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Tech Reads: Siri Gets Smarter at Home

At the beginning of the year, I decided to only buy Apple HomeKit-compatible smart home products going forward, if for no other reason than simplicity. In doing so, I soon realized that I was really slacking when it came to using Siri to control my devices. After a lot of work, I still don’t consider myself a Siri expert, although I’m getting closer to that goal. So much so, that I published “How to Use Siri With Your Smart Home Devices” over at MakeUseOf.com. Think of it as a modest cheatsheet for Siri commands. Quote: “Siri commands are a useful...

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There’s Now a Red iPhone 7, Budget iPad and New Apple Watch Bands

There’s now a red iPhone 7! It’s been a busy day for Apple. The company used press releases to announce a few new products for spring. This includes what is arguably the company’s first 9.7-inch tablet for the budget-conscious, the simply named iPad. Also unveiled: a (PRODUCT) RED special edition iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Cupertino also revealed new Apple Watch bands in the Hermès, Sport, Woven Nylon, and Classic Buckle lineup. I briefly mentioned Apple’s new products in an AppAdvice post. In a follow-up, I expressed my thoughts on what today’s announcements mean for the rest of the 2017 iPad...

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Nanoleaf Aurora: Cutting Edge or a Waste of Money?

After a few days delay due to the winter storm in the Northeast, I received my Nanoleaf Aurora. I plan on spending some time with it over the coming days and include it an April post at MakeUseOf on new smart lighting choices for the home. My initial thoughts: Easy setup, a less-than-steller, and goofy app, but overall a great new product. I can’t wait for my 10-year-old to see this after school. She’ll probably love the amazing color choices and scenes, especially at bedtime. From the Nanoleaf website: Meet the perfect fusion of lighting design and technology—a smart lighting...

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Something New, Everything in One Place

What is the Tech Media Minute? I’ve been writing about technology for a long time as a freelancer at AppAdvice, MakeUseOf, and other publications. For 15 years before, I worked on hardware and software development in various industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, and education. I’d now like to use this experience to create something new on the internet. The Tech Media Minute will initially serve as a place where I can comment further on articles I’ve written elsewhere. In time, I expect to put new content here too and maybe bring on some contributors. Come back often and see what develops. I can’t...