Amazon Echo has been around for a few years now. But last week was the first time it was reported that data from one of these devices was sought by the prosecution in a murder investigation.
As a happy Amazon Echo user for nearly two years now, you might think I wouldn't be in the market for any other voice-controlled virtual assistant--and you'd be wrong. Dead wrong.
Upon returning home from my lengthy trip last month, one of the boxes awaiting me contained a Google Home that I'd ordered while abroad. Given how much I enjoy and appreciate the Echo, I've concluded that it's incumbent upon me to at least try out the major competitors in the field, and right now that means Google's lady-in-the-canister.
To date, I've only had a fairly limited opportunity to put the Home through its paces, and if the Echo is any indication, these devices are evolving quickly. With that in mind, here are some of my first impressions of Google's foray into the smart speaker market.
Out of desperation, I've tried a few of these Apps claiming to screen or block suspected spam callers as they've popped up in the App store. Thus far the only one I've found that has worked somewhat reliably is Hiya. (Glenn Fleishman writing for Macworld has a more extensive review)
IRS Publication 2043, IRS Refund Information Guidelines for the Tax Preparation Community, has been updated for 2017. The publication provides the latest refund information and guidelines to advise clients who are expecting refunds.
This year's update includes information about a new law that requires the IRS to hold refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. The IRS will begin to release EITC/ACTC refunds starting Feb. 15. However, these refunds likely will not reach taxpayers until the week of Feb. 27.
See: Where's My Refund?
With the end of one year and the beginning of the next, it's a great time to take action to keep your practice running smoothly and keep yourself in check from an ethics standpoint.
PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER AND GENDER-NONCONFORMING PEOPLE
Our Know Your Rights Guide for transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers has been updated and is now available in Spanish! It explains in plain language what discrimination might look like and how to access your rights under the New York State Human Rights Law. You'll also find other helpful information, including facts about additional laws and regulations that protect transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and a list of legal advocates around New York State that may be able to advise you of your rights and help you navigate the legal process.
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The families' lawsuit is somewhat unique however, in that it contends that by pairing advertising with ISIS-related postings the sites are creating "specific unique content," which falls outside of Section 230 protections. You can read the full lawsuit below:- See more at: http://blogs.findlaw.com/courtside/2016/12/pulse-nightclub-shooting-victims-sue-google-facebook-twitter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FLCourtSide+%28CourtSide%29&DCMP=NWL-cons_breakingdocs#sthash.GIelhw7b.dpuf
Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Aurobindo Pharma USA, Citron Pharma, Mayne Pharma, Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA are being targeted by the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that the companies engaged in the alleged illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for doxycycline hyclate delayed release, the antibiotic, and glyburide, the oral diabetes drug. An investigation, initiated in Connecticut in July 2014, related to a number of additional generic drugs is ongoing, Schneiderman's office said.
The lawsuit alleges that senior executives and subordinate marketing and sales executives coordinated to reduce competition with knowledge that their conduct was illegal and that they sought to avoid communicating in writing or delete written communications after they became aware of the investigation.
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Albany) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 professional development and parent seminars - The seminars are offered at no cost to participants
Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Social- Emotional Skills to Students with ASD
Students with ASD have persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts; these deficits often include social-emotional reciprocity and non-verbal communication. This seminar will focus on foundational social skills, an overview of assessment/curriculum tools and it will highlight several instructional strategies to help support students with ASD.
Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Supporting the Understanding and Development of Peer Relationships
As a core deficit in ASD, students have deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers. This session will discuss the importance of friendships, along with interventions that target the development of peer relationships.
Register online: http://www.albany.edu/pdps/form.php
Kristin V. Christodulu, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
Statewide Coordinator, NYS Regional Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
University at Albany, SUNY
1535 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Apple released iOS 10.2 new features and bug fixes for your iPhone. It's a big midyear update that includes news emojis, a TV app and much more. Here's everything the update includes.
Editors' note: This post originally rounded up features included in iOS 10.2 beta. At least one of the beta features -- emergency SOS -- was excluded from the public release.
But poor Jeff Tomberg had to wait 18 months for a court of appeal to excuse him. The appeals court said the trial judge should have allowed Tomberg to argue a motion, even though he was late to a hearing because he was in the bathroom. The justices said the judge abused his discretion in refusing the lawyer's request to be heard.
"Here, because plaintiffs' counsel was only a few minutes late for the summary judgment hearing and offered a patently reasonable explanation for his tardy appearance, and there was no showing of prejudice or willful misconduct, we find that the trial court abused its discretion in refusing to allow plaintiffs' counsel to present argument at the hearing," the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal said.
In other words, "Yes, Jeff, you may go now.
Tomberg thought he would be excused for being a few minutes late that day, but he didn't expect to become famous for it. He once won Ohio's largest jury verdict for a child's wrongful death, argued before the Florida Supreme Court, and practiced 39 years as a board certified trial lawyer.
"There's an unfortunate irony here that this is what I'll be known for," he told Daily Business Review.