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

Former Sun Pharma executive kills wife 2 children before hanging self in

first_imgThe police is not ruling out the involvement of outsiders, although the content of the note indicates that Singh killed his family before hanging himself from the ceiling.A 55-year-old former senior executive of Sun Pharmaceuticals reportedly killed his wife and two children before committing suicide at their residence in Gurugram on Monday, June 1. Prakash Singh was living with his wife Sonu, 48, daughter Aditi Prakash, 21, and son Aditya Prakash, 14, at Uppal Southend.A suicide note was recovered from Singh’s pocket, which said: “I am completely failed Taking I and my family along with me. I am completely responsible for this. No one else.” He had recently lost his job.The police are not ruling out the involvement of outsiders, although the content of the note indicates that Singh killed his family before hanging himself from the ceiling. Based on a complaint filed by Singh’s sister, a case has also been registered under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).According to The Times of India, the forensic head of the Civil hospital, Dr Deepak Mathur, who conducted the family’s post-mortem, said that they died between midnight and 2 am.”Prakash’s was suicidal hanging while his daughter, wife and son have multiple head injuries. They had deep cuts and they might have died within a few minutes of the attack,” said Mathur.He added that 12 marks were found on Aditi’s body, eight on Aditya’s head and 19 on Sonu’s body, but mainly on the head. There was also a deep cut on the back of Sonu’s neck.”Singh may have tried to sedate the family before killing them since there were a lot of pills in the house. An initial autopsy showed signs of a struggle on the bodies of the two women and the boy,” Aman Yadav, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Sadar), was quoted by Hindustan Times.Yadav added that a knife and a hammer were used in the crime and the analysis of the body samples was awaited to determine if the victims had been drugged.The crime came to light when the family’s maid came to work at around 7 am on Monday, but the door wasn’t opened for her. She informed the neighbours who tried calling the mobile phone of Singh, Sonu and Aditi but the devices were switched off.The police were informed and a team at the spot removed the iron grille of the apartment’s bathroom window. The maid entered the house and found the floor covered in blood. The body of Sonu and Aditya were found on the floor while Aditi’s was on the bed. Singh was found hanging by a nylon rope from a ceiling fan. The family’s four dogs were found sitting next to the bodies.Yadav said that the police investigation will focus on what prompted such action. According to the family’s relatives and neighbours, Singh was depressed since he lost his job. The family’s dogs have been taken in by the neighbours for now.last_img read more

