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    #16
    Originally posted by lynnifer View Post
    How is information at CareCure being misused?
    How do any of us know? As you should be very aware, there is a continuing lock down on opinions and closing of forums without any explanation, whether on the political spectrum or even the care spectrum. I am getting very wary due to justifiable suspicions of the squelching of opinion on this forum...actually it is kind of creepy.

    How many times have you read...this site belongs to Wise Young and (now I am paraphrasing) he will do with it what he damn well pleases...Creepy and now scary!

    Maybe I'm just getting paranoid after recent privacy and security concerns at Facebook.
    Last edited by gjnl; 29 Mar 2018, 12:25 PM.

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      #17
      I think this post went sideways...Its interesting how some people fear technology...I think the reward far outweighs the risk.

      But again if you fear the risk whatever it might be then dont do it.

      I cant speak for Alexia but Google works off a Google Gmail account so you could set up a 2nd email which you should anyways and anytime a website ask for you email this is the one you use.

      You can also add a 2nd account to any smart phone, or iPad or computer.

      But I got to thinking how the mini has helped with my independence and its amazing...when its cold at night and in bed I can warm the house with a simple voice command, I dont have to struggle turning on lights on as I enter and leave rooms.

      We to use it as a intercom system...

      We are looking at Bond to add home automation to our ceiling fans and lights.



      Being able to set our security system with voice and GPS location make one less task we dont need to do.

      Social media platforms come and go, educate yourself on opting out of apps, and settings to block your privacy, but look at technology to help our daily challenges.

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        #18
        I have both the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. Alexa allows me to talk to my home. It reads my audible books. I can schedule events to remind me when my appointments are and with whom. I also set alarms, timers, listen to podcasts, radio, news, etc. Using the Echo, I do not need four remotes or even one remote to turn on the TV, the Roku, the AVR, the DVD. I can do it all with a single voice command. Sometimes I use it to make phone calls. I set up my Alexa with an iPhone. If you have an Android phone, you can send text messages.

        I found the Google Home a little easier to set up. If you are going to use an Amazon Echo with a Harmony Hub, this may take some tech skills.

        Amazon will do more when it comes to home automation. Google Home is better when it comes to answering facts or questions because it uses the Google search engine. The Echo has more skills than the Google Home. I just learned today that the Amazon Echo can translate English into different languages.

        That's all I can think of at this time.
        The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
        --General George Patton

        Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
        ––Paul Nussbaum
        usc87.blogspot.com

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          #19
          Jim is imminently approachable in my experience. Have you tried pm'ing him to discuss?

          No Alexa/Google for me yet.
          T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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            #20
            Not clear why this thread is being hijacked by those paranoid about CareCure and concerned about Microcyn. As a moderator, I can open the old thread (it doesn't take Jim to do this), but if I do, I would move the responses above related to that thread from this one.

            (KLD)

            PS: the original Microcyn thread has been unlocked, and the off-topic messages here (plus a couple other similar threads on the Care forum) have been combined into that thread. Let's keep this thread on-topic. Thanks.
            Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 30 Mar 2018, 3:01 PM.
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              #21
              My Dad has a couple Amazon Dots attached to nice speakers. The voice control is wonderful for him.

              He uses them to turn his bedroom lights off at night, and on in the morning. He listens to the radio for most of the day, and listens through his Dot. He alternates between favorite radio stations that are scattered around the US. He listens to some of his favorite podcasts (This American Life), or music of his choice. We made "playlists" of favorite songs that he can play to help fall asleep. He checks the weather regularly, asks random questions, or asks it to tell him a joke. Even the "Jeopardy" game is fun every once in awhile. And he can use it to make phone calls to me by voice, if he cannot reach the phone. He uses it to set alarms for waking up, or random alarms throughout the day.

              Pretty amazing.

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                #22
                I have an echo in my bedroom, and 2 dots throughout my apartment. I have the harmony hub, which allows me to control my tv through the echos. I have several Wemo plugs to turn lights on/off, and I used to have the ecobee thermostat, but I found the ecobee did not work smoothly with my apartment's heat pump (or it was not installed correctly by maintenance). I use the echo to also listen to music, podcasts, and audible.

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                  #23
                  Wow thank you so much for your input everybody. I am amazed by how many are using these now. And the price is SO much better than the old units pre-wifi.
                  May the fetus you save be gay

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                    #24
                    Just pmed you
                    May the fetus you save be gay

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                      #25
                      If you're older than 50 say Alexa play Radio Paradise.
                      Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.
                      Bob Seger

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                        #26
                        I second that! I'm a long time listener of Radio Paradise.

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by tvot View Post
                          If you're older than 50 say Alexa play Radio Paradise.
                          good recommendation, enjoying it.

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by PN View Post
                            I have both the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. Alexa allows me to talk to my home. It reads my audible books. I can schedule events to remind me when my appointments are and with whom. I also set alarms, timers, listen to podcasts, radio, news, etc. Using the Echo, I do not need four remotes or even one remote to turn on the TV, the Roku, the AVR, the DVD. I can do it all with a single voice command. Sometimes I use it to make phone calls. I set up my Alexa with an iPhone. If you have an Android phone, you can send text messages.
                            Is there a way for the Echo to control a Comcast cable box?
                            Alan

                            Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

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                              #29
                              In another thread on this topic one of our members says that it will work with Comcast but you need the Harmony Hub. My experience is with Cox Cable which does work the Harmony Hub coupled with the Alexa.
                              Originally posted by landrover View Post
                              It will work with Comcast if you use the Harmony hub.
                              The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
                              --General George Patton

                              Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
                              ––Paul Nussbaum
                              usc87.blogspot.com

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by alan View Post
                                Is there a way for the Echo to control a Comcast cable box?

                                If your with Comcast you should have an x1 box they came out with them years ago...It has voice control..

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