Mentioned Above Google Home See It News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today The best of smart home at CES 2019 Walmart Google Home Smart home product compatibility: Choose a smart home platform and see which products work with it.Best smart home devices for 2019: Hand-picked by CNET’s experts. Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it 52 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Comments Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot 16:33 $69 reading • Hubitat’s smart home works without the internet 4 How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Crutchfield $79 CNET Smart Home • Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Check out all the smart home products at CES 2019 See It CNET Smart Home Share your voice Hubitat At first glance, the Hubitat Elevation struck me as a pretty standard smart home hub. It has Zigbee and Z-Wave built in so it can communicate with a variety of connected gadgets. You can set up rules so one of your devices can trigger another — a motion sensor might flash your smart lights. You can group your devices by room and create scenes so multiple devices turn on at once with a single command. All of those features are pretty standard for hubs such as the SmartThings Hub. Hubitat’s main selling point is a pretty interesting twist on the smart hub formula — it processes everything locally. After the initial setup, Hubitat stores certain device data and automation recipes on the device itself. This should theoretically result in your smart home reacting more quickly to your commands, since they don’t need to head to the cloud and back. It also means that if the internet goes down, your smart home can keep functioning.Local processing isn’t entirely new either, as SmartThings offers it with certain devices and automations, but Hubitat wants to take the feature one step further by making all of its automations local — from rules to geofencing. Hubitat officially debuted a new, trimmed-down version of its Elevation home automation hub on Wednesday. You can order it now from the company’s site for $100 for a limited time. Its normal price will be $150 (about £115 or AU$210) after the introductory price expires. You’ll be able to order the Hubitat Elevation on Amazon as well starting Friday. In addition to offering the same processing power in a smaller frame, Hubitat is introducing apps for its system for both iOS and Android. You currently have to use a web browser to access your Hubitat system. The apps are still in the works, but are roughly expected to launch by April.The Elevation also works with Amazon’s assistant Alexa and the competing Google Assistant, so you can control any devices synced to the hub with a voice command to your Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker. Bear in mind, since those smart speakers rely on the cloud, that functionality won’t work without the internet.Since the Elevation Hub processes information locally, it could be a better fit for privacy minded individuals who still want smart home gadgets. In addition to keeping most of your info off of the cloud, Hubitat offers a customizable rules platform and invites users to develop and share their own code for any missing functionality. It looks to be aimed more at avid DIYers who like to tinker as opposed to someone less proficient in tech who just wants something to work out of the box. Most of Hubitat’s advantages come from setting up your own rules and scenes. That said, the app should help make the platform more widely applicable and user friendly. Since the Elevation will work with some Lowe’s Iris sensors, it could provide a nice new hub for those in need once Iris fully shuts down in March. $99 Tags Amazon Google Smart Home See All
SS Karthikeya with his mother and father SS RajamouliTwitterAfter staying away for quite some time, SS Rajamouli’s son SS Karthikeya is back on Twitter and he has showered praises on the trailer of Samantha Akkineni’s Oh Baby and the teaser of Prabhas’ Saaho.SS Karthikeya, who has worked as line producer for the Baahubali film series, often shares his review of movies and their promos on Twitter, where he boasts of 364 followers. His views matter a lot of filmmakers as they help their film reach to more number of people. But he had been staying away from the social media for a couple of months due to some unknown reason.This morning, SS Rajamouli’s son took to his Twitter page to say that he is away from it, but he is following every update in the industry. SS Karthikeya tweeted, “Been away from Twitter for while now – but obviously following everything that’s happening. #Saaho Teaser was just mind blowing And films like #AgentSaiSrinivasaAthreya #Mallesham #Brochevaruevarura entertaining our audience. cont… (sic).”In his next post, SS Karthikeya showered praises upon Samantha Akkineni and the trailer of her next film Oh Baby. He tweeted, “So much new talent – feels like we are a very rich industry. And then comes the #Baby trailer. @Samanthaprabhu2 just never fails to amaze us. Keep going Sam! Last but not the least – inkoka telugodu national wide janda pathadu. @imvangasandeep .”SS Karthikeya is currently work in SS Rajamouli’s upcoming movie RRR starring Junior NTR and Ram Charan. He says that its shoot is going on at a brisk pace. The Baahubali line producer tweeted, “Telugu cinema and talent shining bright. Keep it coming guys! And meanwhile #RRR update – Shoot going in full swing. Done with very satisfying sequences. Short break for a week now. Love you all.”
