Detroit Pistons show no spirit or fight in 110-79 loss to Utah Jazz

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Detroit Pistons show no spirit or fight in 110-79 loss to Utah Jazz Detroit Pistons are 5 ½ games behind the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with 15 games left Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 20 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press Published 1:43 a.m. ET March 14, 2018 | Updated 2:37 a.m. ET March 14, 2018 CLOSE Stan Van Gundy reacts to the Pistons' 110-79 loss in Utah on Tuesday, March 13. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press Stan Van Gundy doesn't knock effort, but said his defense had 'no reactions' vs. Jazz CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 20 COMMENT EMAIL MORE SALT LAKE CITY — Stan Van Gundy insists his team is still fighting. But that fight was absent Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz. The Pistons allowed the Jazz to shoot 81 percent and score 42 points in the first quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena on the way to a 110-79 embarrassment — the Pistons’ eighth loss in 10 games since the NBA All-Star break. The Pistons (30-37) couldn’t stop a simple pick-and-roll action that allowed Jazz center Rudy Gobert (22 points, 12 rebounds) to dunk at will. • Box score Weak closeouts allowed the Jazz (38-30) to blaze away from the 3-point line, shooting 46.2 percent from long range through three quarters. Not exactly the type of performance Van Gundy is looking for if he is to convince owner Tom Gores he should stick around for the last season of the 5-year deal he signed in May 2014 to become team president and coach. Injury update: Reggie Jackson on rehab: 'Getting better' Windsor: Pistons need Continue Reading

Detroit Pistons hypnotized by Utah Jazz, 110-79

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Detroit Pistons hypnotized by Utah Jazz, 110-79 The Detroit Pistons were outscored 42-21 by the Utah Jazz in the first quarter, and never recovered Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press Published 11:23 p.m. ET March 13, 2018 | Updated 11:46 p.m. ET March 13, 2018 CLOSE Stan Van Gundy reacts to the Pistons' 110-79 loss in Utah on Tuesday, March 13. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz used a hot-shooting first quarter to propel a 110-79 thumping over the Detroit Pistons. The Jazz blazed to a 42-21 first-quarter lead on 81 percent shooting to easily win its 19th of 21 games — a tear that started with an overtime victory at Little Caesars Arena on Jan. 24. • Box score The Jazz (38-30) cruised from that point Tuesday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena, the first of the Pistons’ six-game trip against Western Conference opponents. Donovan Mitchell, whom the Pistons passed on to select Luke Kennard in last June’s NBA draft, scored 13 points on 4-for-10 shooting. More: Reggie Jackson on rehab: 'Getting better' Windsor: Pistons need change, with or without Stan Van Gundy But center Rudy Gobert dominated with 22 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots as the Jazz shot 55.3 percent overall. Former Piston Jonas Jerebko scored 16 points off the bench. The Jazz's Twitter account even joined the fun at the expense of the Pistons, tweeting a GIF of Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, with the caption "@DetroitPistons u guys ok". Continue Reading

Ding-Dong! Is Calling

By purchasing smart-doorbell company Ring for an estimated $1 billion or more, (NASDAQ: AMZN) is proving that not only is it interested in having its Alexa artificial-intelligence platform be the gateway to the home security market, but also that it will thwart Alphabet's (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL) advance into the connected home at every turn.Although Ring is best known for its smart doorbell, which is essentially an all-in-one doorbell, intercom system, and security camera system that allows homeowners to see who is at the door and interact with them through their smartphone, it has also branched out more directly into home security with a low-cost monitoring system that undercuts Nest, another smart home device maker that started with smart thermostats and has similarly expanded its focus to include more areas of the home. It even has its own smart doorbell called Hello.Image source: Ring.Google purchased Nest in 2014 for $3.2 billion, and last month cNet reported Google was transferring Nest from its Other Bets division -- which houses a diverse mix of projects such as its internet and TV services business Access, the R&D biotech Calico, and the self-driving-car unit Waymo -- and is bringing it under the Google umbrella that is home to search, YouTube, and Android.As the battle for the connected home heats up between Alexa and Google Assistant, and more recently Siri with Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) HomePod -- and who knows, maybe even Microsoft's Cortana soon enough -- the need to have a complete suite of devices covering all aspects of the home becomes imperative.Amazon wants to own your homeThe Ring acquisition builds on Amazon's December purchase of Blink, another security camera and video doorbell manufacturer, that will likely be integrated at some point with Amazon's Cloud Cam home security camera and its smart lock app Amazon Key that lets Prime members give access to the home to select individuals, including Amazon package delivery people. Continue Reading

