Amazon Fire TV Blaster: What you need to know
Amazon is looking to solve the problem of TV voice control with the $34.99 Fire TV Blaster. As an Echo can only do so much and a Fire TV Stick can do about the same. The solution is what feels like the Fire TV Gadget. It's a small black box with an IR blaster, a power port and the necessary connectivity components. © Provided by Cable News Network, Inc.You might be thinking that sounds similar to the technology in the Fire TV Cube ($119.99; amazon.com) which lets you control TV elements with Alexa, and you'd be right. Once it's paired, you can control your TV with Alexa from any connected Echo that's paired with a Fire TV Stick.
star Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Federation cloth for another voyage of boldly going where no one has gone According to an official tweet by the Star Trek account, the series “tells the story of the next Joining Kurtzman on the creative team behind the new Picard series are James Duff (Major
Patrick Stewart executive produces the series and stars as Picard , reprising his role from Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as He felt that at that time his role in the franchise " had run its natural course", but in the years since he was humbled by stories of the impact the character had on the lives
Star Trek is a world of fanciful technology -- transporters, shuttle crafts and warp drives. But that doesn't mean cast members of Trek shows are always proficient in tech.
Patrick Stewart, who stars in the upcomingon CBS All Access, admits he's never used a digital voice assistant.
"I haven't had the courage yet," Stewart said in an interview on Sunday. "I get uncomfortable about it. You think because of what I'd done it'd be easy."
I joked that he's OK with Data, but has a problem with Alexa .
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Patrick Stewart is boldly going back to where he’ s gone before — just not in a very long time — when he reprises his role as “ Star Trek: Next The series has now released a trailer and revealed which former “ Star Trek” cast members are joining Stewart — who was last seen as Picard in the 2002 film
Patrick Stewart is boldly going back to where he’ s gone before — just not in a very long time — when he reprises his role as “ Star Trek: Next Generation” captain, Jean-Luc Picard in his With that in mind, TheWrap has rounded up everything that we know about CBS All Access’ second “ Star Trek” series.
"I'm fine with Data because I happen to know he's Brent Spiner, and that makes everything alright," he quipped.
Stewart isn't alone in his distrust of data. Consumers are starting to wise up and apply a more critical lens to tech companies and how they've been exploiting our personal information. He's not even alone among the show's cast. From AI to gene-editing tech Crispr, here's a lightly edited transcript of my conversation with the actors and showrunners of Star Trek: Picard about what freaks them out.
airs Jan. 23 on CBS All Access. (Disclosure: CBS All Access and CNET are both owned by ViacomCBS.)
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Let your personal assistant help outThe types of devices that use Alexa are multiplying as well. What started with the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers has now expanded into a wide range of helpful speakers, clocks, displays, and other tech. Many are being sold as part of Amazon’s own Echo line, which most recently includes the Echo Buds, Echo Flex, and even a pair of smart glasses called the Echo Frames. Amazon also has incorporated Alexa into its Fire Stick (that lets you control your TV) and Fire line of tablets.
' Star Trek: The Next Generation' star Sir Patrick Stewart will revive his beloved Jean-Luc Picard role for Star Trek may be the biggest property CBS owns, and now a new Trek series is coming starring Sir "We have no scripts as yet. We’re just talking talking talking storylines. It will be something very
Patrick Stewart in January. The actor announced on Saturday that he would return to the role of Jean-Luc Picard for a coming “ Star Trek” show on CBS But at a moment when several legacy television shows have returned or are in the process of coming back to the screen, perhaps it is fitting that one
Executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman: For me, the scariest thing is how the internet can be weaponized.
Deepfake technology also terrifies me. We use a version of that algorithm, but again in the wrong hands, that's just a weapon.
Executive producer Heather Kaden: It gets scary when people have access to technology you're not aware of. Can they see through the camera on my computer or my phone? Are they tracking me?
Kurtzman: The answer is yes to everything you asked.
Kaden: That's really scary.
Alison Pill (Dr. Agnes Jurati): [Gene-editing tool] Crispr is one of the greatest innovations in our time. But it's genetic editing. The idea that we could pick and choose the best type of humans obviously hasn't had a great past. Anytime people say we know how to do this -- we know how to pick the best humans, I'm like, "Oh yeah, I'm worried."
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Star Trek: Picard , which is set 20 years after Stewart ' s stint on Star Trek: Next Generation, will give new screen life to the iconic TV astronaut at CBS All Where you can watch it if you don't have CBS All Access: If you don't live in the United States or Canada and thus don't have CBS All Access, you
Patrick Stewart ' s Captain Jean-Luc Picard is officially on his way back to Star Trek, and here' s everything we know so far. Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Star Trek are two things that practically go hand in hand, and yet, we never thought we’d be lucky enough to have them in the same vicinity
Santiago Cabrera (Cristóbal Rios): I stay away from the Siris and Alexas of this world.
Pill: You think you do, but it's in your pocket right now, my friend.
Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi): I think (artificial intelligence) is terrifying. I don't understand why people have artificial intelligence in the home. Why? They can listen to you all the time. It just blows my mind. It's generational, because young people who've grown up with technology take it in stride. But old farts like me, I'm like, are they demented?
Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine): AI is a little scary. It's all a little T2 (Terminator 2) for me.
Executive producer and co-creator Akiva Goldsman: The creation of viruses and the mutation of viruses, and deepfakes are pretty scary.
