Google’s Android Things toolbox helps IoT devices get connected

first_imgTags:#Amazon#Android Things#Google#IoT#Nest#Thread#Weave Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Google is releasing a new toolbox that will make connecting Internet of Things (IoT) hardware as simple as writing an Android app.The search firm is showcasing Android Things via a developer preview. The new toolbox will allow IoT devices to push updates or connect to cloud services.See also: Can Amazon’s new Dash connect IoT’s dots?Specifically, Android Things uses such ordinary developer tools as Android Studio and the official software development kit. As well, it taps into Google Cloud Platform and Google Play Services for more options.And in the months ahead future versions will be able to download updates as well as tap into Google’s Weave.“This is ostensibly designed for companies building custom hardware, but you don’t need pro engineering skills to get started,” according to Engadget. “Android Things already works with Intel’s Edison, Raspberry Pi 3 and NXP’s Pico, so you can whip up a Google-powered gadget with minimal effort.”And to ease the rollout, Google is also improving its ad hoc Weave networking itself.To enhance Weave, some hardware like thermostats and light switches will be able to access a new device developer kit. As well, Weave devices can tap into other services like Google Assistant.Weave the Nest togetherIn the future, Google intends to merge its own version of Weave with Nest’s version. As well, it will offer tools to aid the creation of mobile apps.This flurry of activity is evidence that Google is upping its game to compete with other players like Microsoft, who are also developing their own IoT platforms.Earlier this year, Google opened up its IoT protocol for its Nest systems, as competition with Amazon for smart home market share heats up.Google launched its first open-source foray for Nest’s Thread protocol, which paves the way for better connectivity between IoT devices from different manufacturers and between devices and the cloud.Google was following the lead of Amazon, which previously opened up Echo’s virtual assistant Alexa to work seamlessly with other IoT devices. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Donal Powerlast_img read more

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Rockets rally to spoil defending champion Warriors return

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Basketball accomplishments to me now are just what they are,” Durant said after morning shootaround. “I can kind of separate the two now. I feel like it’s more so just cool as hell more than anything. It’s like getting a prize possession that you’re just really excited about versus getting something that’s going to change your life. … I’ll be more so just really giddy and happy more so than emotional. I won’t be a mess.”Pachulia had a new one to share his title with — 5-week-old daughter, Nutsa joined her mom and three older siblings, two brothers and a sister.“I’ve heard some actors, actresses, when they get some kind of award, say without the family. I always think, ‘What exactly my family is doing?’ I feel it now, all the support and help.”Kerr took part in the 2015 ring ceremony, but didn’t coach as he was sidelined the initial 43 games following complications from back surgery.BEAT-UP DUBSKey backup and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala missed the game with a back strain, while Omri Casspi — who had been questionable with a mild right ankle sprain — appeared in his 500th career game making his debut with the Warriors. He then tweaked the ankle again.Draymond Green exited in the second half with a strained left knee.Iguodala is expected to return for the upcoming road trip.INJURED OFFICIALOfficial Tre Maddox, accompanied by medical personnel, left midway through the fourth quarter after a collision with David West and hard hit to the chest area. That left two officials the rest of the way.UP NEXT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Cavaliers hold off Celtics in NBA opener LATEST STORIES Still, this opener was a far cry for the forgettable 129-100 defeat at home to San Antonio in Durant’s Warriors debut a year ago when Golden State came off a record 73-win season and runner-up finish to Cleveland in the 2016 Finals.“I just remember the last game of the season we played,” Durant said of the Game 5 Finals clincher in June.Young found his stroke right away, hitting his first four 3s and five shots overall. It’s exactly what the Warriors want him to do: shoot every time he has a good look. His six 3-pointers set a franchise record for anyone in their Warriors debut and also in a season opener.Durant had one spectacular sequence in the third when he blocked Anderson’s shot on one end then converted a three-point play moments later on the other, slapping hands with a lucky boy fan on the baseline.Houston acquired Paul from the Clippers to give them a 1-2 backcourt punch to try to gain ground on GoldenState in the Western Conference.RING CEREMONYCoach Steve Kerr planned to pay extra attention as veterans Durant, Zaza Pachulia and David West each received a championship ring for the first time in their careers.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trevor Ariza’s 3-pointer with 2:09 remaining pulled Houston within 119-118 then Patrick McCaw hit a baseline jumper immediately after Golden State’s timeout. James Harden made a layup and PJ Tucker hit two free throws with 44.1 to make it 122-121.Nick Young came off the bench to hit six 3-pointers and score 23 points in a brilliant Warriors debut, Curry scored 22 points and Durant had 20 after a slow start. Klay Thompson added 16 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChris Paul had four points on 2-for-9 shooting in his Rockets debut, while Harden scored 27 points and Eric Gordon 24 for the Rockets. Houston opened the fourth with a 9-0 run to get back in it.The Warriors found their rhythm early but couldn’t close it out after an abbreviated preseason in terms of practice time given their recent trip to China for a pair of games against Minnesota. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Rockets: At Kings on Wednesday night in Sacramento’s season opener.Warriors: At New Orleans on Friday to start a three-game road trip.___More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Houston Rockets’ James Harden, right, drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant’s baseline jumper swished through the net just barely too late, and the Houston Rockets rallied in the fourth to beat Golden State 122-121 Tuesday on the night the Warriors received their championship rings.The Warriors had one last chance with 10.6 seconds left and Durant came up with the ball after Stephen Curry had missed. Durant and the Warriors thought they’d won and confetti began to fall when the two remaining officials — the third got hurt in the fourth quarter — reviewed the play and said Durant’s shot was after the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND TOUCH LEAGUE ROUND NINE WRAP

