Tags Comments 85 Photos 3 Amazon launched its Fire TV streaming products in 2014. Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon’s Fire TV may be moving into the lead among video streaming devices, with its lineup of products attracting “well over” 30 million active users, the company said Wednesday at CES. That’s up from the 25 million Amazon disclosed in October, suggesting growth of 5 million new accounts in three months. And Amazon expects the number to grow soon, too. “We’re still in the middle of the ‘buy’ to ‘turn on’ period” from the holiday shopping season, Amazon’s head of Fire TV, Marc Whitten, said in an interview with CNET on Wednesday at CES. The 30 million figure seems to put Fire TV ahead of Roku, widely considered one of the most popular streaming-video products. Earlier this week, Roku estimated it had 27 million active users. The company said it defines an active account as one that has streamed content in the last 30 days; a single account may include streaming on multiple devices with multiple individuals in the household. Roku declined to comment on Amazon’s announcement.Amazon didn’t characterize its definition of a monthly active user. The company has Fire devices that work in more than 80 countries, according to its support page. Roku operates in 23 countries.The market for video streaming devices is exploding. The number of households with a streaming player has quadrupled in the last five years, according to Parks Associates, and Roku and Amazon have been competing for market share since Amazon launched the Fire TV line in 2014. Whitten plans to grow the Fire TV business this year by expanding Amazon’s international partnerships, though he avoided offering any specifics about those efforts. Whitten added that the company has been “very happy” with sales of Fire TV Edition smart TVs, which are sets that have Fire TV built into them.As an example of a recent partnership, Amazon signed a deal last April with Best Buy to bring a new lineup of Fire TV Edition sets to customers in the US and Canada. “Smart TV powered by Fire TV Edition, we think, is a great experience, and we want to build more of them,” Whitten said.Whitten said there’s still plenty more work to do to get the right balance on promoting Amazon’s Prime Video shows up against rival content on Fire TV, as well as figuring out the best experiences for controlling your TV via voice using the Alexa digital assistant. Those efforts will be works in progress over the year.”There are things where voice is not going to be as fast [as using a remote], and there are things with voice where it’s not even going to be in the same ballpark,” he said, “and we’re just going to keep working on making those parts great.”First published Jan. 9, 12:36 p.m. PT.Updates, 4:20 p.m.: Adds context and more comments from Whitten interview; Jan. 10 at 9:02 a.m.: Adds context.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution. Share your voice Amazon Media Streamers Digital Media CES 2019 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019
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An Afghan man walks along a path under snow-laden trees in Kabul on 5 February, 2017. Photo: AFPMore than a 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, including 50 in one village, officials said Sunday, warning the death toll could rise still further.The avalanches struck after three days of heavy snow, which has destroyed scores of homes and blocked roads mainly in central and northeastern provinces, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages.The bulk of the deaths however occurred in remote Nuristan province, where at least 50 people were killed in a single village, Mohammad Omar Mohammadi a spokesman for the ministry of natural disaster told AFP.“Avalanches have buried two entire villages in Bargmatal district, 50 bodies were recovered from one village while rescuers are trying to reach the other village,” said the spokesman.Elsewhere 54 people were killed in northern and central Afghan provinces, where officials said massive avalanches destroyed 168 houses and killed hundreds of cattle.Bad weather and deep snow had hampered efforts of rescue workers to reach the isolated villages, raising fears the toll could rise sharply, according to officials.In Badakhshan province also in the northeast of the country, at least 18 people, including three women and two children, were killed when avalanches struck their houses overnight, said provincial spokesman Naweed Frotan.“Several dozens are still trapped, we are trying to rescue them,” he said, adding that many roads were still blocked.Five people were killed by avalanches in the Balkhab district of Sari Pul province in northern Afghanistan and at least 70 people trapped under the snow were being rescued, said provincial spokesman Zabiullah Amani.“The roads to Balkhab are still blocked and we are trying to open them,” he said.Freezing weather killed at least two people and over 100 animals in the western province of Badghis.In Parwan province just north of Kabul, the spokesman for governor Wahid Sediqqi said 16 people died.The government declared Sunday, a normal working day in Afghanistan, to be a public holiday to deter non-essential travel and ensure schools were closed.Heavy snowfall -Unusually, snow even fell in the southern province of Kandahar.Neighbouring Pakistan was also hit by severe weather, with at least 13 people killed in the northwest by avalanches or heavy rain.An avalanche smashed into eight homes in the village of Shershal in Chitral district, killing nine people including four women and four children.The region has been hit by heavy snowfall that is four feet (1.2 metres) deep in some places.Six people who had been trapped beneath the snow were rescued.A separate avalanche killed a soldier at a border checkpoint in Chitral district, a military statement said, while six more soldiers were injured.Chitral district mayor Maghfriat Shah said the city’s airport was closed because of the weather.The region’s electricity supply was also disrupted after the main power line was damaged.In the Khyber tribal district on the Afghan border in the northwest, three infant girls were killed and two women injured when the roof of their house collapsed in heavy rain.Deadly avalanches are common in Afghanistan’s mountainous areas in winter and rescue efforts are frequently hampered by lack of equipment.Despite billions of dollars in international aid after the ousting of the Taliban government in 2001, Afghanistan remains among the world’s poorest nations.Last month heavy snowfall and freezing weather killed 27 children, all under the age of five, in Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan.
