Plex’s new Amazon Echo support lets you control your home theater with your voice

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Plex is getting into the home automation game. The popular media management software just announced it now has an Alexa skill, as well as smart home features that turns off the lights or post a message in Slack based on an action you take with Plex.

The new Alexa skill is available now in the US and UK Alexa stores. Once you’ve activated the Plex skill, you can ask your Alexa to play content from your local media library on demand, such as a movie or a television episode from a specific season. Not sure what you’re in the mood for? You can also ask Alexa and Plex (Plexa?) to suggest music or something to watch.

Plex doesn’t specifically say this, but it appears the Alexa skill is open to all users, not just Plex Pass subscribers.

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That said, the company is also adding an interesting new feature for Plex Pass users called Webhooks. Basically, what this means is that when you take an action with Plex, a secondary action can be carried out by a computer.

If you start a movie in Plex, for example, you could use Plex’s Webhooks feature to automatically dim the living room lights. Right now, Plex is hoping to get developers to start adding Webhooks that integrate with Plex.

The impact on you at home: There are three examples on Github that you can try out right now, including desktop notifications for music playback, automated Slack posts when you rate something in Plex, and a smart light integration with the Wink Hub.

These integrations are useful, but they’ll require some knowledge of JavaScript meaning it’s probably out of the grasp of most users, and that may not change. Plex’s technical documentation for Webhooks says they are a “fairly advanced feature and won’t commonly be used by an ‘average’ user.” Plex Pass Pro customers may be able to get an installer to come to their home and set Webhooks up, however.

This story, “Plex’s new Amazon Echo support lets you control your home theater with your voice” was originally published by TechHive.

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Birth Control Pills May Increase Risk Of Stroke: Experts

Birth Control Pills May Increase Risk Of Stroke: Experts

NEW DELHI: Apart from obesity, birth control pills and additional factors such as smoking, high blood pressure or diabetes may put women at increased risk for the most common type of stroke, health experts suggest.

Oral contraceptives increase the risk of ischemic strokes, caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain.

“Women who take birth control pills are slightly at higher risk of stroke as a result of the high estradiol content in these contraceptive pills, which also increases the risk of blood clots,” Vipul Gupta, Additional Director, Neurointervention Surgery, and Co-Director, Stroke Unit, Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon, said.

“The risk also increases for a woman during pregnancy as the increased blood pressure puts stress on the heart. Also migraine can cause chances of stroke three times up in women,” Satnam Singh Chhabra, Head Neuro and Spine Surgeon, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, added.

Women who smoke are also advised against taking birth control pills as this may increase the risk of a stroke.

Stroke is a serious medical emergency causing premature death and disability. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off; brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die.

“A stroke occurs when blood supply to a part of the brain is suddenly cut off. The brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to function,” Mr Gupta explained.

Apart from the ischemic stroke, there is the hemorrhagic stroke caused by a blood vessel that bursts and bleeds into the brain.

“Rheumatic heart disease and atrial fibrillation in younger females is emerging as major cause of strokes,” MG Pillai, Head of the Cardiology Department at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Mumbai, said.

When brain cells die during a stroke, the abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.
The treatment for stroke may also depend on its type. An ischemic stroke in many cases can be reversed through medicines but only if it is detected within three hours of its occurrence. Treating a hemorrhagic stroke involves finding the cause of bleeding in the brain and controlling it.

“Depending on the damage and overall health of a patient, one can regain the lost abilities to some extent through rehabilitation and medicines,” Satnam Singh Chhabra explained.

Unlike ischemic strokes, hemorrhagic strokes aren’t treated with antiplatelet medicines and blood thinners because these medicines can worsen the bleeding.

Advanced scans, such as CT angiography, perfusion imaging and MRI are also done to evaluate the site of blockage and quantify the extent of the brain that can be salvaged.

Gains can happen quickly or over the time depending on various factors like the area of the affected part, how much is affected and the patient’s motivation. The most rapid recovery usually occurs during the first three to four months of a stroke.

“The cure for a stroke depends on the amount of area damaged. If the damage is fatal then it may take months to heal and if the damage is normal, the patient may recover within a week or two,” Kishan Raj, Consultant Neurologist at IBS Hospital, Faridabad, explained.

According to experts, 80 per cent of all strokes are preventable. This starts with managing key risk factors, including high blood pressure, smoking, atrial fibrillation and physical inactivity.

Strokes are life-changing events that can affect a person both temporarily or permanently.

After a stroke, successful recovery will often involve specific rehabilitative activities such as speech therapy, physical therapy to help a person re-learn movements and coordination along with occupational therapy to help people improve their ability to carry out routine daily activities.

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UGC takes steps to control drug consumption among students

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In a bid to overhaul the growing use of drugs among youngsters, the University Grants Commission is planning to design drug rehabilitation programmes to mitigate the rising addiction among new students.