first_imgRound Nine of the PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) was played at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill complex on Friday 10 August 2007.The second last round of games produced some great contests as teams across all grades stepped up performance and intensity levels with the 2007 Finals program just around the corner. In the early game of the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Men’s Open competition on Friday night, Country Club United (CCU) reaffirmed themselves as end of season specialists with a decisive 6-3 victory over a Colts combination that was lacking the cohesion and flow of recent weeks.Brent Madders was outstanding for CCU, whilst Brett Hughes continued his good form this season with another stand out performance for Colts.Dodgers took a share of the competition lead with CCU after completing a comprehensive 11-4 drubbing of Tigers at 8.10pm.Australian Men’s Open guns Peter Stoddart and Nathan Jones led Dodgers brilliantly and the defending premiers are timing their title defence well coming into the business end of the season.Southern Storm, with Australian Mixed Open star Ben “Boozer” Mc Cullen, and 2007 Australian Men’s Open World Cup aces Drummayne Dayberg Muir and Jason Stanton calling the shots completed a comfortable 10-6 victory over University Rebels.Ryan Pollock was also at his industrious best for Storm, whilst Damian Moar continues to shine in a Uni-Rebels side that crossed for six touchdowns of their own in a highly entertaining contest that was played in good spirits by both teams.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open action, 2006 Grand Finalists Southern Storm showed their enormous depth when, despite missing six regular Division One players, they prevailed with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Colts. Storm dug deep in a contest that had plenty of feeling in it, with Emily and Sam Hopkin, who have been in commanding form in recent weeks, leading the way for the Southside club in a battle that was extremely physical.Master of the mind games, Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn Williams stepped up and inspired her young Storm team to meet the challenge issued by the bustling Colts outfit.Missy Tyack and rookie Mtia Tass also played strongly for Storm who called up former Australian Women’s Open legend Catherine Bell to her first Division One game in five years. Bell answered the call from Coach Wayne Grant admirably to chip in and help her club out when it was most needed. Colts were best served by Meg Ballon and Lauren Potter who never stopped trying to lift their team.Colts were without their marquee player Australian Women’s Open star Peta Rogerson, but it was still a below par performance that Colts, a quality combination, will be keen to atone for this week.Both these sides meet again this Tuesday night in a catch-up game that will, along with the last round of fixtures have a big bearing on the finishing positions of the top four.Crushers and Country Club United played out a highly competitive 2-2 draw in the 8.10 pm game on Field 2.CCU got off to a good start to go 2-0 up at the break with Australian Mixed Open star Rebecca Tavo, Kate Adams, and National 18 Years Youth player Kelly Jones leading the way.Crushers, boosted by a half-time address from Australian Men’s Open star Jason Stanton, came out a focused outfit in the second half with relentless defence being rewarded with a glut of possession that allowed them to claw their way back into the contest and claim an honourable 2-2 draw.National Youth squad member Kathrine “Dooie” Moore, Margo Mackintosh, and  Melissa Cragg led the inexperienced Crushers team well, with 13 year-old Michaela Jacks again proving her mettle at this level with an impressive display.In the late game at 9.00pm on Field 7, Dodgers defeated defending premiers University – Rebels 4-3.Dodgers looked to have the contest well in hand for the duration with good drive and intelligent ball movement a feature of their performance.Kiwi International Anita Kerrigan, Australian Mixed Open playmaker Amy Fong, and 2006 Queensland Mixed Open representative Nicola Slade were key contributors for Dodgers, whilst Australian Women’s Open 2007 World Cup stars Teena Mc Ilveen and Roxy Winder, and Barbarians Women’s Open player Tamara Appo tried valiantly to inspire a late comeback from the premiers.The final round of the 2007 PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL will be played this Friday 17 August 2007 with some key match-ups to decide the finishing order of the top four in the Elite Men’s and Women’s Open divisions.The Men’s Open top four are all capable of winning the premiership and Friday’s tenth and final round will set the scene for an engrossing finals series in coming weeks.Colts will be looking to keep their Major semi-final berth hopes alive by securing the three points against Tigers in the 7.20pm timeslot.Colts will need to win, and then rely on either CCU or Dodgers to lose to get “two bites of the cherry” for the semi-final series.CCU will be looking for the win against Uni-Rebels at 8.10pm to wrap up a spot in the top two.Dodgers and Storm will meet in a pivotal contest at 9.00pm with Dodgers desperate for the points to secure a major semi-final berth as well. Storm, arguably the most dangerous attacking unit in the competition, will suit up for the minor semi-final regardless of the outcome Friday night, and will be looking to set up their finals campaign with a good performance Friday night.In the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open competition the top four is clear, however the make-up of major and minor combatants is still to be resolved.The catch-up game between Colts and Storm this Tuesday and the final regular season round games will have an impact on the finals games.CCU will meet Colts at 7.20pm, Dodgers will take on Southern Storm, and Crushers will battle with Uni-Rebels at 9.00pm.PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL action continues Friday night in the Division Two and Three A/B divisions with key contests having a bearing on semi-final composition.For further information, draws, ladders, and results please visit the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association web site: www.bmta.com.aulast_img read more

