SuperSite for Windows en Change the Alexa Device Name <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Amazon gives Alexa device customers the ability to change the device name that is assigned to each device and the name that is shown in your Amazon Alexa account configuration. These names show&nbsp;up on the web version and in the app.</p> <p>By default, Alexa devices come with pretty standard names, but as your Alexa device farm grows (which seems to be the case for anyone who has tried Alexa) you&#39;ll want to create custom names to better identify which device resides in which location. For example, you could have a kitchen Alexa, or a bedroom Alexa.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Alexa Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:22:00 +0000 81781 at Hands On: YubiKey and Windows Hello <div class="node-body gallery-body">This nearly indestructible USB key can hang on your key chain and be used to log into multiple Windows 10 devices just by plugging it in and it can also act as your multi-factor authentication source for logging into programs and services such as LastPass, Dropbox, Dashlane, KeePass, Password Safe, and others.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2FA MFA multi-factor authentication security Two-factor authentication Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows Hello YubiKey YubiKey NEO Yubino Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:36:00 +0000 81771 at Using Alexa on Your iPhone, iPad, or Android Device <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The 2016 holiday season was a great time for both Amazon and the company&#39;s voice AI, Alexa. Alexa devices won the season, with Amazon reporting that the<a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Alexa Dot</a> was&nbsp;a top seller. Amazon discounted its entry device to $39 over the holidays, making the Dot a very accessible and obtainable gift for family, friends, and even oneself.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:07:00 +0000 81761 at Microsoft’s Nadella Warns Against ‘Hubris’ Amid AI Growth <div class="field-byline"> Aaron Ricadela | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft Corp. and its competitors should eschew artificial intelligence systems that replace people instead of maximizing their time, Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said in an interview Monday.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Artificial Intelligence Cortana Cloud Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:18:00 +0000 81751 at Bloomberg Changing Alexa's Wake Word <div class="node-body article-body"><p>If you&#39;re not totally enamored with the default &quot;wake word&quot; for your Alexa device you can change it. Amazon currently offers three options: Alexa, Amazon, or Echo. In the future, Amazon plans to allow custom wake words.</p> <p>You can change the wake word for each Alexa device that you own using the Alexa app for Android or iOS - or on the web at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Alexa Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:14:00 +0000 81741 at Windows 10 Build 15002 ISO Images Released for OOBE Testing <div class="node-body article-body">The release of ISO images for Windows 10 Build 15002 does not mean this release is ready for Windows Insiders on the program's Slow Ring.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 15002 Build 15002 Cortana Creators Update ISO OOBE Out Of Box Experience Preview test testing voice control Windows 10 Windows 10 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:10:00 +0000 81711 at How To: Disable Flash for Microsoft Edge <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Flash is reportedly one of the most unsecure add-ons for any modern web browser and may products are now disabling Flash support by default.</p> <p>To turn off (or on) Flash in Windows 10&#39;s Microsoft Edge web browser...</p> <p><a href="/site-files/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 595px; height: 374px;" /></a></p> </div> Flash Microsoft Edge Windows 10 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:04:00 +0000 81721 at CES 2017: Camera Privacy Covers for Laptops, Tablets, and Smartphones <div class="node-body article-body">You never know what you might see on the sides and in smaller booths at CES and this companies webcam privacy slides are an inexpensive way to add a little extra safety to your devices.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> C-Slide CES CES CES 2017 privacy security webcam webcams Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:06:00 +0000 81691 at PC Makers Need a Reality Check. A Virtual Reality One <div class="field-byline"> Tim Culpan | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Global PC shipments fell 5.7 percent last year because ... well, you know why: Fewer people want to buy a PC. So now it's time for something new. Like, say, producing a product people actually want to buy.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hardware Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:02:00 +0000 81701 at Bloomberg What was the most exciting news to come out of CES? <div class="node-body advpoll_binary-body"><p>Now that we&#39;ve had a little time to sort through <strong><a href="">the deluge of product demos and announcements coming out of Las Vegas in January 2017</a></strong>, which pending technologies are you most ready to begin using?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div><form action="/poll/01132017" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="advpoll-voting-binary-form-0" class="advpoll-vote"> <div><div class="poll"> <div class="advpoll-available-choices"> <div class="vote-choices"> <div class="form-radios"><div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1741-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1741"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-1741" name="choice" value="1741" class="form-radio" /> Voice as the latest interface -- I want to talk to my computer</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1751-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1751"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-1751" name="choice" value="1751" class="form-radio" /> Drones -- I can think of a lot of things to do with