Google Home app debuts color controls for smart lights

first_img Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Tags Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now $69 News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Chris Monroe/CNET The Google Home app keeps getting more useful. Starting with version 2.9, you can use the app to change the color of compatible smart bulbs. A year ago, the app was mostly used for setting up your Google Home smart speakers. An update in the fall added well-organized smart home controls to the app that mirrored those found on Google’s smart displays. You could see all of your connected gadgets organized by room and control them with a touch. Now those touch controls are getting more robust.You’ve long been able to change the color of your compatible bulbs with a voice command to any device with Google Assistant built in, such as the Google Home Hub smart display. If you didn’t feel like talking, you had to go into the individual Philips Hue or Lifx apps to change the color of your bulbs. The newest version of the Google Home app lets you control them both from one spot.As before, you can also turn your smart lights on or off and change their brightness with the app. You can organize your lights into rooms and control them all at once. The code for the update was spotted on Monday by 9to5Google, who also noted newly added support for the upcoming Lenovo Smart Clock. The Smart Clock will offer a trimmed down version of the Lenovo Smart Display tailored for your nightstand. It’s due out this Spring. The update for the Google Home app hasn’t hit my Android phone yet, but it’s live on my coworker’s iPhone. A Google representative confirmed to CNET over email that the update officially launched Wednesday and should be live for everyone over the course of the day. Walmart Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house See it See It 2:22 Now playing: Watch this: Google Home Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it $79 0center_img Smart Home $99 reading • Google Home app debuts color controls for smart lights Crutchfield CNET Smart Home Mentioned Above Google Home See It How To • Make Google Home get your groceries See All Lenovo Smart Clock uses Google Assistant to wake you… • Post a comment Share your voice CNET Smart Home CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Lenovo Philipslast_img read more

Volvo Trucks is working out how to turn a profit with autonomy

first_img Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Enlarge ImageUnlike most autonomous vehicle developers, Volvo Trucks has found out how to put its Vera to work and make money doing it. Volvo Trucks We’ve covered Volvo Trucks’ autonomous Vera platform before, but now, we’re getting a better idea of how Volvo is managing its relationships with its pilot program customers and how it plans to make money from an emerging technology, thanks to a report published Wednesday by Reuters.So, just as a refresher, Vera is a fully autonomous, electric semi-truck that is being targeted (at least initially) at a particular kind of short-haul trucking called drayage. These drayage jobs are short, repetitive and often done without ever driving on a public road. It’s kind of a best-case scenario for self-driving technology right now.”There’s a lot of uncertainties, and that’s why we believe the right way to develop autonomous is with commercial pilots where we partner up with customers, go for real implementations, and learn from that,” said Sasko Cuklev, Volvo Trucks’ autonomous solutions director, in a statement to Reuters.Volvo has already lined up its first commercial pilot program with a company in Norway called Broennoey Kalk AS, in which the Vera truck will shuttle limestone from a mine to a nearby port. Volvo will be responsible for not only providing the trucks, but also setting up the infrastructure which includes a monitoring tower, a remote driver and vehicle charging, as well as providing maintenance and insurance. In turn, Broennoey will pay Volvo per ton of limestone transported. It’s kind of like a cross between a car subscription program and a usage-based insurance program.This makes the operation low-risk for the client since it’s not paying for work that’s not being done, and Volvo is making money during what would typically be another test phase for an already expensive-to-run program. It’s kind of brilliant.The pilot program with Broennoey Kalk AS is set to begin in the winter of 2019. Volvo 12 Photos Volvo’s new self-driving truck teams up to fight inefficiency 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Volvo Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Iron Knight is the coolest Volvo you’ll never be able to buy Now playing: Watch this: 3:01 0 More From Roadshow Post a comment 2019 Audi Q3 second drive: More for the masses Share your voicelast_img read more

