017 - Apps for Productivity- Pocket, Self Driving Cars and Cutting the Cable (Streaming TV)

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Your App Lady

Show Notes

Series 1 Episode 17

Welcome to series 1 episode 17 of the Your App Lady Podcast!

All about apps and tech that I love and use every day.

On each episode, I’ll talk about recent tech news, recommend apps that I use myself and leave you with a great tech tip.

Tech News

Self-driving cars with "remote" drivers could test on California roads in April 2018.

Reuters reported that in April of 2018, self-driving cars without an in-car backup driver will be tested on California roads. The cars will have remote backup drivers. If determined safe, self-driving cars will be life changing for people who have disabilities that keep them from driving. My son has epilepsy so he cannot drive. A self-driving car would increase his independence tremendously.

For more information:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-autonomous-california/self-driving-cars-with-remote-drivers-could-test-on-calif-roads-in-april-dmv-idUSKCN1G72CU

App of the Week: Pocket

Pocket is available for iOS (iPhones and iPads) and Android.

Pocket is used in conjunction with your web browser. When you are surfing the internet and you see an article you would like to read or a video you would like to watch, you can save it to Pocket and then you can read or watch it later, when online, at your convenience.

Tech Tip

My tech tip today is about streaming television services. We are about to cut our cable at home and I may have over-researched.

There are several streaming plans available. We are trying out SlingTV, YouTubeTV, Fubo and Directv Now. We are comparing the streaming plans to the cable tv plans available in our area. We are spending over $300 per month for Internet, tv and landline phone and I am determined to lower the bill. I am looking for combinations of services that get us the TV channels we “need”.

We have found that we could get two streaming services for less than the cable package we have. Streaming services require that you have a smart tv or a streaming media player like an Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV or Chromecast connected to your tv.

The nice thing about the streaming services is that you can use them on mobile devices as well. Using the apps for the streaming services allows you to take your television with you everywhere you go!

So far, I like the interfaces for YouTube TV and Directv Now the best. However, Directv Now doesn’t have an app for the Samsung smart televisions and we have a Samsung. We can still stream it but we will need an Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV or Roku to use with the TV. SlingTV has great channels but the interface is clunky and it takes a while to load on our television.

I will update you all when we decide which service to use!

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