them</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1761-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1761"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-1761" name="choice" value="1761" class="form-radio" /> Robots! I am very excited about using robots for everything</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1771-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1771"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-1771" name="choice" value="1771" class="form-radio" /> VR headsets -- the applications for work or play are amazing</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-1781-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-1781"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-1781" name="choice" value="1781" class="form-radio" /> Solar panels, power generators and rugged batteries</label> </div> </div> </div> </div> <input type="hidden" name="ajax" id="edit-ajax" value="" class="ajax" /> <input type="hidden" name="nid" id="edit-nid" value="81681" class="edit-nid" /> <input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-vote-binary-0" value="Answer" class="form-submit" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-YY3PZ2rvEaTNEdqghuw6NSINzFXSP1_jvzY53RYgTpI" value="form-YY3PZ2rvEaTNEdqghuw6NSINzFXSP1_jvzY53RYgTpI" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-advpoll-voting-binary-form" value="advpoll_voting_binary_form" /> </div> </div></form> CES Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:05:25 +0000 81681 at Hands On with Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15007 for PC and Mobile Devices <div class="node-body gallery-body">As the final weeks of development for the Windows 10 Creators Update begin Microsoft has pushed its second PC build of this week. This same build, 15007, is available for Windows 10 Mobile devices and it is the first new build in 43 days. We take a closer look at some of the highlights.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 15007 Build 15007 Creators Update devices gallery images Mobile PC Redstone 2 tablet Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows Insider Windows Insiders Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:43:00 +0000 81671 at Windows 10 (Redstone 2) Build Tracker for PCs <div class="node-body gallery-body">Microsoft has begun development on the next major update to Windows 10, code named Redstone 2, and it is expected to be released some time in 2017. This page will track all of the PC builds released under the Redstone 2 branch for testing and preview. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BUILD builds development Microsoft Preview Redstone 2 tracker Windows 10 Windows 10 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:26:00 +0000 77191 at Windows 10 (Redstone 2) Build Tracker for Mobile <div class="node-body gallery-body">Microsoft has begun development on the next major update to Windows 10, code named Redstone 2, and it is expected to be released some time in 2017. This page will track all of the Mobile builds released under the Redstone 2 branch for testing and preview. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BUILD builds development Microsoft Mobile Preview Redstone 2 tracker Windows 10 Windows 10 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:25:00 +0000 77391 at Hacking Alexa: Piloting the "Elite: Dangerous" Spaceship <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Amazon&#39;s Alexa has made some serious inroads into public awareness. Just recently I talked about some&nbsp;of&nbsp;Alexa&#39;s capabilities&nbsp;in a crowd of people with whom I expected to have to explain exactly what Alexa is and does. But, that wasn&#39;t the case. Each person in the group already knew what I was talking about. That was interested enough to me that I tested the group by also&nbsp;mentioning Cortana and&nbsp;Google Home. Four out of the five people in the group shrugged ignorance.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Alexa Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:38:00 +0000 81661 at CES 2017: Helixee Network Attached Storage (NAS) Device <div class="node-body gallery-body">The Helixee from Novathings delivers home based network attached storage but with remote access, sharing, and commenting features that make it a viable option for not only backing up memories but making them accessible and useful.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CES gallery Hardware Helixee images NAS network Networked Attached Storage Novathings remote access storage Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:02:00 +0000 81651 at CES 2017: What We'll Be Covering This Year, Based on What We Saw Last Week <div class="node-body article-body">Rich Hay and I spent five days criss-crossing the Las Vegas Conventions Center, the Sands, and countless hotel suites and press conferences, and at the end of it, a few tech trends really stood out for me. These trends will likely percolate through our coverage for the remainder of the year.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CES CES Computer Mobile phone tablet Television Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:30:00 +0000 81641 at Toggling Alexa's Voice Purchasing Power and Setting a Passcode <div class="node-body article-body"><p>You may have heard new reports where Alexa owners accidentally&nbsp;and unknowingly ordered products from Amazon that&nbsp;showed up on their doorstep unexpectedly.</p> <p>There are a couple ways to minimize this from happening, both of which are part of the setup process&nbsp;for Alexa, but can also be later configured and customized using the Alexa app for Android or iOS.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alexa Alexa Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:26:00 +0000 81631 at CES 2017: A Rookie Experience <div class="node-body article-body">I am home after attending my first ever CES in Las Vegas and I not only brought home the CES Crud but also a great experience and a few lessons learned.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CES CES CES 2017 Consumer Electronics Show follow up Observations post show rookie Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:03:00 +0000 81621 at Microsoft's New Privacy Dashboard Helps Users Control Their Personal Data <div class="node-body gallery-body">Microsoft is continuing their effort to put the user in total control of what information the Redmond company has on file about various activity such as web browsing, searches, location data, and in Cortana's Notebook.