Google Starting To Clean Up The Play Store

Google follows in Apple’s footsteps by cleaning up its Play Store Google follows in Apple’s footsteps by cleaning up its Play Store

Google is cracking down on the apps published to the Play Store. An updated version of the company’s Developer Policy, released this week, indicates the company will now ban a wider variety of apps including cryptocurrency miners, those selling firearms and a…


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Corning Unveils Glass Less Likely to Break When You Drop Your Phone

Corning Unveils Glass Less Likely to Break When You Drop Your Phone Corning

Corning Inc., which makes the glass used in Apple Inc.’s iPhones and smartphones from Samsung Electronics Co., rolled out new technology it says is less likely to break when a device is dropped.


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New Study: Tablet Neck Syndrome More Likely For Women Than Men

We all love our devices, but frequently they can be the cause of much consternation for our necks, particularly what’s known as “tablet neck,” if we’re not using the right posture.  A new study finds that due to musculoskeletal symptoms, females may actually be at greater risk of developing neck problems from prolonged use.

Introducing: The Script-Notes Show!

podcast We get it.  It always seems like there’s never enough time in the day.  You don’t always have time to go to your favorite sites, and always seem to miss out on the latest news, deals and more.  So in the spirit of our site’s mission of saving you time, we’re introducing the Script-Notes Show podcast!

The goal of the show will of course be to be a recap of our latest posts, but also would love to answer any questions you may have when it comes to deals, saving money online, budgeting, personal finance, tech and more!  Who knows, we might even get you to be a guest host on at some point!  We really want to make the show about you, and our goal of helping you save both time and money.  The first episode may be a little rough around the edges, but should get better with time like any show!

This week’s introductory episode highlights an introduction to learning to sell on Amazon bundle going for $97, whereas if you bought everything separately, would be over $1000!  We’ve had success with this ourselves, so be sure to check it out as it ends tonight!

We also realize that everyone has a favorite podcast app, so our goal is to make it available on as many platforms as possible!  So be sure to leave a five star review (;-)) and share!  More platforms should become available such as on Apple Podcasts and Overcast soon, and as they do, we’ll update this post.  For now, find us on:

Anchor - (it is honestly super simple making a podcast on here – you can even record right on your phone!)


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Of course, you can also listen to the show in the player on the right!

Thank you in advance for your support, and again, we’re all ears for what you’d like to talk about or hear!

Your Commute - A New Feature From LinkedIn

commute You know the drill.  You take that brand new exciting job to only realize that perhaps your new commute won't be as great as you thought it was.

Today, LinkedIn, is turning on a new feature that will allow for job-seekers check out the location and commute time to specific businesses, in order to figure out if they'd want to work there.

Your Commute

Senior product manager, Dan Li, shared with TechCrunch,  ‘Your Commute’ as the feature is called, is now available globally on mobile, providing location data for all businesses for where the company already has location information.  The feature should be on its way to desktop soon.

“When members save their location preferences in Career Interests, we’re able to provide more relevant job recommendations that fit exactly what they’re looking for in their next role,” Li said. “We’re thinking through additional ways members can use location information to improve their job searches in the near future.”

The feature will end up appearing within job postings on LinkedIn and will become a part of how LinkedIn surfaces job opportunities in its search feature for its 500 million-plus users.

A Microsoft Touch

One might recall that LinkedIn was acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion in 2016.  Due to this, the company has been integrating features and services with its new owner, and this is the case here. The location and navigation data is being supplied by Bing Maps, Microsoft’s mapping service that is akin to Google and Apple Maps, by way of its API.

By utilizing Bing, it will give Microsoft one more extension into traffic and data collection to help expand the maps’ data sets.

How Do I Know Them Again?

If you're a LinkedIn member, sometimes you will get prompts from the company regarding certain connections.

LinkedIn has sometimes been a subject of consternation for its users in how it suggests connections to others — particularly in cases where it isn’t even clear how LinkedIn obtained the information in the first place — Li is quick to note that the addition of this feature came from user feedback.

