Informa Purchases WWETT Show from Cole Publishing

first_img A request for terms of the transaction was declined, but Cole president Jeff Bruss confirmed to Folio: that the show—the only live event produced by Cole—accounted for about one-third of total company revenue. “We will continue to invest in the event in a big way,” said Rick McConnell, president of Informa Exhibitions U.S., in a statement. “We at Informa look forward to continuing the legacy that Bob and his team have built over the past 36 years.” “We’ve made significant investments in software, from trade show registration and lead retrieval services to CMS systems for publishers,” Bruss adds. “A strong seller’s market, combined with [Cole owner Bob Kendall’s] desire to downsize, were the primary reasons for the sale,” Bruss tells Folio:. “The show needed a company that could take WWETT to the next level, and Informa made a proposal that matched our needs.” “Cole will continue to maintain its print publishing roots,” Bruss tells Folio:, “but will definitely be looking to expand into cloud-based software services, among other endeavors.” Held each February in Indianapolis, WWETT attracts more than 600 exhibitors and 14,000 attendees from 53 countries, according to Cole. center_img For Informa, WWETT is only the latest in series of North American additions to the UK-based information firm’s exhibitions division over the last two years. Last October, Informa purchased the Florida International Medical Expo (FIME). That move followed similar acquisitions of Dwell Media’s flagship event, Dwell on Design, and Hanley Wood’s exhibition business—a November, 2014 transaction worth $375 million. Informa has made yet another U.S. trade show acquisition, purchasing the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show (WWETT) from Wisconsin-based Cole Publishing, both parties announced this week. Some of those technological investments are in trade show services, offerings for which WWETT served as an effective testing ground over the last several years. Despite the sale, Cole—which publishes nine titles in various water and wastewater-related spaces—will remain involved with WWETT in marketing and show branding for at least 10 years, Bruss tells Folio:, and even though the company no longer owns the significant revenue source, it isn’t shying away from diversification.last_img read more

Mississippi Lawmakers Approve Limited Funding for Project Supporting Columbus AFB

first_imgThe Mississippi Legislature has approved a bond bill allowing the state to borrow $2.25 million to fund the extension of a recreational path from the city of Columbus to Columbus Air Force Base, enough to start the project but well short of the $25 million measure House lawmakers passed in February.“I had high hopes,” state Rep. Jeff Smith (R) told the Columbus Dispatch. “In the back of my mind, I was always worried we’d get nothing. The main thing we were able to get was the House and Senate to understand we would be back every year [asking for more funding]. We knew all along it would be a multi-year project, and we will be coming back next year,” he said.The Riverwalk project is an effort by area lawmakers to better connect the installation with the surrounding community and to bolster quality of life for personnel and their families at the base. Local leaders believe enhancing the quality of life is critical for the air base to survive a future BRAC round. The project calls for an existing path — which includes separate tracks for walking, jogging and biking — to be extended by 14 miles. The base is about 10 miles north of the city.The $2.25 million bond appropriation would cover design and engineering costs for the project, as well as initial work on building a 1,000-seat amphitheater across the Tombigbee River from the Riverwalk. “The fact that we got $2.25 million this year means we’ll probably get $6 million or $7 million next year,” Smith said. “It would have been good to get extra funds, but honestly, we wouldn’t have been able to spend all $5 million in 12 months.” The House version recommended spending $5 million annually for five years. While the bond appropriation falls short of guaranteeing the project will be completed, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith said he’s pleased the city will receive $2.25 million. “That’s the chance you take,” Smith told the Dispatch. “Personally, I’m humble and thankful to receive what we did. Hats off to our representative for fighting to the end and to our [local] delegation in the Legislature who supported it,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Alicia Keys To Host The 2019 GRAMMY Awards