Smashing Pumpkins reunite after 18 years for 30th anniversary tour

Three of the four original members of Smashing Pumpkins are reuniting for their first tour together in 18 years to celebrate the alternative-rock band’s 30th anniversary, it was announced Thursday morning. The three — singer and guitarist Billy Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha — will kick off their Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour on July 12 at Arizona’s Gila River Arena in Glendale. The North American concert trek concludes Sept. 7 at the Ford Idaho Center in Boise. It includes four California dates, including a Sept. 1 show at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena. All cities and dates appear below, along with ticket information. For this tour, the band will exclusively play songs from their first five albums: 1991's “Gish,” 1993's “Siamese Dream,” 1995's “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” 1998's “Adore” and 2000's “Machina.” “Some 30 years ago, as The Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha and I began a musical journey in the cramped rear bedroom of my father's house,” Corgan said, in a statement released Thursday morning. “And so it's magic to me that we're able to coalesce once more around the incredible Jimmy Chamberlin, to celebrate those songs we've made together.” Missing from the reunion tour lineup is original Smashing Pumpkins bassist D'arcy Wretzky, who has alleged she was not invited to participate in the reunion. That contention is disputed by the other band members. In a statement released this week, a representative for Corgan, Chamberlin and Iha said: "In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band's dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven't played a show with D'arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it's not for a lack of trying. "Despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the Continue Reading

5 more cool things we saw at CES 2018

LAS VEGAS — Pet tech is everywhere here at CES 2018.Sony has the cutest new pet robot dog, named Aibo, and it will only cost you around $1,700 to buy it, plus a monthly fee of around $25 to operate it. Okay, it's not cheap, but Aibo moves, responds, is never hungry and it will wow your friends.Or, you could pick up the Qoobo for a relative song: just $100 for a robot that is cat-like. Qoobo purrs when petted and wags its tail.For tech that makes your jaw drop and say wow, it's hard to top robot pets. But wait, there's more. Here are four more really cool things we've seen so far at CES 2018. Amazon has a cool pitch. Give the e-tailer the keys to your home, for just $250, and let its reps open the door and drop off the packages, to curb package theft from your front porch. But face it, that's both expensive and creepy. Streety takes a different approach. The app that taps into the network of home security cameras and lets the community together monitor what's going on locally. The bottom line: combined video footage of everything going on, from all your neighbors.The app, coming in March, is from security and smart-home device-maker Vivint."When you're away, we'll detect when there's a dropped package, and ask your neighbor to pick it up," says Clint Gordon-Carroll, a Vivint vice president. You've probably never seen anything like this. A 3D laser printer of sorts that will print on everything from metal, wood, chocolate and even a laptop cover. Glowforge is the name of the company that sells its $4,000 basic home edition that's just going national. It started with what it says is one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns ever, raising just over $27 million. Watch the accompanying video to see it in action.  The Coravin Wine Preservation Opener can pull out the wine without removing the cork. It's not cheap:  new top of the line edition will run you $999, and comes with bluetooth to track the Continue Reading

Vivint will pay ADT $10 million to settle deceptive practices lawsuit

Ravell Call, Deseret News FILE - Employees work at Vivint Smart Home in Lehi on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Lehi-based Vivint Smart Home has agreed to pay $10 million to home security and automation competitor ADT to settle a lawsuit alleging deceptive sales practices. Related Link Vivint leads nation in providing smart home service SALT LAKE CITY — Home security company ADT announced Thursday that Lehi-based competitor Vivint Smart Home agreed to pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit alleging deceptive sales practices. ADT, which has launched multiple legal actions to protect its brand integrity, said the Vivint agreement is its largest deceptive sales settlement to date. “ADT is a brand trusted five times more than any other security company," said P. Gray Finney, the company's chief legal officer. "When others misuse that trust to prey on innocent consumers, it is despicable. We hope these lawsuits and ensuing settlements send a strong and clear message that deceptive sales practices must end. “Not only does it harm our customers, it also harms the value of having a trained security professional in the home, which is how most reputable security companies operate their businesses,” Finney said. A Vivint Smart Home spokeswoman declined to comment on the settlement agreement. Vivint settled a trio of other claims in 2017 in Texas, Wyoming and Pennsylvania, which included allegations of misleading practices. Monetary penalties included a $210,000 settlement with Texas, a $100,000 deal with Wyoming and an agreement to pay restitution to select customers in Pennsylvania. Vivint began life in 1999 as APX Alarm Systems, a company co-founded by former BYU student Todd Pedersen. In 2011, the company rebranded as Vivint and expanded into the emerging "smart home" technology market. Vivint specializes in smart home monitoring and products like thermostats, security/doorbell cameras and other devices, as well as a mobile phone app Continue Reading

