Month: April 2017

Cortana on Windows 10 IoT Core

Looking to make your Windows 10 IoT Core projects more powerful and interactive?  With an Internet connection, a display, and a Microsoft Account, you can bring Cortana to all sorts of devices. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Replay: What’s new in the Windows 10 Creators Update for IT professionals

The replay for the recent webinar, What’s new in the Windows 10 Creators Update for IT professionals, is now available. Link: What’s new in the Windows 10 Creators Update for IT professionals Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Last Reminder – Count of PCs by Last Inventory is April 2017’s Free ConfigMgr Report

Time’s running out! Make sure to request your copy of April 2017’s free ConfigMgr report by using your business address and emailing Info AT Enhansoft today! The Count of PCs by Last Inventory report will provide you with the most current data about the number of PCs (laptops, notebooks, desktops and servers) within your environment and when they last reported to Configuration Manager. Most of your PC inventory should appear within the 0 to 30-day range. Besides knowing your PC asset inventory count, this report will also quickly let you know if you have potential problems with your environment. For example, if numerous PCs start to accumulate in the 31 to 91+ day range, these could be decommissioned PCs or there might be a problem with your management point. This information allows you to...

Amazon Ending Its Underground App Developer Program

Available as a service for its Fire tablets, the Underground Actually Free program launched in 2015 as a way for Fire customers to get access to apps and games that normally bore a price tag, for free. It worked because Amazon ate the cost and paid developers a certain amount on a per-minute played basis in exchange for them waiving their normal in-app fees. Amazon originally stated this was a long-term program. Today we learn that the true definition of long-term is just 2 years. As of May 31st, 2017, Amazon will no longer accept new app and game submissions for the Underground Actually Free program. If you’re an existing Amazon Underground developer, you will continue to get paid for every minute customers spend in your Amazon Underground app as provided in our developer agreement. Simil...

Alexa Skills: Find a Restaurant and Get a Table

On the verge of another weekend many are contemplating taking a break from the norm and eating out somewhere. Unfortunately, many people have the same idea.  But, an Alexa skill could help by minimizing wait times and help make reservations. Called DineTime, the Alexa skill can find, ask for wait times, and put you in line (virtually) at nearby restaurants.  The maker of DineTime, QSR Automation, provides customer management software and services for restaurants, which until now has also only been tied to a smartphone app (for iOS and Android). That’s handy in itself – being able to use a smartphone to locate nearby restaurants and create reservations. This is particularly useful when traveling out of town. But, with the Alexa integration, Alexa users can simply use voice comma...

Alexa Skill of the Week: TradeIt

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions. Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai. This week’s skill: TradeIt Description: This skill enables Alexa to deliver information about specific stocks you are interested in, add stocks to your watch list, hear about those stocks only in your watch list, and also get a summary about the trading market as a whole. For specific stocks you can get: Price, price earnings ratio...

Google Adds Developer Community Resources for Google Assistant

As part of its Google Assistant SDK launch into developer preview, Google is also working to create community around its developer resources. As the competition for voice-assisted AI heats up between Amazon (Alexa), Microsoft (Cortana), Apple (Siri), and others, community could be one factor that tips the scale  – well, besides consumer votes through dollar spend. We’ve created a new developer community on Google+ at g.co/assistantsdkdev for developers to keep up to date and discuss ideas. There is also a stackoverflow tag [google-assistant-sdk] for questions, and a mailing list to keep up to date on SDK news. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Developer Preview of Google Assistant SDK Launched Today

Google today has made available a new Google Assistant SDK and with this release wants developers to start putting Google AI onto any hardware… With this SDK you can now start building your own hardware prototypes that include the Google Assistant, like a self-built robot or a voice-enabled smart mirror. This allows you to interact with the Google Assistant from any platform. Developers can go here to get it: http://developers.google.com/assistant/sdk Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Alexa Now Supports Whispers and Expletive Beeps

Amazon today has announced some new additions to Alexa’s supported Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) tags. The new tags include: Whispers – Convey a softer dialog with <amazon:effect name=”whispered”>. Expletive beeps – Bleep out words with <say-as interpret-as=”expletive”>. Sub – Use the <sub> tag when you want Alexa to say something other than what’s written. Emphasis – Add <emphasis> to change the rate and volume at which Alexa speaks. Prosody – Use this tage to control the volume, pitch, and rate of speech.   Details: New SSML Features Give Alexa a Wider Range of Natural Expression Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in...

D-Link Smart Plug with Alexa Integration at 50% off

Just a quick note here that Amazon has a D-Link smart plug that works with Alexa for 50% off – rounding down to just $19.99. So, if you’re wanting to checkout Alexa capability and don’t want something that requires a special hub, this looks to be a great starter device. You can find it here: D-Link Smart Plug, Wi-Fi, On/Off, Works with Amazon Alexa (DSP-W110) I’ve not had a chance to test this particular brand yet, but at this price – how can I not? Stay tuned for a follow-up review. Features: Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately) Turn devices on or off from your smartphone or tablet from anywhere. Create on/off schedules for your devices Easy setup. Designed to work with existing Wi-Fi networks (no additional hub required) U...

Last Chance to Help Choose Enhansoft’s Next Free ConfigMgr Report for the Month of May 2017

The report choices are: Software Update Details OR List of PCs with a Service Set to Automatic & Service is Not Running. The winner will become May’s free ConfigMgr report. Software Update Details is now leading with 92% of the vote! VOTE HERE! Stay tuned because next week we’ll announce the winning report. a) The Software Update Details report gives you an easy way to look-up virtually anything that you ever wanted to know about software updates. There are a number of filters that you can employ. You can see software updates by classification, your own software update list, software product names, etc. This report is designed to help answer questions such as: What superseded software updates are within my software update list, and what critical software updates are there for Microsoft...

Configuration Manager Client Messaging SDK 5.1706.1034.1000 Released

The Configuration Manager Client Messaging SDK version 5.1706.1034.1000 has now been released and is available for download from the NuGet Gallery: Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.Messaging 5.1706.1034.1000 Highlighted updates: Improvements to the certificate hashing algorithm detection and usage. Fix to the hash algorithm not being properly defined when sending client registration requests. Updated the default ClientVersion value to match Configuration Manager current branch 1511 (5.0.8325.0000). Changed the support status of ConfigMgrBgbMessageRequest, ConfigMgrBgbMessageReply, and HeartbeatDiscovery  DataRecordFile from “PartiallySupported” to “Supported”.   The Configuration Manager Client Messaging SDK is an object model and transport for communicating with Configuration Manage...