Author: Ralph De Arazoza

FCC Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC voted today, 12/14/17, to remove net neutrality regulations that were put in place two years ago. For details on the vote, its consequences, and upcoming challenges, check this article from Wired: THE FCC JUST KILLED NET NEUTRALITY. NOW

Posted in Internet

YouTube TV is Latest OTT Service for Cord Cutters

When it comes to TV, over-the-top (OTT) services essentially offer a variety of channels that stream via your existing Internet service provider. If you pay only for Internet access (no cable TV), you have many choices when it comes to

Posted in Streaming

Amazon Go

Amazon has just launched a test for a new type of convenience store in Seattle. There are no cashiers, whether human or automated. You just scan your Amazon app when you come in, take what you want off the shelf,

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Tips: Speeding Up Your Computer and Extending Battery Life

Two frequent questions asked by my students are: Why is my computer going so slow lately? Why is my laptop battery not lasting as long as it used to? While there are no quick answers to these questions (especially the first one),

Posted in Laptops, Windows

Intelligent Assistants

On October 4th, Google announced various devices (Pixel Smartphone and Google Home) that feature their new Google Assistant. As shown in the video above, this intelligent assistant aims to improve the way we interact with our devices and make the Google

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Speech Recognition

Apple vs FBI – An Important Debate

National security vs. personal privacy. We have been having this conversation for a very long time, especially after 9/11. This debate is again taking center state in a very public battle between Apple and the FBI. It has a been

Posted in Privacy, Security

Amazon Echo – Ready for Super Bowl

Need an assistant to help you plan a Super Bowl party? The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated device that performs a variety of tasks by listening to your spoken commands. It can be placed anywhere in your home, preferably in

Posted in Home Automation, Speech Recognition

Free Up Space on Your Mobile Devices

Regardless of the storage capacity of our smartphones, we always seem to run out of room. This excellent article from The Verge offers tips on how to free up space, including the use of the highly recommended cloud services from

Posted in Cloud, Mobile, Smartphones

2016 Chevy Malibu’s “Teen Driver” Monitoring System

Parental controls have moved from the computer into the car. Well, all cars have embedded systems these days, so this development isn’t very surprising. The 2016 Chevy Malibu will allow parents to get reports on their teen’s driving and set

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USB 3.1 (Type-C Connector)

How much do you know about USB 3.1 (with Type-C connector)? Several laptops, such as the MacBook and Chromebook Pixel, are already using it. Upcoming phones will use it. In a nutshell, the new connector is: (1) Faster than USB

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