adminJune 16, 2018
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9min

Windows 10 is the newest and the final release of Microsoft’s operating system. It is built on fundamentally the same thing as its predecessors (especially Windows 7 and Windows 8.1), but it also offers new and improved features, along with a refurbished interface.

So, even if you’re highly familiar with using the past versions of Windows, you might want to get some tips with using Windows 10. In this article, you will read about the best tips and tricks so that you can optimize this operating system.

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Downloading and Installing the Windows 10 Latest Update

The Windows 10 latest Update offers a lot of awesome and useful standard of comfort improvements to Windows 10, which makes it even better!

Before you actually update your operating software, it is highly recommended to back up your important files first since there is bound to be some inherent risk in updating a major operating system. It is also highly recommended that a system restore point is created.

Here’s how you can get the very latest version of Windows 10:

You can download the Windows 10 latest Update by using the Update Assistant tool. It will download and then check for the latest version of Windows 10.

Once it has been downloaded, run it then select “Update Now”. The rest will be handled by the tool. Your PC might restart a few times, and then your PC will be updated with the latest Update.

You can also choose to manually download and install the Windows 10 latest Update. However, it is a more complex way of doing things. You would need to download the Windows 10 latest 2018 Update 1803 ISO image directly from Microsoft.

Once the ISO file is downloaded, it can be burnt to a DVD or put on a bootable USB stick. Once you’ve done that, load up the file and follow the instructions to install the latest Update.

Downloading and Installing the Windows 10 Latest Update

Windows 10 Common Problems and How to Fix Them
  • Having enough space to install Windows 10

The space requirement for Windows 10 is 16GB, which should be kept free on the main system drive the computer uses.

To check how much free space you have left, go to My Computer and see underneath drive C, or you could right click and select Properties for a much detailed overview.

  • Avoiding inconvenient software update reboots

The most annoying part of automatic updates is restarting or rebooting, which can come at inconvenient times. The simple way to resolve this is to go to the Advanced Options and then Notify to Schedule Restart.

  • Finding Safe Mode

To access Safe Mode in Windows 10, hold down the Shift key during rebooting, or select Restart from the Start menu while holding down the Shift key.

  • Setting up Windows Hello

Open the Start menu, click on the Account, and select Change Account Settings. Then, select Sign-in Options and set a PIN. Once you’ve already done this, there will be an option to Setup under Face. Select this and carefully follow the instructions.

  • Fixing black screen errors

Having a black screen on Windows 10 can mean different things, depending on whether you’re logged in or not.

If you haven’t logged in, check your internet connection and then reboot your PC via Safe Mode. If you have logged in, unplug all external devices and reboot your PC via Safe Mode.

If the problem still persists, you may ask for further assistance from Microsoft directly.

Windows 10 Common Problems and How to Fix Them

Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

With so many operating system updates for Windows 10, there’s bound to be some hidden tricks and features that you can explore, to make the most out of the constant evolving Windows.

First is the secret Start menu. If you right-click on the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner, it will open a textual menu with various familiar popular destinations.

There’s also the shake feature where you can minimize all active windows by grabbing the top of a window and make a shaking motion. You can also restore them by doing the same thing.

Windows 10 also offers a speech recognition feature. In settings, go to Time & Language > Speech > Related settings and click “Speech, inking, and typing privacy settings” to enable speech services and typing suggestions. After that, you can use the Windows key-H hotkey combination in any text field to pop up a Cortana box that records your voice through your Windows machine’s microphone and dictate the speech in your text field.

Windows 10 also helps you to find missing or corrupted files. Type “cmd” into the taskbar >> Right click on Command Prompt >> Select Run as Administrator. In order to find missing or corrupted files, type “sfc /scannow”. In order to check for disk problems, type “chkdsk /f”.

Windows 10 is by far the best incarnation of Windows that Microsoft has created so far.  The operating system is robust, flexible and it has dozens of shortcuts to boost productivity.  The very first version of Windows 10 was not without controversy, as many computer systems crashed or froze after the first installation.  However, this is to be expected with any new release of any major operating system, especially one with 50 million lines of code!  Luckily, there have been many updates to fix the various problems with Windows 10 since its release.  Still, no matter how things advance they always sort of stay the same, and updating Windows 10 is just as important as it was for the earliest versions of Windows.


adminJune 15, 2018
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6min

Instagram has always been a perfect place to find jaw-dropping and inspiring photos; however, it’s not quite as easy as we’d imagine. Unless you have been living under a rock, you should know that Instagram is a photo sharing social media network with over 300 million users.  For quite some time, it wasn’t feasible to save photos from Instagram, except maybe saving through screenshots. Now, thanks to new apps, downloading or saving Instagram photos is now easier than ever.

