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  • Universal Electronics' Apple TV remote now available through Deutsche Telekom

    One of the US "cable partners" is Spectrum:
    https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/get-started-spectrum-tv-apple-tv/
    https://www.spectrum.net/support/tv/pairing-spectrum-remote-apple-tv-troubleshooting

    I read somewhere that they only charge $19 for the remote, but I don't recall where. You don't have to buy the Apple TV from them, you just have to be a subscriber.
    twokatmew
  • Up to 16 HyperJuice 100W GaN chargers can be stacked on one outlet

    mknelson said:
    Quick (and possibly bad) math.

    That's over 12A at 120V.

    There's a pretty good chance that's going to pop your breaker!
    If you mean a stack of 16, yeah, that could pop a typical residential 15A breaker. You are not wrong in saying "over" 12A, but here's the math:

    The spec shows a 95% power efficiency, so say the one that delivers 100W draws 105W. That's .875A from a 120V receptacle. (W/V=A, so 105W/120V=.875A).

    You'd have to have a stack of 16 fully loaded to draw about 14A, so that would likely pop a 15A breaker.
    baconstangmattinozcaladanianFileMakerFellerwatto_cobra
  • Sonos criticizes Google, Amazon, and Apple at Senate antitrust hearing


    ...
    The Sonos chief legal officer also took aim at Matter, a new standard for smart home connectivity backed by Apple, Google, and other tech giants.

    "One could imagine, furthermore, a Trojan Horse aspect to all this. Those who control the standard and its evolution effectively control the nature and pace of innovation, including the innovations dreamed up by their competitors. The standard Matter is working on, as I understand it, is basically a creature of Google and Apple code. That is hardly a formula for fair competition or more creative invention. It's a formula for further entrenching the dominance of the very few," Lazarus said.
    ...
    I don't doubt that Apple/Google/Amazon will have major influence on how Matter develops, but it doesn't appear the Sonos guy understands correctly:

    1. Matter is an open standard to promote inter-operability, with many other companies participating.
    2. The big companies didn't make up Matter on their own, from scratch -- it is "built on proven technologies and guided by the Connectivity Standards Alliance (formerly Zigbee Alliance)."
    3. Getting these big guys to agree on any standard is a very positive development that should benefit consumers.
    4. Any company -- including Sonos -- is free to join Matter and participate in its development.
    repressthispichaelmuthuk_vanalingamFileMakerFelleruraharawilliamlondontwokatmewrayboapplguywatto_cobra
  • M1X Mac mini will be thinner, use iMac's magnetic power connector says leaker

    I'm not an electrician, but a magnetic power connector like the one on the new iMac can exist only when the power flowing is DC not 110v AC. I think 110v AC is probably just too dangerous. In theory it might be possible to design an "AC MagSafe" but I doubt anyone wants to deal with the liability especially when it comes to selling it to the unwashed masses. Perhaps in an industrial setting you could get away with it.
    Magnetically attached AC power cords have been used for quite while on deep fryers. Very clunky, but they exist:
    Excellent point, thanks. As I predicted, this is an industrial setting, where it makes sense.

    That photo is pretty scary, with the exposed 110v connectors. There could be a hidden relay to disable the 110v power if it's not snapped in place, but it doesn't look big enough to be hiding that.
    Actually, it is used on a consumer device. I updated my post accordingly. I used to own a Fry Baby, and it had one. The 110V contacts are recessed and separated, so I never worried about them. The standard Edison type cord mounted receptacle has exposed contacts too--a little less scary because they are recessed a bit deeper, but still...
    darkvaderwatto_cobra
  • M1X Mac mini will be thinner, use iMac's magnetic power connector says leaker

    I'm not an electrician, but a magnetic power connector like the one on the new iMac can exist only when the power flowing is DC not 110v AC. I think 110v AC is probably just too dangerous. In theory it might be possible to design an "AC MagSafe" but I doubt anyone wants to deal with the liability especially when it comes to selling it to the unwashed masses. Perhaps in an industrial setting you could get away with it.
    Magnetically attached AC power cords have been used for quite a while on consumer deep fryers. Very clunky, but they exist:


    patchythepiratedarkvaderwatto_cobra