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Q: I looked up my name at a people search site. Q: I was listening to your national radio show, and you were telling a teacher how to make serious money selling lesson plans online. School systems and other teachers are often desperate for lesson plans and supplementary materials, and the internet has become a thriving marketplace for pedagogical tools, thanks to one clever website. Call my national radio show and click here to find it on your local radio station.

Amazon puts on an awesome Alexa display with the new Echo Show


Like so many other things Amazon Echo Show can do, making calls starts with the Alexa app on your smartphone. The device is also a good digital photo frame if you store you images with Amazon (unlimited with a Prime account). You can also choose any image to save as your Echo Show home screen background. In the Alexa App, I connected my Sirius XM account to the Alexa app and now I can ask the Show to play music from one of the many Sirius channels, provided I know the exact name -- otherwise, Alexa can't help me.

Ask Alexa to play your favorite SiriusXM station


Starting today, SiriusXM subscribers will be able to play any of the radio's available channels through their Alexa devices, depending on the package they're subscribed to. Howard Stern announced the news this morning on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show. Amazon's and Google's focus on making their smart speakers helpful with a number of services is different from their recently announced competitor, Apple's HomePod. For example, all of you Parrotheads out there, to listen to your favorite channel, all you have to do is say "Alexa, play Radio Margaritaville on SiriusXM."

Alexa, play SiriusXM's Howard Stern station


The satellite radio subscription service today joins the offerings on Amazon's Echo speaker, with its 200 channels that include music, sports and talk show host Howard Stern. Sirius joins Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio and TuneIn radio as music choices customers can request by voice. Siri, on the iPhone, can open up and play songs from Apple Music, while Google's Echo-like Home speaker, can play music from Google-owned YouTube, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn and iHeart Radio. With the Sirius channels, Echo customers will need to know which specific station they want to listen to, as there's no current way to scroll up and down the station lineup like there is on satellite radio.

Listening to starlight: Our ongoing search for alien intelligence


That's how long radio astronomer Frank D. Drake pointed the 26-meter telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) research facility in Green Bank, West Virginia, towards the heavens, looking for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth.

Top Amazon Echo tips

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The downside is that Amazon stores a recording of every voice command you've issued to Alexa -- not just in the device itself, but on Amazon's servers. Alexa is activated when it detects one of its wake words: "Alexa," "Amazon," "Computer" or "Echo." Amazon says it records and stores the wake word and your command, along with a fraction of a second of audio before the wake word. The gravity of being recorded constantly was brought to light in Arkansas last year when a man named James Bates was charged with the 2015 murder of a man named Victor Collins, and Amazon was served a warrant requesting the audio files from Bates' Echo.

Your Google Searches May Be Used Against You, Artificial Intelligence Gets Smarter And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM


Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on iHeart Radio, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what's going on in the digital world. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show.

Q&A: How to fix problems with Wi-Fi


Most routers spread signals in a circle. But just like the local flea market, there are ways to make your stuff look more appealing and actually reach the shoppers who might buy it. Call my national radio show and click here to find it on your local radio station. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today's digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks.

Technology in Clinical Practice: Computer-Based Therapy and Radio Frequency Identification

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Many patients with depression or anxiety first seek medical care with their primary care physicians. Many of the programs implement rating scales to assess depression or anxiety in order to provide feedback. In this study, both treatment groups were significantly improved on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire, with no difference between the treatment modalities. Even use of computer-based therapy in the general practitioner's office has been demonstrated to be effective with significantly lowered ratings on the BDI, Beck Anxiety Inventory, and Work and Social Adjustment Scale (Proudfoot et al., 2003).

Q&A: Keep tabs on your teen's smartphone


Click here for the steps to place a profile GIF, plus other savvy Facebook tricks. Allrecipes' Alexa Skill puts 60,000 meals at your fingertips. A: Most people will use the Touch Bar only for the things you just listed, emojis, brightness, and volume. Call my national radio show and click here to find it on your local radio station.