In this article, you will learn how you can safely download pictures from Instagram using the best third-party websites and apps available. You will be using Downloadgram for desktops, Instaget for iPhone, and Batch Save for Android.

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Downloading Instagram photos using “Downloadgram” for Desktop

To get yourself started, open a new tab in your browser and load the Instagram website. Then, log yourself in using your username and password. The second step would be to find the picture that you wish to download. Once you have decided on a photo, go to the post that features the picture. If you aren’t sure how to proceed, just click on the button with the three dots and hit “Go to post”. Once you have opened the post, copy the URL. Then, go back to your Downloadgram tab, paste the URL into the address bar, and hit “Download”. When it has prompted, hit the “Download Image” button that appears at the bottom of the screen.

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Downloading Instagram photos using “Instaget” via iPhone

As a first step in downloading your Instagram photos, visit the App Store and search for the Instaget app and download it onto your device. Then, open up Instaget and log into your Instagram account. After you’ve logged into your Instagram account, tap the button with the three horizontal lines at the top left of the screen, hit “search” and go to the account that owns the picture you wish to download or save.

Then, tap the user’s account in the search results, this will open up their Instagram page. Lastly, find the Instagram photos that you want to download and tap the “download” button.

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Downloading Instagram photos using “Batchsave” via Android

To download Instagram photos on your Android device, download the BatchSave app on the Google Play Store. After downloading and installing the application, open it up and skip on the tutorial. Then, log in to your Instagram account via the Instagram app and tap the “search” icon at the bottom of the screen. After that, tap the “search for users” text box, then enter the username of the account that owns the picture you wish to download.

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After the app returns with the results of the search you performed, pick out the correct account and then tap on the user’s profile. Lastly, scroll through the account page until you have found the Instagram photo that you wish to download or save, then tap the “download” arrow. It will then appear in your photo gallery.

These are the various ways you can download Instagram photos for desktop, iPhone, and Android. Of course, there are other ways to download photos, but these are the best and sure-fire way to do them efficiently. So, follow the instructions carefully and enjoy downloading jaw-dropping and awesome Instagram photos!


adminJune 15, 2018
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6min

At present, with all the emerging social media websites and applications on the Internet, it is extremely crucial that we maintain a level of protection against possible online attacks since it can ultimately jeopardize our internet privacy and safety.

Internet Privacy, a Personal Right That Needs Safeguarding

Internet privacy, which can also be called online privacy, is the privacy and security level of personal data published on the Internet. It is a broad term that refers to a variety of factors, techniques, and technologies that is used to protect sensitive and private data, communications, and preferences.

Consequently, maintaining internet privacy simply means protecting your data from inadvertently being stolen or picked up by an unknown individual. Internet privacy is unlike privacy in real life. It is not as simple as closing the doors or bedroom curtains since real life situations do not apply to the online world, mostly because the notion of privacy is flawed in the digital space.

Whether they acknowledge it or not, most people don’t even know the importance of internet privacy. So, let’s discuss the importance of internet privacy and why we need to safeguard it.

Why is it so Important?

Let’s admit it, we all have something to hide, regardless of how small or big it might be. It could be on the subject of finances, health, family matters, or whatever. Hiding information, which is truly important, is actually not a bad habit, and people usually do it with a sense of self-preservation.

In any case, some matters do not require to be broadcast on social media for the benefit of the entire world. These are actually the kinds of information that a person should be protected at all cost.

Most marketing companies usually take advantage of people’s unpreparedness and try to look into the latter’s private information so that they could use it with efforts of marketing certain products. The same is also true for a lot of unscrupulous people that only have the intention of defrauding people who are not safeguarding their internet privacy.

When you do something on the Internet, you may not know it but every little thing leaves digital footprints that are difficult to erase from the Internet despite the removal of any information. These digital footprints are what those people are looking for.