According to PTI, the UGC is asking the varsities and colleges to take stringent steps to make students aware about intoxication. The commission has written a letter to the vice chancellors, and UGC secretary Jaspal S Sandhu, saying that universities should take the pro-active steps not only to make the youth live a healthy life but also to stay away from the addiction of intoxicants.

“The youth are becoming highly dependent on drugs and substances which are not only ruining their academic career but it is a financial burden on their families,” the senior UGC official said.

The UGC wrote an impelling letter to the universities, mentioning that it is the moral responsibility of the university to safeguard students from such illicit activities which can ruin both their career and health.

How will this be carried out?

It would definitely not be easy for colleges to invite students in a rehab programme, so they have found another way to handle this situation. The lessons will be imparted on occasions like annual day, cultural festivals and even convocation days.

The ministry is planning to launch this from Freshers’ Day, targeting freshers, who would either get vigil from entering this dangerous addiction, or come out of it at the very beginning of their university education.

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How to control your privacy in Chromebooks vs. Windows 10

Both Chrome OS and Windows 10 help themselves to similar usage data by default, but in different ways.

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When it comes to privacy, both Google’s Chrome OS and Microsoft’s Windows 10 take an “opt-out” stance.

By default, both platforms collect a variety of data about your usage, but the way they go about it is often different. While Microsoft presents users with a long list of privacy-related toggles, Google’s controls are less granular. Both companies, however, make you jump through additional hoops to disable the kind of personalized ads that help them turn a profit.

PCWorld recently broke down all the ways Microsoft grabs at your data in Windows 10, so it’s only fair we compare that to Google’s computing platform. Here’s how Chrome OS and Windows 10 measure up on privacy and data collection.

Setting up privacy

During setup, Google isn’t overly interested in presenting lots of privacy options. Aside from a single toggle for usage and crash data collection, Chrome OS only lets you adjust privacy settings after the initial setup. And as you might expect Google enables a fair amount of data collection by default. (We’ll dive into specifics later.)

Microsoft’s “Express” settings in Windows 10 are similarly aggressive, but at least you have the option to customize many settings before the operating system is up and running. By choosing custom settings, you can adjust nearly every aspect of data collection in Windows 10, from behavior tracking to location data to telemetry.

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At the end of the Windows 10 installation, you can walk through customizing a number of settings, including these for Personalization and Location.

Collecting your typing

One of Windows 10’s more controversial settings involves the collection of typing, handwriting, and speech data, which is supposed to help Microsoft auto-correct people’s names. This isn’t exactly a keylogger—Microsoft says it filters and slices up the data to avoid collecting personal information—but it’s still a bit creepy. It’s also enabled by default in Windows 10.

Chrome OS offers a similar setting, called Use a web service to help resolve spelling errors, but it’s disabled by default. Turning it on lets Chrome OS tap into the same web-based spell check that Google uses for its search engine, but in exchange you have to send everything you type to Google’s servers.

Telemetry data

During setup, Chrome OS’s sole privacy-related checkbox opts to Make Chrome OS better by automatically sending usage statistics and crash reports to Google. This is checked by default, and you must click a Learn more button to understand what you’re agreeing to.

With usage statistics, Google collects data on “preferences, button clicks, and memory usage,” but it’s aggregated across all users. Crash reports, however, can get more personal, with Google noting it may collect “webpage URLs or personal information, depending on what was happening at the time of the crash.”

To Google’s credit, it’s easy enough to disable this telemetry data collection during setup. That’s not the case with Windows 10.

Although Windows 10 setup lets you reduce diagnostic data collection from “Full” to “Enhanced,” this still entitles Microsoft to use this data for “a more personalized Windows experience.” Disabling this level of data collection requires a separate trip to Windows settings after setup, but keep in mind there’s no way to stop Microsoft from pulling basic telemetry data off your machine.

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Browsing activity

Because the browser is at the core of Chrome OS, it’s important to look at the data Google collects as you access the web.

By default, Google collects the URLs of pages you visit to provide alternate suggestions when you can’t reach a webpage. It auto-completes searches and URLs based on your browsing history and related searches, and it pre-loads webpages (including their tracking cookies) for web links you might click. A visit to Chrome OS settings lets you disable each of these options.

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Microsoft’s own Edge browser has similar URL and search suggestions, along with predictive pre-fetching of websites. Windows 10 enables these options by default as well, and you can disable them through Edge’s advanced settings menu.

As for cookies, both browsers allow you to block or limit their use. They also support Do Not Track, which asks websites not to follow you around with tracking cookies, but they both disable this option by default. (Many websites, including Google’s own, don’t honor these requests anyway, so you’re better off using third-party privacy tools to avoid tracking.)

One last thing to keep in mind: Using Google’s Chrome browser subjects you to many of the same privacy practices that apply to Chrome OS. So if you use Chrome in Windows 10, you’ll have to double your efforts to keep data collection in check.

