Mopidy: Home Jukebox

I started using Mopidy recently, and found it to be quite useful. Mopidy is a music server, that plays music from local disk, or streams music from the cloud like Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play Music, and more.

From your phone, tablet, or computer, you can control the playlist from your phone, tablet, or computer with a web client.

It allows everyone at home an easy way to manage what’s playing, something like a Jukebox. It doesn’t need powerful hardware, I run it on an Orange Pi, my R2D2 which can run Alexa with Mopidy concurrently. Speakers are connected via USB. You can even extend it further with multi-room audio (like Sonos), by combining Mopidy with Snapcast but I’m satisfied with my R2 jukebox for now.

Installation

  1. https://docs.mopidy.com/en/latest/installation/debian/#debian-install
  2. I needed to modify my alsa configuration in order to get everything working together nicely.
  3. mopidy itself doesn’t have a web client – so I am using the IRIS frontend (https://github.com/jaedb/Iris/wiki/Getting-started#installing)
  4. you can also integrate it to home-assistant
  5. vim /etc/asound.conf

pcm.!default {
type asym
playback.pcm "dmixer"
capture.pcm "plughw:0"
}
pcm.dmixer {
type dmix
ipc_key 1024
slave {
pcm "hw:1,0"
}
bindings {
0 0
1 1
}
}
ctl.dmixer {
type hw
card 1
}

In my case, I have two hardware playback devices. And I need the above configuration to allow alsa to accept audio input concurrently from two processes.

Google Search: Trending Gadgets in Singapore (2018)

An ever-growing fascination with tech Singaporeans love for the latest technology have taken to new heights, with two main insights:
  • Smartphones dominate the gadget market, with 8 / 10 of the top gadget search interests for phones
  • Apple takes 5 out of 10 spots with their 2018 product launches
With the exception of Apple Watch 4 (#7, Trending Gadgets) and iPad Pro (#10, Trending Gadgets), this year continues to see strong competition and interest in  smartphones, with Apple’s iPhone XS (#1, Trending Gadgets)Samsung Note 9 (#2, Trending Gadgets) and the latest Google Pixel 3 (#6, Trending Gadgets),  emerging among the top trending gadgets over the past year. A slew of revolutionary features combining Artificial Intelligence (AI) with software and hardware have been introduced this year, marking a new era of smartphone devices based on voice, motion and touch. This year, the Singapore Comex 2018 (#1, Trending Events in Singapore) joined the list for the very first time, followed by the IT Show 2018 (#2, Trending Events in Singapore) which moved up a spot from 2017. Both events were the top two trending searched events in Singapore, revealing how Singaporeans are always on a lookout for a good electronics deal both online and offline.     
Trending Gadgets
iPhone XS
Samsung Note 9
iPhone XR
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Huawei Nova 3i
Google Pixel 3
Apple Watch 4
Oneplus 6
iPhone 9
iPad Pro
Trending Events in Singapore
Comex 2018
IT Show 2018
i Light Marina Bay 2018
Rainforest Lumina
Singapore Night Festival 2018
Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
JJ Lin Concert
F1 2018
Artbox Singapore 2018
Chingay Parade
Find out more at https://trends.google.com/trends/yis/2018/SG/

ASUS Announces RT-AX88U

The ASUS RT-AX88U router with 802.11ax Wi-Fi technology delivers ultrafast Wi-Fi speeds, improved network coverage and capacity, and longer battery life for connected devices. The RT-AX88U features a powerful 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor to ensure smooth and responsive performance as well as two USB ports and eight Gigabit LAN parts to provide users the flexibility to expand and configure their network the way they want.
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Otterbox Cases for iPhone Xs Range

Apple iPhone is more than a device, it is an extension of one’s self and style. With the announcement of iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, now is the perfect time to accent iPhone with something that makes it uniquely yours and protects it from the daily grind. OtterBox, offers a full portfolio of style, color and graphic case options available now for iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and coming soon for iPhone XR.

Cover iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR with protection ranging from trendy and slim to rugged and burly – plus everything in between. 2 The OtterBox line-up continues to evolve with every iPhone generation. For example, this year the Symmetry Series case is slimmer than ever – without compromising trusted OtterBox protection that everyone knows and loves.

“We watch Apple improve and enhance its technology every year, and we are doing the same by enhancing the protection, style and design of each of our case series to make them better than ever,” said Jim Parke, OtterBox CEO. Each iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR case design undergoes a minimum of 24 tests across more than 238 hours to earn the OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection seal. These tests ensure lasting protection from drops, bumps, scratches and dings.

