New OneDrive for iOS update brings support for animated GIF files

Microsoft has pushed out a new update to the iOS client of its OneDrive app. The update, which bumps the app to version 8.8.9, brings along several changes, including support for animated GIF files.

Aside from animated GIF support, the updated app now also lets you instantly switch accounts by tapping and holding on the Me tab. Those with work or school accounts will now receive notifications when someone shares a file with them.

Moving on, the update also includes support for Instant Preview in the Sites tab. And finally, some usual bug and crash fixes are also there. The updated app is now available for download from the App Store.


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


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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Google Home gets smarter with Belkin WeMo and Honeywell thermostat support

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Google Home is bumping up its smart home capabilities to better compete with Amazon’s Echo lineup. The search giant just announced that you can now use Home to turn on Belkin WeMo products such as smart plugs and light switches. Google Home is also supporting Honeywell thermostats for those times you need to turn up the heat without getting off your chair.

The new Home features should be available now. You can check by opening the Google Home app on your phone. Click the “hamburger” menu icon in the upper left corner, and then tap on Home control. Finally, tap the plus sign at the bottom right of the next screen to add a new device. Honeywell and WeMo should be listed there if the updated features are available to you.


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The impact on you at home: While the Home smart speaker is the vehicle for Google’s efforts in the smart home space, the “magic” of Home is Google Assistant. That same digital personal assistant is built into the Pixel smartphone, which Google says is also getting Home Control features “soon.” In other words, you should soon be able to control all of the same smart home products from your phone via Google Assistant. Currently Google Home Control supports Nest, Philips Hue, and SmartThings in addition to Honeywell and WeMo.

Some of the best experiences Google Home has to offer right now come from its integration with IFTTT. You can, for example, use IFTTT to have Google Assistant create a post on Facebook or turn off the TV via Logitech Harmony remotes. At the time of this writing there didn’t appear to be any special recipes using Honeywell or Belkin, but that will probably change in the coming weeks.

This story, “Google Home gets smarter with Belkin WeMo and Honeywell thermostat support” was originally published by TechHive.


Vizio adds Google Home support to its SmartCast TVs and home audio gear

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In 2016, Vizio was big on building Google Cast support (the underpinnings of Chromecast) into its TVs, home theater displays, soundbars, and wireless speakers via the SmartCast line.

For 2017, Vizio’s adding Google Home compatibility. Instead of casting media from a phone or tablet (like a sucker!) Vizio owners can now verbally order Google Home to play music from Spotify on the living room speakers, or start binge-watching Netflix’s The Crown in the den.

The new functionality is available now on Vizio’s SmartCast E-, M-, and P-Series televisions and home theater displays, as well as the company’s home theater sound bars and wireless speakers.

Home integration allows for a variety of voice controls for anyone who owns Google’s smart speaker and a Vizio SmartCast device. You can, for example, adjust the volume, start or stop playing music, as well as skip or repeat a music track. Video controls for Netflix are similar, including the ability to rewind a video or skip to the next episode in a series.

Vizio has also added the ability to power on displays and TVs via Google Home using the Quick Start Power Mode—a user-activated feature that will eat up a little more power than regular standby. Let’s say you wanted to play Netflix’s Narcos on the upstairs TV. Using the command, “Okay, Google Play Narcos upstairs” would not only start the show on that TV but also activate the television.

The story behind the story: While Quick Start Power Mode is a nice-sounding feature, most people with a newer television set can do this just with a regular Chromecast and Google Home. Newer TVs usually come with a feature called HDMI-CEC (HDMI Consumer Electronics Control) that lets connected devices such as Chromecast have limited control of the television set. When CEC is enabled for the Chromecast’s HDMI port the TV can be turned on or switch to the correct input via Google Home or casting from a smartphone.

This story, “Vizio adds Google Home support to its SmartCast TVs and home audio gear” was originally published by TechHive.


YouTube adds HDR support to make videos more vibrant


YouTube’s adding another buzzword to its stable of video technology.

The Google-owned service already rolled support for 4K resolution, 360-degree video, spatial audio, and 60 frames-per-second videos (in a hat-tip to gamers) in recent months. Now, YouTube’s pulling the trigger on high-dynamic range (HDR) videos, nearly 7 months after Netflix first introduced HDR support.

HDR’s the up and coming display technology for encouraging more people to upgrade their TV sets. HDR offers truer colors than standard displays thanks to a wider range of dark and light. Improving colors using HDR has a few noticeable side effects, including better contrast, more vibrant visuals, and a generally clearer picture.

