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    Is Apple Over?

    Shelly Palmer I started personal computing on an Apple II circa 1977. It was a big step up from the Heathkit and Radio Shack DIY projects I tinkered with in grade school. When IBM introduced the IBM-PC circa 1981, I semi-defected, and in 1984 I became bi-computeral (you know...
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    How to Win a Twitter War

    It’s remarkable how many people are fighting on Twitter and Facebook these days. What is even more remarkable is how many social media battles end in one party unfriending or unfollowing the other. “I’ll teach you to disagree with me!” “There!” [Pause with an angry...
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    Auschwitz-Birkenau: The Technology of Death

    Shelly Palmer The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent...
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    Apply What Samsung Learned to Your Business

    Shelly Palmer Samsung has released the findings of four extensive investigations it initiated to discover what caused the Note 7 thermal runaway issues (explosions and fires). In short, there was a design flaw with the batteries installed in the original Note 7, there was a manufacturing defect with the...
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    5 Awesome Illegal Uses for Alexa

    Shelly Palmer 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...
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    Alexa, The Killer App

    Shelly Palmer 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...
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    Just How Dangerous Is Alexa?

    Just How Dangerous Is Alexa? Shelly Palmer The “willing suspension of disbelief” is the idea that we (the audience, readers, viewers, content consumers) are willing to suspend judgment about the implausibility of the narrative for the quality of our own enjoyment. We do it all the time. Two-dimensional video...
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    A Summer Snowball Fight & Holiday Wishes

    Shelley Palmer I just got off the phone with a very dear friend who called to tell me that he had just resigned from his very high-paying, superpowerful job. Before I could ask, he started to tell me his reasons. You’ve heard them all before: a sick relative needs...
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    Trump’s Tech Summit: What’s Next for Silicon Valley?

    Logan Pollard California News Service  President-elect Donald Trump met last week with key leaders of technology companies from Silicon Valley to discuss job creation, and promised he’d help them continue to innovate. But did he convince them – or the public? It was a “Who’s Who” of major tech...