Delhi has to wait a bit to read

Chinese writer Mo Yan, who has won this year’s Nobel Prize for literature, is relatively unknown to Indian readers and book shops in the capital were Friday scrambling to put his books on their shelves.Books by Mo are not easy to come by, complained a reader.‘I wanted to know about Mo Yan when I heard that he had received the Nobel Prize for literature, but none of the book shops in south Delhi had any of his books,’ Soma Basu, a resident of Greater Kailash, said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But book shops said they were doing their best to comply with the sudden demand for Mo, who plots his narratives around the socio-historical perspectives of China on massive colourful canvases.Midland, a reputed book retail chain in the capital, is getting copies of Mo’s Garlic Ballads from its publisher, Arcade, in the US.‘Not many people have read Mo Yan. Till this week, he was completely unknown. But since Thursday, readers have been walking into my shop for his books,’ M A Baig, the founder of the chain said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe bookstore does brisk business in the novels of popular Chinese writer Gao Xinjiang – the Chinese emigre to France who in 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.‘Three of Gao’s books, Soul Mountain, One Man’s Bible and Buying a Fishing Rod sell fairly well… Now Mo’s books will find takers,’ Baig said.Bahrisons in the capital’s Khan Market expects to receive its first consignment of Mo’s books soon.‘We don’t have any books by Mo Yan but his rival Haruki Murakami, who was in the race for the Nobel Prize, sells very well in the country. Mo Yan is not popular but the Nobel Prize has changed his popularity status in India… By Saturday we hope to get fresh stocks from distributors,’ a spokesperson for Bahrisons said. Crossword, one of the biggest book chains in the capital, does not have Mo Yan on its shelves either.‘Not now… Later,’ said a spokesperson for the Crossword Bookstore at Rajouri Garden in the capital.For online readers, Mo’s Change and Red Sorghum are available on Flipkart and Infibeam.Foreign publishing companies in India are not yet ready to meet any sudden interest in Mo Yan’s novels.A spokesperson for Pan Macmillan said: ‘The publishing house has not yet published any of Nobel Laureate Mo Yan’s books.’‘He is still unknown in India and around the world. But now that he has won a Nobel Prize, it will draw readers to his books,” the spokesperson for Pan Macmillan India said.The acclaimed Red Sorghum: A Novel on China, spanning the saga of three generations of a family in the 1930s, which was made into an Oscar-winning movie, has been published in translation by Penguin US. ‘The book is available in India,’ the publisher said. The book sells because of its popularity on screen.‘The Nobel Prize is a political call these days and the idea of giving one to a Chinese author could be a politically fraught decision in a year which saw the famous Chinese dissident Chen Guang Chen… seek refuge in the American Embassy; [Mo’s] books bring out the other side of China,” senior communications executive Manish Singh, an avid reader of the classics, told IANS.According to reports from China, Mo’s latest and most popular “Frog” about China’s “one child birth control” has sold more than 200,000 copies since it was published in 2009. It is yet to reach the Indian audience in translation. read more

Season special

first_imgThis season, immerse in mesmerising regional handloom weaves like Maheshwari, Kota, Ikats and fine Bandhini along with block printed textiles in Ajrakh, Bagru and Dabu styles. Splendid garments, fabrics and furnishings embellished with regional embroideries will be available in Ari, Sindhi, Lambani, Sozni and Applique. Organic cottons and naturally dyed children’s clothing with eco herbal essential oils and designer combs made out of neem will showcase versatility of natural materials. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Traditional leather footwear along with tribal, bead and thread based jewellery that shall surely leave you asking for more. Pottery, wood carving, cotton dhurries will feature along with environment-friendly handmade Moonj baskets along with Candles, Sikki and Paper Mache decoratives.Regional painting forms like Madhubani, Kalamkari and Tanjore shall further leave you spellbound. Ruaab-sewa brings you craft products from Ethiopia, for the very first time. Hand-spun cotton handlooms, carved leather bags and purses, decorative clay items and painted pottery tea-sets along with jewellery made from indigenous Ethiopian wood and a selection of local Ethiopian silver jewellery will be showcased. It will be a cross cultural exchange of traditions and discover the hospitality of their ritual ‘Coffee Ceremony’ using their famous “Bunna” coffee. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOne of the many unique Indian crafts represented, will be Rogan Paintings by Md. Jabbar A. Khatri from Kutch, Gujarat. The rare technique is only practiced by 10 people in the village of Nirona in Kutch, and the importance for giving these artists a strong market platform was evident in Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, choosing a Rogan Painting to be India’s gift to US President, Barrack Obama.Dastkar, a registered NGO working with crafts and craftspeople for over three decades, strongly believes in crafts as a catalytic tool for social and economic empowerment and earning. It aims to  break the barriers that separate craftspeople from mainstream urban markets, reviving and revitalizing both the craft and the community.Where: The Nature Bazaar Avenue, Kisan Haat, near Chhatarpur metro stationWhen:  February 12 – Feb 23 Timings: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Entry: Rs. 20last_img read more

Sunwings daylight savings sale ends tonight plus earn double STAR points

first_img TORONTO – To make the end of daylight savings a little less depressing, Sunwing is offering up to 50% off a wide selection of all-inclusive vacation packages to top-rated resorts throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.The offer is available until midnight today (Nov. 7). Included in the sale is the recently renovated and refreshed Playa Dorada Beach Resort, one of Sunwing’s most popular Smile Resorts featuring a kids club, two pools and complimentary activities. Clients can also take advantage of a 20% discount on spa treatments at the on-site spa, while golfers have the option of pre-booking their tee times at the nearby golf course with Sunwing for a discounted price.In addition, from now until Nov. 30, Sunwing is offering agents double the STAR points when they confirm vacation packages to Be Live Hamaca properties between Dec. 12, 2016 and April 30, 2017.What’s more, agents who book vacation packages to Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach can win a seven-night all-inclusive vacation for two to any of the three Be Live Experience Hamaca properties. Each booking made throughout November to Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach, Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden, or Be Live Experience Hamaca Suites will earn agents more chances to win.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backPlus, agents can earn 10% commission at source when they book vacation packages or air to La Romana throughout November.To sweeten the deal for clients who book Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach between Nov. 1-10, Sunwing is including a free excursion to explore Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The resort is easily reached with Sunwing’s twice weekly flight service from Toronto to La Romana.For more information go to sunwing.ca. The Canadian Press Share Posted by Sunwing’s daylight savings sale ends tonight, plus earn double STAR pointscenter_img Tags: Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, November 7, 2016 last_img read more