Live in 2025 by automating your morning routine – CNET

The entire point of a smart home is to make life at home a little bit easier, if not more enjoyable — to automate and spiff up the more nerve-wracking features of your home.

The entire point of a smart home is to make life at home a little bit easier, if not more enjoyable — to automate and spiff up the more nerve-wracking features of your home.

One of the best places to start with your new smart home is automating your morning routine. Here are four ways your smart home can help you breeze through each morning.

Slowly turn on the lights

Getting a good night’s rest is important. But just as important is how you wake up. No one likes waking up to a loud, abrupt alarm.

Try waking up calmly to a gentle, gradual increasing light instead. It’s more natural and will prevent you from being ripped out of deep sleep. You can do this a few different ways.

Many smart bulbs, for instance, can be programmed to come on at a specific time, and often you can choose how long it takes for the bulbs to reach the desired brightness — instantly, a couple of seconds or even several minutes. Create a schedule for the bulbs overhead or in a bedside lamp to slowly turn on to full brightness around the time you need to wake up.

Create a schedule for overhead Lutron lights, LIFX bulbs in a bedside lamp or a Philips Wake-Up Light to slowly turn on around the time you need to wake up.

Gently raise the temperature

No one wants to peel off the cozy sheets early in the morning and wake up to a chilly bedroom. To avoid this, you can set your smart thermostat to slowly raise the temperature 30 minutes before you plan to get out of bed each morning.

Like with slowly turning on the bedroom lights, this will help gently pull you out of sleep and make getting out of bed less jarring.

Or maybe you need the shock of brisk morning air to help wake you up. If that’s your morning trick, just set the thermostat to lower a few degrees before your alarm.

Automatically make coffee

Who doesn’t like a fresh cup of coffee early in the morning? With your smart home, you can wake up to hot coffee every day. And making it happen is easier than you think.

While they make smart coffee makers specifically for this, all you really need is any ol’ dumb coffee maker and a smart plug. The one requirement for the coffee maker is that its power button is a toggle switch that will remain on, even after brewing has finished — this is so you can control its power externally with the smart switch.

Pretty much all smart switches can operate on a schedule, but if you’ve got one that’s compatible with Google Home ($129.00 at Walmart) or Alexa, like the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug, you can tell your smart speaker to make coffee as soon as your feet touch the floor.

Try creating a Google Home shortcut that turns on the smart plug when you say, “Hey Google, coffee time.”

Taking it one step further, you can use IFTTT (if this then that) to pair your fitness or sleep tracker, like a Fitbit, with the smart plug. A Fitbit wearable can detect when you start peeling yourself out of bed. With IFTTT, you can build an applet that begins making coffee when your Fitbit detects you’re awake.

Get the morning news

With smart speakers spread around your house, staying up to date on the news, weather and traffic is easier than ever.

With Alexa Routines, you can have Alexa play your Flash Briefing every morning at the same time. Or you can simply ask for it by saying, “Alexa, play my Flash Briefing.” The same goes for Google Home speakers — automate your news and weather, or ask for it by saying, “OK, Google, good morning.”

These morning automations are just the tip of the iceberg. The more smart gadgets you add around your house and the more you use them, the more creative you can get with how you use them each morning. Have a smart oven make toast automatically. Stream your favorite morning music while you shower. Or tell Google Home to play the latest videos from your favorite YouTube channel on the Chromecast ($30.00 at Walmart) while you get dressed.

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Experience Summer Travel’s Best Investment: The Breakers Palm Beach Offers Exceptional Seasonal Promotion

PALM BEACH, Fla., April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Relaxation, recreation and unforgettable experiences are the hallmarks of the quintessential summer vacation, and all can be enjoyed at a great savings at The Breakers Palm Beach.

PALM BEACH, Fla., April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Relaxation, recreation and unforgettable experiences are the hallmarks of the quintessential summer vacation, and all can be enjoyed at a great savings at The Breakers Palm Beach.

