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Have You Heard Of “Amazon Echo”? This Is Amazing. I Think….

OK, now either this is the coolest thing ever, or really creepy.    :)   I really don’t know how to describe it. It’s like having a personal assistant in the house kinda. Here is a short description from the  www.theguardian.com/  The best is to watch the little U-Tube video. After the first vid is a second video which is a Parody of the real one. It’s called  “Amazon Echo (Early Beta Version) Let me know if you think this is cool or creepy.  

 

BTW it costs $ 199, and I just went to site and you have to request an invitation to purchase one. http://www.amazon.com/oc/echo   ~Steve~

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      Sunday 9 November 2014

Amazon’s Echo defies easy description. Actually, that’s not quite true: the easy way to describe it is “creepy as hell”. What’s trickier is explaining what it is.

"Can you hear me now"?

“Can you hear me now”?

The Echo (below) is a 20cm-tall black cylinder, that sits in your home and listens to everything you do. You will want it to do this, if Amazon’s marketing is to be believed, because it will be able to answer questions like, “who is Abraham Lincoln?” and perform simple tasks such as adding ice cream to your shopping or playing a Taylor Swift track. (You have to say the “wake word”, “Alexa”, before it will act on what it hears).

The device is like a hyped-up Siri or Google Now for your whole house. And it does have some impressive technology behind it, packing two speakers and seven microphones into its small case. But still, anyone who is comfortable with the idea of an always-on, Wifi-enabled obelisk listening to everything they say will probably be the first to die in the inevitable cyberwar of the 22nd century.

And that’s before we get to the fact that one of Amazon’s selling points for the device is that it’s “always getting smarter”. (Isn’t this how Terminator starts?)

But don’t think that just because you keep Echo out of your home that you’re safe. The same always-listening technology is already in a number of high-end mobile phones, from Apple’s iPhones to the latest Android phones from Google and Motorola (although it needs to be explicitly turned on before it will work). Even devices which you don’t purchase with the explicit aim of letting a major technology company track everything you say are still keeping an eye on you.

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This is Echo For Real

Amazon Echo (Early Beta Version)

This is a spoof. Really funny.   :)

~Steve~                                                 H/T   My Kid

Kids try to figure out a “Walkman”…

DCG

50 Things We Don’t Do Any More.

January 28, 2013 by 

50 Things We Don’t Do Anymore Due to Technology

A study conducted by Mozy last year found that technology is replacing many of the tasks that have been mainstays in our lives for years. When you consider the telecom industry, for example, when was the last time you looked something up in a phone book? Or used a phone book? Sure, they have 50 listings for party clowns for your 8-year-old’s birthday party, but isn’t it just faster to search online? Have you or your children ever called to hear “At the sound of the tone, the time will be 4:13 PM”? Technology is making life easier, faster, more accurate, and more personal. Take a stroll down memory lane with us and review 50 of the things we don’t do (or maybe have never done) thanks to technology.

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Try link if pic’s are not clear enough.

~Steve~

http://mozy.com/blog/infographics/50-things-we-dont-do-anymore-due-to-technology/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Newsletter-Home201302&utm_campaign=Newsletters-Home&ref=36b792db

It’s come to this…

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Bump your mobile phones together and instantly exchange information on your STD status

NY Daily News: Wondering if the person you’re about to have sex with has a sexually transmitted  disease? A new app offers “safe bumping” — bump your mobile phones together and instantly exchange information on your STD status.

Romantic, no. But the makers of the app, MedXCom, hope to curb the spread of STDs among tech-savvy  young people, particularly teens.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 50 percent of high school students are sexually active. Each year, millions of  those teens contract sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV, herpes, and  gonorrhea. Nearly half of all infections occur in people between the ages of 15  and 24.

The app also encourages users to regularly visit their doctor for STD checks. Those who are disease-free can have their doctor post their status on the app. For those with STDs, the app lets you track your treatment,  medications, and appointments.

Another app hoping to promote safe sex habits is iCondom, which can locate the closest store or vendor to buy condoms. MTV Staying Alive and iCondom are building what they dub the “world’s largest condom distribution map for iPhone, the first user-generated  map of its kind.”

If you need an app to determine where to buy a condom, you must be living under a rock (or maybe you are Sandra Fluke).  They are available practically everywhere these days.

I guess with technology the way it is today, kids prefer to communicate with apps as opposed to direct conversation. Maybe it will deter STDs since the public indoctrination system isn’t doing such a good job at curbing them.

DCG

Life, choose wisely.

Life really boils down to 2 questions…

1. Should I get a dog…..?
OR…

2. Should I have children?

 

No matter what situations life throws at you…

No matter how long and treacherous your journey may seem..

Remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

You’re laughing aren’t you?
That’s good ’cause my job here is done!

Have a great day and remember to give thanks….

~Steve~                                                   H/T  Da Grouchy Guy.

Darwin awards 2011

The Darwins are out!!!!

Yes, it’s that magical time of year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us.

Here is the glorious winner:

1. When his 38 caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach , California would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.

And now, the honorable mentions:

2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger.. The chef’s claim was approved.

3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.

4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies.. The deception wasn’t discovered for 3 days.

5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer… $15. [If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?]

7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly.. He decided that he’d just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape…

8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, “Yes, officer, that’s her. That’s the lady I stole the purse from.”

9.. The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti , Michigan at 5 A.M., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn’t open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren’t available for breakfast… The man, frustrated, walked away. [*A 5-STAR STUPIDITY AWARD WINNER]

10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street by sucking on a hose, he got much more than he bargained for.. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline, but he plugged his siphon hose into the motor home’s sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges saying that it was the best laugh he’d ever had.

In the interest of bettering mankind, please share these with friends and family….unless of course one of these individuals by chance is a distant relative or long lost friend. In that case, be glad they are distant and hope they remain lost.

*** Remember….Rejoice! Those that did not survive helped “clean” out our gene pool. They walk among us, they can reproduce.. and they can vote.

~Steve~          H/T  Grouchy.

Big Brother on Facebook – Facial Recognition on all those photos of yourself

~LTG

Note:

This YouTube video has been removed. In its place, here are excerpts from “Why Facebook’s Facial Recognition is Creepy,” by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, PCWorld, Jun 8, 2011:

Facebook is officially getting super-creepy. Facebook announced Tuesday that it will be implementing facial recognition technology for all users in the next few weeks, semi-automating the photo-tagging process.

Sure, you can “opt-out” of the service, but it’s a pretty weak consolation. After all, opting out won’t keep Facebook from gathering data and recognizing your face–it’ll just keep people from tagging you automatically.

The new facial recognition technology […] is basically Facebook’s way of creating a huge, photo-searchable database of its users. And yes, it’s terrifying.

[…] Facial recognition technology will ultimately culminate in the ability to search for people using just a picture. And that will be the end of privacy as we know it–imagine, a world in which someone can simply take a photo of you on the street, in a crowd, or with a telephoto lens, and discover everything about you on the internet.

~Eowyn