Pandora Launches Curated Playlists pandora-goes-curated-streaming-playlists-demand Email Facebook Pandora Goes Curated With Streaming Playlists On-Demand Still backed by the sophisticated Music Genome Project, Pandora adds new dimensions of data with “wickedly expert curators”Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 30, 2017 – 4:17 pm Today’s announcement that Pandora Premium launched 250 curated playlists turned heads, in part because their streaming service developed without listeners being able to request specific tunes the way people can on Spotify. When Apple Music launched in 2015 it placed a big emphasis on its hip human curators while Pandora seemed to have staked out the machine-driven side of music recommendations.Pandora’s algorithmic back end depends on the Music Genome Project — a way to turn one track’s musical properties into a set of several hundred descriptive pieces of data. Based on the analytics of each user’s personal preferences, Pandora generates radio-like streaming stations to fit each individual listener. This is still true and has resulted in modern peculiarities like when one spouse prefers their hip new music from Spotify while the other spouse favors country music from Pandora. Although Pandora has led the way, all the major streaming services now hope their personalization-math will make visitors want to return and encourage subscribers to pay.The copyright-license fees for on-demand selections are higher than for pre-programmed streams, and this is likely why Pandora’s featured playlists are only available on its $9.99-monthly Premium tier. It is also related to Spotify’s challenges with its business model, because these higher costs make it harder to be profitable. Pandora is leveraging the new work put in by its “wickedly expert curators” to add new stations for its Free and $4.99-monthly Plus tiers. In terms of math, this is going to get interesting because Pandora’s personalization analytics will be getting new data from users’ interactions with its human curators’ work.In terms of language, Pandora’s featured playlists really speak Millennial, and that’s fun. So we have new playlists with names like “Heartbreak Reggae,” “The TRL Era,” and “Flexxx.” The wit passes down to free stations with edgy labels like “Keep It Lit,” “Hipster Brunch,” and “Beast Mode.” It can seem fragmented, trying to have something for everybody, but streaming services must grab attention to survive — then learning each individual’s preferences narrows down what gets recommended most prominently. So score one for humans. Even math-master Pandora has come around to giving human curators leading roles in answering today’s epic question, “What should I stream next?”Pandora Challenges College Students For Social ImpactRead more Twitter News
Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house CNET Smart Home Post a comment Share your voice 2:29 On the Amazon front, the company teamed with Travelers Insurance last year to offer Echo Dot-centric home security packages in the US. I asked if Amazon had any plans to introduce something similar in the UK, but a spokesperson told me that they couldn’t comment on the roadmap.As for Amazon-owned Ring, the company already sells video doorbells and cameras in the UK, but its professionally monitored Ring Alarm security system is still a US-only offering. That stands to change, though, with a Ring spokesperson telling me that Ring Alarm “will be available for the UK later this year.”Meanwhile, the team at Abode, makers of one of our top-rated SimpliSafe alternatives, tells CNET that it, too, is working to bring professionally monitored DIY security kits to the UK and to other markets outside of the US by the end of 2019. Whether or not that adds up to enough of a head start to give SimpliSafe the lead it’s looking for remains to be seen, but it’s shaping up to be the same fascinating fight for customers that we’ve seen in the US. Per a recent SimpliSafe survey, just 13 percent of UK households already have a professionally monitored security system — which leaves about 23.7 million households up for grabs.Originally published April 2 at 4 a.m. PT.Update, 6:55 a.m. PT: Now includes updated comment from Ring on UK availability of the Ring Alarm security system. Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Nest Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Google SimpliSafe’s DIY home security system looks better than… reading • SimpliSafe home security launches in the UK SimpliSafe Home Security SimpliSafe’s install-it-yourself home security system is one of our top picks here on CNET, and today, the brand is launching in the UK — its first expansion outside of the US. SimpliSafe suggested that the move was in the works this past June, when the company secured a majority investment from the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman valued at $1 billion.A 10-year-old startup based out of Boston, SimpliSafe offers a variety of customizable home security kits. Each uses wireless sensors that you stick up around your home to monitor for things like motion, door openings or the sound of glass breaking, along with optional accessories like smart locks, video doorbells and cloud-connected cameras. Once everything’s in place, you’ll arm and disarm the system using a keypad, a keychain fob, app controls or by using voice commands via Alexa or Google Assistant. Now, with kits ranging from £279 to £504 currently up for sale on SimpliSafe’s UK website, that pitch has made it across the pond. The system requires no contracts and offers 24/7 professional monitoring starting at £13 per month. Make that £20 per month if you want to add in the full suite of features, including app and voice controls, text alerts, cloud storage of your camera footage and video verification of alarms. • CNET