Personalized ads

Both Microsoft and Google are trying to collect ad revenue through their respective operating systems, so perhaps it’s no surprise that they both make personalized ads tricky to opt out of.

For Google, you must visit the ads section of the company’s privacy dashboard website. From there, you can turn off the “ads personalization” toggle, or fine-tune the information in your profile. These settings apply across all Google services.

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Microsoft has its own ad settings website, where you can disable personalized ads both in your browser and across other devices tied to your Microsoft account (including Windows 10 devices).

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App data

Although Chrome OS is a browser-based operating system, it also lets you install apps from the Chrome Web Store. Unfortunately, Chrome OS doesn’t offer an easy way to manage the data that these apps can access. You’ll get a disclaimer when you first install each app, but your only option if you’re uneasy about data collection is to uninstall.

Some Chromebooks can also install Android apps from the Google Play Store, and the privacy controls for these apps are much more granular. An “Android apps” section in the Chrome OS settings lets you control what type of data each app can access.

Windows 10 has similar controls in the Privacy section of its Settings menu. From here, you can control access to things like location, contacts, messaging, and calendar on a per-app basis. You can also prevent apps from using your unique identifier to show personalized ads.

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A final word about data collection

In fairness to Google and Microsoft, data collection isn’t automatically a bad thing. Features like search prediction and page pre-caching are beneficial for users. Sending telemetry data helps make the operating system more stable. One might even argue that personalized ads are better than irrelevant ones.

Still, there’s a trade-off to these enhancements, in that Google and Microsoft get to know just a little more about you, and in the feeling that whatever you’re doing, on some level you’re being watched. That’s why it’s important for companies to be transparent about data collection, and to provide users with control.

Overall, Microsoft and Google offer a sufficient level of control for privacy and data collection in their respective operating systems. They’re just banking on the likelihood that most people won’t mess with the defaults.

Leak suggests Meizu M1E will let you control your car remotely

Meizu’s upcoming M1E smartphone – which will likely carry the Blue Charm E moniker in the company’s home country of China – will allow users to control their car remotely, according to a new leak.

The leak suggests that M1E users will be able to unlock their car doors, control air-conditioning, as well as heat up seats using the phone.

There’s, however, a catch: the handset’s car controlling features will only work with the Roewe RX5, which was launched by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and SAIC Motor earlier this year. The former, in case you aren’t aware, has a stake in Meizu as well.

The M1E is set to be made official on August 10.

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Manali Petrochemicals stock gains 9% on Tamil Nadu Pollution Control nod

Manali Petrochemicals stock gains 9% on Tamil Nadu Pollution Control nod

ALSO READ: Here is why Dr Reddy’s shares tanked 13 per cent in two days

“With the TNPCB nod, now the utilization of the plants is being restored to the earlier levels,” said the company in a filing to BSE.

The company will declare its June quarter earnings on August 04, 2016

Shares of Manali Petrochemicals rallied nearly 9 per cent after the company said it has received approval from Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to operate the plants at higher capacity.

The stock of Manali Petrochemicals hit an intraday high of Rs 36.75, up 8.75 per cent on the BSE.
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IGNOU New Delhi admissions 2017: Observe for Distance Control programms

IGNOU, New Delhi admissions 2017
Indira Gandhi Country wide Open College (IGNOU), New Delhi has released an admission notification, inviting applications from interested applicants to apply for the underneath referred to programmes for thesetting out instructional consultation 2017:

Distance Grasp of Enterprise Administration (MBA)
Post-Graduate Degree in Management (PGDIM)
Publish Graduate Diploma in Human Aid Management (PGDHRM)
Put up-Graduate Degree in Monetary Management (PGDFM)
Submit-Graduate Degree in Operations Control (PGDOM)
Publish-Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM)
Put up-Graduate Degree in Financial Markets Exercise (PGDFMP)
Eligibility standards

Instructional qualification:

The candidates interested in applying for this programme ought to have finished graduation in any subjectwith 50 in line with cent marks for popular class/45 per cent for reserved category at the side of three years managerial/supervisory/professional revel in

Or

A professional diploma with 50 per cent marks in engineering/medicine/chartered accountancy (ICAI) / valueand works accountancy (ICWAI)/ business enterprise secretaryship (ICSI)/regulation.

Clearance of OPENMAT performed by IGNOU is mandatory.

Choice method

Those who’ve taken OPENMAT-XL examination can Observe for admission to semester 1, 2017 (January 2017). candidates interested to enroll in to semester 2 are required to sign in for OPENMAT-XLI exam or canApply with OPENMAT-XL exam ratings.

How to Apply

The applicants are required to down load the application form from the reputable internet site and ship thecompleted shape to ‘the Registrar (SED), IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi – 110068’, by registeredPublish/velocity Submit.

Vital dates

The closing date for the submission of an software shape (OPENMAT-XL) is July 15 (first sem).

OPENMAT-XL might be performed on August 21, 2016.

The final date for the submission of an software shape to register for admission is November 15.