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11
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to Remain Closed Through September 23; Virtual Programming Announced

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills will not open its two indoor theaters – the Bram Goldsmith and the Lovelace Studio theaters – prior to September 1, 2021, but will be presenting a robust mix of virtual programs.

Read their statement here:

A Community Update from The Wallis

To Our Wallis Family:

We hope that, amidst the backdrop of our unusual landscape right now, you have been able to enjoy The Wallis’ many recent digital offerings over the past few weeks, such as the livestreamed performances of Romantics Anonymous from the UK and Hershey Felder’s George Gershwin Alone from Italy as well as the virtual showcases for GRoW @ The Wallis’ Staged Stories and Beyond Words. For us at The Wallis, they have been our salve. With fall upon us, we thought it was important to update you regarding our current plans.

Last July 30, we shared with you our intended programming for the coming year, full of hope that we would be able to invite you back to our stages in some manner. But we have now determined that The Wallis will not open its two indoor theaters – the Bram Goldsmith and the Lovelace Studio Theaters – prior to September 1, 2021, due to the current state of the viral pandemic, local and county health and safety regulations and significant economic sensitivities. Naturally, this is heartbreaking for all of us, but we do not foresee a viable way to make indoor live performances work safely and economically at this time.

However, our decision does not mean that The Wallis will be inactive or unimaginative while our theaters remain closed! On the contrary, we will continue to provide a robust mix of compelling virtual programs, both artistic and educational, as well as opportunities for

03
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Every new Alexa feature announced at Amazon’s fall hardware event: Hunches, Guard Plus and more

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Amazon

Amazon’s annual hardware event has come and gone, with a slew of product announcements, from a brand new Echo speaker and Echo Show display, to a cloud-based gaming platform. But the star of Amazon’s smart home is, as always, Alexa. Amazon’s voice assistant continues to expand its reach, connecting with over 140,000 smart home devices, and boasting more than 100 million Alexa-compatible devices installed across its user base. But Alexa’s power isn’t just in its rapidly growing scale and ever-expanding reach.

When I spoke to Daniel Rausch, Amazon’s vice president of smart home and Alexa mobile, before the hardware event, he said Alexa is becoming more independent too. Alexa will soon be able to act on Hunches without asking, to listen for and react to sounds other than a wake word, and to protect your home more actively with an upgrade to Alexa Guard.


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All this will lead to what Rausch called “the ambient home,” in which Alexa is “ready to respond [to voice commands], but is more predictive and proactive.”

Here are the biggest upgrades coming to Alexa.

Alexa Guard Plus

Amazon has rolled out and expanded Alexa Guard over the past couple of years to allow you to monitor your home while you’re away. While it’s activated, Guard will listen for glass breaking, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and footsteps and other signs of a break-in, and will send you a mobile alert.

The company is now offering something called Alexa Guard Plus, a subscription service that runs $4.99 per month, and it adds a few features on top

01
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Microsoft Surface Go laptop announced

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

Microsoft

Microsoft on Thursday announced a new affordable laptop, the Surface Laptop Go, which starts at $549. It’s a compelling option for people at home right now who need a new computer and don’t want to spend a lot of money. 

This is Microsoft’s attempt to get new products out to consumers before the busy holiday shopping season — it also announced a tiny update to the Surface Pro X tablet from last year. Oddly, unlike in most recent years, Microsoft didn’t announce a whole bunch of new products.

There’s still no news on its regular Surface Pro tablet/laptop hybrid, for example, and it didn’t update its Surface Studio 2 desktop computer or provide an update on its delayed Surface Neo device.

But the Surface Go seems neat. It’s the smallest full-sized laptop Microsoft has launched, with a 12.4-inch display compared to the 13.5-inch screens it used on Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 last year.

You don’t get a whole lot for that price, though. While the entry-level model comes with the latest Intel Core i5 processors, it also ships with just 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. That might be fine if you just want to surf the web, but you should plan to spend more to upgrade to at least 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM so you can install and run more apps at the same time.

Still, it’s a move by Microsoft to try to undercut competitors like the MacBook Air, which starts at $999 but offers more far storage and a more premium design. The Surface Laptop Go is made out of plastic with an aluminum coating, while Apple’s models are all aluminum.

The Surface Laptop Go is available for pre-order now and will be in stores beginning Oct. 13.