Lenovo Smart Display

The Lenovo Smart Display is the first Google Home Device with a screen. The screen offers additional capabilities that are truly amazing for a voice assistant. I reviewed the Lenovo Smart Display comes in two sizes 8″ and 10″. I reviewed the 10″ device and was pleasantly surprised. At 6.8 x 12 inches, it is quite large, but the beautiful display is worth the desktop or countertop space. The unit comes only in white with a curved bamboo back. It might fit anywhere in the home, but is perfect for the kitchen.

So I tried it out in the kitchen first. Adding the screen makes it a perfect kitchen companion. You can ask the device to find you a recipe from one of its many cooking partners or you can send a recipe to the device from your phone or tablet. Then you can use your voice to control everything in the recipe from ingredients to cooking directions.

When you ask the Display a question, it answers verbally as well as with on-screen text which is a perfect combination. You can see lyrics of songs as well as pictures of animals, places, and just about anything else. Music is not exceptional, but sounds quite good.

When I moved the Smart Display to  the living room, it continued to be very useful, but also became a digital picture frame. It displayed any of my Google Photo albums like a wonderful slide show. We constantly use it to display You Tube videos. A few months ago, when I first got the Smart Display, it could play music, but could not be put in a group to play with other Google Home speakers. A recent update changed all that and it has now become part of my whole-house music selections.

The 10″ Lenovo Smart Display retaing at $249, but holiday sales and a big discount at the Lenovo website will bring that price down considerably.

My take: I love it! Only wish that it could save my recipes and display them again when needed. Of course, that is probably in the future.

 

Alexa or Google – Not a huge decision

If you are considering purchasing a voice assistant this year, you may be struggling to decide whether you want to go with Alexa (Amazon Echo) or  Google Home (Google Assistant). Don’t fret. You really can’t go wrong. Both of these systems do approximately the same thing. They play music, tell jokes, control lights and home equipment, make phone calls, ask as an intercom, and answer questions.

Here’s a dirty little secret. They can both exist together. In fact, they can sit right next to each other. This year you can purchase the small Echo Dot and the Google Mini for a combined price under $100. So why not buy them both and try them out. It can actually be fun to compare their jokes and answers.

 

Amazon Tech Support


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CES Struck Me with Awe – the Quantum Computer

At CES 2018 I saw a computer that put me awe. Here is Intel’s 50 Qubit Quantum Computer:

Intel Quantum Computer CES 2018
Intel Quantum Computer CES 2018

In regular computers a chip (bit) is either on or off (1 or 0) giving us a way to produce computations. Quantum chips, called qubits, can be 0, 1 or both at the same time. This is because of a complicated sub-set of physics called quantum mechanics. Don’t worry if you don’t understand. Even Einstein declared quantum mechanics to be “spooky.”

So just realize that harnessing the power of qubits will allow us to solve computational problems that traditional computers cannot handle, like predicting the weather accurately. Quantum computing is the FUTURE.

Qubits are tremendously fragile. Any radio frequency noise or unintended observation of them can cause data loss. So these types of computers must operate at a temperature of approximately 20 millikelvin—or 250 times colder than deep space.

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The Windows 10 Anniversary Edition has a Lot to Love

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How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

On August 2, Microsoft released a pretty big overhaul of Windows 10 which they call the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. It’s a big update, but you don’t have to fret. Windows 10 will still look and act pretty much the same as it did before the upgrade, this new version will bring minor tweaks to the operating system and several features upgrades. Here’s what you need to know.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 — The Best Android Phone Right Now

Want the best Android phone in the world right now.  Look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Read on for my review.

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Deadline for Free Windows 10 Update Approaches Quickly

The free update to Windows 10 is coming to an end. After  July 29th 2016. the upgrade to Windows 10 Home will cost $119. The upgrade to Windows 10 Pro will be $199.

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