Tech Talk


Smart speakers: how to protect your privacy

Tech Talk #62 – Oct. 14, 2017 Smart speakers: how to protect your privacy Smart speakers are voice-controlled WiFi-connected devices that are used as virtual assistants. They can look like a hockey puck, a large air freshener or a regular speaker. Amazon started things off with their Echo line and was successful enough that Google has entered the market with their Google Home devices.   The speakers work by listening for their wake word (Alexa

What’s important when you’re shopping for a computer

Tech Talk #61 – Sep. 30, 2017 What’s important when you’re shopping for a computer So, the time has come to replace your computer. You’re ready to start looking at the Best Buy ads and checking out Costco and Amazon for deals. But deals on what? Computer descriptions often include something like Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 1TB Hard Drive which can be confusing. Here’s what you need

How does my phone do that?

Tech Talk #60 – Sep. 16, 2017   How does my phone do that? Sure, your smartphone can count your steps, show you which way is north, and point out your location on a map, but how does it do that?   Sensors.   Your smartphone is a sleek slab of plastic, aluminum, and glass that’s packed with sensors. Here are some of the sensors in your phone and what they do.   Accelerometer. An