How Can You Increase Your Privacy Online?

There are several things you can do to browse the Internet a bit more privately to avoid being trailed. You will learn about some of the steps that you can take, from basic settings changes to various extensions you can install that will do the safeguarding for you.

You might be familiar with your browser’s private browsing mode, which is also called incognito, but there are some key limitations there that you should know. Although it basically lets you start a fresh identity on the web and wipes it all as soon as you close the window, it doesn’t actually block the things that let online advertisers track you

A simple first step is to change your browser’s settings, make it so that you don’t accept cookies from third parties. Cookies are small chunks of data that websites store on your computer. They can be used for helpful things, like keeping you logged in, but they can also be used to track you. Of course, it isn’t going to end all tracking, but it would mean less tracking and fewer personalized ads from popping up.

Although all the above tips are helpful, they don’t really block everything. Fortunately, you can still make use of browser extensions that will help you take care of those.  Here is a comprehensive list of browser extensions that can help protect your privacy online:

  • AdBlock Plus
  • uBlock Origin
  • Disconnect
  • Ghostery
  • ScriptSafe
  • Privacy Badger

Lastly, you can take advantage of the options given to you. For instance, Facebook lets you turn off ad personalization by going to its ads setting.  Taking all these steps won’t necessarily solve every issue of internet privacy, but these critical and easy first steps will surely make you feel a bit more secure.


adminJune 12, 2018
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5min

Ever since its birth in the 1950s, gaming has blossomed into one of the most profitable and entertaining industries in the world. And indeed, gaming has become so integrated with the modern popular culture that now even our grandparents know what a video game or even Angry Birds Gaming has become a part of some people’s routine, and it’s absolutely difficult to stumble upon someone who hasn’t tried playing a video game before.

Ever since the information age, where there was a rapid shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought via industrialization to an economy based on information technology, there have been countless video games being developed. Among them is Active Shooter, a video game where you can roam the halls and other parts of a school with an assault rifle and simulate a school shooting. In fact, it encourages players to open fire inside classrooms, cafeterias, libraries, and auditoriums. It is quite horrifying how this measly video game could actually encourage real-world attacks.

A Dangerous Video Game Emerges

Active Shooter was first advertised in the aftermath of a recent mass shooting in a Texan school. The ill-advised video game, based on a video posted online, would let you play either as a SWAT team member focused on stopping the school shooting or as the actual shooter. The developer of the video game, I believe, thought that this might be a great idea to profit from.

The video game, developed by Revived Games, marketed it as a dynamic SWAT simulator and was supposed to be released early this June through Steam, a multi-player platform developed by Valve Corporation that is used to distributing games and related media online. Fortunately, after the public shared their outrage over the development of the game, Valve Corporation took it down.

A Troll for Valve

A Valve spokesperson said in an official statement, “We have removed the developer Revived Games and publisher ACID from Steam. This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as “Interactive” and “Elusive Team”. Ata is a troll with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation. His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title. We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve.”

What’s really shocking about all of this is that Valve removed the video game from Steam not because of its content, but rather because of the previous actions of the developer and publisher. What also comes as a surprise is a reason why such a video game got approved in the first place.

In the end, the important thing is that the dangerous games was taken down and wasn’t released to the market. It would have been horrendous if young teens and children got hold of such a game. What may seem like a harmless video game at first could eventually promote violence and murder.


adminJune 11, 2018
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5min

Asus has yet again wowed the market with the recent launch of the ROG Phone, a high-performance smartphone that is designed for the mobile gaming enthusiast under their gaming brand, Republic of Gamers.

The ROG Phone signifies the entrance of ROG, a brand that has always been well-known for their gaming laptops, in the smartphone scene. It was presented at the Computex 2018 that was held last Monday, June 4.

The ROG Phone proves to be the flagship of Asus’s smartphones, with its specifications and features, but it has been visibly tuned to appeal to more serious mobile gamers. It is built with a modified Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, the clock speed of which has been upped to 2.96GHz from the standard 2.8GHz. The ROG Phone is the first one to carry this faster version of the Snapdragon 845, which has clear benefits for the phone’s gaming performance.

