Tasker AutoVoice (Tasker plugin) Yatse (to control XBMC) VeraLite (Home automation controller, $179) The comments over on Reddit have more information on how he accomplished this. If you're comfortable creating Tasker profiles and don't mind searching through some home automation forums, you should be able to set up something similar on the cheap. … [Read more...] about Automate Your Home via Voice Commands with Tasker and VeraLite
We briefly discussed the new interface when it was in beta back in January, but the new UI has made its way to the official app now, and it all new icons with it. There's even a guide to help you get started creating apps and tasks, and different toggles and tweaks are easier to find. Also, the whole thing got a Holo-esque makeover that looks great in Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. There are new pre-built actions and states designed for newer devices, and pre-made events and actions that make customization a little easier. All the power is still there under the hood, too. … [Read more...] about Tasker’s New User-Friendly UI Makes Automating Your Android a Breeze
According to the DOL report, other studies, and surveys of America’s failed experiments with retraining, there are a lot of reasons that reskilling programs flounder. Older workers are reluctant to reenter the classroom environment. Employees are wary of investing time, energy, and resources on retraining if there isn’t a guarantee that a job will be waiting for them when they’re done. Employers usually make retraining voluntary, after-hours, and don’t pay employees to undertake it. (Amazon, for its part, says it will cover 95 percent of tuition, and offers employees “paid study time” but doesn’t elaborate. The company did not respond to my request for comment.) And then employees face the challenges of entering a brand new field—and of being inexperienced in it. … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?
This isn’t that far off from our timeline. If you have a recent iPhone or an Android phone with a fingerprint scanner, you can use your finger to authorize transactions. You can pay for online transactions on your phone itself, as well as a few retail places. You can probably even pay for a cab with your phone. Don’t count on it working everywhere, though. Even the Cafe 80s hasn’t updated its POS systems. … [Read more...] about Live Like Marty With This Real Life Back to the Future Tech You Can Actually Use
Schedule hourly downloads of a file The nice thing about any command line script is that it's very easy to automate. For instance, if there was a constantly-changing file that you wanted to download every hour, say, you could use cron or Windows Task Scheduler and Wget to do just that, or if there was a very large file you wanted your computer to fetch in the middle of the night while you slept instead of right this moment when you need all your bandwidth to get other work done. You could easily schedule the Wget command to run at a later time. … [Read more...] about Geek to Live: Mastering Wget