Featured – Geek Chic Daily https://geekchicdaily.com Lifestyle blog for the Smart and Stylish Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:58:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 https://geekchicdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/geek-chic-daily-logo-500-150x150.png Featured – Geek Chic Daily https://geekchicdaily.com 32 32 Google Home Pros and Cons Review: Advantages & Disadvantages https://geekchicdaily.com/google-home-pros-cons-review-advantages-disadvantages/ https://geekchicdaily.com/google-home-pros-cons-review-advantages-disadvantages/#comments Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:00:27 +0000 https://geekchicdaily.com/?p=4010 In my Google Home pros and cons article, I review its features that are 2nd to none. I also specify show stopper issues such as the annoying way it ...

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Google Home Facebook GroupThinking about buying a Google Home?

Want to know if you should get this device or an Amazon Alexa device instead? Before making your purchase, check out the Google Home pros and cons listed in this article. I review the reasons why you should consider Google Home over other devices, and why you might want to wait until it supports more features.

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Google Home Pros and Cons

Please note that the Google Home pros and cons listed in this review reflects the current functionality of the device, as of October 2017.  Just like the Amazon Echo before it, expect more features and functionality to be added to Google Home over time. For now, check out my current assessment.

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Google Home Pros

Here are some of the pros and advantages of the Google Home wireless speaker:

  • Second to none in its ability to answer questions. The biggest advantage Google Home has over other voice controlled apps and devices is its ability to to provide factual responses to questions.  The device leverages Google’s Knowledge Graph, a system that contains millions of facts about people, places, and things, and how all of these entities are connected. This allows Google Home to provide responses to questions far beyond the capabilities of other voice controlled apps and devices. Google Home can also understand follow up questions. For example, you can get answers to questions like, “How are the Sixers doing?” and “When is their next game?”.
  • Can cast video to your TV. The second biggest advantage the Google Home has is the ability to cast video to your TV. Currently, you can cast video from YouTube. Support for Netflix and other video services are expected to be added over time.
  • Can identify different voices: Initially a missing feature, this ability ensures that multiple people can get personalize results for GH.
  • Can cast audio to multiple devices. Using Chromecast Audio, you stream music to one or more sets of speakers in different rooms.
  • Supports Google Play Music and YouTube Music. These services are not available on Alexa devices.
  • Pretty good sound quality considering its size. For casual music listening, I think Google Home sounds good.
  • Appears to understand my Spotify requests better than Alexa devices. In my personal experience, I’ve encountered far fewer mistakes with Home versus Alexa. Your mileage may vary.
  • Aesthetic design and customizable appearance. Google Home looks like a small piece of furniture that can be customized to match your decor. The Echo looks like a speaker while the Echo Dot looks like a hockey puck.
  • Hands-free calling. You can make calls with your voice to any number in the US and Canada.
  • Step by step cooking instructions: Google Home will walk you through preparing food. I’m not sure how useful this is, however. If GH ever gets a display, this feature would be really cool.
  • Works with free Spotify Accounts: Enough said!
  • Bluetooth audio streaming: This is another feature it should have had in the beginning but I’m glad it’s available now.
  • Availability: Google Home is (or will be) available in these countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, United States (except Puerto Rico).

Google Home definitely has some positive traits. But what about the negatives? Check them out below.

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Google Home Cons

Here are some of the cons, limitations, and drawbacks of the Google Home:

  • GH doesn’t have as many skills as the Amazon Echo: While I’m happy about the skills GH has acquired since its launch, it still trails the Amazon Echo in skill count. With that said, more analysis is required to determine how big the actual gap is.
  • GH also lags in third-party support when compared to Amazon Echo: As of this writing (August 2017), Amazon Echo has more compatible smart home products and accessories than the Google Home.
  • GH doesn’t have a built-in screen. Google Home can display results on a tablet or on your TV, but this is not the same as having a dedicated display like the Amazon Echo Show.
  • Can’t read or send emails or messages. You’ll have to use your phone for that.
  • Can only recite items in our main calendar. Home doesn’t support shared or secondary calendars.
  • Costs more than the comparable second generation Amazon Echo. Something to consider.
  • Doesn’t have an audio out port. An additional $35 Chromecast Audio purchase is required to stream to external speakers
  • It’s powered by Google Assistant, which is different than Google Now. This may create some confusion for people that already make use of Google Now powered phones and tablets.
  • Launch phrase not customizable. Thus, multiple devices may respond, or at least, wake up when you use the launch phrase. Also, your devices will occasionally be activated by Google TV commercials.
  • I don’t like the lack of buttons on the top of the device. I find the swipe-oriented volume control to be finicky and annoying. I’d much prefer physical buttons or clearly marked capacitive buttons, and not the current where’s Waldo button implementation.
  • Doesn’t hear me from a distance as well as the Amazon Echo does. Your mileage may vary.

