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Feb 032017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 3 February, 2017

Good morning For the second week in a row, our new President is impacting on my choice of feature articles.  But his impact last week was generally rated positively, and I hope you’ll like this week’s article too which, in truth, actually is very little about the President, himself. It had been my intention to […]

Jan 062017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 6 January, 2017

Good morning And welcome to 2017, with a nice big ‘meaty’ newsletter to get the year off to a great start.  I’m still getting used to typing a ‘7’ for 2017 rather than a 6 (or 5….).  Time passes ever more quickly – and, for sure, the faster that the rest of winter passes, the […]

Dec 222016
 
Amazon's Echo Revisited

I wrote, three weeks ago, about Amazon’s futuristic Echo and Echo Dot devices.  At the time I had only been using my Echo Dot for about a week, and I was underwhelmed by the overall experience, and disappointed at the shortfall between the science-fiction style potential of units and the real world actuality. But, after […]

Dec 022016
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 2 December 2016

Good morning It seems that some of you managed to tear yourselves away from the stress and struggle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to do some shopping of a very different kind – for travel.  We now have ten people who have chosen to join our Scotland’s Islands and Highlands Tour next June, including […]

Dec 012016
 
Amazon's Echo - Intelligent Voice Control for Your Home and Life?

Amazon has been developing an increasingly sophisticated type of voice controller – called the Echo – that allows you, from anywhere the controller can hear you, to simply speak questions and express commands to it and receive spoken answers and responses back.  Want to order a pizza (or many products from Amazon, of course!)?  Wonder […]

Nov 162016
 
Internet Access When Traveling Internationally - Problems and Limitations

The last decade has seen a welcome collapse in the cost of placing phone calls on our cell phones while traveling internationally, for all but the most unwary.  If you’re paying more than 20c a minute for international calling, you’re overpaying.  If you’re careful, you can often find even lower rates. But these days, you […]

Oct 072016
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 October 2016

Good morning My green ink theory didn’t robustly withstand another week.  After switching to green ink, there was a welcome lift in people kindly joining in this year’s Travel Insider Annual fundraising drive.  We had 42 people join in the first week, then 80 people after the green ink appeared in the second week.  But […]

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