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Corliss Home Security Tech Pros and Cons: Amazon Echo

Nov 25, 2014

1 Vote

Status: New

Just in time for Christmas, Amazon has announced its very own voice-controlled system that functions as a smart virtual assistant and music player.  Amazon is expected to offer Echo to consumers for a couple hundred bucks, but only to those who had already signed up on the waiting list. As of today, Echo is only available by invitation and there were no early models handed out to tech journalists for actual review. Nevertheless, Corliss Home Security got hold of the supposed functions and features of the device.  Echo is a sleek cylindrical gadget with 7 microphones, built-in speakers and capability to connect to the web. It's pegged as a very smart home gadget that can sync and control all the various smart devices in your household through issuing voice commands.  It's a really cool way to connect various gadgets of your futuristic house. For instance, you can tell Echo you're going out so as soon as you step out, the lights will automatically turn off and the doors will lock. Also, if you really need help to remember when you ran out of milk and eggs, Echo can also record reminders like chores and shopping lists (that you can just as easily do with a post-it) and then read it back to you at the right time. You can even instruct Echo to download/upload files using the cloud, and play your favorite playlist while it's going at it.  For all the geeky functions and cool factor, they conveniently forgot to describe how you will be certain that your info and privacy is protected while using it. You'd think paying a couple hundred would be enough price for living in the future, but as it turns out, there's another more costly catch: your privacy.  According to the description Corliss Home Security got, Echo's microphones are not always connected to the web; it only turns the mic on once you say the wake word “Amazon" or "Alexa". Basically, they are only supposed to make connections to the Internet once the wake-up and command words are said. Even then, users are told not to worry as there are safety protocols to protect them, or so they say.  With the expected trove of data Amazon will gather from this, it only takes a program to piece together all those information about you -- and you didn't even realize what you've given away. For instance, asking what's the weather like in Paris, Echo can remember that and assume that you're planning to go there on said date.  Tech companies will of course downplay the security risks and claim that they can be totally trusted. "All data securely salted and hashed in our private server located in the Bahamas or something."  The booming tech industry is herding consumers to fixate on the 'good' side of these innovations and ignore the tradeoff for those supposed convenience and 'free services'. You're surrounded by all this cool high-tech gadgets, sure. But you're also exposing yourself to the dangers of being listened and watched to at any given time. Just think of this: that smartphone has a GPS that surely comes handy when you want to find a nice restaurant nearby but it also means it's easy to track you down any time. And that tablet you're using to chat/Skype with? Yeah, it can be spied on.  "We've dramatically increased the access to our personal lives. Before, you had to break into someone's house to see what they're doing," said Andrew Sudbury, from the consumer privacy industry.  And as if the privacy concern is not bad enough, it clearly says on the Echo website: "Always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech, patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences." Yikes. The convenience is nice and all but I don't think I want a machine with a learning capability anywhere near me.  Seems like our only safeguard is to turn them off -- if they can truly be turned off, that is.