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First Nations win case over 4 payments from Ontario federal governments

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe provincial and federal governments have been short-changing First Nations in Ontario for more than a century, a superior court judge ruled last week as she ordered long-stagnant annual payments be raised.The court found that the Crown has “a mandatory and reviewable obligation” to increase the annuity under the Robinson-Huron Treaty, which was signed in 1850.Justice Patricia Hennessy wrote that it’s the Crown’s duty to fulfil the treaty’s promise to increase the payments over time.“The Treaties were not meant to be the last word on the relationship,” she wrote. “Renewal of the relationship was necessary to ensure that both parties could continue to thrive in changing environments.”Hennessy did not say how much the payments should be, noting that there may be further steps and considerations in the implementation of her ruling.A delegation of 21 First Nations argued in the 2014 lawsuit that it is unfair that the annual payment of $4 to each of its members has not been raised, even though some members have been living in poverty.Hennessy’s decision states that an increase hasn’t occurred since 1875, despite the treaty’s promise to “increase the collective annuity when economic circumstances warrant.”There are about 30,000 beneficiaries to the Robinson-Huron Treaty in the 21 communities.The chiefs from the affected territory in northern Ontario have said the Anishinabek people agreed under the treaty to share their lands and resources with newcomers. In return, the Crown would pay annuities that were supposed to increase as the territory generated revenues from forestry, mining and other resource development.A spokesman for the Ontario government said it’s in the process of reviewing the court’s decision and declined to say anything further. The federal government also said it was reviewing the ruling, adding it “remains open to discussions with the interested parties.”Ontario NDP legislator Sol Mamakwa, the Opposition’s Indigenous relations critic, said the decision is a step forward to reconciliation and he expects a “significant” increase to the annuity.“Indigenous people have always been treated as second-class citizens in this country,” said Mamakwa. “When we think about the resources from the land, it’s the livelihood of our culture, it’s the livelihood of our people — and I don’t think there’s a set amount for that, but I think it matters to us.”Mamakwa said the annuity raise would increase access to resources along with programs and services offered in those communities.Batchewana Chief Dean Sayers said the decision is “huge.”Hennessy said in her decision that the treaty was vague, and could be interpreted in many different ways, but that a payment of $4 per person “suggests that the Treaties were a one-time transaction.“As the historical and cultural context demonstrates, this was not the case; the parties were and continue to be in an ongoing relationship,” she wrote.Hennessy also said the court and all parties involved in the treaty should develop processes and procedures for the “modern era” on how to move forward with the payment increases.last_img read more

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Mazzarri issues Roma warning

first_imgWalter Mazzarri warned his Torino side “to be perfect” if they want to stop a strong Roma team beating them tomorrow.Mazzarri and his Torino team had a chaotic transfer deadline day, where Roberto Soriano, Koffi Djidji and Simone Zaza all signed.The Torino has called on his team to put in a great shift tomorrow. Football Italia reports.“I thank those who are here and apologise if I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to those who left,” said Mazzarri in his Press conference ahead of the game against Roma.“The season begins tomorrow with a very important match. Now I’d like to talk more about Roma than the transfer market, as I want my players to remain concentrated.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“Roma have done extraordinary things to strengthen their midfield. They were already a great team last season and did so well under Eusebio Di Francesco, so we have to perfect against them to hope for a result.”“I believe in hard work and tactical organisation. I gave the club some indications on which players to sign and how many we needed, but the markets are still open elsewhere and we will try to whittle down the squad.”“In my career, when given the right number of players, I’ve always managed to get 110 per cent out of my players. If the lads are ready to work hard, we can do great things together.”“Fitness is an essential condition for me and in order to choose a starting XI, I must have guarantees on their fitness. We’ve got to stop Roma playing their game and do our best going forward.”last_img read more

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Football Posts High Marks in the Classroom under Satterfield

first_imgStory Links The Cardinals achieved an outstanding 2.85 grade-point average for the 2019 spring semester, with 49 student-athletes earning a 3.0 or better GPA.  One student-athlete achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.”I’m very proud of the team’s effort in the classroom during the spring semester,” Satterfield said. “To have more than half the team earn a 3.0 GPA  or better is a credit to the commitment our student-athletes have in excelling off the field and the importance stressed on earning their degrees. I’d like to extend a great amount of gratitude to our academic staff for tirelessly working with our players and fostering a culture of achievement.” The Cardinals had 23 graduates for the year, including 13 going through the graduation ceremony on Saturday afternoon. LOUISVILLE, Ky. -While the University of Louisville head football coach Scott Satterfield was hired only five months ago, he’s helped the Cardinals make tremendous strides in the classroom over a short period of time. Louisville received an NCAA Public Recognition Award for a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate score for the 2017-18 season, the second one in school history. When the Cardinals open the 2019 season versus Notre Dame on Sept. 2, 14 players will take the field with their degrees in hand. Print Friendly Version Hired in December, Satterfield stressed the importance of excelling off the field, and the message was well-received, which was reflected by the impressive numbers the Cardinals collected in his first full semester leading the football program.last_img read more

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