first_img Twitter Email “I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy,” said Keys in a statement. “I’m so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and, magic. I’m especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year! It’s going up on February 10!”Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow echoed her sentiments, commenting, “A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft, Alicia Keys is the perfect choice as host for our show. Throughout her exciting career, I have watched her become a powerful force within the music industry and beyond. As an artist who speaks to the power of music for good, a role model, and a spokesperson for change, we are thrilled to have her on board for what’s sure to be an unforgettable GRAMMY Awards.””Alicia is one of those rare artists who meld true musical genius with heartfelt emotional lyrics to create a unique approach to everything she does. We have no doubt that she’ll bring all of that as she guides millions of GRAMMY viewers through what we believe will be a very special show in February,” said longtime GRAMMY Awards Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich.In addition to her 15 GRAMMY wins, Keys is an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, a film, television and Broadway producer, an entrepreneur, and a remarkable force in the world of activism. Since the release of her monumental 2001 debut album, Songs In A Minor, Keys has sold more than 30 million records and built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments.Check out the full list of 2019 GRAMMY nominees, and watch the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.ET / 5 p.m. PT. on CBS.2019 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominations ListRead more Alicia Keys To Host The 2019 GRAMMY Awards Alicia Keys To Host The 2019 GRAMMY Awards alicia-keys-host-2019-grammy-awards Facebook The 15-time GRAMMY singer-songwriter will host the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards, airing on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS.Rachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Jan 15, 2019 – 6:33 am Pop/R&B legend and 15-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys has been announced as the host of the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS. This will be the first time Keys has been the master of ceremonies for Music’s Biggest Night. News last_img read more

Wilmingtons LaChance To Run Boston Marathon In Support Of Mass General Hospital

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Christina LaChance, of Wilmington, will run in the 123rd Boston Marathon on April 15 in support of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Cancer Team.LaChance will join an estimated 30,000 runners along the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston. The money raised by LaChance and her team will support pioneering research, clinical initiatives and quality of life services including art and music therapy at MGHfC, helping pediatric cancer patients cope emotionally and developmentally with their illnesses.Thanks to a partnership with John Hancock, the “Fighting Kids’ Cancer… One Step at a Time” team is targeting a goal of more than $1 million this year. Participants include former patients and their family members, MGH employees and longtime program supporters. Since 1998, the team has raised more than $14.2 million for care and research.“So many of us are touched by cancer in some way, but you don’t have to be a caregiver at the bedside to leave an imprint on a child undergoing cancer treatment,” says Howard Weinstein, chief of pediatric hematology-oncology at MGHfC and 22-year captain of the pediatric team. “Every year, we see runners step up and become our partners in fighting childhood cancer. Their support is vital to our holistic approach to cancer care and I’m proud to run alongside them on April 15.”To learn more about the MGHfC Pediatric Cancer Team, visit HERE.(NOTE: The above announcement is from MGHfC and first appeared in the Wilmington Advocate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Kollias & O’Brien To Run B.A.A. Half Marathon For Dana-Farber TeamIn “Community”Wilmington’s Patrick Giroux To Run Boston Marathon To Benefit Dana-FarberIn “Community”Wilmington’s Hair Cuttery To Hold Fundraiser To Support Jimmy Fund WalkIn “Business”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Customer Service Specialist at Super Service TodayFull-Time Odwalla Relief Route Driver at Coca ColaFull-Time Restoration Supervisor at American Technologies Inc.Full-Time Account Executive 3 (Enterprise Direct Sales) at ComcastPart-Time Crew Member/Cashier at McDonald’sPart-Time Temporary Driver at FedExPart-Time Phone Sales Representative at Superior SealcoatFull-Time/Part-Time Deliver Driver at Keystone Automotive IndustriesFull-Time North America Shared Services Director at Charles River LabsFull-Time Account Specialist at Charles River Labs(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 18 Wilmington Man Arrested On Drug Charge Bullet

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, May 18, 2019:Jason A. Trudelle (19, Wilmington) was arrested on 2 warrants and for possession of a Class B Drug. Police pulled Trudelle’s van over on Burnap Street near Silver Lake after a caller reported suspicious behavior. (12:34am)A man found a 9mm ammo on the sidewalk in front of Citizens Bank on Main Street. Police picked up ammo. (9:46am)A neighbor reported a small while owl-looking bird, appears to be domestic, sitting on top of a garage on Lawrence Street. Animal Control Officer contacted. (10:06am)A Lawrence Street caller reported what she believes might be 4 gun shots. Police responded and spoke with a Glen Road resident who was conducting an experiment with his child using dry ice. (1:54pm)A large deceased turkey was reported at Adams Street and Church Street. Animal Control Officer to pickup on Monday. (2:39pm)Police noted that lights are flashing and chimes are sounding at Clark Street train crossing, but arms aren’t coming down. Keolis notified. (3:35pm)A caller reported screws in the roadway at the bottom on the 93 South off-ramp on Concord Street. Police removed most of the screws and requested a sweeper from the state. (6:40pm)Fire Department responded to odor of electrical burn at Shell Gas Station on Main Street. (11:54pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 18: Cat Gets Stuck In Wall After Plastering Project; Baby Raccoons Get Stuck In ChimneyIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 27: Kids On Train Tracks; Ammunition Turned In; Orphan Bunnies RescuedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Youre running out of reasons not to get smart lights