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Categories: Small Business,

Corliss Home Security Tech Pros and Cons: Amazon Echo

Nov 25, 2014

1 Vote

Status: New

Just in time for Christmas, Amazon has announced its very own voice-controlled system that functions as a smart virtual assistant and music player.  Amazon is expected to offer Echo to consumers for a couple hundred bucks, but only to those who had already signed up on the waiting list. As of today, Echo is only available by invitation and there were no early models handed out to tech journalists for actual review. Nevertheless, Corliss Home Security got hold of the supposed functions and features of the device.  Echo is a sleek cylindrical gadget with 7 microphones, built-in speakers and capability to connect to the web. It's pegged as a very smart home gadget that can sync and control all the various smart devices in your household through issuing voice commands.  It's a really cool way to connect various gadgets of your futuristic house. For instance, you can tell Echo you're going out so as soon as you step out, the lights will automatically turn off and the doors will lock. Also, if you really need help to remember when you ran out of milk and eggs, Echo can also record reminders like chores and shopping lists (that you can just as easily do with a post-it) and then read it back to you at the right time. You can even instruct Echo to download/upload files using the cloud, and play your favorite playlist while it's going at it.  For all the geeky functions and cool factor, they conveniently forgot to describe how you will be certain that your info and privacy is protected while using it. You'd think paying a couple hundred would be enough price for living in the future, but as it turns out, there's another more costly catch: your privacy.  According to the description Corliss Home Security got, Echo's microphones are not always connected to the web; it only turns the mic on once you say the wake word “Amazon" or "Alexa". Basically, they are only supposed to make connections to the Internet once the wake-up and command words are said. Even then, users are told not to worry as there are safety protocols to protect them, or so they say.  With the expected trove of data Amazon will gather from this, it only takes a program to piece together all those information about you -- and you didn't even realize what you've given away. For instance, asking what's the weather like in Paris, Echo can remember that and assume that you're planning to go there on said date.  Tech companies will of course downplay the security risks and claim that they can be totally trusted. "All data securely salted and hashed in our private server located in the Bahamas or something."  The booming tech industry is herding consumers to fixate on the 'good' side of these innovations and ignore the tradeoff for those supposed convenience and 'free services'. You're surrounded by all this cool high-tech gadgets, sure. But you're also exposing yourself to the dangers of being listened and watched to at any given time. Just think of this: that smartphone has a GPS that surely comes handy when you want to find a nice restaurant nearby but it also means it's easy to track you down any time. And that tablet you're using to chat/Skype with? Yeah, it can be spied on.  "We've dramatically increased the access to our personal lives. Before, you had to break into someone's house to see what they're doing," said Andrew Sudbury, from the consumer privacy industry.  And as if the privacy concern is not bad enough, it clearly says on the Echo website: "Always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech, patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences." Yikes. The convenience is nice and all but I don't think I want a machine with a learning capability anywhere near me.  Seems like our only safeguard is to turn them off -- if they can truly be turned off, that is.

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Categories: Small Business,

Newport International Runway Group Tokyo Latest Trends: Stil hemmeligheder modedesigner Louisa Parris viser os rundt sit luksus-hjem

