The Latest on WWDC19, Bluetooth Information, Voiceter Pro, Microsoft's Windows 10

John Vrooman | June 2019

Earlier this month, Apple’s annual WWDC event took place. During the event’s keynote address several new products and product updates were introduced and demonstrated. If you would like to watch a recording of the event’s keynote address, the link below will lead you to a web page where you can access the address. Throughout the presentation, interesting information is introduced, but for me, the best parts of the show were the many product demonstrations. If you decide to watch the event, I suggest that you prep for it with a couple of cups of coffee as it’s a fairly long presentation. Enjoy the show! Here’s the link…www.tinyurl.com/y2vgmt4y

Learn More About the Different Versions of Bluetooth

Let me guess, you are familiar with the term Bluetooth to the extent that you know it is a wireless data transmission technology. Did I guess correctly? Regardless, I’m also going to guess and assume that (like most people) you don’t know much (if anything) about the differences between the different Bluetooth versions. If that’s the case, please read on.

Over time, Bluetooth technology has been evolving. Today, it is common for people to own a smartphone that supports one version of Bluetooth, a car that supports another version, and headphones, portable speakers, TVs, etc. that may support yet other Bluetooth versions. At the most basic level, most Bluetooth devices can connect with each other. However, when it comes to being able to take advantage of the latest Bluetooth features and capabilities, you need to pay attention to what version of Bluetooth your various Bluetooth capable devices support. If you get a new device (e.g. a Smartphone) that supports a newer version of Bluetooth capabilities, but your other devices (e.g. Bluetooth headphones) do not, you may end up in a frustrating (and possibly costly) Bluetooth version incompatibility situation.

I recently came across an article titled “What’s the Difference Between Bluetooth Versions 2.x, 3.x, 4.x and 5.x” at TheDroidGuy.com. The article does a decent job of summarizing the differences between the various Bluetooth versions. If you have a variety of Bluetooth devices and/or are in the market for something that will use a Bluetooth connection, you might want to refer to the article to confirm whether or not your devices will support all the Bluetooth capabilities that interest you. Here’s a link to the article…www.tinyurl.com/y6glfbu6

Voiceter Pro

The following few lines of text come from a recent press release that I came across at CoreLogic’s (think Matrix MLS’s parent company) website:

“Voiceter Pro is a voice-driven home search service that works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices. With Voiceter Pro, CoreLogic Matrix users and their homebuyers can easily search for listings using the power of their voice.”

“Over a billion people use Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices,” said Amy Gorce, principal of business development at CoreLogic. “The next generation of property search will be voice-enabled, empowering real estate professionals and their clients to search for homes using the same voice technology they already use every day.”

(Here’s a link to the full press release…www.tinyurl.com/y2upx7lk)

If the above has caught your attention and you want to learn more about Voiceter Pro, simply point your web browser to www.voiceterpro.com.

Tip: If you are interested in the “Voice” tech space, there are conferences available on the topic. At medium.com I came across an article titled “Top voice conferences of 2019 (A complete list of events for anyone interested in smart speakers, voice assistants and voice-first product development).” Here is a courtesy link to the article…www.tinyurl.com/yxg4mv9n

Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update is Available

In late May 2019, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 update. The update is being released in stages, so not all Windows 10 users are receiving the update at the same time. If your computer is running Windows 10 and you still have not received the update through the “Windows Update” service, you can obtain it by visiting the link below. As always, when you do an operating system update it is always best to perform a complete computer backup first, just in case something goes wrong during the update process. Most existing Windows 10 users should be able to successfully obtain the update by using the “Update now” button that is on the web page below. If for some reason you need (or choose) to use the “Create Windows 10 installation media” method of obtaining and installing the update, please be careful…www.tinyurl.com/nwvexuv

Tip: Many YouTube videos are available (from many sources) that cover the more significant features that are included in the latest Windows 10 update. The following link will lead you to a list of some of these videos…www.tinyurl.com/y4f5y7zn

I wish you luck with your Windows 10 upgrade experience!

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John Vrooman
John Vrooman is an experienced Realtor who enjoys staying on top of real estate, technology, gadgets, marketing, new media, and small business trends/developments. He gathers information from a diverse range of resources and enjoys sharing tips, thoughts, and discoveries with others – using a “something for everyone” approach. John has been authoring this column since August 2000 and enjoys receiving comments and suggestions from his readers.