Florida's legendary oceanfront resort, The Breakers Palm Beach, offers a compelling summer travel promotion. Florida’s legendary oceanfront resort, The Breakers Palm Beach, offers a compelling summer travel promotion.

This legendary beachfront resort offers its summer promotionMay 1 – October 31, 2018, including Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day holiday weekends. With nightly rates starting at $369 per room, per night — a savings of almost 50-percent compared to winter rates — it’s prime time to savor the Palm Beach luxury lifestyle at The Breakers. These special rates include an array of free daily benefits and savings on a bounty of outstanding amenities, and there is never a resort fee.

FREE daily summer benefits at The Breakers, include:

Full American breakfast buffet for all guests, served in The Circle and The Beach Club Restaurant Kids’ menu meals – Ages 12 and under, when accompanied by a dining adult Unlimited tennis court time on the resort’s 10 lighted Har-Tru courts Access to Ocean Fitness, a 6,000 square-foot, comprehensive indoor-outdoor fitness center Weekly group fitness classes including cycling, yoga and more Unlimited Wi-Fi and local calls Plus, sixth night free with a stay of six consecutive nights

Additional summer savings apply to:

Tennis and golf instruction Poolside bungalows for daytime rental Select services at The Spa Camp Breakers, for kids ages 3-12 Dining at select restaurants within the resort’s collection Shopping at select on-site boutiques

A timeless classic celebrated for its spectacular design, gracious staff and seaside glamour, The Breakers is situated in the heart of the island of Palm Beach — only 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), and just over 60 minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). On site, guests will discover shopping, distinctive dining, golf, tennis, family activities, an indoor/outdoor spa, and a private beach club with four pools — all within steps of their accommodations. Even more entertainment and attractions await just a short walk or ride from the resort. With more than $30 million each year invested in capital improvements, the resort thrives due to its owners’ commitment to the property’s continuous renewal and employee fulfillment. Its latest enhancements include the transformed Seafood Bar, re-designed accommodations, signature services and amenities at The Spa; the incredible Ocean Fitness center, and Flagler Club — a private-access, ultra-luxury boutique hotel situated atop the resort — the most exclusive lodging experience on the island of Palm Beach.

For reservations or more information, visit www.thebreakers.com, or call toll-free at 1-855-313-8851.

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Pre-Market Technical Scan on Entertainment Equities — AMC Networks, CBS Corp., Comcast, and Lions Gate

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AMC Networks

On Wednesday, shares in New York headquartered AMC Networks Inc. recorded a trading volume of 519,919 shares. The stock ended the session 0.44% lower at $51.97. The Company’s shares have gained 4.53% in the last month and 1.19% over the previous three months. The stock is trading 0.96% above its 50-day moving average. Moreover, shares of AMC Networks, which owns and operates various cable television’s brands delivering content to audiences, and a platform to distributors and advertisers in the US and internationally, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 53.80.

On April 05th, 2018, AMC Networks announced that it will issue a press release reporting its Q1 2018 results on May 10th, 2018, prior to the market opening. The Company will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET that same day to discuss its results. The conference call will be webcast live under the “Investors” heading of the Company’s website. Get the full research report on AMCX for free by clicking below at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=AMCX

CBS Corp.

New York headquartered CBS Corp.’s stock closed the day 0.06% higher at $51.17 with a total trading volume of 1.07 million shares. The Company’s shares have advanced 0.71% in the past month. The stock is trading 2.79% below its 50-day moving average. Additionally, shares of CBS, which operates as a mass media company worldwide, have an RSI of 45.40. Free research on CBS can be accessed at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=CBS

Comcast

Shares in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania headquartered Comcast Corp. recorded a trading volume of 22.87 million shares. The stock ended yesterday’s trading session flat at $33.27. The Company’s shares are trading below their 50-day moving average by 8.05%. Furthermore, shares of Comcast, which operates as a media and technology company worldwide, have an RSI of 36.37.

On April 06th, 2018, research firm Pivotal Research Group reiterated its ‘Buy’ rating on the Company’s stock with a decrease of the target price from $52 a share to $48 a share.

