Sonos launches Google Assistant on Sonos One and Beam speakers today

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment 2:54 Apple Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers TV Accessories News • Photos of Huawei P30 Pro next to a Sonos One leak ahead of Paris launch event reading • Sonos launches Google Assistant on Sonos One and Beam speakers today 0 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $199 Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Bluetooth Google Apple $199 See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Mentioned Above Sonos One (Black) Crutchfield See it $199 $198 Tags See It Review • Sonos One review update: Damn, Alexa and Google can rock! 21 Photos Sonos Beam sound bar: Alexa lives in a compact TV speaker Sonos One See All See It Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Google Assistant is now available on Sonos One smart speaker, joining Amazon Alexa to provide a choice in voice assistants. Sarah Tew/CNET Google Assistant will finally come to the Sonos One smart speaker and Sonos Beam sound bar, which already support Amazon Alexa, making the company the first to support multiple assistants on one device. Sonos demonstrated the voice assistant on its One speaker at CES 2019 , and is in the process of rolling out firmware enabling Google’s voice system on its smart speakers in the United States today. Sonos announced multiple voice assistant support in 2017, but Sonos owners can now choose between either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. However they won’t be able to switch between them on the fly, and will have to choose one during setup. Sonos users in Europe, Canada, and Australia will be able to download the update in July. Share your voice Adorama Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Both speakers have long supported Amazon’s Alexa and can be controlled from Siri on iOS devices via AirPlay 2. The speakers will support several Google actions from the start including Continued Conversation (where the mic waits for more instructions without saying the wake word) and Broadcast mode (or personal address mode). The company says that calling, voice match, purchases, interpreter mode and setting routines in the Google Home app will not be available at launch.Read more: Which Google Home speaker should you buy?Marshall is another company that has announced support for multiple assistants on its Acton II and Stanmore II speakers coming in 2019, while LG OLED TVs will support both assistants in 2019. Sonos Beam offers big sound at a more affordable price Now playing: Watch this: • Best Buylast_img read more

Grant Thornton audit report on ILFS finds rampant irregularities of Rs 13000

first_imgThe IL&FS group is facing serious liquidity crisis and has defaulted on interest payments on various debt repayments since 27 August.ReutersThe audit report by Grant Thornton India on debt-ridden infrastructure financier, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), has highlighted severe irregularities such as conflicts of interest, inadequate risk assessment and deviation from banking norms. As per the interim audit report submitted to the board of the beleaguered IL&FS, transactions of more than Rs 13,000 crore could be directly linked to rampant irregularities.The report underlined that in at least 29 instances, loan proceeds to borrowers was eventually utilised by the group companies to repay existing debt obligations with IL&FS Financial Services Limited (IFIN).In the financial year 2016, SKIL Infrastructure’s Gujarat-Dwarka Portwest Ltd took a loan of Rs 253 crore and during the same period, SKIL Infrastructure repaid Rs 230 crore to IFIN. Similarly, between 2017 and 2019, Rs 365 crore was disbursed by IFIN to Flemingo Group at the same time, its group companies repaid Rs 407 crore to IFIN. Uday Kotak, newly appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd. (IL&FS) addresses a news conference at the company’s headquarters in Mumbai, October 4, 2018.REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiMoreover, in the last fiscal, India Cements’ Chennai Super Kings Ltd borrowed Rs 65 crore from IFIN and, at the same time EWS Finance & Investment Pvt Ltd paid Rs 40 crore to IFIN, the report said. The draft report scrutinized all high-value transactions carried out by IL&FS Limited and few of its group companies for the period between April 1, 2013, and September 30, 2018.Over Rs. 6,000 crore is linked to the transaction at IL&FS Financial Service Ltd (IFIN) that violated banking governance norms laid by the Reserve bank of India (RBI). Around Rs 2,270 crore, proceeds to borrowers of IFIN was utilised by certain IL&FS group companies out of which Rs 1,150 crore was injected into IL&FS Transportation Network Ltd (ITNL). Notably, the crisis broke out in July 2018 when the road arms started facing difficulty in making repayments due on its bonds.The audit report showed that there were many instances where funds worth Rs. 541 crore were taken for short-term purposes and utilised for long-term purposes. “We reviewed the Asset Liability Management Committee (ALCO) minutes and noted the details of funding gaps (i.e. funds not available for estimated committed disbursement). Based on the details, it appears that since May 2013, IFIN was under stress to borrow funds in order to fulfil the commitment of loans already sanctioned,” the report mentioned.last_img read more

