FCA to Launch New In-vehicle Uconnect Market Commerce Platform

FCA continues to advance its in-vehicle technology, announcing today the launch of Uconnect Market, a new in-vehicle commerce platform that gives customers the opportunity to conveniently order food, find the nearest gas station, save money on fuel purchases and make dinner reservations, all from the comfort of their vehicles.

With the new platform, FCA owners will be able to skip lines and save time by ordering (and paying for) food and beverages, reserve a table on the way to their favorite restaurant or locate and securely authorize pump-and-pay fuel at participating locations. Drivers can also locate and pay for nearby parking and schedule service appointments at FCA US dealerships, all while in the vehicle without having to reach for a physical credit card.

"Our customers live busy lives, and our goal with the Uconnect platform is to provide an advanced portfolio of services to make their daily drive more convenient, productive and enjoyable," said Alan D'Agostini, Global Head of Connected Services, FCA. "This is why we are launching Uconnect Market, as we continue to ramp-up our connectivity efforts around the world with the goal of having all new FCA vehicles connected by 2022."

The lineup of brands participating in the Uconnect Market platform at launch includes Shell, Domino's, Park Whiz and Yelp Reservations.

Uconnect Market includes the following services:
Wallet: When setting up a Uconnect Market account, vehicle owners can enroll a credit card for use with selected Uconnect Market partners
Service: Consumers will have access to national Mopar service offers, the ability to locate a certified Mopar service center and schedule service appointments
Fuel: Owners can view a list of nearby fuel stations and authorize a fuel pump charge at participating Shell stations by using Shell Pay & Save program
Food: The platform uses Yelp to display a list of nearby restaurants by category; consumers also have the option to make reservations at participating restaurants
Parking: Find, book and pay for parking at thousands of garages across North America through ParkWhiz, an Arrive-powered brand

Uconnect Market was developed in partnership with Seattle-based Xevo, recently acquired by Lear Corporation. The platform will deploy in the second half of 2019 via an over-the-air (OTA) update for model-year 2019 and 2020 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram brand vehicles equipped with connected services and the latest generation of 8.4-inch touchscreens, and will continue as a carryover feature for future models equipped with the 8.4-inch touchscreen.

Commitment to Connectivity
The Uconnect Market introduction follows the recent FCA announcement of a new in-vehicle "ecosystem" using HARMAN (Samsung) and Google Technologies. The new system will promptly and securely manage in-vehicle and additional data using an architecture based on the HARMAN Ignite cloud-based platform. It will also be powered by Android, offering a strong, proven and intuitive app-based environment that provides fresh content via OTA updates, fast interaction and seamless wireless integration with the customer's mobile devices.

The key components of the new "ecosystem" will start to rollout in phases across global regions during the second half of 2019, and all new FCA vehicles will be connected by 2022.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

What you need to know about Hidden Cameras

A spy or hidden camera is the best tool for anyone who wants to keep an eye on his or her property. It offers security footage that you could use as evidence in case of any criminal activity.

Spy cameras have multiple uses today. However, that depends on an individual’s needs. If you are looking for a spy camera, here are some concerns you need to know before you purchase one.

Why do people buy spy cameras?

CCTV and drones could be alternative ways to get video coverage. Nonetheless, someone with criminal intent can see it, spray paint it, or even put a barrier that will block the surveillance. Besides that, spy cameras are suitable for people who do not want to disclose that they are recording a subject’s activities.

Some of the common reasons people buy these cameras include:

• Spying on a nanny

• Keeping an eye on your baby or pet when he or she is in another room

• Monitoring your home if you are away from the house for sometime

• Private investigators use it to collect crucial information or evidence

• Best way to keep 24/7 surveillance on your home

Are there any legal issues on recording video or audio without consent?

This is a concern among many people. Even though you can be ignorant about it, you need to know that it is vital that you understand what the law says about hidden cameras.

Some states have regulations concerning spy camera uses. Illegal uses could get you prosecuted, especially if you infringe on someone's privacy. How should you solve this problem? Consult a law practitioner to avoid such issues.

He or she should give recommendations on the most appropriate ways to use the device. Besides that, you should not worry about using these cameras to solve a security problem at home.

What qualities should a hidden camera have?

The answer to this question draws down to need. What kind of use do you want to use the camera for? If you can answer this question, then it will not be a problem finding one. Some of the things you should consider:

- It should be easy to use. Avoid cameras that are difficult to find control and use. User friendliness allows beginners to use a camera without any problems

- Consider its configuration. These cameras come in different shapes and sizes. For instance, if you want one that you want to fix outdoors, consider its strength in withstanding all the different weather conditions present outside

- What is its best use? Spies hide their cameras on suits, buttons, pens, walls and smoke detectors. Understand, also, where you would like to place the camera without raising an alarm

- Other technology included. Manufacturers also cover advanced techniques, including apps that allow real-time monitoring, transmission distance, and motion detection technology.