Nov 25, 2014

1 Vote

Status: New

Vi taler med prisbelønnede modedesigner Louisa Parris, 35, der gør stilfulde silke tørklæder, kjoler og hatte i fed, grafikbillede udskrives. Hun bor i London med sin mand Chris og deres søn Arthur Den første hjem jeg husker var i Lincombe Hill i bad. Det var en stor georgiansk byhus, som mine forældre tilbragte år gør op – det var en reel arbejdskraft af kærlighed. Værelserne var enorme, med højt til loftet-jeg husker at se far op to sæt af stiger, arbejder væk på gesimser. Han er en indendørsarkitekt, så han elskede at tage på slags projekter. Huset havde også en enorm kælder køkken med en jukeboks, et brød ovn og en værdiboks. Mor var en mode illustrator og på et tidspunkt hun lavede et projekt for Rolex og havde mange tusinde pund værd af ure gemt derinde. Huset jeg bor i nu, i syd-øst London, bruges til at tilhøre mine forældre. Det er en Grade II-fredet bygning og jeg boede her fra alder 14 indtil jeg dimitterede fra St Martins. Mor elskede Boligindretning og det var en kørende joke med mine skolekammerater, at jeg ikke ville vide, hvad jeg ville være at gå hjem til — da jeg kom tilbage, hun ville have malet en væg lyse pink eller chokolade brun og flyttet alle møbler rundt. Ovenstående billede pejsen i vores front værelse er en mor malet, inspireret af en af mine tørklæde designs. Hun gjorde seks i alt og vi udstillet dem på en pop-up shop Vi løb i Covent Garden denne sommer. I 2004 min kæreste — nu mand — Chris blev tilbudt et job i San Francisco. Det var en fantastisk mulighed for at lave grafisk design til Apple, så jeg gik med ham. Jeg havde uddannet seks måneder før og følte sig klar til et eventyr. Vi var så heldige at få en dejlig leje-kontrollerede lejlighed i dalen Noe, som dateres tilbage til 1900-tallet. Alle gulvbrædderne var blevet lagt i hånden, dørene havde disse store messing håndtag, og jeg var helt taget med det. San Francisco var genial til afhente møbler og bric-a-brac. Vi ville tilbringe weekenden kæmning gennem loppemarkeder for vintage stole og frugt kasser. Jeg fandt det så inspirerende — alle disse fantastiske bygninger malet i lyse pastelfarver. Det var et fantastisk sted at udvikle som en designer og finpudse min æstetiske. Jeg lanceret min etiket i San Francisco og for nylig udviklet et sæt af tørklæder opkaldt efter dens gader. Vi flyttede tilbage til England i 2012. Der var masser af grunde: vi ønskede at købe et hus og starte en familie, Chris var blevet tilbudt et job her og fashionwise det gav mening for mig at være i London. Tilfældigvis, mine forældre havde besluttet at flytte til landet, så det var perfekt timing — nu vores søn kunst er på mit gamle værelse. Det er dejligt fordi det føles som en bolt-hul for hele familien at vende tilbage til. Vi har masser af arvestykker, herunder nogle smukke køkkenvægt mor købte i halvfjerdserne og en Anglepoise lampe, der tilhørte mine bedsteforældre. Jeg vil gerne have denne følelse af kontinuitet. Som Chris og jeg er begge designere, afspejle vores gaver til hinanden ofte dette. Jeg har givet ham et Mondaine schweiziske jernbaner ur og en Eames gyngestol; han gav mig et sæt af udskrifter af mode illustrator René Gruau og en utrolig Lloyd Loom stol. Vi har også dejlige stykker designet af venner, ligesom trædukker i soveværelset. Det mest dyrebare, dog er et sæt af læder-bundet albums. En er fuld af billeder, en anden har alle kortene Chris og jeg har lavet hinanden i de seneste 10 år, og sidst er en gæstebog fra vores bryllup, hvor vi fik alle til at tegne en hest. Vi har ikke rigtig nogen husregler, bortset fra at kedlen er altid på. Vi gerne have et meget åbent hus, med masser af mennesker rundt om bordet for endeløse kopper te.  

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Categories: Dell Community,

New computers list of order of important things to do and the order to do them

Nov 21, 2014

1 Vote

Status: Acknowledged

This idea could be applied to a number of different activities, but should be included in PAPER form or as an intro spash screen on every computer..."Excited about your new computer?  We know you want to jump right in, but these are extremely important things you should do RIGHT AWAY, and in this order..."  I honestly don't know what the steps should be, but the average car manual does a better job of telling you how to break in an engine, and what the maintenance schedule should be.These all have to be done, but in what sequence?  Set up password, connect to internet, set up security, make back-up, system image, boot media, etc.  Buying a computer is very confusing and stressful without the need to be.   I have repasted my cpu, vacuumed the ports, updated drivers sporadically and randomly, stumbling along spending hours finding this basic and real world information on the internet.  The vast majority of us are not techincal gurus, and hate not having it made clear what we are supposed to do from the manufacturer.  Nine times out of 10 I end up looking at some 15 year old kid's You Tube Video to figure this stuff out.  

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Categories: Service and Support,

Venue 11 Pro Dock Cable

Nov 20, 2014

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

It would be nice to use our Venue Pros as both a desktop and a tablet at the same time.  I often do WebEx where I need my machine docked yet I want to take notes.  With the tablet in the dock you really cannot use the stylus.Idea is to offer a dock cable.  One end plugs into the 40pin connector on the dock, the other to the connector on the bottom of the tablet.  This allows us to be docked and use the stylus at the same time.   Alternative idea is a dock that allow you to lay the tablet flat for writing or upright as a monitor.  

