Brothers in Tech

Hosted ByAlan Jackson & Brian Jackson

Whether you are the person who everyone calls for tech support, are the person who is doing the calling, or simply interested in technology…this podcast is for you!

Brothers in Tech 2: Digital Assistants

In the first/main episode of their second topic, the Brothers discuss and respond to some of the feedback they have received on the podcast, and provide an overview of the digital/virtual assistant technologies:

  • Cortana (Microsoft): Uhhhh….Beuler? Beuler? Not widely known/used, and recently removed from iOS and Android.
  • Alexa (Amazon): Variety of device options, relatively inexpensive, works with most skills/extensions…but not native to your phone or computer.
  • Google Home (Google): Great database of information, limited device options, works with most skills/extensions….but it is Google, and can be invasive.
  • Siri (Apple): Excellent integration across Apple devices, higher level of security…but limited home device options and expensive.

Brothers’ Advice:

  • Try using the digital assistants on your phone (apps available for each) for a few days/weeks before purchasing a device to determine which works best for you.

In addition, the “BiTS” (Brothers in Tech Suggestions):

  • Brian’s Pick = AnyList: Shopping list application (iOS and Android versions) with some cool features, including integration with your digital assistant, sorting by item type & store layout, and importing ingredients from online recipes. Free to use…but subscription for advanced features.
  • Alan’s Pick = Wolfram Alpha: Ever wondered how many grams of fat are in 10 peanut M&Ms, or what the high temperature was on October 10th, 1982? This service can provide “expert-level answers” of all sort of questions! Available through web search, web application, and mobile applications (~$3).

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