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Re: Questions in regards to jaws activation if you do not have the long authorization number?

Ann Parsons
 

Hi all,

<sigh> Yesterday was a U.S. holiday, called Martin Luther King Dan. Vispero was closed yesterday. Call them today.

Ann P.

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Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Gene
 

My feature phone uses the Google assistant for limited purposes. It will play specific songs asked for. It is logical to assume that this is the behavior of the Google Assistant on smart phones or any phones that can work with Youtube.

The Google Home, evidently, doesn't allow this.

Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 4:38 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Gene, if you have a YouTube Music subscription, or a subscription to another
service such as Spotify or Pandora, you will be able to play specific songs.
If no subscriptions to any service, then songs will be played at random and,
a requested song may be somewhere at number 15 in the list of songs being
played. Of course, one or two ads will be played between songs.

Particular genres can be selected even without a subscription; example, I
could say: "Hey (or OK) Google" play Smooth Jazz; Google Home (or the
Assistant) will launch YouTube Music and begin playing the requested genres.

Ok, I don't know how this feature will work on a feature phone, but in My
Shiny Android Toys world, it's all good!

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
 

Gene, if you have a YouTube Music subscription, or a subscription to another
service such as Spotify or Pandora, you will be able to play specific songs.
If no subscriptions to any service, then songs will be played at random and,
a requested song may be somewhere at number 15 in the list of songs being
played. Of course, one or two ads will be played between songs.

Particular genres can be selected even without a subscription; example, I
could say: "Hey (or OK) Google" play Smooth Jazz; Google Home (or the
Assistant) will launch YouTube Music and begin playing the requested genres.

Ok, I don't know how this feature will work on a feature phone, but in My
Shiny Android Toys world, it's all good!

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Re: Question

chris judge
 

If such a thing exists I'd love to know about it. Aira discontinued their glasses and I hadn't heard they had replaced them.


Chris Judge

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mich Verrier
Sent: January 18, 2021 10:32 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io; techtalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Question

Hi Shelly it sounds like something from ira that is wairable.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Shelly Kane
Sent: January 18, 2021 5:14 AM
To: techtalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Question

Hi Group:


I heard about this device that can help people with disabilities go out on walks by themselves. Supposedly, you wear this thing around your neck and it's a camera and you can push a button and get someone live and these people do this for a living by giving people directions. It can probably be used for something else as well but I am very intrigued and was wondering if any of you have heard about it? I have no idea what it's called but my friend told me about it. I do know of an app on the phone that is similar but this is a device that goes around your neck so the person can see where you are going. Thanks in advance and if none of you heard of this, I will tell my friend she is totally off.

Shelly


Re: Question

Shelly Kane
 

Mitch:


Thanks for letting me know.  Ira is the only thing I thought of when she was telling me about this.

Shelly

On 1/18/2021 7:32 PM, Mich Verrier wrote:
Hi Shelly it sounds like something from ira that is wairable.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Shelly Kane
Sent: January 18, 2021 5:14 AM
To: techtalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Question

Hi Group:


I heard about this device that can help people with disabilities go out
on walks by themselves. Supposedly, you wear this thing around your
neck and it's a camera and you can push a button and get someone live
and these people do this for a living by giving people directions. It
can probably be used for something else as well but I am very intrigued
and was wondering if any of you have heard about it? I have no idea
what it's called but my friend told me about it. I do know of an app on
the phone that is similar but this is a device that goes around your
neck so the person can see where you are going. Thanks in advance and
if none of you heard of this, I will tell my friend she is totally off.

Shelly











Re: computer speakers

Troy Burnham
 

Hi Veronica,

If the speakers you bought have the 8th-inch earphone plug then indeed you can buy an adapter to plug that into and that will plug into your USB port, I just had to do the same thing myself.

If everything I've said is correct just go to amazon and search for USB to 3.5 mm adapter, or USB to 8th-inch adapter might even work. When I did my search though I used USB to 3.5 mm adapter as my search.

Hth.

Troy

On 1/18/2021 9:28 PM, Veronica Kirk wrote:

I would like to get computer speakers for my laptop, which when in the office is connected to a docking station.  I have some awesome Logitech speakers that I use for my other computer that are about eight years old.  These speakers include a subwoofer with a knob with which to control the amount of base, two desktop smaller speakers and another controller which has the on and off switch, and the volume button.  Now, this is where I may confuse all of you.  I cannot use this system on the docking station as the connection is not a USB connector.  I need to find speakers that have a USB connector like one has for a keyboard, as the other type on the docking station do not work any longer (like some earphones use.)  I went to Walmart today and found some Logitech speakers, and the worker there (who did not help very much at all) said the speakers have USB capability.  However, when I got home I found that was not the case.  Is there an adaptor to connect the speakers to, and then plug the adaptor in to the USB port on the docking station?  The speakers that I bought today do not have as superb sound as the old speakers I have, so do speakers today have USB connection?  Thank you for your input.