On April 17th, 2018, Comcast Cable, one of the primary businesses of Comcast, announced that it is launching a new internet service that will deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit-per-second to residential and business customers in Vermont. These speeds will be among the fastest and most widely available and will include access to the US’ largest Wi-Fi network of more than 19 million hotspots. The Company plans to launch 1 Gig service to the majority of its service areas in Vermont throughout 2018. Visit WallStEquities.com now and sign up for the free research on CMCSA at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=CMCSA

Lions Gate Entertainment

Santa Monica, California headquartered Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.’s stock finished Wednesday’s session 0.86% lower at $26.45 with a total trading volume of 423,003 shares. The Company’s shares have advanced 2.52% over the past year. The stock is trading below its 50-day moving average by 5.19%. Additionally, shares of Lions Gate, which engages in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment in Canada, the US, and internationally, have an RSI of 47.13.

On April 12th, 2018, Lions Gate has signed a first-look producing deal with Salma Hayek Pinault, one of the industry’s premier multi-hyphenates, along with her producing partner Jose “Pepe” Tamez. Under the agreement, Hayek Pinault and Tamez will produce feature films for the Company under Hayek Pinault’s Ventanarosa Productions banner. The free technical report on LGF-A is available at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=LGF-A

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Mass-produced graphene: MIT may have cracked it

Graphene is the wonder compound that’s being hailed as the solution for battery life problems, the building block for paper-thin Wi-Fi receivers, brain-computer interfaces, and many other major technological breakthroughs.

Graphene is the wonder compound that’s being hailed as the solution for battery life problems, the building block for paper-thin Wi-Fi receivers, brain-computer interfaces, and many other major technological breakthroughs.

So why isn’t it everywhere? Well, long story short, it’s incredibly difficult and expensive to make. But that could possibly be about to change thanks to a team working out of the prestigious MIT labs.

In a paper published in online science journal Applied Materials and Interfaces, the team claims that is has managed to create the world’s first roll-to-roll graphene production, paving the way for a scalable, industrial method of graphene creation.

Mass market roll-out

Up until this point, the creation of graphene has mostly happened in tiny batches, using a process called vapor deposition which involves heating copper foil which then has carbon deposited onto it in combination with a mix of gases.

As you can imagine, this process is time consuming, laborious, and expensive. Not to mention it only creates small amounts of graphene, not the sheets that are likely to be needed in real-life applications.

The new process uses roll-to-roll manufacture which is very much what it sounds like, a sheet of copper is transferred from one roll to another, with the vapor deposition happening in the middle of the transfer. You can see the process below:

“Graphene starts forming in little islands, and then those islands grow together to form a continuous sheet,” says John Hart, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity at MIT. “By the time it’s out of the oven, the graphene should be fully covering the foil in one layer, kind of like a continuous bed of pizza.”

This will allow for vast sheets of graphene to be produced. Now before you get too excited (we’re not over-excited, you’re over-excited, shut up) this process is currently being used to create graphene for the purpose of filtration.

Now, we’re certain that some people will get really jazzed about the idea of a graphene filtration membrane, but we’re most excited about the technological applications. Well, one of the paper’s other authors, Piran Kidambi, had this to say:

“The system gives you a great degree of flexibility in terms of what you’d like to tune graphene for, all the way from electronic to membrane applications.”

So, brain-computer interfaces? Long-lasting batteries? Maybe. This is still in the testing phase and so could be years until we see the positive effects of it in devices we actually get to use.

Want to know more about graphene? Check out: 30 ways graphene is about to change your life

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2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid review – Roadshow

These days, hybrids are as much about mph as they are mpg. While many gasoline-electric models exist with a core mission of eking every last mile out of a drop of fuel, others use battery power to supplement performance.

These days, hybrids are as much about mph as they are mpg. While many gasoline-electric models exist with a core mission of eking every last mile out of a drop of fuel, others use battery power to supplement performance. Don’t forget, electric power equals instant torque.