- The device should have enough memory space so that it can record for long.

Where is the best place to buy a spy camera?

Put into consideration the kind of technology you desire to have within the camera. That will affect the cost of the device and the most appropriate store. Always go for a store such as SpyCentre with the right equipment and experience.

The seller should also be available to advise or help you anytime you need assistance.

Final remarks

Remember that as much as hidden cameras look undetectable, there are numerous ways to find any hidden cameras. Besides that, ensure that you pick out the best location to confiscate it. Surrender video clips that contain criminal activities in them since the court will use that as evidence on a suspect.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Herta, Rossi Sweep Front Row for Honda in Road America Qualifying

Nineteen-year-old Colton Herta became the youngest pole qualifier in IndyCar Series history today at Road America, and will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday's REV Group Grand Prix in his Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda.

Already Indy car's youngest race winner – a mark he set in March at the Circuit of the Americas – Herta edged fellow Honda driver Alexander Rossi by just 0.1773 seconds around the four-mile Road America circuit in Saturday's Firestone "Fast Six" final round of NTT IndyCar Series "knockout" qualifying to secure his historic pole.

Graham Rahal, the former holder of both youngest race and pole winner records prior to Herta, will start his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda from fifth, with teammate Takuma Sato alongside in sixth as Honda driver's claimed four of the top-six qualifying positions.

Although failing to advance to Fast Six final qualifying, Sebastien Bourdais will start his Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda from seventh. James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti also advanced to the second qualifying round, and will start ninth and tenth, respectively. Although he advanced out of first-round qualifying, mechanical issues prevented defending series champion Scott Dixon from running in the second round, and he will start his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda from 12th.

Live network television coverage of Sunday's 55-lap REV Group Grand Prix, the 10th round of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, begins at 12 p.m. EDT Sunday on NBC.

Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda) Pole qualifier, first career IndyCar Series pole, youngest pole qualifier in Indy car history: "I'm so happy with how the day went. The #88 GESS Capstone Honda guys are all working so hard and so well together. The car was fast. This is the first time that we've had that edge in qualifying to go for pole, and I loved it. We really took advantage of it and got the best starting position for tomorrow. Now we'll keep checking the weather [the possibility of rain is in the local forecast] and make changes accordingly so we can have a great race!"

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Qualified second: "It came down to the [final lap], but that's the NTT IndyCar Series. It's what we have week in and week out, and requires perfection from both the team and the driver. It was a good day, I think in general for the #27 NAPA Andretti boys – and congratulations to [pole qualifier] Colton [Herta], he did a good job. It's unfortunate to miss out on the [championship] point [awarded to the pole winner] that we need. But that's the way it is. We're ahead of [main championship rival] Josef [Newgarden, on the starting grid] and we'll try to keep it that way."

NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix

Road America (4.0-mile road course) Elkhart Lake, Wis.
2018 Winner:
Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) 132.101 mph average
Sunny, mild, breezy, 73 degrees F
Top-12 Qualifying Results:
Best Time
Colton Herta-R
Harding Steinbrenner Racing
140.306 mph average
Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport
+ 0.773 seconds
Will Power
Team Penske
Fast Six final qualifier
Josef Newgarden
Team Penske
Fast Six final qualifier
Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterma n Lanigan
Fast Six final qualifier
Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Fast Six final qualifier
Sebastien Bourdais
DCR with Vasser-Sullivan  
2nd round qualifying
Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing
2nd round qualifying
James Hinchcliffe
Arrow Schmidt Peterson 
2nd round qualifying
Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport
2nd round qualifying
Ed Jones
Ed Carpenter Racing
2nd round qualifying
Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing
No time
Mechanical issue Q2
Other Honda Results

Zach Veach
Andretti Autosport
1st round, Group 2
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport
1st round, Group 1
Marcus Ericsson-R
Arrow Schmidt Peterson 
1st round, Group 1
Felix Rosenqvist-R
Chip Ganassi Racing          
1st round, Group 2
Jack Harvey
Meyer Shank Racing
1st round, Group 1
Santino Ferrucci-R
Dale Coyne Racing            
1st round, Group 1

SOURCE Honda Racing/HPD
Sunday, June 23, 2019

NASA Television to Cover Departure, Landing of Astronaut Anne McClain and Space Station Crew

NASA astronaut Anne McClain and two crewmates on the International Space Station are scheduled to conclude their stay aboard the orbiting laboratory Monday, June 24. Live coverage of their return will begin at 3:30 p.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency's website.

