How do Voice Assistants like Alexa fit into the equation? Devices like Amazon Echo are IoT devices powered by an internet-connected voice assistant. However, the voice assistant within the Echo device, Alexa, would better be described as an IoT service. The Alexa voice service and its companion app allow you to control compatible IoT devices (like smart lights, smart thermostats, robot vacuums, and more) in one location where you can control the IoT device’s power and functions, create routines, and more. Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa is one of the more comprehensive IoT services, as it can control more smart home products than Google Assistant or Siri. Alexa is present in the Echo devices, as well as other gadgets like headphones and thermostats. … [Read more...] about What exactly is the Internet of Things?
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Far Cry, The Division, Assassin’s Creed, and Watch Dogs have all made, and continue to make, political statements through their gameplay. In Assassin’s Creed, we see assassins take down corrupt politicians and assist the needy. In Watch Dogs, we see a hacker fight against the oppressive Central Operating System that controls Chicago. And in The Division 2, agents fight against criminals and terrorists that threaten order in our nation’s capitol. … [Read more...] about Ubisoft says its games ignore politics. So why are they so political?