Which brings me to the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. No, this isn’t the holy-crap-that’s-quick, 680-horsepower Turbo S E-Hybrid (with its holy-crap-that’s-expensive $184,400 price tag). But with a still-impressive 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, the significantly cheaper 4 E-Hybrid makes one hell of a case for itself within the Panamera lineup. In fact, it might be the most well-rounded Panamera you can buy today.


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2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs luxury, tech and battery boost

Two kinds of boost

Even before you get to the electric assist, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs a wallop. That’s because unlike the rest of the Panamera 4 lineup, which uses a 3.0-liter, single-turbo V6, the E-Hybrid gets the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 from the 4S models — not to mention the lovely Audi RS5 — mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’s detuned a bit here, the engine making 330 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, compared to 440 horsepower and 405 pound-feet in non-hybrid 4S. But add in the extra 136 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from the electric motor, and the E-Hybrid has a significant power advantage over the more expensive Panamera 4S.

Of course, with a 14.1-kWh battery onboard, this four-door isn’t exactly a lightweight. At 4,784 pounds, the 4 E-Hybrid is 705 pounds heavier than a normal Panamera 4, and 661 pounds portlier than a 4S. That’s why, despite having an advantage of 26 horsepower and 111 pound-feet over a Panamera 4S, the 4 E-Hybrid is 0.4-second slower in the 0-to-60 sprint — 4.4 seconds versus 4.0, using launch control. Not that hitting 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds is anything to complain about, mind you. Heck, even the E-Hybrid’s electric-only 0-to-60 time of 5.7 seconds is pretty darn quick.

When you start the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, it defaults to E-Power drive mode, indicated by a light under the “E” in the 12 o’clock position of drive selector dial on the steering wheel. With a fully charged battery, you can travel up to 31 miles on electric power alone, at speeds up to 86 mph. In my mixed driving style (and with a decidedly heavy right foot), I usually only get about 20 miles per charge, which still isn’t bad. Go easy, and I have no doubt a longer EV life is possible. Oh, and do yourself a favor and opt for the 7.2-kW onboard charger ($840). With that installed, you’ll recharge the battery on a 240-volt outlet in a little under three hours.

Switch the dial to “H,” or just let the battery deplete, and you’ll get to Hybrid Auto, which uses the car’s big ol’ brain to intelligently switch between engine and battery power. Within the “H” selection, you can also enter an E-Charge mode, which uses the combustion engine as much as possible and regeneratively charges the battery. On the other hand, E-Hold mode maintains the battery’s state of charge and relies solely on the engine for power.

Sport (“S”) mode works exactly like you’d think it would, stiffening up the air suspension — which is standard on the 4 E-Hybrid, by the way — and upping the throttle response. Sport Plus (“S+”) turns the whole thing up to 11. And while the battery is only regeneratively charged to its minimum level for boost capacity in Sport mode, it’ll fully recharge in Sport Plus.

If these drive modes — and drive modes within drive modes — seem overwhelming, friend, you’re not alone. While part of me likes the ability to change between different settings depending on driving style, in reality, I find myself starting the car, driving in E-Power until the battery runs out and switching to Hybrid Auto, or turning on Sport Plus when I’m feeling frisky. Speaking of which, remember, the drive mode dial’s center button works as a sort of “push to pass” power mode. Give it a press, and the powertrain calls up both maximum electric and turbocharged boost for a full 20 seconds. Whee!

A proper Porsche

I’ve often called the Panamera a “four-door Porsche 911,” and nothing about the E-Hybrid package changes my opinion. I love the effortless electric thrust around town, and when the 2.9-liter V6 fires up, there’s a deep, raspy howl from the exhaust. It’s extremely civilized when I’m commuting, yet turns into a tactile performer when hitting my favorite canyon road.

Yes, the all-wheel-drive 4 E-Hybrid is heavy, but because the added weight is all situated in the rear, it actually improves the Panamera’s weight distribution — the result is a 49/51 fore/aft balance. And with a little more weight over the rear wheels, the Panamera feels firmly planted and hunkered down in corners. Nicely weighted steering offers tons of feedback with sharp response, and the optional rear-axle steering of my test car ($1,620) is a must-have if you frequently find yourself on winding roads. All this great dynamic tuning really masks the sheer size and weight of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Drive the bejeezus out of this thing and it’ll respond exactly the way you’d expect from a Porsche. Which is to say, brilliantly.

