Sonos Music System Comes to Android

first_img Tags:#music#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Sonos is releasing an Android version of the controler for its wireless music system today. The company, which allows users to listen to their downloaded music or to subscriptions on streaming services from Pandora to Spotify to Rdio, says it doubled in revenue last year and does 60% of its business outside the United States. One Sonos S5 unit retails for $400 for single room. I’ve been testing out two review units for the past few weeks and am really enjoying them. I didn’t know what the point of the Sonos was – until I had it in my house and under the control of my iPhone. Sonos co-founder Tom Cullen says that’s a common experience. “The iPhone made this business grow,” Cullen says. “We’ve had a lot of products we’ve introduced to change the growth rate of this company and there’s nothing like the iPhone that’s done it. We released that in October ’08 and saw a 15% uptick in a week. We expect the Android to do the same.”In addition to the standard Sonos options, the Android controler will allow users to search for music by voice. Cullen says that even when music is playing loudly, the Android voice recognition is effective.What does the future hold for Sonos? Cullen says that getting costs down is key to the company’s growth and that sounds about right – it would be great to be able to outfit rooms at less than $400 a pop. Logitech makes a wireless speaker system for under $100, but it doesn’t appear to offer the software, user experience or audio quality that Sonos does.Sonos raised $25 million in venture capital from Index Ventures last year, part of a big increase in investment across the music technology industry last year.Internet music is what Sonos serves today, but the company aims to grow broader in its feature set inthe future.“The S5 [model] is a smart speaker,” Cullen says. “We expect that in the future, all speakers will have power and a brain. They will work one way for movie sound, another way for music. You’ll take your smart phone and connect to any smart feature. We are a sound company and we’ll cover every part of sound in the home.” 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

You Are Upset Because You Care

first_imgYour client is not getting the outcome that you promised them when they made the decision to buy from you. Your team is struggling to produce those outcomes, and you are upset that things aren’t going well. You are right to be upset, and you are right to care about the outcomes you promised. You are, in fact, accountable for the results you sell, and this is how you build lifelong relationships. You are almost wrong to start trying to make change from that negative state.Breath. Compose yourself. Put yourself in the positive, optimistic, empowered and empowering state, and go work with your team to help them acquire the resources they need or make the changes necessary to succeed. You will not get greater outcomes from having this conversation from a negative emotional state.One of the main reasons that your client isn’t producing the outcomes you promised is because they are not doing what they need to do on their side. Your team is now picking up their end of the stick, and now you need your client to pick up their end of the stick. The upset feeling you have is based on your telling yourself that this is their fault, and that you are being unfairly accused of failing. You care about your client, their outcomes, and your reputation.Sit for a minute (or ten, but no more than that). Decide not to be defensive and not to do or say anything to cause your client to feel the need to defend themselves. Take responsibility for not preparing them better, and ask them how you can help them do what they need to do. If you want help with the language you need to have this conversation, look to Chapter 13 in The Lost Art of Closing.You don’t produce better results by being upset. You produce better results by transforming that negative emotional state into a more resourceful state, and then taking positive actions with a positive attitude to change things. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

A-Roid Says Hi To Headley

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares TAMPA, Fla.— Chase Headley says Alex Rodriguez has “reached out and introduced himself.”Headley was signed to a $52 million, four-year contract by the Yankees, who plan to start him at third base and shift Rodriguez to designated hitter.Returning from a season-long suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, the 39-year-old Rodriguez hopes to win back his old job at third base.Headley said A-Rod contacted him shortly after he reached the agreement in mid-December.“We didn’t talk about that,” Headley said Feb. 16 after working out at the Yankees’ minor league complex.“It was just more of an introduction. I think we both care about winning. That’s the most important thing and that’s what we talked about. That (other) stuff will sort itself out. I’m not going to concern myself with that. I’m going to come out and try to do the best I can to do my job, and however that shakes out it will shake out.”Headley was acquired from the San Diego Padres last July, then became a free agent before signing with the Yankees.Rodriguez met with top Yankees officials Feb. 10 and apologized to the team as he prepares to report to spring training ahead of the first full-squad workout on Feb. 26.last_img read more

