Saturday, January 30, 2016

Facebook's New Live Video Streaming Takes on Periscope

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Facebook has released a new live streaming tool this week that competes with the popular live streaming app Periscope.

We've told you about Periscope---the popular app that lets users broadcast live from a smartphone.

Previously only available to celebrities and other verified prominent Facebook users, Live Video allows users to stream live video to their Facebook connections.

When finished, the video posts to your newsfeed.

The new feature is only available to users in the US using the iPhone Facebook app.  But other devices and locations will be soon available

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To use Live Video, tap on the Status Update and then tap the Live Video icon.  Write a description and choose your audience.  While broadcasting you'll see the number of live viewers, the names of your friends watching and real-time comments.

By offering this feature, Facebook brings video live streaming to a wider audience.  It'll be new to many users.  

Will we be soon watching live video from friends rather than just viewing selfies?

Is it something that you'll use?  

Check it out.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Facebook Launches Sports Stadium for Real Time Game Updates

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Facebook really wants you to stay connected with your friends, even during big sports games.

And to do so, it is introducing a new feature, Sports Stadium.

Sports Stadium provides real-time updates on games, posts from your friends, live scores and stats, and expert commentary.
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Sports Stadium is now available only on the Apple iPhone Facebook app but will be available for other platforms in the coming weeks.

The new feature starts with today's American football championship games.  It also will be available for the Super Bowl game.  Other sports such as basketball and soccer will be available in the future.

To access Sports Stadium, search for a team in a game and click the game link, for example, the "Patriots vs. Broncos".


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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Let Siri Beatbox for You

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Apple iPhone's personal assistant, Siri, can lay down some beat.

To hear her musical talent, press the iPhone home button and say  "Siri, Beatbox for me".

OK, maybe it's not the most interesting performance.  But it's a start.

Have fun!


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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Amazon Echo Now Plays Jeopardy!

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"What is the new game on Amazon Echo?"

Amazon's Echo home internet device now offers daily Jeopardy questions.

The American quiz show, created by legendary Hollywood star Merv Griffin, is now available on the Amazon Echo.

Daily questions, written by the show's writers, come from a wide range of categories including sports, pop culture, travel, and world history.

There are six new clues to play each day.

Don't forget to answer in the form of a question!

If you have an Echo device, open the Alexa app and enable the Jeopardy! skill.

To start playing, just ask "Alexa, start Jeopardy".

Have fun!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Top 3 Tech Resolutions for 2016

Top 3 Tech Resolutions for 2016 - One Cool Tip -
Ah, the start of a new year.  It's "out" with the old and "in" with the new.  A time to resolve to improve for the coming year.

So what are your technology resolutions for 2016?

Here are three worth considering.

Back Up - Back Up - Back Up

Resolve to back up all of your data on all of your devices.  It's heartbreaking to hear from readers about how they lost years of photos and documents because they did not have backups of their computers, tablets and phones.  Don't let that happen to you!   Start 2016 off right with a new attitude to backup your data on a regular basis.   Here are two Cool Tips for more information.   Backing Up Avoids Cracking Up and How to Back Up Gmail Contacts

Better Security

Resolve to use better, and more secure, passwords for every web site.   The days of using the same simple password on multiple web sites are over.  Make 2016 the year you upgrade your passwords to make your privacy and data more secure.   A good password should be at least 8 characters and include both upper and lower case letters as well as symbols and numbers.  And what if your devices are lost or stolen?  Check out these Cool Tips - Where's My Laptop? Be Prepared Before Your Laptop is Lost or Stolen,  Where's my iPhone?,  Where's my Android?,   Find My Device is New Feature in Windows 10    

Think Before You Spread Bad Info

Resolve not to share bad and incorrect info on social media or email.  If it sounds too good to be true, it's probably not true.  Mark Zuckerberg is not going to send you free money.  Ever.  That's why he's mega-rich and we're not.  See something on Facebook that seems fishy?  Before you just "share" and spread it even farther, check it out with a Google search or even better, check on Snopes to see if it is true.  More info on Snopes is here in this Cool Tip  - If You Read it On Facebook, It Must be True

Have a safe, and prosperous 2016!
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