Winter solstice weekend will shine with a rare moon event

first_imgA brilliant full moon rises at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017. NASA/Kim Shiflett The longest night. The shortest day. Winter solstice is here for the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a time of both darkness and light, especially this year.  Friday, Dec. 21 marks the solstice, but Saturday, Dec. 22 will gift us with a full moon known as the Full Cold Moon thanks to its wintry timing.  The solstice and the full moon are happening less than a day apart. That means our lunar neighbor should be plenty bright enough all weekend to light up your solstice celebrations.  Space What is the best part of the #WinterSolstice? How about daylight will now start increasing for the next 6 months!Read more about astronomical seasons here: https://t.co/rRWaknryeV pic.twitter.com/pfbiboydu5— NWS (@NWS) December 21, 2018 11 Photos Tags You can celebrate the moon simply by enjoying the luminosity it brings, but NASA program executive Gordon Johnston has another suggestion: “As usual, the wearing of suitably celebratory celestial attire is encouraged in honor of the full moon.”  So break out your Sailor Moon cosplay or your NASA skate shoes and stare up into space this weekend. Memorable moon photos from NASA and beyond (pictures) Share your voice The next time the full moon and solstice will come so close together is in 2029.  The moon will help enliven the long night, and, as the US National Weather Service points out, we can now look forward to daylight increasing for the next six months. Google celebrates winter and summer solstices with pair of doodles This is what summer solstice looks like on other planets 1 Sci-Tech CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Comment Solstice sightingslast_img read more