7 days ago​Solskjaer insists Man Utd right to sell Alexis, Lukaku

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer insists Man Utd right to sell Alexis, Lukakuby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is sticking by the decision to sell Romelu Lukaku and loan out Alexis Sanchez.The Red Devils manager is under increased scrutiny after his side made a poor start to the season.Their biggest problem is a lack of goals, but Solskjaer does not regret letting two experienced attackers leave in the summer transfer window.Speaking about those departures in an interview with Gary Neville, Solskjaer said: “In one-off games, you think we could’ve had a number of extra players with experience. “Alexis and Rom are goalscorers and good players, but at the moment, we made those decisions and they were the right decisions.”That’s the only way you’ve got to look at it. All the players here want to give everything for the club and for the shirt – that’s a big thing.”Every day that they come in training, and every day that they put the shirt on, they’re going to give everything that they have. So you can’t really say, ‘oh I wish I didn’t do that’.”Giving a couple of the lads the chance to show themselves, maybe it was a little bit too early for a few of them. But Mason Greenwood has stepped in and scored a couple in the midweek games, so it’s a great experience for them.”We know we haven’t had the results that we wanted, but I wouldn’t have kept the players we sold. It was the right decision.” last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Jordan Coaches’ Hat Revealed

first_imgJim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team.ANN ARBOR, MI – DECEMBER 30: Jim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team at the Junge Family Champions Center on December 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh’s new coaching hat has been revealed.Alejandro Zuniga of MaizenBrew posted a photo on Twitter today of the Michigan head coach’s new Air Jordan hat that he will wear on the sideline.Here it is:Jim Harbaugh’s hat for the 2016-17 football season: pic.twitter.com/DVibrXctVX— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) July 29, 2016Harbaugh’s coaching shirt (which he designed) was revealed earlier this month. This (but in blue and w/ a thin M) is Jim Harbaugh’s new coaching shirt. He designed it. pic.twitter.com/8ID6UFE44K— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 20, 2016Michigan officially becomes a Nike school on Aug. 1. The Wolverines signed a $173 million contract with The Swoosh that will run through 2027.As part of the deal, the Wolverines’ football team will be outfitted by Nike’s Jordan brand. All of the football gear – including the uniforms – will have the Jumpman logo.The football jerseys are set to be unveiled at a special ceremony in Detroit on Tuesday.last_img read more

Hacking HSMS Can Sink a Bulk Carrier

first_imgzoom Hackers could sink a bulk carrier by interrupting or manipulating the loading data of its hull stress monitoring systems (HSMS) to cause an imbalance of cargo onboard, UK-based Pen Test Partners said.In order to sink such a ship, hackers would only need to manipulate the loading data, having previously compromised the network either via the satcom unit or a phish, and the manipulated data would show that everything is within tolerances.“The loading continues, without any stress alerts being sounded. The crew are oblivious of this, as they rely on the automated stress monitoring systems. This is what is actually happening, everyone is oblivious until the boat snaps in two,” Pen Test Partners explained.The hull stress monitoring systems were introduced in order to address mounting bulk carrier losses by ensuring stresses did not exceed design specification. Loading would traditionally be supervised by the Chief Officer, with little more than calculators and tables to estimate bending forces on the hull.Nowadays it is done by using electronic strain gauges and accelerometers feeding data to onboard monitoring systems, which can be accessed remotely, via the internet, and through the satcom system.“HSMS vendors, indeed all ship control and reporting system manufacturers need to take security very seriously indeed, otherwise their own system can be turned against the ship,” Pen Test Partners said.“The ship’s master puts his faith in the stress monitoring system to alert to excess stresses; the last thing they expect is for it to mis-report and threaten the fabric of their ship.”last_img read more

Teenage girl sexually assaulted in Bengal 4 arrested

first_imgKolkata: A fifteen-year-old girl who was out on a cycle ride with her boyfriend was allegedly sexually assaulted by four local boys in West Bengal’s East Midnapore district, the police said on Wednesday. “Based on the family’s complaint filed on Tuesday we have arrested Biswajit Patra, Samir Mondol, Saurav Dolui and another juvenile boy for sexually assaulting the girl. They have also blamed her boyfriend for taking her out late in the evening,” an officer of Kolaghat police station said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The police said that the incident took place on August 24 when the girl, along with her 16-year old boyfriend, went out around 7 p.m. The family initially tried to talk to the boy’s family and solve it through discussions. According to the girl’s statement, the accused boys saw them in the deserted field and threatened to tell everyone in the village. “Two of the boys held her boyfriend while others took turn in molesting her”, the officer said. “The medical examination has been conducted and the investigation is on,” the officer added.last_img read more

