Science and Technology News: 7 November 2021

7 November, 2021

Latest Science Technology news:

  1. Scientists and advocates point to polar bears, marked as “threatened” on the endangered species list, as the white-hot warning signal for the rest of the planet—”the canary in the cryosphere.” As world leaders meet in Glasgow, Scotland, to try to ramp up efforts to curb climate change, the specter of polar bears looms over them.
  2. There is a new standard called HDMI 2.1, and included with that new standard are new higher-bandwidth cables, called “Ultra High Speed HDMI cables.”If you’re buying a new 4K TV, and your current sources work with your current TV, they’ll probably work with the new TV, too. If you plan on also buying an Ultra HD source, like a Roku, Ultra HD Blu-ray player or one of the new gaming consoles, chances are your current cables will also work with those. Cnet
  3. Google surprised its world by releasing a new version of Android 12 from behind the bundles at Android Dev Summit 2021. Android 12L is a version of the system designed for large screens, such as tablets or foldable smartphones, but which would also adapt to Chrome OS and devices with an external display. Frandroid
  4. The Honeywell Home T9, Resideo’s first consumer thermostat to support remote temperature sensors, has finally brought a long-promised feature to its users: HomeKit. According to Resideo, with the HomeKit integration, users can control their Honeywell Home T9 smart thermostat using Siri or with the Apple Home app. Once connected, you can use automations to adjust the temperature or ask Siri to do it for you. The Verge
  5. Roku streaming stick vs Amazon Firestick: Roku Streaming Sticks are just a touch more user-friendly. You’ll notice the difference when you search for a specific movie or show. The remote is also better designed, with all the buttons you need in one place, plus a couple of extra programmable ones. Amazon’s Fire Sticks are cheaper.Although you could probably switch between the two systems without much of a learning curve. Get Firestick on Amazon here
  6. Are you looking for Smart Bedside Lamp, that is WiFi-enabled, giving you the option to control it with your smartphone, operating this lamp with voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant and alter the ambience of your room by simply customizing its colour, brightness or colour temperature.  Buy on Amazon. Mi Smart Bedside Lamp 2 (16 Million Colors, App-Enabled, Touch Panel)


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