 

Veronica

 



computer speakers

Veronica Kirk
 

I would like to get computer speakers for my laptop, which when in the office is connected to a docking station.  I have some awesome Logitech speakers that I use for my other computer that are about eight years old.  These speakers include a subwoofer with a knob with which to control the amount of base, two desktop smaller speakers and another controller which has the on and off switch, and the volume button.  Now, this is where I may confuse all of you.  I cannot use this system on the docking station as the connection is not a USB connector.  I need to find speakers that have a USB connector like one has for a keyboard, as the other type on the docking station do not work any longer (like some earphones use.)  I went to Walmart today and found some Logitech speakers, and the worker there (who did not help very much at all) said the speakers have USB capability.  However, when I got home I found that was not the case.  Is there an adaptor to connect the speakers to, and then plug the adaptor in to the USB port on the docking station?  The speakers that I bought today do not have as superb sound as the old speakers I have, so do speakers today have USB connection?  Thank you for your input.

 

Veronica

 


Re: Question

Mich Verrier
 

Hi Shelly it sounds like something from ira that is wairable.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Shelly Kane
Sent: January 18, 2021 5:14 AM
To: techtalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Question

Hi Group:


I heard about this device that can help people with disabilities go out
on walks by themselves. Supposedly, you wear this thing around your
neck and it's a camera and you can push a button and get someone live
and these people do this for a living by giving people directions. It
can probably be used for something else as well but I am very intrigued
and was wondering if any of you have heard about it? I have no idea
what it's called but my friend told me about it. I do know of an app on
the phone that is similar but this is a device that goes around your
neck so the person can see where you are going. Thanks in advance and
if none of you heard of this, I will tell my friend she is totally off.

Shelly


Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Monte Single
 

Yes,

 

Google home has tens of thopusands of radio stations and even more  pod feeds

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kerryn Gunness via groups.io
Sent: January 18, 2021 5:57 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

google home works well with tune in radio

 

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Monday, January 18, 2021 12:09 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

Oh well; one less thing I can use this thing for, then.  If they take away the radio stations, I may as well get rid of it.  The only thing that will be left is possibly looking up phone numbers.  Pam.

 

Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:19 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

Yes they changed this and they got rid of google play music. So one has to have a free pandora account to get free music off their google speaker. Alexa is the only one that has free music listening with amazon music if you are a prim member. Cheers Heather

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 3:04 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

Here in Canada, my google home mini tells me that I have to have a paid subscription to play music from u-tube.

 

-----Original Message-----

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kerryn Gunness via groups.io

Sent: January 17, 2021 1:12 PM

To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

while the info below is true for persons in the US and canada, in the caribbean for example trinidad, where i live, playing music from you tube is not free, you have to pay for a subscription for you tube to use with a google home

 

 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Gene" <gsasner@...>

To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:17 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

 

> You can listen to music free with the Google assistant.  It plays music on

> Youtube.  I don't know if it works with other music services.

> I also don't know if The Echo can play music on Youtube.

> -----Original Message-----

> From: heather albright

> Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:10 PM

> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

> Well I will start with google. Pros, she spells slower than alexa with

> pauses. She plays podcast better too my opinion. She handles smart plugs

> better that are not amazon based like the smart life and wemo. She has

> more information on certain subjects. She can have several voices not just

> one voice. Her language data base is more extensive. Cons, it is hard to

> pare smart items with google and she has to apps to control the speaker

> instead of just one like alexa. She does not have as many apps that work

> or connect with the speaker. You cant drop in on other speakers.

> Alexa, pros, you have a wide range of connected devices to connect with on

> the speaker. She always has more skills to use; you can change her wake

> word; you can drop in to different rooms and locations with your contacts;

> you can listen to music for free with amazon if you have prime; you can

> order using the speaker or put something in the cart; if you have the

> show, you can have face to face conversations across the country. Cons,

> alexa has not have  the spelling feature to spell slow if you are trying

> to do dictation; her data base for information is not as good; amazon has

> some issues with their smart plugs that do not always work wich means your

> plugs do not work especially with their outages; not all their stuff is

> fullally accessible for example, you cant turn on the feature that allows

> you to tell the speaker to delete everything that you said as the app does

> not allow vo users to access that on the app; you have to have prime to

> make the nost out of the speaker.

