Looking for the Best TV Experience- go for DirecTV

For those who wish to experience the best of their television, well, then DirecTV is the perfect thing for you. It comes in different packages which cater to meet the need and preferences of customers. Whether you desire for kid’s TV or Spanish program, you can get HD and premium channels for movies as well as sports, or everything together. Yes, the TV channels from satellite TV comprises of movies, news, sports, network broadcasts, weather forecasts, variety shows, reality shows, foreign channels, specific language programs etc.

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This latest technology brings you the pleasure of streaming videos. With streaming videos, you have the freedom to see movies, TV programs on your television, smartphone, laptop or desktop. What makes the DirecTV all the more popular is the facility of pay per view spec. With this feature, you can watch the latest releases without visiting any video store to get DVDs.

This latest technology lowers down the overall installation cost of DBS service. It delivers a free satellite to your TV system with easy installation. And, for any issues, you just have to make a call to the customer care and the help shall reach to you within 24 hours. You can also lodge a web based complaint to get assistance. And, the benefits of DirecTV aren’t limited. You have plethora of them:

  • You can watch television your way with DirecTV TV apps and voice command spec
  • You get to witness the shows, movies and sports channels in full HD.
  • It also gives you the leisure to record around 5 shows at one time, so now you can have no more fights over TV.
  • The On-Demand spec, you can access over 10,000 shows and movies without spending a single penny.
  • You also get to see the newest movies releases a month before than Netflix in Blu Ray or HD format.
  • The DirecTV app gives you the liberty to stream live TV and check out On Demand library with hundreds of movies and shows and see the DVR recordings at any point of time.
  • If you’re a sports lover, then with DirecTV you’re not going to miss your NFL game any longer.

You can easily book your Directv depending on the package selection. There are different packages depending on the actual number of channels, movies and shows. You’ll come across several reliable dealers of Directv. Just make sure you choose the one which is reliable and efficient. With this amazing satellite TV, you have the access to the best sports network, newest Hollywood blockbusters, HD channels and everything else. It is proven to be better than the Dish channels. So, just contact your satellite TV expert today and speak to them about the complete installation process.

It is innovative, smart and a good way to enhance your TV watching experience. You shall not regret getting one into your house. The satellite TV was once a dream for the people, but now it is affordable, useful and quite a must have for all houses who love watching television.

Samsung Chromebook Pro Tipped to Introduce ‘Wake on Voice’ Support

Samsung Chromebook Pro Tipped to Introduce 'Wake on Voice' SupportGoogle’s fast-growing Chrome OS recently got the ability to support Android apps, adding a huge breadth of apps to the platform. Now, the company is reportedly adding a ‘Wake On Voice’ command to its upcoming Samsung Chromebook Pro laptop, and possibly even integrating Google Voice Assistant.

ChromeUnboxed found traces of this while digging in Chromium commits. In one of the commits, the ‘Gru’ baseboard supported ‘Wake on Voice’ via the digital signal processor. The Gru baseboard is what the Samsung Chromebook Pro is built on, and this is why the report speculates that the laptop will be shipped with ‘Wake on Voice’ enabled.

Chromebooks already support ‘Ok Google’ to run search based on relevant voice commands. Now, with ‘Wake on Voice’, the Chromebook will also wake up from deep sleep just by giving it an appropriate voice command. The report also speculates that the ‘Wake on Voice’ inclusion could also mean the introduction of Google Assistant.

Google will look to expand its Assistant footprint to its range of devices including laptops, and Chromebooks seem to be an ideal place for it. Currently, Google Assistant is only inbuilt in the Pixel smartphones. With the inclusion of Android apps to the ecosystem, it would now be easy for Google to deploy Assistant in Chrome OS. It is important to note that this is all just speculation, and Google could just bring ‘Wake on Voice’, as the commit hints, and nothing else.We also wonder how all this would translate to Andromeda, which is said to be the internal codename of the long-rumoured merger between Android and Chrome OS.

As per previous leaks, the Samsung Chromebook Pro will come with a 12.3-inch touchscreen display with a screen resolution of 1600×2400 pixels, and feature a 360-degree-hinge that allows users to rotate the display as per their requirement. It will pack a 2GHz hexa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. It is expected to be 13.9mm thick and weigh 1.08kg.The battery life on Chromebook Pro lasts up to 10 hours. In terms of connectivity options, the laptop will have two USB type-C ports, headphone jack, and an SD card slot. It will be bundled with a stylus that kept inside the slot present on the Chromebook itself.