Will Words Lead To Action After Orlando Vigils

first_img 00:00 /03:49 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Karla Leyja On June 15, Houston City Hall hosted a candlelight vigil, in remembrance of the victims of the Orlando massacre. City Council Member Ellen Cohen invoked Edmund Burke, saying that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.“For those of us who are elected officials,” Cohen said, “we have a responsibility to pass legislation that ensures equality for all.”Cohen was the council member who drafted the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO. Speaking by phone, she said Orlando makes clear the need for Houston to adopt fresh protections, but, “we don’t want to repeat what happened previously, and that is, we’ll pass it around the horseshoe, and then because nothing has changed in Houston, we’ll end up with the same result if it goes to a vote.”The opposition to a revived HERO, or anything like it, remains just as entrenched as it was before Orlando.“Any effort to relate the act of terror in Orlando to the lack of any Houston type of ordinance, or any efforts to oppose those ordinances, is just simply irrational,” says Dave Welch, executive director of the Texas Pastor Council. There’s just no correlation between the two.”The City Hall vigil and others like it that took place around Houston suggest there are many groups that disagree.Lane Lewis, chairman of the Harris County Democratic Party, organized one of these events. Groups that showed up ranged from LGBT organizations, such as the Montrose Center, to the ACLU and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. I spoke with Lewis on the sidelines of the state Democratic convention.“My message was simple,” Lewis said. “To the 2,000 people that sat there for two hours listening to speakers, I said, ‘I don’t care which one of these organizations you get involved in. If you don’t want to be partisan and get involved with the Democratic Party, then get involved in the health clinic. Get involved in the counseling center. Pick something, and call them tomorrow and get involved.’”That’s the real question: Can these groups keep the spirit of solidarity alive to accomplish common goals?“We’re able with this to see who’s standing up now, and those that are seeking our endorsement, we’re seeing where they stand on these issues,“ says Fran Watson, president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus. She says the politicians her group has endorsed in the past rushed to help after Orlando. That’s the yardstick she’ll be using when her caucus endorses candidates in August.“There are just all of these issues that are coming out of this that really need to be addressed,” Watson says, “and it can only be addressed if all of these groups, populations, communities are in one accord or coming together to talk about these.”Not all advocates are as hopeful as Watson or Lewis.“The media’s going to stop talking about it in another week and a half. The news cycle’s going to die down,” says Ashton P. Woods, an LGBT activist and a member of the Houston chapter of Black Lives Matter.The victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings cut across multiple lines of race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity. But Woods says that doesn’t mean those groups will hold together in a common front.“As a black man,” he says, “people equate being LGBT with whiteness, and because of that, it’s almost as if, all of a sudden, I cease to experience racism, I cease to experience discrimination in housing and in employment, but in actuality, I can go and get gay married, and still get shot by a cop. And people don’t understand that.”Woods says words come easy. He’s waiting to see how people will act.Karla Leyja contributed reporting to this story. Sharelast_img read more

Grand Opening of Word of Faith Church

first_imgWord of Faith will be celebrating their grand opening April 21-24. The church is located at the Atrium, 4 W University Pkwy, Baltimore, MD 21218 in back of the Doubletree Hotel. Contact the church office at 410-662-5587 for more information.last_img