Alexa is coming to low-spec devices like light switches and thermostats
Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has migrated to a lot of devices of late, including eyeglasses, ear buds and microwave ovens. Now, the company has revealed that it will run on devices with as little as 1MB of memory and a cheap Cortex-M processor. That means you can expect to see Alexa on all kinds of relatively dumb devices from lightbulbs to toys. Up until now, Alexa required at least 100MB of RAM and an ARM Cortex-A processor. That limited it smart devices that served as a central hub for other things that are controlled by Alexa."We now offload the vast majority of all of this to the cloud," AWS IoT VP Dirk Didascalou told TechCrunch.
Picard will likely be around the same age that Patrick Stewart is currently. Since so much time has passed, there are endless possibilities. For this Picard -focused series, it would be nice to address some of the unanswered questions. Such as, why is Data shown in “All Good Things ” yet seemingly
The man who led Star Trek into The Next Generation stopped beaming up to the Enterprise a while ago. But Patrick Stewart says he’d be willing to Maybe if someone came up with a brilliant idea, I’d do it. One thing that might interest me would be to bring all the existing casts of “ Star Trek” from the
Executive producer and co-creator Michael Chabon: Deepfakes are pretty scary. It's a perfect example of not taking the consequences and getting so caught up in the coolness and the amazingness of the thing you just figured out how to do. When you … share something with the world without actually thinking through what it's going to do to the world.
Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker): My brother-in-law always hates the fact that there are all these cameras around like Big Brother's watching, but I actually quite like it because I feel like you can track me if anything happens. I first thought that would be a scary thing … like in London they have so many cameras all over. But I think there's something sort of secure about it that makes me feel a little secure.
Evan Evagora (Elnor): I'd say cybersecurity -- I don't think in terms of where we are moving in terms of the internet that our governments are really up to speed on that. You know identity theft, credit card -- your digital fingerprint is online forever. And I don't think we all understand the ramifications or impact of that yet because it's fairly new to us. The generation behind me will probably get a better sense of it because they're growing up with the internet being a thing.
With "Star Trek: Picard", Patrick Stewart reinvents his cult role
The big return of Commander Jean-Luc Picard: after a long eclipse, Patrick Stewart resumes his most famous role in the new series "Star Trek: Picard", which will introduce the cult saga of SF to a new generation of fans.
The launch on January 23 on CBS and the next day on Amazon Prime Video of this new version of "Star Trek" is an event awaited by many science fiction fans, and this production promises to be one of the biggest international series of 2020.
For this project, the British actor Patrick Stewart agreed to put on again the suit of Commander Picard, from which he had long remained distant after having played it on television in "Star Trek: The Next Generation "(1987-1994) then four times at the cinema, for the last time in 2002 in" Star Trek: Nemesis ".
"It's been 17 years since I said + goodbye + to Jean-Luc. And I had the firm intention of never going back to this universe, and I was also convinced that everything there was to to say it had already been, "the famous actor told AFP during a trip to Paris in late 2019.
Until the creator of "Star Trek: Picard" Alex Kurtzman, and Michael Chabon, one of the screenwriters, seduce him with their project which aims to deeply renew his former role.
"I found that they had unexpected ideas, and that they imagined a different world from the one created in Next Generation," he says. "There are one or two characters that we find, but the world around them is transformed, it is no longer the same." The action, which was centered around the Company in "Next Generation", will be much more fluid and unpredictable, he says.
As for his character, "he is in a completely different situation from that of the 4 films and 178 episodes" of the previous series, he describes.
Because retired admiral Jean-Luc Picard, a symbol of authority and stability, has lost its luster. According to the rare elements of the scenario that have been revealed to the public, he is confused by the death of the Android Data and is only a relic for the officers of Starfleet. But a young woman in distress, Dahj, will push him to embark on a new mission ...
In addition, we know that the series will reveal new elements on the origins of Jean-Luc Picard, and will evoke French culture ( endangered in Star Trek) which it is imbued with ...
- "Belle Responsibility" - Scenes were filmed in a French wine estate reconstructed in California, "to make it look authentic". "We tried to create a world as French as possible, and I even speak French for the first time," laughs Patrick Stewart.
In his new quest, Picard is seconded by Raffi Musiker, an outstanding investigator but troubled by inner demons, and who agrees to help him despite their "complicated" personal story.
"She is a character who has had difficulties, and who tries to get out of it as best she can ... But she is also a genius, she is extremely gifted. I believe that her talent helps her to 'get out of it,' says Michelle Hurd, who plays this tormented character.
Isa Briones plays Dahj, another central female character, by whom the action will start. "It is she who arrives and sets things in motion," says the actress, aware of the challenge of transmitting to a new audience a universe that inspires legions of fans.
"It's a great responsibility that we have. There are so many people for whom this series (Star Trek) has meant so much, and that it helped to come out of their shells, and to find people who think like them, "she said.
The new series, like the greatest works of SF, should echo contemporary issues, but all in subtlety.
"We tell things that resonate with our time, but we will not realize that at the very end," promises Michelle Hurd. An approach which is in keeping with the pure tradition of Star Trek: "we don't give lessons, but we try to shed new light on the torments of humanity".
Thermaltake's latest gaming headset works with Alexa and Razer Chroma .
Thermaltake just introduced a gaming headset that's as much about showing off as it chatting with your gaming buddies. The Riing Pro RGB 7.1 steps up the competition against rival headsets with two-zone lighting you can control with both Alexa and Razer's Chroma system. You'll need a separate Alexa-ready device or Razer's Synapse software to make those respective features work, but this lets you color-coordinate without having to delve into settings between matches. You can even have Alexa match the headset color with the local weather conditions, in case you'd like your headset to be as blue as the sky.