It would be a welcome change with the voice assistant on board in the Samsung Chromebook Pro. Would you want Google Assistant enabled in future Chromebooks? Let us know in the comments below.

Blue Origin Successfully Tests Escape System, Lands Rocket

Blue Origin Successfully Tests Escape System, Lands Rocket
Rocket company Blue Origin pulled off a double success Wednesday, coming a step closer to launching people into space.

The aerospace startup led by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos tested the escape system of its space capsule in remote west Texas. Forty-five seconds into the flight, the capsule popped off like a champagne cork, propelled by an escape motor mounted underneath.

Not only did the empty capsule land safely under parachutes four minutes after liftoff, the rocket managed to fly back and land upright. This was the first inflight test of the emergency escape system, designed to save lives if something goes wrong with the rocket during liftoff, and the first test of its kind in the U.S. since the 1960s.

Blue Origin’s launch commentators called it an “epic flight” from beginning to end. Bezos had warned in advance that the booster rocket probably would end up crashing back to Earth, after being jolted by the 70,000 pounds of force exerted by the escape system. Instead, the booster made what looked to be a fine vertical touchdown seven minutes after liftoff, just a couple miles from its launch pad.

“Wow. There it is. There you go, New Shepard. Look at her,” launch commentator Ariane Cornell exclaimed once the booster landed. “What an extraordinary test and a tremendous final flight for both craft.”

The rocket and capsule system are intended for suborbital flight and are called New Shepard after the first American in space, Alan Shepard. Bezos hopes to launch the first test flight with humans as early as next year, followed by tourists and other paying customers. The capsule could hold up to six people.
Blue Origin is aiming for reusability to lower launch costs. After the capsule darted away at 400 mph, the rocket kept going up, reaching more than 240,000 feet high, before descending to the desert floor.
This rocket has flown five times and is now bound for a museum along with the capsule. The capsule also had flown before, including a launch pad escape test, minus a rocket, in 2012.

Based in Kent, Washington, Blue Origin has taken over a launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for future orbital flights. That newly unveiled system, still in development, is called New Glenn for the first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn.

While another private space company, SpaceX, has landed some of its first-stage boosters at Cape Canaveral or just offshore on a floating platform — all of them used in orbital missions — it has yet to reuse any of these recovered rockets. It had hoped to do so by year’s end, but an explosion on the launch pad during testing on September 1 has everything on hold. Both the SpaceX Falcon rocket and its payload, an Israeli satellite, were destroyed.

Blue Origin’s escape system differs from that used by Nasa during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, and what the Russians still use on their Soyuz capsules. Those capsules were designed to be pulled off by an escape tower mounted on top, while the New Shepard vessel is meant to be pushed off from a motor underneath. That way, the escape motor can be flown multiple times, as long as it is not activated in an emergency. The escape towers, meanwhile, have to be jettisoned before re-entry.

The Soyuz system actually saved the lives of two Soviet cosmonauts in 1983 when their rocket caught fire on the pad.

Back in the 1960s, Nasa propelled mock Apollo spacecraft off Little Joe II rockets in preparation for the moon-landing missions, but no one was on board.

Nasa’s Cassini Probe Gets Ready for Closest-Ever Observations of Saturn

Nasa's Cassini Probe Gets Ready for Closest-Ever Observations of Saturn

  • Conclusion of historic scientific odyssey is planned for September 2017
  • Orbit will send the spacecraft just past the outer edge of the main rings
  • Spacecraft will also directly analyse dust-sized particles in main rings

Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage during which it will make the the closest-ever observations of Saturn and its rings.

The conclusion of the historic scientific odyssey is planned for September 2017, but not before the spacecraft completes a daring two-part endgame, Nasa said in astatement on Friday.

Beginning on November 30, Cassini’s orbit will send the spacecraft just past the outer edge of the main rings.

These orbits, a series of 20, are called the F-ring orbits. During these weekly orbits, Cassini will approach to within 7,800-kilometer of the centre of the narrow F ring, with its peculiar kinked and braided structure.

“During the F-ring orbits we expect to see the rings, along with the small moons and other structures embedded in them, as never before,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

(Also see: Flooded Canyons Found on Saturn’s Moon Titan: Nasa)

“The last time we got this close to the rings was during arrival at Saturn in 2004, and we saw only their backlit side. Now we have dozens of opportunities to examine their structure at extremely high resolution on both sides,” Spilker noted.

