How to transform your Echo Dot into something truly magical

Echo Dot smart speakers are great, they really are. How could you not like an AI helper that stands at-the-ready to tell you the weather forecast, your daily schedule, control your smart home tech, and remind you of the name of the actor who was in that movie that one time. In other words, Echo Dot is there for you when everybody else isn’t. But let’s be real: Echo Dots look pretty boring when left as-is. If you’re a minimalist, that’s totally fine — we don’t want to kill your vibe or anything. But some of us want our smart speakers to have a little more, you know, pizzazz. Some damn moxie.  SEE ALSO: 15 horny kitchen gadgets that look …

HONOR 20, HONOR 20 Pro, HONOR View 20 Magic UI 3.0 Android 10 stable update starts rolling out globally

HUAWEI released EMUI 10 based on Android 10 last month and also revealed the list of devices that are confirmed to get the update. HUAWEI P30 Pro started receiving EMUI 10 Open Beta update in India and now, HONOR devices have started receiving Magic UI 3.0 update based on Android 10. The list of devices include HONOR View 20, HONOR 20, and HONOR 20 Pro. Honor 20 users have reported that they are receiving the Magic UI 3.0 update based on Android 10 and the OTA update weighs 4.63GB in size carrying the build number 10.0.0.168 (C431E9R3P7). However, there is no clarity regarding the build number as users are receiving different builds through HiCare app or system updater. The update is …

Le Mans ‘66 review – road race biopic fires on all cylinders

Matt Damon and Christian Bale are on sparky form in this retelling of the Ford v Ferrari battle for racing dominance Slick, thrilling and saturated with vivid hues and 60s can-do optimism, Le Mans ’66, James Mangold’s follow-up to Logan, is a precision-tooled machine of a movie. A pedal-to-the-metal dash through the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari and their tussle for dominance at the Le Mans endurance race, the film weathers its two-and-a-half-hour running time easily, even as it navigates a cheerfully formulaic sports movie structure. What soups up the story is a combination of the efficiently executed race sequences (the gear-crunching, tyre-melting sound design deserves plaudits) and a screenplay by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller, which downplays …

‘I find it dramatic’: inside the all-blue home of architect Sharon Toong

An interior designer’s flat is a showcase for the dramatic, bold blues she believes are here to stay From dark lead to chalky white, grey has hogged our walls for years. Not any more. “I feel it’s had its day,” says architect and interior designer Sharon Toong. “I’m drawn to blue, especially the darker shades.” Indeed, moody blue paints – all similar but slightly different – are used throughout this two-bedroom flat: in the main bedroom, the study, an internal courtyard, her baby daughter’s room, and the kitchen cabinets. The hall is alive with blue banana leaves, vines and tropical palms, courtesy of design team House of Hackney. This and the master bedroom are naturally dark spaces, so Toong decided …

Today’s Deal: 30% Off OSMO

Santa’s merry elves may be working overtime, but that doesn’t mean you have to. To ease your holiday shopping, we partnered with some of our favorite brands to offer you amazing deals and steals this season on products and gear you actually want (or want to give). From meal delivery to oh-so-cozy clothing and must-have toys, get your shopping done in a flash without breaking the bank. Check out the entire 10 days of deals by clicking here.  Today’s Deal: 30% Off OSMO The Scoop: As a parent, do you think about play time vs. screen time? Thanks to educational gaming tool Osmo, the time your kids log on the tablet can be all about hands-on play and creativity. Just …

How, what, where, when, and why of experimentation

Every new feature starts as an idea. Not all ideas are good ideas. Therefore, not every new feature is a good idea. So how do you know which feature is a good idea and which one isn’t? You experiment. The idea of experimenting on users or in production may sound scary and complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. The questions below shed some light on common questions surrounding experimentation and can help you determine if experimentation is right for you. What is experimentation? According to the dictionary, experimentation is the action or process of trying out new ideas, methods,… [Continue Reading] Read more: betanews.com

Lizzo Is Being Sued By The Postmates Delivery Person She Accused Of Stealing Her Food

Lizzo is being sued by the Postmates delivery person she accused of stealing her food. Earlier this year, the 31-year-old “Truth Hurts” singer took to Twitter to put the woman on blast, giving out her name and photograph. Lizzo later deleted the tweet and acknowledged the issue was resolved, apologizing for risking the woman’s safety. Now the delivery woman, Tiffany Wells, is suing Lizzo for libel, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false light invasion, according to TMZ. “Lizzo’s conduct was extreme and outrageous in that she used her celebrity to publicly defame, disparage, and threaten a private individual (i.e. [Tiffany Wells]), to roughly one million Twitter followers,” the lawsuit reads. Tiffany says she has received threats and also no …

Railway workers caught mining Bitcoin with state electricity in Ukraine

Employees at the Ukranian Railways have been caught red-handed secretly running a Bitcoin mining farm, costing the state more than $40,000 in power. According to an announcement by Ukrzaliznytsia, the country’s state-owned rail transport provider, the surreptitious cryptocurrency mining operation was reported by Oleg Nazaruk, the company‘s director of the department of economic and information security. “During the inspection of the premises where the so-called farm was located, more than 100 pieces of computer equipment were identified that were generating Bitcoins. The aforementioned equipment was connected to the Ukrzaliznytsia power grid. The estimated amount of losses since the beginning of the year is UAH 1… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin Read more: thenextweb.com

