Verna W. Cormier

Worried Alexa is spying on you? This $99 gadget will stop it from listening

Earlier this year, we had the Paranoid. Now, it’s the Alexagate. Both are devices that disable the microphones on Alexa or Google Home devices, adding more cost to your smart-home convenience in the name of privacy.

The Alexagate, like the Paranoid Home Wave, clamps onto your Amazon Echo device and jams the microphone by emitting loud ultrasonic sounds, out of range of human hearing but perhaps not your dog’s. However, at $99, the Alexagate costs twice as much as any of the three $49 Paranoid devices, as well as the Echo Dot

That may be because, like the Clapper of infomercials past, the Alexagate can be toggled off and on by three loud claps. So if you want Alexa to dim the lights or open the door, just clap three times and voila! — Amazon’s voice assistant can start listening to you again. 

Or, you can just

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Giannis or LeBron? MVP debate shouldn’t be about age

James Harden’s whereabouts were finally revealed, but the mystery was hardly solved. Just before midnight on Tuesday, the 2017-18 MVP entered the NBA bubble in Orlando, joining the hundreds of NBA players already on location for the resumption of the 2019-20 season.

The public knew this bit of information solely because the Houston Rockets’ official Twitter feed posted a video of the Rockets star walking into the Disney property, paired with the caption, “The Beard has arrived!”

Other than that, Harden’s trip to Orlando was kept secret.

This was big news. The NBA’s leading scorer hadn’t been seen from, or heard from, in several days as his team practiced in Orlando without him. Rumors explaining the superstar’s absence swirled on the internet and ran throughout the insider gossip mill around league circles.

Reporters tried to get to the bottom of it. The Rockets had touched down in Orlando four days

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Dribble handoff: Who will be college basketball’s player of the year in the 2020-21 season?

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College basketball has seen plenty of repeat champions recently with North Carolina, Duke, Villanova, and UConn each winning two of the last 11 NCAA Tournament titles. Name brand programs Louisville, Kentucky, Villanova and Virginia filled in the gaps over that span.

But when it comes to another measurement of college basketball success — producing national player of the year winners — parity is more prevalent. The last 11 Naismith College Player of the Year winners are all from different schools, and a couple of them came from mid-major programs.

BYU guard Jimmer Fredette won the honor in 2011, and Dayton’s Obi Toppin exploded onto the national scene to earn the award last season. Can you guess which program most recently produced two Naismith award winners? It wasn’t Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina or Villanova.

It was Oklahoma, with

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How To Choose The Right Web Design Firm

It may have been several years since you last engaged somebody to design your company website. If this is the case, it will now be outdated. You will be losing business to competitors who will have quality, well-designed websites with effective navigation and exciting layouts. You may also be embarking on a website for your company for the first time. You need to ensure you get the best value for money when you start to think about a new company website.

If you want the web design company, you use it to source and supply these for you? Will you require any web design company you select to update your website on an ongoing basis? Does somebody within your company have the necessary editing skills to update your website designs for you? Are you looking for a local web design company, or are you happy to look further afield? Do … Read More

Building A Nursing Career Through Travel Nursing Positions

If you’re looking for a career filled with promise for long-term financial security, healthcare is the best choice. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has projected that wage and salary employment in the healthcare industry will grow by as much as 22% from 2006 to 2016 or about three million jobs nationwide. 

A 2010 Talent Shortage Survey conducted by dayton seo service Manpower, has found that nursing positions are #3 in demand among all careers. Rest assured: as Baby Boomers continue to move out of the workforce (vacating jobs) and into hospice care, this trend will continue to rise sharply.

New Opportunities For Nursing Careers

As the shortage continues to develop, nurses (particularly experienced, well-trained nurses) will enjoy some of the safest, most recession-proof positions in the industry. When hospitals are short-staffed, they lose money as they unstaffed units close, experience a higher nurse turnover. 

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