Cassini’s final phase – called the Grand Finale – begins in earnest in April 2017, the US space agency said.

A close flyby of Saturn’s giant moon Titan will reshape the spacecraft’s orbit so that it passes through the gap between Saturn and the rings – an unexplored space only about 2,400-kilometers wide.

The spacecraft is expected to make 22 plunges through this gap, beginning with its first dive on April 27.

During the Grand Finale, Cassini will make the closest-ever observations of Saturn, mapping the planet’s magnetic and gravity fields with exquisite precision and returning ultra-close views of the atmosphere.

Scientists also hope to gain new insights into Saturn’s interior structure, the precise length of a Saturn day, and the total mass of the rings – which may finally help settle the question of their age.

The spacecraft will also directly analyse dust-sized particles in the main rings and sample the outer reaches of Saturn’s atmosphere — both first-time measurements for the mission.

 

“It’s like getting a whole new mission,” Spilker said.

“The scientific value of the F ring and Grand Finale orbits is so compelling that you could imagine a whole mission to Saturn designed around what we’re about to do,” Spilker noted.

A joint endeavor of Nasa, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), Cassini is a sophisticated robotic spacecraft orbiting the ringed planet and studying the Saturnian system in detail.

The mission has already spent more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings and moons.

 

New Plastic Clothing Material Could Keep People Cool

New Plastic Clothing Material Could Keep People Cool: Study

American researchers have created a low-cost textile made of a plastic base that could cool the body when woven into clothing.

The engineers suggested in the US journal Science that the textile could become a way to keep people living in hot climates cool without using air conditioning.

“If you can cool the person rather than the building where they work or live, that will save energy,” said Yi Cui, an associate professor of materials science and engineering and of photon science at Stanford.

Scientists blended nanotechnology, photonics and chemistry to develop the material, which cools the wearer in two ways.

Like cotton, the textile allows sweat to evaporate through the material, but the new development allows it to also let through heat the body gives off as infrared radiation.

The latter is a characteristic of polyethylene, the clear, clingy plastic already used as kitchen wrap.

All objects – including our bodies – discharge heat as infrared radiation in the form of invisible light wavelengths.

“Forty to 60 percent of our body heat is dissipated as infrared radiation when we are sitting in an office,” said Shanhui Fan, a professor of electrical engineering. “But until now there has been little or no research on designing the thermal radiation characteristics of textiles.”

To test the cooling capabilities of the experimental material, researchers put swatches of the plastic material and cotton fabric on bare skin and compared skin surface temperature.

“Wearing anything traps some heat and makes the skin warmer,” Fan said. “If dissipating thermal radiation were our only concern, then it would be best to wear nothing.”

The cotton fabric made the skin 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) warmer than the new material, suggesting that wearing the “cooling textile” might make people less likely to resort to turning on fans or air conditioners.

The scientists said they will continue working to add more colors, textures and cloth-like traits to their product.

“If you want to make a textile, you have to be able to make huge volumes inexpensively,” Cui said.

 

SpaceX to Launch Satellite by Reusing Rocket

SpaceX to Launch Satellite by Reusing Rocket

SpaceX and satellite operator SES have agreed to launch a commercial satellite later this year by reusing a Falcon 9 rocket, the companies announced Tuesday.

The launch of SES-10, which will be the first satellite sent into space on a SpaceX flight-proven rocket, was scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016.

Terms of the deal were not announced. Officials with California-based SpaceX, headed by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, had previously indicated that reusing rockets could cut launch costs by 30 percent.

The billionaire said in April that it costs around $300,000 to fuel a rocket, but $60 million to build one.

Musk wants to revolutionize the launch industry by making rocket components reusable, much the same way as commercial airplanes.

Currently, expensive rocket parts are jettisoned into the ocean after each launch.

“Re-launching a rocket that has already delivered spacecraft to orbit is an important milestone on the path to complete and rapid reusability,” Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, said in a statement.

The SES satellite will launch on a Falcon 9 first-stage booster that landed in April after sending a Dragon capsule laden with cargo to the International Space Station. It landed on a floating platform at sea.

 Since then, SpaceX has landed six first-stage boosters, most recently on August 14.

“We believe reusable rockets will open up a new era of spaceflight, and make access to space more efficient in terms of cost and manifest management,” said Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer of Luxembourg-based SES.

