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[Deal Alert] NVIDIA is having a SHIELD gaming spring sale

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NVIDIA has recently announced that they are having a spring games sale. You can save up to 66% off the regular pricing of a few select Android and GeForce NOW streaming games. The sale starts today and is on through April 16th.

To start, there is one GeForce NOW streaming game on sale for $35.99, which is 40% off its normal price. That game is No Mans Sky: Pathfinder Patch. This is for sure a game with a questionable history but with its current patches and added content it may be worth the sale price of $35.99.

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[Deal Alert] NVIDIA is having a SHIELD gaming spring sale was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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12 days ago
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9 days ago
😃 thx
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Sonos Unveils the Playbase, Their New Under-TV Home Theater Speaker

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To design for the real world requires questioning assumptions. Take flatscreen TVs and how people integrate them into their homes, for instance: In our movie-driven notion of what a modern home looks like, flatscreens are things that live on walls. You could be forgiven for thinking it's only you that hasn't gotten around to mounting yours. But when the design team at Sonos conducted consumer research and conferred with global TV manufacturers, they found that nearly 70% of flatscreen owners did not wall-mount them, but had them sitting atop a piece of furniture.

The Sonos team used this research to inform the design of a new product, a powerful home theater speaker intended to be so good that it would also be used to play music when the TV was off. They had already conquered this space with their well-reviewed PLAYBAR, a wall-mounted speaker that fits the bill for the 30% of folks with wall-mounted flatscreens:

But the research indicated that there were more than twice as many consumers who needed a speaker that complemented a furniture-dwelling flatscreen, and the designers had to figure out where it would live.

What they came up with is the PLAYBASE, which they unveiled just this morning:

You might be thinking, "I don't get it. Where's the speaker?" It's right there, hidden in plain sight. Yes, that slim thing underneath the TV.

Standing just 58mm (2.3 inches) tall, the PLAYBASE nevertheless contains acoustic architecture supporting a ten-driver speaker system (a woofer, six midrange and three tweeters). Despite the delicate innards it will support 75 pounds, "which covers just about any TV that comes with a stand," the company says.

Speaking of what the company says, we had a chance to ask Tad Toulis, Sonos' VP of Design, a few questions about the project:

Core 77: How did you discover the 70%-not-wall-mounted figure?

Tad Toulis: From a few different sources, including insights from global TV manufacturers we worked with as well as our own consumer research conducted with movie and music lovers around the world.

What made you settle on the under-TV base form factor?

What's most interesting about PLAYBASE is that we didn't set out to create an under-TV soundbase. We identified a design problem that exists within the majority of homes around the world and were inspired by the opportunity to provide great sound – both for TV and music.

What are some of the challenges of designing a sophisticated electronic device that needs to bear the physical weight of another sophisticated electronic device?

We knew it needed to be incredibly durable to give customers confidence their TV wasn't going to break or topple over but thin enough to essentially disappear within a room.

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The design team resisted the obvious for a while. We were was anxious about being "under" something — it's hard to make a statement as a "doormat." But as we got deep in the problem, the problem started to tell us, "You just need to make it the best damned plinth in the world."

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When we embraced that, we could get on with the business of being thin and being understated, all of which pushed hard on acoustics and manufacturing.

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The other variable here is we wanted to impact the viewing experience with the nominal height so the viewing angle didn't change much for our customers.

We imagine that during the design process, you went through multiple form factors before settling on the final one. How did you know it was "right?"

A: Sonos products are meant to live together within the home, all while blending seamlessly into their surroundings and PLAYBASE is no different. This meant a seamless, monolithic design that appeared as though the speaker was cut from granite. It was deliberately constructed within a 2.3 inch height constraint to remain visually unobtrusive within your TV space.

We knew we got it right when we arrived at the right tension of "this is as thin as we can go" and still blow minds on sound expectations.

Approximately how many people in total worked on the project, and how long was it in the making?"

PLAYBASE is the result of years of collaborative work between all teams at Sonos. Really, it's an entire company effort. Without the culture here, PLAYBASE wouldn't be possible.

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On that latter note, take a look at the significant design and engineering challenges the PLAYBASE's development team had to tackle and see why, in Sonos Industrial Design Manager Youjin Nam's words, "Making a simple thing is never simple:"

The PLAYBASE rolls out this April, and you can learn more about it here.

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genseng
49 days ago
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They didn't invent the sound base/speaker base/soundplate/playbase. There are a number of brand names already making them and have been since last year. It's an interesting form factor because it can fit in compact areas like under a TV, the space on top or of a refrigerator (which is what I was looking at) and provide more volume (needed for any bass extension) than a bar format in certain spaces. DSP goes a long way, but you're still limited by physics, although just about anything else is better for audio than tv built-in speakers. Looks like it lacks HDMI input which is questionable for hometheatre since TOSLINK doesn't support hi-definition audio streams?
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Refined Fool Brewing gets ok for second Sarnia location

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Sarnia – Following an unsuccessful attempt by Refined Fool Brewing Co. to expand to a second location in Sarnia, a rezoning approval has been granted for 1326 London Rd according to BlackBurnNews.com. “I believe that moving forward at this location, they’re going to have a little more room, they’re going to be able to better [&hellip

The post Refined Fool Brewing gets ok for second Sarnia location appeared first on Ontario Beverage Network.

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genseng
56 days ago
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johnas
56 days ago
Cool I hope the expansion works out for them.
genseng
55 days ago
Hopefully works out for me too! ;)
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Tony Clement hangs up on CBC Daybreak after exchange over asylum seekers

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Tony Clement, the Conservative Party's public safety critic, hung up on CBC Montreal Daybreak host Mike Finnerty this morning after he grew frustrated with Finnerty's line of questioning. The exchange happened during a phone interview on asylum seekers crossing the U.S. border into Canada.

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genseng
63 days ago
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Not sure where Tony thought this was going. RCMP are applying the law. I believe there's support/compasion in the public for the actions these border crossers are taking. If he wants a change to the rules, tells us his vision.
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johnas
63 days ago
He doesn't want the rules changed, he wants to see RCMP apply the law. He said that like 15 times in the interview. It's kind of funny he refused to say what that would look like. I mean usually when the police charge people for breaking the law that involves handcuffs and a trip down to the station. Instead of carrying babies helping people across the snow Banks and welcome them to the country. Maybe he wants a wall and maybe he'll get the USA to pay for it lol. The other thing is that many of the people can't cross at official border crossings because they will be arrested on the American side due to not having the proper documentation for being in the USA. He's on Twitter trying to rationalize his point of view and he's getting hit pretty hard
dreadhead
63 days ago
THey should issue tiny cuffs so they can also put the kids in cuffs. KidzKuffs (tm)
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Where are Ontario’s breweries?

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A breakdown of Ontario’s 204 breweries by city or town (current as of publishing date).   Need more information? Visit the Ontario Brewers Directory

The post Where are Ontario’s breweries? appeared first on Ontario Beverage Network.

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Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence

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US President Barack Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks
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