Alexa for Seniors; Google Lens AI for Phones; Elite Facebook Groups

Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 188

Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed Google Lens AI (artificial intelligence) on Android phones; the StarTribune’s 150 year’s worth of digitized archives; SNL’s Alexa for Seniors skit; Facebook adding screening to Groups; MailChimp’s email automation for everyone; Amazon Echo’s security flaw; hope for Parkinsons; Facebook’s trending conversations; PresVillian; Facebook’s Autoplay videos; great new apps and stats you should know…and much, much more.

Best Digital Cases

Google Lens AI Makes Your Phone Artificially Intelligent

Google Lens leverages Google’s computer vision and AI technology in order to bring smarts directly to your phone’s camera.

Digitized Minnesota

The Minneapolis StarTribune puts 150 years-worth of archives online.

Amazon Echo Silver for Seniors

In a hilarious skit, Saturday Night Live’s Amazon Echo Silver is specifically designed for the greatest generation – created in a partnership between Amazon and AARP. She answers to any name even remotely like Alexa.

Playable Tattoos

Record a sound. Get an artist to tattoo its waveform. Play your tattoo via an app.

Microsoft Prototype Watch Gives New Hope to Parkinson’s Patients

More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s. 60,000 are diagnosed each year in the US alone. There is no cure. But there may be hope.

Automation For All

Two months ago, MailChimp integrated Facebook advertising management with its platform. This month, the email marketing service provider is making its automation features free.

PresSupervillain Nails King 45 Daily

Followed by 38K but following only 4, Pres. Supervillain takes real Trump quotes and Photoshops them onto comics.

Trending Conversations

Facebook is rolling out a new feature called “Latest Conversations” in its search results that will show the most recent public posts about timely topics that a lot of people across its network are discussing.

Screenshot: Facebook Trending Conversations

Facebook Groups Can Screen New Members With a Questionnaire

Now Group admins can establish up to three questions for people requesting to join their Group to answer. The goal is cutting down spam and trolling.

Worst Digital Cases

Amazon Echo’s Alexa Calling Has Major Privacy Flaw

Amazon seems to have made a significant oversight in bringing voice calls and messaging to its Echo speakers: there’s no way to block communication that you might not want.

Shiny New Stuff


A completely free, esay to install PHP development environment.

  • XAMPP – Apache + MariaDB + PHP + Perl


An open source text editor that understands Web design.

The Daily Numbers

Racist Searches By State Map


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