Everything we know about the Google Nest Hub Max

first_img Tags The basicsBoth the $229 price and 10-inch display dwarf the comparable numbers of the original Nest Hub (a 7-inch screen for $130, but it’s usually on sale for much less). The Hub Max is looking to be a premium alternative, and the stats match those of the main competition — the $230, 10-inch, second-generation Amazon Echo Show.As with other smart displays, you’ll primarily control the Hub Max with voice commands. It uses the same digital assistant (just called Google Assistant) as the Nest Hub and has the same voice enabled features as smart speakers like the Google Home Mini. You can ask questions, control your smart home devices, check the weather, play music, make a call, turn on the TV and much more with your voice.After you give a command, the touchscreen will show extra info when appropriate. Ask about the weather and you’ll see the forecast for the week. Search for restaurants in the area and you’ll see pics of the place and directions. You can use the screen to make video calls, watch YouTube and pull up a smart-home control panel. The touchscreen on the Nest Hub is particularly good at walking you through the steps of a recipe and acting as a digital photo frame. It has a light sensor that adapts both the brightness and color warmth of the image to match the room. These features and the well organized smart-home control panel help elevate it above the smart display competition from Amazon. The Nest Hub Max will start from this same strong base and offer a handful of unique extras. The Nest CamThe Amazon Echo Show has a built-in camera for making video calls while the Nest Hub doesn’t. The Nest Hub Max adds a cam with a 127 degree wide-angle lens and uses it to offer a variety of extra features. First, it doubles as a security cam. When you’re away, you can have your Nest Hub Max watch for motion and send you alerts via the Nest app if it sees something. If you have a Nest Aware subscription for cloud storage, you can set activity zones and customize notifications based on whether it sees a familiar or a strange face.Facial recognitiongoogle-nest-hub-max-15With facial recognition, the Nest Hub Max can show you personalized reminders when you enter the room.  Angela Lang/CNET In addition to Nest’s familiar face feature, you can opt into a feature that allows the Nest Hub Max to show notifications and personalize your home screen when you walk in the room. With the feature enabled, you’ll see your pictures and calendar on the screen. If it recognizes multiple people in the room, the Nest Hub Max will do its best to combine everyone’s info.Google representatives noted that this feature is meant more for convenience than security. You can’t make purchases verified by face match. The Nest Hub Max will also store all facial recognition data locally.Gesture controlsgoogle-nest-hub-max-25With gesture controls, hold up your hand and your video will stop.  Angela Lang/CNET Most smart speakers and smart displays struggle to hear you over loud music or background noise. The Nest Hub Max will try to solve this problem with basic gesture controls. Look at the camera and hold up your hand to pause whatever is playing. You can make the same gesture to resume your music or video. During my demo in May, the gesture recognition was easily fooled by a strong backlight, but it did pick up my hand gestures from a variety of angles in normal lighting conditions. The reliability of this feature will be one of the main areas we’ll look at once we get our hands on the device for a scored review. It could be quite handy if it’s polished.Video callsLike the Echo Show, you’ll be able to use the camera to make video calls. The Hub Max will even go one step further by taking a leaf from the Facebook Portal’s book. During a video call, you can have the camera pan, tilt and zoom automatically to follow the action. We really liked using this on the Portal. It’s particularly handy if you have small children and out-of-town relatives who want to keep up with the action.google-nest-hub-max-23During video calls, the Nest Hub Max will pan and tilt its camera to follow the actions.  Angela Lang/CNET The Hub Max feature doesn’t offer the same depth as the Portal. You can’t pick an individual to follow if multiple people are in frame; it always tries to follow everyone it can see. You’re also limited to using the company’s proprietary video chat software, called Google Duo. The Portal offers Facebook’s video chat software as well as WhatsApp (which Facebook owns). You can add silly hats and other augmented-reality adornments with Facebook, but not with the Hub Max. Still many of these deficits could be fixed with updates (or potentially added since we saw the demo in May) and the camera on the Hub Max already followed the action reliably. It brings most of the functionality, if not all of the extras. Comment Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display reading • Everything we know about the Google Nest Hub Max 14 Photos Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Share your voice Smart Home See All The Google Nest Hub Max soups up the smart displaycenter_img Juan Garzon/CNET The Google Nest Hub Max hits store shelves on Sept. 9. It will cost $229 (£219, AU$349) and have a 10-inch touchscreen. In many ways, it will be similar to the Google Nest Hub — formerly the Google Home Hub — only with more features, a bigger screen, a built-in camera and beefier sound quality. It could be awesome, and we have a good idea what to expect as Google debuted and demoed the device in May at the company’s developer conference. As the release date nears, here’s everything you need to know about Google’s premium smart display. Now playing: Watch this: 4:47 • 12 Photos CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions 1 CNET Smart Home Better soundDuring my demo, I was able to hear the Nest Hub Max play music. It sounded pretty good and much better than the original Nest Hub. Given the size difference, I expected as much. The Nest Hub is roughly on par with the Google Home Mini in sound quality. It’s fine for background listening, but it’s well below the music chops of the Amazon Echo Show. We’ll pit the Nest Hub Max against the Echo Show directly when we test it. In isolation, I couldn’t tell if it was better, but it did play a variety of genres of music at max volume with no distortion.Ready to test itGiven how much Google showed in May, I wonder if the Hub Max will debut with any surprises as far as features. I doubt it, as it has already a longer feature list than the similarly priced competition. In fact, it looks to be the most robust smart display on the market yet. If it’s polished and everything works as promised, the Nest Hub Max will be a tough act to beat. Nest Googlelast_img read more