Asus ROG Phone is More Than Just another Gaming Phone

What makes the ROG Phone exceptional is its pumped-up processor, which is perfect for power users who do everything on their mobile devices. It has 8GB of internal RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 2.1 storage, and of course, the modified Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

To address the additional heat, which a faster processor may produce, cooling was made as a key component for the phone. The ROG Phone uses a 3D vapor-chamber cooling system, which boasts a heat dissipation area that is 16 times larger than standard systems.

Asus’s ROG Phone has an 18:9 aspect ratio, which makes its body narrower and easier to hold. To protect its screen from inadvertent damage, the ROG Phone is built with Gorilla Glass, and its water-resistant design protects the body against liquid infiltration.

Dual front-facing speakers use Smart Amp technology to produce more volume with less distortion for its dazzling audio. Depending on your preference, you can also plug in analog headphones or the new ROG Delta Type-C headset and immerse yourself in virtual surround sound with a measure of privacy.

ROG Phone’s integrated networking is also top-notch with Gigabit LTE cellular and WiGig-certified 802.11 and 60GHz WiFi. Its side-mounted port also supports Gigabit Ethernet over Type-C, HDMI, and USB. These Type-C ports work with regular chargers for convenience and compatibility.

What really makes ROG Phone shine is the included HyperCharge adapter, an upgraded adapter that integrates the charger IC that is typically in the phone, which increases the power delivery up to 20W and lowers charging temperatures for the handset. ASUS ROG Phone can charge its 4,000mAh battery up to 60% capacity in only 33 minutes and can get up to an 85% charge in just over an hour.

Asus’s ROG Phone also comes with a fingerprint reader which gives instant unlocking abilities to its owner. The ROG Phone captures 12MP images with the use of its primary camera, while the secondary camera takes 8MP wide-angle shots with a 120-degree field of view.

A New Era of Mobile Gaming

It really is impossible not to be amazed by the ingenuity and engineering that is evident in the ROG Phone. It’s definitely one of the most ambitious projects from Asus to date.

The Asus ROG Phone may have managed to set the bar high for mobile gaming. Its powerful technology and versatile accessories set the foundation in redefining what portable computers should be.


adminJune 10, 2018
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6min

Computex 2018, the largest computing show of the year, has now kicked off.

Computex 2018, which was held in Taipei, is the annual gathering place for the wider PC industry to show off its latest and best innovations. It is also the ideal place to exchange and discuss ideas about the future of personal computing and is often used as a launch platform for daring new concept designs and high specification gadgets.

One of the most noteworthy innovations presented at Computex 2018 is a dual-screen AI-powered laptop, which is called the ASUS Project Precog. If the Precog name sounds vaguely familiar to you, it’s because Precog was the name given to gifted and other-worldly beings that are capable of seeing the future in Tom Cruise’s film, Minority Report.

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What is Project Precog?

Project Precog, a concept developed by ASUS, is a laptop formed of two shimmering sheets of glass. ASUS intends this laptop to be powered by AI. Now, what exactly does that mean? It means that Project Precog has two screens that can predict how you’ll want to use your laptop. It can actually detect if there’s a mouse or keyboard around as well. Project Precog can even provide virtual mice and keyboards if there aren’t any real ones around!

Asus’s Project Precog can also anticipate where your fingers are over the laptop and shift its virtual keyboard around accordingly. On top of all this, Project Precog will even have face and voice recognition.

There are a lot of great features on this laptop. For example, Project Precog is optimized to function in a normal laptop mode, tent mode, and flat mode. And for all of the creative folks out there, it will also be compatible with a stylus. The Precog can also learn to predict when your meetings are and will be able to conserve battery effectively so as to ensure that you don’t run out of battery, which is a great feature for businessmen.

To make it simpler, this laptop is extremely smart although it is still a prototype. It’s meant to unite AI design and technology in an incredibly substantial way.

Project Precog

Project Precog as a Finished Product

As I’ve already mentioned, Project Precog is merely just a prototype. So, what will be its complete features as a finished product? Here’s a quick summary of what ASUS says will be in its final build:

  • Project Precog will have a dual-screen and AI setup.
  • It will be able to detect whether a keyboard or mouse is near and will instinctively give you virtual, on-screen ones if necessary.
  • When you are using the virtual keyboard, it can identify where your hands are placed above the frame and can accordingly shift the keyboard.
  • It can learn to recognize what part of the day your meetings or appointments are and will be able to conserve battery accordingly.
  • The AI will be compatible with Microsoft Office applications. One example cited was that Excel would suggest the best approach on how you would be able to present your data as you type or put it into a spreadsheet.
  • Project Precog can work in book, laptop, flat, and tent modes. It can also be used with a stylus. In addition, it will have face and object recognition.

