SteelSeries Stratus Duo controller has WiFi for Windows Bluetooth for Android

first_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Amazon See all the best laptops of CES 2019 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $155 at Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Comment See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sprint Turo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Angela Lang/CNET Share your voice Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Bluetooth Wi-Fi,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $520 at HP Comments Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Now playing: Watch this: 7 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review $6 at Tidal The Cheapskate Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It SteelSeries Most wireless game controllers designed to handle both mobile and PC gaming connect via Bluetooth. It’s convenient, but Bluetooth isn’t always optimal for desktop play due to latency and occasional pairing glitchiness. SteelSeries’ Stratus Duo attacks that problem by incorporating 2.4GHz Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth and wired.At $60 (approximately £45 or AU$85), the Stratus Duo is essentially an updated Stratus XL. In addition to adding Wi-Fi, SteelSeries streamlined the design a bit and addressed one of the biggest complaints — unreliable trigger buttons — by switching to Magnetic Hall Effect switches, the type used by some of the Xbox One Wireless Controllers. To make it a well-rounded mobile option, SteelSeries will also be releasing a $10 phone mount for it in mid-February, the SmartGrip.It does take a hit on battery life: the Stratus XL is rated for 40-plus hours, while the Duo drops to 20-plus. Wi-Fi takes more power than Bluetooth, after all. But the Duo also has a rechargeable battery built in, unlike the XL. Like previous models, it’s Steam-compatible.Sorry iOS gamers — it only works with Windows and Android.  HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $59 at eBay $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $60 at Best Buy 19 Photos Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. 1 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $210 at Best Buy See it Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read Google Home Hub review Read DJI Osmo Action preview See at Turo Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Apple iPhone XS See at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Boost Mobile Get ready for the first wave of Nvidia RTX gaming laptops Best Buy 17:56 See It Tags Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $299 at Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags Read the Rylo camera preview Rylolast_img read more

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Huawei membership restored by SD Association WiFi Alliance

first_img Mate X foldable phone: Here’s what it’s really like to use “Huawei’s membership was never cancelled, it has been temporarily modified to ensure compliance with the US Department of Commerce Order,” a spokesperson for the SD Association said in an emailed statement. “The name was missing from our website earlier due to a technical issue.”This sentiment was echoed by the Wi-Fi Alliance, which said via email that Huawei’s membership “was not revoked.” Huawei’s participation in specific activities was “temporarily restricted” to comply with the Commerce Department’s order, it said.The company was also restored by JEDEC, which oversees semiconductors, and the Bluetooth standards group, CNET Espanol noted.The strain in the relations with Huawei came after the Trump administration banned the company from using US-made technology on May 15, following years of allegations that it’s linked to the Chinese government. As a result, companies like Google, Qualcomm, Intel and Arm suspended their relations with Huawei.Neither Huawei, JEDEC nor the Bluetooth standards group immediately responded to requests for comment.First published May 30 at 3:49 a.m. PT.Update, May 31 at 1:30 a.m.: Adds Wi-Fi Alliance statement. What is going on between Huawei and the US? Phones Tech Industry 4:59 Huawei 36 Photos Share your voice Post a comment 0 Huawei seems to have gotten back into a pair of US groups. Angela Lang/CNET Two tech standards groups that severed ties with Huawei apparently changed their minds pretty quickly.The Wi-Fi Alliance and SD Association last week apparently restricted and removed the embattled Chinese phone maker respectively, but Huawei reappeared on both organizations’ list of members this week.The Wi-Fi Alliance promotes and certifies Wi-Fi technology, and the SD Association sets the industry standards for SD memory cards. Losing its membership didn’t prevent Huawei from using these technologies, but silenced its voice in developing standards in future. Now playing: Watch this: Tagslast_img read more

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PIC Aashka Goradia takes to nude yoga says female form should be

first_imgInstagramIt is no secret that Aashka Goradia and husband Brett Goble love leading a healthy and fit lifestyle with yoga and healing. Aashka recently took to Instagram to share a beautiful photo of herself striking a wonderful yoga pose. Talking about how women should break open from the shackles of body shaming, she wrote, “A new paradigm is shifting in our collective psyche. Stale mentalities are starting to whither and rightfully die. Necessary for an evolving society. . Exhaustingly and hypocritically, we as a society look down at broad displays of the female form as it appears in the moment. On screen, completely accepted (pending the budget of such displays crosses a certain 7-figure total). And the male form, no issue there – the more muscles, the better. But the female form…this angle of the topic is still being strangled to death by the perspectives of generations before us. The old diatribe of “Pura pheno, log kya kehenge?!” [Cover up. What will people say?] is still muttered in every household. . We have the Sari – of the most enchanting styles of garment in the world. The midriff blouse, highlighting the soft curves of a woman’s figure, is revered. It’s traditional! Conservative, you can say! But a bikini – oh no…baring a woman’s legs AND her stomach…”oh no,…too much.” And don’t even think of insinuating toplessness! . Thankfully, this toxic mindset is being swept back to the sea of history like the 5pm high tide. People are catching wise to social codes once accepted without question. “Why did we need to cover up?” Because men get ideas! Because men start thinking dirty thoughts! Because boys only think about one thing! . So I have to stifle my expression, my creativity, my art, because others have a problem. No, enough. I’m done with that. And you should be too. . On the very walls of our beloved Khajuraho Temple, or extremely popular museums, hundreds of graphic sexual scenarios can be seen by young and old. It’s woven into our culture. Yet it’s acceptance goes only as far as the grounds it lays on, charging a nominal fee to catch a glimpse. Then we depart, back to the world of “how a good Indian daughter behaves.” . The female form is the most beautiful of God’s creation. It is the vehicle to create life itself. Its expression should be celebrated. Not covered up.”last_img read more

