Wireless Speakers for Smartphone Playlists

Mobile technology lets us use our cell phones for many other things besides making calls and sending texts and music streaming has becoming a norm. Using a smartphone to stream music continues to become more popular. People love listening to their music on their smartphones and many people save their playlists on their device for offline playback. We pretty much have the ability to listen to anything, from anywhere. Most smartphones have not improved their sound quality, packing in just a single speaker, or allowing you to employ an earpiece, resulting in a sound that is often tinny and uneven, though at least has a stereo effect. Most listeners feel that audio is at the heart of the mobile experience and better smartphone speaker quality matters to them because they want something that they can play loud without distorting the sound. Smartphone manufactures like to boast about their devices’ big screens and their quality cameras, but they usually overlook sound quality, and this is where wireless speakers come into play.

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97% of Americans own some kind of a cellphone with 85% having a smartphone.  Fans are enjoying more music today than ever before, and people listen to music on their smartphones as much as they do on the radio.  People are spending an hour and a half of their time listening to music every day and many of them are using their phones to listen, but the audio quality is poor, so people are purchasing wireless speakers that integrate with their phones to get better sound.  These WiFi or Bluetooth speakers are portable and once they are connected to your home network you will be able to leave the room with your smartphone without stopping the music.  You simply connect multiple speakers in different rooms to each other via WiFi and an app on your smartphone.  People are taking their tunes with them where ever they go, using water-resistant speakers that feature a rechargeable…

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Bricks as Energy Storage Devices

I am looking for your thoughts on whether you think that Climate Change is a real thing, or if you think that we should be moving away from using fossil fuels toward some cleaner type of energy. I think it is nice that dinosaurs that died millions of years ago formed the energy sources that we are using today, but what if there was a better way? Let me know if you are using any clean renewable energy sources like solar power, wind power or if you think that we should all abandon the Earth and start over someplace else.  I would like you to write about the efforts that you are employing to save the planet.

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Bricks date back to 7000 BC, which makes them one of the oldest known building materials.  They were discovered in southern Turkey at the site of an ancient settlement around the city of Jericho.  The main ingredient of bricks is clay, a group of surface minerals that arise from the weathering of igneous rocks.  Conventional red bricks contain hematite which contains ferric ions that is safe to handle and affordable.  The three little pigs chose to build houses, so they could hide from the big bad wolf.  The third little pig wanted a house that was warm and strong, so he decided to build his house out of bricks.  Bricks are used to build houses because they are durable, and they provide good insulation from heat and cold.  Brick is a clean natural material that doesn’t impact on the environment.  Bricks are fired at temperatures so high that organic materials…

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Smarter Devices

I bought this software called Droid Transfer and then I downloaded the app to my phone. This is a Windows application which allows me to transfer my text messages, photos, music, contacts and calendars from my Android Phone to my PC. I have a smart watch, but I really don’t use it. I love my smart TV and I have an Echo Show 10 that I don’t use that much. What is your opinion about smart devices?

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A wide range of connectivity standards like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, or Thread are used by the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart devices to establish data connectivity with a local network.  The number of smart devices and the technology demands Americans placed on their homes jumped dramatically in 2020 and it is expected to keep on increasing.  Smart products connect to the internet, so you can control them from your phone via a companion app.  Most will also work with various forms of voice control.  Connected devices includes laptops, tablets, and smartphones, along with video streaming devices and smart televisions, wireless headphones and earbuds, gaming consoles and smart home devices, fitness trackers and connected exercise machines, and endless others.  People make use of smart devices to adjust the temperature and lighting inside of their homes and to automatically close their garage door every night at a specific time.  Tomorrow’s smart…

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TV Viewing Choices

I thought that I would get more responses back. Television is an inescapable part of modern culture that we depend on for entertainment, news, education, culture, weather, sports and even music, but excessive TV watching (more than 3 hours per day) is thought to be bad for you, so moderation is the key. John Lennon said, “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” Jim Morrison was worried wondering, “Do you know we are being led to slaughters by placid admirals & that fat slow generals are getting obscene on young blood? Do you know we are ruled by TV?” Erma Bombeck said, “If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.” I watch a lot of TV and I guess you could call me a couch potato, or a TV enthusiast. I don’t like commercials, especially the ones that get repeated over and over again, like Joe Namath telling me to check my Zip Code, or Alex Trebek talking about the three P’s. If you have anything to say about TV, I would love to read your posts.