Theatre goes celebrating

first_imgMahindra Excellence in Theatre awards (META), one of the Indian theater industry’s premiere award is to be held on March 2013. The META festival 2013, the eighth of its edition, will be staged in the nation’s capital from 8 March to 13 March and the awards will be announced on 9 March. The shortlisted nominations and jury panel members have been announced.The preliminary selection committee has shortlisted the best 10 productions out of a whopping 312 entries from across the country. The plays will be screened at the Little Theatre Group Auditorium at 5:30 pm and the Kamani Auditorium at 7:30 pm every day from 8 March to 13 March. The screenings are open to the public. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The nominations will be adjudged across 13 categories, to name a few- best play, best original script and best ensemble.The jury panel consists of eminent personalities like Nissar Allana, Shobha Deepak Singh, Anmol Vellani, Renu Roy, Bhanu Bharti and Pawan Maskara.’Fans from across the country are welcome to witness this wonderful celebration of Indian Theatre, which will be staged in the capital’, told Ravi Dubey, Creative Director of METADETAILWhere: Little Theatre Auditorium and Kamani AuditoriumTimings: 5:30 pm and 7:30 pmDates: 8 March to 13 Marchlast_img read more

Man stabs facebook friends father to death

first_imgKolkata: A 28-year-old man stabbed his facebook friend’s father in West Bengal’s Faridpur area, police said on Monday. “The Uttar Pradesh-based man claims to have a long time relationship with the girl whom he met on Facebook. There is a possibility that the girl’s father had seen them together, following which the man stabbed him on Sunday night,” the police official said. He further said that the accused was putting up in a nearby hotel and was in the city to meet the girl. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Believed to be the eyewitness, the girl said, “I ran downstairs after I heard my father screaming. He tried attacking me also with a knife. I went up and shouted for help after locking the door.” Denying the version of the accused, the girl said she had no friendship with him. “He was arrested after the girl’s mother lodged a complaint. Motive and the actual reason will be clear only after further investigation,” the police added.last_img read more

How This StrongerThanSteel Material Could Change the World

first_imgDecember 21, 2014 Graphene is just one atom thick, but it’s poised to cast a wide shadow over the future of business. Some 200 times stronger than steel yet lighter than paper and more flexible than a contortionist, graphene is hailed as a miracle material with the potential to revolutionize products and processes across industries from consumer electronics to biomedicine. First isolated in 2004 by physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who won a Nobel Prize for their efforts, graphene is essentially a crystalline carbon allotrope with two-dimensional properties. Its atoms are packed in a hexagonal pattern that resembles chicken wire, and it’s so thin, it’s virtually transparent. The unique structure translates to thermal, electrical and magnetic properties no other material can match, and the commercial applications are almost limitless. For example, graphene’s flexibility could lead to breakthroughs in wearable devices, and its feather-light weight could yield more streamlined, fuel-efficient aircraft. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has even donated $100,000 to the University of Manchester to help fund development of graphene-based condoms.“Graphene has so much potential for use in many different businesses and many different areas,” says Elena Polyakova, CEO of Long Island, N.Y.-based Graphene Laboratories, whose Graphene Supermarket supplies nanocarbon and graphene products to more than 7,000 enterprise and academic customers. “It can replace many materials that are currently on the market.”Graphene R&D far eclipses commercial activity, at least for now. Technology consultancy Cambridge IP states that developers and manufacturers have filed 13,000 graphene-related patents in the past five years alone, and in late 2013 the European Commission launched a billion-euro, 10-year graphene research initiative that brings together academic institutions and industrial groups from 17 nations. An Allied Market Research forecast says the graphene market will reach $149.1 million worldwide by the end of the decade, experiencing a compound annual growth rate of 44 percent between 2014 and 2020, thanks largely to surging interest from the electronics and automotive sectors. Case in point: In April, Samsung Electronics, working with South Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University, announced a graphene synthesis method that promises to speed the material’s commercialization, touting its potential for use in flexible displays and other cutting-edge products. IBM has also unveiled a graphene-based integrated electronic circuit designed to boost wireless data transmission speeds.But just because graphene is a miracle doesn’t mean it’s perfect. For starters, it lacks the “band gap” present in other semiconductor materials, meaning its conductivity can’t be switched on and off. Possible solutions include building in artificial breaks to open and close circuits or altering graphene’s core makeup with chemical additives. The problem is further compounded by high manufacturing costs and quality-control issues that limit the volume of defect-free graphene that’s available to researchers.Startups like Ottawa, Ontario-based Grafoid, a graphene-focused business development firm, are tackling the production challenge head-on. Grafoid has invested in the patent-pending MesoGraf process, which generates pristine graphene from raw graphite ore, a cost-effective, single-step production method that eliminates harsh chemicals that could hamper the material’s fundamental properties. Such processes have the advantage of being better for the planet. In fact, graphene’s low environmental impact may turn out to be its true legacy. Researchers at Rice University have proved that adding graphene oxide to water-based drilling fluids can improve oil extraction by minimizing potential leakage. Graphene may even replace some metals and other natural resources mined for manufacturing, says Gordon Chiu, founder, president and CTO of Grafoid and co-inventor of MesoGraf. “Imagine taking something that was 100 percent oil-dependent and making it only 50 percent oil-dependent by mixing in graphene. Not only is the product lighter and stronger, but it’s also safer for the environment,” Chiu says. “I’ve always believed in new materials that can change the way we do things. Graphene has the ability to fundamentally impact how we operate as a species while still being technologically advanced.”  Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the December 2014 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