McClain, a flight engineer for Expedition 59, expedition and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, will close the hatch to their Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft Monday afternoon and undock from the station. A little more than three hours later, a parachute-assisted landing is planned southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan on the Kazakhstan steppe.

The crew is completing a 204-day mission spanning 3,264 orbits of the Earth and a journey of 86.4 million miles. When they land, Kononenko will have logged 737 days in space on his four flights, putting him in sixth place on the all-time list of space travelers for cumulative time. McClain and Saint-Jacques will be completing their first flights into space. Saint-Jacques' mission will be the longest single spaceflight by a Canadian astronaut.

After landing, the crew will return by helicopter to the recovery staging area in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, where McClain and Saint-Jacques will board a NASA plane for their return to Houston, and Kononenko will return to his home in Star City, Russia.

Also on June 24, NASA TV will broadcast live coverage of the launch of the Department of Defense's Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STP-2 mission will carry four NASA payloads including scientific instruments and technology demonstrations to test the performance of non-toxic spacecraft fuel and an advanced atomic clock to improve spacecraft navigation.

Full NASA TV coverage is as follows. All times are EDT:

Sunday, June 23:
3:35 p.m. – Space station change of command ceremony, during which Konenenko will hand over command to Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin.

Monday, June 24:
3:30 p.m. – Farewell and Soyuz hatch closure coverage (hatch closure at 4:10 p.m.)
4 p.m. – U.S. Air Force/SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy STP-2 prelaunch press conference (Media Channel only)
7:00 p.m. – Soyuz undocking coverage (undocking scheduled for 7:25 p.m.)
9:30 p.m. – Soyuz deorbit burn and landing coverage (deorbit burn at 9:55 p.m. and landing at 10:48 p.m.)
11 p.m. – Coverage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy STP-2 launch (Media Channel only)

At the time of undocking, Expedition 60 will begin aboard the station, with NASA Flight Engineers Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Commander Ovchinin comprising a three-person crew until the next residents launch July 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Andrew Morgan of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos, and Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) will launch aboard Soyuz MS-13 to join Expedition 60 after a six-hour journey to the station.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Reolink Works With Google Assistant, Spearheading a New Era of Connected and Smart Home

Reolink today announces its Argus 2, Argus Pro and E1 Pro work with Google Assistant, enabling customers to use their voice to control the three Reolink smart home cameras to get live streaming with Google Nest Hub or Chromecast-enabled TVs.

Customers now can use simple commands to control the cameras, by saying "Hey Google, show [name of room where the camera is placed] on [name of Chromecast device]," to get live streaming directly without any complicated configuration.

Verbal order is the easiest and smartest way to control smart home devices and Reolink aims to provide the most seamless experience for customers. The power of Google Assistant to hear and interpret voice demands makes smart home control simpler and more intuitive.

"Voice control has been the top technology trend since the blossom of smart home devices, like smart security cameras, smart speakers, etc. Consumers are always seeking an easier and smarter way to control their smart devices," said Colin Lau, Reolink's CEO. "That's why we keep innovating to make our security cameras integrate with third-party devices. And the compatibility of Google Assistant is one of our milestones to reach our goal to make our products more connected, simple and convenient."

Compatibility and Availability

Reolink Argus 2 and Argus Pro wire-free security cameras and E1 Pro WiFi pan tilt smart camera are now compatible with Google Assistant. The integration between Reolink cameras and Google Assistant is available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. More Reolink security cameras will be integrated with Google Assistant soon.

Customers can learn more about Reolink's Google Assistant integration here.

SOURCE Reolink Innovation Limited

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AeroTEC to Flight Test Magnix All-Electric Propulsion System

AeroTEC, an independent company focused on aerospace testing, engineering and certification and magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, today announced plans to test the magniX 750 horsepower magni500 all-electric propulsion system on a Cessna Caravan 208B. The two companies are working together to advance magniX's certification process and begin flight testing by the end of 2019.

By reducing operating costs, making air travel more affordable and connecting communities, electric aviation has the ability to immediately disrupt 'Middle Mile' transit — passenger and commercial transportation up to 1,000 miles. Initiatives like the AeroTEC and magniX collaboration are ushering in the future of transportation and bringing the aviation industry — which contributes 12 percent of all U.S. carbon emissions and 4.9 percent globally — closer to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions.