An Afghan victim receives treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province, on 11 September 2018. A suicide attack on protesters in eastern Afghanistan on 11 September killed at least 32 people, officials said, as an uptick in violence across the country dampens hopes for peace talks and elections. Photo: AFPA suicide attack on protesters in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 32 people, officials said, as an uptick in violence across the war-torn country dampens hopes for peace talks and elections.There were chaotic scenes at several hospitals as medical staff struggled to treat 128 people wounded by the powerful blast in Nangarhar province.Gul Majid was among scores of protesters blocking the highway between the provincial capital of Jalalabad and a major Pakistan border crossing when he “heard a big bomb”.”Then I saw flesh, blood and people wounded all around me,” Majid told AFP outside one of the hospitals.”I am still looking for my friends. I don’t know whether they are alive or dead.”The men had been protesting over the appointment of a local police chief, provincial governor spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said.Provincial health director Najibullah Kamawal and Khogyani both confirmed the latest casualty toll.The attack came hours after a double bombing in front of a girls’ school in the provincial capital Jalalabad, which killed a boy and wounded four others.The first explosion happened in front of Malika Omaira girls’ school at around 8:30 am (0400 GMT), Khogyani told AFP earlier.A second bomb went off as students from a neighbouring boys’ school and locals gathered at the scene, he added.There has been no claim of responsibility for any of the attacks, but the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) group are active in Nangarhar.A wave of violence across Afghanistan in recent weeks has claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians and security forces, as the Taliban makes gains on the battlefield and IS launches deadly urban attacks.The fighting has tempered optimism that had been tentatively growing as Afghan and international players ratchet up efforts to convince the Taliban to negotiate an end to the 17-year conflict.An unprecedented ceasefire in June followed by talks between US officials and Taliban representatives in Qatar in July raised hopes that peace negotiations could bring an end to the fighting.There has been speculation the two sides will meet again this month.The Taliban have long insisted on direct talks with Washington and refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, which they see as illegitimate.But newly appointed US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has cancelled further talks with the militants until he has reviewed the American strategy, a Western official in Kabul told AFP on the condition of anonymity.The information could not be immediately confirmed. One militant source, a senior Taliban commander based in neighbouring Pakistan, had told AFP he expected more talks to be held “soon”.- ‘Disaster’ -The intensified fighting has also fuelled speculation over whether Afghanistan’s long-delayed parliamentary elections will go ahead on October 20.The country’s already overstretched security forces will be tasked with protecting thousands of polling stations around the country at a time when they are already struggling to beat back insurgents.Delivering ballot papers and monitoring the vote, which is seen as a test run for next year’s presidential election, will be challenging, officials have warned.There are already concerns about widespread fraud.In the past two days Taliban fighters killed nearly 60 members of the security forces in a spate of attacks in the country’s north and threatened a provincial capital for the second time in as many months.After seizing a military base in Sar-e-Pul, Taliban fighters were closing in on the provincial capital in a situation that could result in “disaster” if reinforcements were not sent, the area’s police chief Abdul Qayom Baqizoy warned on Monday.Baqizoy compared the threat to the Taliban’s extraordinary raid last month on the provincial capital of Ghazni — fighters held large parts of the city located just two hours from Kabul for days.On Tuesday security forces had managed to push back Taliban fighters by a couple of kilometres, locals and officials told AFP.