> Both speakers will: tell the time and temp, give directions, tell jokes;

> give sports scores; play games; tell stories; give the news. OH, forgot ,

> it easyer to make routines with alexa as you only have one app to deal

> with while google makes you use 2 apps.

> This is just off the top of my head.

> Cheers Heather

> Sent from Mail for Windows 10

> From: Carolyn Arnold

> Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:19 AM

> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

> Heather, what are the pros and cons of Alexa and Google?

> -----Original Message-----

> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf

> Of heather albright

> Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:22 AM

> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

> I personally have both speakers. I have them in my room and in the office

> and my mom has both in her room. They both have qualities to like and

> dislike.  It is good have both say if you are trying to get your smart

> plugs to work, some times google does a better job than alexa. Sometimes

> if you want music, alexa is better at that than google.  Find that google

> does a better job of spelling words than alexa, she actually pauses

> between letters alexa does not always do this.  So it is good to have both

> if you can. Cheers Heather

> Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986>  for

> Windows 10

> From: Ashley Breger via groups.io <mailto:ashbreger@...>

> Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 PM

> To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

> All right chat with you then.

> Ashley

>                On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan

> <vrvaughan63@...> wrote:

>                

>                Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!

>                Sincerely, Vicky V

>                From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On

> Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io

>                Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM

>                To: main@techtalk.groups.io

>                Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>                Hi Vicki,

>                I would be more than happy to assist you with connecting

> your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar with the Amazon

> Alexa but I know Google home will also read your emails. If you want email

> me back privately and I can give you my contact information. I mostly

> assist people over the phone.

>                Ashley

>                                On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky Vaughan

> <vrvaughan63@... <mailto:vrvaughan63@...> > wrote:

>                                

>                                Hi List, Is there a way to get either of

> these devices to work with email messages?  That is to: read them, respond

> to them, delete them or store them in a folder?

>                                Many thanks for any help!

>                                Sincerely, Vicky V

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Re: accessible budget-friendly color laser printers

Carol Ashland <carol97402@...>
 

I was told by someone at HumanWare that the modern printers usually come with a program that is not accessible.

CarolOn Jan 17, 2021 8:18 AM, Angelo Sonnesso <asonnesso@gmail.com> wrote:


You can get a Brothers color printer for under $100.00.
They work very well.



73 N2DYN Angelo

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of David Mehler
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 10:56 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] accessible budget-friendly color laser printers

Hello,

Does anyone have a recommendation for an accessible color laserjet
printer that is budget friendly?

Thanks.
Dave.











Re: Are Speech Synthesizers Base, Midrange or Treble Heavy?

Gene
 

I don't think you can generalize. Eloquence has a lot of bass and it sounds better if you listen with headphones that either have a less emphasized or less bass but a lot of what I consider much worse synthesizers in terms of speech quality but have much more natural sounding voices probably sound better when listened to using full range headphones. I use those synthesizers so little, however, that that is my impression or guess but those who use such voices will very likely comment.

Also, I got used to Eloquence, Via Voice, really, with a lot of bass when I got much better head;phones a few years ago. While Eloquence sounds better with less bass, the higher amount of bass didn't bother me even though the sound of the default voice, which is what I'm discussing, is better with less.

Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Bhavya shah
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2021 6:04 PM
To: main ; blindtech
Subject: [TechTalk] Are Speech Synthesizers Base, Midrange or Treble Heavy?

Dear all,

While the bulk of my question is captured in the subject line, I would
like to contextualize it slightly. Many of us buy headphones, speakers
and other audio products and as blind people, screen readers' speech
synthesis is what we listen to most frequently. I would imagine that
different text to speech engines would operate at different
frequencies, but I was wondering if there is a certain portion of the
spectrum - namely base, midrange, or treble - that speech synthesizer
occupy more commonly in general? If, for instance, the answer to this
question is base, would base-heavy or extra-base audio products be
conducive to a better experience for screen reader users? I am more
interested in thoughts on this subject overall, but regardless, I'll
share that I use ETI Eloquence>Reed at 65% pitch and ESpeak-NG>Steph 2
at 39% pitch as my synthesizers of choice with NVDA.

I would truly appreciate any thoughts and insights on this subject.

