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Facebook launches ‘M’ personal assistant

May 25, 2017
BY GEORGE GORDON • Computer Guru , Lahaina News

Facebook just introduced "M," an AI-powered personal assistant for the Messenger app. A few features are stickers, payments, location and getting a ride. So if you say "Happy birthday," M might pop up a row of stickers featuring balloons and cake.

If your friend says "pay me $10," M would then show a link to Messenger's payments function, so you can send money. If they say "Where are you?" a map location might appear. Typing the word "ride," an Uber suggestion will appear. For now, however, you can get a taste by updating your Messages app.

Hulu just announced live streaming TV with 50 channels for only $39.99 a month. Netflix and YouTube also have live streaming TV. Facebook continues to experiment with its TV button placed at the bottom of its mobile app. Is it time to cut the cable?

In the new iPhone update, a major change consolidates your Apple ID and info. Go to Settings and click on your name at the top. There you can change your passwords, phone number, e-mail, iCloud settings, payment and shipment settings, and iTunes Store settings. Another feature is a search for your parked car found in the Maps App.

In the last couple of weeks, I've had several issues with people forgetting their passwords for Gmail, Apple sign-in and their router password, which you need to set up a wireless printer. An app that I've shared in other issues is called KEEPER. Please download it and put in all your passwords for everything. If you want, you can open up the Notepad App, at the top type in PASSWORDS, then just scribble them down. Try not to use toilet paper and grocery bags to keep this important information - and don't use the same password for everything.

Want to make Windows 10 look like Windows 7? Go to stardock.com and buy the program called Start10 for $5. Another trick for Windows 10 is holding down the Windows key located on the left side of the space bar and then tapping on the "X" key to bring up a hidden menu of old commands that you're familiar with.

For you people who flunked third grade, here is a learning app worth checking out in the App Store called Mindnode-Delightful Mind Mapping. It costs $9.99 but has almost every subject with YouTube video clips.

Send your computer-related questions to mauimist8669@yahoo.com.

 
 
 

 

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