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Daniel_2021
Daniel_2021 Member Posts: 63 Courageous
Hi,
I just wondered are there any apps or tools that people use to make their life a bit easier, it can be pertinent to your condition or just due to having a health issue/disability.

I have the app that allows me to control the heating so I don't have to get up, I order my medication via an app rather than visiting the practice, my wife have alarms set for when I have my tablets and I have a falls device linked up to a local firm who will phone 999 if I don't respond.

I've just downloaded an app for wheelchair skills which made me think if there anything else I could be missing out on.

Thanks,
Daniel 

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  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 914 Pioneering
    Hi @Daniel_2021

    What a great thread. I use Read and Write 11 and Dictation in Microsoft Word!
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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 7,049

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    Yes, great thread @Daniel_2021 :) I don't use much tech myself, but I know that some people find smart speakers (such as Alexa) of great help around the home, as well as smart doorbells. Have you considered either of those? 
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,095 Disability Gamechanger
    Tech sort of left me behind 10 years ago, although quite recently we invested in an Alexa which we are enjoying, but i'm not a fan of Apps,
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  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,742

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    The biggest time saver for me these past few years has been the introduction of smart speakers and voice assistants into my daily life. It makes doing so many tasks much quicker though they aren't exactly cheap.
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  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 8,295 Disability Gamechanger
    Interesting stats recently on Alexa. The return rate is phenomenal. Long term ownership turns out to not be a thing other than for a vanishingly small subset of people: the “disabled”. A product which was really an answer looking for a question. 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,095 Disability Gamechanger
    All the people we know have had Alexa's for ages, and all are happy with them, we got ours last year as amazon were offering a good deal on echo4, we certainly won't be returning it as we enjoy what we use it for. Do you have a link to your theory Mike?
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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,411 Pioneering
    edited January 7
    Sticking with Alexa for a minute, I need to reset mine to factory settings as it was my sons who told me to have it, but I can't register it on my app without resetting. Which I'm struggling with. I do miss it, great speaker sound for music in kitchen.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,095 Disability Gamechanger
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,411 Pioneering
    Thanks @woodbine I'll try again tomorrow I've sent loads of emails to amazon and they've sent back saying it can't be  re registered without resetting.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 8,295 Disability Gamechanger
    woodbine said:
    All the people we know have had Alexa's for ages, and all are happy with them, we got ours last year as amazon were offering a good deal on echo4, we certainly won't be returning it as we enjoy what we use it for. Do you have a link to your theory Mike?
    The plural of anecdote is not evidence. It’s up there with “I’m not racist, I have black friends” for facile responses. 

    The 25% cited in this - https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-alexa-devices-desperately-trying-to-keep-users-interest-bloomberg-2021-12?op=1&r=US&IR=T - has recently been suggested as closer to 30%. Growth this year is expected to shrink to 1.2%. Amazon make a loss on every device sold and the number of people who still have an Alexa at the 2 year point is now down to around 20%. 
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,970 Disability Gamechanger
    I have five I have 2 echo show 1 echo dot and two tower alexas I have had alexa dunce they came out I havent heard of anyone sending them back they sold out Xmas in tesco asda and argos 
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 8,295 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 8
    Why would you have heard of anyone sending them back @lisathomas50

    People don’t send them back. They stop using them. A very different thing and one supported overwhelmingly by the data. 

    I take offence at @woodbine suggesting it’s a “theory”. The same data has been published in multiple locations and much discussed. Whilst they and Google dominate the market, the market itself is small, shrinking and full of users who were users but aren’t any more. 

    It needs to be remembered that whilst these things have a niche use they are loss leaders to point you to other Amazon or Google services or apps. If you use those things already you are no use to them.
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,970 Disability Gamechanger
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 8,295 Disability Gamechanger
    Not sure what your point is @lisathomas50. Let’s work through those one by one.
    • 70% of a small market is still a small market.
    • The number of devices which support something is irrelevant. Manufacturers are obliged to support some things because they won’t get a sale otherwise. Nowadays it’s almost impossible to buy hi-fi without it being certified Roon ready. Millions of products ship with that every year. It remains the case that worldwide barely 100,000 people use Roon or even know what it is.
    • The number of users who use it for online shopping is a key statistic. Amazon anticipated the figure being more than 50%. If it’s not then there’s no point on selling the device at a loss. So, it’s a statistic which shows exactly how it hasn’t delivered for Amazon.
    • I’ve no doubt Amazon did account for more than 50% of the US smart speaker market. It’s a meaningless statistic though when you realise that figure is in decline and that “having” is not the same as “using”. 
    • That 130m sounds impressive but has now been revised downwards more than half a dozen times. 
    All this of course before you get to the massive privacy issues.

  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,095 Disability Gamechanger
    I think I might have mentioned before that I have nothing to hide and therefore privacy is way way down my list of concerns.
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  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 8,295 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 8
    woodbine said:
    I think I might have mentioned before that I have nothing to hide and therefore privacy is way way down my list of concerns.


    (Note - This comment has been edited by a moderator in line with our policy of Keep It Friendly. It's good to be mindful of the language we use and how that might make someone feel, especially during a difficult time).

    I recommend at minimum reading

    https://www.futile.work/articles/why-your-privacy-matters-even-if-youre-not-doing-anything-wrong

    but perhaps more so https://teachprivacy.com/10-reasons-privacy-matters/.

    Going back to @Daniel_2021 original request I think apps on heating would concern me re: privacy although obviously I see the gain. Whatever you use I’d recommend experimenting with a variety of VPN apps. Not only will they help with security but with the better ones you actively save data by preventing apps constantly reporting back when they don’t need to.

    It’s hard to recommend others as our needs are all so different but one from me. 

    - Readly - magazines and newspapers all in one place. The sub appears expensive but go and look at what you can then read. It soon pays for itself. It’s also designed so you can share the account with others. I pay a relative to be one of five using it so that reduces my total newspaper and magazine bill for the year to £24. It’s not perfect by any means but it’s very broad. For me that £24 pays for fifteen magazines of which one is weekly and the rest are monthly. Three newspaper on top of that of which one is daily. I think that’s over £1,000 pa worth of reading for £24. 

    It’s a very accessible app too. You can pinch and zoom anything and it works flawlessly. It’s also fantastically reliable. One crash in the past five years despite numerous updates. 

    I do use Google maps for navigating unfamiliar routes but I use it logged out to minimise data mining and my VPN is set up so that it can’t do it’s nightly posting of what you’ve used it for and I can’t use any other evil empire services. 

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