first_img Light Bulbs See it CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home Best Buy reading • Been sleeping on smart lights? Time to wake up Review • Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit review: Philips Hue sans colors? Surprisingly great 13 LED smart bulbs that are worth the cash See It $69 $89 But smart lights cost too much!No, they don’t. Really!Consider Philips Hue, long thought of as an expensive option in smart lighting. That’s certainly true if you want every light in your home to change colors, but if you’re just looking for a modest setup with a few, non-color-changing bulbs, the buy-in is much more manageable. As of writing this, a four-bulb Philips Hue White starter kit with the mandatory Hue Bridge costs $90 on Amazon. From there, additional bulbs cost $15 each.Maybe that still sounds like a lot, but keep in mind that switching from a 60-watt incandescent to a 10-watt LED that’s just as bright will knock about $6 off of your energy bill each year, on average. If you’re still using outdated bulbs like those, that four-bulb Hue kit would pay for itself in less than four years.Read more: The best color-changing smart bulbs that cost less than Philips HueRead also: Philips Hue’s new Bluetooth bulbs don’t need the Hue Bridge at allEnlarge ImageFive new smart switches will join the C by GE smart lighting lineup this year, along with new color-changing bulbs and new C by GE accessories. All of them are reasonably priced. Ry Crist/CNET Other smart lighting products from Sengled, Sylvania, TP-Link Kasa and the Anker-owned Eufy brand of smart home gadgets are all well-reviewed, well-connected and well-priced. GE’s stepping on the smart lighting gas this year with a greatly expanded lineup of budget-friendly C by GE smart lights and switches, all of which will work directly with Google Assistant. Amazon-owned video doorbell startup Ring has a new lineup of motion-sensing outdoor lights planned for this year, too — and they’re the most affordable Ring gadgets to date.All of that competition is good for consumers — it also means that a good sale on smart lights is rarely far away. And keep in mind that these are products that you’ll use each and every day. In some cases, they’ll be the first things you turn on in the morning and the last things you turn off before heading to bed. It’s worth paying a little more for really nice ones with additional features you might not have considered before, things like voice controls, security lighting and wake-up fades. In fact, after spending more than five years talking to folks about smart lights — friends, family, co-workers, strangers — I honestly can’t remember anyone who’s bought in and regretted it outright. Can you say that about phones, laptops, TVs, VR headsets or any other number of popular product categories?But smart lighting is useless!No, it isn’t. Really!I mean, come on, you use your smartphone for everything else — why not use it to control your lights, too? Got a smart speaker you’d like to use more? A set of smart lights is one of the absolute best things you can pair with it. Being able to say “OK, Google, turn all of the lights off,” as you head to bed or “Alexa, turn on movie mode,” before binge-watching your favorite Netflix series are each great examples of the sort of little things in tech that you come to appreciate over and over and over again.Some smart lights will let you set your bulbs to slowly fade you to sleep over thirty minutes, or help fade you awake in the morning. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Beyond the basic app and voice controls, smart lights come with a variety of extra features designed to help you put your lights to work. Recently, we’ve seen lots of features that focus on security. Many platforms offer some form of Away Mode lighting that cycles your lights on and off in the evening while you’re out on vacation to make it look like you’re home. Some can combine with motion sensors to turn on automatically if they sense anything lurking in the shadows. The Lifx Plus LED uses invisible infrared light to illuminate things for your night vision cameras, helping to offer a much more detailed picture in the dark.Other features are geared more toward comfort and convenience. My favorite recent example: an integration between Philips Hue and Google that lets you trigger slow fades with a voice command. You can also sync your smart lights to slowly fade on 30 minutes ahead of your morning Google Assistant alarm, which is a great way to ease out of bed.And did I mention dimming? Smart lights do it with perfect, flicker-free precision, no need for finicky dimming hardware at the switch. That alone is worth the cost of buying in for me.But hey, I mentioned light switches, and that’s one of the common connected lighting concerns — smart bulbs won’t work if you turn them off at the switch and cut their power. It’s true, but fortunately, the days of putting a Post-it note over the switch to teach your kids to leave it on might be coming to a close. New switches designed to pair with smart bulbs and eliminate that problem are already on the market right now, and Philips, GE and other manufacturers tell us that more are on the way. Hallelujah.And what about those fancy-schmancy LED wall panels that change colors? Aren’t those just expensive gimmicks? No, actually — they’re more like functional art pieces (and priced accordingly, in my opinion). One upcoming option, LaMetric Sky, wants to go beyond the pretty colors and