Our specialist trade reviewer, Richard Stevenson, takes a look under the hood of the much anticipated

Our specialist trade reviewer, Richard Stevenson, takes a look under the hood of the much anticipated Sonos Amp. The Sonos Amp takes over from the old Connect:Amp device, packing in more install features and even better build quality into a svelte and rather good-looking case. The Connect:Amp was always the easiest way to add a powered music zone to any install, leveraging Sonos’s slick app mesh wireless networking to get sound into a zone without cabling infrastructure. Despite the Connect:Amp’s fairly humble 55W output, many installers were are also happy to put them into racks, albeit having to work around the clunky size and shape, and deal with the heat output. The Amp is a better fit for CI audio in every way. It is much easier to rack mount on a tray, being only 1.5U tall and half rack width, and innovative heat sinking means it runs cooler despite packing over twice the power output of the original Connect:Amp. Cooling is a mix of through-unit venting, from the base up to the circular vent moulding in the top surface, and a die-case aluminium sub-chassis that acts as a heat sink. Power is supplied by very efficient direct digital feedback amps with discrete output stages...

Colombian warlord: Release of death squad boss ‘El Mono’ from U.S. prison has Canadian victims seeking truth

For weeks, locals had been quietly fleeing the northern Colombian town of El Salado. They were afraid, they told neighbours, of the arrival of the AUC, a death squad led in their region by a tall, imposing figure named Salvatore Mancuso, known as “El Mono.” By the year 2000, El Salado, a farming community nestled in Colombia’s Montes de María mountains, had become a coveted target in a brutal conflict between two irregular armies. On one side were the Marxist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who had been at war with the Colombian state since 1964. On the other was Mancuso’s United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC), a paramilitary death squad that colluded with corrupt elements of the Colombian military and did their dirty work. As it did for the FARC, Colombia’s cocaine trade bankrolled the AUC. And to move AUC drugs from Colombia’s interior to the Caribbean coast — for export onward to North America — Mancuso needed to clear a path north through El Salado and across the Montes de María. On Mancuso’s orders, Rodrigo Mercado Peluffo, a fearsome AUC boss known as “Chain,” planned an attack on El Salado using five FARC deserters — handed over to ...

Global $958M Distributed Temperature Sensing Markets, 2025

Dublin, March 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Distributed Temperature Sensing Market by Operating Principle (OTDR, OFDR), Fiber Type (Single-mode Fibers, Multimode Fibers), Scattering Method (Rayleigh Effect, Raman Effect, Brillouin Effect), Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2025″ report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The overall distributed temperature sensing market is expected to grow from USD 734 million in 2020 to USD 958 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.5%. Growing demand for labor safety at workplaces, reliability of DTS systems/sensors for sensing and monitoring applications in harsh environments, and increasing applications in the oil & gas industry are driving the growth of this market. However, optical cables are prone to physical damage; this factor restrains the market growth.Oil & gas application to hold largest share of distributed temperature sensing market until 2025The oil & gas application is expected to hold the largest market size during the forecast period. DTS technology has become an integral part of the oil & gas industry. DTS systems help in continuous, real-time downhole ...

Best Stabilizers for AC [1.5 Ton, 2 Ton & 1 Ton] in 2020

In the scorching heat and lazy summers, one thing which is inevitable is the requirement for everything cool. You need cool coconut water, kokum sharbat, ice-cream, and an air conditioner to pass those hot nights. An air conditioner is an expensive one time purchase. You will want to keep it secure from all kinds of hazards as you have purchased it through your hard-earned money. One of the best things you can buy to increase the shelf life of the AC is a quality stabilizer. A stabilizer will minimize damage during voltage fluctuation. The power supply in summers is tricky. Hence, purchasing a sturdy and long-lasting stabilizer is your best bet to safeguard your AC. To help you select the best item, we have conducted in-depth research and come up with 12 best stabilizers for different tons of ACs. We’ve curated a list of stabilizers required for 1.5 Ton AC, 2 Ton AC and 1 Ton AC for your ease selection. This particular stabilizer is suitable for all 1.5-ton air conditioners. It has a voltage range of 170V to 270V. It has a LED indicator that shows all the voltage control performances going on. It is built with aluminum wires, which increases its heat tolerating capacity since al...