As you can see, Google Home definitely has some missing features. Should you still consider buying it? Check out my buyer’s recommendation below.

Google Home Pros and Cons Review Advantages & Disadvantages

Should you Buy Google Home?

Before you buy any voice-activated device, the first question you need to answer is, what will you use it for? Will you use it to play music (and subscribe to a paid music subscription)? Will you invest in compatible smart home devices? Will you use it to ask questions or to play games? If any of this appeals to you, then you might find a voice-activated device to be worth its cost.

Google Home versus Amazon Echo

Once you decide to buy a voice activated device, the second question to answer is, should you buy a Google Home or the Amazon Echo? Here are my suggestions:

Get the Google Home if you…

  • Want to ask complex questions that leverage Google’s Knowledge Graph.
  • Want to make free, voice-activated telephone calls.
  • Want the device to recognize different voices.
  • Want to cast audio and/or video.

Get the Amazon Echo if you…

  • Want more options for compatible smart home products and accessories.
  • Want to use skills not offered on the Google Home.
  • Want to use Amazon services you already pay for, such as Amazon Prime, Amazon Video, Amazon Music, etc.
  • Want a built-in screen.

The third option, of course, is to buy a Google Home Mini and an Amazon Echo Dot. This is the cheapest way to get the best of both worlds.

Which decide will you choose?

Will you buy the Google Home? Will you get the Amazon Echo? Will you get both devices or none at all? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Hail to the Almighty Peacoat! – Fall Jackets for Women https://geekchicdaily.com/five-peacoats-for-to-welcome-fall/ https://geekchicdaily.com/five-peacoats-for-to-welcome-fall/#respond Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:00:13 +0000 http://geekchicdaily.com/?p=665 I love fall. It is an excuse to get a new coat and stretch out the leisurly summer mood for another month or so. It is also time for me to invest in a new fall coat. For the past two years, I have committed to acquiring closet stapples. So far, I was lucky to […]

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I love fall. It is an excuse to get a new coat and stretch out the leisurly summer mood for another month or so. It is also time for me to invest in a new fall coat. For the past two years, I have committed to acquiring closet stapples. So far, I was lucky to find a perfectly fitting black leather vest, two classic trench coats and an immaculate jeans jacket.

After seing some of my most handsome friends sport peacoats, I decided to invest in one.

I was happy to purchase the one from Asos which fits perfectly. Many brands have a version of these coats, so look around. Below are my personal favorite fall jackets for women.

Best Fall Jackets for Women – 2017

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Asos Hunter green Peacoat

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$253 available from asos.com

  • Main material: Wool
  • Double breasted button-up front
  • Side pockets
  • Regular fit
  • Hunter green peacoat
  • Dry clean only

Tory Burch classic black cashmere peacoat

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$795 available from toryburch.com

  • Wool cashmere blend
  • Double breasted button-up front
  • Ivory buttons
  • Regular fit
  • Classic black peacoat
  • Dry-clean only

Jill Sander classic dark blue wool peacoat

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$2,200 available from farfetch.com

  • Wool
  • Double breasted button-up front
  • Dark blue buttons
  • Classic dark blue peacoat
  • Dry clean only

Scotch-soda yellow hooded peacoat

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$200 scotch-soda.com

  • Wool/Polyster
  • Double breasted button-up front
  • Inner welt pocket
  • Detachable hood
  • Peacoat available in dark blue and yellow
  • Hand wash or dry clean

Pantagonia navy blue peacoat sweater

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$89 available backcountry.com

  • Knit/Fleece
  • Double breasted button-up front
  • Peacoat sweater
  • Slim fit
  • Broad collar
  • Lifetime guarantee

Although they have a common general fit, all the coats differ in the way they will hang on your frame. Because I am quite petite and of small build, I selected one that was cut shorter than the average (Asos). If you like this style, it will serve you well. You will be able to wear it easily into the month of December. Make sure to give it a try.

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Get Ready for Summer with this 15 Minute Workout – Video https://geekchicdaily.com/15-minute-workout-video-total-body/ https://geekchicdaily.com/15-minute-workout-video-total-body/#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:00:24 +0000 http://geekchicdaily.com/?p=3859 Want to get in shape before summer? Consider trying out this great 15 minute, total body workout. No expensive equipment or gym membership required.

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Want to get in shape before summer? Looking for a total body workout you can do at home? Check out this great 15 minute workout below. It’s sure to get your heart pumping!