As of Monday, YouTube supports HDR, but right now there are only a limited number of videos that take advantage of the new feature. Google suggests that audio/visual fans check out this YouTube HDR playlist featuring content from MysteryGuitarMan, Jacob + Katie Schwarz, and Abandon Visuals.



A simulated look at the difference between SDR and HDR.

YouTube creators can now upload HDR videos to YouTube to keep the high quality colors rolling. Hoping to encourage more HDR content, the YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles and New York are equipped with HDR-capable gear for creators.

The impact on you at home: To view HDR vidoes you’ll need an HDR-equipped television set as well as an HDR-capable device, such as the $69 Chromecast Ultra. Google says 2016 Samsung 4K TVs will also soon support YouTube HDR. Unfortunately, PC monitors featuring HDR have yet to hit the streets.


Class 12 toppers to get support from MP govt for UPSC preparation

Class 12 toppers to get support from MP govt for UPSC preparation

With all students looking forward to get the best job today mainly in government sector, a competition is seen among children in India.

Recently, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has lent a helping hand to students who are preparing for competitive exams conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

(Read: UPSC Civil Services Exam: Upper age limit may be reduced to 26)

Further reports explained:

  • As per reports, CM made the announcement at a scholarship distribution programme organised by a private news channel
  • Now, government will support the toppers of class 12 to help them prepare for competitive exams
  • At the event, Minister for Water Resources and Public Relations Narottam Mishra, Minister for Home and Transport Bhupendra Singh, Minister for School Education Vijay Shah, Mayor Alok Sharma and Bhopal MP Alok Sanjar were present, among others
  • Moreover, officials said, a new scheme called Ladli Laxmi Yojana (LLY) has also been announced
  • Currently, there are as many as 23 lakh girls in Mumbai, who stand to get Rs 1 lakh monetary benefit under the scheme
  • Further Chouhan said, “The government will pay the fees of students, who get admissions in premier national institutes through all India competition.”

Not only this, Chouhan also spoke on encouraging girls to strive for knowledge and success in every field and said the government would extend all possible help to them.

While concluding, he also underlined the need to remove gender disparity, saying it was not a part of Indian culture.

(Read: Third gender category to be included in UPSC civil services exam form: Delhi HC directs centre)

Meanwhile, the Centre has been directed by the Delhi High Court to take instant steps in modifying the rules with regard to incorporating transgender or the third gender in the civil services examination application forms.


OxygenOS 2.2.1 update for the OnePlus 2 brings RAW support to the default camera app

A new software update has started rolling out today for the OnePlus 2. It’s not going to change the underlying Android version unfortunately (so no Marshmallow for you), but it does come with some bug fixes and improvements.

Chief among the latter is the added RAW support for the preinstalled OnePlus Camera app. RAW image capture has been supported in third-party apps ever since a previous update in September of last year, and now this is finally part of the built-in app as well.

You’ll also find that compatibility for Bluetooth devices and Ultra SIM has been improved, along with a GMS 3.0 upgrade. Roaming issues should have been mitigated, Romanian language support has been added, as well as some security patches. Finally, a fix has been deployed for an occasional image corruption issue in OnePlus Camera.

As you might expect, the rollout will be incremental, so it may take a few days (or even weeks) for the update to reach your OnePlus 2 unit. But it is on its way, so all you can do is wait.


Meet the Raspberry Pi’s new rival: The $15 Pine 64 finally ships with 4K video support

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A war in low-cost computers could be in the making as a new $15 board computer that could challenge Raspberry Pi 3 finally ships.

On paper, the Pine 64 is as powerful as the $35 Raspberry Pi 3. It can be a PC replacement, and the most expensive model, with Wi-Fi, is priced at $29.

Further reading: 10 surprisingly practical Raspberry Pi projects anybody can do

The initial shipments are going to backers that poured a total of $1.7 million into a Kickstarter campaign to develop the computer. Pine64, the computer’s maker, is shipping out small batches after delays and slowly ramping up production, according to posts in the company’s forums and on its Kickstarter page.

Some backers have started receiving boards. However, many on the Kickstarter page have grumbled over delays and about receiving notices that the board was ready to ship but not receiving tracking numbers for packages.

There are three models of Pine 64 listed on the company’s Web site. The cheapest, $15 model is out-of-stock, but the $19 and $29 models, which can be pre-ordered, will ship no later than May, according to the site.