The company was the first commercial satellite operator to launch with SpaceX, in 2013.

The SES-10 satellite will provide broadcast and mobility services to Latin America and the Caribbean.

SpaceX’s main competitors are US-based United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, and the French company Arianespace, which is the global leader in commercial satellite launches with 50 percent market share.

 

Major change is happening to Middle Eastern communications

Innovations and advances in communications technology have changed the way we live, socialize, and do business. Internet penetration continues to rise in all territories, including the Middle East, but even as more people get connected, the very way we’re accessing the web is changing, with smartphones and other mobile devices on the rise. TV and radio is increasingly being consumed on-demand, and people can now stay in touch through a wide array of apps, devices, and social media platforms. Teleconferencing systems are also being used by private individuals and businesses alike.

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According to figures from Internet World Stats, internet penetration in the Middle East currently stands at 48.1% of the population. This is higher than the global average, which stands at 42.3%, but there are huge variations between different nations in the region. Bahrain, for example, has almost total internet penetration at 96.4% of the population, while the United Arab Emirates stands at 93.2%, and Qatar at 91.9% of the population. At the other end of the scale, only 19.5% of the population of Yemen and 9% of Iraqis have internet access.

A wide range of private businesses, government initiatives, and efforts from other organizations have helped to increase internet access and improve communications infrastructure in various Middle Eastern countries. In Afghanistan, for example, Ehsan Bayat created the Afghan Wireless Communication alongside the Afghan Ministry of Communications. It has since become one of the country’s biggest internet and cell phone service providers, with more than 3 million subscribers. Ehsan Bayat also went on to found the Ariana Radio and Television Network, which broadcasts in three different languages (English, Dari and Pashtu) and aims to provide news, information, and education to as broad a spread of listeners and viewers as possible.

Internet access in the Middle East and North Africa is also falling into a mobile-first pattern. According to research from the Northwestern University in Qatar, the Pan Arab Research Center (PARC), and Harris Interactive, 93% of consumers in Qatar, Tunisia, UAE, Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia went online via their mobile phones, compared to 73% using a laptop or desktop computer. Internet users in Qatar spent most time online out of the countries studied, spending 32 hours a week online.

Accurate estimates of the precise scale of smartphone use in the Middle East can be difficult to gauge as studies often consider the Middle East and Africa together. In its “Technology, Media& Telecommunications 2015” report, Deloitte considered the Middle East as the pan-Arab geography covering the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Levant and the North African countries bordering the Mediterranean. Using this criteria, the study estimated a smartphone penetration rate of between 20% to 30%, or 70 to 100 million units in 2014. This figure has been rising sharply throughout 2015, and by the end of 2016, the report expects sales to reach between 110 and 140 million units.

Communications technology continues to move and change at a fast pace, and nowhere is this more true than in the Middle East, where new developments continue to change the way we work, talk, and play.

Xiaomi Launches New Mi Wi-Fi Router With 6TB Storage and More

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After launching the Yi Camera Night Vision Edition last week, Xiaomi on Wednesday launched three new products further cementing the company’s entry into the ‘Internet of Things’ market. The Chinese smartphone maker launched its new Mi Wi-Fi router with built-in storage, and the Yeelight Bedside Lamp, apart from announcing integration with the Midea i-Youth Smart Air Conditioner in China. The devices’ launch details outside China have not been revealed yet.

The new Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi is said to deliver high-speed connectivity and additionally offer a storage space of up to 6TB. A 1TB variant has also been launched. The router supports 802.11 ac standard and is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz Broadcom 4709c processor, clubbed with 512MB of RAM. Xiaomi at the event said that the device increases the 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band performance by 100 percent and 30 percent respectively. As for storage, the Mi Wi-Fi router also has the ability to back up images from cameras or smartphones and store them. The router will support cameras fromSony, Nikon, and Canon, apart from both Android and iOS smartphones. Media stored in the router is also accessible remotely via the Android and iOS apps.