Thanks.

--
Best Regards
Bhavya Shah
Stanford University | Class of 2024
E-mail Address: bhavya.shah125@gmail.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bhavyashah125/


Re: Are Speech Synthesizers Base, Midrange or Treble Heavy?

DAVID GLOBE
 

Hello Bhavya
Speaking for my own personal comfort, I believe most speech synthesizers work in the mid to high range.
David

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bhavya shah
Sent: January 18, 2021 7:04 PM
To: main; blindtech
Subject: [TechTalk] Are Speech Synthesizers Base, Midrange or Treble Heavy?

Dear all,

While the bulk of my question is captured in the subject line, I would
like to contextualize it slightly. Many of us buy headphones, speakers
and other audio products and as blind people, screen readers' speech
synthesis is what we listen to most frequently. I would imagine that
different text to speech engines would operate at different
frequencies, but I was wondering if there is a certain portion of the
spectrum - namely base, midrange, or treble - that speech synthesizer
occupy more commonly in general? If, for instance, the answer to this
question is base, would base-heavy or extra-base audio products be
conducive to a better experience for screen reader users? I am more
interested in thoughts on this subject overall, but regardless, I'll
share that I use ETI Eloquence>Reed at 65% pitch and ESpeak-NG>Steph 2
at 39% pitch as my synthesizers of choice with NVDA.

I would truly appreciate any thoughts and insights on this subject.

Thanks.

--
Best Regards
Bhavya Shah
Stanford University | Class of 2024
E-mail Address: bhavya.shah125@gmail.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bhavyashah125/


Are Speech Synthesizers Base, Midrange or Treble Heavy?

Bhavya shah
 

Dear all,

While the bulk of my question is captured in the subject line, I would
like to contextualize it slightly. Many of us buy headphones, speakers
and other audio products and as blind people, screen readers' speech
synthesis is what we listen to most frequently. I would imagine that
different text to speech engines would operate at different
frequencies, but I was wondering if there is a certain portion of the
spectrum - namely base, midrange, or treble - that speech synthesizer
occupy more commonly in general? If, for instance, the answer to this
question is base, would base-heavy or extra-base audio products be
conducive to a better experience for screen reader users? I am more
interested in thoughts on this subject overall, but regardless, I'll
share that I use ETI Eloquence>Reed at 65% pitch and ESpeak-NG>Steph 2
at 39% pitch as my synthesizers of choice with NVDA.

I would truly appreciate any thoughts and insights on this subject.

Thanks.

--
Best Regards
Bhavya Shah
Stanford University | Class of 2024
E-mail Address: bhavya.shah125@gmail.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bhavyashah125/


Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Kerryn Gunness <k_gunness@...>
 


agreed jene
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2021 3:58 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

I had thought the Google assistant on phones was equivalent to playing Youtube content to the Google smart speakers.  I just found some information on playing Youtube with Google smart speakers and it evidently is very different.  You can tell a Google smart speaker to play a genre, like a radio feature, but you can't tell it to play a specific song.  Why the Google assistant allows that to be done on phones that support the Google digital assistant and why Google smart speakers don't allow playing the same content that is available for free on phones and browsers seems illogical to me.


Gene

On 1/18/2021 1:42 PM, Andy wrote:


i have and use both.  The Amazon Echo is better as far as streaming content is concerned, but the Google Home is better for accessing information because it uses the Google search engine.  I have experienced several instances where the Google device gave me the info I wanted, such as a dictionary definition, and the Echo said something like "Sorry, i don't know that one".
 
Andy
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2021 8:09 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Oh well; one less thing I can use this thing for, then.  If they take away the radio stations, I may as well get rid of it.  The only thing that will be left is possibly looking up phone numbers.  Pam.
 
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:19 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?
 

Yes they changed this and they got rid of google play music. So one has to have a free pandora account to get free music off their google speaker. Alexa is the only one that has free music listening with amazon music if you are a prim member. Cheers Heather

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 3:04 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

Here in Canada, my google home mini tells me that I have to have a paid subscription to play music from u-tube.

 

-----Original Message-----

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kerryn Gunness via groups.io

Sent: January 17, 2021 1:12 PM

To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

while the info below is true for persons in the US and canada, in the caribbean for example trinidad, where i live, playing music from you tube is not free, you have to pay for a subscription for you tube to use with a google home

 

 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Gene" <gsasner@...>

To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:17 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

 

> You can listen to music free with the Google assistant.  It plays music on

> Youtube.  I don't know if it works with other music services.