The Pine 64 is similar to Raspberry Pi 3 in many respects. It has a 64-bit ARM-based Cortex A53 CPU, MicroSD slot, ethernet and HDMI ports. But Pine 64 has better graphics, with an ARM Mali 400 MP2 graphics processor capable of rendering 4K video—the Pi 3 is capable of 1080p video at 60 frames per second. The Pine 64 has two USB ports, while the Raspberry Pi 3 has four USB ports.

The base $15 Pine 64 model has 512MB DDR3 RAM, while the $19 model has 1GB of DDR3 RAM, a 5-megapixel camera port and MIPI video port. The $29 model has 2GB of RAM and also Wi-Fi, which is also a key selling point for Raspberry Pi.

Pine 64 is able to run Android and Remix OS, a version of Android for PCs.

Anticipation for the Pine 64 computer has been growing since its initial announcement in December, which received wide media coverage. Pine64 didn’t respond to requests for comment on its shipment plans.

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Meet the Raspberry Pi’s new rival: The $15 Pine 64 finally ships with 4K video support

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Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.

Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging primary care doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers for chronic pain. Opioid drugs include medications like morphine and oxycodone as well as illegal narcotics like heroin.

The new recommendations — which doctors do not have to follow — represent an effort to reverse nearly two decades of rising painkiller use, which public health officials blame for a more than four-fold increase in overdose deaths tied to the drugs. In 2014, U.S. doctors wrote nearly 200 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers, while deaths linked to the drugs climbed to roughly 19,000 — the highest number on record.

“We’re trying to chart a safer and more effective course for dealing with chronic pain,” Dr. Tom Frieden, the CDC’s director, said in an interview with the Associated Press. “The risks of addiction and death are very well documented for these medications.”

More than 40 Americans die every day from painkiller overdoses, a staggering rate that Frieden said is “doctor driven.”

Under the new guidelines, doctors would prescribe painkillers only after considering non-addictive pain relievers, behavioral changes and other options. The CDC also wants doctors to prescribe the lowest effective dose possible. And doctors should only continue prescribing the drugs if patients show significant improvement.

For short-term pain, the CDC recommends limiting opioids to three days of treatment, when possible.

The guidelines do not apply to doctors who specialize in treating severe pain due to cancer and other debilitating diseases.

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Nest throws its support behind Amazon Echo and reportedly won’t try to compete

Nest and Amazon seem to be putting their differences aside and to enable their connected-home products to work with one another.

In a blog posting today, Nest founder Matt Rogers announced that in few weeks, Nest thermostat users will be able to set the temperature through Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, which is available on the Amazon Echo speaker and Fire TV media streamer. A similar integration just arrived for Emerson Sensi smart thermostats, and is coming to Honeywell thermostats as well. Echo already works with thermostats from Ecobee. (Amazon also announced a pair of new Alexa-enabled devices on Thursday, theEcho Dot for external speakers, and the Amazon Tap portable speaker.)

As The Verge notes, Nest users could already set up Echo controls using IFTTT, a service that links various Internet services together through user-made “recipes.” Being able to control Nest directly should simplify things and offer more fine-grained controls. In addition to specifying what temperature you’d like your home to be at, for instance, an Echo and Nest user will be able to say “Alexa, tell the thermostat I’m too hot,” or “Alexa, tell the thermostat I’m leaving.”

While the integration itself is great news for Nest and Echo owners, the backstory adds some intrigue: According to Recode, Nest executives reportedly considered making their own voice-activated speaker, similar to the Echo, but backed off due to fears that Nest’s ties to Google would frighten customers. (Both companies are subsidiaries of Alphabet, the larger holding company that Google formed last year.)

“There are trust issues,” one unnamed source said.

While Nest won’t talk about future products, sources told Recode that it doesn’t have any Echo-like devices in the works. Of course, that doesn’t preclude Google from building its own connected-home assistant, and it might be putting together the pieces with its OnHub router and connected-home version of Android.

Why this matters: Fragmentation is a major problem for today’s connected-home platforms, as tech firms like Amazon, Alphabet, and Apple assert control of users’ connected devices. We don’t often see rival companies put users’ interests ahead of their broader business goals—see Amazon Prime Video not supporting Chromecast’s 20 million users as an example—but Nest working with Echo appears to be an exception. More of this, please.

This story has been corrected to note that Emerson Sensi integration is available immediately, while Nest and Honeywell support is coming in a few weeks.
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