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Listening to Aussie radio is easier than ever with Amazon Alexa

Listening to Aussie radio is easier than ever with Amazon Alexa

The commercial radio industry today announced the launch of the RadioApp skill for Alexa, which makes it simple and convenient for listeners to ask Alexa to play any of nearly 300 Australian AM, FM and DAB+ digital radio stations.

“Listening to radio is one of the most popular uses for smart speakers, so the Australian radio industry has created a voice experience that works easily and seamlessly across all Alexa-enabled devices,” said Joan Warner, the chief executive officer of industry body Commercial Radio Australia, who announced the initiative at the Radio Alive national radio conference in Melbourne today.

The RadioApp skill is now available for listeners to access simply by asking Alexa to play their favourite radio station by name or frequency. For example:

· “Alexa, play 2GB”
· “Alexa, play Smooth FM”
· “Alexa, play 103.5”
· “Alexa, play Triple M”

“Australians are known as rapid adopters of new technology, and they also spend a significant part of the day listening to radio, so we’re very excited to work with broadcasters to help listeners tune into their favorite stations using only their voice,” said Kate Burleigh, Country Manager, Alexa Skills Australia and New Zealand.

“The RadioApp skill for Alexa is the latest example of how to bring the simplicity and convenience of voice-technology to listeners.”

The initiative makes it easier for consumers to find Australian stations from among tens of thousands of radio stations worldwide.

Ms. Warner said: “Consumers have high expectations of technology, and more than ever, radio is working together as an industry to ensure our local Australian content is easily available on every platform and device,” she said.

The initiative has been developed by Commercial Radio Australia and leading mobile radio solutions provider All in Media (AIM). The new RadioApp skill will be promoted through a marketing campaign including on-air promotion and advertising across commercial radio stations nationally.

-Brad

Crucial Launches P1 NVMe Solid State Drive P1 NVMe SSD enables fast game loads and quick access to apps, files, and content

Crucial Launches P1 NVMe Solid State Drive
P1 NVMe SSD enables fast game loads and quick access to apps, files, and content

Product Highlights:
Leverages NVMe™ PCIe® interface to deliver fast capacity for less
Enhances everyday computing tasks via hybrid-dynamic write acceleration
Available in 500GB and 1TB capacities1
Backed by a 5-year limited warranty2

SYDNEY, 17 October 2018 – Crucial has announced the availability of the Crucial® P1 SSD, a PC storage device that leverages the NVMe™ PCIe® interface and Micron’s leading-edge QLC technology to deliver fast capacity for less. This is an expansion of Crucial’s award-winning portfolio of dependable, high-performing, and affordable SSDs.

The Crucial P1 SSD delivers category-leading, real-world performance. PCMark® 8 benchmarks show that the drive is capable of mixed-mode throughputs of up to 565MB/s, with a composite score of 5,084, which outperforms similar SSDs within the price category.3

With sequential read/write speeds up to 2,000/1,700 MB/s,4 the P1 provides unwavering performance via hybrid-dynamic write acceleration, a unique SLC cache implementation. The drive offers an MTTF of 1.8 million hours and an endurance of up to 200TB total bytes written, with power usage at an active average of 100mW.

Available in capacities up to 1TB, and backed by a five-year limited warranty, the Crucial P1 SSD leverages Micron quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology. By storing four bits in each NAND cell, QLC NAND narrows the affordability gap between hard drives and flash storage, enabling increased speeds and capacities at a more affordable price point.

“We’ve been using Crucial SSDs in our gaming rigs for the past year and a half,” said Patrik Sattermon, Chief Gaming Officer at FNATIC. “The speeds the new P1 NVMe drive offers are impressive, and we look forward to accelerated boot ups and game loads. Plus, with some games now taking almost 100GB of space, the extra storage the new P1 SSD offers is most welcome. We’re excited to be installing these drives into our Team FNATIC systems.”

“We’ve been making SSDs for over a decade now, and we’ve watched computing habits change dramatically over that time,” said Teresa Kelley, VP & GM, Micron Consumer Products Group. “The need for more system speed and storage has never been more important than it is today. That’s why we’ve paid special attention to our customers’ real-world computing tasks and designed the Crucial P1 SSD to deliver all the performance, capacity, and features they need at an affordable price point.

Easy installation and support
The Crucial SSD Install Guide provides easy-to-follow steps and videos for stress-free installation, and the Acronis® True Image™ HD software helps to migrate data quickly and easily. The Crucial Storage Executive software tool allows users to see how much storage (GB) they’ve used, download the latest firmware, and improve drive performance.

Advanced features
The P1 SSD offers a range of additional benefits, including:
Data loss protection via the Multistep Data Integrity Algorithm
Protection from overheating via Adaptive Thermal Monitoring tools
Faster writes via Hybrid-Dynamic Write Acceleration technology
Data protection at the component level via Redundant Array of Independent NAND

SRP pricing
CT500P1SSD8 – US$109.99
CT1000P1SSD8 – US$219.99

To read the Crucial SSD Install Guide go to: uk.crucial.com/ssd-install

For more on Acronis True Image HD Software go to: https://www.acronis.com/en-us/promotion/CrucialHD-download/

To download the Crucial Storage Executive Tool go to: www.crucial.com/se

To go to the Crucial P1 SSD Brochure Page go to: http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/storage-ssd-p1

Micron quality
As a brand of Micron, one of the largest flash storage manufacturers in the world, Crucial SSDs are designed and built with the same Micron quality and engineering innovation that has produced some of the world’s most advanced memory and storage technologies for 40 years. With thousands of hours of Micron pre-release validation, dozens of SSD qualification tests, and a heritage of award-winning SSDs, the Crucial P1 SSD is backed by a five-year limited warranty, and is available for immediate purchase at Crucial.com and through select global partners. For more information, visit crucial.com/ssd

The Crucial P1 SSD is backed by a three-year limited warranty, and is available for immediate purchase in Australia through distributors Dicker Data, Tech Data, Bluechip and Leader Systems and in New Zealand through PB Technologies.

For more information go to www.crucial.com

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1. Some of the storage capacity is used for formatting and other purposes and is not available for data storage. 1GB equals 1 billion bytes.
2. Warranty valid for five years from the original date of purchase or before writing the maximum total bytes written (TBW) as published in the product datasheet and as measured in the product’s SMART data, whichever comes first.
3. Results based on PCMark® 8 Storage 2.0 benchmark testing from October 2018. Throughput and bandwidth measured using CrystalDiskMark, v6.0.1 Test System: Gigabyte™ GA-Z170X Ultra Gaming, Intel® Core™ i5, 32GB Ballistix® DRAM, Windows® 10 Pro x64. Results will vary on different computer systems and test conditions.
4. Typical I/O performance numbers as measured using CrystalDiskMark® with write cache enabled, a queue depth of 64 (QD = 8, Threads = 8). Fresh out-of-box (FOB) state is assumed. For performance measurement purposes, the SSD may be restored to FOB state using the secure erase command. System variations will affect measured results.

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The new Crucial P1 SSD

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-Brad

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