Project Precog as a Finished Product

Of course, we still don’t have an idea on how expensive this laptop will be and also when exactly it will it be launched, but it’s an exciting concept and I am on the edge of my seat to get my hands on this one.


adminJune 8, 2018
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7min

There are a lot of things that we consider trending these days, such as taking selfies, GIFs, hashtags, and memes, to mention a few. People do tend to focus on things that are currently trending, but there is one thing that people universally love since the beginning of time that is food.

Admit it, we really do enjoy eating. I should say that it has become somewhat of a habit for us to eat, whatever we may be feeling. Whether we are feeling sad, heartbroken, confused, angry, elated, or stressed, we usually turn to food as a form of comfort and or reward.

Food Trucks

And in response to our insatiable mutual love and appetite for food, food trucks and food parks slowly earned their fame and brand awareness.

A food truck is a large vehicle equipped to cook and sell food. Some food trucks, including ice cream trucks, sell frozen and pre-packaged foods, while others have on-board kitchens and prepares food from scratch.

A Rich History of Food

The history of food trucks date back many years as mobile dining and street food in America in the late 17th century have been part of American’s dining habits. Since then, food trucks have taken a front seat in the world of American street food and are part of an on-going food revolution.

A Rich History of Food

There is a lot of history in this business, so I will share some of the most noteworthy ones.

  • In the 1850s, dining cars begin feeding cross-country train passengers.
  • In 1872, the first diner is set up in a horse-drawn freight wagon.
  • In the 1950s, ice cream trucks begin selling their frozen treats.
  • In 1974, Raul Martinez converted an old ice cream truck into the nation’s first taco truck and parked it outside of an East Los Angeles bar.
  • While in the 1980s, grease trucks begin parking on Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, selling “Fat Sandwiches” to college students.
  • On July 2006, Wikipedia adds “food truck” to their list of entries including the history of food trucks around the world.
  • And most importantly, in February 2012, food trucks serve NFL Superbowl fans in Indianapolis.

Street food has been available to Americans for centuries, and food trucks have always been serving tasty treats for over two decades. So, the basic concept is nothing new. Yet, as you can probably see, the food truck has taken on a new meaning as the mobile food industry continues to develop and morph.

Food Trucks Around the World

Food trucks and food parks, offering gourmet cuisine and a variety of specialized dishes and ethnic menus, have become particularly popular, not only in the United States but all over the world.

In Asia, the foods they offer require simple skills, basic equipment, and a relatively small amount of capital. They are ubiquitous, with a huge potential for profits and they offer a relatively huge chance for employment. Street foods primarily reflect local culture and flavor.

In Australia, food trucks are available and can be found everywhere. They are usually covered as a popular trend in the media.

Food Trucks Around the World

In Belgium, food trucks have long been a staple of the Belgian countryside. Belgium also holds the Brussels Food Truck Festival, which is the largest of its kind across Europe, every year in May.

In Canada, food trucks, or commonly known as cantines (which is the French word for cafeteria), are available across the country. They serve a wide range of cuisines, including grilled cheese sandwiches and Mexican food.

In the UK, food trucks, or commonly known today as snack vans, can be found on almost all major trunk roads at the side of the road or in locations where there is a large pedestrian count, such as village festivals and town centers.

In a general point of view, I think food trucks appeal to the customers because they offer a comparatively inexpensive means of procuring a quick meal. But, of course, there could be various reasons for this growing trend. Now, when will be your next trip to a food truck, whether it be for a tasty treat or to gain a profit from this two billion dollar a year industry, a food truck is an all-around great bet.


adminJune 7, 2018
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6min

With the way the world of technology is advancing today, it isn’t so surprising to hear about someone finding their true love online. In fact, since online dating sites and apps have rapidly gained fame, we all know at least one person who has found love through the Internet.