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Music in the Making Visual Stimuli

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share Listen This episode originally aired Sunday, September 17th, 2017. Catch Music in the Making every Sunday at 7:06 PM on Classical.center_img On this week’s episode of Music in the Making, we’re exploring music inspired by visual art. Though there are many examples, we’ll hear Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler.Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition Jon Kimura Parker (piano) 1/25/2012 Duncan Recital HallAs the title suggests, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was inspired by the works of artist Viktor Hartmann. The two men were colleagues and friends, and Mussorgky was devastated by Hartmann’s death. After viewing a memorial exhibition of the artist’s work, he created these musical depictions of specific pictures. Since the exhibition, only some of Hartmann’s works are extant, and only six of Mussorgsky’s musical associations can be identified with great certainty.The Hartmann image that inspired “Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks” The Hartmann image that inspired “The Hut on Hen’s Legs”Paul Hindemith: Symphonie: Mathis der Maler Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra; Larry Rachleff, conductor 11/2/2013 Stude Concert HallThe symphonic work “Mathis der Maler,” by Paul Hindemith, is based on Renaissance painter Mathias Grunewald’s triptych, the Isenheim altarpiece. Each of the movements is named after and reflects a panel: the Concert of Angels, The Entombment, and Temptation of St. Anthony. In the first, for instance, Mary and the infant Jesus are serenaded by a chorus of angels, and thus the movement includes a quotation of of the medieval German song, “Three Angels Were Singing.”GrunewaldIsenheim Altarpiece by Grunewald 00:00 /53:00 last_img read more

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A BoseEinstein condensate has been produced in space for the first time

first_imgThe device consisted of a capsule containing a chip holding a group of rubidium-87 atoms, electronics, some lasers and a power source. It was activated once the rocket reached an altitude of 243 km, producing a BEC in just 1.6 seconds. Once the BEC was produced, 110 preprogrammed experiments were carried out in the six minutes it took the rocket to fall back to Earth.The BEC produced by the team was the first ever produced in space and marks the start of a new era in BEC research efforts. An international team of researchers has successfully produced a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in space for the first time. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes creating a small experimental device that was carried on a rocket into space and the experiments that were conducted during its freefall. The payload of the sounding rocket in the integration hall at the European Space and Sounding Rocket Range (Esrange) in Sweden Credit: photo/©: André Wenzlawski, JGU Journal information: Nature Explore further Payload of the sounding rocket and all those involved in the undertaking, among them scientists of the MAIUS-1 project, employees of the German Aerospace Center, and employees of the Esrange rocket launch site Credit: photo/©: Thomas Schleuss, DLR More information: Dennis Becker et al. Space-borne Bose–Einstein condensation for precision interferometry, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0605-1center_img A Bose-Einstein condensate is a state of matter occurring after gas atoms with very low density are chilled to very near absolute zero and bunch up to form an extremely dense quantum state. Scientists are interested in producing them so that they can test their properties—theory has suggested that they could serve as the basis for highly sensitive sensors. Such super-sensitive sensors could be used to better understand physics phenomena such as gravitational waves. However, producing Bose-Einstein condensates is tricky, because gravity interferes with devices for producing and studying them. The current method involves dropping such devices from towers to allow them to do their work in a zero-gravity environment—but these experiments have just fractions of seconds to operate. Doing these experiments in space would be a much better option due to the microgravity environment.Realizing the potential of a space-based platform for conducting BEC research, the U.S. launched the Cold Atom Laboratory last May, though it is not yet fully functional. In the interim, the researchers with this new effort created a tiny device capable of producing a BEC and conducting a host of experiments on it, which they put aboard a rocket and launched into space. © 2018 Phys.org 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. Citation: A Bose-Einstein condensate has been produced in space for the first time (2018, October 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-bose-einstein-condensate-space.html Researchers are creating a spot colder than the vacuum of space inside the International Space Stationlast_img read more

