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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Park and trail improvements on track in North Coventry | News

NORTH COVENTRY — Township supervisors continue to push ahead with plans for open space and trails.

Monday night was no exception with no less than four items on the agenda having to do with those subjects.

The supervisors approved a design contract with the McMann Assoc. engineering firm to undertake the first two phases of a trail plan to connect Kenilworth Park with the extension of the Schuylkill River Trail soon to be extended from Parker Ford to Pottstown.

The connection will cross Route 724 and will require studies of wetlands, property ownership and easements. The approved contract for the first two phases of the project is $37,500.

Overall, the project is estimated to cost between $150,000 to $200,000, said Township Manager Erica Batdorf. However, a Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation grant will cover part of the cost.

The board also voted to apply for an annual PECO Green Region

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Kurt Busch ends 0-for-21 skid to finally win at home track


Denny Hamlin pits during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Las Vegas.


Two decades of heartbreak at his home track finally ended for Kurt Busch when a little bit of luck fell his way at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Busch happened to be the leader when a late caution Sunday night jumbled the field and put him in control of his 0-for-21 losing streak in his hometown. He had three magnificent restarts, including one in overtime, to steal a vital playoff race.

The good timing helped Busch sneak his way into the third round of the NASCAR Cup playoffs. He had been ranked last among the 12 title contenders before the race; now he’s guaranteed a slot in the round of eight.

“This is 20 years of agony and defeat and today triumph,” Busch said. “I don’t know if I

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Scientists track down a protein that may add to lung damage in asthma and related diseases

A step toward helping patients breathe deeply
A protein called TL1A drives fibrosis in several mouse models, making it harder for lungs and airways to function normally. Credit: La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Your lungs and airways need to be stretchy, sort of like balloons. Take a big breath, and they’ll open right up.

Damaged lungs can’t open properly. Patients with asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and systemic sclerosis suffer from fibrosis and tissue remodeling, where a build-up of tissue and immune cells, and proteins that form a glue-like substance, keep the airways from expanding. As fibrosis gets worse, taking a breath feels like blowing up a balloon filled with concrete.

In a new study, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) report that a protein called TL1A drives fibrosis in several mouse models, triggering tissue remodeling, and making it harder for lungs and airways to function normally.

“Our new study suggests that TL1A and its receptor

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Holloman AFB High-Speed Test Track rainfield undergoes improvements > U.S. Air Force > Article Display


Missiles and other high-speed weapons systems are required to fly through a variety of weather situations. One type of weather that is an important concern for system design is rain. When testers need to understand how missile hardware will perform in the rain, they often turn to the Holloman Air Force Base’s High-Speed Test Track. Run by the 846th Test Squadron at Holloman AFB, the test track uses a rocket-propelled sled to fly test hardware at high speeds through an artificial rainfield.


A recent project funded by the Test Resource Management Center, or TRMC, will provide rainfield test customers with more options and also increase the operational efficiency at the track.


Bryan Sinkovec, 846 TS rainfield effort program manager, describes the upgrade as a “giant technology leap forward for the sled track.”


Prior to this project, the rainfield was set up by

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