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I am glad to be back here with another week of Friday Faithfuls and today I am going to discuss innovations that are taking place in the television industry.  I have been watching TV since the mid-1950s and this industry has been constantly evolving over the years.  Black and White changed to Color and remote control was added to improve the experience.  Tube sets were converted into solid state, which made televisions more reliable.  Cable TV added more channels and got rid of television antennas.  HDTV came along giving us better picture quality, followed by Flat Screens that took up less space and were easier to move and then we got Smart TVs and Curved TVs.  Things will continue to change with television for the better, as we no longer have sit in front of our television at the correct time when we want to watch a show, and we don’t…

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Innovations – The End of Passwords

Welcome to Friday Faithfuls, the new Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Challenge.  I decided to help Yves out with this new challenge which will be about good news, innovation, gratitude, inspiring quotes, everyday heroes, nature, manifestation, miracles, random acts of kindness etc.  The objective of this prompt is to help restore our faith in humanity.  The Greek storyteller Aesop wrote the fable The Four Oxen and the Lion which teaches us that united we stand and divided we fall, so we should all stick together because humans can be good people when they are willing to help others who are in need.  Malicious hackers are not good people, as they are trying to screw everyone over, because they lack ethics.  They enjoy violating laws and utilizing malware to scam people and steal our information, because they are too lazy to get a real job.  These cyber criminals are the scum of the earth, and we must take care to protect ourselves from their dastardly deeds.

In order to exist in the modern world, we need to have passwords to obtain extra security as they are required for social media accounts, online banking, medical records, and online shopping, so you can prove your identity, or authorize access to a resource.  It is thought that the average person has 27 discrete online logins.  For decades, we’ve needed passwords to do things online.  In the early 1960s, American computer scientist and MIT professor Fernando Corbató (1926-2019) was developing a new kind of shared computer system and wanted a way for people to be able to protect their private files from others when they were working on the same machine.  His solution was a password.  Over the years, Corbató’s fix won out over other means of authentication, and this became the standard way that we log on to pretty much everything, everywhere.

Passwords are inherently insecure, as they can be stolen, guessed, or brute-forced, but because people tend to use bad ones and then reuse them, this exacerbates the problem.  Technology is always changing and over time, people will begin to rely less and less on passwords, because they just don’t meet the challenge for anything that needs to be secure.  I had my email account stolen and the Nigerian hacker pretending to be me, asked all of my contacts to send him money, which was really embarrassing.  I had that email address for over 25 years, and I had to give it up and get a new one, which I was not happy about.

Today we have Password Managers, which are a digital police system that allows users to generate, store and manage credentials for both local services and online services.  This can help in the creation and retrieval of strong credentials, as well as their storage in an encrypted database or their calculation on software packages that can be installed remotely.  Your information is saved in an encrypted file to which you can get entrance using your master passphrase.  Password managers like Keeper, NordPass, RoboForm, Dashlane and 1Password can track all those various alpha-numerics for you and even replace the weak ones.  But password management is a half measure when it comes to security.  The real action is in eliminating passwords altogether.

New forms of authentication will finally let us get rid of passwords for good.  When I got my new Android phone, it asked me if I wanted to use a PIN or a biometric retinal scan as a login.  I went with the PIN, but maybe the next time I will try something more modern.  Biometrics are unique, but they can also be hacked.  Just about any system, can be broken into if enough effort is put into it, as where there is a will, there is a way.  Modern AI algorithms can be used to generate fingerprints, which can deceive fingerprint scanners.  A biometric scan method is easier, as you don’t have to remember your face and they tend to be more secure.

Enterprise-oriented companies like Okta and Duo, as well as personal identity providers like Google, offer ways for people to log in to apps and services without having to enter a password.  Apple’s facial recognition system has taken mainstream.  Most notably, Microsoft announced in March 2021 that some of its customers could go completely passwordless, and it followed up in September by telling people to delete their passwords altogether.  In the future, you will go to log in to a site or fire up an app, and instead of being asked to enter a password you get a prompt to enter a six-digit code from your authenticator app, tap a notification on your phone, or click a link sent to your email, or maybe you just need to raise your phone to your face.  There will be no more typing in a bunch of characters and symbols you have to recall, write down, or store in a database.

You can respond to this prompt by telling a story about when you got hacked, or when you forgot your password, or what you think about passwords in general.