designs and offer billboard-like status notifications for everything from Slack to stock prices. A bit niche, perhaps, but definitely not useless.But smart lights are risky!No, they aren’t. Really!It used to be that, if a manufacturer wanted to release a set of smart lights, they’d need to cook up the app software to go with it. That led to all sorts of lighting control apps from companies without much of a cybersecurity track record. That asked a lot of trust of consumers (and in a lot of cases, it meant for a poor user experience on your phone, too).Things are different now — and it’s largely thanks to larger players with lots of skin in the smart home game. The trendy way of putting it at CES 2019 in Las Vegas was that connections with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit are now popular enough to serve as table stakes for any new smart home product. If a smart light wants to sell, it needs to offer voice support. That means that you’ve got a boatload of bulbs and switches that you can connect and control directly through Apple, Google and Amazon’s platforms — and each of those platforms comes from security-minded software experts with demonstrably high standards, not to mention partner certification programs. how-to-homekit-10Enlarge ImageApple has a shown an especially sharp focus on keeping its smart home connections as secure as possible. Chris Monroe/CNET Let me put it another way. Are you comfortable using an iPhone or an Android device? Are you OK with Amazon knowing your shopping history and tailoring recommendations for you across the web? Then using smart lights via Apple, Google or Amazon’s cloud platforms shouldn’t bother you, either. But maybe you aren’t crazy about voice controls. It still doesn’t matter. Big names in smart lighting like Lifx and Philips Hue have been around long enough at this point to demonstrate a dedicated focus on user security, with frequent updates and speedy action whenever security professionals uncover a potential vulnerability.And to be clear, these vulnerabilities are minimal. Despite the understandable paranoia over the growing number of connected devices in our homes, there’s no evidence that suggests that hackers are taking any particular interest in consumer smart lights. We haven’t seen a rash of compromised connected lighting platforms dishing out people’s network credentials, for instance. People aren’t getting robbed because they use app-enabled light bulbs — in fact, smart lighting might actually help you prevent a robbery.One last point. Stop and ask yourself if you’ve bought something from or used any of these companies in the past two years:ChipotleForever 21EquifaxWhole FoodsLord & Taylor / Saks Fifth AvenueChili’sTicketmasterAdidasT-MobileNeweggMarriottSurprise! All of them were hacked over that span. The number of major smart lighting hacks over that same period? Zero. Using smart lights may very well be less risky than shopping at the mall.And sure, lots of poorly secured smart home gadgets were swept up into the Mirai botnet a few years back — but most of those devices were things like internet-connected printers, cheap DVR boxes and no-name webcams from China. Modern smart lights from well-established names didn’t seem to be involved at all.Bottom line: Connecting anything in your home to the web is going to be a potential vulnerability — but there’s no reason to think that pairing well-developed smart lights with your router is any riskier than connecting, say, your phone or your laptop. As always, the important thing is to give your home network a strong password, and ideally, to change it every once in a while. Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit Tags GE Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Google Philips Siri Apple Apple HomeKit When we write reviews here at CNET, one of our first priorities is to come up with a buying recommendation. Who, specifically, is this gadget a good fit for? Who, if anyone, would benefit from buying it?Well, here’s my broadest buying recommendation to date: If you have a smart phone and you use light bulbs in your home, then you should buy smart lights. Honestly, I really can’t think of a good reason why you shouldn’t.Go on — tell me I’m wrong. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $99center_img Mentioned Above Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit Amazon 17 Photos Light ’em upSmart lights are useful, affordable, easy to install and safe to use. They can make your home feel more comfortable, more futuristic and more secure. You’ll use them every day you own them, and you’ve got a lot of very strong options to choose from. They’re the first thing I’d tell you to buy after getting a smart speaker, and a sensible upgrade even if you lack one.So yes, if you haven’t done so yet, you should strongly consider upgrading to smart lights the next time the ones you want are on sale. Which ones you get depend on what features you’re interested in, what platforms you want to connect with, and the scope of your ideal setup. Need help narrowing it down? That’s what we’re here for.Best LED light bulbs: Our top picks.CNET Smart Home: We have a whole house full of this stuff. Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Share your voice • Comments Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) See It See All 36 Photos Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected 31 Philips Hue, Lifx, GE, Ring and more: Lots of new smart lights coming in 2019last_img read more

