Google is the latest company to jump onto the streaming TV world. Following the footsteps of Sony’s PlayStation Vue and Sling TV. Just like Sony with PlayStation; Google is using it’s most recognizable property as the namesake for its service. YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service that aims to be better than the rest with the familiar YouTube interface you are used to. YouTube TV is internet-based TV service that is on both iOS and Android. It is not on any game systems yet. YouTube TV offers live streaming content from traditional broadcast networks and cable channels. Here is everything you need to know about the service.
How is this different from a cable TV subscription?
It’s not cable. There is no long term contracts. It works wherever you go unlike cable services that sometimes let you stream limited content when home around your home. YouTube TV costs a lot less than the any cable subscription.
How much is this going to cost me?
Speaking of cost. To get you hooked Google is giving you a free one-month trial when you sign up. After the free month the cost for all this TV goodness is only $35 per month. You will get over 40 channels including live local channels. There are more channels constantly being added over time. If you need more you can add Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus.
Google just announced that it will be the default music play for the Samsung Galaxy S8. Which is great news for both Samsung and Galaxy owners. Why is this great news? Well, consumers want to be able to use apps and services that they know and are used to. Who wants to use a generic music service that no one has ever heard of? Samsung needs to make sure that it has these capabilities in order to keep customers, and ultimately draw new ones. I’ve said it before, and I will likely say it again, but you have to give the people what they want.
And that is exactly what Samsung is doing. Not only are they giving users Google Play Music, they are also giving users 100,000 songs for free. But there is one small catch. You have to be a new user. Too bad for those who already use the service. But let’s get back to the number of songs. Who has or even wants access to that many songs? I’m a bit envious as my iPhone has some storage issues, and I can only handle about 20 songs at a time. That doesn’t include cloud access. But, if I was really interested in listening to music, I would definitely consider this phone as an option for my upgrade. Don’t get me wrong, I love music, but I have found ways around my storage issues.
The downside to that is you have to be new to the service. … Read the rest
Over the last couple of years, I have inherited a ton of old family photos. Some are ancient, and others are from my day. What I end up with is a mix of photos – black and white, different sizes (think from 3″ x 5″ to 8″x 10″). Making it next to impossible to scan then. Several years ago, I invested in a scanner in an attempt to tackle the beast. To put it into perspective, I probably have close to 2000 photos in my house. Scanning was time-consuming and quite cumbersome. More recently, I sourced out some of the scanning. Which is absolutely an option when you have that many photos, but what if you only have a few? Or what if you can’t afford to source out the scanning?
I recently discovered the Google PhotoScan app. I used this when I needed to only scan a handful of images for a particular purpose. I found it easy to use – except for one or two challenges. I have an iPhone so I was able to easily save my images into the cloud and retrieve them at a later date. It produced a really good quality image, considering the technology I was using. But like I said – one or two issues. The first issue I had was around the focus dots. From time to time, the focus dot would be way off the picture. Sometimes on my table, or whatever surface I was using. … Read the rest
Listen to podcasts offline on your Apple Watch thanks to Overcast
I love my Apple Watch. It is the best smartwatch on the market because it does what is advertised to do. Sort of. It is not a workout watch. That would be the FitBit Blaze. The main issue that I am sure we all have is that it does not really ever let you use it without your iPhone near you. Even with the new update to the OS it is still not a standalone device. There are a few apps that show us what may be possible in the future. The built in Music app lets you sync playlist for offline use. Which is great but sometimes you want to listen to a podcast while you workout or go for run.
Up to until now the only way to listen to podcast on your Apple Watch without a iPhone present was with a jailbreak tweak called WatchPlayer. That is no longer the case. Now with the latest Overcast update you can send podcasts to your Apple Watch with just a tap of a button after you’ve downloaded episodes to your iPhone. It works pretty well although keep in mind its not the fastest transfer ever. It may take a few minutes for the episode to make it to your watch depending on the size of the podcast. Also keep in mind that your play episodes doesn’t sync back to your iPhone. That means you can’t pick up where you left off from on other devices.… Read the rest
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Google Home can now recognize more than one voice. Which means, anyone in the house can use it to activate the lights. Not just your Dad. But why is this important? Because it’s something that Alexa doesn’t have. Or at least not yet. And the bigger reason, as I just mentioned, is that anyone can use it in the house. But is that really a good thing? On one hand, it opens up the possibilities for everyone in the house, but on the other hand it means anyone can do anything. Right?
It is a bit of a double edged sword. Let’s think about it from the perspective of being able to order things online through these “home” devices. Having the ability to only recognize one voice means that only one person can order. And presumably that person is an adult. So if my twelve year old can now use this home device, can they order on my behalf? And if the answer is yes, then there is a problem. But if the answer is no, then we’re ok. Meaning, there are safe guards in place that are going to stop certain people from being able to use it for these purposes. On the other hand, can my kids use it to turn on the lights? I’m hoping, and guessing that there is a way to identify the voice profile and include or exclude certain rights within the system.
Continuing on this idea of making purchases without your consent. … Read the rest
MasterCard to Add Fingerprint Authentication for Purchases
The future of biometrics. has arrived! I wrote a post about facial recognition and its use by airport security. And another post about Alabama asking it’s citizens to submit their taxes via selfie. Well, now MasterCard wants you to verify your identity using your fingerprint. But not just your fingerprint. They are also wanting you to put your PIN number in as well. Which makes some sense, as a two step authentication process. But to me, it seems a bit much. Doesn’t it? In all of these scenarios, we are giving a part of ourselves to an organization. Whether it’s a corporation like MasterCard, or the IRS. We are giving out our personal data in ways that we never have before.
I don’t really like the idea of this. For many reasons, but let me start with the fingerprint recognition feature on my phone. If my finger is wet, or if I’m sweating, then my fingerprint doesn’t get recognized. Ok, you’re probably saying make sure your hands are dry. No problem. But because the button is so small, and apparently my finger is huge, it’s still doesn’t always get recognized. It’s one tiny part of my actual fingerprint. Not the entire thing. This is extremely frustrating for me and I’m just trying to get into my phone. Imagine what could happen if you’re trying to make a purchase and it doesn’t work?
I like the idea of the two step authentication process, but what happens if it doesn’t work? … Read the rest