The best smart home devices at CES 2019 began to grow up

first_img reading • The best smart home devices at CES 2019 began to grow up Now playing: Watch this: Smart Home Comments 52 Photos Share your voice Google Assistant Interpreter mode and Google Assistant Connect Google Assistant’s Interpreter mode is a great example of how deep experience in machine learning and natural language processing can pay off. International travelers may be the first to encounter Interpreter, since Google is piloting it at hotel concierge desks. With Interpreter, a Google Smart Display and eventually an Android phone can act as a translation tool for two people who need to carry on a conversation but don’t speak the same language. Right now, Interpreter can translate 27 different languages and not only shows the conversation on the screen, but the Assistant itself actually says both parts of the conversation out loud. You can read the full hands-on conducted by my colleague Rich Nieva. Despite a few bumps, Google Interpreter Mode feels remarkably useful. It also looks like a sharp poke in the eye to Amazon’s competing Alexa voice service. Alexa can only speak six languages right now — English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish — along with a handful of English dialects. Amazon has a learning tool called Cleo to help Alexa add more languages, but Google launching Interpreter mode highlights a discrete edge for Assistant as an all-purpose service. google-connect-0 Vanessa Salas/CNET Google also laid the groundwork for an answer to Amazon’s avalanche of device announcements this past fall. Google Assistant Connect is essentially a chip for third-party device makers to add basic Google Assistant connectivity to their devices. As examples, Google demonstrated a concept, credit card-style E-Ink display that showed basic time, weather and traffic information, provided by a direct connection to a nearby Google Home speaker. It also showed a mock-up of a smart button you could tie to a Google Home speaker to which you had associated a set of smart lights. The button itself doesn’t ping Google’s cloud service, but by pressing it, it sends the on/off command request to the Google Home device that does. Think of Google Assistant Connect as the Google equivalent to Amazon’s Alexa Gadgets Toolkit. Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock is a product of that kit. The Clock doesn’t have an Alexa speaker built in, but instead sets the time and displays Alexa timers via data provided by its connection to an Echo speaker. Both kits enable developers to come to market with creative, lightweight products that can be either fun or useful to consumers, and also extend the reach of their respective voice platforms. I expect Google’s annual developer showcase, Google I/O, will have a deluge of new Google Assistant gadgets, similar to Amazon’s event last year. kitchenaid-smart-display-2 Chris Monroe/CNET Whirlpool Connected KitchenI love cooking, and it’s hard to imagine bringing more technology into my kitchen, but the KitchenAid Smart Display from Whirlpool is something I’d consider. That alone makes it notable. It’s essentially the same as the other Google Smart Displays from Google and its partners that launched last year, with the addition of a splash-resistant coating, and integration with Yummly, a recipe recommendation and cooking walkthrough app Whirlpool is rolling out across kitchen products from the Smart Display to a full-sized wall oven. What makes the KitchenAid Smart Display compelling is that it piggybacks off the strong foundation of Google Assistant and the other Google-powered smart displays, which are already good at walking you through a recipe. The splash resistance is a thoughtful improvement, and if you like Yummly and decide you want to go deeper into Whirlpool’s smart kitchen universe, the app maintains continuity with other Whirlpool products, letting you tee up cook time and temperature from the display.  whirlpool-hub-wall-oven-2 Chris Monroe/CNET Of the other products, the wall oven in particular is an example of the goofiest impulses of the smart kitchen, but that’s OK. It’s only a concept, and it’s exactly the kind of thing that drums up hype at CES. Instead of a traditional glass viewing window, the Whirlpool Connected Hub Wall Oven has a transparent AR display. It will show you recipe steps from the Yummly service, or a rendering of whatever dish you’re making. A camera above the screen tracks your head movements, which then prompt the meal rendering to move on the screen, so you can see multiple sides of it.  1:30 $99 LaMetric hasn’t put a price on the Sky yet, nor even the number of panels that will come in a kit (probably eight). With all the complication that comes with linking devices together, privacy or the fundamental debate around the benefits of smart home, it’s refreshing to have a class of products that simply serve to look great on your wall.  The smart home still has plenty of room to mature, and recent headlines have done the category no favors in its ongoing effort to prove that it deserves consumer trust. More competition will only help, and with at least some of the hardware mature enough to invite more and more services, it appears the smart home might have moved out of its infancy. The question for 2019 will be how it grows from here, and whether or not it can convince consumers to hang around to find out.  Now playing: Watch this: 1:33 Tags Walmart 1:38 Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019 Check out all the smart home products at CES 2019 Correction, Jan. 11: This story has been updated to indicate that Alexa is currently fluent in six languages, not three as originally stated.Every story from CES 2019: It’s the year’s biggest tech show.   2:22 The Smart Clock also has a unique snooze feature for its alarm. Smack the clock when the alarm goes off and it will go into snooze mode. You can also set it to trigger a “good morning” routine across your Google Assistant smart home devices once you dismiss the alarm. All of that is clever enough, but also notable is that this is yet another Google Assistant device aimed directly at an Amazon equivalent, and arguably doing it better.  