(PhysOrg.com) — Computer graphics have come a long way since the birth of Atari Games over 30 years ago. Today, computer graphics seem very real and some day researchers will pull graphics out of your television or computer display and integrate them into real-world environments. By using Nvidia’s new Tegra platform, the game’s maps are generated by pointing the phones camera at a 2D drawing printout lying on a table. The end result shows a realistic 3D world with buildings popping up, as players move the real world around the game map placed on the table. Motion controlled devices for Nintendo Wii and Microsoft’s new Natal platform are already being used to enhance gamers experience. By using the Natal platform, as the control mechanism, body movements can easily be converted into game movements. The ultimate goal would be to merge game graphics with the real world. The day will come when video games are played outdoors and project into the real world around us. In the future augmented reality will have a more profound effect on the way in which we develop and interact with computers.Via: PCAuthority© 2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This new technology, called augmented reality or AR, will further disguise what’s real and what’s computer-generated by enhancing what we see, hear, feel and smell.Up until now AR has been used extensively in movies and been mostly confined to Hollywood. Today, it’s now possible to shoot augmented reality by using only a mobile phone.The video below demonstrates basic AR in action. The AR scene involves an AR shooter shooting at zombies and using skittles as bombs to blow up zombies. Security Alert: Beware of SMS Messages That Can Take Control of Your Phone Explore further Citation: Augmented Reality: Science Fiction or Reality? (w/ Video) (2009, July 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-augmented-reality-science-fiction-video.html
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Kolkata: Whenever we talk of the subject Mathematics in our school days, we only tend to recollect the difficulties we faced while comprehending a sum about a monkey climbing up and slipping down a greased bamboo pole or water going in and coming outof a cistern.Perhaps, there is not a single person among us, who will be able to dissociate the Mathematics book by Keshab Chandra Nag, popularly known as KC Nag in our school days.The Mitra Institution in Bhowanipore, where KC Nag had been a teacher from 1924 to 1960, will be celebrating his 125th birth anniversary in a grand way as a tribute to him on Friday. A memorial book on KC Nag will be published, which will focus on the various aspects of his life. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNag was born at Gurap in Hooghly, around 125 years ago, on the day of Rathyatra (July 10, 1893) and his books on Mathematics are still very popular among students from Class V to Class X.”By the end of this month, we will hold a memorial lecture on the great mathematician,” said Asit Baran Giri, the headmaster of Mitra Institution, Bhowanipore.Nag had passed the ISC examinations on 1914 with first division marks. He then graduated with Mathematics, Sanskrit and Arts and joined Krishnanath Collegiate School in Berhampore as a Mathematics teacher. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPImpressed with his teachings, Sir Ashutosh Mukhopadhyay brought him to Kolkata and introduced him as a teacher of Mitra Institution.He became the headmaster of the school in 1956 and served the post till 1960.Noted personalities like Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, Subhas Mukherjee, Tarun Banerjee, Arjun Sengupta, Siddharta Shankar Ray to name a few were his students.Apart from his skills in Mathematics, he had a knack to serve the common people, which he had inherited from the then principal of Ramkrishna Math and Mission Vishuddhananda Maharaj, who he regarded as his guru. He was a disciple of Ma Sarada Devi. From 1925 to 1980, he wrote his diary named Ratna Bedi that contained many poems, songs, and jokes. He also took part in the Freedom Movement. He went to jail after participating in Mahatma Gandhi’s “Quit India” movement.The most interesting aspect associated with his life was his avid interest in sports – like cricket, football and tennis. He was a life member of Mohun Bagan club.His love for cricket also led to his bad helath. On February 1, 1985, he suffered a cerebral attack due to tension while watching a test match between India and England.He survived for two years after the attack but died on February 6, 1987.
New Delhi: A fine of over Rs 5 lakh has been imposed on the NCERT for heavily pruning 33 trees and cutting five without permission from the Forest Department of Delhi government inside its campus on Aurobindo road here, an official said on Monday.Acting on a complaint from an NGO on August 7, a team of forest rangers visited the campus of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and found that five trees were cut and 33 heavily pruned, the Forest Department official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUnder the Delhi Preservation of Trees Act, permission from authorities is required for cutting and even pruning of trees.The official said the NCERT campus had applied for permission to cut and prune trees, but before the Forest Department could take a look into the application, the trees were pruned and some cut.A report was submitted on August 8 by the forest rangers who visited the spot and a decision has been taken to impose a fine of over Rs 5 lakh on the NCERT registrar for the cutting of trees, the official said, adding that the case has been compounded. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedComplainant Verhaen Khanna said the fine should be a lesson for everyone and it would have cost way less if the authorities concerned had just waited for grant of permission from the Forest Department.”A whole row of trees along the fence were heavily pruned and there were eucalyptus and semal trees among the ones that were chopped,” he said.The NCERT has, however, claimed that the trees were cut under the “occupation” of the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration which is a separate entity. A few days ago, the Department had issued a penalty of Rs 60,000 on the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) after trees in south Delhi’s Thyagraj Nagar were found to be in poor condition, while one was also found to be uprooted.The fine was imposed recently after a site inspection had taken place at both Thyagraj Nagar and Netaji Nagar, where the proposed redevelopment project is planned to take place, with both construction sites found to be dumping debris around the trees.
