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Day: August 30, 2017

  • 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.