When asked to suggest a 15 minute workout, this is the video I usually recommend. It was produced by the folks that run the Fitness Bender Channel. They have tons of great exercise videos. Be sure to check them out!

Standard disclaimers apply: consult you health care professional before engaging in any physical activities based on related content posted on our website. Use this information at your own risk.

Note that the Fitness Bender videos usually do not include music. This is a good thing, as this allows you to ad your own music. Tip: open your favorite YouTube music playlist in another tab while you watch the workout video.

Also note that this video doesn’t include a warm up or cool down routines. If you don’t have your own, Fitness Bender has plenty of them. Consider creating a playlist with your favorite warm up, workout, and cool down videos.

Do you like this 15 Minute Workout?

Let us know if you like this 15 workout workout by sharing your thoughts in the comments section below. If you would like to suggest a different video, or if you would like to share a video you created, share your suggestions in the comments.

 

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Booty Inspiration – Fall 2017 Ankle Boot Trend https://geekchicdaily.com/booty-inspiration-fall-ankle-boot-trend/ https://geekchicdaily.com/booty-inspiration-fall-ankle-boot-trend/#respond Tue, 01 Aug 2017 20:30:32 +0000 http://geekchicdaily.com/?p=782 I went out today to try and find a new pair of booties to reinforce my preexisting and growing collection. Yes, it seems we will be wearing booties for one more season. I am kind of happy with this prospect, and I secretely pray this clever innovation will stay with us for many years to […]

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Sorel Booties I went out today to try and find a new pair of booties to reinforce my preexisting and growing collection. Yes, it seems we will be wearing booties for one more season. I am kind of happy with this prospect, and I secretely pray this clever innovation will stay with us for many years to come.
In the end, I came back with lots of ideas and the resolution that this year I will invest in an upscale pair or one that is inspired (uhmm) by it.
I think designers are secretely enjoying this! I know I am. From Stella McCartney now iconic tailored, white soled wedges to Balenciaga front laced swead treasures, ankle boots are tailored, innovative, highly wearable and most of all, elegant.
Here is a small selection to inspire your shopping this fall.

Fall Ankle Boot Inspiration

Fall Couture Booties

 

I hope these styles will inspire to find your own pair this fall.

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Cute Things to Say to Your Boyfriend https://geekchicdaily.com/cute-things-to-say-to-your-boyfriend-or-husband-video/ https://geekchicdaily.com/cute-things-to-say-to-your-boyfriend-or-husband-video/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:00:34 +0000 http://moorethoughts.com/?p=335 Cute things to say to boyfriend or husband- some naughty, some nice. Let him know that his is special to you.

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Want to make your man smile? Want to let him know how much you care about him? Check out this big list of cute things to say to your boyfriend or husband. Share with your man some sweet love quotes in this article.

My husband is the love of my life. I regularly find ways to let him know he’s special. Whether it’s a good morning greeting, a mid-day phone call, a loving text message, or a good night kiss,  I constantly show him how much I love him. You can do the same. Use this list of cute things to say to your boyfriend or husband and let your man know he’s loved.

Cute Things to Say to Your Boyfriend or Husband

Here is our big list of cute things to say to your boyfriend or husband, continuously updated. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! If you have some cute saying you want to add to the list, post them in the comments section.

  1. Rise and shine, handsome love of mine.
  2. Good morning, my king. Today is another day we rule the world together.
  3. Being in love with you makes every morning worth getting up for.
  4. While it only takes a moment to think about you, the happiness it brings me lasts the entire day.
  5. Just hearing your voice is enough to make me smile.
  6. I hope you have the perfect day, because you are the perfect mate.
  7. Enjoy your day, my love. Remember that it brings me joy everyday that we are together.
  8. If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right!
  9. You are so funny! Sexy too. 😉
  10. Loving you is easy ’cause you’re beautiful.
  11. I love you like a fat kid loves cake. 😛
  12. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have you.
  13. You are so good to me.
  14. When I see your smile, I know everything is going to be alright.
  15. Everyday I thank my lucky stars that I have such a wonderful person in my life.
  16. You are the sweetest man alive.
  17. All of my friends are jealous that I have such a great guy.
  18. I want to spend the rest of my life with you, forever and ever.
  19. Your love is a 187, taking me to heaven!
  20. Handsome, smart, ambitious… you are the total package.
  21. Will you be mine forever and ever?
  22. You are my soul mate.
  23. I love you with all of my heart.
  24. Sweet dreams, boo! I hope I am in them with you!
  25. Every night I go to bed smiling because you are really the man of my dreams.
  26. Pleasant dreams, dreamboat.
  27. Goodnight, my love. Sleep well. May I haunt your dreams.

