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Sonos 8.2.2 - Control software for the Sonos Music System.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 1 hour 53 min ago

Sonos (formerly Sonos Desktop Controller) allows you to control software for the Sonos Music System.

Music in your house.
When it comes to playing music, we believe all rooms should be created equal. That's why you can put ZonePlayers in absolutely any room where you want music - either connected directly to speakers or to your home theater and stereo system. With Sonos, no room is off-limits and you can add music to practically any number of rooms: the bedroom, the backyard, even the bathroom.

Music in your hands.
Sonos puts the control of all your music and all your rooms right where it should be -- in your hands. With the touch of a finger you can find and play a world of music, whether it's streaming direct from the Internet or stored on your computer. Tune in to your favorite radio station or browse through your entire music library. You can play the same song in every room or choose different songs for different rooms. It's up to you. And so is which Controller you use - the dedicated Sonos Controller, Sonos Controller for iPhone, Sonos Controller for Mac or PC, or a combination of all four.

Version 8.2.2: Features:
  • Pandora on Sonos: Sonos is the best way to listen to Pandora at home. Play music from the Pandora app straight to Sonos. Enjoy Pandora, Pandora Plus or Pandora Premium out loud all over your home.
  • Play music from the Pandora app straight to Sonos. Send the music from your headphones to your home sound system with a simple tap. You can also let friends with the Pandora app DJ on your Sonos. The Sonos app and Pandora app work together. Control the music from any phone using either app. Start listening with the Pandora app and pick up with the Sonos app.
  • Get voice control for Pandora with the new Sonos One or when you connect another Sonos speaker to an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. Start the music, skip songs, change stations, pause and resume completely hands-free.
Also in this release.
  • Wake up to your favorite songs, radio stations or playlists with the enhanced alarm feature, now with the much requested snooze function. Tap the More and Alarms in your Sonos app to set a time and specify what plays and where.
  • We made some small improvements to My Sonos, making it easier to play the music you love most. Organize all your favorites in My Sonos. Add playlists, radio-stations, podcasts, albums or songs from more than 50 music services.

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • Internet connection for access to Internet radio stations and online software updates
  • Sonos Multi-Room Music System

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Dealmaster: Get a (refurbished) Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa for $30

Ars Technica - 2 hours 33 sec ago

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list features a slew of deals on laptops from Dell, Lenovo, and Asus, including Asus model that comes with a 8th-gen Core i5 chip, 1080p display, 8GB of RAM, and a USB-C port for $500. Beyond the PC, we've also got an Amazon-certified refurbished version of Amazon's latest Fire TV Stick for $30, which is $10 off its non-refurbished going rate.

The rest of the discount smorgasbord covers Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro, various 4K TVs, and the usual array of smart home gear. You can take a look for yourself below.

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12.1" Screen, USA, ~$300 - In class/school laptop for notes, sometimes basic Solidworks viewing - Non touchscreen. Open to used/refurbished!

Hello, what do you suggest for my needs? I see other students with their Microsoft Surface Pros with envy but I can't afford one. I also do not need/want a touchscreen. I know they use Solidworks to view assemblies and parts and occasionally to model things and that would be very helpful for the things I do in my classes.

  • Total budget and country of purchase: $300 USA

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Good battery life and best specs for the money

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Lighter and thinner the better, this will be in my backpack all the time.

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. No bigger than 12 inch to save desk space

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. Light CAD, Word, Excel, Chrome for videos, etc

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Probably won't be gaming

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Not really, no.

Not opposed to a few years older model if it can do what I want proficiently.

Not sure if $300 for all of this is a pipe dream but I thought I'd try!

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Learning CS while driving

Learn Programming - 2 hours 6 min ago

I spend about three hours on the road for work a day, sometimes more. While I know coding is the most effective use of my time to learn how to code, can anyone recommend any audio learning resources you have used yourself that might break down concepts and ideas in computer science or programming that I can learn about during my commute?

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Samsung is now mass-manufacturing GDDR6 memory for your next GPU

Ars Technica - 2 hours 10 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton)

For the first time, Samsung is manufacturing GDDR6 memory in mass quantities. The memory is faster and more efficient than the GDDR5 memory it succeeds, and itwill likely appear on PC graphics cards this year.