Killing Eve season 2 A new killer new fashion crimes and more

first_img Share your voice CNET pop 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 0 Originally published March 25.  Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri and Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens in the second season of Killing Eve. Parisa Taghizadeh/BBC America I was more than a bit astonished when MI6 rookie Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) stabbed professional assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) at the end of Killing Eve’s first season. Luckily, my favorite psychopath and fashion victim managed to flee the scene.Season 2 of the Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated drama starts 30 seconds after that. Eve is also running away from Villanelle’s very chic apartment, and she’s still shaking because of what’s happened. The camera follows Eve as the not-yet-full-fledged-spy descends the stairs of Villanelle’s Parisian apartment building. Eve’s still trying to understand what she did to Villanelle and why.She gets a phone call from her boss, the always impeccably dressed Carolyn (Fiona Shaw), and ends up at the Gare du Nord buying an unhealthy amount of candy while waiting for her return train to London. Oh’s performance as Eve mechanically eating blue-colored marshmallows out of a red and white striped paper bag should be enough to win her another Golden Globe. And an Emmy too.Meanwhile Villanelle is having a tough time. She’s injured and in pain. Broke. She’s been betrayed by the object of her obsessive desire. She can barely make it to the hospital, and once there fears someone might find her. And that’s nothing compared with the fashion crimes her dire circumstances force her to commit in the first two episodes of Season 2.  Post a comment Tags 50 Photos There’s something to be said about the outfit Villanelle wears running away from the hospital: white clogs and boys’ pajamas decorated with bright blue and red pop art themes, accessorized with a leather briefcase. She’ll end up stealing more awfully uncoordinated garments from a laundromat and will don a shapeless pale blue granny gown that not even she can carry off.Only two of the eight season 2 episodes were available for review, and I felt bad for Villannelle the whole time. Having sympathy for a murderer didn’t necessarily feel weird, because the show is trying to bare more of her soul and explain how her twisted moral compass works.You’ll probably feel for her too. Especially when she has to wear those hideous clogs for the first time. Let’s just hope she has some big fashionista moments going forward.Killing EveJodie Comer as Villanelle in the second season of Killing Eve. Parisa Taghizadeh/BBC America New showrunner Emerald Fennell took over writing duties from Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who’s been busy with the second season of her other show, Fleabag. But Fennell seems to know what she’s doing and has down to a tee Killing Eve’s enticing mixture of dark humor, sexual tension between the two main female characters, absurd comedy and international spy-thriller thrills. But while the show is full of quick banter between its cast of weirdos, it still doesn’t know what to do with Eve’s very nice husband, Niko Polastri (Owen McDonnell). He’s basically a decent guy. Just not a very compelling one. It might have something to do with him being the only “normal” person in the whole of Villanelle’s many fashion crimes in Season 2 of Killing Eve. Parisa Taghizadeh/BBC America This season deals with Eve and Villanelle’s cat and mouse relationship and Eve’s inept style (a running joke) or inability to work a remote during a presentation. But that’s not all. It also comments on Villanelle’s apparent (but false) lack of empathy. And it introduces a new female assassin, who’s the complete opposite of Villanelle: meticulously discreet. Instead of making a spectacle of every one of her crimes, the new killer knows how to become someone nobody pays attention to. She’ll pose a new challenge for Eve, and it makes me wonder what might happen if and when she meets Villanelle.Fast-paced, quick-witted, funny and sexy, Season 2 has just the right amount of irony and satire to counterbalance the darker themes that come with a show about a textbook psychopath turned professional assassin and a brilliant yet insecure woman having a harsh midlife crisis. And bonus: It takes place in Paris and London and is set to the melancholic, sultry tunes of indie pop bands Unloved and Cigarettes After Sex.Season 2 of Killing Eve airs in the US on Sunday on AMC and BBC America. In Australia the show is set to premiere on ABC and ABC iview on Monday. There’s still no release date for the UK, but it’s expected to air sometime this summer. TV and Movieslast_img read more