Sweet, Flirty, and Somewhat Naughty Things to Say to Your Boyfriend

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Get your man’s blood boiling with these sweet, flirty, and somewhat naughty things to say to him:

  1. That’s a nice headboard on your bed. I hope it’s strong enough…
  2. You have some very big hands! I love a man with very… big……. hands…
  3. Awwww. What a cute doggie! Did I ever tell you how much I like doggiestyle?
  4. You have a really nice car. I especially like how roomy the back seat is.
  5. Got time for a little hanky spanky later?
  6. I know you have a busy day today but can you add me to your to-do list?
  7. I think my boobs are getting bigger. Can you feel the difference?
  8. You have some very nice bed sheets. It’s a shame I’m about to mess them all up.
  9. Have you every had sex in a movie theater? No? Want to go to the movies tonight?
  10. Have a great day at work. Be ready to put in some more work when you come see me this evening.
  11. I would take a long slow crawl over broken glass just to give you a piece of this azz.
  12. I’m trying on some new lingerie and need a second opinion. Can you come over?
  13. I think I have a very grab-able butt. Come over here and let me know if you agree.
  14. I had a dream about you last night. I had to change my sheets this morning…
  15. It’s so cold outside. I know of a nice and warm place you can come inside…
  16. If a wore a short skirt for our date tonight, could I convince you too… oh, never mind!
  17. I would love a warm and creamy dessert right now. Are you busy?
  18. My legs are so cold. I need your warm hands between them.
  19. I just ran out of lollypops. Can you bring me yours?
  20. I can’t sleep. Can you come over and f… tuck me in?

Sweet and Cute Things to Say to My Man

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My husband and I have a bunch of cute things we say to each other. Admittedly, some of them are very corny. Here they are:

  1. I got your back like a bra strap!
  2. Baby, I got your back like high school backpacks!
  3. You know we go way back like scrambled eggs and flap jacks.
  4. I don’t want you to worry about anything. Just wake up in the morning. That’s all you have to do and I’ll take it from there. *
  5. No matter what happens, no matter what we go through, just keep fighting and I’ll keep fighting with you.
  6. They can’t defeat us. They can’t stop us. We won’t stop because we can’t stop.
  7. I’m a movement by myself, but we’re a force when we’re together.

More Sweet and Cute Things to Say to Your Boyfriend or Husband

More cute things to say to your boyfriend or husband are coming soon. Visit this page often as it is continuously updated. Share this list with your friends!

Let me know which items on the list you like the most. If you have cute quotes you would like to add to the list, share them in the comments section below.

One last thing- check out this video for more cute things to say to your boyfriend or husband.

 

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It’s Only Monday and Taylor Swift is Already our Hero of the Week https://geekchicdaily.com/its-only-monday-and-taylor-swift-is-already-our-hero-of-the-week/ https://geekchicdaily.com/its-only-monday-and-taylor-swift-is-already-our-hero-of-the-week/#respond Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:15:55 +0000 http://geekchicdaily.com/?p=50 The new Apple Music service provides news users with a free three month trial. Apple initially planned not to pay artists during these first three months. This is good news for subscribers but bad news for artists. That plan changed yesterday, thanks to Taylor Swift. In a spirited letter posted online, Swift lashed out at […]

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The new Apple Music service provides news users with a free three month trial. Apple initially planned not to pay artists during these first three months. This is good news for subscribers but bad news for artists.

That plan changed yesterday, thanks to Taylor Swift.

In a spirited letter posted online, Swift lashed out at Apple for it’s plan to deprive artists of royalty payments for the entire duration of the three month free trial. Of note, most paid music subscription services only offer one free month.

Just hours after Taylor Swift’s letter went viral, Apple’s content chief Eddy Cue announced that the policy would be changed and that artists would be paid.

It’s not often that we see a Fortune 500 company essentially back down from pressure from an individual celebrity. The immediacy of the action is even more shocking. Apple could have taken its time before responding to Swift. Heck, Apple didn’t have to respond at all!

I suspect their swift decision was a calculated one. They essentially will be able to end the controversy and bad publicity before it ever gets started. This way they can launch their new music service without any of the negative noise.

I have to give Taylor Swift props for standing up for all artists. After all, she didn’t have to say anything. She obviously doesn’t need the money herself. For her selfless act, and the immediate impact she made, Taylor Swift is my Hero of the Week!

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Let’s also commend Apple for doing the right thing as well. Apple could have stuck to their guns and not change their policy.  They could have changed the policy while also reducing the free trial (this still could happen later). For now, it looks like Apple is going to foot the bill for those free three months. I’ll definitely be signing up. First on the playlist? Taylor Swift’s 1989 of course!

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