Amazon and Microsoft Team Up For A New Type Of Skype

I guess you already heard the news. Alexa is invading our homes.

First we had a speaker that responded to our commands for music, news, audio books, and all kinds of information. Now, it was just announced that new versions of Alexa will be connected to microwave ovens, wall clocks and other household appliances.

Hold on. I just found out that we will also be able to use Alexa to talk to folks over Skype.

Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to incorporate Skype into Alexa. That’s means you will be able to access Skype on Amazon’s Echo. Can you imagine sitting in a chair and just simply requesting a call? What’s even more amazing is that Amazon’s Echo will feature a video calling system. That is incredible.

Alexa is changing our lives.

Read about it in Verge.

More Of Moore

After you see this movie, you won’t leave home without your passport. You may have to leave fast.

To those who think it can’t happen again, make sure you see this movie. We are well on our way.

Sheila Elias, a Miami treasure, exhibits all over the world. Her digital images are celebrated by Apple and we are so lucky to be able to see it all.

A Dozen Movie Mistakes

Yes, a website called Topix Stars, (devoted to fun stuff about the people making the movies, TV shows, and music you love), recently featured a slide show highlighting major movie errors. It makes you wonder about what to believe in the future. I guess we will be relying on Google a lot more for checking the facts.

It All Started With An E-mail

The minute I received the above email from The Jewish Museum of Florida, ( a few blocks from our condo), I knew that Eliot and I would have to be one of the first to see the new cutting-edge exhibit that combines street art, high-end fashion and digital technology. We were there for the set-up. This exhibit is going to attract audiences that have never stepped into Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation. It’s going to make headlines everywhere.

The featured artist is Daniel Chimowitz, an internationally renowned painter and fashion designer. He works very closely with Patricia Field, an American costume designer and stylist. She is best known for her work on the ever popular, Sex In The City, TV series.

Chimowitz literally creates walking canvases. All of his fabrics incorporate high energy, street art. One of his newest designs is a reflective fabric that lights up when you photograph it with a flash. It’s startling and exciting.

The exhibit was the brainchild of Jacqueline Goldstein, the Jewish Museum’s curator. Listen to her explanation of what you will see.

Chimowitz has shown his designs in Paris, London, Beijing, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Miami. He is a breath of fresh air. His interview below not only talks about his inspirations, but gives you insight into the life of an artist.

Go Forward To The Past

Image: Business Wire

I can’t figure it out. Why do some people want to go backwards. I have friends who are collecting vinyl records and now use cameras that give you instant printed pictures. We worked so long, and hard, to go digital, and now the purists want to prove older technology is better.

Kodak recently announced that it is partnering with retailer Forever 21 for a 26-piece collection — T-shirts, crop tops, jackets, loungewear, polos, and sweatshirts. This is all in an attempt to get young audiences familiar with the Kodak name.

The current Kodak has nothing to do with the giant film company. The new Kodak is following in the footsteps of Urban Outfitters which features Fujifilm’s instant-printing Instax camera. The new Polaroid who also has its own instant camera.

I know a few college students who love having an instant camera so they can print pictures on the spot. It’s novel to them, but not to us. They think they are cool, but in my opinion, it’s a fad that will not last. The digital world is much cheaper, and much more efficient.

What’s your opinion? Read the full story here.

Marriage Proposal on Emmys

I’m not sure if NBC will try to block my YouTube, so I am posting two versions of the best part of the Emmy’s.

Eliot Hess Photography

Like most people who visited Ireland before me, I was captivated by the vast extent of the green fields in the countryside, and the dramatic cliffs along  the coast lines. They all look like museum paintings. It’s all so peaceful and uncluttered. You begin to wonder if this is how we were all meant to live.


Vive les livres imprimés à Paris

Image: WSJ

Eliot and I were in Paris twice this year. Both times we marveled at the number of book stores that were still in existence, and the number of folks who were perusing the bookstalls along the Seine.

We were wondering why the printed book was still doing so well in Paris while everything was going digital in the States. We didn’t have to wonder very long. The Wall Street Journal recently announced that the Parisian bookstalls are in trouble. The newspaper said France is falling out of love with the printed book. The internet has taken over.

Two hundred kiosk venders are in trouble. They are even being forced to sell more and more souvenirs to stay in business. They also have a new plan. Read about it here.

Miami Is Not All Beach

The next time you visit us in Miami make sure we take you to the Frost Museum of Science. We had an awesome time with Ruth and Howard Greenberg today. Three hours of interactive fun.

It’s a prefect place for both adults and children because there is so much to learn at all age levels. There are so few places where people of all ages can find a common ground. Unlike most other museums, Frost Science is surrounded by the beauty of water and sky. We are very fortunate to have a performing arts theatre and opera house just across the way from a contemporary art museum which is next door to the science museum.

Next on the list is Jungle Island, formerly Parrot Jungle. It’s a newly relaunched eco-adventure park just on the other side of the causeway. We loved it before. We can’t wait to see the new version.

Tell Me Something Good

For some reason, Google feels it’s necessary to offer a feature that allows readers to access only good news. Google said they developed this feature with a group of journalists who want to fight the fatigue from negative news.

As far as I am concerned, there is only one way to get rid of most of the negative news we face today. I hope you know what I mean.

To access the new feature, all you have to say to Google Assistant is, “Hey Google, tell me something good” to hear positive news. You can write the same words in the Google search box on your electronic devices.

Personally, I think Google should be focused on helping this country get sane again. I don’t want Google to be spending time on people who want to put their heads in the sand. These are the times we live in. Helping people escape the facts is not going to help us get past this administration.

If you don’t agree with me, then watch what the Republicans have to say about their leader.

The Three-Sided Movie Screen

Your movie theater experience may be drastically changing in the next year or two. Picture this: a 3-sided movie screen.

Tech industry rumors say that a South Korean company, named ScreenX, is planning to bring a 270-degree viewing experience to the United States.

A number of blockbuster movies are being digitally altered for the new surround experience. I have no idea when the first 3-sided movie theater will appear and where.

All I can say is, “Imagine being immersed in your favorite movie. That’s pretty awesome. It’s like being on stage. Are you ready for your closeup?”