Study shows slime molds have spatial memory

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org)—Biology researchers from the University of Sydney, working with colleagues from Paul Sabatier Université in Toulouse have found that the brainless slime mold Physarum polycephalum, is able to use its slime trail as a memory device. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describe how they used a baited trap to test the molds’ ability to navigate around an obstacle both when able to use its trail as a guide, and when its trail was disguised, to uncover how the mold uses the trail as a memory device. The research found that that a single-celled organism with no brain uses an external spatial memory to navigate through a complex environment. Credit: Tanya Latty Explore further Citation: Study shows slime molds have spatial memory (2012, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-slime-molds-spatial-memory.html Play Plasmodium solving U-shaped trap problem on substrate of blank agar. Credit: PNAS. The key to solving the problem lies in how the mold moves around and in the makeup of the slime trail it leaves behind. P. polycephalum has several different parts, or areas that make up its body, each of which respond independently to its environment. The different parts expand and contract, pulsating at a certain rate depending on what is being experienced. Heat, food or light cause changes in the pulsation rate which differ from the rate of other parts of the molds’ body. These differences in pulsation rates are what cause the mold to move. As the mold moves, a layer of slime is deposited beneath its body to allow for sliding across surface material. Chemicals in the slime also cause changes in the pulsation rate, which accounts for how they can avoid treading on it.Suspecting that the mold was somehow using its slime trail as a memory device, the team ran two experiments involving traps. The first involved placing a mold in trap with a Y shaped obstacle with food placed at each end of the branch. When a slime mat was placed in the path between the mold and the food source, 39 out of 40 test slime went all the other way around to get at it.In the second experiment, the molds were placed in a trap where a U shaped obstacle was placed between the mold and a food source. As the molds made their way to the food, they were timed to see how long it took them to get around the obstacle. Two types of trials were run, the first was where the molds were allowed to move on a normal surface. In the second, the surface was covered with slime similar to that produced by the mold, preventing the mold from using it as a memory device. When the molds were allowed to use their trails, 96 percent of them reached the food within 120 hours. That number shrank to just 33 percent when left to navigate without use of their trail.These results indicate that P. polycephalum uses its slime trail as a memory device, the first example of that ability in an organism with no brain. Slime mold prefers sleeping pillscenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences P. polycephalum is a simple creature, made up of just one cell. It has no brain, nor neural system, yet is able to move about in its environment without retracing its steps. How it has been able to accomplish this feat has remained a mystery, until now. © 2012 Phys.org More information: Slime mold uses an externalized spatial “memory” to navigate in complex environments, PNAS, Published online before print October 8, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1215037109AbstractSpatial memory enhances an organism’s navigational ability. Memory typically resides within the brain, but what if an organism has no brain? We show that the brainless slime mold Physarum polycephalum constructs a form of spatial memory by avoiding areas it has previously explored. This mechanism allows the slime mold to solve the U-shaped trap problem—a classic test of autonomous navigational ability commonly used in robotics—requiring the slime mold to reach a chemoattractive goal behind a U-shaped barrier. Drawn into the trap, the organism must rely on other methods than gradient-following to escape and reach the goal. Our data show that spatial memory enhances the organism’s ability to navigate in complex environments. We provide a unique demonstration of a spatial memory system in a nonneuronal organism, supporting the theory that an externalized spatial memory may be the functional precursor to the internal memory of higher organisms.Press release This document is subject to copyright. 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Genetic analysis reveals patterns of migration of early Bantu speaking people

first_img Prior research has shown that BSPs migrated from the western coast of central Africa to southern and eastern parts of the continent, but exactly when the migration occurred and the timing of a big split between groups of BSPs have been hotly debated—some suggest there was a split before the migration while others insist it came after. In this new effort, the researchers have used genetic analysis of individuals from across a wide swath of Africa and also from people living in North America to better understand what occurred. They note that due to the migration, approximately one-third of the people living today in sub-Saharan Africa are BSPs.In all, the team collected samples from 2,055 people living in Africa. Then, they conducted a genetic analysis of the samples and entered what they found into a computer modeling software to show how BSP migration likely occurred. The researchers report that the software showed a migration moving south (through the rainforest), then farther south and eventually east.The researchers note that as BSPs moved into the rainforest, they encountered and mixed with hunter-gatherer non-BSP people who had developed a genetic resistance to tropical diseases such as malaria approximately 800 years ago. Some BSPs also gained genes that allowed adults to digest milk. In exchange, the BSPs brought knowledge of agriculture with them, which forever changed the landscape in those parts of Africa. As Bantu-speaking people migrated across Africa, they acquired advantageous genetic mutations through admixture. Credit: Patin et al., Science (2017) / Etienne Patin / Institut Pasteur (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has learned more about the migration history of early Bantu speaking people (BSP) in Africa by conducting a genetic analysis of over 2000 people living on the continent today. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their approach and what they learned about the BSP migration in Africa. Bantu-speaking people travelling on a river. Credit: Luc-Henri Fage / Fells.fr Explore further More information: Etienne Patin et al. Dispersals and genetic adaptation of Bantu-speaking populations in Africa and North America, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aal1988AbstractBantu languages are spoken by about 310 million Africans, yet the genetic history of Bantu-speaking populations remains largely unexplored. We generated genomic data for 1318 individuals from 35 populations in western central Africa, where Bantu languages originated. We found that early Bantu speakers first moved southward, through the equatorial rainforest, before spreading toward eastern and southern Africa. We also found that genetic adaptation of Bantu speakers was facilitated by admixture with local populations, particularly for the HLA and LCT loci. Finally, we identified a major contribution of western central African Bantu speakers to the ancestry of African Americans, whose genomes present no strong signals of natural selection. Together, these results highlight the contribution of Bantu-speaking peoples to the complex genetic history of Africans and African Americans. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Genetic analysis reveals patterns of migration of early Bantu speaking people (2017, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-genetic-analysis-reveals-patterns-migration.html 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. Researchers find signs of western Eurasian genes in southern African Khoisan tribes Journal information: Science Bantu-speaking people travelling on a road. Credit: Luc-Henri Fage / Fells.fr The researchers also obtained genetic information for approximately 5,200 African Americans and used it to investigate their African background. They report that they found a high degree of BSP ancestry, which was expected, as slave traders typically brought slaves to the Americas from the western coast of Africa. But the researchers report that they also found that their genomes on average were 16 percent non-BSP, suggesting that African Americans are much more genetically diverse than has been thought.last_img read more