>

> I also don't know if The Echo can play music on Youtube.

>

> -----Original Message-----

> From: heather albright

> Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:10 PM

> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

> Well I will start with google. Pros, she spells slower than alexa with

> pauses. She plays podcast better too my opinion. She handles smart plugs

> better that are not amazon based like the smart life and wemo. She has

> more information on certain subjects. She can have several voices not just

> one voice. Her language data base is more extensive. Cons, it is hard to

> pare smart items with google and she has to apps to control the speaker

> instead of just one like alexa. She does not have as many apps that work

> or connect with the speaker. You cant drop in on other speakers.

>

> Alexa, pros, you have a wide range of connected devices to connect with on

> the speaker. She always has more skills to use; you can change her wake

> word; you can drop in to different rooms and locations with your contacts;

> you can listen to music for free with amazon if you have prime; you can

> order using the speaker or put something in the cart; if you have the

> show, you can have face to face conversations across the country. Cons,

> alexa has not have  the spelling feature to spell slow if you are trying

> to do dictation; her data base for information is not as good; amazon has

> some issues with their smart plugs that do not always work wich means your

> plugs do not work especially with their outages; not all their stuff is

> fullally accessible for example, you cant turn on the feature that allows

> you to tell the speaker to delete everything that you said as the app does

> not allow vo users to access that on the app; you have to have prime to

> make the nost out of the speaker.

>

> Both speakers will: tell the time and temp, give directions, tell jokes;

> give sports scores; play games; tell stories; give the news. OH, forgot ,

> it easyer to make routines with alexa as you only have one app to deal

> with while google makes you use 2 apps.

>

> This is just off the top of my head.

>

> Cheers Heather

>

>

>

>

>

> Sent from Mail for Windows 10

>

>

>

>

>

> From: Carolyn Arnold

> Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:19 AM

> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

>

>

> Heather, what are the pros and cons of Alexa and Google?

>

>

>

> -----Original Message-----

>

> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf

> Of heather albright

>

> Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:22 AM

>

> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

>

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

> I personally have both speakers. I have them in my room and in the office

> and my mom has both in her room. They both have qualities to like and

> dislike.  It is good have both say if you are trying to get your smart

> plugs to work, some times google does a better job than alexa. Sometimes

> if you want music, alexa is better at that than google.  Find that google

> does a better job of spelling words than alexa, she actually pauses

> between letters alexa does not always do this.  So it is good to have both

> if you can. Cheers Heather

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

> Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986>  for

> Windows 10

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

> From: Ashley Breger via groups.io <mailto:ashbreger@...>

>

> Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 PM

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> To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>

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> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

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> All right chat with you then.

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> Ashley

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>                On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan

> <vrvaughan63@...> wrote:

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>                

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>                Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!

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>                Sincerely, Vicky V

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>

>                From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On

> Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io

>

>                Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM

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>                To: main@techtalk.groups.io

>

>                Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

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>                Hi Vicki,

>

>

>

>                I would be more than happy to assist you with connecting

> your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar with the Amazon

> Alexa but I know Google home will also read your emails. If you want email

> me back privately and I can give you my contact information. I mostly

> assist people over the phone.

>

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>

>                Ashley

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>                                On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky Vaughan

> <vrvaughan63@... <mailto:vrvaughan63@...> > wrote:

>

>

>

>                                

>

>

>

>                                Hi List, Is there a way to get either of

> these devices to work with email messages?  That is to: read them, respond

> to them, delete them or store them in a folder?

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                                Many thanks for any help!

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                                Sincerely, Vicky V

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Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Kerryn Gunness <k_gunness@...>
 


google home works well with tune in radio
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2021 12:09 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Oh well; one less thing I can use this thing for, then.  If they take away the radio stations, I may as well get rid of it.  The only thing that will be left is possibly looking up phone numbers.  Pam.
 
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:19 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?
 

Yes they changed this and they got rid of google play music. So one has to have a free pandora account to get free music off their google speaker. Alexa is the only one that has free music listening with amazon music if you are a prim member. Cheers Heather

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 3:04 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

Here in Canada, my google home mini tells me that I have to have a paid subscription to play music from u-tube.

 

-----Original Message-----

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kerryn Gunness via groups.io

Sent: January 17, 2021 1:12 PM

To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

while the info below is true for persons in the US and canada, in the caribbean for example trinidad, where i live, playing music from you tube is not free, you have to pay for a subscription for you tube to use with a google home

 

 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Gene" <gsasner@...>

To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:17 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

 

> You can listen to music free with the Google assistant.  It plays music on

> Youtube.  I don't know if it works with other music services.