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> browsing Cortana Cortana Notebook dashboard history location Microsoft account MSA privacy Privacy Dashboard search Windows 10 Microsoft Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:07:00 +0000 81611 at Windows 10 Build 15002 Hands On Overview <div class="node-body gallery-body">The first Redstone 2 testing build release in 2017 for the upcoming Feature Update, aka the Creators Update that is expected in April, was made available to Windows Insiders with a huge list of new features.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 15002 Build 15002 Creators Update gallery images Redstone 2 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows Insider Windows Insiders Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:11:00 +0000 81591 at Inkin Adds Apple Watch to Supported Device List <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I&#39;ve written about Inkin before as part of a series for linking Microsoft Band with 3rd party fitness community services. Inkin is a &quot;Social Fitness&quot; service, allowing owners of various fitness wearables to come together in a central location to share and compete. This is particularly useful for those who own devices from different manufacturers but still want the ability to compete and connect with friends and others without having to shell-out additional money for new devices.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Inkin Hardware Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:15:00 +0000 81601 at Fitbit Acquires Vector Watch <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Hot off a CES&nbsp;where&nbsp;the wearable fitness company&nbsp;displayed new partnerships and integrations instead of new device models, Fitbit today has announced that it is acquiring Vector Watch. I <a href="">tested and reviewed Vector </a>a while back and thought the device was one of the more hopeful Windows Mobile-oriented gadgets, its performance and abilities proved to be lackluster.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> FitBit Hardware Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:17:00 +0000 81581 at Seven Gadgets That Rode the CES Hype Machine to Disappointment <div class="field-byline"> Alistair Barr | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Some of the top flops from 50 years of the Las Vegas show include Digital Audio Tape players, Apple’s Newton handheld computer and Atari’s Jaguar gaming console. Here are some of the more recent disappointments from CES.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CES Mon, 09 Jan 2017 23:12:00 +0000 81571 at Bloomberg Atlassian to Buy Trello Project Management App Maker <div class="field-byline"> Dina Bass | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Trello's app offers digital post-it notes and whiteboards to organize tasks and priorities. It has 19 million users, a number that almost doubled in the past year. The startup sells free and paid versions and the products will remain standalone offerings after the deal.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hipchat Jira Project management software project management tools Trello Cloud Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:24:00 +0000 81561 at Bloomberg AUKEY Amp 4-port USB Charger with USB C Port <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>I&#39;ve tested and reviewed AUKEY devices before which is why I feel so comfortable personally using devices from the company in daily life. We have several different types of AUKEY devices in use here in the house, primarily all charging hardware. This latest version, the AUKEY Amp 4-port USB Charger comes with a USB Type C port which has proven handy for the few devices we have that require the special port. USB Type C is just now emerging on new devices, and may eventually make it into mainstream, so having this option available is noteworthy.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AUKEY Hardware Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:23:00 +0000 81551 at CES 2017: Retro Gaming Market Grows with new Mini Arcades from My Arcade <div class="node-body article-body">Here at CES 2017 one company, My Arcade, is releasing several Mini Arcade devices to bring even more nostalgia & 8-bit gaming glory to customers. In addition, they are also releasing accessories for the popular and hard to find Nintendo NES Classic.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CES CES CES 2017 gaming Mini Arcades My Arcade video Sat, 07 Jan 2017 15:08:00 +0000 81541 at CES 2017: The Proliferation of Virtual Reality Headsets Plus Their Impact on the Future <div class="node-body gallery-body">Microsoft has announced a partnership to bring virtual reality to users with Project Evo this year when the Windows 10 Creators Update is released. Meanwhile, here at CES there are plenty of Head Mounted Displays available for Windows-based devices.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CES CES CES 2017 Head Mounted Display headsets HMD virtual reality VR Sat, 07 Jan 2017 05:32:00 +0000 81531 at Amazon, Google Assistant Battle Revives Smart Home Race at CES <div class="field-byline"> Mark Bergen and Olga Kharif | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Aided by new artificial intelligence software that makes it easier for gadgets to understand speech, tech giants led by Inc. are locked in a race for dominance of digital home assistants.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CES Sat, 07 Jan 2017 02:16:00 +0000 81521 at Bloomberg CES 2017: Hands On with the Brydge Surface Pro 3/4 Keyboard <div class="node-body article-body">Finally, a real "lappable" keyboard for your Surface Pro 3 and 4 devices plus it has an optional SSD storage option as part of the keyboard itself.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brydge CES CES CES 2017 Hardware keyboard Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Surface Pro 4 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:14:00 +0000 81501 at CES 2017 Quick Take: How VR Will Blow Open the Job Market <div class="node-body article-body">The reality of how VR will change the nontechnical job market really sank in during the Intel press event.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CES HoloLens Intel Lenovo Microsoft Oculus virtual reality Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:30:00 +0000 81511 at Getty Images