Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown

Bruce started writing about personal computers and technology in 1982 and hasn’t yet found a good reason to stop. His smartest move ever was proposing to his wife 13 days after a blind date. He’s a proud father and grandfather, and an avid walking companion with Happy, their Double Doodle.

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VW will use Siri as the designated driver for its connected car party

Volkswagen of America added Apple's Siri to help drivers control and interact with their cars. Owners can customize voice commands to tell Siri to change access settings such as interior climate, vehicle lock status, and fuel checks.
Smart Home

Amazon Alexa added a skill for Butterball’s annual Turkey Talk-Line

Just in time for Thanksgiving Day meal planning, now you can say "Alexa, ask Butterball" for access to Butterball's Turkey Talk-Line. Alexa will connect you to Butterball experts who can answer any cooking questions.
Smart Home

Best Buy offers a slew of Black Friday deals for smart home, security, and Wi-Fi

Building the excitement for Black Friday, Best Buy released its first round of deals for smart home, security, and Wi-Fi devices from Amazon, Ring, Lenovo, Philips Hue, Arlo, and Netgear. The deals in the first round expire November 11.
Emerging Tech

Virtual newscaster wants to know: Is this the real me or just a fantasy?

China's state news agency introduced a virtual newsreader. The voices, lip movements, and expressions of real news presenters are used to synthesize the virtual readers. The agency says virtual readers will cut production costs.
Smart Home

How’s your Spanish, Alexa? Some Amazon Echo devices pick up a new language

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and Echo devices are now available for customers in Mexico. Alexa has been customized for the Mexican market with local knowledge, a new voice, and support for the Spanish dialect spoken in Mexico.
Smart Home

Get your glamour on with Sephora makeup videos via the Google Home Hub

Google Home and Sephora have partnered to bring the makeup giant's 2,500-plus library of makeup and beauty video tutorials to the Google Home Hub. Just say, "Hey Google," and ask for video help with hair, makeup, and more.