OtterBox offers a broad suite of cases, because iPhone users are as diverse and complex as their phone features. There’s an OtterBox case for everyone:

  • Symmetry Series has been redesigned with a slimmer form and easy-push buttons and comes in a broad array of colors and graphics in a sleek, one-piece design. With an ultra-slim form, Symmetry Series is the perfect fashion statement to slide in and out of pockets.
  • Defender Series offers rugged protection for iPhone X, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR. The multi-layer design absorbs and dissipates shock, while port covers keep dirt and debris out. Available in a wide variety of colors and build-your-own options. ($89 to $99)
  • Pursuit Series is OtterBox’s thinnest, most protective case with protection against drop, dust, dirt and snow intrusion. The two-piece design seals together around iPhone and features audio scoops, a sealed camera opening and an included lanyard to tether it to your arm. ($109 to $129)
  • Crafted for luxury seekers, Strada Series Folio features a genuine leather cover, magnetic front clasp and folio design to keep the screen from scratches. The inside cover offers a card slot ideal for holding a credit card and ID. ($79 to $95)
  • Thin, protective and ready to go, Commuter Series is perfect for the everyday trek to work. The outer shell and inner slipcover absorb shock and stay slim, while port covers keep dust out of ports. Available in a wide variety of colors and build-your-own options. ($45 to $59)
  • All OtterBox cases are compatible with Alpha Glass fortified screen guards. Alpha Glass guards against scuffs, scratches and dings to the brilliant display on iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR. ($89)

Symmetry Series, Defender Series, Pursuit Series, Strada Series Folio, Commuter Series and Alpha Glass are available now for iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and are coming soon for iPhone XR. Learn more at otterbox.asia.

Pursuit Series, Symmetry Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series, Strada Series Folio and Alpha Glass are available now at Best Denki, Epicentre, iStudio, LOL, Newstead, Nubox, and other authorised retail stores in Singapore. For retail enquiry, please contact OtterBox authorized distributor, Maclink Pte Ltd at +65 6338 8200, or visit http://www.maclink.com.sg/

ROG Bundles with CoD Black Ops 4

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG), announced a partnership with Activision, for the upcoming release of Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 on PC. From September 10th to October 12th, ROG will be the first digital PC game bundling provider of Call of Duty®: Back Ops 4. Consumers can gain access to the game by purchasing an eligible ROG product during the promotion period. With a strong dedication to PC gamers, the Call of Duty team and ROG have worked closely on a unique collaboration with their AURA Sync technology across multiple product lines.

For Singapore.. https://promotion.asus.com/en/sg/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-dominate-with-the-best

“We are beyond thrilled to be partnering with ASUS Republic of Gamers in an unprecedented way for Black Ops 4,” said Ander Nickell, Director of Partnerships at Activision. “Our development teams are hard at work making this the best PC Call of Duty game yet. ASUS ROG shares that commitment to the community, so it was a natural fit to bring our brands together to deliver something special to fans.”

“ASUS Republic of Gamers and Activision have enjoyed great successes over many years, within their respective markets, and we are excited to bring the two together,” said Vivian Lien, Head of Global Marketing for Gaming at Republic of Gamers, and Chief Marketing Officer at ASUS North America. “ROG consistently delivers great gaming experiences by working closely with partners and publishers, both on the technology side and on the business side. We’ve collaborated with the eSports teams we sponsor to gain unique insight to provide leading performance and game-ruling innovation. And, similarly, we worked closely with Activision to integrate our RGB-lighting technology, AURA Sync, into this latest version of Call of Duty, to further enhance gameplay. Now, we’re pleased to deliver eligible ROG products bundled together with one of the most anticipated titles of the year, Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 on PC.”

Dominate the Battle with AURA Sync integration into Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for an enhanced gaming experience

ROG worked with Activision to incorporate customized AURA Sync capabilities and effects within Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for PC to AURA Sync capable devices. AURA Sync coordinates colours and effects with compatible RGB-lit products like desktops, headsets, keyboards, motherboards, notebooks, and mice, among others, making it easy for users to personalize their entire gaming set up to a consistent look and feel that reflects their gaming persona or the feel of the game being played. With the AURA Sync integration within Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, actions within the game trigger the RGB light effects to enhance gameplay, reflecting the intensity of the game through the user’s PCs and components, creating a more immersive experience.

ROG and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Bundle

Consumers who purchase an eligible product during the limited promotion period, beginning September 10th, will receive access to the Digital Standard Edition of the game. For up to date information, including the list of products eligible for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 bundle, where to buy links, and redemption information, please visit: www.ROGxBO4.com