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Techstination contains a wide assortment of reviews and interviews. Technology correspondent Fred Fishkin talks about the latest trends, the people behind the products and some of the off-beat things you can find online.


Oscar Senior app creates senior friendly tablets
June 2017

Technology can sometimes be frustrating and confusing for all of us. For many older consumers it can be even more difficult. So a company called Oscar Senior has developed an app that can turn pretty much any tablet into a senior friendly device that can be remotely administered by a relative or friend. It makes video and other forms of communication easy…and has a pretty close to unbreakable interface. CEO Tomas Posker originally developed the software to help him communicate with his grandmother back in the Czech Republic…

“Family members can remotely set up all the features. So it could be fully customizable depending on a senior’s skill.”


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Thinkware adding unique features to dash cams
June 2017

With built in GPS and what the company calls fail safe recording….Thinkware’s latest Dash Cams have some unique features. They have a low profile…thanks to the absence of a built in screen…you use your smartphone for viewing via WiFi…and have safety features like lane departure or forward collision warnings. Communications Manager Simon Tse…says the newest is the F800.

“It is very similar to the F750, it also has the super night vision feature, so it provides even better night time quality. And with the parking video as well, so if you’re parking in a very dark parking lot it will provide you with excellent detail so you can read license plates. It also has a time lapse recording feature."


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What was new at E3? Mostly about the games.
June 2017

The video game industry has wrapped up its big annual conference….E3…and once again, without a brand new console generation to focus on, the emphasis was mostly on games. Microsoft made some headlines with the announcement of the Xbox One X, a souped up version of the Xbox One that will arrive before the holidays. It will be priced at about five hundred dollars….just about double what you’ll find the Xbox One S selling for. Microsoft claims it is more powerful than Sony’s PS 4 Pro. Sony revealed that Shadow of the Colossus, which was popular back in the PlayStation 2 era….is being revived in high definition. But fans will have to be patient. It doesn’t arrive until next year. Nintendo’s big event focused on games for the Switch, the newest game console of the bunch. And the biggest buzz was for Super Mario Odyssey, coming in October.


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Apple prepares to take on Amazon Alexa and Google Home
June 2017

Apple is taking on Amazon and Google with its own Siri based intelligent home assistant. The HomePod will arrive in December carrying a price tag of 349 dollars. At Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference, Senior VP Phil Schiller put the emphasis on music and the sound quality of HomePod…even when it comes to the artificial intelligence…

“The Siri team has worked very hard to adapt the domain of music in Siri to be even greater and understand even more of the questions we’re going to ask about music. Simple things like play Beats One Radio. Play something new. Who is singing on this track? Something I ask all the time…who is playing drums on this track? To complex questions like what was the top song playing on May 5th, 2016?”


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Como Audio's new portable & table top with CD player
June 2017

Como Audio….founded by Tom DeVesto…a legendary name in consumer electronics …think Cambridge Audio and Tivoli Audio…has been at it again. New models are on the way from Como, including a portable called Amico and a tabletop called Musica…that includes…believe it or not…a CD player….

“And the cool thing about that too is you’re able to stream music from that CD player to all of our other products. So this can be the only CD player in your house, if you will, but you can stream it to your bedroom, to your kitchen, to your den. You can even stream it to our other new product called Amico, which is a portable.”


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Intel sees big growth opportunity in self driving cars
June 2017

You’re accustomed to seeing the name Intel when it comes to your computer….but the company has big plans for being part of the technology in autonomous vehicles. Intel’s Chief Architect for self driving solutions in Jack Weast and he is focused on tech inside the car…and in the cloud…

“These vehicles are going to generating a huge amount of data that needs to be processed within the vehicle to do the self driving. But also with 5G and cellular connectivity you have data that’s going up to the cloud and then both in the development as well as the commercial deployment stage there’s a ton of data processing that’s going to happen in the data center or in the cloud.”


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Latest from iRobot
June 2017

Need to clean the floor? Just say the word. iRobot has announced that its connected Roomba models….can now be controlled with your voice using Amazon’s Alexa. And there are new models that are more affordable. The Roomba 690 and Roomba 890. Product Manager Austin Harvey says the connectivity has other benefits too…

“For both the 690 and the 890, both of these products will have full cloud capability. And what that means is the user can now control their robot from anywhere in the world. So you don’t have to be home to press clean, you can press clean from anywhere. So you can imagine if you were at work and you want your robot to clean, you press the clean button on your phone, and your robot goes off and cleans your home for you.”


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Tech enabled clothing from SCOTTeVEST and Glovax
June 2017

SCOTTeVEST is a company that doesn’t make tech….but it does make it easier for you to carry all of those gadgets around. What started with vests with many pockets and channels for headphone and charging cables….has grown into a line that has everything from tech enabled jackets, pants, dresses and even underwear. The latest is the Hoodie Cotton…with how many pockets?

“Twenty one of our signature pockets and features like an extendable keychain, do not disturb eye mask.”


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Some new tech on the way from Google
May 2017

For users of Android phones and other devices….Google is promising to deliver updates more quickly and more frequently. That’s good news for companies like Samsung and HTC that will find it easier to deliver upgrades. At the Google I/O conference this month….a new type of visual search was unveiled called Google Lens. Google Technologist LaToya Drake…

“”You’re walking down the street, you see a flower, you don’t know the name of it. You can hold your camera up to it, with Google Lens, and it will tell you what you’re looking at. It will give you some information about that flower, you can learn about it, tell you what it’s called. Or let’s say you’re traveling, you’re site seeing and you come to a building…you don’t know what it is…maybe a museum for instance…if you hold your phone up to that building, it will give you information about it.”


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Self driving cars, Henry Ford & more
May 2017

When Ford picked a new CEO last week….it turned to the man who was running the carmaker’s autonomous driving efforts. Just days before, Will Ford, the great, great grandson of company founder Henry, spoke at Princeton University’s SelfDrivingCars Summit. And I asked him how the founder might view the coming technology….

“It’s a very natural extension of his original mission. He didn’t set out to make a vehicle. He, didn’t originally intend on developing the Model T, he just wanted to provide people with greater freedom of mobility.”


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