Archive for December, 2018

Alexa Has Become Music-Savvy

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Music has brought happiness and so much peace to a lot of people all over the world. Where spoken words have failed, music has enabled people to understand and bond with one another despite the language barrier. It has played a big role in the lives of many and became the soundtrack of their lives at some point in time. Technology may be the main dish in our life right now but music will never disappear in the background. The nice thing about this is the fact that modern life and music has fused together and we can enjoy the best of both worlds without having to give up the other. You probably do it yourself every day. You listen to music on your smart device with an earphone or headset in place. There’s an even better breakthrough with the way Alexa can now answer your questions pertaining to music.

The wonders of technology will continue to amaze you, for sure. Things just get better and better with the passing of time as the hardware needed to support deep learning is made more readily available to the public. I’m sure you’ve heard about apps like Shazam that tells you the title of a song you’re not familiar with but wouldn’t it be better for something like Alexa to have this same interactive feature but provide a more satisfying response to your musically-related questions and more. Aside from answering back to people, Alexa can take note of your music preferences so you don’t have to constantly repeat yourself or keep on searching for music you like or creating libraries when your digital personal assistant can do it for you.

Sometimes you want to listen to a certain song but you can’t quite remember what it’s called. Other times you might just want to listen to some of your favorites that you haven’t heard in a while. Now, Alexa can find those tunes for you. While listening to Amazon Music, you can now ask Alexa in very general terms to find music you listened to earlier or play something you haven’t heard recently. You can do so with specific artists by saying, for example, “Alexa, play that Kendrick Lamar song I was listening to yesterday,” or, “Alexa, play Rihanna songs I haven’t heard in a while.” You can also ask for genres, but you can get even more general than that by asking Alexa to just play something you haven’t heard lately.


Modern living is about living in utter convenience. With devices like Alexa at your beck and call, you no longer have to do things manually and you can save your time and effort for more worthwhile tasks. They may be simple tasks that an equally simple AI robot can do but they are the beginning of something even far greater that will definitely be our norm in the coming years. As of now, thousands, if not millions, are already using Alexa and as it continues to roll out more handy features that the public will like especially individuals who see music as life.

Amazon’s been rolling out a series of incremental but still useful Alexa features over the past several months, particularly around Amazon Music — the service Amazon would love for you to use as the default on your Echo devices. Today’s update includes a couple new features that let users request music using more natural or vague language.

People will now be able to ask Alexa for music tracks or playlists based on time passed, like “Play that playlist I played last Sunday,” or “Play that workout music I listened to three weeks ago,” or “Play something I haven’t heard in awhile.” The same applies to genres and artists; you can request a song by an artist that you listened to “recently,” or a music mood you’ve been into lately, even if you don’t know the specific titles.


Amazon has learned the ropes and realized that by integrating various aspects of human nature and on responding to what interests people the most then integrating it to current tech advancements launched and sold in the market today. We can’t let music disappear in our lives as it is responsible for keeping the balance, and in essentially keeping all of us sane when we are already facing too much in life. Groove to life’s music and take advantage of what Alexa has to offer so your life remains as vibrant as the beat of the music you like to listen to or as calm as the soothing notes you listen to once in a while.

Charity Is Not Yet Lost

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If you listen to your elders, they will likely tell you that the world is such a terrible place and for good measure. You can see it in the news. People are getting hurt or killed each day. War persists and there is almost always news of terrorism now and then. Everyone is at risk. When you look at it that way, it is easy to see that there is no more humanity left in this world and that we have come back to early biblical times where the mantra was “to each his own” and “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” was the prevailing motto of everyone. Such a sad picture this reality paints however it is not always true. There is still some goodness left in people and it is what enables our modern society to exist (while not always peacefully but) civilly with one another.

Charity is still at the core of society and there are still plenty of civic volunteers left to help fill the gap created by the gaping disparity between the rich and the poor. Not all the time you can rely on the government to help out and provide for the needs of the millions of citizens especially in third-world countries where basic needs are continually not met and the majority of the population lives in poverty all-year round. It is a good thing that there are generous countries, organizations, and individuals who continue to do charitable acts in an attempt to respond to problems faced by others who obviously have less in life. You don’t even have to go far to see the extent of societal problems prevalent in today’s society. Just step out of your home and go to a public place and you can see homeless people lying on the sidewalk or begging for alms everywhere.

The Swedish government will give 120 million kronor ($14.57 million) over three years to charities working with homeless refugee youths in the country, Dagens Nyheter (DN) reports.

Six different organizations including the Red Cross, Save the Children and Stadsmissionen will share the funds.

The donation is for people who have lost their right to a home in Sweden – for example because they have been given a deportation decision in an asylum application – or those who cannot be deported because it is not possible to execute the order.


However, you can do something on your own. Your contribution should not always be that big for it to make a difference in people’s lives. After all, it is all about sharing what you have so others can live better too. All these little efforts can go a long way when done altogether as it can pave the way to raising awareness to charitable causes since there are many who badly needs it in today’s world. The funny thing is that while many are dying of thirst in hunger, only a few answers this call as many only obsess over their material wants and all the other luxuries that dominate today’s world.

The Young Women’s Trust (YWT) supports and represents women aged 16-30 struggling to live on low or no pay in England and Wales and at risk of being trapped in poverty. YWT offers free coaching and personalised advice on job applications, conducts research, runs campaigns and works with young women to build their confidence.

“Donations are crucial,” explains Joe Levenson, from the charity. “They give lost young women confidence and direction through sessions with a trained coach.

“They help young women make top notch CVs that get them past the wall of automated rejection emails. And they get young women in the press and in front of politicians.” 


Poverty will persist to be a problem whichever part of the world you live in. Charity may act as a band-aid solution and keep everything together far longer but it does not solve the problem. Only when we teach the poor how to feed and support themselves will we be able to gradually wipe out poverty little by little. But that process is arduous and next to impossible as prices of commodities are always rising among others, so getting that little push is a welcome reprieve for everyone who has a hard time surviving in today’s world as they try to get back up on their feet. Learn to look past your own vested interests and be more considerate of others and you will you be able to realize that you have more than what you need and giving back to society will be much appreciated by those who need whatever is in excess in your life.