Pivotal Game of Thrones scene even better with Titanic music

first_img $98 Someone put titanic music over that Arya scene #GoT— Jason (@i_Like_ceral_) April 29, 2019 Post a comment See it Amazon Digital content manager Shahbaz Khan stepped up and delivered the devastating mashup. “Everything’s better with Titanic music,” Khan wrote. Why yes, it is. If that short clip isn’t enough for you, then check out an extended version from social media manger and video producer Riley Winn. Now playing: Watch this: How Game of Thrones language High Valyrian comes to life See It 0 8:25 Mentioned Above Zmodo Pivot 187 Photos Zmodo Pivot The Night King goes great with Titanic music. HBO Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8.First, a lilting flute sings. Then, power drums activate. Finally, Celine Dion belts out, “You’re here, there’s noooooothing to fear!” But there’s no Leonardo DiCaprio in sight. This is a fan-made tribute to Arya Stark’s best stabby-stabby moment in all of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones viewers took to Twitter to demand someone match up My Heart Will Go On from the epic 1997 James Cameron movie Titanic with the scene from episode 3 where Maisie Williams guts the Night King with a Valyrian steel dagger. See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $97 I would like to point out some similarities between Celine Dion and the Night King. Dion was born in the north in Charlemagne, Canada, a place that’s known for getting plenty cold. The Night King comes from the frigid north of Westeros.celinedionEnlarge ImageCeline Dion raises the dead in the My Heart Will Go On video. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET The Night King raises his arms to raise the dead. In the video for My Heart Will Go On, Dion raises up her arms in a very similar fashion, though she doesn’t create any zombies (that we know of). In conclusion, Arya’s attack on the Night King mixed with the Titanic theme song could not be any more perfect. Also, Celine Dion would probably win the game of thrones if she wasn’t so busy touring. TV and Movies Share your voice Arya pulling the mid-air hand switch set to the Titanic music. #GOT #RoadtoVerification— Riley Winn (@allRidoisWinn) April 29, 2019 Review • Zmodo Pivot review: This Zmodo security camera Pivots to see more Tags Everything’s better with Titanic music. I had to. #GameofThrones #DemThrones— Shahbaz Khan (@ShahbazMKhan) April 29, 2019 Game of Throneslast_img read more

