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Tech News of the Week (11/5)

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ROKU TV’s CAN NOW PAUSE LIVE TV

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Roku announced this week that you would now be able to pause TV that is coming in through an antenna! This is amazing news for cord cutters who mostly stream, but still use an antenna for sports and other live events. I know I SO would have used this during the Olympics this last summer. You will need to purchase a USB drive that is about 16 GB, and plug it into the TV in order to enable the feature. This isn’t for TV’s that have a Roku device attached, it’s just for actual Roku TV’s. You can also turn on private listening. You can watch on your big TV, and have the audio come through your phone with headphones attached. No more trying to keep quiet while the kids are sleeping!

HAMILTON MIXTAPE!

Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the Hamilton Mixtape, which is going to be freaking AMAZING. They released the track list…

AND for people that can’t “wait for it”… they released 2 of the songs (already available on Google Play, Apple, and Spotify)

POKEMON GO DAILY PLAY INCENTIVES

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Pokemon Go announced that soon you will be able to get bonuses for catching a Pokemon or visiting a Pokestop on a daily basis. The longer the streak, the better the reward! This news actually made me want to start playing again. I’m still waiting for the update that will finally bring back some decent tracking!!

AMAZON RAPIDS (READING FOR KIDS)

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I don’t know about you, but for some reason my kids are obsessed with reading through my texts. Amazon decided to piggy back on this and offer short stories that show up like text messages.  They are calling this Amazon Rapids, and it looks really awesome! Check out the announcement video

CREATE A MOTO MOD

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Motorola and Indiegogo have partnered up for a mod creation contest! If you have a great idea for a Moto Mod for the Moto Z phone, submit it by the end of January, and you could win money AND have your idea come to life!


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Sarah Werle Kimmel

Sarah Werle Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career working in IT Services in Orange County, California, as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com

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