lametric-0 Vanessa Salas/CNET LaMetric Sky Color-changing LED wall panels are perhaps the best novelty in the smart home category. Nanoleaf and Lifx have come to the show with triangular and square models before, but LaMetric’s design moves the concept forward.   The Sky is comprised of interlocking, triangular panels with built-in LEDs. Where most other panel design let you program one color per panel, each of LaMetric’s panels is made of 32 smaller triangular portions, all of which you can set to a different color. The result is a beautiful stained-glass effect that you can hang on your wall.  7 Now playing: Watch this: News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today See All See Itcenter_img Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Lenovo Smart Clock uses Google Assistant to wake you… Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • GE Google Assistant Alexa KitchenAid Amazon Google Lenovo Philips Apple Whirlpool $79 Mentioned Above Google Home Crutchfield Whirpool and KitchenAid show off connected cooking at… LaMetric’s pixelated LED wall panels shine at CES 2019 Google Home Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? I’m intrigued with another concept from the show: the WLabs Smart Countertop Oven. A competitor to connected countertop ovens from June, Brava and others, the WLabs model has food identification technology that can identify food you put into it and then automatically set cook time and temperature. That’s a lot like June’s oven, but Whirlpool has more heating elements in its version, which the company says will result in more even cooking and more cook mode options. This one will actually become available to consumers.  Whirlpool says it’s offering 2,000 units in a test run this spring for $800. This kind of appliance isn’t for everyone, but we liked the June oven for what it was when we reviewed it last year. With serious competition in this space, someone may eventually get it right at a price more people can afford. google-starter-kit-1 Chris Monroe/CNET C by GE Lighting products The best thing about the GE smart lighting line expansion is it gives real competition to Philips Hue due to the breadth of GE’s device line-up. With three new smart bulbs, five new smart light switches, a smart power outlet (for lamps) and a smart motion detector to let you trigger some automations, you can now outfit the lighting scheme of an entire home with GE hardware.  GE’s pricing is competitive with the equivalent products from Philips, and like Philips, the GE kit works with the three major smart home voice assistants, Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. Philips still has more bulb options than GE, but with color-changing A19 and BR30 floodlight bulbs (it already had all-white models), GE hits the two most important bulb designs for residential use. This hardware will roll at a steady pace this year, with two dimmer switches coming to stores in Q1 2019. netatmo-smart-video-doorbell-product-photos-2 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell We saw multiple video doorbells at this year’s show, including a new peephole design from Ring. That’s a clever design, but the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell earned our admiration as the first video doorbell to work with Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform, and for the fact that unlike competing doorbells, Netatmo offers a lot of its accompanying services for free. Where August, Nest, Ring and others charge for video storage and person detection, the Netatmo bell comes with a microSD card for local storage, as well as the ability to store clips on DropBox or on an FTP server. You can also view those clips via the Netatmo app. Person detection and the ability to outline specific motion-monitoring zones in the camera’s field of view are also free. All of that usually requires a monthly subscription service fee. Here, they’re free. Pricing is still TBD, but you’ll see Netatmo’s doorbell in stores in the second half of 2019. lenovo-google-assistant-smart-clock-ces-2019-7770 James Martin/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock The Lenovo Smart Clock is similar to Amazon’s Echo Spot bedside smart display, but with one major exception: no camera. That alone is reason enough to like this thing.  The Smart Clock includes Google Assistant, as well as a pared-down version of Google’s smart display interface designed only to show you information like traffic on your route to work, weather, calendar appointments and maybe a video feed from a Google-connected smart camera. It can play music, but not video from any of the various streaming services, nor can it show pictures.  How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it Google owned this one. No question. Yes, Google spent a ton on marketing. Its booth in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center was bigger than most houses. It had a roller coaster (kind of; it was really more of a flat “ride”). And Google backed all the style with substance, demoing Google Assistant voice services far ahead of the competition and announcing a startling number of connected devices that work with its products. Beyond Google’s dominance, smaller smart home subcategories bloomed at CES, including GE’s C by GE smart lights and Whirlpool and its Yummly- and Google-powered connected kitchen products. With increased competition, and forward movement for certain categories, the smart home is no longer about gawking at the fact that you can control your lights with an app. The smart home appears to have grown up some. In order of importance, here’s what we saw that stood out the most. See It Google Assistant’s new interpreter mode erases language… See it $69last_img read more

