Episode 1 Season 2: Alexa, can you hear me?

Alexa Voice Commands

In this Episode:

Alexa lands at Roy’s house and they mostly get along. Adventures in Voice Assistants (Siri, Alexa, Google Now, Google Home), Virtual Assistants, and trying to get them to tell you what you really want to hear or know. Plus we learn Amazon’s Alexa makes a great DJ if you are in the mood for Heavy Metal Christmas, Heavy Metal Classical Music, or the Chris Tomlin station. Actually you find she is really good at all things music. Quite fun there. Be sure to listen to the end for the “Moment of Zen”.

Links:

Alexa is taking part in a murder investigation

Alexa buys you a doll house

How to keep Alexa from buying stuff

 

Episode 8: Do you know where I am? Ask my Cell Phone.

Mobile Phones and Apps

Episode 8

Do you know where I am? Ask my Cell Phone.

In this episode we talk about Privacy or lack thereof on our cell phones and other mobile devices. Bad apps that track you. Bad apps that don’t respect you. And of course, how the government can use your cell phone to track you because you can’t turn off location tracking 100% on your phone. Did you know Verizon has a Super Cookie to track you and link to your phone for advertisers?

Verizon Wireless and the FCC Settlement

AT&T Drops Super Cookie tracking

Lessons on protecting your privacy on your mobile devices

Supposedly Facebook Doesn’t listen in to your conversations

Wikipedia Entry on Mobile Phone tracking

Reasons why Google Android OS is so fragmented and will it ever be fixed.