Category: Smart Tech Shopping

4 Gadgets That Now Use Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence may simply sound like another tech buzzword, but it’s very real, and it’s here. Unless you actively pay attention to tech news, you may not notice how companies are slowly integrating AI-based features into everyday home products, but like this blog article says, it’s easy to underestimate new technology until it actually arrives. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some cool new gadgets that are using artificial intelligence to deliver their features.   Mycroft – Open Source AI Smart Home Controller Mycroft is a voice-activated device that connects to and controls other smart devices

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Hands on Review of the Elgato Video Capture Device – Digitizing and Archiving Analog Video

John Greenaway is a Home Tech listener since show #1 is guest writing for The Average Guy Blog. This item was purchased with proceeds from the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund. https://www.patreon.com/theaverageguy Working through the outset of this project was emotional as well as therapeutic for me.  As such, I felt compelled to elaborate a small amount on why I embarked on this project and how the combination of my personal / family situation, my nostalgic nature, my interest and appreciation for technology, and my paranoid approach to data management, and archival led me to this point.  For those solely

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The APC 1000VA Power Saving Green Back-UPS XS – with LCD Display

A UPS is a device that you don’t know you need, until you need it.  A UPS or uninterruptible power supply is an in house battery back up that provides emergency power to your computer (or anything else you plug into it) when your utilities fail.  Here in Bellevue where I live, we get sudden drops in power all the time, so for years I have used small UPS units to protect my PCs.  It been a great system and has worked very well. Last Thursday we had storm roll through that caused a short power outage followed by a

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Nintendo Rolls Netflix Software Update to the Wii – The Disc is No Longer Needed

If you own a Nintendo Wii that had been collecting dust since the second week you bought it, now it the time to put it to good use.  The latest software upgrade for the Wii (did you know there are updates?) now allows you to install the Wii channel directly to the console and stream movies from Netflix just like you might have done from your XBOX 360 or PS3.  It’s not a blue-ray quality picture, but it’s easier than going to the video store or even RedBox!  Go to your Wii menu, download and install the Netflix application from

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So You Wanna Watch More College Football? Use ESPN360 and Window Media Center to Light It Up!

In my post 20 mile run recovery, I decided to watch some College Football!  Here is a screen shot from my PC.  Using ESPN360.com and Windows Media Center with a cable card, I can stream 3 football games all at once.  I had UCLA v Stanford (upper left), Florida St. v Boston College (upper right) and Washington v ND (bottom left).  To make matters worse, I added two laptops to the mix! Yep, you are seeing it right.  I am watching 5 games all at the same time!  Besides the ones above, I added Western Michigan v Northern Illinois (left)

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Amazon vs iTunes? For Digital Music, I Almost Always Buy Music From Amazon!

It’s all about the price, isn’t it?  If you are still buying music from iTunes (and millions still are)…consider this.  Disclaimer: I purchase mostly Christian music, but the deals are good for most genres.  I do not own music from or make any money from either of these two artists, even if you purchase them from Amazon. To the left are two projects from two up and coming artists, Britt Nicole and Aaron Shust.  At iTunes, together they would cost me almost $18. Below at Amazon I can get both for just $10. Same music, better price.  It’s that simple. 

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