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  1. I have Amazon Prime and use Alexa on our Fire tablets, Fire TVs, and on our three Echo Dots, and three Amazon Fire TVs. (The large Fire TVs with the 4k hardware and software support, not the sticks.) Our main TV has the 4k HDMI support and I connercted with HDMI 2.2 cables and the results are awesome. You have to have the hardware on the source (Fire TV), the TV, ours is a 65" UHD 4k Vizio M series with one dedicated HDMI port for 4k cable and source. But we couldn't use it away from home until now. We do have the Alexa App on our phones to run Alexa settings. BUt to use Alexa on the phone itself you have to load the Amazon Shopping App. I did, it works! HOwever since it feeds ads you might want to pay attention to how much data it uses on standby if you have data limits. Excerpt: "This year, Alexa has popped up in a number of places we never would have expected it before -- in refrigerators, thermostats, televisions and even lamps. But it's taken longer for Amazon's handy personal assistant to arrive on our pockets. In March, Amazon made Alexa accessible from every iOS device by adding it to the Amazon Shopping app. Then Huawei added Alexa to its Mate 9 phone. And HTC updated the HTC U11 in July to equip it with Amazon's digital assistant. No other Android devices had official access to Alexa, but a recent update added Alexa to the Amazon Shopping app on Android. Here's how to use it." Instructions with pics are in the original article here: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-use-alexa-with-an-android-phone/?ftag=CAD3c77551&bhid=20640562413884385817807471581031
  2. Android names their version after sweets and this one "O" stands for Oreo. It is already available for the Google brands. It will follow for the manufacturers listed below. Since mine is a Moto Z Play Droid, and they have already come out with the Moto Z Play Droid 2, I will see if Motorola still supports it. Excerpt: "Android Oreo is here -- or, at least, it will be soon. Google's new mobile operating system got its official name yesterday, meaning it's just a matter of time before it rolls out to your phone. How much time? That's the 64,000-cookie question. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Google-branded devices will be among the first in line. In fact, if you own a Google Nexus 5X ($309.99 at Amazon Marketplace), Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel ($599.99 at Amazon.com), Pixel C ($645.95 at Amazon.com) or Pixel XL ($729.01 at Amazon.com), you don't have to wait any longer: You can get the Android 8.0 beta right now by signing up for the Android Beta Program. Prefer to wait for the final, more stable, version of the OS? For now, the only timetable Google would commit to is "soon" -- whenever carrier testing is complete. In the meantime, here's a list of the companies that will, by year's end, launch new devices running Oreo or upgrade existing models, CNET has confirmed: Essential General Mobile HMD Global (makers of the new Nokia phones) Huawei HTC Kyocera Motorola Samsung Sharp Sony" A slideshow with all the new features is in the article here: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/when-will-my-phone-get-android-oreo/?ftag=CAD3c77551&bhid=20640562413884385817807471581031
  3. Android names their version after sweets and this one "O" stands for Oreo. It is already available for the Google brands. It will follow for the manufacturers listed below. Since mine is a Moto Z Play Droid, and they have already come out with the Moto Z Play Droid 2, I will see if Motorola still supports it. Excerpt: "Android Oreo is here -- or, at least, it will be soon. Google's new mobile operating system got its official name yesterday, meaning it's just a matter of time before it rolls out to your phone. How much time? That's the 64,000-cookie question. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Google-branded devices will be among the first in line. In fact, if you own a Google Nexus 5X ($309.99 at Amazon Marketplace), Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel ($599.99 at Amazon.com), Pixel C ($645.95 at Amazon.com) or Pixel XL ($729.01 at Amazon.com), you don't have to wait any longer: You can get the Android 8.0 beta right now by signing up for the Android Beta Program. Prefer to wait for the final, more stable, version of the OS? For now, the only timetable Google would commit to is "soon" -- whenever carrier testing is complete. In the meantime, here's a list of the companies that will, by year's end, launch new devices running Oreo or upgrade existing models, CNET has confirmed: Essential General Mobile HMD Global (makers of the new Nokia phones) Huawei HTC Kyocera Motorola Samsung Sharp Sony" A slideshow with all the new features is in the article here: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/when-will-my-phone-get-android-oreo/?ftag=CAD3c77551&bhid=20640562413884385817807471581031
  4. Welcome to the forums av. Most of us got rid of the Adobe bloatware Reader replacing it with the free reader Foxit that is much faster and leaner then Adobe reader and was not under attack like Adobe products are. We had to keep Flash but that is fast going away . I forgot the link to the article, try reading that. It is really aimed at the many folks here using Foxit pdf reader and it makes sense to them. If you don't use it you wouldn't know it.