TikTok star Mohit Mors killer is a 17yearold boy says Delhi Police

first_imgMohit MorfacebookThe TikTok world in India was shocked when one of its stars, Mohit Mor, was gunned down in Delhi. The investigation revealed that the murderer was a 17-year-old boy. He had opened fire after an argument at their gym. Mor was a gym instructor and had put up many gym and fitness videos on TikTok garnering over 5 lakh followers. His murder at a photocopy shop in South Delhi had prompted an investigation by the police to nab the killer and find the reason.The police caught the boy with the help of Mor’s phone’s call details records. It showed that the 17-year-old boy was the last person to speak to Mor before his murder on May 14. The CCTV camera installed showed three people leaving the shop.”When Mohit Mor was speaking with his friend inside the shop, three armed persons barged inside the shop and indiscriminately fired 13 bullets on him. Mohit Mor fell on a sofa kept inside the shop. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead. Mohit Mor suffered seven bullets,” a senior police officer had told India today while initially talking about the TikTok star’s death.”All the three accused, one of them wearing a black helmet, had come on a scooty. They were seen in a CCTV footage running away from the busy narrow street after the crime,” police added. CCTV footage of the assailantstwitterThe accused was arrested near Dhulsiras village in Dwarka with an illegal country-made pistol and two cartridges.According to The New Indian Express, Mor had yelled at the accused and allegedly assaulted him in front of many people. This prompted the accused to get a gun and shoot Mor out of anger.”During the investigation, it was found that the juvenile and Mor had a fight at a gym which led to the victim assaulting the accused in front of other people,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by IANS.The officer added, “The infuriated juvenile then decided to kill Mor. He along with his two friends searched for the victim but could not find him in the gym.” The police are trying to find the other two accused.last_img read more

Journalist Amanullah Kabir passes away

first_imgAmanullah Kabir. Photo: UNBEminent journalist Amanullah Kabir passed away at a hospital here early Wednesday. He was 71.The veteran journalist was undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and breathed his last around 12:45am.Amanullah Kabir was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the BSMMU on 2 January with diabetes and other complications.Earlier on 5 January, he was admitted to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases after suffering a massive heart attack. He was later taken to the coronary care unit from the emergency unit.He has been working as the Senior Editor of the online news portal bdnews24.com.He served as executive editor of the Independent, news editor of The Daily Star, editor of Bangla Daily Amar Desh, and chief editor and managing director of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).last_img read more

TMC to observe black day to protest leaders manhandling in Assam

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) will observe “black day” throughout West Bengal on August 4 and 5 to protest against the detention and “manhandling” of its leaders at the Silchar airport in Assam yesterday, a senior party leader said today. TMC secretary general and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said the party will observe “black day” in every block and district of the state on Saturday and Sunday. “We condemn the way the public representatives were manhandled and detained by the Assam police at the Silchar airport. They being MPs had every right to visit a place, but all rules were violated and our party delegation was stopped. This is shameful,” he told reporters here. An eight-member TMC delegation, which had six MPs, were stopped at the Silchar airport when they tried to enter Assam’s Cachar district to assess the ground realities after the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published in the north-eastern state on Monday.last_img read more

Rep VanSingel Recommended grant will help preserve natural resources

first_img State Rep. Scott VanSingel today announced a grant has been recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund board to purchase property in Newaygo County that will be used for hunting, fishing and wildlife observation.VanSingel, of Grant, said the $213,800 land acquisition also will contribute to a plan to protect the habitat of the Karner blue butterfly, a federally endangered species that is found locally. Funding for the purchase is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.“This is a significant acquisition of 354 acres in Newaygo County that will help connect the east and west units of the Muskegon State Game Area,” VanSingel said. “It is a perfect example of how state and local governments can work together to create recreational opportunities for Michigan families.”The property also has 1,430 feet of frontage on Maple Lake and contains 4,100 linear feet of a tributary of the Maple River.The Legislature will consider the recommendations in 2018.##### Categories: News,VanSingel News 20Dec Rep. VanSingel: Recommended grant will help preserve natural resourceslast_img read more

Amazon is launching its web streaming settop box

first_imgAmazon is launching its web streaming set-top box Amazon Fire TV in Europe for the first time, rolling it in the UK and Germany.Customers in both countries will be able to order the device now, with boxes to start shipping in Germany on September 25 and in the UK on October 23.Fire TV will cost €99 in Germany and £79 (€99) in the UK. Existing Amazon Prime customers who order in the next five days will able to buy for the discounted price of €49 or £49.“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price – customers love Fire TV, and we’re thrilled to introduce it in the UK/Germany,” said Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.In the UK, the streaming box, which first launched in the US in April, will give access to content from the likes of Amazon Prime Instant Video, Netflix, Channel 5’s Demand 5, Sky News, Curzon Home Cinema, YouTube and music streaming service Spotify.In Germany, Amazon said customers will be able to use Fire TV to access the media libraries of ARD and ZDF, as well as services like German VoD provider Maxdome.Fire TV streams in up to full-HD 1080p, has voice search with a built-in microphone in the remote control and also lets users play games such as Minecraft, NBA 2K14, and The Walking Dead.Amazon claims the device’s quad-core processor gives it three times the processing power of Apple TV, and its 2GB of memory means that it has four times the memory of Apple TV or Google’s Chromecast.last_img read more

