Melissa Climate – Control your AC with your smartphone

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Have total control over your comfort. Now you can control your air conditioner with
your smartphone from anywhere.

How it works?

After you have connected Melissa to your home Wi-Fi network, you will be able to send her commands and receive information about the current temperature and humidity at home through the Internet. When Melissa receives your command, she sends Infrared signals to your AC to change its settings.

Have the temperature you want when you come home.

No matter if you are out of town, at your villa, at work or stuck in traffic, you will have full remote control of your AC with Melissa.

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Make your AC smart!

Even when it’s burning hot or freezing cold outdoors, you can always come back to the perfect home temperature thanks to Melissa. With its automatic geo-location function, Melissa will power up your AC well in advance of your return home.

via seemelissa.com

Google’s Project Ara modular phone is reportedly suspended

But the company could still license out the technology to other phonemakers.

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Google’s big plans for Project Ara might never pan out. According to Reuters, the big G has decided to shelve its modular phone initiative. Earlier this year, the company said it will be releasing a developer phone with interchangeable components in the fourth quarter of 2016 ahead of a consumer version scheduled for 2017. Alas, that might no longer happen.

Mountain View is reportedly suspending Ara “as part of a broader push to streamline the company’s hardware efforts.” It’ll be tough releasing a consumer version of a phone with interchangeable components, after all, even though the latest prototype isn’t as customizable as Motorola originally envisioned. The company will have to manufacture not just the units themselves, but also the modular speakers and cameras that people can swap out.

Those same sources said Google’s modular phone dream might not be completely dead, though. The company could still license out Project Ara’s technology to other phonemakers, which could eventually and finally release a version we can buy.

via Reuters

Sony In-Car Audio Takes the Driver’s Seat with Smartphone Connectivity

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Sony Electronics announced today its new XAV-AX100 in-car audio system. The XAV-AX100 receiver offers everything you need and more for those long car journeys including the latest smartphone connectivity with the best user interface, the ability to play a variety of media files and get the most up-to-date information on-the-go.

Utilizing Sony’s unique technology, the XAV-AX100’s high power sound and EXTRA BASS™ feature will transform your vehicle into an elaborate sound system, all while making your drive as safe and comfortable as possible with rotation volume control and voice command features.

Apple CarPlay 

Connecting your phone to your car has never been better with the option of Apple CarPlay*. CarPlay allows you to use your phone in a safe and smart way whilst staying focused on the road, letting you access Apple Music, Maps, make phone calls, and send messages all through the touchscreen, or vocally with Siri®.

Android Auto 

Android Auto extends the Android platform into the car in a way that’s purpose-built for driving. With a simple and intuitive interface and powerful new voice actions, it’s designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road.

No matter the device you prefer, you will always stay in control of music, maps and more with the latest in-car audio system.

Maintaining every aspect and appearance of a smartphone, the XAV-AX100’s clear and responsive touchscreen create a simple and safe user interface. Its lighter touch operation and improved visibility also help improve late night drives and glaring sunshine.

Unique technology delivers optimal sound 

High power sound comes full throttle with the XAV-AX100 in-car audio system. 55 watts x 4 Dynamic Reality Amp 2 and EXTRA BASS™ low boost circuitry overcome engine noise and reproduce clear sound at any volume level with deep and punchy bass. The 10-band graphic equalizer gives an astonishing variety of sound, perfectly complementing EXTRA BASS™ for an enjoyable drive. 3-pre out connectivity allows system expandability to connect external amplifiers with a wide range of speaker connections, allowing sound enthusiasts to build their own bespoke system.

The unique Sony technology in the Dynamic Stage Organizer (DSO) compliments the XAV-AX100 features, overcoming the inherent acoustic disadvantage of front-door mounted, full-range speakers which can sound muddy or unclear. The DSO adjusts the signal creating the illusion of dash-mounted virtual speakers to provide an ideal, high quality sound experience for the journey.

The XAV-AX100 in-car audio system retails at $499.99 and will be available across North America as of late November. For more information, visit www.sony.com/news.