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January 16, 2018

2017 Sites in Review, Part 2

Filed under: Columns — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Ron @ 4:40 am

Today I will continue with the start of the 16th year of "Double Click" by providing more of last year’s links.  If the site addresses are too long for print, I have shortened them using the "bit.ly" app.  The links are preceded by "rd.dblclx.com" followed by various letters and numbers.  Copy them, then paste them in your browser’s address bar to visit the sites. 

Let us begin in order of appearance.

Google.com – you know this one as the most used and well-known search engine today.
DuckDuckGo.com – even with the silly name this is another very popular search engine that uses Google and others to get your searches; however, it does not record your searches as the big boys do. 
Dictate.ms – an add-on to the Microsoft Office Suite allowing you to dictate your Word, PowerPoint and Outlook files. 
OneNote 2016, rd.dblclx.com/onenote-ron – download the newest OneNote application from Microsoft if you do not have it already.  This is one of my favorite apps today. 
Feedly, feedly.com – a good place to gather and read all of your RSS feeds from your favorite sites.
Daily News-Record, dnronline.com, CNN, cnn.com and FOX News, foxnews.com – three great news sources, especially the first one!
Overdrive, overdrive.com, Amazon.com, Scribd, scribd.com and Hoopla, hoopladigital.com – several sites where you can get free and paid books and novels to read with a couple allowing audiobooks. 
Gmail.com – of course one of the better free email accounts but last year I showed you several new tricks for using Gmail.
Google Docs, docs.google.com – a good free MS Word replacement for creating documents.
Online OCR, onlineocr.net – an online app that converts a graphic with words printed in it to a text document; Google Docs and OneNote, mentioned above will also perform this task. 
Facebook.com and Google Calendar, calendar.google.com – I showed you how to combine events from FB and put them in your Google calendar and others.
Thunderbird, rd.dblclx.com/1ejd3ax and Firefox, rd.dblclx.com/2iHBvaX – Mozilla’s email application and the third most downloaded browser for 2017. 
GO Contact Sync Mod, rd.dblclx.com/GOSyncMod and Calendar Sync+, calendarsyncplus.codeplex.com – these two applications can be used to sync your Outlook and Google Calendars, also your contacts in the case of the first one. 

Well, there you go from this week and last a review of all of the sites we visited in 2017.  Starting next week, we will be looking at more computer and technology information that will help you have a Happy Tech 2018! 

January 15, 2018

2017-01-15 WSVA Show Notes & Podcast

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was last week.

Today Jim and I look at a few of the items that we enjoyed – hearing and seeing about.  No we were not there but the internet is a wonderful thing to use.

The Podcast is available here, listen and enjoy. You can also visit all of the WSVA Podcasts.


 

Samsung has come to CES 2018 with an enormous 4K TV it’s calling The Wall — and it’s also claiming The Wall to be “the world’s first modular TV.” The Wall measures 146 inches and uses MicroLED technology to produce its picture.

MicroLED shares many benefits with OLED; each microscopic LED can emit its own light — no backlight is required — and that creates the deep blacks and lush colors normally reserved for OLED sets. It also gets incredibly bright.


Just one day into CES 2018 and the future of technology is already pretty spooky.

Convention Center on Tuesday, it was hard to miss the crowd gathered around around the “PsychaSec” display. Hosts draped in all-white were showing off two artificial bodies that, “in a few years,” humans could pay to trade their own crappy body for. At the same time, the host touted the company’s ability to plant chips into a person’s head and download every experience and memory they’ve had.

Sounds pretty trippy, right? Unfortunately, PsychaSec isn’t real. But even the CIA would’ve had a hard time getting the booth hosts to admit it.


Toyota outlined its e-Palette platform, which mixes mobility, commerce, and autonomous driving in a customizable package, and the idea could be used by multiple enterprises.

CES showcases the tech trends that will shape the year ahead. See the most important products that will impact businesses and professionals.

At CES 2018, Toyota President Akio Toyoda outlined the e-Palette concept vehicle. This vehicle is meant to be a blank slate that combines connected and automated driving with commerce.

Initial launch partners for this e-Palette platform, which uses Toyota’s mobility services technology, include Amazon, Mazda, and Pizza Hut. If you take the everything-as-a-service theme and extend it, you can get to Toyota’s Automated Mobility as a Service.


Samsung has come to CES 2018 with an enormous 4K TV it’s calling The Wall — and it’s also claiming The Wall to be “the world’s first modular TV.” The Wall measures 146 inches and uses MicroLED technology to produce its picture.

MicroLED shares many benefits with OLED; each microscopic LED can emit its own light — no backlight is required — and that creates the deep blacks and lush colors normally reserved for OLED sets. It also gets incredibly bright.


The Somnox sleep robot helps you fall asleep effortlessly, get back asleep when you wake up and helps you sleep feeling safe. Making it the ultimate sleep companion that induces sleep.

Nowadays we track our sleep. Knowing about sleep is nice. But isn’t it time to actually do something to get you to sleep? That’s exactly what the Somnox sleep robot does. When spooning the sleep robot during the night you will be soothed to sleep by the following functions, tickling the senses to relax body and mind.


A team of college hackers was disappointed with the selection of secure purses available. Nearly every purse on the market is attractive, secure, or neither so they are designing their own security purse with some style. Instead of just brass or leather clasps keeping unwanted hands out, they are upgrading to automation and steel.

Everything starts with a fingerprint reader connected to an Arduino. Once an acceptable finger is recognized, a motor opens a coffin lock, also known as a butt-joint fastener, which can be completely hidden inside the purse and provides a lot of holding force. That is enough to keep quick fingers from reaching into an unattended purse.


See you on February 19, 2018 for the next Tech Show on WSVA!

Ron

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