  5. I have been using Foxit until recently and recommend it over any Adobe program or other slower readers. It seems Foxit got too popular and became a target too. SO there is a zero day and you need to be aware and either remove it, and/or look for an update Friday. Excerpt: "In an about-face, Foxit Software says it will fix a pair of zero days in its PDF reader Foxit Reader and PhantomPDF, its PDF editing software. Foxit said it would push a patch for Reader and PhantomPDF, bringing the software to version 8.3.2, later this week—by Friday at the latest. The fixes come following a lengthy back and forth between the Zero Day Initiative and Foxit, which said several weeks ago it would not fix the vulnerabilities. ZDI had disclosed the bugs back in May. Ariele Caltabiano and Steven Seeley, the researchers who found the bugs and worked with ZDI, discovered they could be triggered through Foxit Reader’s JavaScript API. The bugs, command injection and file write vulnerabilities, can be exploited if an attacker bypassed Safe Reading Mode, a feature added to Foxit in 2010 to prevent unwanted PDF file actions, the researchers warn." Much more in the original article here: https://threatpost.com/foxit-to-fix-pdf-reader-zero-days-by-friday/127576/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=tp daily digest Surf safely out there
  6. Thanks bud!
  7. Tx Exile, Please start a new topic with that information on it in the connecting on the road forum here. I just realized that buried in one of my threads it may not get seen by the folks that need it. There are lots of fans of MS S&T today. Back before Android phablets like my 5.5 inch Moto Z Play I used Delorme Street Atlas. Today I have phone holders and hands-free phone service that is as good as anything I have used. It is just the default Google maps/navigation App and I believe that it can do all or most of what S&T can do. It is much better on complicated intersections than Street Atlas was while underway.
  8. Tesla brought us over the tipping point. They will keep charging ahead.
  9. I sure agree, the wall in DC is powerful in the way it moves below ground level.
  10. I used to make a mental note for each password. Now they are still noted but I keep losing the notebook. The breaches included passwords in several of them. They just used the emails as a unique identifier. I'm not sure I'm comfortable testing my passwords on a website that could be set up to collect them under that as a ruse, then selling them along with my email or IP address. Insofar as security, I have read and also use, familiar words grouped as a nonsense phrase with only two or three unrelated words. Like "Jumboesthetics" Jumbo esthetics. Or Redtiresindigestion"Red tires indigestion. Or make up a sentence that makes sense and use only the first letters and numbers. "I belong to 2 rv clubs that have tips and tricks" becomes "Ib22rcthtat" or "At 65 I'm getting 2 old for this spit" becomes "A65Ig2ofts" I make all to/too/two become "2" and use caps only on the first word.
  11. I hear ya Smitty. And the Einstein definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results applies too. Tesla is well on its way back to top $400 very soon. Remember when I said the investment was just small change and I thought it would be nice to see if my money tripled to $60? It is up to $365 and expected to keep rising. I actually think that like Amazon and Netflix it can go to $1000. I am not saying it will but no one can tell me it won't with any authority that TSLA hasn't discredited without even trying or caring. They just keep moving forward.
  12. YW! I was pwned by two with my main personal email and none by RV@ AreV roadie. comma (Sp int.). I was shocked because my RV@ is public and the email is on the bottom of many of the pages on it. You?
  13. Password breaches have become commonplace. Here's how to check the status of your passwords and, more important, keep your identity safe. This is a useful article but if you don't read articles just go here, and enter each of your email addresses and see if you are compromised: https://haveibeenpwned.com/ Then read the article: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/find-out-if-your-passwords-been-hacked/?ftag=CAD3c77551&bhid=20640562413884385817807471581031
  14. Excerpt: " Microsoft fixes 'critical' security bugs affecting all versions of Windows Microsoft patched 48 separate vulnerabilities — the majority of which were the highest "critical" rating. Microsoft has patched two security vulnerabilities affecting all supported versions of Windows. The software giant said Tuesday that an attacker could remotely exploit a "critical"-rated remote code execution vulnerability in how Windows Search handles objects in memory, allowing a full takeover of an affected computer. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights, said the company in an advisory. The attacker would have to send a specially crafted message to the Windows Search service. An attacker could then elevate privileges and "take control of the computer," the advisory said." More in the article: http://www.zdnet.com/article/critical-security-bugs-affect-all-windows-versions/?loc=newsletter_large_thumb_related&ftag=TREc64629f&bhid=19724681974700635514865380622813
  15. Dwnnis, Unless you are getting the typecover pen with it that may not be the best deal Check these out new: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5E65M36580&cm_re=surface_pro_4_i5-_-34-735-073-_-Product Or this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-Surface-Pro-4-i5-256GB-SSD-8GB-Ram-Factory-Warranty-/112504990620?var=&hash=item1a31d1eb9c:m:mecfmmvRv_i7AY68EbMP6kw That refurb has better specs and a warranty through April 2018 Many more will come out and be cheaper as the new un-numbered Surface Pro makes it into the mainstream.