Prime Minister Trudeau and Pope Francis discuss reconciliation at the Vatican

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau and Pope Francis discussed reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous peoples during a private meeting at the Vatican.In a statement, the Vatican said the pair also talked about conflicts in the Middle East, religious freedom and current ethical issues.Trudeau was also expected to bring up religious diversity and climate change during the meeting.At 1:04 p.m. on Monday, a bell rang, signalling the end of the private audience, which began in the Pope’s private quarters at 12:28 p.m.Trudeau then introduced his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, to the Pope along with officials from the Prime Minister’s Office.The prime minister gave the Pope a rare set of Jesuit Relations books, which have become an important source detailing the beginnings of Canada.Trudeau also presented the Pope with a Montagnais-French dictionary written by a French Jesuit in the 17th century.In return, the Pope gave the prime minister a gold medal marking the fourth year of his pontificate, an autographed copy of his message for World Peace Day and three papal letters about family, environment and evangelism. Watch the video below or click here. Trudeau was expected to ask the pontiff to issue a formal apology in Canada for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.His government has promised a call to action on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s demand for a papal apology to survivors, their families and communities related to the dark legacy of residential schools.Related stories:Prime Minister Trudeau visits Italian town devastated by 2016 earthquakeTrudeau and Trump talk trade, security at G7 summitTop court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school recordsTrudeau, in Rome this week following his participation at the NATO and G7 summits, wants to promote trade and other ties with Italy, including the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union.U.S. President Donald Trump met the pope at the Vatican last week.Monday morning, the prime minister took part in an event with the soccer team, A.S. Roma.His wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, has joined him on this part of the trip and the couple were to celebrate their wedding anniversary with a private dinner in Rome on Sunday evening.On Sunday, Trudeau appealed to the heart of the country by visiting Amatrice, a tiny town still struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake. “It’s an opportunity to share our thoughts, our condolences, our sympathies, but also demonstrate our resolve to accompany our friends in this difficult time,” Trudeau said Sunday as he stood below a clock tower, the only structure standing on a street lined with rubble.That clock is stopped at 3:36 – the time in the morning the 6.2-magnitude quake hit the area in central Italy about 100 kilometres northeast of Rome on August 24, 2016. Some 300 people were killed, including one Canadian.Many of them were children, and signs of their presence, including an illustrated cloth book and a inflatable pool toy, could be seen among the rocks, dust and other rubble piled high.Efforts to rebuild the town, which includes many heritage buildings from medieval times, have been moving slowly.The Italian-Canadian community has been trying to bring more attention to that fact, raising money to help pay for things like medical vehicles needed to navigate the mountainous terrain.Those efforts got a boost May 12 when Trudeau appeared at a fundraiser that also featured Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler who was born in Italy but went to school in Canada.Trudeau announced there that the Canadian government would match up to $2 million in donations to the Italy Earthquake Relief Fund.That drew sharp criticism from Conservative MP Maxime Bernier, who was nearing the end of the leadership race he ultimately lost to Andrew Scheer.At the time, Bernier took to Twitter to say that he loves Italy, but it is a rich country that can afford to rebuild without money from Canadian taxpayers, which he argued should have gone to help more victims of the floods in Quebec and eastern Ontario.The money will go toward humanitarian aid in the area, which is still experiencing tremors.The prime minister arrived in the town via an Italian government helicopter and he was greeted warmly with a long embrace by the local mayor, Sergio Pirozzi.In Amatrice, the Trudeaus surveyed the damage while wearing hard hats, spoke to residents, emergency responders and others working to rebuild the town.They also laid a bouquet of flowers at a memorial to the victims.Former prime minister Stephen Harper, who issued a residential schools apology on behalf of the Canadian government in 2008, did not raise the issue directly during a 10-minute audience with Pope Francis two years ago. Harper did mention the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.In 2009, the previous pope, Benedict XVI, did express “sorrow” on behalf of the Catholic Church for the “deplorable conduct” by some members of the church in their treatment of indigenous children in residential schools.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission report said this did not go far enough, especially since it was not made in public.last_img read more