I-PEX has launched the MINIFLEX5-FF, a new robust FFC/FPC connector for industrial and automotive applications.

I-PEX has launched the MINIFLEX5-FF, a new robust FFC/FPC connector for industrial and automotive applications. This 2.55mm profile height and 0.5mm pitch FFC/FPC connector was designed with a front lock type, whereas I-PEX develops back lock types, so this new connector is fully compatible with Hirose FH28 connector. Even this connector is fully compatible with existing products on the market, I-PEX has improved its design with a strong actuator holding design, a temporary actuator holding structure, a higher FPC retention force (73N vs 59N with FPC tab and 41N vs 34N without FPC tab) and a better wiping length (1.4mm vs 1.3mm). The plan is to have pin count range from 10 to 80 contacts and 30, 40, 55, 60 & 64 contacts are already available. This connector has been developed as a complement to the existing EVAFLEX series, the ‘unique auto-lock structure’. 2 Wire Male Female Connector, Twisted Wire Harness, Vehicle Wire Harness – SYM,https://www.szsymdz.com/

Wolves lock Soaring Eagle down in OT, advance to semis | School Sports

Thank you for reading! On your next view you will be asked to log in or create an account to continue reading. Thank you for reading! On your next view you will be asked to log in to your subscriber account or create an account and subscribepurchase a subscription to continue reading. Green Canyon’s Kennedy Eskelson, right, drives to the basket as Juan Diego’s Mahinetea Tavanae and Kira Rhay defend Thursday in Ogden in a 4A state quarterfinal game. Green Canyon’s Shante Falslev (22) takes a shot as Juan Diego’s Mahinetea Tavanae defends Thursday in Ogden at the 4A state playoffs. Green Canyon’s Kennedy Eskelson, right, drives to the basket as Juan Diego’s Mahinetea Tavanae and Kira Rhay defend Thursday in Ogden in a 4A state quarterfinal game. So it was in the Green Canyon girls’ 61-54 overtime win over Juan Diego in the 4A state quarterfinals. The Wolves made only one basket the entire extra four minutes, but that one shot dictated the entire period. “We needed to start that run,” GC head coach Alexis Bird said. “I think us being on the run first kind of defeated Juan Diego a little bit mentally and then we just lock d...

A while ago, [Marco] mounted a powerful laser diode to a CNC machine in an attempt

A while ago, [Marco] mounted a powerful laser diode to a CNC machine in an attempt to etch copper clad board and create a few PCBs. The results weren’t that great, but the technique was promising. In a new experiment, [Marco] purchased a very cheap laser engraver kit from China, and now this technique looks like it might be a winner. [Marco] sourced his laser engraver from Banggood, and it’s pretty much exactly what you would expect for a CNC machine that costs under $200. The frame is aluminum extrusion, the motors are off-the-shelf steppers, the electronics are just Pololu-like drivers, and the software is somewhere between abysmal and terrible. Nevertheless, this machine can cut wood, leather, fabric, and can remove spray paint with a big blue laser diode. To create his PCBs, [Marco] is first cleaning a piece of copper clad board, coating it with spray paint, then blasting it with a laser. The preferred software for this is LaserWeb, and the results are pretty good for a cheap machine. There are a few extra steps to creating the PCB once the board has been coated with paint and blasted with a laser. This process still requires etching in either ferric chloride or some other m...

