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|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday, December 23, 2016, I'm Tom Merritt|
|For the first time, Consumer Reports will not give an Apple laptop a recommended rating. The consumer product testing organization said all three models of new MacBook Pro had highly inconsistent battery life. Recent software updates did not change the outcome of the tests. The tests involve surfing 10 webpages over and over in Safari with the screen on. Consumer Reports does not use benchmarking software.||http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-macbook-pro-2016-consumer-reports-2016-12|
|Consumer Reports announced Tesla topped its annual owner satisfaction survey. 91% of Tesla owners surveyed would buy another Tesla in the future. Porsche and Audi took the number two and three spots.||http://gas2.org/2016/12/23/tesla-tops-consumer-reports-owner-satisfaction-survey/|
|Doctors at Imperial College hospitals will soon start using an app called Streams, developed by Alphabet’s DeepMind to monitor patients and receive alerts on smartphones. The system takes information from blood tests and other regular measurements combined with patient records to determine when to alert a doctor. Streams is a result of a partnership that gave DeepMind access to 1.6 million patient records.||http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38403427|
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|Pick of the day:|
|from djsekani "I'm going to make a Pick of the Day suggestion here, seems relevant to yesterday's show... app called HyperTrack Live, allows you to send your ETA to anyone via text, email, or your messaging app of choice. The other party doesn't need to sign up for anything, and they can view your progress with a web interface.|
I use it all the time to let my wife know when I'll be home
|Recently Adam replaced his dead home theater receiver with an old Pioneer he had in the basement. The only problem was he didn't have the remote. He came across the Harmony Hub. He writes "For about $80 I got a small device (about the size of an AppleTV), that sits in my entertainment cabinet. The hub uses an app on my phone or iPad to control the Samsung TV, Pioneer receiver, and my AppleTV. It could also control my lights, but I need a smartbridge from Lutron for that. The Harmony Hub works on WiFi and Bluetooth, and comes with an IR extender to get devices outside the cabinet.|
And like some of the higher-end universal remotes, I can program 1-touch activities for example: my "watch AppleTV" button turns on the television to the proper input, turns on the receiver to the correct setting and engages the AppleTV.
I always have my phone with me, so using the app means I have one less remote control laying around.
Enjoy the holidays.
|I am captain/firefighter/EMT of 26 years in Nashville Tennessee; just imagine what I have seen over the years. My son just turned 16 and like many I struggled with the decision of what car to buy him. More so--how to keep him off his cell phone while driving. I don't know about other city's, but only a daily basis i witness all ages swerving around the roads staring at their phones. Didn't take me long to find a solution because of the naming choice (www.cellcontrol.com). It's reasonably priced at $129 and no subscription fee. There many options as to what is allowed, notifications, etc. There's a web interface that allows to see the trip information as to max speed....Check it out please. He and his mother was very resistant at first, but now greatly appreciates it. |
Respectfully, David Moyers (aka irc: "firedog")
|I wanted to nominate a pick of the day. I recently installed Ubiquiti wireless access points in my home. They were easy to install, and integrated into my existing home network quite easily. What I really liked about them is they came with power over Ethernet adapters! It's a very clean look to them only having one cord coming from them.|
They also come with hardware needed to mount directly to drywall, or ceiling tiles.
Here's a link to the product I installed.
|My pick of the day is the Sinopé web connected thermostats and light switches.|
I bought my first house earlier this year, ... Enter the Sinopé TH1120RF-3000 line voltage thermostat, and its companion GT-125 web interface.
The web interface connects to your network over ethernet and then on to a cloud service (https://demo.neviweb.com/), and connects to each of the devices over RF
The thermostats themselves sit somewhere between a connected programmable thermostat and a truly smart thermostat, with the only smart feature being an early on setting that can account for the outside temperature in order to achieve the setpoint at the specified time (in contrast to simply turning on at the setpoint time). You can easily override the programmed setpoint either physically at the thermostat or online, and there's an away mode so you're not heating your house when nobody's there.
The light switches (model SW25000RF, there's also a dimmer) are similarly programmable, and include the nifty feature that can turn them on or off at sunset and sunrise. I use this feature to turn my porch light on so I don't have to fumble with my keys in the dark when I come home.
...There are a couple of things you do need to look out for before purchasing, particularly with the light switches; they require the live, neutral, and load wires in order to work. If the power goes to the switch first, you should be fine, but if it goes to the fixture first, you're going to have a problem. On the other hand, they can replace a 3-way switch.
Your dime an episode boss,
PPPS: if you want to use my last name, it's (roughly) pronounced braid'-lee, not brad'-lee. Too many people get it wrong because it's super uncommon.
|Hi Tom & the whole DTNS family!|
Wanted to throw what I've found to be a great tool for digitizing photos and more into the ring: Office Lens from Microsoft. It's more along the lines of Wednesday's listener feedback of just taking a picture, but will help crop and straighten. My favorite use case is after an intense whiteboard session using it to digitize the whiteboard and send it to participants. For documents it'll OCR them, too!
It's available for iOS and Android and free!
Thanks for keeping news in my ears,
Your co-ep in Billings, MT
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