Friday, May 18, 2018

TechTalk May 15, 2018

TechTalk with Andrew Thomas is that hour of conversation each week where we explore and investigate the ideas, stuff and musings about tech that are happening around us.

Fun and a little off the beaten track this isn't just a show it is a conversation about life.

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I Think I am not using my assistant to its full potential

Another google company ive never heard of, meanwhile its smashing it!

Im back on snap!

Morse code for alexa

Deep learning can help you take photos in the dark

New insta feature would allow you to add audio stickers

This was only a matter of time BMW wireless car charging pad
The notion of wirelessly charging your car is no longer a distant prospect... if you have the right ride. Car has heard that BMW will start producing an inductive charging pad for the 530e plug-in hybrid in July, with a release by the end of the summer. Autoblog has confirmed that the pad will be available in the US in addition to the expected European release. It's not certain how much the pad will cost, but one thing's for sure: you can't just walk into the dealership and buy one.
In Europe, where many 530e drivers lease, the charging pad will be limited to a leasing option for the PHEV. And in the US, it'll only be available in California as part of a pilot program. This isn't quite the broad deployment you'd hope for.

Google making it easier to understand their privacy rules!
The revised policy is available here and will take effect on May 25, 2018.
This month, we’re updating our Privacy Policy to make it easier for you to understand what information we collect and why we collect it. We’ve also taken steps to improve our Privacy Checkup and other controls we provide to safeguard your data and protect your privacy.
Nothing is changing about your current settings or how your information is processed. Rather, we’ve improved the way we describe our practices and how we explain the options you have to update, manage, export, and delete your data.
We’re making these updates as new data protection regulations come into effect in the European Union, and we’re taking the opportunity to make improvements for Google users around the world.
Making our Privacy Policy easier to understand

Simpler structure & clearer language
We’ve improved the navigation and organization of the policy to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. We’ve also explained our practices in more detail and with clearer language.

Apple Keyboard issues and lawsuit!

Apple has faced some pointed criticism over the butterfly switch keyboards on the 12-inch MacBook and current-generation MacBook Pro. Whether or not you like the tactile feel, they're sensitive to crumbs and dust -- and since you can't just remove individual keys, fixes are both elaborate and (if you're out of warranty) very expensive. To that end, users Kyle Barbaro and Zixua Rao have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple accusing the company of knowingly selling MacBooks with faulty keyboards.
Barbaro and Rao assert that Apple must have known the keyboards were "defective" by the time they reached the public, since complaints started mounting soon after the original 12-inch MacBook launched in 2015. It also accuses Apple of suggesting "self-help remedies" (such as blasting the keyboard with compressed air) that it supposedly knows won't work, and noted that repairs haven't offered permanent solutions.
The lawsuit asks for both damages and refunds for anyone who has paid to replace their MacBook's keyboard.

Google Duplex leaves many questions.
Google has big plans for Assistant, and some of what it showed at I/O this week is equal parts fascinating and worrisome. CNET took a closer look at the so-called Duplex technology that will allow Google Assistant to do things like make phone calls on your behalf. The company has since said it will alert the person on the other end that they're speaking to AI, but for many, questions remain.

This is very cool!

This free tool lets everyone create their own virtual tours to view in Google Cardboard and or in the Chrome web browser. Tours are created by selecting locations in Google Maps and then selecting 360 degree Street View imagery. There's also an option to upload your own 360 degree imagery.

Facebook working on a new cryptocurrency!

citing sources familiar with the matter, claims that Facebook users could use the new "digital token" to buy and sell through the platform. The social network is also "exploring other ways" that it could use such a currency.
Mark Zuckerberg announced in January that Facebook planned to "go deeper and study the positive and negative aspects of" new technologies such as cryptocurrency.

How to control your viewing

Google’s  YouTube  is the first streaming app that will actually tell users to stop watching. At its Google I/O conference this week, the company introduced a series of new controls for YouTube that will allow users to set limits on their viewing, and then receive reminders telling them to “take a break.” The feature is rolling out now in the latest version of YouTube’s app, along with others that limit YouTube’s ability to send notifications, and soon, one that gives users an overview of their binge behavior so they can make better-informed decisions about their viewing habits.

This is cool

Turn a normal computer into a gaming machine
The Exklim eX Core houses a 4GB GTX 1050 GPU that’s been factory-overclocked to run at 1680MHz, so it should be able to handle most any AAA game currently in the market. To use, simply hook it up to a laptop via a Thunderbolt 3 port and start taking advantage of your newfound graphics-processing muscle. That’s right, it’s plug and play on both Windows 10 and macOS High Sierra, so there’s no need to fiddle with any additional drivers or software. Because it hooks up via Thunderbolt 3, it draws its power from the computer, eliminating the need to plug it in to a separate power outlet. Do note, this thing will drain the juice off your laptop’s battery at a significant pace, so you’ll probably want to make sure the laptop is plugged in any time you’re playing.

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