Amazon’s New Services & Acquisitions

Amazon, the online giant, has been busy lately and they appear to be somewhat unstoppable.  Right now Amazon is the third most influential stock with the S&P 500 behind Apple and Alphabet…some pretty elite company. Their shares have gone up 32% this year, including a 2.4% jump with their recent announcement  last Friday that they plan to buy…

Google’s Family Calendar – Part of the Family Library

I use my Google Calendar for everything from business and doctor appointments to birthday and anniversary reminders. In fact, I don’t think I could manage my busy life without it, and I can’t imagine going back to writing everything down on a physical calendar or in a planner. With the introduction of virtual assistants, you…

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference

If you are a fan of Apple products, it appears 2017 is going to be a big year. At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC, they made some big announcements. iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac yet, is going to be released this December. Some of the most notable features are 22 teraflops of GPU performance, fast storage…

IFTTT Maker Tier for Applet Developers

If you haven’t heard of IFTTT, it stands for If This, Then That and is pronounced lift minus the l. What it means is that you can use platforms such as Facebook, Gmail, and WordPress to automate certain internet-connected activities. An example would be:  If I post a photo to Facebook, Then also add it to Google…

Using Quora Video to Answer Questions

The Q&A site, Quora, began testing the concept of using video to answer questions this past week.  This seems appropriate in a world where video dominates three-fourths of online traffic. The company was founded in 2009 by a couple of guys that used to work for Facebook, Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever, and was initially popular only in the…

Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Platform

Microsoft recently announced their newest venture into the world of augmented reality, and it is creating quite the buzz. The platform has been dubbed “mixed reality,” referring to the process of superimposing holographic images on top of real life images. It was officially unveiled at Build 2017, the company’s annual developer conference, but has been in the works…

How Brain-Computer Interface Will Change Our World

Mark Zuckerberg is a big supporter in the future of virtual and augmented reality. So much so that his company is developing quite the futuristic concept. Even though they are predicting this idea to be at least five to ten years out, it has the tech world buzzing. He wants to develop glasses that will replace smartphones….

What Is Biometric Security

Cyber security is a major hurdle for any business, but especially for bigger companies such as banks, online retail stores, and insurance companies. However, small and medium-sized businesses have also been targeted more recently, possibly due to their lack of preparedness. Holding critical company information  for ransom by encrypting it to prevent access has become fairly common….

Instagram Has Altered Your Inbox

Snapchat and Instagram have been in competition for quite some time. They are similar in their core functions and both are pretty much exclusive to your smartphone. Even though Instagram has twice as many active users, Snapchat is very popular among millennials. The two apps started within one year of each other; Instagram in 2010 and…

How To Switch To YouTube’s Hidden Dark Mode

Watching videos on YouTube is one of the most popular pastimes worldwide, with over a billion users watching countless hours of video every day. Over half of the views come from mobile devices, and YouTube has launched local versions in almost 90 countries in a total of 76 different languages. Many of these views are happening when…

How To Switch To YouTube’s Hidden Dark Mode

Watching videos on YouTube is one of the most popular pastimes worldwide, with over a billion users watching countless hours of video every day. Over half of the views come from mobile devices, and YouTube has launched local versions in almost 90 countries in a total of 76 different languages. Many of these views are happening when…

Fact Check Tool By Google

It’s tough being at the top. Google has been taking a lot of heat for returning what some are calling fake news results to online search queries. In addition, they have been under fire for showing paid ads next to offensive content and losing Adwords revenue. They aren’t the only ones. Facebook has also been…