Aside from including Zigbee support in the $230 Show and the $150 Echo Plus, Amazon isn't doing much to support the expanding market of smart home devices. Alexa's open API -- the application program interface that lets nearly any hardware vendor create Alexa-compatible products -- better equips companies to work with its ecosystem than Google's more restrictive approach. But smart home success is about preparing for the future. Google seems poised to build a more holistic vision for the smart home moving forward, given the variety of popular tools the company offers (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Search, Nest, YouTube). … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo’s Alexa vs. Google Home’s Assistant: Which smart speaker wins?
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Weebly was first set up with the intention of making it easy to set up a portfolio of work online, and those origins stand it in good stead today, even as it has broadened its horizons to become more of a general website builder. If you don't mind a Weebly subdomain, some ads on your site, and a limit of 500MB storage, you can actually use it for free. … [Read more...] about Best portfolio website builders of 2021
Emulators have become a popular way to play classic video games, whether you're looking for a quick blast of nostalgia or are a younger gamer who wants to experience classic games for the first time without having to track down vintage hardware. The Internet Archive, a non-profit organization with the purpose of building a freely accessible internet library, is now taking it a step further by adding web versions of classic 70s and 80s video games to its collection. It will mark an expansion of its Historical Software Collection and will come in the way of the Console Living Room beta, which lets users play hundreds of classic titles from the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, ColecoVision, Astrocade, and Magnavox Odyssey. … [Read more...] about Internet Archive begins preserving classic game console libraries, offers free-to-play web ports
Last but not least, Chandra touched on visual responses that'll utilize nearby displays (phones, tablets or TVs) to share content best suited for, well, a screen (like directions to a new restaurant sent to your phone or a quick view of your calendar on your television). … [Read more...] about Google is adding a slew of new features to Google Home including proactive assistance and hands-free calling
Namoo - A piece supported by well-known immersive studio Baobab, Namoo explores the stages of life by following the growth of a tree that sprouts memories from its branches. 4 Feet High VR - A companion to a one of the indie series titles that you can also watch with the same pass that unlocks New Frontier, 4 Feet High VR features 360-degree episodes about a teen's coming-of-age at a new high school, as she navigates identity and sexuality as a person in a wheelchair. Tinker - A mix of VR with live theater performance, in which you experience the story -- of growing up with a grandfather played by a live actor -- with a number of other participants. And projects needing a desktop-tethered VR headset include: … [Read more...] about Sundance Film Festival brings big movie premieres straight to your home for the first time