Horgans natural gas framework announcement meets praise criticism

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — Officials on both sides of the political spectrum have reacted to B.C. Premier John Horgan’s announcement for a new provincial framework for natural gas development with both praise and criticism.The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association’s president Chris Gardner said his organization supported today’s announcement, calling it a positive step forward for the province’s Liquefied Natural Gas industry.“We are thrilled with this big leap forward for LNG,” said Gardner. “LNG Canada’s potential investment in the B.C. would be the largest private sector investment in the history of our province. At more than $40 billion in private capital, it would be one of the largest projects every undertaken in Canada, it would create thousands of construction jobs, and it would generate opportunities and positive economic spinoffs for communities across B.C.” Gardner pointed out that with the NDP and BC Liberals both on board, a provincial LNG industry has broad political support. “By unlocking our world class energy asset, B.C.’s LNG industry will play an important role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by helping many Asian countries transition off coal,” he  added.Meanwhile, the Wilderness Committee said that the province is giving a massive tax break and otherwise lowering corporate costs in a bid to lure LNG Canada into building a huge liquified natural gas facility in Kitimat.“Greenhouse gas emissions are going to go through the roof with a project of this kind,” said Wilderness Committee National Campaign Director Joe Foy. “From escaped methane at the drill sites to the massive carbon emissions required to cool the gas, to more escaped methane on the long trip across the ocean to Asia and then the emissions from burning the gas. It all adds up to a big bad climate changer. How would B.C. ever meet our climate commitments with this LNG plant chugging along?”The Wilderness Committee is concerned that the proposed LNG plant would be supplied by fracked gas. Over the past decade, the Wilderness Committee has spent time in northeast British Columbia, listening to First Nations and community members’ concerns over both the massive use of and risks to freshwater resources from the fracking industry.“How can B.C. commit to ramping up this dangerous, polluting industry when the province has just announced that they will be looking at the environmental impacts of the fracking process through their scientific review?” said Foy. “Why does the government keep consulting the public and experts if they plan to go ahead as is anyway?last_img read more

Bengal’s celebrated mountaineer set to conquer North Pole

first_imgKolkata: Satyarup Siddhanta, the Kolkata mountaineer who made Bengal proud in January by becoming the youngest man in the world to have scaled the seven highest peaks and volcanic summits across continents when he conquered Antarctica’s highest point Mount Sidley, is again embarking on an expedition to the North Pole. He has already left the city for the same.The mountaineer would ski for around ten days, 8-10 hours daily to reach the last point in North Pole, where the temperature varies between -25 to -35 degree Celsius. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIf Siddhanta successfully completes the arduous task in the next fifteen days, he will be the youngest person in the world to have completed the 7 highest summits, 7 volcanic summits, North Pole and South Pole and the first one from India to have done the same. “It is very challenging considering the inclement weather conditions, the presence of polar bears and the load of around 50 kg on the back, which needs to be carried during the expedition. But I am optimistic in placing our national flag on the North Pole,” Siddhanta said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA global company is sponsoring his expedition and the Indian flag was handed over to the mountaineer at a recent programme in the city by minister of state for Information & Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen. The North Pole has been adversely affected by global warming and the snow is melting there at a rapid pace. Experts have expressed their apprehension that the place may cease to exist after twenty years. The mountaineer, who originally hails from Haridevpur in South Kolkata, is a software engineer by profession. He holds an illustrious record of conquering several treacherous summits such as Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt Elbrus in Europe, Mt Denali in Alaska and Mt Monc Blanc in France. It was December 5, 2018, when Satyarup scaled Pico de Orizaba, which is the highest volcanic peak in North America. He was the first civilian Bengali to have scaled the seven summits in 2017. A Bengali mountaineer based in Delhi Satyabrata Dam had scaled the seven summits some years ago, but he was a non-civilian. He had successfully climbed Mt Everest in June 2016. Satyarup, an asthma patient as a child, could never even dream of scaling the mountains or other sports. But it was in 2008 when he went on a trekking trip with his friends that he decided to take up mountaineering. He went on scaling one peak after another and is now regarded as the country’s most successful mountaineer.last_img read more