Why are iRobots new Roombas so damn expensive

first_imgRobot vacuum pioneer iRobot has big plans in the works. From new Roombas that clean themselves to smart vacuums that communicate with floor-mopping machines, and even robotic lawn mowers, iRobot has been busy. But while these sophisticated home care systems sound impressive, even useful, they suffer from one glaring downside. They are all staggeringly expensive. This move by iRobot is no accident. While it may seem reckless, it’s a reaction to the realities of today’s robot vacuum market. For its high-end plan to succeed, iRobot really needs to deliver on the bold promises of its new vacuum technology. Here’s an overview of what iRobot offers over its competition, and what it means for you.Read: Roomba gets an upgrade and a new floor-mopping sidekickHome robots have gone mainstreamLike TV sets in their early days, robot vacuum cleaners were once aspirational, luxury appliances. Today that’s changed. Prices for entry-level cleaning bots have hit all-time lows, and continue to drop. You can now scoop up an entry-level robot vacuum for as little as $224. As with TVs, the idea of a single- or multi-robot home doesn’t sound outrageous.The cause of this shift is certainly increased competition. These days iRobot faces a host of challengers. The list includes rivals such as Dyson, Electrolux, Samsung, LG and lesser-known companies like Neato, Eufy, Ecovacs, Electrolux. Even the crowdsourced corner of the hardware market is getting in on it, thanks to Narwhal and its promised self-cleaning vacuum-mop combo. Hands on with iRobot’s short range scrubber (pictures) CNET Smart Home reading • Why are iRobot’s new Roombas so damn expensive? Smart Home Now playing: Watch this: 1:04 Share your voice • iRobot Neato Dyson LG Samsung Virtual ‘No-Go’ lines keep Neato’s latest robo-vac in… More automation means less workBeating back competitors in a race to the bottom is a losing proposition for any trade. And battling over price alone is surely no way to innovate. I think it makes more sense to dream up brand-new products, ones that do things no robot cleaner has done before or yet as well. That appears to be what iRobot envisions with its current premium lineup. Both the $1,099 Roomba i7+ and $1,299 Roomba S9+ are built to work with the CleanBase doc. It both charges and empties out their dustbins, so there’s less mess to deal with.Enlarge ImageThe CleanBase cleans Roombas so you don’t have to. iRobot At the moment, these are the only robot vacuums available in the US that can pull off this trick. They weren’t the first to attempt this. Ecovacs self-cleaning vacuums offered similar functions in the past. The same is true for the Samsung Navibot S that promised an “auto dust emptying” feature. Neither robot made it to the US market.And since manual cleaning is one of the biggest headaches associated with these machines, the feature could be worth paying extra for. That said, execution is critical to success. These new pricey Roombas must perform as advertised, otherwise their future looks shaky.Another unique selling point iRobot makes for its expensive new products is their intelligent, collaborative operation. The Roomba S9+ will coordinate its cleaning activity with the company’s Braava Jet m6 robot mop. Both are linked to the iRobot mobile app. With one finger tap, the Roomba vacuums then tags the Braava to start mopping when its done. Again the goal is more automation, and less work for you.Enlarge ImageiRobot’s latest Roomba and Braava mop will communicate to coordinate floor cleaning. iRobot iRobot also has plans outside of floor care. The iRobot Terra robot lawn mower will land in Germany first in the third quarter of 2019. It’s then slated for US shores (and yards) by 2020. The Terra won’t come cheap either, with iRobot expecting it to cost about the same as other robotic grass-trimming solutions ($900 to $10,000).The Robomow, and Honda Miio are similar systems you can purchase today. Unlike those products, the Terra will use wireless communication and software to navigate. In fact, it’ll be the first robot lawn mower to do so. The big upside here, and what sets the Terra apart, is you won’t need to deploy tedious guide wires along the ground. It’s a physical hassle that comes with current automatic mowers. Tags Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now See All 39 Evolve, improve or dieAs the first commercially successful robot vacuum brand, Roomba products enjoy commanding market share. Naturally all the other makers of domestic bots want a piece of the action. Arguably the biggest threat to Roomba comes from a legion of budget models. And even though they can cost as little as $200 to $300, many are quite advanced.For example, $299 Eufy Robovac 30C and $179 Ecovacs N79 both link to mobile apps for command and control. Some create digital maps of your floors as they clean them. I especially like Ecovac’s app that displays the robot’s position in real time as it’s cleaning. These Neato and Ecovacs models are compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, too.Competition isn’t only coming from entry-level vacuums either. Neato’s flagship model, the $829 Botvac D7 Connected, costs less than the Roomba s9+ ($1,299 with CleanBase, $999 without). Even so, it supports multiple room cleaning, and lets you drop virtual barriers into your floor plans. That way you can cordon off areas where your robot shouldn’t venture. Select Roombas just began storing maps last year. And they all still lack an official virtual barrier function, relying instead on less convenient physical barriers. That said, the new app-connected Roombas will accept voice commands to start and stop cleaning with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but that’s more keeping up with the rest of the market than an advanced feature.A steep price for convenience   You can’t deny that iRobot is charging a huge premium for its suite of floor cleaning products. Outfitting your home with them is an outrageously expensive proposition. You have to shell out for a $1,299 Roomba s9+ that empties its dustbin on its own. Next, you pair it with a new $499 Braava Jet m6 robot mop. That comes to an eye-popping $1,798. Based on what I’ve seen testing robot vacuums over the years across all price points, iRobot has a tall order to fill in terms of delivering enough value to justify such a high price tag. Most robot vacuums, Roombas included, don’t even reliably return to base without a hitch, let alone operate for months without human intervention. When you add to the mix a separate intelligent mopping machine running in tandem, the variables for unforeseen problems will no doubt increase. I’ll put iRobot’s new cleaners through our testing lab as soon as I can. I’d love to be surprised, but iRobot is going to have to demonstrate a remarkable leap forward in robot floor cleaning technology to justify the high cost of even the vacuum itself, let along the vacuum-mop combination.  Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 28 Photos Comments Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more)last_img read more