It’ll look the part, too. All the fussy quirks of the first-generation Panamera have been sorted out in this second-gen model, and the result is a slick hatchback that looks great from all angles. I even love the E-Hybrid-specific Acid Green accents on the car’s badges and brake calipers, especially against the decidedly staid Volcano Gray of this test car.

More Acid Green touches adorn the cabin, though they’re minimal, and tasteful. You’ll find the neon brightwork on the needles for the tachometer and Sport Chrono dash clock. There’s also a series of lights at the base of the tach that show how much power or charge you’re using at any time, and while it’s kind of cool, the bright green illumination can be distracting, especially at night.

That aside, the E-Hybrid’s cabin is like that of any other Panamera. There’s seating for four, with a full-length console running between both the front and rear seats, and the raked center console with its flush-mounted, backlit buttons is still one of the coolest bits of cabin work in the business. This really feels like an interior befitting of a nearly $100,000 car, with great materials on every surface, impeccable fit and finish and a super clean, modern design.

Plus, fold the rear seats and you’ve got a great big cargo area in back. Having the battery housed under the load floor does impede cargo space a bit — the 4 E-Hybrid has a maximum of 44.0 cubic feet of cargo space, compared to 47.3 in the normal Panamera 4. The storage bag for the charging cable takes up a fair amount of room in the cargo hold, as well.

Lovely tech, but no Android Auto

I’m a big fan of Porsche’s Communication Management (PCM) infotainment interface, housed in a 12.3-inch horizontal touchscreen in the Panamera’s dash. With crisp graphics and quick response times, it’s one of the better systems in the luxury space. There’s even a special “Hybrid” screen specific to this model, with detailed information about the different drive modes, energy usage and power flow.

The reconfigurable gauge cluster works a treat, as well. The center tachometer is a fixed piece, but the left screens are crisp, digital displays, the outermost circle allowing me to toggle through different trip data. To the right of the tach, you can either show a pair of displays that mimic the design of the left bank, or a large map screen that spans the width of both sections. The only thing to note: with the full map displayed, the fuel gauge is hidden. Mind your consumption.

PCM has an onboard Wi-Fi connection, and the system never stumbles while inputting navigation destinations using voice commands. But Porsche still hasn’t added Android Auto to its smartphone integration software, which is a pretty glaring omission. Oh well. At least Porsche isn’t charging for Apple CarPlay.

How I’d spec it

Look, if you have a couple hours to kill, I highly recommend playing with Porsche’s online configurator. There are seemingly endless build combinations, and just about every option can be had á la carte.

In my fantasy world, I’m getting a Panamera 4 E-Hybrid in Sapphire Blue ($830) with a Cohiba Brown Club Leather interior ($5,650) and 21-inch Sport Design wheels ($3,640). Then I’m adding the 14-way power seats ($1,780), the Premium Plus package ($6,250) with LED matrix headlights ($1,210) and the Burmester 3D sound system ($5,490), a heated steering wheel ($280), and what the hell, chalk-colored seat belts ($660). On the exterior, I want the Sport Design pack ($5,660) and rear wiper ($370). I have to have the rear axle steering ($1,620) and sport exhaust ($3,490), and I’ll definitely use Porsche’s semi-autonomous InnoDrive system ($3,910) and the 7.2-kW onboard charger ($840). Finally, since I’m going all in, I might as well have the personalized, illuminated door sills ($3,370). I bet “Roadshow” will look great written out in the Porsche font.

All in, my dream Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is an eye-watering $145,310. A more reasonably equipped version like my test car will set you back $112,740, including $1,050 for destination. And don’t forget, Porsche also sells the 4 E-Hybrid in sexy Sport Turismo guise. Hmm, back to the configurator…

The best of all worlds

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid does everything well. It’s comfortable and compliant, a total tech powerhouse, a silent and efficient EV around town and a super-sharp sports car when you’re blessed with great roads. But it’s also $99,600 to start, so it’s obviously not for everyone.

