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Rod Trent is the Engagement, Education, and Conference Director for Penton. He is a leading expert on Microsoft System Center and Cloud technologies and has more than 25 years of IT experience. Rod has written many books, thousands of articles, and speaks at various conferences and user groups. His professional focus is evangelizing technical community on the web and in person. Rod was a Microsoft MVP for 10 years and is a charter member of the Dell TechCenter Rockstar program. He's an avid gadget fan, a die-hard old television show and cartoon buff, a health and exercise freak, and comic book aficionado. Follow Rod on Twitter

Alexa Skill of the Week: Our Groceries
Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions. This week's skill: Our Groceries
Enabling Alexa’s Wake Sound

Over the 2016 holidays, many in our extended family were introduced to Alexa devices – thanks to the shopping season price drop to $39 for the Dot device. At each holiday party, Alexa quickly became the center of attention. Everyone wanted to give Alexa a try and ask her questions in hopes of stumping the cloud-based AI.

Amazon Alexa Order Options and Cancellation Window
Amazon makes it as easy as possible for Prime Members to order products using its Alexa devices.
Toggling Alexa's Voice Purchasing Power and Setting a Passcode

You may have heard new reports where Alexa owners accidentally and unknowingly ordered products from Amazon that showed up on their doorstep unexpectedly.

There are a couple ways to minimize this from happening, both of which are part of the setup process for Alexa, but can also be later configured and customized using the Alexa app for Android or iOS.

As Expected, Garmin Announces Fenix 5 Models at CES

Garmin fitness device owners have been waiting for a proposed hardware refresh to the Fenix 3 and Fenix 3 HR models. Garmin, at CES this week, has announced that it will (for some reason) skip the next numeration and jump straight to the Fenix 5.

Garmin Devices Get Uber App

Garmin users are getting some app love, thanks to CES this week. Garmin has officially announced and unveiled a UBER app for many of its Garmin devices.

Available now in the company's app store, Connect IQ, the UBER app works with the following wearables:

D2 Bravo, D2 Bravo Titanium, ForeAthlete 230J, ForeAthlete 235J, ForeAthlete 630J, ForeAthlete 735XTJ, ForeAthlete 920XTJ, Forerunner 230, Forerunner 235, Forerunner 630, Forerunner 735XT, Forerunner 920XT, fēnix 3, fēnix 3 HR, fēnix Chronos, vívoactive, and vívoactive HR.

My Attempt at Simulating Microsoft Band Guided Workouts for Garmin Devices
January 4, 2017

I am able to receive notifications from Outlook on iOS no problem, but haven't tested Android. I do know that there's considerable discussion about even the Microsoft Band...

Windows 10 Updates Not at Fault for New #BatteryGate Issue, Says Microsoft
September 23, 2016

I'm not sure exactly how common it is to forget about your laptop for a week. But, I could be wrong. :)

More Movement in Microsoft’s Health Platform?
September 23, 2016

I've unofficially started to do that:

And, will definitely continue. I suspect this is where we'll see...

Using Microsoft Band App without Microsoft Band
September 21, 2016

For Windows 10/8.1 and it was intended to capture steps (and distance, etc.) that the Band might miss when it was being charged (not worn). However, it didn't work for Android...

The State of the Microsoft Health Platform
September 20, 2016

"Microsoft HealthVault was developed and introduced in October 2007 and in June 2010 expanded its services beyond the United States to include the United Kingdom" - are you...

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