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Brothers in Tech: “Digital Assistants” (Ep 2)


In the first/main episode of their second topic, the Brothers discuss and respond to some of the feedback they have received on the podcast, and provide an overview of the digital/virtual assistant technologies:

  • Cortana (Microsoft): Uhhhh….Beuler? Beuler? Not widely known/used, and recently removed from iOS and Android.
  • Alexa (Amazon): Variety of device options, relatively inexpensive, works with most skills/extensions…but not native to your phone or computer.
  • Google Home (Google): Great database of information, limited device options, works with most skills/extensions….but it is Google, and can be invasive.
  • Siri (Apple): Excellent integration across Apple devices, higher level of security…but limited home device options and expensive.

Brothers’ Advice:

  • Try using the digital assistants on your phone (apps available for each) for a few days/weeks before purchasing a device to determine which works best for you.

In addition, the “BiTS” (Brothers in Tech Suggestions):

  • Brian’s Pick = AnyList: Shopping list application (iOS and Android versions) with some cool features, including integration with your digital assistant, sorting by item type & store layout, and importing ingredients from online recipes. Free to use…but subscription for advanced features.
  • Alan’s Pick = Wolfram Alpha: Ever wondered how many grams of fat are in 10 peanut M&Ms, or what the high temperature was on October 10th, 1982? This service can provide “expert-level answers” of all sort of questions! Available through web search, web application, and mobile applications (~$3).

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