Xiaomi at the event also introduced its Wi-Fi Amplifier, which as expected would work with the Mi Wi-Fi and amplify the router’s Wi-Fi range. The device can be plugged in any of the USB ports. As for the price and availability, the 6TB Mi Wi-Fi is priced at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 30,080), while the 1TB variant costs CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 7,200). The Mi Wi-Fi Amplifier is priced at CNY 39 (roughly Rs. 400).

youth_air_conditioner_xiaomi.jpgThe Chinese smartphone maker in partnership with Midea also announced that the i-Youth Smart Air Conditioner can be controlled via a smartphone using the Mi Smart Air-Cond App, as well as the Mi Band. The air conditioner will switch on as soon as the user wearing the Mi Band enters the room and would switch off when it detects that the user has left the room. The air conditioner comes at a price tag of CNY 3,099 (roughly Rs. 31,800) in White, Pink, Green, and Blue colour variants.

xiaomi_bedside_lamp_press.jpgThe Xiaomi Yeelight Bedside lamp, like the air conditioner, is controllable via smartphone. According to the firm, the lamp throws out light in 16 million colours and comes with a support for gestures to adjust the lamp’s brightness, power on/off, and colour change.

‘Open Humans’ Network Launched to Share DNA and Other Data

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People eager to share personal information beyond what’s on their Facebook profile have another outlet: an online platform launching on Tuesday will let them give scientists information about their genomes, gut bacteria and other biological data.The “Open Humans Network” aims to make more health-related data available for scientists to mine for discoveries and also help volunteers make that data more accessible to more researchers. Rather than volunteering for only a single study, participants would let any legitimate researcher use their data, even though that poses potential threats to privacy.

“It’s like open-sourcing your body,” said project director Jason Bobe.

Open Humans is launching when scientists are increasingly concerned that valuable genetic and other data are being kept under wraps. Academic researchers do not want to give competitors access for fear they will be scooped on new discoveries, and gene-testing companies keep data private so they can profit from it, said geneticist George Church of Harvard University.

“Data hoarders range from two-person labs to large companies,” he said.

Open Humans seeks to counter that.

At www.openhumans.org, people can sign up for one or more of (so far) three ongoing studies.

American Gut investigates links between gut bacteria and disease. GoViral identifies what viruses are circulating in different areas of the United States during flu season. The Personal Genome Project, led by Harvard’s Church, has collected full genome sequences on about 500 of its 4,100 volunteers in an effort to study associations between DNA variants and health.

By joining a study, people agree that their data can be shared with researchers on other projects, with their names attached so scientists can contact them for follow-up, something not possible with “de-identified” biological data.

“You become a richer resource if your data are shared among as many scientists as possible,” Bobe said. “Maybe someone will find an association between your gut microbiome and your susceptibility to the flu. Any participating researcher will be able to log in and look through the genomic and other data” of Open Humans volunteers.

Participants will have to pass a test demonstrating they understand the potential risks of sharing their genetic profile and health history, including that it might be hacked, something that could expose them to discrimination in life insurance or long-term care coverage.

Xiaomi Mi TV 2’s New 40-Inch Full-HD Variant Launched

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Xiaomi on Tuesday launched a new 40-inch variant in its Android-based Mi TV 2 lineup in China at CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 20,000). The first sale of the television is scheduled for March 31 on Xiaomi’s China website.The new Mi TV 2 model from Xiaomi features a 40-inch Sharp SDP X-GEN full-HD panel with a ‘Radiant’ LED backlight module, a 14.4mm bezel, and 5000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Similar to the previous Mi TV 2 model, the new 40-inch Xiaomi Mi TV 2 runs MIUI OS based on Android 4.4 KitKat. Xiaomi says it is upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but did not provide a time-frame for the update. It packs a 1.45GHz quad-core MStar 6A908 Cortex-A9 CPU coupled with Mali-450 MP4 GPU and 1.5GB of DDR3 RAM. The onboard storage for apps on the television is 8GB.

Xiaomi says that the new Mi TV 2 features support for H.265, H.264, MPEG4, and REAL video decoding, apart from 10-bit hardware decoding. The supported video formats include rm, flv, mov, avi, mkv, ts, and mp4. Notably, the last Mi TV 2 model featured a 49-inch 4K UHD display.

Last year in December, Xiaomi made a move in the Internet of Things (IoT) sphere with the launch of Internet-connected Mi Air Purifier. Priced at CNY 899 (approximately Rs. 8,900), the Mi Air Purifier can connect to the user’s smartphone and alert them if the filter has reached end-of-life and needs to be replaced. Xiaomi says that the air purifier can produce up to 406 cubic metres (14,000 cubic feet) of clean air per hour and sends pollution readings to connected smartphones.

Meanwhile, the company is reportedly also planning a water purifier on the same lines. The company is said to have shown a prototype of the new water purifier at an investor meet earlier this year.