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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Wind Chill Advisory...which is in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday. * Locations...Metro New York City and New Jersey and Long Island. * Hazard types...potentially dangerous windchills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...as low as 20 to 25 below due to temperatures of 5 above to 5 degrees below zero...and northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors...make sure you wear a hat and gloves. , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 405 am EST Fri Feb 12 2016 ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 1127 am EST Thu Feb 11 2016 ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Friday Feb.12 16,04:36 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Amazon Launches New Kindle Fire, Promises Innovative Customer Support

Tech & Science

Amazon’s popular lineup of low-cost tablets is getting two new entries.

Amazon announced this past week two new entries into its lineup of Kindle Fire tablets, continuing a tradition of providing high quality tech for relatively low prices. The new Kindle Fire HDX will come in two sizes—7” and 8.9”—and represents several leaps forward from last year’s Kindle Fire lineup.

Both slabs have been upgraded to a quad-core processor (the 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, to be specific), providing triple the processing power of the last generation. Coupled with 2 GB of RAM, the new processor allows for faster web browsing, better gaming performance, smoother video playback, improved multitasking, and quicker app launching. Dolby Digital makes a return to improve the audio quality of the new Kindles, and battery life has been increased to offer 11 hours of mixed usage or 17 hours of pure reading on the 7” (the 8.9” can last an extra hour longer).

The screen, though not quite as ideal for outdoor reading as an electronic ink-based e-reader, has also made several substantial steps forward. Both size options are capable of 1080p video playback; the 8.9” has a 2560x1600 display and the 7” measures in at 1920x1200. That places the 7” at a crystal-clear 323 pixels per inch, closely rivaling Google’s recently released Nexus 7 (for comparison, last year’s Kindle Fire HD had 254 ppi and the iPad mini has only 163 ppi).

Impressive as the resolution of the Kindle Fire HDX is, Amazon has packed in an extra feature to make reading even easier on the eyes: “Dynamic Image Contrast” automatically adjusts the color of each pixel based on the amount of light hitting the screen, optimizing the screen for viewing in any condition. This differs from other tablets and smartphones, which can only adjust screen brightness to attempt to compensate for changing light conditions, and promises to augment an already high caliber screen.

Perhaps the most innovative addition with the new lineup comes not in the form of improved technical specifications, but in unprecedented customer support. The Kindle Fire HDX’s built-in “Mayday” button gives users access to an “Amazon expert” at any time every day of the year. After pressing the button, a tech advisor will appear in the corner of the Kindle’s screen to help guide the user through any problem, no matter how simple or complex. Users will be able to see the advisor and the advisor can see the Kindle’s screen, but advisors cannot see the user. They can, however, draw on the screen like an NFL sportscaster, circling and highlighting key areas as they walk users through each issue.

Tech advisors are also capable of performing any task on the tablet if the user would rather not do the work, and can turn their own viewing screen off should the user need to enter a password. Amazon has a goal of connecting owners to an advisor within 15 seconds of pressing the Mayday button, and says it is willing to hire additional employees required to meet that goal.

The 7-inch HDX will begin shipping on October 18th and the 8.9-inch model will be available on November 7th. Both sizes come in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB storage options, WiFi-only models, and 4G LTE iterations with a choice of AT&T or Verizon for service. Prices range from $229-$594. For the more budget conscious, last year’s Kindle Fire HD is staying on the market with a facelift to resemble the new generation and a price tag starting at only $139.

[Source: Amazon]

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