4 The Cheapskate Share your voice Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Are you a Spotify subscriber? Then you’ve no doubt discovered the limitations for listening offline. It requires a phone, which isn’t always convenient — like when you’re at the gym or out for a run. And even if you do have your phone, you’ll have to devote a chunk of precious storage to your Spotify playlists.The Mighty Vibe solves those problems. This portable player — a dead ringer for Apple’s dearly departed Shuffle — absorbs your Spotify playlists and podcasts for easy offline listening. Read CNET’s Mighty Vibe review to learn more.It normally sells for $86 (currently on sale for $5 less), but for a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get the Mighty Vibe for $69.99 with promo code MIGHTYCHEAP. Shipping adds $5.See it at MightyThis is the second-gen version of the Mighty, featuring better battery life (at least 5 hours of play time), broader Bluetooth compatibility, better Bluetooth range and a redesigned mobile app.It’s also now available in a couple snazzy colors. In addition to basic black, you can choose a teal or red case.As noted, the Mighty Vibe looks and operates much like an iPod Shuffle, right down to its spring-loaded clip and simplistic controls. What’s handy here, though, is that you can pair it to Bluetooth earphones for a wireless listening experience. I just tried it with a wire-free set — pretty nice!There is a headphone jack if you want to go wired, and that jack is also used to charge the Vibe. A spare cable will run you $7. The player can hold up to 1,000 songs, but you can’t sync specific artists or albums, only playlists.That minor limitation aside, I can’t understand why this is product isn’t better known or more popular. It is, to my knowledge, the only offline-Spotify gadget currently available, and it’s a very affordable way to carry around your favorite playlists and podcasts without a phone.Note: This post was published previously and has been updated regarding pricing and discount code.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags MP3 Players
The six-day exhibition displaying the officers creative works ranging from figurative drawings, photographs capturing the reflections of the world to embroideries using pearls and bead sequins are on show at the Hudco Art Gallery. ‘This exhibition was impromptu. In fact, nobody in our office knew that we are into paintings and craftsmanship,’ said Nirmala Pillai, currently working in the Department of Telecommunications as Advisor. Pillai has painted acrylics of women. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘I worked on acrylics. I like nature and many other small things which people ignore. I like to highlight them on my paintings,’ says Pillai who claims to be a self-taught artist.‘Painting is my passion…a strees-buster. I can give up anything for it,’ she says.Sumita Purkayastha, who works at the Department of Telecommunications as DG (NICF), has displayed her designs on saris, suits and dupattas in a combination of Mughal motif with material ranging from silk, tussar, crepes and cotton. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShowcasing her love for candle-making, Monali P Dhakate, currently on deputation to Staff Selection Commission as Regional Director, has exhibited her collection of handmade candles and chocolates, which she says she had picked up during her days in school.‘The love for candles started in my school days where we were taught of candle making. My mother used to call this craft as mess. She always says to create something exceptional…you need to focus on the smallest details. These words were inspirational for me. The passion and love for the craft developed with time,’ she says.Monali, has showcased her handmade candles for the first time in a public exhibition.‘The idea to exhibit our works was proposed by Nirmala. So we thought let’s come out and show the other side of us which is vibrant and colourful,’ adds Monali.Director (SEA) in the Department of Telecommunications, Yashashri Shukla’s passion for photography is evident with photographs on display at the exhibition giving glimpses of the places she has travelled over the years.The photographs of sunset at Chidiyatapu, Port Blair, a couple walking on the Radhanagar beach at Havelock, Tibetian flags and the ‘Bovine Spa’ are some of her favourite collections.
Grafana, data visualization & analytics platform, released the beta version of Grafana 6.0, last week. Grafana 6.0 beta explores new features such as Explore, Grafana Loki, Gauge Panel, New panel editor UX, and Google stackdriver datasource among others. Grafana is an open source data visualization and monitoring tool that can be used on top of a variety of different data stores but is commonly used together with Graphite, InfluxDB, Elasticsearch, and Logz.io. Let’s discuss the key highlights in Grafana 6.0 beta. Explore Explore is a new feature in Grafana 6.0 beta that allows you to create a new interactive debugging workflow and helps integrate metrics and logs. The Prometheus query editor in Explore has improved autocomplete, metric tree selector, and integrations with the Explore table view. This allows easy label filtering and offers useful query hints that can automatically apply functions to your query. Also, there is no need to switch to other tools for debugging purposes, since Explore allows you to dig deeper into your metrics and logs to find the bug related cause. Grafana’s new logging datasource, called, Loki is also tightly integrated into Explore, enabling you to correlate metrics and logs by viewing them side-by-side. Explore supports splitting the view, allowing you to easily compare different queries, datasources, metrics and logs. Grafana Loki The log exploration and visualization features in Explore are available in any data source but have been currently implemented only by the new open source log aggregation system from Grafana Lab, called Grafana Loki. Grafana Loki is a horizontally-scalable, highly-available, and multi-tenant log aggregation system inspired by Prometheus. It is very cost effective as it does not index the contents of the logs but a set of labels for each log stream. The logs from Loki gets queried in a similar way to querying with label selectors in Prometheus. Loki makes use of labels to group log streams which can be made to match up with your Prometheus labels. New Panel Editor Grafana beta 6.0 has a new, redesigned UX around editing panels. The new panel editor lets you resize the visualization area in case the user wants more space for queries and options. It also allows you to change visualization (panel type) from within the new panel edit mode, hence, eliminating the need to add a new panel to try out different visualizations. Azure Monitor Datasource The Grafana team worked on developing an external plugin for Azure Monitor last year and it is now being moved into Grafana to be one of the built-in datasources. As a core datasource, the Azure Monitor datasource will be getting the alerting support for the official Grafana 6.0 release. The Azure Monitor datasource integrates four different Azure services with Grafana, namely, Azure Monitor, Azure Log Analytics, Azure Application Insights, and Azure Application Insights Analytics. Other changes Grafana 6.0 beta comes with a new and separate Gauge panel. Gauge Panel contains a new threshold editor that the team plans to refine and use in other panels. Built-in support for Google Stackdriver has been officially released in Grafana 6.0 beta. Grafana 6.0 beta comes with newly added support for provisioning alert notifiers from configuration files. This feature allows operators to provision notifiers without using the UI or the API. A new field called uid (string identifier) has been added that the administrator can set themselves. The ElasticSearch datasource in Grafana 6.0 beta now supports bucket script pipeline aggregations. This allows it to do per bucket computations such as the difference or ratio between two metrics. The color picker has been updated in Grafana to show named colors and primary colors. This will improve accessibility and will make colors more consistent across dashboards. For more information, check out the official Grafana 6.0 beta release notes. Read Next Grafana 5.3 is now stable, comes with Google Stackdriver built-in support, a new Postgres query builder Cortex, an open source, horizontally scalable, multi-tenant Prometheus-as-a-service becomes a CNCF Sandbox project Tumblr open sources its Kubernetes tools for better workflow integration