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What do you think of the Amazon Fire TV Cube?

Episode 1500

GJ from Snohomish, WA
Amazon Fire TV Cube

Leo says the Echo powered Fire TV Cube is cool because all he'd have to do is tell it to watch the show he wants, and it turns on the TV, switches to the right input, and starts the show. Then when he leaves, he can just say "TV off" and everything will turn off, which is nice. GJ noticed it talks about an ARC port with HDMI. Leo says it would like to get CEC and the Audio Return Channel, but it's not required.

GJ also noticed that YouTube Red changed to YouTube Premium. Leo says it's still the same thing, where he would pay a fee for no ads and access to Google's music offering.

Why can't I access Google from the Chrome browser anymore?

Episode 1499

Anna from Laguna Hills, CA
Google Chrome

Anna clicked on a link in Facebook, which took her to a site that popped up a big warning with a phone number. She restarted her PC, and after that Chrome wouldn't let her access Google anymore. She also saw a warning flag in the system tray. Leo says the warning in the system tray is from Microsoft, so she can click that. It will probably take her to the security center where she can see if it offers any sensible information. She can run IE, but can't run Chrome, though. When she launches Chrome, she gets a blank white screen and it freezes.

Google Is Redesigning Its AR Glasses

Episode 1489

Google Glass

When Google originally released Google Glass, it was a huge, overpriced failure. People were freaking out over privacy, and let's face it: You looked like a dork. Now, the talk is that Google is starting from scratch and creating a new augmented reality glasses design. The rumor comes from WinFuture and CNET stating that Google is working with a Taiwanese company to create a new design that is called the A65, with video capture, 3D overlays, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, and more.

How can I send out group text messages from my computer?

Episode 1488

Scott from Arlington, TX
Verizon Message+

Scott is an independent author and he says he's worried about data protection requirements under the EU's GDPR rules. Leo says that requirements for data protection is different for an individual than they are for a company with 250 or more. One can use MailChimp to do GDPR and protect the client's data. If he/she has a website that's log enabled then they would also have requirements. It's also not completely clear what the EU's GDPR requirements are, especially for small businesses. The EU is more interested in larger companies than the little guy.

Google Duplex is both exciting and frightening at the same time

Episode 1487

https://ai.googleblog.com/2018/05/duplex-ai-system-for-natural-conversation.html

Google Duplex uses Google Assistant to do things like making appointments and dinner reservations, using a voice call. The Google Assistant robot can have a conversation in the process. Leo says that Duplex passes the Turing Test, that means one can't tell the difference between a human and a computer, but there is a little bit that isn't "quite right." It keeps getting better though, and Google plans to roll out Duplex by the end of the year.

How can I download photos and images from Google?

Episode 1477

George from Santa Monica, CA
Creative Commons

George is having issues viewing images on Google Images and downloading them. Leo says that was due to users not buying clipart anymore when they can simply go to Google Images and download them for free. He can still save them, but technically it is piracy. That's why Leo recommends going into the tools section under "rights" and selecting "creative commons" or "approved for reuse".

How can I use the internet in China?

Episode 1475

Mike from Tiburon, CA
Map of China

Mike is going to China and wants to know how he can use Gmail, Facebook or Twitter. Leo says that it changes all the time depending on the social unrest that's going on. There is a Wikipedia page that will show him. One thing he can do is create a Yahoo Mail account, have Gmail fetch it, and then use that. It's a workaround but it can work. He may be able to go to the .CN versions of websites, though.

Should I get the ASUS ZenPhone AR or the Samsung S9?

Episode 1471

Sam from Las Cruces, NM
Samsung Galaxy S9

Sam was looking at the ASUS ZenPhone AR because of Tango and Daydream from Google, but Leo says it's terrible, and he should not get it. Tango is Google's imaging capability that they have since stopped supporting. It's kind of like Apple's face recognition technology, but it pointed outward instead of inward and it had 3D mapping. It turned out that no one wanted to make a phone with the Tango hardware because it was too expensive, added too much complexity, and required too much battery.