And obviously, because of this trend, various online dating sites and apps have begun crowding on the Internet. It is, of course, a bit scary to sign up for an online dating site because one might worry about the trust and security aspects, not to mention that some of these online dating sites require a subscription fee. But contrary to popular belief, there are some online dating sites that are privacy-safe and surprisingly free, including Plenty of Fish, OkCupid, Tastebuds, Passion Network, and DateMySchool, to name a few.

Facebook Announces Dating Feature

During Facebook’s annual F8 Developer Conference, Mark Zuckerberg, who co-founded Facebook and is currently leading it as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, talked about how Facebook is developing a proprietary dating app separate from the rest of Facebook’s products; a new feature that will only be visible to non-friends who also opted into dating.

“This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships and not just for hook-ups,” Zuckerberg told the audience, explaining that the opt-in feature will allow users to build and share a separate dating profile.

With the way Facebook has collected data on every user, “a dating tool has always seemed the next logical step,” Chris Cox, Facebook’s Chief Product Officer, said.

Facebook Announces Dating Feature

How Will This New Feature Work?

First of all, users can opt-in to create a profile with just their first name. Their profile won’t be visible to friends, users who didn’t choose to sign-up for the dating feature, and most importantly, it won’t show up in the News Feed.

After that first and most important part, users are allowed to browse events in their city and groups that would match their interests; users can select to “unlock” one for dating. Then, users will be able to see the profiles of other dating users who’ve unlocked the same events or groups.

And after that, users can browse through other user’s profiles that show off a few of their photos together with some basic information about them. Users will be shown users based on mutual interests and friends, plus other data Facebook has on you.

Lastly, if both users are interested, they will be able to start a conversation in a special box, which is separate from Messenger and WhatsApp. For the user’s safety, only text can be sent through this message box for now.

How Safe Will This New Feature Be?

Facebook Privacy and Safety

However, the most important question to be asked is whether Facebook has built enough barricades between its social network and new dating feature. It will certainly be awkward to expand your network and then trying online dating in just one app. Also, if something bad happens, they could end up blaming the new dating feature, or worse Facebook itself. However, as Chris Cox explained, dating was always a natural fit for Facebook thanks to its ubiquity, data, and trusted platform for identity.

“We have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning,” Mark Zuckerberg said. The company has been under fire recently for possibly not doing this with its other features over the years.

So, how will this new dating feature fare? Let’s wait and see. As for most people, I think they would find it fun and interesting because it would surely help them build confidence and it would be a fun, new way to meet other people.


adminJune 6, 2018
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7min

Nowadays, artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in a variety of ways, the most common of which is in improving computer programs and technologies. You might have heard of the popular artificial intelligence conversation program SimSimi back in 2012. For those who don’t know this piece of information, SimSimi was created by ISMaker, and it has an application designed for Android, for Windows Phone, and for iOS.

Another artificial intelligence application is in application programs that function as AI assistants, such as Alexa and Siri. These AI assistants help businessmen run their businesses more efficiently. Most of these AI assistants manage client projects, leaving businessmen more time to help their clients and make them feel satisfied and happy.

AI assistants alexa and siri

A Look into AI Assistants

Before we have further discussion, let’s try to learn what an AI assistant is. An AI assistant is an application program that understands natural language voice commands and completes tasks for the user. They use natural language processing, or NLP, to match user text or voice input to executable commands. Most of them continually learn using artificial intelligence techniques including machine learning.

To activate an AI assistant, a keyword may be used. A keyword is a word or group of words such as “Alexa” or “Siri”.

A Deeper Understanding of Alexa and Siri

Amazon’s Alexa is an AI assistant developed by Amazon. It was first used in the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker, which was developed by Amazon Lab126. Among other things, Alexa is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do-lists, streaming podcasts, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news.

Another great function of Alexa is its capability to control several smart devices while using itself as a home automation system. What’s more amazing about Alexa is that users can extend Alexa’s capabilities by installing “skills”. To make you understand more clearly, skills (also referred to as apps, such as weather programs and audio features) are additional functionalities that are developed by third-party vendors.

Additionally, Amazon allows device manufacturers to integrate Alexa voice capabilities into their own connected products by using the Alexa Voice Service (AVS), which is a cloud-based service that provides application programming interfaces to interact with Alexa.