From time immemorial, massaging the scalp with oil has proved to be immensely beneficial to the health of ones hair. Each oil brings it’s own set of properties and essential benefits and there is no particular preference that one should look at while choosing oils. Experts suggest few benefits of oiling and how one can make the process worth applying. Take a look:In summer, hair tends to get very frizzy, dry and lifeless due to exposure to direct sunlight. Excessive heat also damages the hair extensively. While castor oil is known to be extremely soothing to the scalp, it is advisable to include ingredients such as Brahmi and camphor to the oil while massaging the scalp to reap benefits from their cooling properties. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHair becomes extremely brittle due to prolonged exposure to heat, sweat and chlorine due to time spent in the swimming pool. To prevent this damage, it’s advisable to use a combination of essential oils such as coconut oil, gingelly oil and castor oil along with aloe vera and white hibiscus leaves. The oils act as a sealant and seal the cuticles rendering one’s hair shiny and soft.The key benefit of the oils is the fatty acids present in them which replace the lost lipids in one’s hair. Lipid loss is a major factor in causing split ends. The key to healthy hair is the right way of using the oils. Unless the hair is extremely dense, it is advisable to use a few drops in your palm, rub them together and rake them through your hair. If the hair is coarser, you can increase the quantity slightly. There are differing reports on the duration for keeping the oil on the hair. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOiling your hair in summer creates a shield to protect your hair from Sun damage. Sun damage can result in over drying and dullness in hair texture. Oiling strengthens hair from the roots, making it stronger and avoids breakage. This works all year long.Coconut oil is very comfortable in summer since its lightweight. It nourishes your scalp and cleanses dirt and dead cells on the scalp easily on shampooing after oiling.Almond oil is also a good hair cleanser and keeps hair healthy and facilitates hair growth as it is rich in Vitamin E. Olive oil is also a great hair oil for summer because of its property of deep penetration. It seeps into the scalp and provides needed nourishment to hair & scalp from within.Coconut oil protects your hair against the Sun’s UV rays and avoids excessive dryness and burns.Sweat and excessive oil secretion during summers can lead to oily dandruff in summers leading to dry brittle hair that also breaks easily. Almond oil has Vitamin E and also works again scalp infections caused due to excessive sweating. It is excellent for treating dandruff.
Advertisement PayPal’s company’s president David Marcus seems to be very interested in the virtual currency, and says his company is “thinking about” potentially including it one day, according to a Bloomberg video interview published on yesterday. PayPal currently doesn’t have much of a relationship with the virtual currency Bitcoin, but that may soon change.Bitcoin wasn’t the main topic of the interview, but the Bloomberg interviewer decided to ask Marcus about it out of the blue. Here’s a transcript of the PayPal president’s response:So I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at it, and it’s truly fascinating actually: the way that the currency’s been designed, and the way that inflation is built in to pay for miners, and all that is truly fascinating. I think that for us at PayPal, it’s just a question whether Bitcoin will make its way to PayPal’s funding instrument or not. We’re kinda thinking about it.It’s worth noting that Marcus may simply just be playing his cards safe: he’s interested in the virtual currency because many people are at the moment. It would be ignorant to discount it from the get-go, just as it would be ignorant to immediately add support for it. – Advertisement – Whether PayPal jumps on the Bitcoin bandwagon or not, Marcus is showing his company is on top of the “virtual currency revolution,” if you will. Bitcoin may end up being the first popular digital alternative to money as we currently know it, or it may completely fizzle out in a few months’ time, but either way PayPal needs to stay in the loop if it wants to keep playing ball.Credit: TNW