After waiting for months, users of Amazon Fire TV will now enjoy be able to download HBO Max app on their devices. The release came on 17th November 2020 and is estimated to roll out to 40 million customers who use Fire TV devices like sticks, tablets, and TVs.
The update comes automatically via Prime Video channels with no extra cost to customers. The HBO Max existing users will sign as usual. The new subscribers will be able to directly create an account via Amazon Fire TV if they wish.
Launching the service was initially delayed by ongoing negotiations between Amazon and WarnerMedia. Another company is Roku with current ongoing conversations, meaning that Roku subscribers will still wait a little longer for HBO Max – there has been no confirmed date for its release.
However, there is a user’s workaround on Roku who are Apple device owners. It was recently revealed that Roku Streambar, Roku Premiere, Rock Streaming Stick+, and Roku TV currently support AirPlay from all Apple devices; hence you could stream HBO Max through your laptop or phone and share to Roku device where you watch series and films on the big screen.
If you don’t yet have HBO Max, you could sign up on the website for an account for $14.99 monthly. The services are currently available only in the US, but we got a workaround for signing up in the UK.
The account grants you access to upcoming exciting shows like the reunion episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the reunion episode of Friends, and the Justice League Snyder Cut. There are plenty of classical Warner Bros films and shows to enjoy and acclaimed HBO shows like Game of Thrones.
Amazon Echo Link Amp Vs Sonos Amp: Which should you Invest in?
While choosing between the Echo Amp and the Sonos Amp, you need to estimate both device specifications and features. Both of them are popular and premium options for home installation of wireless listening options. However, Sonos Amp outshines Echo Link Amp in connectivity and audio quality from a one-liner review, but its price is relatively higher.
Looks: Amazon Echo Link Amp Vs Sonos Amp
Both devices are black and rectangular. The Echo Link Amp is one inch taller and broader than the Sonos Amp, making the latter a bit sleeker in appearance and would be the best fit for an entertainment centre.
Both devices have limited front audio controls. In terms of volume, Echo Amp has on the front one volume knob while Sonos Amp got two buttons on each side and a play/pause button.
The HDMI-ARC port for Sonos Amp allows the transmission of audio from the television devices via HDMI to the speaker. The Echo Link Amp has input and output ports, while Sonos Amp offers an output through an adapter plugging in an HDMI port.
Sonos Vs Echo Link Amp
The Echo Link Amp and Sonos Amp produce 2:1 stereo sounds. The Sonos Amp could extend to 4.1 surround sound if wireless Sonos speakers were added, while the Echo Link Amp strictly remains at the stereo output. The Echo Link Amp produces a power of 60 watts to each speaker. On the other hand, Sonos Amp supplies 125 watts to every speaker providing too quality sound to the speakers.
Both devices are great in multi-room audio features. The Echo Link Amp can be grouped with various Echo supported devices while the Sonos Amp does the same, but exceeds Echo Link Amp by streaming audio for the whole home and using any device.
Echo Link Amp does not support Bluetooth devices and line-in casting to multi-rooms. Still, the Sonos supports audio to multi rooms through multiple Sonos Amps connections with a similar network.
Streaming Features: Sonos Amp Vs Amazon Echo Link Amp
The Amazon Echo Link Amp directly supports audio streaming across nine-play services: Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, Tidal, Deezer, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. Sonos Amp, on the other hand, supports 130 music streaming platforms via the Sonos S2 app. Both of them support Amazon’s Alexa Voice Assistant with their smart assistant capabilities. The Echo Link Amp supports the Bluetooth feature of streaming music from a music device.
The most favored device and the undoubted winner is Sonos Amp. The Sonos Amp outshines the Echo Link Amp with streaming music’s capability via any device as it has wireless expansion capabilities, but in terms of pricing, there’s an edge with Echo Link Amp.
Best Science Board Games
Longer necks, ambush predator, or a hard shell? You want to offer your species useful traits so that they survive and win. The points system depends on the whole amount of food your species feed on, which is an estimate mostly used by biologists to evaluate a species’ achievement. Just ensure you are not too attached to your creatures since extinction is always a possibility.
Okay, 2020 is probably not the best year to endorse Pandemic. But in spite of the touchy subject, it’s lots of fun, and most revitalizing to play collectively with your friends instead of against one other. You could together travel the world, sharing knowledge and suppressing the four diseases. You finish with a nail-biting race in between running short of time and a threatening epidemic.
In such an expeditious game, you perform like a computing pioneer of the 19th Century programming your Analytical Engine. You need to complete tasks with the help of your character’s abilities and Engine. Just like the numbers in Countdown, you perform mathematical operations to win points and hit targets. You unlock several complicated operations as the game carries on and earn more points.
A Tablecloth that Knows what you are Serving
At Dartmouth College, a team of researchers i developing a new smart textile that is capable of distinguishing between objects.
We already have smart fabrics that detect objects through user touch, but a new textile, Capacitivo can sense nonmetallic objects even without them moving.
Conductive fabric is made into Diamond-shaped electrodes attached to the cotton sheet.
The cloth dubbed ‘capacitivo’ uses these electrodes to detect objects by detecting slight changes in their capacitance.
Nonmetallic objects experience electronic displacements whenever they come in contact with the electrodes. These electronic displacements are different for every object, depending on its permittivity.
The electronic displacement causes a shift in the electronic charge stored within electrodes and changes its capacitance.
The capacitivo, therefore, uses a system that recognizes objects by this shift in capacitance. The system is trained to distinguish these patterns and associate them with specific objects.
Senior researcher Professor Xing-Dong Yang says that the new development could transform how people interact with fabric objects by way of computing.
The system was more successful at recognizing objects like fruit, but not so good at identifying items like credit cards that did not sit on it firmly.
Scientists tested the system with 20 everyday objects, including fruit, lipstick, potted plants, and cheese. It registered an accuracy of 94.5%.
The researchers also found that the object was particularly accurate at differentiating between water, fizzy drinks, milk, cider, and other liquids.
PhD candidate Te-Yen Wu who was the lead author said that the scientific breakthrough could bring about major changes by for example, by reminding people to water plants, for example.
The range of possible applications for this new technology is wide, including locating misplaced items, communicating with other smart systems, suggesting recipes, and giving instructions for food preparation.
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