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Chromecast media notification adds track controls on Android

One of the conveniences of using a Chromecast or a Cast-enabled speaker or TV is the ability to control playback from any device in the house (if you want). Starting a song from your phone and stopping it from your tablet, or asking your partner or roommate to do so while you’re wrist-deep into a new banana bread recipe, are possible because of the casting notification that surfaces on all devices connected to the same network. That notification is getting a small but awesome quality-of-life improvement now thanks to new track controls.

Previously, the casting notification offered four buttons: play/pause, mute/unmute, stop, and settings (which let you disable the notification on other devices). If you wanted to rewind that awesome tune you just heard or skip to the next video on your TV, you couldn’t do it straight away. You had to tap on the notification to open media controls

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Biddeford voters to consider bond questions on Election Day

The Biddeford City Hall clock tower is one of the structures that would be eligible for repairs if a bond for upgrades to city buildings is approved Nov. 3. Journal Tribune file photo

BIDDEFORD — City voters will cast ballots on two Biddeford bond questions in the Nov. 3 election that address the condition of some of the city’s residential streets and sidewalks, continues mandated upgrades to the storm and sanitary sewers, and sets aside money to repair some city-owned buildings.

Question 1 asks voters to approve $10 million in bonds, over 20 years, for further work to separate the city’s storm and sanitary sewers and related work.

Question 2 asks voters to approve a $7.5 million bond, also over 20 years, for a myriad of projects. Within the $7.5 million total is $3.75 million for improvements to city streets and roads, sidewalks, and drainage systems, and up to $3.75

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10 Real Estate Movies to Add to Your Queue

Hollywood has a thing for the real estate industry. From high-stakes drama to LOL humor — and everything in between — the movies show the world of real estate can be as entertaining as it is lucrative. Let’s take a look at 10 films that have cast the real estate industry and its key players in starring roles.

Movies about eviction or foreclosure

In real life, there are laws in place that provide the rules for evictions and foreclosures. In Hollywood, though, it’s a much different story, as told by these films.

House of Sand and Fog (2003)

At its core, this is a story of an eviction gone terribly wrong. When a homeowner (Jennifer Connelly) is evicted from her home due to a misunderstanding regarding the nonpayment of business taxes, she must seek legal help when her home is sold at auction. The new owner (Ben Kingsley) and his

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Poughkeepsie schools capital plan seeks building repairs, programming

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Soon, City of Poughkeepsie residents will cast votes that will impact the future for themselves and their children.

Soon after, residents around the country will head to the polls for the general election.

The Poughkeepsie City School District is holding a bond vote on Oct. 20, two weeks before the Presidential election, asking residents to approve one of two capital improvement plans, which would either cost roughly $48 million or $98 million, depending on the option favored.

The propositions were originally planned to be included in the spring’s school budget votes, but the district removed them from the ballot amid the uncertainty of the opening months of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which all budget votes were delayed from May to June.

Dilapidated steps are pictured at Clinton Elementary School. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Superintendent Eric Rosser acknowledged rescheduling the proposition vote so close to the general election could impact voter

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Stephen Miller Tests Positive as White House Outbreak Grows

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On Tuesday evening, senior administration officials confirmed that Stephen Miller, Mr. Trump’s top speechwriter and a policy adviser, had tested positive for the coronavirus, joining a growing list of Mr. Trump’s close aides who have the virus.

“Over the last five days I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday,” Mr. Miller said in a statement. “Today, I tested positive for Covid-19 and am in quarantine.”

Mr. Miller is married to Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s communications director. A senior administration official said Ms. Miller, who contracted the virus this spring and returned to work in May, was tested Tuesday morning and was negative for any new infection.

On Tuesday, many White House offices were empty as officials stayed

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Chromecast with Google TV review: Finally a worthy competitor to Roku and Fire TV

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The Chromecast with Google TV remote. 


