costs of technologies that have been patched together throughout the enterprise. Reduce Operational Costs – The best ERP solutions allow you to automate the most time and labor-intensive aspects of data management. Rather than wasting time and resources trying to organize a flood of information, you’re able to focus on more productive pursuits while reducing the risk of error. Economize the Purchasing Process – Even minor errors in the purchasing process can lead to huge sums or lost or wasted revenue. ERP is intended to give managers a top-down perspective on purchase orders that empowers them to eliminate inaccuracies and inefficiencies. This ability also helps to make the most of sales opportunities. Manage Costs – Careful financial management is essential but often unattainable. ERP makes this process easier by allowing managers to set spending limits and track/monitor expenses in real time. If there is an opportunity to save more or earn more it’s instantly apparent. Calibrate Inventory – Every piece of surplus inventory is only an example of wasted spending. ERP offers powerful tools for supply chain management that allow decision makers to optimize their on-hand supplies. Simplify Warehouse Management – A warehouse can either be a lean and efficient asset or a major source of wasted spending. Since ERP helps...
  • August 30, 2017

    Alexa, Play My Music Everywhere

    Amazon today announced an all-new Alexa feature that lets you control and synchronize music across multiple Amazon Echo devices in your home. Starting today, you can target music to a specific Echo device or a group of devices—just ask. Soon, this ability will be extended to control multi-room music on other connected speakers using simply your voice. “In just the last few months, we’ve added dozens of new features to Alexa that enhance your entertainment experience—control of Amazon Fire TV and your home entertainment systems via Echo; music lyrics, Amazon Video, and movie trailers on Echo Show; and activity-based music searches—and we’re just getting started,” said Toni Reid, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “Today, we’re making Alexa even smarter with an all-new feature that lets you play music synchronized on multiple Echo devices to provide room-filling music throughout your home.” Amazon Great to see Amazon getting into the multi room audio space. This could be the start of competition with Sonos and Apple.
  • Microsoft and Amazon announced today that the Amazon Echo will be able to talk to Microsoft Cortana AI (Artificial Intelligence) Platform. Amazons very popular AI platform Alexa will be able to talk to Cortana, and Cortana will be able to talk to Alexa. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated in the post “Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us,” going on to say “Bringing Cortana’s knowledge, Office 365 integration, commitments, and reminders to Alexa is a great step toward that goal.” Users will have access to Alexa and Cortana features no matter what platform they are using. If you are by your Echo you could Cortana to booking a meeting, accessing work calendars, or reading your work email. The same goes for if you are on a Windows 10 computer you could as Alexa to make a change to your smart home device, check the status of Amazon orders or interact with Alexa skills to listen to Sirius Radio. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said “The world is big and so multifaceted. There are going to be multiple successful intelligent agents, each with access to different sets of data and with different specialized skill areas. Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience,” Alexa and Cortana will begin talking to each other later this year. What surprised me is how long Siri has been around and Amazon never reached out to Apple who is not offering a smart speaker competitor until recently and really is not even a competitor for Amazon in its current form. On top of that Amazon had time to talk to Apple before their HomePod debut and HomePod will not even debut until December reports are saying....
  • Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte – or PSL for those in the know – may be the most highly-anticipated fall beverage. So anticipated that Starbucks baristas created a digital “support group” to vent about, and prepare for, the upcoming frenzy. Fans start clamoring for the return of their favorite cool-weather beverage even before summer ends. But now PSL drinkers can rest easy knowing that they won’t miss the release of the spiced pumpkin coffee, thanks to a new website created by Patrick Johnson. Johnson, a web developer in Brooklyn, decided to jump on the PSL bandwagon and create a website that would inform people of when the Pumpkin Spice Latte was available. New York Post People really love their Starbucks and it’s amazing how much tech Starbucks and their users put into the company.
  • August 30, 2017

    APFS Is Not Optional

    When you upgrade to macOS High Sierra, systems with all flash storage configurations are converted automatically. Systems with hard disk drives (HDD) and Fusion drives won’t be converted to APFS. You can’t opt-out of the transition to APFS. Apple Looks like Apple is pushing all their users that are able to the new filesystem.
  • The NYPD has to scrap the 36,000 smartphones it gave cops over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, The Post has learned. The city bought Microsoft-based Nokia smartphones as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative that Mayor Bill de Blasio touted as “a huge step into the 21st century.” But just months after the last phone was handed out, officials plan to begin replacing them all with brand-new iPhones by the end of the year, sources said. The move follows Microsoft’s recent decision to stop supporting the operating system that runs the NYPD’s devices and nearly a dozen custom-engineered apps. New York Post Microsoft said two years ago the platform was dead why did they make this decision.