>

> I also don't know if The Echo can play music on Youtube.

>

> -----Original Message-----

> From: heather albright

> Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:10 PM

> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

> Well I will start with google. Pros, she spells slower than alexa with

> pauses. She plays podcast better too my opinion. She handles smart plugs

> better that are not amazon based like the smart life and wemo. She has

> more information on certain subjects. She can have several voices not just

> one voice. Her language data base is more extensive. Cons, it is hard to

> pare smart items with google and she has to apps to control the speaker

> instead of just one like alexa. She does not have as many apps that work

> or connect with the speaker. You cant drop in on other speakers.

>

> Alexa, pros, you have a wide range of connected devices to connect with on

> the speaker. She always has more skills to use; you can change her wake

> word; you can drop in to different rooms and locations with your contacts;

> you can listen to music for free with amazon if you have prime; you can

> order using the speaker or put something in the cart; if you have the

> show, you can have face to face conversations across the country. Cons,

> alexa has not have  the spelling feature to spell slow if you are trying

> to do dictation; her data base for information is not as good; amazon has

> some issues with their smart plugs that do not always work wich means your

> plugs do not work especially with their outages; not all their stuff is

> fullally accessible for example, you cant turn on the feature that allows

> you to tell the speaker to delete everything that you said as the app does

> not allow vo users to access that on the app; you have to have prime to

> make the nost out of the speaker.

>

> Both speakers will: tell the time and temp, give directions, tell jokes;

> give sports scores; play games; tell stories; give the news. OH, forgot ,

> it easyer to make routines with alexa as you only have one app to deal

> with while google makes you use 2 apps.

>

> This is just off the top of my head.

>

> Cheers Heather

>

>

>

>

>

> Sent from Mail for Windows 10

>

>

>

>

>

> From: Carolyn Arnold

> Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:19 AM

> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

>

>

> Heather, what are the pros and cons of Alexa and Google?

>

>

>

> -----Original Message-----

>

> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf

> Of heather albright

>

> Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:22 AM

>

> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

>

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

> I personally have both speakers. I have them in my room and in the office

> and my mom has both in her room. They both have qualities to like and

> dislike.  It is good have both say if you are trying to get your smart

> plugs to work, some times google does a better job than alexa. Sometimes

> if you want music, alexa is better at that than google.  Find that google

> does a better job of spelling words than alexa, she actually pauses

> between letters alexa does not always do this.  So it is good to have both

> if you can. Cheers Heather

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

> Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986>  for

> Windows 10

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>

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>

>

>

>

> From: Ashley Breger via groups.io <mailto:ashbreger@...>

>

> Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 PM

>

> To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>

>

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

> All right chat with you then.

>

>

>

> Ashley

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan

> <vrvaughan63@...> wrote:

>

>

>

>                

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                Sincerely, Vicky V

>

>

>

>                From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On

> Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io

>

>                Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM

>

>                To: main@techtalk.groups.io

>

>                Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                Hi Vicki,

>

>

>

>                I would be more than happy to assist you with connecting

> your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar with the Amazon

> Alexa but I know Google home will also read your emails. If you want email

> me back privately and I can give you my contact information. I mostly

> assist people over the phone.

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                Ashley

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                                On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky Vaughan

> <vrvaughan63@... <mailto:vrvaughan63@...> > wrote:

>

>

>

>                                

>

>

>

>                                Hi List, Is there a way to get either of

> these devices to work with email messages?  That is to: read them, respond

> to them, delete them or store them in a folder?

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                                Many thanks for any help!

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                                Sincerely, Vicky V

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

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Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
 

Chief Gene, I can watch and listen to videos all day long on the computer
without a subscription to YouTube anything. Yes, there are ads here and
there during the course of watching and listening, but I can SKIP THE ADS
and keep on listening to a video content. I have watched any number of
movies this way in various languages that I happen to speak reasonably
fluently.

I don't always use my computer for YouTube videos; I use my smart toys! I
found an app that will AUTOMATICALLY SKIP all YouTube ads and just play a
movie or video straight up. The app in question is NOT AVAILABLE at the
Play Store, I grabbed it from a third party site. I hesitate to share
additional info on the app 'cause not too many folks take joy in sideloading
apps to their smart toys. For me, I do it all the time and, thus far, I
HAVE NOT BROKEN anything on any of My Shiny Android Toys!