Smart Home Smart Home Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Tags Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now See All Review • Editors’ Choice: SimpliSafe’s new system is better than ever 0 SimpliSafe sees opportunity with the move, citing rising burglary rates in the region and calling itself the first company to sell “wireless, self-install technology with the complete protection of professional monitoring” in the UK.That’s not to say that SimpliSafe won’t face competition. Professionally installed home security providers such as ADT and Verisure already have millions of customers in the UK. Meanwhile, a number of DIY systems from names like Yale, SmartThings and Hive are available, too — though none of those that I’ve seen offer an option for professional monitoring.Still, the field won’t be quite as crowded as it is in the States — for now, anyway. One key competitor that’s missing in the UK: The Google-owned Nest Secure DIY system. Nest didn’t have anything to share when I asked about the possibility of expanding to the UK — that echoes what the company told its users in January when it wrote, “We do not have anything to announce regarding plans to bring the Nest Secure anywhere outside of the US.” You’re using your security system wrong: Tricks for a safer smart home (pictures) 17 Photos Now playing: Watch this:
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via IEEE Fingertip positioning and grasp are especially impressive as shown inn the videos; the robot is capable of using a 29 degree of freedom system and the robot is shown deftly handling IEDs. It has three cameras, with pictures beamed back to a computer. The integrated video feeds from the cameras on the end of each arm are designed for better situational awareness, including depth perception.The MA-UGV was developed with support from the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).A focus by the U.S. Army on ground vehicle technology solutions to safeguard the lives of troops comes as no surprise and has kept robotics teams busy, considering the heavy toll of fatal explosive devices in Afghanistan and Iraq. Last year, the Harris Corp. in Melbourne Florida, made news with its robotic arm using haptic technology, to enable soldiers to disarm IEDS. Paul Bosscher, a robotics engineer at Harris, described the impressive features of its device to ABC News at the time.”The robot can cut wires, pull blasting caps, surgically defeat the explosive device and in the process save all of this forensic evidence that they use to ID who the bombmakers are what their bomb-making methods are,” Bosscher said. The device was shown last August at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International convention in Washington DC. All such devices are considered a step up from endangering a human in a bomb suit who is asked to cut wires off an explosive device. With all the novel techniques and designs in robotics for troop and mission support, however, IAI’s three-armed robot has been the most successful in generating entertainment and in turn recognition. The MA-UGV was given the role of barber in this year’s charity event to raise funds for cancer research. The MA-UGV video of the robot cutting the hair of a volunteer has drawn many compliments among viewers, not so much for the genius of the robot but rather for the courage of the man who agreed to sit in the chair. More information: Robotic technology lowers military risks IAI has produced a set of impressive videos that show how the robot, whether cutting wires or tying knots, or extending its mechanical joints for better reach and precision, has capabilities to perform tasks requiring complex manipulation under military-type scenarios. 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. (PhysOrg.com) — In robotics, three hands are better than one, in the form of a device that has been developed by Intelligent Automation Inc (IAI) for use as troop support. The Multi-Arm Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MA-UGV) is the name of this device from the Rockville, Maryland, R&D company that focuses on AI applications. The three-armed robot can protect troops by lending its handling skills to carry out backback inspections for explosive devices, for example, and, to use the military term, “disarm” Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Explore further Citation: IAI’s military robot acts like barber in charity role (2012, March 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-iais-military-robot-barber-charity.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com
Gururgam: In a surprise move, Vinay Singh, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) Chief, who assumed office on June 14, has been transferred.The reason for his posting has not been given. His work will be presently seen by Amit Khatri till the new MCG Chief is appointed. According to sources, the tough stand taken by Singh was not favoured by the councillors and employees that has led to the move. Vinay Singh who was earlier the commissioner of Hissar division has now been entrusted with the responsibility of being the of new Municipal Corporation of Gurugram ( MCG) commissioner. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSingh is the officer from IAS (2003) Haryana cadre besides being the MCG commissioner, Singh is also holding the responsibility of being the secretary of Haryana government’s forest department. He has earlier served as the deputy commissioner of Sonepat. Co-incidentally he was transferred to the senior post of commissioner in Hissar only in February this year. He replaced Yashpal Yadav who will now be the deputy commissioner of Palwal. The HCS officer who became the MCG commissioner in March 2018 was earlier the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).