NTT researchers develop breakthrough optical memory device

first_imgDevice structure and static response. Image: Nature Photonics (2012) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2012.2 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. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further More information: Ultralow-power all-optical RAM based on nanocavities, Nature Photonics (2012) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2012.2AbstractOptical random-access memory (o-RAM) has been regarded as one of the most difficult challenges in terms of replacing its various functionalities in electronic circuitry with their photonic counterparts. Nevertheless, it constitutes a key device in optical routing and processing. Here, we demonstrate that photonic crystal nanocavities with an ultrasmall buried heterostructure design can solve most of the problems encountered in previous o-RAMs. By taking advantage of the strong confinement of photons and carriers and allowing heat to escape efficiently, we have realized all-optical RAMs with a power consumption of only 30 nW, which is more than 300 times lower than the previous record, and have achieved continuous operation. We have also demonstrated their feasibility in multibit integration. This paves the way for constructing a low-power large-scale o-RAM system that can handle high-bit-rate optical signals. Journal information: Nature Photonicscenter_img All computer memory is based on a material that is able to have 1s and Os written on to it and held in such a state long enough to be useful. Also necessary is an ability to erase or write over those 1s and Os so that the same memory material can be used over and over.The new memory device created by the NTT team relies on optical cavities that are created in a material that can be made to represent 1s and Os by either transmitting light, or by blocking it.To make the memory cell, the team buried a very tiny strip of indium gallium arsenide phosphide in a small piece of indium phosphide. The outer portion was then etched with holes small enough to control the flow of laser light of a certain frequency. They left a path running though the middle of the material un-etched to provide a means for light from a laser to move in and out of the cell.When laser light is shone on the material, it follows the path through the memory cell and the refraction index is changed causing a pulse of light to either pass through on not, representing either a 1 or O state. Another pulse changes it to another state and so on. To help the memory material maintain its state, a second laser provides a constant stream of background light.The memory cell was able to hold onto the state it created for a microsecond, which quadruples the old record and it also uses far less energy than conventional designs. A memory chip with four of the optical memory cells consumes just 30 millawatts of energy, whereas common use flash drives use five times that amount.But the real breakthrough here is the development of actual memory cells based on optics that are able to hold onto the data states they create long enough for them to be used by other parts of a hardware device. And while the memory cells are far too large to be of use right now, new designs based on this work might just lead to that elusive Holy Grail, an Internet backbone made entirely of optical components. Engineers at Yale develop new type of mechanical memory (PhysOrg.com) — To improve transmission speeds, the Internet has transitioned over the years from one using copper to fiber optic cabling. Unfortunately, this has caused a bottleneck to occur where the light signals meet with electronic circuitry. Researchers have been working for years on a way to make routers, and most particularly, their memory, all optic, to avoid having to convert the signals at all. Now, it appears one such group, NTT, a Japanese telecommunications company, has figured out a way to do it. They describe their work in a paper published in Nature Photonics. Citation: NTT researchers develop breakthrough optical memory device (2012, February 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-ntt-breakthrough-optical-memory-device.htmllast_img read more

For faster payment of cashless treatment healthcare units can now submit bills

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to process the payment of cashless treatment costs faster for all those empanelled under the health scheme, the state government has introduced online grant of permission and submission of bills and documents by the empanelled Health Care Organisations (HCOs) in the West Bengal Health Portal.The state Finance department has come out with a notification stating that seeking permission by HCOs, grant of permission by medical cell, preparation of day-wise bills and submission of final bills by HCOs has been made online. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the West Bengal Health for All Employees and Pensioners Scheme was introduced in August 2014.According to a senior official of the state Finance department, presently the permission is sought and responded between the empanelled HCOs and medical cell of the Finance department through dedicated emails.For reimbursement of cashless claims up to Rs 1 lakh, these HCOs are required to enter few basic details of the bills in the West Bengal Health Portal and then submit physical copies of the bills along with other relevant documents to the medical cell of the Finance department.The cell scrutinises the bills and supporting documents for the payment.If the claim is found satisfactory, payment up to Rs 1 lakh is released to HCO’s by Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) of the Finance department’s medical cell.”Now with the entire process going online, we are hopeful of faster disbursement of medical claims,” an official said.last_img read more