"The electric aviation revolution is very real, and AeroTEC is the right team to help innovative aviation companies like magniX bring their technology to market sooner," said AeroTEC President and Founder, Lee Human. "AeroTEC is responsible for the magni500-powered 208B's modification design, integration and flight test."

The Cessna Caravan is one of the world's most used Middle-Mile planes, with more than 2,600 operating in 100 countries. By retrofitting this aircraft with magniX's propulsion system, the industry will witness its Middle Mile passenger and cargo transportation workhorse go all-electric, ultimately creating new opportunities for the movement of people and goods.

"Retrofitting an iconic workhorse like the Cessna Caravan for the first time is no small feat. Through our work with AeroTEC, we are committed to meeting and exceeding expectations of our solution so we can continue to advance electric aviation," said magniX CEO, Roei Ganzarski. "Electrifying existing aircraft enables flexible, clean air-travel and package-delivery options at a fraction of the cost. And for operators not ready to make the leap into new, clean-sheet, all-electric aircraft, retrofitting the Cessna Caravan provides a solution that allows them to reap the benefits of clean, cost-effective aviation in a shorter time frame."

Integration design and manufacturing of the magniX propulsion system was started in spring and is progressing on schedule. Aircraft modifications are underway at the AeroTEC Flight Test Center in Moses Lake, Washington, with the first flight scheduled before the end of this year.

The magniX motor will be on display at the Paris Airshow at magniX's booth in Hall 2B-DE18. AeroTEC is part of the Washington State Pavilion in Hall 3, Stand #A82.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Aipower Unveils Wearbuds, World's First True Wireless Earbuds Housed in a Fitness Band, Featuring Ultimate Convenience and Astonishing Sound

Aipower®, an innovative smart device developer, today announced Wearbuds™, the world's first wristband-housed true wireless earbuds. Designed for ultra portability, compelling sound, and fitness tracker features,Wearbuds™ will be available for preorder on Kickstarter on June 20, 2019.

"All wireless earbuds are not truly wireless, because you always have to carry a charging case. Without it, earbuds cannot be powered on or off and will soon run out of power. There is an invisible wire that has long plagued true wireless experience," said Oliver Sha Fei, co-founder of Aipower. "The innovative patented design of Wearbuds enables the earbuds to be stored and charged in a fitness band, bringing both audio and fitness tracking experience to consumers."

No Charging Case Needed

Wearbuds are the world's first true wireless HiFi earbuds that are stored in a fitness band. Both earbuds can be placed perfectly in the fitness tracking wristband which can also charge the earbuds with no need for carrying a charging case.

High Fidelity Sound Quality

Wearbuds feature flawless audio streaming with an advanced Qualcomm chipset and Bluetooth 5.0 technology, reproducing booming bass and crisp highs through fine-tuned graphene-augmented drivers.

Great Noise Isolation Performance

The earbuds are lightweight and ergonomic, providing a barely-there fit for unbeatable noise isolation performance with premium silicon eartips. The band strap is made of -silicone to enhance the comfort of wearing and is able to maintain all-day dry and clean throughout various activities.

Call Freely with Either Earbud

Most true wireless earbuds don't allow users to call freely using only one earbud due to the limitation of the connection technology. Wearbuds support Mono Mode, a feature comes from the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology, allowing fast and easy hands-free phone calls with one or both earbuds.

Fitness Tracker on Wrist

The fitness band can automatically count your steps and calories burned and monitor heart rate and sleep pattern. A built-in touchscreen on the fitness band allows for instant access to all fitness data and notifications (including sedentary reminder) on the wrist. All fitness reports will be saved in the Aipower app. The band features on-wrist smartphone notifications which are customizable for calls, texts, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram.

Features & Specs
Ture wireless and Bluetooth 5.0
Qualcomm smart audio chipset
Support aptX codec
Graphene-augmented drivers
Instant pairing
Earbuds playtime: 4h (12h with the band)
Fitness band battery life: up to 7 days
Earbuds: IPX7 waterproof
Fitness band: IPX6 water-resistant
On-wrist fitness data: heart rate, steps, sleep patterns, etc.
On-wrist notifications for call, message, apps (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram)

SOURCE Aipower
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IK Multimedia's UNO Drum analog/PCM drum machine is now available

IK Multimedia announces the immediate availability of UNO® Drum, the newest member of its UNO series. Designed in collaboration with Italian analog specialist Soundmachines - the same team behind IK's acclaimed UNO® Synth - UNO Drum offers a wide sonic palette combining fat, punchy analog sounds with digital flexibility and convenience. A robust selection of programming and live performance features and controls makes it easy for musicians, producers and DJs to add massive drum grooves to their music. UNO Drum's compact form, battery power and affordable price make it ideal for on-the-go music creation and performance.