On the other hand, it’s also like nothing else on the road today. Other luxury plug-ins like the BMW 740e or Cadillac CT6 PHEV aren’t half as good to drive. A Mercedes-AMG CLS53 is pretty nice, but its electric assist doesn’t result in any actual EV range. You could also go full EV and get a Tesla Model S, but let’s be honest, a purely electric vehicle still doesn’t make sense for a lot of people.

As a PHEV sports car, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has few faults, and few competitors. You definitely get what you pay for. Just go easy on the options.

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Ultimate Ears is finally bringing its Megablast smart speaker Down Under

After the success of its Boom series of Bluetooth speakers, Ultimate Ears (UE) will be bringing its latest Alexa-enabled smart speakers Down Under – the Blast and Megablast.

Most of the playful aesthetics and rugged durability of the UE Boom 2 and its larger UE Megaboom sibling return with the Blast and Megablast, but with the addition of on-board Wi-Fi and built-in Alexa.

After the success of its Boom series of Bluetooth speakers, Ultimate Ears (UE) will be bringing its latest Alexa-enabled smart speakers Down Under – the Blast and Megablast.

Most of the playful aesthetics and rugged durability of the UE Boom 2 and its larger UE Megaboom sibling return with the Blast and Megablast, but with the addition of on-board Wi-Fi and built-in Alexa.

Street party or house party?

Naturally, the addition of Alexa to the UE speakers turns them into a smart hub, allowing you to control your connected devices at home over the wireless network and access any of the thousands of Alexa Skills.

The pair of speakers will be accompanied at launch by the Power Up charging dock (sold separately) that you can leave plugged in at home, allowing you to quickly transform your rugged Bluetooth speaker into a powered smart home hub by simply plonking it down.

The Power Up charging dock is rather innocuous once you hide its cable.

Amazon Prime, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and Deezer are all compatible at launch, as is Amazon Music Unlimited, of which you’ll get a free three-month subscription with the purchase of a Blast or Megablast. While you won’t be able to use Alexa to play music from Spotify straightaway, this feature is officially “coming soon”.

Crank that

While the regular-sized Blast speaker won’t differ too drastically from the Boom 2 in the acoustics department, the Megablast is UE’s loudest speaker, with two extra tweeters and extensively tweaked drivers giving it an extra 40% loudness edge on the Megaboom.

The UE Blast and UE Megablast will be on shelves from May 8 for $279 and $379 respectively, available in Graphite Black, Blizzard White, Blue Steel, Merlot Red, Mojito Green, and Lemonade Yellow. The Power Up charging dock will launch on the same date, purchasable separately for $49.

Amazon’s premium Echo Spot smart speaker arrives in Australia next week

Feiyu Introduces the G6, Providing Perfect Vision in One Hand

The G6 gimbal stabilizer has updated hardware and software. To begin with, it comes with WiFi+ bluetooth, which, when connected to GoPro action cameras, will allow users to switch modes and adjust the parameters of the camera with one click of the side screen key.

The G6 gimbal stabilizer has updated hardware and software. To begin with, it comes with WiFi+ bluetooth, which, when connected to GoPro action cameras, will allow users to switch modes and adjust the parameters of the camera with one click of the side screen key.

Second, the Feiyu new G6 stabilizer also comes with the mind-blowing OLED screen, which allows users to read the camera parameters, the mode of the stabilizer, and the connection of the blue tooth in order to have better control of the camera and stabilizer.

In addition, the G6’s re-programmed systematic algorithm will allow it to perform even better with less power consumption. Meanwhile, the enhanced motor torque ensures that users can get cinematic footage with better stability and efficiency.

Last but not the least, thanks to brand-new algorithm framework, the G6 stabilizer is now more flexible and stable than ever. The brand-new elevation design also allows the stabilizer to rotate freely in all directions and on the both pitch axis and heading axis, which provides the video maker with a new barrier-free vision.

