Electronics

MacBook Pro and Dongles

Unboxing the New MacBook Pro 15″

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I just unboxed my new, all-singing, all-dancing, MacBook Pro 15" laptop. It is the most expensive laptop Apple has ever produced. It's also supposed to be the best ever. This may be true, but unboxing it revealed some interesting issues that may influence your decision to purchase one. PLUS: A special bonus video - just how bad is the battery life on the new laptop?

Alexa Echo ASR NLU

5 Awesome Illegal Uses for Alexa

If you let your imagination run wild in the world of automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU), and you throw in a little fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD), you can come up with several illegal uses for systems such as Alexa Voice Service, Google Home, Siri, and Cortana that will give you pause. Just for fun, let’s play pretend in our world of infinite possibilities.

Alexa, The Killer App

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The superstar of CES® 2017 was not a car, or a robot, or even a TV; it was Alexa Voice Service (AVS), the software that allows you to control compatible devices with your voice. Various reports estimated there were 700–1,100 Alexa-controllable products at the show. I can't verify the number, but "and it works with Alexa" was the running gag at CES. The familiar Amazon/Alexa logo seemed to be everywhere.