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Tribute to Girija Devi at Tihar Jail

first_imgAs part of the rehabilitation of Asia’s largest prison complex inmates, the third edition of Morning Ragas was organised by legends of India in Tihar Jail on Friday. The program was dedicated to Girija Devi, the legendary singer. The rendition began with Sunanda Sharma who is the senior most disciple of the legendary Girija Devi. The day began with Sharma’s voice singing Miyan ki Todi raag as a peaceful opening for fresh morning Then she began singing  bhajans — Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram & Sawariya Mere Mann Ko Bhaya, in which the crowd joined along with her in chorus making it more interactive musical session.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On special request, she also presented sufi song — Deewane Kiye Shaam kya Jaadu Dala. Sharma said “we face a lot in life but the moment we start working towards success that is the moment when life comes into play.”Sharma was accompanied by Pt. Shubh Maharaj on tabla, harmonium player Ustaad Zamir Ahmed & Tanpura players Rachita Arora & Richa Sharma. The combination of Sunanda’s voice with these musical instruments played by the accompanied artistes touched the soul of the inmates and most of them were listening intently. “Sharma has created a magic spell over all the listeners & this voice would stay for long with us. Also, this monthly session if carried on like this will help in de-stressing inmates, hence spreading positivity around them” said Tihar Jail Director General Alok Kumar Verma.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMr. Dipayan Mazumdar, the Chairman of Legends of India, said that “taking initiatives is not difficult but implementing ideas for taking those initiatives on a high elevation takes a lot of hard work. Also, we would try to arrange music professionals for the ones who are interested in learning music.”Legends of India has been presenting some of the jewels of Indian Classical Music like Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Bickram Ghosh, & Shiv Kumar Sharma to mention a few. Majumdar believes that a lot can be achieved by music & art. Providing solace to prison inmates will help them grow into good humans as music & art nurture positivity.last_img read more

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JDK 12 is all set for public release in March 2019

first_imgWith JDK 11 reaching general availability next week, there is also a proposed schedule released for JDK 12. The proposed schedule indicates a final release in March 2019 along with two JDK Enhancement Proposals (JEPs) proposed for JDK 12. Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle, made an announcement in a mail posted to the OpenJDK mailing list. Per the mail, JDK 12 should be out to the public on March 19, 2019. The proposed schedule for JDK 12 will be as follows: 13th December 2018 Rampdown Phase One 17th January 2019 Rampdown Phase Two 31st January 2019 Release-Candidate Phase 19th March 2019 General Availability JDK 11 had a total of 17 JEPs contributed out of which three were from the community, the highest number in any JDK release. The other 14 were from Oracle according to a tweet by @bellsoftware. For JDK 12, there are two JEPs integrated which will be available as a preview language feature and four candidate JEPs. JDK 12 preview features JEP 325: Switch Expressions (Preview) This JEP is going to allow the switch statement to be used as both statements and as an expression. Both forms can use either a “traditional” or “simplified” scoping and control flow behavior. The changes to the switch statement will simplify everyday coding. It will also pave the way for the use of pattern matching in switch. JEP 326: Raw String Literals (Preview) This JEP adds raw string literals to Java. A raw string literal can span many source code lines. It does not interpret escape sequences, such as \n, or Unicode escapes, of the form \uXXXX. This does not introduce any new String operators. There will be no change in the interpretation of traditional string literals. JDK 12 JEP candidates JEP 343: Packaging Tool To create a new tool based on the JavaFX javapackager tool for packaging self-contained Java applications. JEP 342: Limit Speculative Execution To help both developers and deployers to defend against speculative-execution vulnerabilities. This is to be done by providing a means to limit speculative execution and not a complete defense against all forms of speculative execution. JEP 340: One AArch64 Port, Not Two Remove all arm64 port related sources while retaining the 32-bit ARM port and the 64-bit AArch64 port. This will help focus on a single 64-bit ARM implementation and eliminate duplicate work to maintain two ports. JEP 341: Default CDS Archives Enhance the JDK build process to generate a class data-sharing (CDS) archive by using the default class list, on 64-bit platforms. The goal is to improve out-of-the-box startup time and eliminating the need for users to run -Xshare:dump to benefit from CDS. To know more details on the proposed schedule for JDK 12, visit the OpenJDK website. Read next JEP 325: Revamped switch statements that can also be expressions proposed for Java 12 Mark Reinhold on the evolution of Java platform and OpenJDK No more free Java SE 8 updates for commercial use after January 2019last_img read more

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Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps

first_img By: The Associated Press Share ROME — The Spanish Steps in Rome are no longer a place for sitting.Implementing an ordinance that came into effect a month ago, police officers are working Wednesday to tell seated Italians and tourists to get up from one of the Eternal City’s most famous and photographed spots.The June 6 ordinance stipulated that sitting, eating or drinking on the UNESCO-protected steps can result in fines up to 400 euros (US$450.) The ordinance also applies to other protected places like the Trevi Fountain.The city says it has been enforcing the new rules at the Spanish Steps since it went into effect a month ago, but it wasn’t until this week that police officers dressed in yellow vests were seen telling people to get up. Tags: Rome, Spanish steps Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, August 7, 2019 last_img read more

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