WestJet ramps up service out of YHM with Edmonton Halifax Winnipeg routes

first_img Wednesday, November 16, 2016 CALGARY — Hamilton will be seeing a lot more of WestJet next year – 40% more exactly. The airline has announced that it will be increasing capacity out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport by 40% in 2017 with the return of nonstop service to Edmonton and Halifax, as well as a new route to Winnipeg.Four-time weekly service to Edmonton returns Jan. 16 until Oct. 28, while daily service to Halifax returns Jan. 16 until Oct. 28. Three-time weekly service to Winnipeg starts Jan. 17 and ends on Oct. 26.By January, WestJet will offer 27 weekly departures to seven nonstop destinations out of Hamilton to meet increasing guest demand.“We are pleased to hear that WestJet will be expanding its domestic service offerings from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport starting in 2017,” said Vijay Bathija, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, President & CEO. “These services will provide more options for passengers in Hamilton and the surrounding area seeking to experience the ease and convenience of flying from Hamilton International to a number of popular Canadian destinations.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFrom Halifax Stanfield International this winter, the airline will offer 19 daily flights on 15 routes. Year-over-year in January, the airline will have added more than 15% additional capacity out of Halifax.“It’s great to see WestJet growing in our region once again following their successful expansion of air service last year. Providing our passengers with additional travel options remains one of our top priorities and we look forward to WestJet continuing to play a crucial role in achieving our objective,” said Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President and CEO.With the addition of the nonstop Winnipeg-Hamilton route, WestJet will offer 25 daily flights on 20 nonstop routes from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.In addition, WestJet is now Edmonton International Airport’s largest air carrier with almost 75% more seats than the next largest carrier. Overall, passengers in Edmonton have a total of 55 daily departures to 28 different destinations to choose from.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAll flights will be operated on Boeing 737NG aircraft. For more information go to westjet.com/hamilton. Posted by Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img WestJet ramps up service out of YHM with Edmonton, Halifax & Winnipeg routes Tags: Edmonton, Halifax, WestJet, Winnipeg << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Red tide prompts Gov Scott to direct US15m in funds to Gulf

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Florida, Red Tide, VISIT FLORIDA Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Red tide prompts Gov. Scott to direct US$1.5m in funds to Gulf Coast TALLAHASSEE — Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in seven counties along Florida’s southern Gulf Coast that have been overrun by the toxic algae bloom known as red tide, and ordered US$1.5 million to be spent on various clean-up efforts and to help impacted businesses. Red tide is common in this area but this year is particularly bad. The toxic algae bloom has spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico, drifting in the water since it began in October 2017. Stretching about 240 kilometres, it’s affecting communities from Naples in the south to Anna Maria Island in the north and appears to be moving northward. The algae turns the water toxic for marine life. Why this year’s red tide is so intense is up for debate. Some researchers have noticed aggressive blooms after hurricanes. Irma swept past Florida’s Gulf Coast in the summer of 2017 and a period of red tide affected Florida after the powerful 2004-2005 hurricanes. Although this isn’t peak tourist season for the Gulf Coast, red tide is affecting tourism. Gov. Scott said in a statement Monday: “As Southwest Florida and the Tampa Bay area continues to feel the devastating impacts of red tide, we will continue taking an aggressive approach by using all available resources to help our local communities. “Today I am issuing an emergency declaration to provide significant funding and resources to the communities experiencing red tide so we can combat its terrible impacts.”The seven counties are Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas.“While we fight to learn more about this naturally-occurring phenomenon, we will continue to deploy all state resources and do everything possible to make sure that Gulf Coast residents are safe and area businesses can recover,” he said.Governor Scott said he has directed VISIT FLORIDA to begin developing a marketing campaign to assist Southwest Florida communities that will start following this year’s red tide blooms. He added that VISIT FLORIDA will create a $500,000 emergency grant program to assist local tourism development boards in counties affected by the naturally-occurring red tide. With files from The Associated Press Sharelast_img read more