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Siri-ous Mistake

I need to make a public correction and an apology.

Earlier this week, I posted a blog titled, "Meet The 'Real' Siri." In it, I referenced a video originally posted on the tech blog theverge.com. The title of the video is, "How Siri Found Its Voice." The video shows the progression of synthesized speech, from early primitive computers to the Mattel® "Speak-And-Spell" toys and video games, all the way up to that familiar voice on our smartphones.

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Hidden Features in iOS 7

I blogged yesterday about Apple releasing their updated iOS 7 operating system for iDevices. Well, I not only updated my iPhone 5, but later Wednesday evening I was able to update my iPad as well. That one went very smoothly. Of course, with the release of the first major overhaul of the iOS in a long time comes some cool hidden features that you'll probably want to check out!

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How Did Your iOS 7 Update Go?

Like so many other users of Apple products, I anxiously awaited the release of the newest operating system update for the iPhones/iPads/iPods, iOS7. I had seen a couple of Facebook posts of articles--both pro and con--regarding whether or not one should download and install the update right away, or wait. I don't like waiting, so I went for it as soon as it was available (just after 1:00pm yesterday). How did it go for me?

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Meet The ‘Real’ Siri

With Apple releasing the iOS 7.0 update today, and the new line of iPhones this Friday, the automated voice of "Siri" will be heard a lot in the next few days. But did you know the synthesized 'voice' of Siri has an actual human voice behind her? Meet the professional voice actor whose voice is becoming one of the most-heard the world over!

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Photo © 2013 Skeeter Nash
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Skeeter Is Heard Worldwide!

Perhaps you've read some of my previous blog posts having to do with amateur radio. It's a hobby I really enjoy, and the emergency communications aspect of it is also important to me, given our proximity to the Gulf, and the potential for natural disasters in South Texas. Well, for the past year-and-a-half, I have been honored to be among a rotating group of radio/television professionals (who just also happen to have

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Check Out This Stop Sign!

According to Jalopnik.com: Sydney, Australia has been having a big problem with oversized trucks driving into tunnels that are too low. So Sydney needed a stop sign that is absolutely impossible to miss. Here it is and it's amazing.

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Photo credit: AP Photo/Jay LaPrete
Photo credit: AP Photo/Jay LaPrete
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Is The Sun Finally Setting On Drive-In Theaters?

As the great songwriter Bobby Braddock wrote--and Tracy Lawrence sang--"Time marches on..." Time, and ever-increasing options in entertainment, have taken their toll on another American institution: the drive-in theater. Now, technological advances threaten the relatively few remaining drive-ins in the U.S.

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Summerfest 2013 In Austin Aug. 2-3

Amateur radio enthusiasts from all over Texas (and beyond) will gather this weekend in Austin for the 30th annual Austin Summerfest at the Crowne Plaza. Amateur (aka "ham") radio is both a hobby and a service. Ham operators enjoy contacting other hams across town or on the other side of the globe, using everything from vintage radio equipment to the latest digital modes of communication! Amateur radio has also been proven time and time again to be a reliable means of emergency communications, "when all else fails."

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Almost Impossible Trivia for 7/23/13

Congratulations to Seth Schafer of Edna! He knew the answer to today’s Almost Impossible Trivia Question, and won a couple of yummy Jack In The Box Tacos!

Q: 68% of Facebook users have deleted a friend because they’re tired of this…what is it?

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Skeeter’s Silverado-Sierra Showdown–And The Winner Is…

If you've been following my blog posts this week, you know I got the opportunity to compare the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab pickup and the new 2014 GMC Sierra crew cab pickup, courtesy of Partners Chevrolet Buick GMC in Cuero.  Both models have been completely redesigned, and offer some amazing new features. But which truck won the "showdown?"

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Greater Houston Hamfest This Saturday 3/23/13

Amateur ("Ham") radio operators from all over will converge on the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds (4200 Highway 36, Rosenberg, Texas) for the Greater Houston Hamfest Saturday, March 23rd. Ham radio is a great hobby, as well as a means of emergency communications when other systems fail. Presented by the Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club, this is the 2nd largest hamfest in Texas!

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Is Your Smartphone Giving You ‘Text Neck?’

 

Getting your hands on the iPhone 5 may be a real pain in the neck.

And not for the reasons you may think.

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