Brewdog opens first beer-themed hotel in the UK

Scottish brewery and pub chain Brewdog has announced the launch of its first beer-themed hotel in Aberdeen, Scotland. It’s the first property in a series of ‘BrewDog Kennels’, with others following in due course in the city centres of Paris, Manchester, Berlin and London. The fully-appointed rooms are dog-friendly, with dog beds and treats on offer, and guests can expect a welcome craft beer at check-in, as well as beer in the showers. Brewdog co-founder, James Watt, said: “Our Brewdog Kennels are a revolution in accommodation, sparked by too much time spent in immediately forgettable hotel rooms. “We firmly believe that where you stay in a new city should be your home from home, so have brought the spirit of …

Huawei’s Mate X is now on sale in China for $2,400

Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge Huawei’s folding Mate X, which was originally supposed to launch in June, then September, then on an unspecific date in November, then on November 15th in China, is now, in fact, officially on sale. The Mate X is the second major foldable to hit the market following the (also delayed) Samsung Galaxy Fold. The Mate X stands out from other foldables because its folding screen is on the outside of the phone, unlike the Galaxy Fold’s and Motorola Razr’s internally folding screens. That means that when the Mate X is folded, it has a 6.6-inch screen on the front and a 6.38-inch screen on the back — and when it’s unfolded, its screen …

Another One: Jamie Foxx And Kate Beckinsale Look Like A Swirly New Couple At Swanky LA Soirée

Source: Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Jamie Foxx And Kate Beckinsale Cozy Up At Catch LA Party Grand opening. Grand closing. Jamie Foxx recently ended his secret swirly relationship with Katie Holmes and looks to be hopping into another Anglo-Saxon saddle. The multihyphenate entertainer was seen looking SUPER comfortable with actress Kate Beckinsale at a fancy Hollyweird party according to TMZ reports. Jamie and Katie were photographed together multiple times at the Golden Globe Ambassadors party at Catch LA. Source: Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty MULTIPLE TIMES. Source: Ari Perilstein / Getty Kate recently hit the singles market after divorcing her husband Len Wiseman earlier this month. What would you think about a Jamie Foxx-Kate Beckinsale romance? Read more: feedproxy.google.com

Get your Tickets to the Light Art Ceremony at Spier Wine Estate

Get ready to be enlightened. Spier Light Art is back from 8 December until 19 January. Expect a dazzling light and sound display in the form of artworks throughout the farm. An opening ceremony on 6 and 7 December will mark the beginning of this experience. Be sure not to miss the procession of dancers, stilt walkers and other illuminating enchantments. The Light Art exhibit will feature 21 light and sound installations by some of the country’s leading artists and designers. Performances include choreographer Jay Pather’s performance piece, From Before, featuring 22 Shembe, classical ballet and Bharatha Natyam dancers, a new production by the Indoni Dance Company and a production with large puppets by Janni Younge. Ticket prices are as …

Apple launches 16-inch MacBook Pro with 6 speakers and ‘Magic Keyboard’

Apple released its first 16-inch MacBook Pro on Wednesday.  Key features include the new 16-inch Retina display with a resolution of 3,072×1,920 and a pixel density of 226 ppi, as well as a Magic Keyboard with a “refined” scissor mechanism offering 1mm of key travel and, hopefully, less issues than the butterfly keyboard on previous MacBook Pro devices.  Also on board are six speakers which should provide deeper bass and a more natural sound, as well as a new mic array that offers a “40 percent reduction in hiss and an improved signal-to-noise ratio.” Apple’s new MacBook Pro has a bigger battery and a new thermal design. Image: Apple Read more… More about Apple, Macbook Pro, 16 Inch Macbook Pro, …

Concrete Accessories That Explore the Beauty of Proportions

One might not expect to find an exploration of the beauty of mathematical proportions in the soft and fluid forms of concrete, but that’s just what Saif Faisal has created in his collection of accessories. Poetic and versatile, each of the Extrude Desk Organizers and the Fibonacci Tray would be equally at home on your desk as in your bathroom or on your dresser. Air bubbles were deliberately added during the aggregate mixing and pour phase to bring out the character in the usually opaque material. The concrete application itself is specially developed for high strength and density to achieve a very thin yet strong structure. Read more: feedproxy.google.com

Watch Teen Mom 2 Online: Season 10 Episode 27

Did Briana’s decision alienate John? On Teen Mom 2 Season 10 Episode 27, the star made a big change in her life, without telling her boyfriend.  Meanwhile, Jade reached out to Shaun for support when it emerged that her parents were not getting out of jail.  Elsewhere, Chelsea started to worry that her clothing design was not going to be a hit.  Who gave her advice? Kailyn had a big surprise for her boys.  Watch Teen Mom 2 Season 10 Episode 27 Online Use the video above to watch Teen Mom 2 online right here via TV Fanatic.  Catch up on all your favorite shows and reviews and join in the conversations with other fanatics who love TV as much as …

Razer Viper Ultimate: a wireless gaming mouse done right

It’s been a few weeks since Razer announced the Viper Ultimate — a wireless gaming mouse which the company claims delivers 99.6-percent resolution accuracy. The Viper Ultimate builds on Razer’s Viper lineup, which emphasizes performance, precision, and speed in a light form factor. Now it offers this whole package in a fully wireless experience. But does it deliver on its promises? After toying around with this beauty for a few weeks, I can confidently say the answer is “yes, it does.” But allow me to elaborate. What does it get right? Let’s start with the obvious: at 74g (without the cable), this… This story continues at The Next Web Read more: thenextweb.com