iRobot's Roomba 690 vacuum offers lots of functionality for the price, including control via smartphone and support for voice commands through smart home devices. I finally had my wood floors down and I wanted something that could clean them every day.  We try out the Roomba 960 and the affordable 690 and go through our test.  These are Amazons best pick for vacuums.   irobot5.jpg

  • Clean and schedule from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App; compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant
  • Patented 3-Stage Cleaning System and Dual Multi-Surface Brushes pick up everything from small particles to large debris
  • Dirt Detect sensors alert Roomba to work harder on concentrated areas of dirt, such as high-traffic zones of your home
  • Full suite of intelligent sensors guide the robot under and around furniture to help thoroughly clean your floors. Filters captures fine dust and debris
  • Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head automatically adapts its height to effectively clean carpets and hard floors
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As I improved my backyard and prepared for the summer.  I decided I needed some added security to monitor the area.  My personal options were "Arlo", "Canary"and "Ring".  Since I already had Ring and Canary devices.  I decided what the best choice was between the two and what was the best options as well.  Here's the review.

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Protect and monitor your home with Spotlight Cam Wired, a plugged-in HD security camera that lets you see, hear and speak to anyone on your property from your phone, tablet and PC.
Spotlight Cam Wired plugs into standard power outlets to give you non-stop power, so you’ll never need to charge a battery. It also comes with everything you need to get your Cam setup in just minutes

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April 12, 2018

Apple HomePod Review

I've had the Homepod for about a month,  so I'm a little used to having it and using it.  I decided its about time i give my opinion on this new addition to the Apple family.  I'm reviewing it from a sound, look and functionality perspective. I give my opinion on the pluses and minuses of the Homepod and what I hope Apple would be doing next with the product.

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HomePod is a powerful speaker that sounds amazing and adapts to wherever it's playing. It's the ultimate music authority, bringing together Apple Music and Siri to learn your taste in music. It's also an intelligent home assistant, capable of handling everyday tasks — and controlling your smart home.

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Alicia is chosen to speak at the "All things Open" conference in Raleigh Durham NC. Speaks on Home Automation and the future of homes.   Which is a conference exploring open source, open tech and the open webbing the enterprise.  She speaks to a few ladies that attended this huge event.

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Alicia heads out to Monterrey Mexico  for the MIMEC conference where she speaks to the group about "Home Automation" and talks to a few women she was on a women panel with.  MIMEC (Monterrey Interactive Media & Entertainment Cluster) is an initiative designed by and for companies that provide services related to the creative and interactive media industry.

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October 24, 2017

Github Universe 2017

This episode, I sit down with Alicia as she explains her relationship with GitHub and her experience with the GitHub staff.  We talk about Alicia's growth and the direction where she is going with her app and how GitHub helps her to see that it can be done. 

GitHub Universe is the three-day event for people making the future of software. Immerse yourself in creativity and curiosity with the largest software community in the world. The event is packed with advanced training, deep dives on open source projects, keynotes from industry experts, and a look into successful software teams

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This episode of Women Tech talk, Alicia and I go over the new calling features of the existing Amazon Echo devices as well as throw our opinions on the two new products Amazon has introduced to the market before Google or Apple had a chance to introduce any improvements or products during their conferences (Google I/O and Apples WWDC). Amazons new products are the Echo Look  a camera enabled device for fashion and the Echo Show that has a tablet size screen attached to it.   

We also put our two cents into the "Whole Foods" acquisition and what does it mean to the grocery market in the future. Whole Foods Market was acquired by Amazon June 16, 2017 at 13.7 billion dollars

 

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On todays Women tech talk, Alicia and I talk about the new features of Google assistant and Google home that she got to experience while she was at Google I/O.  This was a good effort Google showed better thanthe previous year and a good challenge to the other two major players in the assistant realm (Alexa, Siri) as well as the home automation market.  We not only have a google home now but we both downloaded the the google assistant on our Iphones as well.

This is the first time in a long time I can become a tech lover and not a follower of just Apple products.  Should be a very enlightening conversation from Apple fans.

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July 3, 2017

Google I/O 2017 Review

This episode of Tech Talk we review the highlights and Alicia's visit during the Google I/O conference in Mountain View Ca.  Alicia compares the previous year's conference to the current one and highlights the standout issues she experienced.

Like always we break off topic comparing the other major players in their sector (Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Facebook) with the products and innovations that came out during this conference.

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