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Tales Of The Unknown, Volume 17: Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop

Google Chrome is a web browser. I kind of vaguely knew that it could do other cool tricks.

I stumbled on a pretty amazing Chrome app that I’ve been overlooking for five years. Sometimes it seems like Google is having all the fun with new technology.

With Chrome Remote Desktop, you can control a Windows or Mac computer remotely from almost any other device: another Windows or Mac computer, a Chromebook, an iPhone or iPad, or an Android phone or tablet. […] continued

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Spotify Daily Mix: Better Playlists Through Algorithms

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If you’re a regular Spotify listener, you’ve got to check out the new Daily Mix playlists!

Before we get to that, start with the advice: if you listen to music, you should have a paid Spotify subscription. For $9.99/month, you can play just about anything from the entire history of recorded music on demand. […] continued

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Google Duo And Communication Overload

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Google introduced a new app for video chats last week. Google Duo makes one-on-one video chats as easy as possible, with nothing required except a phone number and someone on the other end who’s running the app or willing to install it. Google Duo doesn’t even require a Google account. Setup takes only a moment, and once it’s set up it literally requires only a single tap to start a call. […] continued

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As Ignorable As It Is Interesting: Increase Productivity With The Sounds You Won’t Hear

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“Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.“ – Brian Eno, liner notes for Ambient 1: Music for Airports (1978)

Ambient music and sounds can increase your productivity. Here are some apps and music selections that might be the best thing you’ve ever ignored while you’re getting work done. […] continued

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Spotify Is Creating A Personalized Mixtape For You Every Week

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Each week, Spotify creates a personalized playlist with thirty songs on it, tailored specifically to my taste in music. I’m starting to look forward to my “Discover Weekly” playlist on Monday morning, knowing that it will have a lot of names I’ve never heard before and a lot of music that I like very much. […] continued

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Not All Technology Bubbles Are Expanding

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Technology news has been a bit negative recently. The death of Windows Phone got the most attention last week but Apple and Samsung have their own problems, and there are many other companies and products that are either failing or not living up to expectations. Here’s a sampling of the dark side of recent technology news. […] continued

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Getting Started With Android: Reading & Listening

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Previously:
Getting Started With Android: Office 365 Mail

The OnePlus One phone has given me a chance to explore the world of Android apps. Here are some of the apps that I’ve been using for the last couple of months for reading and listening. Some of them are specialized but perhaps you’ll get an idea for an app that might work for you. […] continued

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Bluetooth Takes Center Stage

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Bluetooth has been around for more than ten years powering our phone headsets but not much else. Now that we’re using phones and tablets as our primary technology devices, Bluetooth is turning up everywhere.

Bluetooth is a special kind of wireless signal designed to work over short distances. Frequently you’ll see references to a range of thirty feet but the reality is frequently far less. […] continued

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Spotify Is The Best Way To Listen To Music

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Technology is causing another shift in the way we listen to music. There’s no right or wrong answer but Spotify has some advantages over many of the other choices.

Background

A quick recap of how we’ve listened to music over the years.

•  Baby boomers started with vinyl LPs. Cassettes were the mobile alternative in the 70s. […] continued

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Tiny Computing With The Intel NUC

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It shouldn’t be a surprise that computers don’t have to be large any more – we’re accustomed to laptops that are razor thin and weigh three pounds, after all. But it’s still surprising to see the Intel NUC, a powerful, full-featured computer stuffed into a four-inch square box that weighs eighteen ounces. […] continued

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Getting Serious About Audio With JRiver Media Center 17

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JRiver Media Center 17 is a Windows program for music and video. You can try it for free for 30 days. It costs $49.98.

Most of you don’t need it. There are some advantages to using iTunes, especially if you have an iPhone or iPad. It’s simple and you’re used to it. […] continued

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Walled Gardens Postscript: Just Tell Me What To Do!

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Previously:
Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple
Walled Gardens, Part 2: Google
Walled Gardens, Part 3: Microsoft

This is a transition year. There are no right or wrong answers. Buy whatever feels right and be prepared for some bumps and the possibility that you’ll replace a device or two in 2013 to consolidate everything in one garden. […] continued

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Free Music On Demand From Spotify

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You can be excused if you haven’t heard of Spotify yet. For months it’s been a hot topic for music junkies who have been impatient for it to debut in the United States. People addicted to tech blogs have been scrounging for invitations since the U.S. service was opened up last week. […] continued

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iCloud And The Competing Paths To The Future

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Apple’s announcement of a collection of services sharing the name “iCloud” has generated endless articles about what it all means. I’ll talk about some of the details in the next few days but let’s step back and look at the bigger picture, because it encapsulates so many things that are happening right before your eyes. […] continued

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Dell Inspiron Zino HD Home Media Center PC

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The little box in the picture to the left measures eight inches across and just over three inches tall. It’s quiet and inexpensive. In this difficult world of technology, the best I can tell you is that it might be just what you’re looking for.

The Dell Inspiron Zino HD is a compact little computer that is best used for a single purpose: to bring your photos, music, and videos to the big screen TV in your living room. […] continued

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