Aussie schools kept open as online tests cancelled due to COVID-19

Though faculties throughout the nation have been directed to remain open amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the Nationwide Evaluation Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) on-line testing regime has been binned. “Schooling ministers met at this time and determined that NAPLAN won’t proceed in 2020,” an announcement from the Schooling Council learn. “All training ministers acknowledge and thank all of our college leaders, our lecturers, and help workers for the important work they do day by day educating our kids and younger individuals, notably throughout these difficult instances.” The choice to not proceed with NAPLAN in 2020 additionally signifies that the scheduled testing of the NAPLAN On-line platform, the Coordinated Observe Check (CPT), won’t proceed. It was as a result of start on March 23. “The choice to not proceed with NAPLAN in 2020 has been taken to help college leaders, lecturers, and help workers to give attention to the wellbeing of scholars and continuity of training, together with potential on-line and distant studying,” the assertion mentioned. “Additional, the affect of responses to the COVID-19 virus might have an effect on the supply of NAPLAN testi...

HP laptop sale: the HP laptop 15t gets a massive $770 price cut

Making the transition from the office to your home can be difficult, especially if you lack the tools to do your job efficiently. Luckily, HP’s laptop sale is happening now and includes fantastic deals on essentials to get you working from home in no time. For a limited time, you can save on a selection of laptops, monitors, printers, and desktops. Our top HP deal is the HP Laptop 15t that’s on sale for $479.99. That’s a massive $770 price cut and the best price we’ve found for the 15-inch laptop. If you’re looking for a budget laptop, you can get the HP Chromebook 14 on sale for $388.49 or get the powerful HP Pavilion Laptop 15t on sale for $619.99. You can also find deals on computer accessories like the HP Envy All-in-One Printer on sale for just $59.99 and the 27-inch HP Pavilion monitor on sale for $299.99. On top of the incredible savings that HP is already offering, you can save an even further 8% when you apply coupon code PC899SAVE at checkout. This promotion ends on April 3 and only applies to laptops that retail for $899 or more. HP laptop 15t: $1,249.99 $479.99 from HPThis HP laptop is an incredible price and comes with a 15-inch display...

Local retailers respond to Trump’s 25% tariff on electric bikes

E-bikes, like this one crusing on the Eastbank Esplanade, have become very popular in Portland. A new tariff could chill the market.(Photo: Will Vanlue for BikePortland) “Our forecasts predict that a 25% tariff will cause a 65-75% drop in sales as consumers postpone their purchases until sanity returns to our trade policies.”— Wake Gregg, The eBike Store In their ongoing effort to achieve more “fair and balanced” trade conditions with China, the Trump Administration has finalized a list of $16 billion worth of products that will be hit with a 25 percent tariff that will go into effect August 23rd. Among those products are electric bicycles and e-bike motors. Bikes imported from China previously had no tariff. The tariff on motors will be 29 percent as the new tariff will be added to the existing one 4 percent. People for Bikes, a national bike industry advocacy group, fought the move, but has so far been unsuccessful. This is bad news for the e-bike market. As we shared last week, sales of the pedal-assisted bikes have been a major bright spot for bike companies and retail shop owners. Here in Portland, we have a thriving e-bike scene and shop owners report brisk sales. There’s ...

This Everlane Rain Jacket Is Waterproof, Breathable, and Sustainable | Travel + Leisure

The first priority with any rain jacket is, of course, to keep you dry. However, many jackets lack proper ventilation, which can mean overheating and sweating. This jacket from Everlane was made to keep you dry and comfortable inside and out, thanks to three-layer technical fabric. The Men’s ReNew Storm Jacket is stylish enough to wear day-to-day, lightweight enough to pack in any suitcase, and functional enough to protect you from whatever spring weather brings your way. The jacket’s technical fabric (which is made from recycled plastic bottles) includes a waterproof exterior, as well as a micro-perforated middle layer with millions of pores that allow for heat to escape while keeping water out. Despite its impressive functionality, the jacket maintains a sleek look that comes in three colors: Dark Slate (grey blue), Fatigue (dark green), and Black. In addition to a two-way zipper, the front also features magnetic closures. As for the interior, a zip pocket allows you to keep your essentials safe and dry. The jacket also includes a hood with adjustable toggles, allowing you to maintain your peripheral vision and a secure fit on windy days. Everlane shoppers are lov...

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