True analog tone and PCM flexibility

Six warm, rich, true analog drum sounds - two different kick drums plus snares, claps, and hi-hats - form the essential core kit for creating fat analog beats. Additional PCM elements (with 54 samples to choose from) provide deeper sonic flavours. They include toms, rims, cowbells, rides and crash cymbals for creating complex, unique and full rhythm tracks. Up to 12 elements can be used in total between analog and digital sounds, with 11-voice polyphony available. The analog and digital elements can be freely swapped, for sonic possibilities that go beyond the pre-set combinations. Together, these analog and PCM sounds suit the widest genres of music and musicians, and a variety of live scenarios.

A wide range of drum elements is organized in UNO Drum's 100 pre-programmed and fully editable drum kit presets, a first in its class. This makes it easier and faster for users to find an inspiring kit they can experiment with or tweak to create the perfect groove. All sounds can be stored and recalled on the fly.

Top panel editing controls allow for adjustment of key parameters of each sound element. Users can tweak the Tuning of their kicks for sub-shaking hip-hop, adjust the Snap for punchy EDM drums, push the Decay for thundering industrial sounds, and much more. UNO Drum's in-depth controls encourage experimentation to take drum tracks far beyond the norm.

Analog audio effects with character

For added punch and sound character that stands out in a mix, UNO Drum also offers two analog master audio effects: Drive and Compressor. Increasing the drive will make grooves hit harder, with an aggressive edge. Adding compression will result in tracks that are tighter, fatter, and more powerful. User settings can be saved along with drum kits for instant recall.

Easy to play and program 

UNO Drum offers 12 touch-sensitive pads with two velocity zones, for more expressive live playing and easier programming. They can be used to play entire beats live with a pad-style feel, or to easily add live flare on top of pre-programmed rhythms.

These pads are also used to select individual drum pattern elements. Each element's pad can be used to edit parameters for that specific drum sound, in real-time, as patterns play. This enables users to evolve tracks, build tension towards a drop, go lo-fi for a break, and more. For added performance convenience, a dedicated Tap Tempo pad is also included.

Flexible programming options

UNO Drum offers easy programming options to suit any style. The 64-step sequencer allows users to program in patterns one step at a time, using the 16 buttons across the bottom of the panel, or record a pattern in real-time. Up to eight parameters can be automated per step, to add even more variation and feel to their grooves. The Song mode lets users chain up to 64 patterns together to create extended grooves. Any of the stored sequences can be triggered live on the fly, in any order desired.

Additionally, for quick inspiration out of the box, UNO Drum also comes pre-loaded with 100 drum patterns (in addition to the 100 drum kits). Users can quickly scroll through choices and find a pattern that adds the perfect flavour to their genre, or experiment with new styles. Sounds can be swapped out or adjusted, and patterns can be instantly saved and revisited at a later time.

Head-turning performance effects

For even more performance impact, UNO Drum offers a generous set of five performance effects on the programmed patterns: Stutter (from subtle repetitions to DJ style loops), Roll, Humanize (slight randomization of velocity, timing and volume to emulate a live drummer), Swing (timing and accent adjustments) and Random (brand new pattern creations).

Integrate into any live, studio, or mobile set-up

For use at home, in the studio, in a DJ booth, and beyond, UNO Drum can perfectly integrate into regular live set-ups, computer DAW-based studios, or mobile rigs centred around an iOS device. It offers USB and traditional MIDI via 2.5mm jacks (cables included) for use with Mac/PC, iOS devices or traditional outboard MIDI gear, for a perfect pairing in any rig. UNO Drum also offers an audio input to daisy chain directly with IK's UNO Synth or any other gear, routed through its internal compressor, with no need for an additional mixer.

On-the-go music made easy

Weighing only 400g, UNO Drum is super lightweight and small enough to fit in a backpack, yet sturdy enough to hit the road for gigging. It can also be used as a portable sketchpad to create grooves and songs that can be saved and recalled whenever and wherever they're needed. UNO Drum can be powered by 4 AA batteries or via the USB port, either from a computer or a battery pack.

UNO Drum - image

Pricing and availability

UNO Drum is available from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide, for the affordable price of only $/€249.99*.

UNO Drum is proudly made in IK's own Italian manufacturing facility using a combination of state-of-the-art, automated mounting machines and test systems, and fine, renowned Italian craftsmanship.

* All prices excluding taxes

For more information about UNO Drum, please visit: www.unodrum.com

To see UNO Drum in action or watch the tutorial series: www.unodrum.com/video

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