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Office 365 question

Madison Martin
 

Hi all,
Can someone please tell me how to check and possibly adjust the automatic
send/receive interval using Office 365? I don't know if anything needs to be
changed, but I get a few newsletters daily and they always come at a similar
time, and lately I've noticed that they come much later then usual. I've also
noticed that I'll go through long periods of the day when I don't receive
emails, but as soon as I shut down, restart and reopen Outlook I get a tone of
emails, often ones that look like they were sent awhile ago, could this be an
issue with automatic send/receive, or something else? I have not changed any
settings, but I noticed the other day when I restarted my computer that it was
doing an update, though I have no idea what was being updated. I'm running
Office 365, the latest Jaws 2021 and Windows 10. Thanks for any help anyone can
provide me!!!
Madison


Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
 

Google Home smart speakers will play your music from several service
providers: Pandora, YouTube Music, Spotify and similarly situated services.
TuneIn and Radio.com are also available.

Although you can set a default music services, you can ignore playing music
from your preferred service and just issue a command mentioning the music
service you want to get your music from. If you don't have a subscription,
you won't be able to choose the song you wish to listen to; in that case,
you'll get random songs played with ads.

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Re: my computer will not update, causing all kinds of problems.

Jim Rawls
 

Thanks for this. Ii will check it out for sure. Jim

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Steve Matzura
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2021 6:41 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] my computer will not update, causing all kinds of problems.

 

Regarding making a recovery backup, you must consider at least these three absolutely critically essential questions, the answers to which must all be "yes:"

 

1. Is the backup software you will use accessible? (See below for recommendations)

2. Can said backup software make full image backups to external media such as USB drives?

3. Can the image be restored accessibly to the system disk?

 

There are several fine applications out there which can make and restore recovery images, but the one I have used for a very long time and which I always recommend is Terabyte Drive Image Backup and Restore Suite which has remained accessible for well over ten years and probably a dozen revisions over that time. Every time a new version is issued, I check that accessibility hasn't been forgotten, and I also write them and thank them for keeping it in. Companies love to hear from us--they really do, so when you find software you can use and that you really like, show your love by writing to the company. I believe it helps.

 

On 1/17/2021 3:48 PM, Jim Rawls wrote:

Sounds like a plan. Jim

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Steve Matzura
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:44 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] my computer will not update, causing all kinds of problems.

 

I think his use of the word abacus was to indicate that he perceives it to be an outdated dinosaur. What I'd recommend is to back up the system drive and try a clean install of 20H2. If that doesn't work, just restore the old one and think of something else to try.

 

On 1/16/2021 3:01 PM, Gerald Levy via groups.io wrote:

 

Jim, can you provide us with more information about your **** computer?  I am not familiar with the Abacus brand.  Is your computer a laptop or desktop?  How much RAM and what kind of processor does it have?  When and where did you buy it, and which version of Windows 10 was originally installed on it when you bought it? Have you been able to install any cumulative or feature updates on it since then? And is Windows Security being updated with the latest database definitions?  Maybe someone on this list can guide you in the right direction if you give us more information.

 

Gerald

 

 

On 1/16/2021 2:29 PM, Jim Rawls wrote:

Hi all,For several months, I have tried to get my computer to update from windows 1909 to the current version. Microsoft has tried several times to update it, but they can’t do it. They put a repair tool in an it did no good. They tried installing the current version but that failed as well. So, I have a computer that will not install any updates, security or otherwise. Jaws will not update as well. I am authorized to version 2020, but I can only go to 2018. I am out of warrantee on this abacus computer. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can fixthuis**** computer? Smile. Jim.

 


Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Gene
 

I had thought the Google assistant on phones was equivalent to playing Youtube content to the Google smart speakers.  I just found some information on playing Youtube with Google smart speakers and it evidently is very different.  You can tell a Google smart speaker to play a genre, like a radio feature, but you can't tell it to play a specific song.  Why the Google assistant allows that to be done on phones that support the Google digital assistant and why Google smart speakers don't allow playing the same content that is available for free on phones and browsers seems illogical to me.


Gene

On 1/18/2021 1:42 PM, Andy wrote:


i have and use both.  The Amazon Echo is better as far as streaming content is concerned, but the Google Home is better for accessing information because it uses the Google search engine.  I have experienced several instances where the Google device gave me the info I wanted, such as a dictionary definition, and the Echo said something like "Sorry, i don't know that one".
 
