Sonos clarifies how unsupported devices will be treated – TechCrunch

Sonos clarifies how unsupported devices will be treated – TechCrunch

Smart speaker manufacturer Sonos clarified its stance when it comes to old devices that are no longer supported. The company faced some criticisms after its original announcement. Sonos now says that you’ll be able to create two separate Sonos systems so that your newer devices stay up to date.

If you use a Zone Player, Connect, first-generation Play:5, CR200, Bridge or pre-2015 Connect:Amp, Sonos is still going to drop support for those devices. According to the company, those devices have reached their technical limits when it comes to memory and processing power.

While nothing lasts forever, it’s still a shame that speakers that work perfectly fine are going to get worse over time. For instance, if Spotify and Apple Music update their application programming interface in the future, your devices could stop working with those services altogether.

But the announcement felt even more insulting as the company originally said that your entire ecosystem of Sonos devices would stop receiving updates so that all your devices remain on the same firmware version. Even if you just bought a Sonos One, it would stop receiving updates if there’s an old speaker on your network.

“We are working on a way to split your system so that modern products work together and get the latest features, while legacy products work together and remain in their current state,” the company writes.

It’s not ideal, but the company is no longer holding your Sonos system back. Sonos also clarifies that old devices will still receive

Cortex Labs helps data scientists deploy machine learning models in the cloud – TechCrunch

Cortex Labs helps data scientists deploy machine learning models in the cloud – TechCrunch

It’s one thing to develop a working machine learning model, it’s another to put it to work in an application. Cortex Labs is an early-stage startup with some open-source tooling designed to help data scientists take that last step.

The company’s founders were students at Berkeley when they observed that one of the problems around creating machine learning models was finding a way to deploy them. While there was a lot of open-source tooling available, data scientists are not experts in infrastructure.

CEO Omer Spillinger says that infrastructure was something the four members of the founding team — himself, CTO David Eliahu, head of engineering Vishal Bollu and head of growth Caleb Kaiser — understood well.

What the four founders did was take a set of open-source tools and combine them with AWS services to provide a way to deploy models more easily. “We take open-source tools like TensorFlow, Kubernetes and Docker and we combine them with AWS services like CloudWatch, EKS (Amazon’s flavor of Kubernetes) and S3 to basically give one API for developers to deploy their models,” Spillinger explained.

He says that a data scientist starts by uploading an exported model file to S3 cloud storage. “Then we pull it, containerize it and deploy it on Kubernetes behind the scenes. We automatically scale the workload, and let you switch to GPUs if it’s compute intensive. We stream logs and expose [the model] to the web. We help you manage security around that, stuff like that,” he said.


Biniray Festival of Romblon – Out of Town Blog

My Biniray Festival Experience

Romblon, Romblon — When you become a part of a week-long festival, from witnessing traslacion, joining parades, competitions to non-stop celebrations, life instantly becomes more interesting. Here in the Philippines, there are various festivals held annually devoted to their patron saint, which in recent years has drawn visitors from all over the world – and one of the festivals you should experience every January is the Biniray Festival of Romblon.

Pinoy Travel Bloggers in Romblon

Recently, I was invited by DOT Mimaropa to join fellow travel bloggers in rediscovering Romblon. Our first stop was at Romblon, Romblon, where we experienced the Biniray Festival. Romblon isn’t just known for being the marble capital of the country but is also visited by tourists during their annual Biniray Festival.

Biniray Festival of Romblon is held every 2nd week of January to pay tribute to Sto. Nino de Romblon. Various fun-filled activities are lined up to showcase the rich culture and Christian faith of Romblomanons. The festival features a fluvial parade with the image of Sto. Nino on the lead boat donned in vibrant and colorful buntings. The boats are decorated each year according to a theme proposed by the Fishermans’ association and then capping off the parade by returning to the town pier filled with freshly caught seafood.

During this week-long festival, the locals celebrate these joyous times with fun-filled activities such as ethnic dances, live music, and exhibits of local products.

The festivities usually last for a

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited Review & Test Drive

2020 hyundai sonata limited

In America, the automotive industry is taking notes from the Korean brands of Hyundai and Kia. In the recent few years, the brands have received numerous accolades, and rightfully so because they have some really good products. One particular vehicle from Hyundai, the 2020 Sonata, is poised in a way to make a splash for the midsized sedan segment, an area that has been overshadowed by crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) as of late.

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Getting in the new 2020 Hyundai Sonata for review was an excellent experience to take a break from all of the CUVs I’ve reviewed. Moreover, the Hyundai Sonata was a nice reminder that sedans aren’t at all dead despite what sales figures say up against the CUV market.

2020 hyundai sonata limited side

Making it as a finalist in the 2020 North American Car of the Year competition, the new 2020 Hyundai Sonata is truly a champ in my book for all that it offers in a package that nearly merges luxury with the mainstream. In that, the new Sonata in its top-level Limited trim is a premium offering that has not only naturally matured to new levels, but it has garnered some advanced studies to offer class leading features that were once known to only be found on luxury vehicles. For one, the new 2020 Sonata has a trick remote park-assist feature that essentially makes it easier to park in a tight space or

The Magic of Kerala – Out of Town Blog

Kerala, India — Standing in the tea plantation within the hills of Munnar, on a curvy landscape of emerald green that stretches out as far as the eye can see. With only the sound of tropical birds and the sight of the misty mountains. This is Kerala; this is ‘Gods own Country.’

Munnar Kerala Tea Plantations
Kerala Sunset
Kerala Sunset

Kerala certainly doesn’t disappoint with this promise of ‘God’s own country.’ The lush green southern part of India has a relaxed and laidback way of life. With 600km of Arabian coastline and beaches, interconnected canals and waterways, and jungles rich with biodiversity. Kerala has it all and more.

A journey into a water world

Kerala’s backwaters run parallel to the Arabian coastline, which can be explored by canoe tours, kayaking, or the famous houseboats. The houseboats are spectacular to look at, with their thatched coconut curved roofs. They were formally used for transporting rice and spices to the Kochi port and now serve as a popular tourist attraction. You can book an overnight stay and have your very own crew that attends to all your needs while you sit back and take in the surroundings.

Houseboat in Kerala India
Houseboat in Kerala India
Inside Kerala Houseboat
Inside Kerala Houseboat

Discovering the backwaters by canoe is a heavenly and authentic experience. A canoe or kayak enables you to squeeze through narrow canals that lead you through towns and villages. Where you can expect tranquil, calm water, the sound of nature, the sun glistening through the canopy of palm