Samsung's GDDR6 memory is based on the company's 10-nanometer technology and offers double the density of the company's 20-nanometer GDDR5 offerings, meaning 16 gigabits instead of eight gigabits. The company promises an 18Gbps pin speed and transfer rates of up to 72GB/s. Further, the new chips will run at 1.35V. The GDDR5 predecessor has a pin speed of 9Gbps and runs at 1.55V.

The result should be significantly faster video cards for gaming and other tasks like video processing and Ethereum mining, if you're into that sort of thing. Samsung's press release says, "immediate production of GDDR6 will play a critical role in early launches of next-generation graphics cards and systems." The GDDR6 chips Samsung is producing will generally edge out what we're currently seeing in GDDR5X in terms of performance.

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Pinegrow 4.2 - Mockup and design webpages faster (was Pinegrow Web Designer).

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 2 hours 14 min ago

Pinegrow (was Pinegrow Web Designer) is desktop app that lets you mockup and design webpages faster with multi-page editing, CSS and LESS styling, and smart components for Bootstrap, Foundation, Angular JS, and WordPress.

Version 4.2:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor.
Note: Pinegrow 4 is a free upgrade for those having purchased a license in the last 12 months. View pricing information.

  • Foundation 6.4 - Pinegrow now supports Foundation 6.4. Not only that, all new visual tools like column resizers, page libraries, and grid/column overlays are available for Foundation 6.4 projects as well.
  • Image overlay guides - Use “Image overlay” in the Visual helpers menu to toggle and set up the image overlay that is used as a visual guide for implementing your design. Select the image and set the X and Y coordinates to place it in the correct position over the page. The image overlay is shown on top of the page. It doesn’t affect the page itself in any way. Use Opacity and Grayscale settings to make the overlay distinguished from the page.
  • Other improvements:
    • Faster Page code editing, especially noticeable on large pages
    • Save Partial action accepts a relative path as well.
    • Support for remote stylesheets with the integrity attribute
    • Many bug fixes and small improvements

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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tTV 2.4.1 - TV-show tracker.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 2 hours 18 min ago

tTV is a TV-show tracker. It tracks your favorite shows so you can see when they will air, but you can also get information about the show, its episodes, its stars, and if the show has ended, you will see this as well. It organizes its content into Airing, TBA (to be announced), and Ended Shows so you can easily and quickly get the info you want. It also has a Taskboard for those who use streaming portals, so they can setup a Web link to the show, and once it aired, it will appear there and with a single click, be able to switch right to the Website in a browser to watch.

Version 2.4.1:
  • Fixed an odd bug with Events Window and Dock Clicks
  • Fixed the issue Episode Preview Window did't close properly
  • Improved the Events Section (the Bell on the top right side):
  • Now the newest notifications are on top which prevents duplicates
  • The messages now scroll instead of ... at the end
  • Other minor bug fixes
  • Most important: tTV comes now with a Crash Reporter, so whenever a crash occurs, you're able to submit the logs directly to the developer, please use this, simply click the Send Button on next launch
  • Added a "What's new" window for updates if anything is new that is more noteworthy than just a Mention in the changelog

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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'Science Fair' shows the challenges teens face in Intel's competition

Engadget - 2 hours 19 min ago
Intel's science fairs are pressure cookers: imagine pitting some of the world's brightest students against each other while they're already grappling with teenage anxiety. And now, there's a documentary that illustrates just how rough it can be. Mu...

Actian Transforms IoT With Next Gen Embedded Database Platform

Actian, the hybrid data management, analytics and integration company, today announced new multi-platform editions of the industry leading Actian Zen Embedded database solution family designed to address the demanding scale-down and scale-out requirements of data-centric IoT solutions. This innovative offering provides the industry with the first enterprise-ready embedded database solution that works across gateways and edge devices, giving developers a seamless experience when moving data from edge to edge across the enterprise. ...(read more)

Can I buy a iphone with a bad IMEI for development or will it not work?

iOS Programming - 2 hours 22 min ago

Pretty much title, just trying to meddle around with some iOS programming but I don't have an iphone.

Can I buy a cheap iphone off ebay with a bad IMEI or will it not work?

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Canonical brings Slack to the snap ecosystem

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, today announce the first iteration of Slack as a snap, bringing collaboration to open source users. ...(read more)

Want to make a simple website

Learn Programming - 2 hours 26 min ago

I have been learning basic html,css, and javascript for the past few months and have worked a little with python. I know that to learn to code you have to start coding. I want to make a simple website that takes in parameters for a team and a number and then sends out a players name that corresponds to the jersey number. I know there will have to be some backend production maybe with sql and some frontend to design the interface of the website but I am not sure where to start. First post on here thanks.

