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
Jane Oates of WorkingNation says that the first and perhaps most important step is to ensure that the training is part of the workweek. “People are busy—making this as easy to get to as possible will determine its success.” Amazon should also ensure they cover the tuition in the programs outright, she says. “A lot of the failure is due to the tuition assistance programs—a lot of the reason they fail is you have to pay upfront for the college yourself and get reimbursed,” she said. “And then if you don’t get a grade you’re out that money.” … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?
You know, in retrospect, Marty’s future sucks in a lot of ways. Not only does he have to take calls on a shared landline that all of his kids can also access, but he has to have a video call on his TV, through AT&T. AT&T is the video call provider of Marty’s timeline! Can you imagine a world where the only decent apps available are whatever watered down services your internet provider gives you? … [Read more...] about Live Like Marty With This Real Life Back to the Future Tech You Can Actually Use
Install Wget Wanna give all this a try? Windows users, you can download Wget here; Mac users, go here. An alternative for Windows users interested in more Linuxy goodness is to download and install the Unix emulator Cygwin which includes Wget and a whole slew of other 'nixy utilities, too. … [Read more...] about Geek to Live: Mastering Wget