Andy
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2021 8:09 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Oh well; one less thing I can use this thing for, then.  If they take away the radio stations, I may as well get rid of it.  The only thing that will be left is possibly looking up phone numbers.  Pam.
 
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:19 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?
 

Yes they changed this and they got rid of google play music. So one has to have a free pandora account to get free music off their google speaker. Alexa is the only one that has free music listening with amazon music if you are a prim member. Cheers Heather

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 3:04 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

Here in Canada, my google home mini tells me that I have to have a paid subscription to play music from u-tube.

 

-----Original Message-----

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kerryn Gunness via groups.io

Sent: January 17, 2021 1:12 PM

To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

while the info below is true for persons in the US and canada, in the caribbean for example trinidad, where i live, playing music from you tube is not free, you have to pay for a subscription for you tube to use with a google home

 

 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Gene" <gsasner@...>

To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:17 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

 

> You can listen to music free with the Google assistant.  It plays music on

> Youtube.  I don't know if it works with other music services.

>

> I also don't know if The Echo can play music on Youtube.

>

> -----Original Message-----

> From: heather albright

> Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:10 PM

> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

> Well I will start with google. Pros, she spells slower than alexa with

> pauses. She plays podcast better too my opinion. She handles smart plugs

> better that are not amazon based like the smart life and wemo. She has

> more information on certain subjects. She can have several voices not just

> one voice. Her language data base is more extensive. Cons, it is hard to

> pare smart items with google and she has to apps to control the speaker

> instead of just one like alexa. She does not have as many apps that work

> or connect with the speaker. You cant drop in on other speakers.

>

> Alexa, pros, you have a wide range of connected devices to connect with on

> the speaker. She always has more skills to use; you can change her wake

> word; you can drop in to different rooms and locations with your contacts;

> you can listen to music for free with amazon if you have prime; you can

> order using the speaker or put something in the cart; if you have the

> show, you can have face to face conversations across the country. Cons,

> alexa has not have  the spelling feature to spell slow if you are trying

> to do dictation; her data base for information is not as good; amazon has

> some issues with their smart plugs that do not always work wich means your

> plugs do not work especially with their outages; not all their stuff is

> fullally accessible for example, you cant turn on the feature that allows

> you to tell the speaker to delete everything that you said as the app does

> not allow vo users to access that on the app; you have to have prime to

> make the nost out of the speaker.

>

> Both speakers will: tell the time and temp, give directions, tell jokes;

> give sports scores; play games; tell stories; give the news. OH, forgot ,

> it easyer to make routines with alexa as you only have one app to deal

> with while google makes you use 2 apps.

>

> This is just off the top of my head.

>

> Cheers Heather

>

>

>

>

>

> Sent from Mail for Windows 10

>

>

>

>

>

> From: Carolyn Arnold

> Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:19 AM

> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

>

>

> Heather, what are the pros and cons of Alexa and Google?

>

>

>

> -----Original Message-----

>

> From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf

> Of heather albright

>

> Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:22 AM

>

> To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

>

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

> I personally have both speakers. I have them in my room and in the office

> and my mom has both in her room. They both have qualities to like and

> dislike.  It is good have both say if you are trying to get your smart

> plugs to work, some times google does a better job than alexa. Sometimes

> if you want music, alexa is better at that than google.  Find that google

> does a better job of spelling words than alexa, she actually pauses

> between letters alexa does not always do this.  So it is good to have both

> if you can. Cheers Heather

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

> Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986>  for

> Windows 10

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

> From: Ashley Breger via groups.io <mailto:ashbreger@...>

>

> Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 PM

>

> To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>

>

> Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

> All right chat with you then.

>

>

>

> Ashley

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan

> <vrvaughan63@...> wrote:

>

>

>

>                

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                Sincerely, Vicky V

>

>

>

>                From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On

> Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io

>

>                Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM

>

>                To: main@techtalk.groups.io

>

>                Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                Hi Vicki,

>

>

>

>                I would be more than happy to assist you with connecting

> your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar with the Amazon

> Alexa but I know Google home will also read your emails. If you want email

> me back privately and I can give you my contact information. I mostly

> assist people over the phone.

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                Ashley

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                                On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky Vaughan

> <vrvaughan63@... <mailto:vrvaughan63@...> > wrote:

>

>

>

>                                

>

>

>

>                                Hi List, Is there a way to get either of

> these devices to work with email messages?  That is to: read them, respond

> to them, delete them or store them in a folder?

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                                Many thanks for any help!

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

>                                Sincerely, Vicky V

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

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