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Razer teams up with Hue so colors change in the room as you game

(TECH NEWS) Create stunning light effects while gaming thanks to new dynamic pair, Hue and Razer. Time to nerd out!

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Gaming hardware company Razer is now compatible with Philips’ line of Hue lighting products. Now gamers can sync their room’s lighting to things happening in-game, creating amazing light shows and reactive effects.

With its motto “For Gamers. By gamers,” Razer is known for creating customizable top-of-the-line gaming hardware, software, and system setups. Chroma by Razer incorporates lighting effects into enabled devices, like keyboards, gaming mice, headsets, and even laptops.

Chroma features a huge variety of lighting effects, with 16.8 million colors available. Using Synapse 3, Razer’s Chroma hardware configuration tool, gamers can assign macros and fully customize device lighting.

Speaking of device lighting, if you haven’t seen a Philips Hue bulb in action, either find cooler friends or to march yourself down to Home Depot or somewhere and buy yourself a set.

According to Philips, “Hue is your personal wireless lighting system that lets you easily control your light and create the right ambiance for every moment.” Essentially, Philips offers dope lightbulbs you can control from an app using your voice or simple interface to adjust brightness, timers, and ambience.

If you’re feeling vanilla, you can get their white or white ambience, but the magic is in the color ambiance line.

Hue’s color ambiance bulbs feature 16 million colors plus customizable brightness, syncing with music and movies, and now games.

Each bulb can be set to a custom color and changed to create custom scenes and effects. Bathe your room in dungeon-like dim red, pick out a bright purple for dance party purposes, or go for a warm daylight color.

Pairing Razer Chroma enabled devices with Hue lighting in your home means the entire room can light up in reaction to your games. Yes, the whole room.

Maybe you were in disbelief about the promotional video above because the shelves light up and you were thinking, “no way it can’t do that, that’s just video magic.” The answer is actually yes way, it can do that because Phillips sells lightstrips as well as bulbs.

So theoretically you could deck out your entire room (or house!) with Hue bulbs and lightstrips to create a totally immersive gaming experience.

The video also suggests your computer may gain autonomy the moment you leave, Toy Story-style, but that’s not an officially listed spec.

To make this magic happen, you’ll need a Chroma-compatible Razer device with updated Synapse 3 software, at least one multi-color Hue bulb, the latest Hue software, and a Philips Hue Bridge V2 to connect everything.

Bridges are available for purchase separately, or if you’re just getting started on your Hue journey, starter packs include three bulbs and a Bridge.

Once you have the necessary items, connect the software and begin creating lighting masterpieces. Transform your gaming experience thanks to this new amazing pairing and make your friends very, very jealous.

Lindsay is an editor for The American Genius with a Communication Studies degree and English minor from Southwestern University. Lindsay is interested in social interactions across and through various media, particularly television, and will gladly hyper-analyze cartoons and comics with anyone, cats included.

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How to opt out of Google’s robots calling your business phone

(TECH) Google’s robots now call businesses to set appointments, but not all companies are okay with talking to an artificial intelligence tool like a person. Here’s how to opt out.

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You know what’s not hard? Calling a restaurant and making a reservation. You know what’s even easier? Making that reservation though OpenTable. You know what we really don’t need, but it’s here so we have to deal with it? Google Duplex.

Falling under “just because we can do it, doesn’t mean we should do it,” Duplex, Google’s eerily human-sounding AI chat agent that can arrange appointments for Pixel users via Google Assistant has rolled out in several cities including New York, Atlanta, Phoenix, and San Francisco which now means you can have a robot do menial tasks for you.

There’s even a demo video of someone using Google Duplex to find an area restaurant and make a reservation and in the time it took him to tell the robot what to do, he could’ve called and booked a reservation himself.

Aside from booking the reservation for you, Duplex can also offer you updates on your reservation or even cancel it. Big whoop. What’s difficult to understand is the need or even demand for Duplex. If you’re already asking Google Assistant to make the reservation, what’s stopping you from making it yourself? And the most unsettling thing about Duplex? It’s too human.