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Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.), Desktops and Laptops, Mobile Devices,

Incorporate printer inside laptop screen

Nov 15, 2014

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Revolutionize the industry and corner the market by incorporating a printer in the laptop screen. Patent it and every other competitor would owe you a royalty when they build theirs. There is no such device currently on the market and if you had a choice wouldn't you rather have a printer built in to your laptop instead of having to hook up to a seperate printer unit or download document to a jumpdrive and go find a printer? Of course you would and so would everyone else!

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Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.), Desktops and Laptops, New Product Ideas,

"Dell 4 Dummies" - a guide to the Dell Website

Nov 15, 2014

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Dell For Dummies...   Use the "Dummies" Brand to teach Customers how to buy a Dell, but on your website.  Think, Dell Website Powered By "Dell for Dummies"   People not comfortable, or confident with learning about a PC, might just otherwise go to the store to ask a Sales Tech, but if they had a familiar Brand to help teach them, like the popular "Dummies" book series, it would make them feel more comfortable taking on the challenge of wading thru the Dell Website to customize their own computer, since they have a more familiar brand to teach them simply and "hold their hand" so to say, thru the process.   As I was reading thru your website, I was trying to follow the examples and information on the various parts of a computer, and thought how much easier it would be if I had the "Dummies" version of the same material to break down these technical topics to teach me.   As example, I was reading about processors, and the information was pretty general, and didn't give me a barometer of how to compare what my needs of a processor might be, i.e. this processor can handle basic games like Pac-man, versus the newest Halo, versus the Holodeck of the Starship Enterprise.   I saw a video where a young tech was comparing a processor to the engine of a car, and I must admit, I have a basic knowledge of cars, and limited knowledge of engines, and I thought...i'd hate to be the girl/guy who doesn't know anything about engines whatsoever (like Urbanites who spend their life in Public Transit, etc).   If "Dummies" were to attempt this, they might come up with the comparison of a house with electricity and various amenities, powering various objects...   -House/Processor A  is like your old school house with the lights powered for a few hours at night with the Wind Turbine outside, or Grandma's Sewing Machine for a few stitches. Processer A is like this, in that it runs basic functions, like on/off switches of old computer processors from computer's beginning days   - House B is like your nice 1980's house that powers all the kitchen utilities, the TV, lights, etc, or run Grandma's Sewing Machine to sew the Families Wardrobe. Processor B, switches the lights off/on, but does more with basic software programs like early Microsoft Word, and games like "Oregon Trail",    House C, is like your Modern Day house, with modern electronics, powering constant streaming from the internet, all digital devices, self automated lights and devices, etc, or runs Gradma's Sewing Machine Sweatshop where she has all the Grandkids sewing non-stop 24/7, 365. Processor C is very modern and can control all of your pixel intense games, processor intense, memory intense, stream internet TV easily, turn off the lights in the Garage at the same time, and hold 2 billion cat playing the piano photos, videos, or whatever.   Idea is to make the comparisons unisex, or more universal, but in a "Dummies" way.   The basic idea here is to give customer's a channel to feel more comfortable going into the Dell website to build a computer/buy a device, if they had a familiar Brand to guide and teach them thru the buying process in a simple and even humorous way.  Some other options might be, "Intel for Idiots", etc. Any ideas on how to improve this?

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Categories: Advertising and Marketing, Dell Web Site, IdeaStorm,

If it's not compatible, don't offer it

Nov 15, 2014

4 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Windows 8 or above has proven to be the least agreeable operating system Microsoft has put out; applications like Office have peculiar compatibility issues considering, but when it comes to pairing 3rd-party software with 8 or 8.1, Dell's offerings could be more thorough.Take PowerDVD as an example - with the system I purchased in October, it came with version 12 so I could play DVDs and Blu-Rays.  As I've discovered recently, however, this build isn't actually compatible, and it either hangs or crashes completely more times than work properly, even before you play a disc with it!PowerDVD was offered as a freebie so there's not much I can do about it after-the-fact, but I would ask that the configurator for systems is given better awareness to what software is/is not compatible, and Dell ensures there are alternative options available to customers.

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Categories: Dell Web Site, Software,

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