Four Tools for Scouting Social Media Leaders in Your Network

first_img Congratulations. You finally have a handle on the social media thing. Now the real work begins: pinpointing the most powerful people in your online networks and cultivating those relationships into more business wins.Big brands like beauty retailer Sephora and giffgaff, the U.K.’s fastest-growing mobile network, have called on enterprise social media suite provider Lithium Technologies to help launch and sustain their strong online communities. According to Lithium’s principal scientist Michael Wu, a key part of that process is identifying top influencers and turning them into company advocates.For small businesses with smaller budgets, there happen to be a number of low-cost (or free) social analytics companies–several with targeted business offerings–that provide scores and reports to help you find and engage your network superstars.Many of them are still works in progress, Wu cautions, with an overemphasis on “bandwidth,” or activity and quantity of followers, friends and fans. “Even if you make a lot of noise, you’re not guaranteed to be influential,” he explains. “But of course the algorithms will get better.”Below, we take a quick look at a few of the most influential influence rankers.1. KloutTagline: The standard for influenceScore: Based on more than 35 variables on Facebook and Twitter to measure “true reach,” “amplification probability” and “network influence”Features: In-depth score analysis; list of most influential followers and their topics of expertise; list of influences; achievements for tweet and retweet benchmarks @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: 88 to 93Advantage: Free and arguably the most high profile, Klout has partnerships with foursquare, Google Chrome, The Huffington Post, LinkedIn, Spotify and about.me2. TwitalyzerTagline: Serious analytics for social businessScore: Measured by 10 criteria: influence, impact, engagement, velocity, generosity, signal, clout, followers, followees and listsFeatures: User-type classification (thought leader, social butterflies, trendsetters, etc.); Twitter integration with view of followers, commonly used hashtags and recent topics; map of location @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: 73.9 to 74.3Advantage: Comprehensive data reports (subscriptions start at $4.99 per month) that facilitate geographically targeted outreach efforts and offer a slew of add-on features like weekly e-mail reports and API access3. PeerIndexTagline: Understand your social capitalScore: Measures a combination of “audience,” “authority” and “activity” in eight distinct subject categories (business, politics, sports, news, etc.) across various social media accountsFeatures: Breakdown of areas of expertise; list of popular topics, top sources, friends and groups @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: 86 to 82Advantage: The general scores are free to all, but the “bespoke” paid service can find influencers specific to an industry or community4. TraackrTagline: Relevance drives influenceScore: Evaluates eight types of media (blogs, reviews, social networks, photos, etc.) to discover users’ “reach,” “resonance” and “relevance”Features: Constantly updated report of top 25 influencers; web presence information, including recent posts; user contact info, location and stats; filter capabilities to track certain mentions and conversations; ability to add tags, tasks and notes @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: N/A–no universal score since it’s dependent on market or industry contextAdvantage: The most established of the bunch, the subscription service (plans are $499 a month and up) helps clients like Honda identify and then engage top influencers relevant to a specific brand, product and campaign This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. September 14, 2011 Enroll Now for Free This story appears in the September 2011 issue of . Subscribe » 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more