Feliz Año Nuevo a todos. Last year I wrote a post about disappearing technology. In this post I would like to expand on this theme with some more observations.
- I don’t use any CD’s anymore – My data backups are totally in the cloud
- Last year I purchased approximately 20 DVD’s. This year it will be half as much since most of my movie watching is Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime.
- Last year I had 5 remotes for TV and streaming video box watching and now I have none because of the Harmony Hub
- Last year I used my iPad every day and now I sold it and primarily use my Google Nexus Smartphone
- Finally I used to use my smartphone and computer for all my searches and now 50% of the searches and all of my music playing are accomplished using Echo, my smart speaker and the Alexa App.
What is disappearing in your life?
2016 Google Year In Search Video
Another great video production. I would love to spend some time with the very talented video editors. Take 15 minutes out of your day to see 2011 -2015.
The Google Photos App is my Go To photo editor/storage tool. It’s easy, powerful and there is the unlimited storage hook that makes this app (IMHO) the best.
Computerworld has an excellent article and video on tips to better use the app.
You can find it here
The photo below was edited with Google Photos.
Move over Skype there is a new sheriff in town. Google just announced it’s Video Messenger Service. Unlike Facetime Google works with both IOS and Android. Since it is connected to your phone there is no need to have the app on or be near a wifi setting. I briefly experimented with it with two friends and had good results. Let me know about your experience. Easily downloaded for free at the Google Play Store or The Apple App Store.
This is a popular topic for CTL subscribers since the majority of photos are now taken with a smartphone. Most smartphone have 16-32gb of storage and you can easily fill up most of that storage if you are regularly snapping photos. I use 3 redundant services.
- Google Photos -High quality unlimited storage – free – When Android 7 is released – unlimited storage
- Amazon Photos – orignial quality – unlimited storage $99 per year with other services
- Flickr $24 per year for the pro version.
The real question is which service to you feel most comfortable. Google Photos is my first choice since it has the easiest photo editing element. Good article below.
The best way to back up your Android Photos
Last year at this time I wrote on article on this subject. So what has changed in a year? There are now 4 main legal streaming boxes:
- Apple TV – Now in its 4th edition with voice control
- Roku – Now in its 4th edition also with voice control
- Amazon Fire TV – Now in its second edition with Alexa voice control
- Android TV – The Google version with limited apps
There is a 5th alternative and its called KODI . First let me say that I don’t object to the non legal status of KODI since I often purchase bootleg DVD’s in Cuenca. Let me also state that I have limited knowledge of KODI. I do know in Cuenca there are KODI groups and some individuals that will handle the installation and support. There are some safety concerns using KODI and this article does a good job of explaining it
The following are some paid subscriptions that are available to stream on the above boxes.
- Netflix – Note the North American version is not longer available
- Amazon Prime – No available on Apple TV
- HBO Now
There is also DirecTV. 5 years ago I tried the service for 6 months. My experience was that it was expensive $40 + per month was limited in the quality of English programming.
- Puntonet 50 mb fiber optic service $60 per month +
- Amazon Prime – $8 per month *
- HBO – $15 per month
- Strong VPN $7 per month*
Note: * denotes other uses besides watching TV