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Where can I learn about this specific subdomain of Natural Language Processing?

Learn Programming - 2 hours 29 min ago

Hi all! I'm working to achieve a specific task which is language-based, and I would like to know if anyone knows anything about extracting statements from text.

An example: given the text "the lioness hunted on the savannah for her daughter", I would like to extract something like

"There is a lioness"

"There is a savannah"

"The Lioness is hunting"

"There is a daughter"

"The daughter is a child of the lioness"

Obviously not from the words themselves, but I'm working in a very specific context where it is easy to construct surrounding heuristics. Finding nouns is the obvious first step, but is this kind of thing extensively studied? Does it have a name? Are there books?

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Why do you have a 3D printer?

3D printing news - 2 hours 30 min ago

Maybe already a thread for this, but after reading the 'Buying Advice' thread, I'm curious about the desire for having a 3D printer. Some basic questions I have:

  • do you have part design experience using a commercial CAD tool? As a teacher for 3D printing, what I find is that lots of people want to use a 3D printer, but have no clue how to get what they envision onto the build surface of the printer.
  • how do you interface with your printer (i.e., direct USB cable, sneaker net, LAN, etc)
  • What software do you use between your desire to print something and the time it's printed. I'm wondering about the entire workflow including CAD, output files used (STL, OBJ, etc), preprocessing software (STL editing/repair), processing software (GCode output for example), print/printer management software (Repetier, Octoprint, etc), post processing - not sure what that would be. Perhaps scanning?
  • What sorts of things do you print? How much do you print?

I'll start.

I bought my first 3D printer to make a prototype for a part I designed. At the time, no one wanted to even look at it for under about $3000. I've been a designer for the last 30 years and 3D printing for the last 4 years. While I got out of design about 15 years ago, I still design. Now I can do it for fun.

I use SolidWorks Professional and output those files to STL. I have a few custom scripts to batch process into STL. I use Repetier with Slic3R for slicing. I chose Repetier because it has been the most stable and flexible for me.

I have Repetier server installed on RPi Zero Wireless attached to each printer. In some cases I drive two printers with one RPi but this can be a hassle when powering things down and when the RPi goes down, you lose two printers. Future printers will all include RPi as the print server until something better comes along.

With this setup, printing directly from Repetier over the network to Repetier server is super smooth. I tried this same setup with Octoprint and that worked but it was slow and not as rich. (It's my understanding that Gina Häußge has made a lot of improvements). Also, some controller boards like Smoothieboard and Duet have built-in web servers and that could be the way to go, but it ties you to using that board. With Repetier server, you can use any controller. Even the old-timey coal powered RAMPS board.

My goal is to have an extensive print farm. I currently have 14 printers and would like to get that over 20 and they have been printing more or less nonstop for the past couple of years. I use my printers to print parts for more printers. It's also a great setup for large-quantity prints such as tokens/badges, awards, trophies, etc. One of the biggest challenges with this setup in my house was getting the printers on their own circuit. I highly recommend this if you have more than 2 printers.

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Over The Air Updates For Your Arduino

Hack a Day - 2 hours 31 min ago

An Arduino and a data radio can make a great remote sensor node. Often in such situations, the hardware ends up installed somewhere hard to get to – be it in a light fitting, behind a wall, or secreted somewhere outdoors. Not places that you’d want to squeeze a cable repeatedly into while debugging.

[2BitOrNot2Bit] decided this simply wouldn’t do, and decided to program the Arduinos over the air instead.

Using the NRF24L01 chip with the Arduino is a popular choice to add wireless communications to a small project. By installing one of these radios on both the remote hardware and a local Arduino connected to the programming computer, it’s possible to remotely flash the Arduino without any physical contact whatsoever using Optiboot.

The writeup is comprehensive and covers both the required hardware setup for both ends of the operation as well as how to install the relevant bootloaders. If you’re already using the NRF24L01 in your projects, this could be the ideal solution to your programming woes. Perhaps you’re using a different platform though – like an Arduino on WiFi? Don’t worry – you can do OTA updates that way, too.

Need help finding a kind-priced laptop for school

A computer that is student friendly; good for using for work etc.

Had a look on Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which was recommended by someone else (would you recommend it considering the price still?) and several other computers. Like Chuwei, how are these?

Or do you have any other recommendations for steady quality and humane priced? thanks

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