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
There is a catch though: if you have Android 4.0 or higher (ICS or JB), you'll get the new design with today's update. If you're running GIngerbread or lower, sorry, the new UI isn't for you. If you already have Tasker, today's update is free. If you've been thinking about getting it but worried it might be overwhelming, now's a good time to try it out. Grab it at Google Play below. … [Read more...] about Tasker’s New User-Friendly UI Makes Automating Your Android a Breeze
“The challenge is you’re trying to take workers who were reasonably well paid, far into their career, and train them for a new type of job,” says Carolyn J. Heinrich, the lead investigator in the aforementioned DOL study and a professor of public policy at Vanderbilt University. “Workers come out and earn entry level wages. In no way do they earn what they were making in the past.” Mobility is an issue, too. “Some of the jobs they trained for will be in other states—if you’re paying off a mortgage on a house, or kids in high school, you’re not going to be able to move very easily.” … [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
Gina Trapani , the editor of Lifehacker, spends way too much time testing out various Wget option recipes. Her semi-weekly feature, Geek to Live , appears every Wednesday and Friday on Lifehacker. Subscribe to the Geek to Live feed to get new installments in your newsreader. … [Read more...] about Geek to Live: Mastering Wget
Please keep in mind that the Elon-ranking system I am using is not linear, but exponential, with each successive Elon having an increased risk of shedding exotic, high-energy particles that do not appear to obey the known laws of physics and cannot be controlled by any known method. Four out of five Elons. … [Read more...] about Stuff Elon Musk Said About Tesla Autonomous Cars on Monday, Ranked