Whereas Alexa is an AI assistant developed by Amazon, Siri is an AI assistant that is part of Apple Inc.’s iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS. The AI assistant uses voice queries and a natural-language user interface to answer queries, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of internet services. The software adapts to every user’s unique language usages, searches, and preferences, with continuing use; thus, returned results are individualized.

In actuality, Siri is a spin-off from a project originally developed by the SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center, and its speech recognition engine was provided by Nuance Communications.

Siri supports a wide range of user commands, including performing phone actions, handling device settings, checking basic information, searching the Internet, scheduling events and reminders, navigating areas, and is able to engage with iOS-integrated apps, and in addition, Siri uses advanced machine learning to function.

Amazon’s Alexa

How did Alexa and Siri get their names?

We all have been saying, or sometimes practically shouting, their names at our gadgets, but does anyone ever have an idea where they got their names in the first place? If you still don’t know the answer to that, let me tell you now.

No one has ever revealed who actually developed Siri, but we do know that Siri was eventually bought by Apple for their iOS products. And so, Apple had no say over what to name this piece of technology.

Adam Cheyer, Siri’s co-creator, said that the name Siri was chosen because it was short to type, easy to remember, comfortable to pronounce, and is a unique name.

As for Alexa, apparently, the inspiration for the name came from Star Trek. The characters in Star Trek would say “computer” aloud before issuing a voice command to their spaceship. And so, it gave them an idea. However, “computer” wasn’t a suitable choice for the Amazon Echo since the staff needed a unique word that wouldn’t accidentally be said out loud.

In the end, they eventually settled on Alexa because it’s a unique word and easy to pronounce, but most importantly, it has a letter “X”, giving it a very unique sound.


adminJune 4, 2018
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Nothing can beat massage by hands for aiding blood circulation and alleviating body pain.  However, because of time constraint in going to the massage spa or booking masseur home service with a fat tip, people think of alternatives solutions that can save them time, effort and money with almost the same benefits drawn. There is non-invasive high-end health equipment that is in the market since the80’s. A motorized massage chair can do miracles for your relaxation and other health concerns.  Today’s edition became even more comfortable and fashionable and as the price goes becoming more of a competitive product. Say goodbye to irregular sleeping habits and enjoy the soothing relief using a chair massager in the comfort of your home or even at your workplace.

Therapeutic massage aids in venous and lymphatic flow clearing toxins and increasing flow of blood for revitalization. It alleviates chronic pain, relieves fatigue, and eases sore and strained muscles. It improves strength and flexibility and is considered a stress buster.  The most beneficial aspect of why people prefer massage is that it produces happy hormones in form of endorphin, thus the release of tension and anxiety.  Professional therapists use soft or hard techniques to work with strained, sore muscles, just like reflexologists to the hands and feet.  These basic strokes can also be done by a motorized massage chair especially hitting pains in the back. It aligns the spinal column and reduces nerve tensions. It also aids in digestion, improves the immune system and most especially helps a person to maintain good posture.

Depending on the time set, a person can enjoy a different form of massage. Other chair massagers come with a heated bag and a piece of calm music for a warm cozy feel just like in a typical spa.  The strokes of massage vary according to your preference whether it hits hard on the upper or lower body, or squeeze the arms and legs, or for spinal decompression, or just simply a soft soothing massage set to a relaxing mode. This chair detects where shoulders are located, the spinal column and basically every part of your body. There are spinning rollers at the bottom area to massage the feet. Everything can be set through remote control.

Somehow, there are slight contraindications that should also be followed because basically there’s nothing perfect in this world. Even natural massage can also pose risks in some ways.  If one is suffering from osteoporosis or other bone ailments, caution is heeded.  Persons who are newly operated or have undergone chemotherapy/radiation are not advised to undergo any massage unless with a physician’s consent.  If you have unleased or infected wounds, rashes, and skin problems, seek physician’s advice first.

Motorized Chair Massagers are not cheap, but it is a beneficial health investment.  Because it is user-friendly,   senior citizens can easily adapt to it. Its goal as a pain reliever and stressbuster delivers psychological peace of mind especially those suffering from minor depression. In this technological age, a lot of high-tech gadgets and equipment are competing in the market, so why not settle for something that can add up energy and add to life?



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