Sarah Harden OTT investment business Otter Media h

first_imgSarah HardenOTT investment business Otter Media has upped Sarah Harden to president.Otter was formed last year as a joint venture between former Fox and News Corp. boss Peter Chernin’s company and telco giant AT&T. It was set up with US$500 million to invest in OTT and online platforms and content businesses.Harden has been upped from executive VP, strategy, and will now run Otter as president. Like Chernin, she is a former News Corp executive. She joined the Chernin Group in 2013 and subsequently moved to Otter. She was instrumental in the acquisition of MCN business Fullscreen, anime platform Crunchyroll, and arts and crafts site Creativebug.“Sarah has been integral to Otter Media’s rapid development and success since formation,” said Jesse Jacobs, President of TCG. “She has successfully led a wide range of activities spanning M&A, operations, strategy and day-to-day execution. I look forward to continuing our work to further develop and grow all of Otter’s OTT businesses.”Harden, who is on the boards at Crunchyroll and Fullscreen, said: “Helping build and develop Otter Media since its inception has been an extremely rewardingexperience and has laid a solid foundation for me to manage the venture in its next stage of growth.”Otter’s other key investments are digital studio Rooster Teeth and digital marketing agency McBeard.last_img read more

Popes Good Friday service focuses on sex trafficked girls

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Pope Francis leads the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession during Good Friday celebrations at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy March 30, 2018. REUTERS//Stefano Rellandini – RC127C3DBBC0Pope Francis leads the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession during Good Friday celebrations at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy March 30, 2018. REUTERS//Stefano Rellandini – RC127C3DBBC0 The suffering of children sold for their organs and young African girls prostituted on Rome’s streets will dominate Pope Francis’ Good Friday service, led by an Italian nun who has devoted her life to helping sex trafficking victims.Sister Eugenia Bonetti has won multiple awards for her work with trafficked women and children in Italy, Nigeria and Benin since the 1990s, providing legal services, repatriation and shelter to some of an estimated 40 million trapped in slavery.“Let us think of all those children … bought and sold by human traffickers for organ harvesting, used and abused on our streets by many, including Christians, who have lost the sense of their own and others’ sacredness,” she will tell the crowds.“Like the young girl with a slim body we met one evening in Rome while men in luxury cars lined up to exploit her. She might have been the age of their own children.”The Church has set its sights on human trafficking in recent years, with Francis branding forcing women into prostitution a “crime against humanity” and urging Catholics to “open their eyes” to victims.As he prepares to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics in the countdown to Easter Sunday, the pope chose Bonetti to write meditations for the 14 “stations of the cross” which commemorate the last hours of Jesus’s life.The prayers will call on Catholics to alleviate the suffering of the poor, homeless, jobless, undocumented migrants and those stuck in transit camps, on boats denied entry to safe ports or shipwrecked in the Mediterranean.Bonetti will describe how she walked the streets of Rome looking for a young woman recently arrived in Italy, where many African migrants wash up, hoping for a fresh start only to be snared in prostitution.“In the darkness, I caught sight of her curled up and half asleep at the edge of the street. When she heard me calling, she awoke and said she couldn’t go on,” Bonetti will say.“‘I can’t take it any more’, she kept repeating. I thought of her mother. If she knew what had happened to her daughter, she would burst into tears.”WhatsApplast_img read more