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October 2017

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Ever wonder if you could do an Internet search with a photo bar to find out where it came from, what it is or who it is. Now you can -- and its pretty simple here.

They call this a reverse image search and you can perform this by simply uploading an image, or by searching by inserting the URL to where the image exits on the web.

These people constantly crawl the web and add images to their search database. The database currently contains over 22.2 billion images.

Useful and fun!

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We are always pleased to be of service to our Cyber Friends and to provide you with these monthly CyberTips. As members of the Real Estate CyberSpace Society we are always current on ways to expand their normal high standards of service with the very latest Internet and other CyberSpace strategies and tools. Click Here for hundreds of Cyber Tricks and Great Places in back issues.

Don't have the amazing Amazon Echo or Echo Dot yet? If not, here's a place where you give Alexa commands, ask questions, control your smart home devices and even try Alexa's "Skills" - all without the Echo Dot.

All you do is click and hold the microphone button to speak your command. Alexa will process the command and respond just as she would from the Echo or Echo Dot. About the only thing you can't do here is play Amazon Music since it isn't supported by the simulator.

To use this great tool (without cost) just download the Amazon Alexa app onto your phone, create an Amazon account and then you can connect your smart home devices and enable Skills right from this great place.

Fun stuff -- on the house.

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The wicked spam people can drive you coo coo -- especially with the exhausting number of robocalls (auto-dialed or prerecorded calls) they send that always ring at an inappropriate and annoying time.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimates that, last year, U.S. consumers received nearly 2.4 billion robocalls per month and the FCC just made important changes to their Do Not Call Registry that makes it more effective and easier to use.

Keep in mind that the bad guys rarely abide by the rules. In these cases, you can use the call blocking feature that many landline (and most cell) phone services provide without cost.

If you are not inclined to go on the web for Do Not Call services you can simply call the Registry at 1-888-382-1222.

They are from the Government - and they are here to help us - really.

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The prestigious CCIM Institute has published a thoughtful analysis, prepared by traffic gurus Ted and Alan Anglyn, on the short and long-term effects of driverless cars. Here are some of the conclusions they present on the near-term impact that these soon-coming vehicles will have on real estate

1. "Roads will require fewer lanes, and traffic lanes will be narrower as autonomous vehicles drive more efficiently than human-driven vehicles.

2. Parking demand will go to zero as fleets of autonomous vehicles replace personal car ownership, and fleet vehicles don't require parking.

3. Suburban living may be more attractive to riders, who, without driving, can be productive on their daily commutes and don't have to worry about parking

4. Property valuations will change as access by car or access to cheap parking become less important to real estate market participants."

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