Record whatever and however with Feiyu G6

Building on the excellence of the G6, the brand-new G6 stabilizer is covered with metal and water-resistant materials. The powerful battery can sustain 12hours of operation and can also charge GoPro action cameras through the built-in interface. In addition, the G6, through its extensive functions and personal preference settings, can help users in more scenarios.

The G6 is compatible with most action cameras, such as GoPro HERO6 / HERO5 / HERO4 / HERO3+ / HERO3, RX0 and YI 4K+, AEE and other action cameras of similar shape and dimension. The G6 is being sold on Ali Express, Amazon and Feiyu’s website.

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Jenn-Air appliances connect with voice assistants, Apple Watch – CNET

Luxury appliance maker Jenn-Air’s Wi-Fi-enabled ovens, ranges, dishwashers and refrigerators will connect with Google Assistant and AmazonAlexa voice assistants and even your Apple Watch, the company has announced.

Luxury appliance maker Jenn-Air’s Wi-Fi-enabled ovens, ranges, dishwashers and refrigerators will connect with Google Assistant and AmazonAlexa voice assistants and even your Apple Watch, the company has announced.

These new partnerships are designed to give you more control over your appliances and connect you to them when you’re away. Some of the tasks that you’ll be able to do with these new integrations include the ability to start your dishwasher from your phone, use voice commands to preheat your oven and receive notifications about the status of your dishwasher cycles on your Apple Watch.

Jenn-Air is owned by Whirlpool, which announced at CES earlier this year the same Amazon, Google and Apple integrations with its Whirlpool-branded connected appliances. The addition of these connected features to the Jenn-Air line show that Whirlpool is serious about making Wi-Fi connections a part of your kitchen routine if you decide to buy into the brand.

The Jenn-Air ovens will also work with the recipe app Yummly, which Whirlpool bought last year. Within the app, you can find recipes and set the temperature for your connected appliance. Yummly will also roll out an image recognition feature that will visually scan and identify foods and give you recipe recommendations based on what it sees.

Jenn-Air wall ovens were impressive before this latest upgrade. The Wi-Fi-enabled Jenn-Air JJW380DP, for example, worked with the Nest Learning Thermostat to automatically lower your home’s temperature when the oven is in use. The wall ovens also had an easy-to-use cooking guide built right into the control panel that would make recommendations on how to cook certain dishes based on variables such as the cut of meat and the type of pan you’re using.


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IDG Contributor Network: Catching the SD-WAN wave: the cost savings hype and MPLS misconceptions need more explanation

I recently had the pleasure of speaking as a panelist at an event break-out session discussing the benefits of SD-WAN. The session, “Catch the Next Wave of Cost Savings,” mirrored much of the current SD-WAN hype, and the abstract further stimulated excitement:

I recently had the pleasure of speaking as a panelist at an event break-out session discussing the benefits of SD-WAN. The session, “Catch the Next Wave of Cost Savings,” mirrored much of the current SD-WAN hype, and the abstract further stimulated excitement:

“With the promise of savings as high as 90%, are you ready to make the leap from MPLS?”

While the benefits of hybrid networks with SD-WAN are already proven and groundbreaking for many companies, the claims of totally replacing MPLS with SD-WAN are becoming bold and perpetuating unrealistic expectations. And it’s not just at events; I have seen white papers lately advertising 10X savings with pure SD-WAN. The issue: enterprises need help clarifying the line between hype and reality.

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I believe buyers need more perspective, more context, and a voice of reason amidst all the sales talk. As our panel revealed, I think 90 percent SD-WAN cost savings are grossly overblown and the MPLS rip-and-replace assumption is a fallacy. Here’s what’s not being advertised about SD-WAN.