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Google’s TV ambitions have long been cloudy. In 2013, the company’s first Chromecast helped usher in an era of streaming televisions but did so by relying on your phone, tablet or computer to supply the apps and content. Android TV, which arrived in 2014, added an interface and TV-specific apps but never reached the same popularity level of rival streamers from Amazon, Roku and Apple. The all-new $50 Chromecast with Google TV is the search giant’s best TV effort yet and one of the best streamers you can buy, period.

Like

  • Useful remote
  • Large app selection, including HBO Max and Peacock
  • Makes excellent use of the Google Assistant
  • Ties in well with YouTube TV, Google Photos

Don’t Like

  • Can lag when switching apps or using voice.
  • Assistant doesn’t always give the best option to play back content

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Hands-On with Google Nest Audio

Announced last week during a virtual event alongside new Pixel handsets and the Chromecast with Google TV, Google Nest Audio is the new version of what used to be called Google Home, and it offers a more attractive form factor, better sound, and—go figure—lower pricing than its predecessor. I ordered a pair immediately, intrigued by Google’s ongoing efforts to take on and undercut Sonos.

The quick takeaway: Google Nest Audio is a nice advance over Google Home. But it’s no match for any Sonos speaker, including the identically-priced IKEA Symfonisk Wi-Fi Bookshelf Speaker. And Google still doesn’t offer a viable home theater setup with surround sound, while competitors like Amazon, Roku, and Sonos all do. I’m curious that it didn’t introduce such a system alongside the Chromecast with Google TV.

Anyway, Google Home was still ripe for a makeover, given that it is approaching its four-year anniversary next month. As

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‘Father of the Bride’ cast talks reuniting for mini-sequel as ‘a gift to fans’

Steve Martin’s duties as the father of the bride are not done!

Martin and the cast of the ’90s hit “Father of the Bride” are reuniting on Friday for “Father of the Bride: Part 3-ish,” which is the first installment of the story since “Father of the Bride: Part II” in 1995.

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Steve Martin: ‘Father of the Bride’ mini-sequel has ‘some good surprises’

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Martin, 75, and co-star Kimberly Williams-Paisley, 49, who played Martin and Diane Keaton’s daughter in the two films, spoke with Jenna Bush Hager on TODAY Friday ahead of the movie’s premiere, which will be at 6 p.m. EST on Friday on the Netflix YouTube channel and Netflix Facebook page.

The two stars talked about reuniting with the cast, including Keaton, Kieran Culkin and Martin Short, to

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How Trump Brought Home the Endless War

Every generation delivers its own update to the worry, as old as democracy, that military crusades abroad will come back to damage freedom at home. The Founders of the United States, haunted by ancient Rome’s descent from republic to empire, resisted establishing a standing army. At the end of the First World War, the American Civil Liberties Union formed in opposition to mass arrests and deportations carried out by the Department of Justice. In our own time, it seemed apparent, until recently, that the main blowback of the war on terror would be the surveillance state inaugurated by the Patriot Act of 2001. Yet, while troubling, mass surveillance did not prompt most Americans to think that their country had become fundamentally unfree. The link between foreign intervention and domestic repression retained an almost metaphorical quality, as when Secretary of State John Quincy Adams warned, in 1821, that if it became

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All 16 New ‘Masked Singer’ Cast Costumes Just Dropped, and We Need to Talk About the Baby Alien

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I know we’re all going through a lot right now, but the time has come to check in on America’s (other) national nightmare: The Masked Singer. It seems like just yesterday that the Egg and the Banana landed on the hellscape known as planet Earth, and yet somehow, we’ve already endured three entire seasons of the show. And now, it’s confirmed: We’re gonna have to deal with a fourth. Which means (a) a whole new batch of “celebrity” contestants who need to fire their PR people and (b) a whole new batch of foods/animals that’ll be forever ruined. Truly, I can never eat a taco again thanks to THIS clearly evil criminal mastermind:

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Because it’s best to keep our friends close and our enemies closer, here’s everything we currently know about The Masked Singer season 4.

Season 4 Will Air in the Fall

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