“Our members have indicated that the location of a job — and the commute time associated with it — is a big factor in their decision making process when considering new roles, and we know commute times are getting longer across the board according to recent research from Gallup,” he said.

The company’s own LinkedIn survey data indicated that 85 percent of professionals would take a pay cut for a shorter commute. “The Your Commute feature is a quick and easy way for members to access insight into their potential commute directly within the job posting on LinkedIn and empower them to make more informed career decisions.”

What about you, readers?  Would you take a pay cut if it meant a shorter commute?  Feel free to comment below!

Sonos Debuts The Beam

Sonos Debuts Alexa Home Theater Speaker, Ups Apple Integration Sonos Inc. introduced the Beam home-theater smart speaker and said its products would be integrated in July with Apple Inc.'s new AirPlay 2 wireless music-streaming system. The Beam is a sound bar designed to sit below a television set and replace the ...


Facebook Going Through Cultural Change

Facebook is going through a cultural change: Executive

The culture at Facebook is changing. So says the social media giant's chief technology officer. Mike Schroepfer now says Facebook has a much sharper and more pessimistic view of issues that could hurt the service. Yahoo Finance's Alexis Christoforous, ...


Sprint Nears Six-Month High as T-Mobile Merger Speculation Grows

Sprint Nears Six-Month High as T-Mobile Merger Speculation Grows

Sprint Nears Six-Month High as T-Mobile Merger Speculation Grows

Sprint Corp. neared a six-month high Friday on renewed speculation that T-Mobile US Inc. and its deep-pocketed German owners will clinch a deal to merge with the carrier.


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Amazon Robots - Coming Soon To a Home Near You?

  Amazon Robots

While Apple's HomePod is struggling to keep up with Amazon's Echo, Amazon may already be on to the next "smart" product in the technology world.  Amazon Robots.  First it was the Kindle, allowing users to put their reading library, all on one digital device, eliminating the need to lug books around.  Then came the Echo, with families across the globe setting multiple timers, while preparing various stages of that evening's dinner.  And now?

Amazon Robots

According to Mark Gurman and Brad Stone, reporting for Bloomberg:

The retail and cloud computing giant has embarked on an ambitious, top-secret plan to build a domestic robot, according to people familiar with the plans. Codenamed “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family, the project is overseen by Gregg Zehr, who runs Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and development division based in Sunnyvale, California. Lab126 is responsible for Amazon devices such as the Echo speakers, Fire TV set-top-boxes, Fire tablets and the ill-fated Fire Phone.

The Vesta project originated a few years ago, but this year Amazon began to aggressively ramp up hiring. There are dozens of listings on the Lab 126 Jobs page for openings like “Software Engineer, Robotics” and “Principle Sensors Engineer.” People briefed on the plan say the company hopes to begin seeding the robots in employees’ homes by the end of this year, and potentially with consumers as early as 2019, though the timeline could change, and Amazon hardware projects are sometimes killed during gestation.

An Amazon spokesperson said the company doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation.”

A Mobile Alexa?

While it remains unclear as to what sort of tasks any Amazon robots might perform, those familiar with the project are envisioning a mobile type of Alexa, accompanying homeowners in spots where they might not already have an Echo device.

Some prototypes of the robots that have come up have advanced cameras as well as computer vision software that allow them to navigate through homes.  Self driving cars use similar technology.

These types of robots would differ from Amazon Robotics, a subsidiary of the company in Massachusetts and Germany.  That company utilizes robots within Amazon warehouses for moving around goods and had originated as a company named Kiva Systems, that Amazon acquired in 2012 for $775 million.

The ongoing advances in computer vision technology, cameras and artificial intelligence, along with voice activation make it promising for Amazon to be able to bring a potential robot to the marketplace.

It is also estimated that the consumer robot market will be worth about $15 billion a year by 2023, according to Research and Markets, which would be up from about $5.4 billion this year.

One can't help but wonder though, in this day and age of privacy breaches, will customers be willing to allow even more 'smart' technology into the home?  We can only hope that any product will be friendly enough like another robot of the future:

Amazon Robots