SD-WAN and MPLS: it’s not an either-or, it’s both

Many think SD-WAN is a replacement for your tried-and-true MPLS. It’s not. MPLS is not going away—and most enterprise CIOs know it. A recent IDG Market Pulse survey showed that when it comes to SD-WAN, 80 percent of enterprises opt to augment (rather than replace) their existing network infrastructure. Indeed, that’s what most of our customers do too. SD-WAN should complement your existing MPLS network. You shouldn’t be “making the leap” from MPLS to SD-WAN because, as the idiom suggests, it’s risky to jump off an established platform. Instead, you should be looking to expand the capabilities of your MPLS network with Internet connectivity and add SD-WAN.

In short, you should transition to a hybrid network with an SD-WAN overlay.

I mentioned the risks of “making the leap” from MPLS to SD-WAN, so let’s drill down into the idea of network risk tolerance. As a connectivity type, MPLS still remains the most stable and secure data carrying technique for the network. On the other end of the spectrum is public Internet, which is the least reliable method for connectivity. When planning enterprise needs, we ask the customer to consider their business continuity risk tolerance for each location, application, and user group.

Then, we chart their preference with their acceptance for risk and design each WAN connection accordingly. We don’t ask you to abandon your MPLS connections all together—at least one connection is needed for the data center, headquarters, and business-critical applications. We allow you to transition select branch locations or guest WiFi networks from MPLS to dedicated Internet access (DIA) or public Internet—when and where it makes the most sense for your business.

Notice in our diagram that SD-WAN is not a point along the line; it’s not a connectivity type or a data transfer method. The reality is that SD-WAN is a routing tool that enables flexibility and visibility into each WAN environment. Enterprises add new Internet connectivity to create a hybrid network and SD-WAN builds off that foundation, providing features to deploy and manage all the WAN connections. In the end, you need MPLS, Internet connectivity, and SD-WAN all working together. As such, hybrid networking with SD-WAN is without question the recommended choice.

SD-WAN cost savings: what can you realistically expect?

Indeed, cost savings can be gained from transitioning MPLS connections to Internet connections, but savings as high as 90 percent can be considered false advertising. Numbers that high are likely to be a one-off anomaly where a customer transitioned all connections from MPLS to public Internet and dropped their WAN optimization tools. For the majority, however, that’s not a realistic scenario.

Just because you can switch ALL your MPLS sites to public Internet doesn’t mean that you should. In fact, I don’t recommend public Internet unless the site or application is truly an optional activity (e.g. Facebook and YouTube) or it’s a failover plan. Here’s what the real world looks like: For most enterprises, the number of access points that transition from MPLS to public Internet is very few—only one or two instances. In our experience, we see that transition generate an estimated savings of 0-40% at best for our customers.

We just published a new case study in which our SD-WAN customer saved 40 percent—that savings was attributed to both consolidating vendors and transitioning MPLS to Internet. We were reluctant to promote that savings figure, because we want buyers to understand that such savings are not the norm.

The takeaway: cost shouldn’t be your only driver for SD-WAN adoption. That should rest upon the overall digital transformation agenda. SD-WAN delivers very powerful productivity savings as well as network performance boosters, flexibility, management tools, visibility, analytics and remote-control features. Those features often help you gain indirect cost savings and most importantly a competitive advantage.

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Sonos One to debut new fall color line in 2018 – CNET

Sonos’ entry-level “smart” speaker, the One, will be getting new Fall colors later this year in collaboration with Danish design brand Hay.

Supplementing the black and white colors already available will be red, pink, dark green, light green and (naturally) hay yellow.

Sonos’ entry-level “smart” speaker, the One, will be getting new Fall colors later this year in collaboration with Danish design brand Hay.

Supplementing the black and white colors already available will be red, pink, dark green, light green and (naturally) hay yellow.

The Hay Sonos One speakers will be available this September onsonos.com and at the Sonos flagship stores in New York and London. The price is reported to be $229 but we’re still waiting for confirmation from Sonos. We don’t yet know what it’ll cost in the UK, but we expect it to be around £229.

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The Sonos One is a $199 Wi-Fi speaker which offers a built-in voice assistant which currently supports Amazon Alexa and has plans to add Google Assistant.

This isn’t the first time Sonos has experimented with different colors. It previously released the limited-edition Play:1 Blue Note in 2015.


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