Kolkata: A private agency in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) has come up with a unique device which detects the presence of arsenic in water and purifies it.The private agency, ‘Ado Additives’ will tie up with the state government for working together in removing arsenic from water at various water treatment plants and also in the areas where contamination is high.According to a survey, Bengal has the highest number of arsenic-affected people in the country. The report says there are 83 blocks in eight districts – Bardhaman, Malda, Hooghly, Howrah, Murshidabad, Nadia, North and South 24-Parganas, where ground water is affected by arsenic contamination. There has been an increasing concern of arsenic induced diseases due to exposure to high concentration in deeper levels of groundwater. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a report, Bengal topped the list with more than 1.04 crore people being affected by arsenic contamination as in March 2017. Bihar comes second with 16.88 lakh people and Assam comes in the third spot with 14.48 lakh victims. The total number of arsenic-affected people in the country is about 1.48 crore.WHO guideline says that for drinking water, the permissible limit of Arsenic in ground water is .01 mg per liter. In India, the permissible limit in drinking water has recently been revised from .05 mg per liter to .01 mg per liter. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe use of deep tube-wells for water supply in the Ganges delta causes serious problem to a large number of people.The agency has officially unveiled the equipment in a city hotel on Wednesday. It would approach the Public Health Engineering department so that the products could be used for the detection of arsenic and produce arsenic free water.State government has initiated a project in order to provide safe drinking water to more than six lakh people in the arsenic-affected Rajarhat and Haroa block in North 24-Paraganas district and Bhangar II blocks in South 24-Paraganas district. The water treatment plant in New Town will be used to provide safe drinking water to these areas through pipelines.State PHE minister Subrata Mukherjee had earlier claimed that the State has been able to provide safe drinking water to 52% of the arsenic-affected areas in Bengal. A senior official at the PHE department said there is a considerable amount of progress in setting up water treatment plants in the state. The technology for removal of arsenic is rather new and expensive, the progress has been slow, the official maintained.Sanjib Parial, MD and CEO of ‘Ado Additives’ said: “We are planning to distribute and market the products in selected areas in collaboration with the respective department of the state government.”
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), deemed to be University, student Shashank Shekhar topped in Indian Engineering Services (IES) Examination 2018 conducted by UPSC.Shashank is a pass out student of 2013 Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering. After completing his engineering degree from KIIT, he did his M. Tech from IIT, Kharagpur. In his reaction, Shashank said, “During the preparation of Engineering Services, I had no coaching. The only reason that I could achieve success in this examination is the study I did at KIIT.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There is no point discussing whether IITians or NITians only get better marks, or if this engineering services is meant for them only. This perception is completely wrong because I have done my B.Tech from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar. Anyone who has patience, dedication, and talent can qualify,” he added. Congratulating Shashank for his success, Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS said, “The success of Shashank proves the quality of teaching and educational ambiance in KIIT. Professor Hrusikesh Mohanty, VC, KIIT Deemed University; Dr Sasmitarani Samanta, Registrar; faculties, students and staff also congratulated Shashank for his success.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) undertook the anti-dengue drive in Ward 81 under Borough X on Saturday. KMC officials visited a slum at 56/1, Tollygunge Road where 11 cases of dengue had been reported in 2018. Senior officials spoke to the victims and advised them to take proper precautions. The KMC team included the Ward councillor, deputy chief Municipal Health Officer (I and II), chief Vector Control Officer, consultant entomologist, Ward Medical Officer and health supervisor among others. Anti-dengue drives will be conducted throughout the year. The civic authorities have identified 20 Wards that are vulnerable and where people had been afflicted with dengue last year. Along with the drives, massive campaigns to create awareness against dengue have begun. The civic authorities have launched a new documentary on the dos and don’ts against dengue. The KMC has opened dengue clinics in every borough and urged private laboratories to do ELISA test for proper detection of the disease.