Sunday, March 22, 2020

Apple Updates Siri to Screen for the COVID19 Corona Virus

Apple Siri
Apple has updated Siri, its virtual digital assistant, to screen for the COVID19 virus.

To use the new feature, just ask Siri, "Do I have the Corona Virus?"

Siri will then ask a series of Yes/No screening questions developed based on CDC criteria. 

Users who answer "yes" to these questions, like those referencing COVID-19 symptoms, are advised to self-isolate, monitor the situation, or contact a medical provider if the condition worsens, are age 65 or over, or have a serious medical condition.

Siri can be found on Apple's iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS operating systems and devices.


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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Google Launches COVID19 Portal

Google has launched a new COVID19 portal,, that focuses on education, prevention and local resources on the COVID19 virus at the center of the worldwide pandemic.

Google COVID19 Portal

Users can use the site to find state-based information, safety and prevention tips, search trends related to COVID-19, and further resources for individuals, educators and businesses. 

The portal will soon be available in more languages and countries.

This new site is in addition to new features on Google Search that provides easy access to more authoritative information.



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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Pokemon Go Cancels Community Days Due to Corona Virus

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The news just keeps getting worse.

Among the many sporting, cultural and educational events that have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 Corona virus, we can now add the Pokemon Go Community Day event. 

Niantic, the developer and publisher of Pokemon Go, announced that the March Community Day has been postponed.

The March event was an Abra Community Day.  Sorry Abra!

Pokemon Go, known for getting mobile gamers off their couches and out and about in the community to play the game with others, announced the postponement to reduce the spread of the virus.

But all is not lost..

Niantic announced several changes to the Pokemon Go game to allow users who stay at home to still enjoy the game:

  • A one-time purchase bundle of 30 Incense for 1 PokéCoin. Incense will also last for one hour.
  • 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators during this time period
  • PokéStops will now drop Gifts more frequently
  • Pokémon habitats will increase and more Pokémon will be appearing in the wild

These changes are in effect until further notice.

So remember to keep your "social distance" or stay at home and continue to play Pokemon Go safely.

And wash your hands!

Source:  PokemonGoLive


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Saturday, March 14, 2020

How to Clean and Disinfect Your iPhone

Corona Virus COVID-19
What's dirtier, your mobile phone or toilet?  Well, if you haven't cleaned it lately, it might just be your iPhone.

Think about it.  As you go through your day touching everything, you're bound to pass along any nasty germs you've collected to your phone.

With the world wide pandemic of the Corona virus, COVID-19, cleaning your iPhone becomes an important step in helping to keep you and your family safe.

Apple has finally shared that you can disinfect your iPhone.
Is it OK to use a disinfectant on my iPhone?Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your iPhone. Don't use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any openings, and don't submerge your iPhone in any cleaning agents.
Apple expands on how to clean different models of iPhone in its online reference HERE.

We'll look to post additional information on cleaning Android phones in the near future.

Oh, don't forget to wash your hands.  Learn more on how to protect yourself from infections from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC).

Source:  Apple

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Here's How to Register Your Drone. Again.

Are you getting a drone for Christmas?

Or have you recently received one?

You'll need to register your drone with the FAA.

The requirement to register drones is part of recently passed legislation, the National Defense Authorization Act.

Use this link to register your Drone with the FAA

Registering drones is not new.  Registration was first required in December 2015.   But earlier this year, hobbyists banned together to fight the requirement and won.  But the new legislation signed by President Trump this week again requires registration.

So stay on Santa's good list and be sure to register your drone.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

FBI Warns Parents About Internet Connected Toys

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Beware of the toys.  They may be watching, listening and sharing.

That's the warning to parents from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about internet connected toys.

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) recently issued a statement to parents "to consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive, internet-connected toys into their homes or trusted environments."

The concern is that the toys could pose identity theft and exploitation threats due to microphones, cameras and geo-location data that is improperly used, shared or stored.  

The full notice is worth reading but here are a few points:

  • Only connect and use toys with trusted and secure Wi-Fin internet access.
  • Closely monitor children’s activity with the toys (such as conversations and voice recordings) through the toy’s partner parent application, if such features are available
  • Ensure the toy is turned off, particularly those with microphones and cameras, when not in use
  • Use strong and unique login passwords when creating user accounts (e.g., lower and upper case letters, numbers, and special characters)
  • Carefully read disclosures and privacy policies

Should we be concerned?  Maybe to Probably.  It can happen.

Nearly two years, we warned readers about the problem caused by one company.  

In that case, Vtech a major tech toy company, poorly stored sensitive children data on the web.

So the best thing we can do is to be cautious and knowledgeable.

Source: FBI

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Waze Now Lets You Record and Share Your Own Turn-by-Turn Navigation Audio

We love Waze, Google's crowd-sourced navigation and traffic app.

From real-time predictive arrival times and the ability for you and your fellow commuters to report hazards and traffic problems, Waze is the best mobile navigation app.

From time to time, Waze has promoted celebrity voices who offered turn-by-turn navigation.  These have included Stephen Colbert, Mr. T and C3PO.

But now Waze lets users to create their own custom audio and also the ability to share that audio with others.

Here's how to record your voice directions:

  • Tap the Menu Waze Menu, then Settings Waze Settings.
  • Tap Sound & voice.
  • Tap Voice directions.
  • Tap Record New Voice.
  • Tap Enter a name for your custom voice to give your set of recordings a name. 
  • Tap Done.
  • Tap on the type of direction you'd like to record, 
  • Tap the record icon Waze Record to start recording and stop Waze Stop Record when you've finished recording. 
  • To play your recording back, tap the play icon Waze Play Voice.
  • Tap Save.

A few suggestions when making and using the custom voice navigation:

  • Be accurate when recording your custom navigation.  Safety first!  
  • Your voice recording is saved locally.  So it is possible that it can be deleted when you uninstall the Waze app.
  • Did you read the warning above about being accurate when making a custom recording?  Safety first!
  • Custom voice navigation is not as complete as the normal voice navigation options.  Use a custom voice when you are familiar with your travel plans and destinations.  Use the default voice options when you need more precise street names for your audio navigation.

You can also share your customer voice navigation with others.  

Here's how:

  • Tap the Menu Waze Menu, then Settings Waze Settings.
  • Tap Sound & voice.
  • Tap Voice directions.
  • Tap Share Waze Share iOS on iOS or Waze Share Android on Android and then Share again.
  • Choose your preferred method (SMS, email, etc.). and select the recipient.

Send your voice recording to friends and they'll hear your recorded directions while navigating with Waze.
Check out this custom voice:
Rodger's Wild Ride (Waze Custom Voice Navigation)

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