Microsoft, Why is Bing Trying So Hard To Be In The Way?

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Microsoft, why is Bing trying so hard to be in the way? Why don’t you revive Cortana and update your old 640 Microsoft phone projects? Finish things you have already started. You doing too much.image of microsoft lumia 640 phone

Yes, Microsoft is a staple in American society and has done several things well.  But at the moment, Bing isn’t one of them.  And, you just left Cortana out there hanging by herself.  I kind of liked her honestly and think she and Google-Lady-voice should get along.  Not to mention what you did to the Microsoft Lumia 640 original phone.

I still break it out every now and then… to this day!!  It has a decent camera and with a software update I still believe it would give iPhone a run for its money.  Yet, you keep piling up good ideas in the corner–half done, while forcing trash on the public.  Why?

Why can’t you slow down and work on getting a few things very-right?  One company does not need to be in everything.  That’s called a monopoly, and we don’t do those ’round here.

So please… put Lumia back in the game–with an update.  Let Cortana continue to speak for it. And, if you must, ADD BING THERE!  Right there on the 640 Lumia.  Just think, you’ll be the first company to have an AI with a last name… Cortana Bing.  Hire me, I got a lot of other great ideas. 😁 Let’s make this happen!

Don’t Get Phone Envy– I Think The Google Handwriting App is Great for Ordinary Phones

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If you don’t have the loot for expensive high end phones with the fancy styluses (whose brands shall remain nameless in this post), then you should consider the Google Handwriting app.  I think it works great!  Don’t get phone envy or be salty with you friend because their phone might bling a little more than yours.  I think I started using the app a couple of years ago on one of my other assorted-low cost Android phones.

Someone recently saw me using my finger on my phone’s touch screen and asked what game I was playing.  I told them I was actually using a handwriting app.  It requires no stylus or fancy apparatuses and you can just start writing on the screen and the handwritten letters are converted to text.  I think it is one of the better Google apps out there… and I hope they NEVER retire it!  (did you see that Google search engine?)  NEVER.  Retire. It.   #NeverRetireIt

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Ideas on what to do with old cell phones

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I had several old cell phones lying around and thought I would put them to use.  It was an unspoken policy of mine to not buy a phone over $120 after I discovered that the go-phone and prepaid market pretty much satisfied my budget and need for cellphone ownership.

But I found myself going through quite a large selection of phones in search of the “golden” one.  Not because they kept breaking (because they wouldn’t and I tried…lol), but because of other various reasons like lack of memory or sucking cameras.  Out of the bunch that I have, I have found three of them still useful in different capacities.  Check this out. I use an LG M1V, a Microsoft Lumia 640, and

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I’m Not a Fan of Self-Driving Cars or Self-Aware Robots

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image of self driving technology …So, I just wanna say, I’m a big fan of technology…but not so much of ‘Self-Driving’ cars.   As I have said time and time again, I think technology should assist us…not replace us or the things we do.

I admit, it’s kind of intriguing and exciting to think that we could travel down the road while the car drives itself.  But, I believe that kind of technology should have limitations and parameters to insure the overall safety of others.  We already hear about how early attempts of self-driving vehicles are causing some accidents; and honestly with new technology—that should be expected.

But, why can’t we be content with the integration of technological advances with the skills of human drivers?  Some companies have taken that approach with the park assist functions and lane monitoring.  I’m fine with that.  It helps real drivers avoid accidents and keeps everyone safer on the roads.

What I’m not good with is allowing a non-thinking or feeling object have total control over itself without human intervention.  Somehow the element of “care” seems to be left out of the equation.  I like when people can deal with people not some empty car or robot.  I don’t think that’s asking too much.  We should always keep in mind that people are the most important part the ‘human+technology=progress’ equation.   Anything that says otherwise, I’m not interested in hearing.

For those of you who do think otherwise, consider this.  What if something goes quirky with the technology…while you’re chilling in the back seat, with no idea of how to operate the vehicle.  What then?  OR, what if you’re a little shady on account of “you ain’t really got it like that right now“.  You jump in the ride tryna get to the store right quick and end up being driven to the po-po station by your own whip.  Do you really want that to happen?  I’m not saying that it’s true—but I’m saying.  We really have to consider the outcome of progress and how it relates to our being.

Of course, I look forward to your comments.