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3 Ways Home Robots Could Become the New Norm

Posted by Helen Akers on May 22, 2020 9:01:51 AM

Using robots and artificial intelligence in our homes was once thought of as science fiction. Yet, with self-driving cars and additional enhancements in smart home technology on the horizon, home robots may soon become ordinary.

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Topics: Technology, home, artificial intelligence, robot

What Can You Do with Google Assistant?

Posted by Helen Akers on Dec 3, 2019 5:06:44 PM

Speech recognition technology has been around since the late 18th Century with the invention of the Acoustic-Mechanical Speech Machine, according to Medium. However, it wasn’t until 2008 that what we know as modern speech recognition technology emerged. In 2008, Google introduced its voice search app for mobile devices. Apple followed suit in 2011 with the introduction of Siri.

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Topics: Technology, wireless, voice assistant, Google

What Makes a Smart TV “Smart”?

Posted by Helen Akers on Nov 8, 2019 5:02:31 PM

Smart TVs are television sets that can connect to the internet and access entertainment options through aps, such as NetFlix, Disney+, HULU, Sling TV, etc. Do you currently own a smart TV or are you considering purchasing one soon? According to Leitchman Research, 32 percent of U.S. households owned at least one smart TV as of mid-2019, and this is expected to grow to over 50% by 2020.

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Topics: Technology, streaming, smart TV

11 Unique Smartphone Accessories You May Not Know About

Posted by Helen Akers on Aug 23, 2019 4:36:29 PM

Owning a smartphone allows you to accomplish a variety of tasks, whether you’re at home or on the go. Smartphone accessories can help expand the types of tasks you can perform and help protect your phone. But what about the accessories and attachments that seem a little wacky or you may not have heard of? What are they and what can you use them for?

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Topics: cell phones, Technology, smartphone, accessories

4 Key Advantages to Buying Smartphones from Your Carrier

Posted by Helen Akers on Mar 8, 2019 3:40:39 PM

Have you ever wondered if it’s better to purchase your next smartphone from your wireless carrier, activate an older device you already own, or purchase from a third-party such as Amazon? While the answer can depend on your service plan and the type of phone you want, there are several crucial advantages to purchasing a phone directly from your carrier.

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Topics: Technology, smartphone, wireless, carrier

11 Tips Everyone Should Know About Smartphones

Posted by Helen Akers on Feb 20, 2019 4:29:06 PM

Many of us think of a smartphone as a device we can use to make calls, send text messages, or gather information through web browsers or apps. While these are common uses, smartphones can perform more advanced functions including substituting as a remote for your TV. Besides what a phone can do, there are things to look for and consider before purchasing a new device.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology, smartphone, apps

How Technology Is Changing Gen X's Entertainment Viewing

Posted by Helen Akers on Feb 1, 2019 11:40:41 AM

Generation X witnessed one of the most progressive evolutions in home entertainment over the past few decades. Some of the milestones experienced by this generational cohort included the introduction of cable and satellite television, video game consoles, pay per view and on-demand television, and the rise of the Internet and streaming video services. While Generation X has seen some of the widest scopes of changes in technology and home entertainment, viewing live TV is still important to them.

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Topics: Technology, internet, entertainment, Gen X

3 High-Speed Internet Trends You May Not Know

Posted by Helen Akers on Jan 11, 2019 11:34:51 AM

High-speed internet is no longer considered a luxury. Instead, it has become a standard and necessity that continues to evolve both in terms of capacity and capability. As the use and adoption of broadband internet increases, new developments have emerged, such as localized community broadband initiatives, faster technology, and plans for reinventing and expanding existing technology.

From Elon Musk’s plans to launch a global satellite-based internet network to rural communities building broadband networks, the evolution of high-speed internet is being driven by social needs.

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Topics: Technology, internet, rural

6 Reasons Viewers Use a Second Screen While Watching TV

Posted by Helen Akers on Jan 2, 2019 4:24:29 PM

Multitasking in front of the television screen is on the rise, according to a recent Nielsen report. Approximately 45% of adults state they use a second screen quite often or always when they’re watching television. This percentage reflects a growing number of people who use their smartphones, tablets, or laptops during shows and movies.

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Topics: Technology, tablets, smartphone, tv

3 Common Reasons Why Your Smartphone Isn’t Working

Posted by Helen Akers on Dec 17, 2018 11:14:13 AM

With increasing costs, people are waiting longer to upgrade their smartphones, according to Andy Meek of BGR. The average time someone waits for an upgrade is now 2.83 years. iPhone users are waiting for slightly longer with an average of 2.92 years. This means the typical smartphone is getting used more often and is sustaining more wear and tear.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology, smartphone