It’s unethical to imply human interaction. We should feel squeamish about a robo-middleman making our calls and setting our appointments when we’re perfectly capable of doing these things.

However, there is hope. Google Duplex is here, but you don’t have to get used to it.

Your company can opt out of accepting calls by changing the setting in your Google My Business accounts. If robots are already calling restaurants and businesses in your city, give your staff a heads-up. While they may receive reservations via Duplex, at least they’ll be prepared to talk to a robot.

And if you plan on not opting out, at least train your staff on what to do when the Google robots call.

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Bose launches headphone-less headphones for your face

(TECHNOLOGY) Bose is using augmented reality in a fascinating new way (even if we’re poking fun at it).

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Just in time for the holidays, Bose releases Frames, their new breakthrough sunglasses that combine the protection and style of premium sunglasses, the functionality and performance of wireless headphones, and the world’s first audio augmented reality platform.

At $199 per pair, they’re the perfect gift for the person who has everything and who will eventually lose them in a lake, leave them in a fitting room, or crush them in a car seat.

Frames have the ability to stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants. Bose promises that your playlists, entertainment, and conversations will stay private, although how your conversations will remain private is unclear. Expect confusion from every stranger within earshot.

Bose is calling Frames a revolutionary wearable, but aren’t these just headphones for your face? Very cool headphones for your face?

Bose is pushing the AR functionality hard.

Although they can’t change what you see, they know what you’re seeing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android. Once they know what you see, the AR automatically tunes you into audio commentary for that place, opening users to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, and gaming.

They claim Frames are hands-free and clear-eyed, but even if that’s the case, do we really need more people walking around under the influence of distraction? As if it weren’t enough to have people’s eyes glued to their phones, now we can have people in matching sunglasses wandering around talking to themselves. Now who looks bonkers?

Frames are available for preorder now and are expected to ship in January 2019. Look for Bose to release updates to their AR at SXSW in March.

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What’s TikTok, why’s it so huge, and why is Facebook scared of it?

(TECH) TikTok has taken the internet by storm – you’ve probably seen the videos floating around, so here’s the context your business needs to know.

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Jimmy Fallon recently challenged his viewers to his version of a #sharpiechallenge. That’s where you toss a sharpie into the air, catch it, take the cap off and draw a mustache on yourself with it. He requested that viewers use TikTok to record it and upload it.

As of this writing, the hashtag boasts 8.2 million views in TikTok alone – if it wasn’t big before it gained Fallon as a fan, it is now.

What Is TikTok?

The TikTok app is the brainchild of Bytedance, a Chinese company that once owned Muscal.ly, and it launched in September 2016 as Douyin (it’s Chinese moniker). When it launched internationally, a year later, they branded the social media app TikTok. When Musical.ly shut down, users had to switch.

The app lets users view, create and share 15-second videos (kind of like Vine, RIP). It’s estimated that there are over 500 million users worldwide. The app has been highly ranked in the charts for number of downloads over the past few months, with a spike when Fallon had his first challenge, #tumbleweedchallenge. (For the record, Fallon and The Tonight Show do not have a business relationship with Bytedance.)

Users can lip-sync, do duets, record a reactions video and has some excellent tech in the app for video editing. Users can comment on videos and create video memes. It’s pretty fascinating. And wildly appealing to the masses.

One of the best things about TikTok is that the app doesn’t have advertising or monetization capabilities, even though it has a broad audience. With an estimated 500 million users, it’s just a matter of time.

Facebook launches a TikTok-clone.

Facebook doesn’t want to be late to the game. In classic follower fashion, they have launched their own short-video app, Lasso.

I played with both apps, and Lasso just doesn’t have comparable content.

What Facebook does have is its user base. By integrating with Facebook itself, Lasso may outdo TikTok eventually, but it will need to increase its capabilities.

Why should your business take notice?

Small businesses should be aware of these apps. Online videos are driving social media engagement. Content is king, and you’ve been reading here for years that video is a powerful component of any social media strategy.

TikTok and Lasso give you video-making and video-sharing tools that could increase your online presence.

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