The real cost of setting up a smart home

LOS ANGELES — So you’re thinking about setting up a smart home.You’d like to say “Alexa, turn off the lights,” or “Alexa, lock the door,” and have it all happen without you having to get up out of your lounge chair. Great idea, right?No question, but it will cost you.Based on the costs of purchasing items, trying to install them and then giving up and then paying someone else for installation, USA TODAY estimates a figure of over $2,000 to get started with smart lighting, doorbell, lock, thermostat and security.Compared to the options a few years ago, that’s a bargain.Then, if you wanted a smart home, you’d have to go to companies like Control4, Crestron or Vivint for home security, lighting and the like. These companies work with dealers for installation, on top of the purchase price, and some charge monthly subscriptions. Vivint, for instance, says service starts at $39.99 monthly, or nearly $500 a year.  The beauty of the age we’re living in is that you can now order just the pieces you want, off the shelf, and install them yourself. Maybe. If you’re really good with screwdrivers and potentially wiring. If not, you can hire a lower-cost service company like Hello Tech, Best Buy’s Geek Squad or even hire Amazon to send a professional.Let’s go down the list of what you might want, choosing some of the most common smart-home products:The Ring video door bell, which shows you who’s at the door and lets you answer from anywhere.Price: $200.A smart lock, from companies like August Home and Schlage, for opening the door with your phone or via Alexa.Price: They range from $200 to $300.Smart lights. Plug in a base to speak to the bulbs, and then plug in the bulbs to the regular sockets.Price: A starter kit from Philips opens at around $150. The Nest Thermostat, which can be controlled from anywhere. You can lower or raise the temperature of your home from Continue Reading

Comcast builds out ‘smart home’ strategy as cable shrinks

By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp may be best known as a cable company, but it is banking on remote-controlled door locks and cameras as well as other "smart-home" offerings to accelerate its growing home security business. The push to diversify comes at a time when more U.S. consumers who are dropping traditional cable television packages, or cutting the cord, in favor of cheaper alternatives. Comcast and its rivals want to offer more services in the home to increase their revenues and create more loyal customers. Comcast is already seeing traction at its Xfinity Home security service, which launched in 2012. Subscribers have doubled to more than 1 million in the last two years, according to quarterly results released in July. But selling security services to consumers, which Comcast says is more than a $9 billion market, is just part of the strategy. The company is now turning to home automation - think standalone features such as cameras and thermostats that can be controlled remotely - for consumers who reside in apartments and condominiums. The U.S. smart-home market, which encompasses devices ranging from door locks to sprinkler systems that can be programmed to various schedules, is expected to grow to $47 billion annually by 2020, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Daniel Herscovici, senior vice president and general manager of Xfinity Home, told Reuters that the home security industry offered certain advantages such as low churn, or attrition, since consumers rarely switch providers unless they move. The cost of signing up customers is low since Comcast is able to sell to people who also subscribe to broadband and cable services. The company first focused on home security because it was too early in 2012 to talk about connected devices, he said. Now it is also turning to automation. “We haven’t reached anywhere near our full potential," he said in an interview. Overall, the home Continue Reading

Solar power is getting cheaper; here are some smart options for your home

Now that spring has sprung, many homeowners are looking to improve their living space — whether it’s a renovation or redecoration, a gardening or landscaping project, or perhaps it’s time to become less reliant on the grid.Finding ways to save energy and money in your home isn’t a new concept, but there are many more options available today – led by improvements in solar power.  And falling costs help the cause, too: according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, prices of solar have dropped by 60% over the last decade.If you’re itching to rely less on your electric company, the following is a look at a couple of solar options in some (but not all) areas.No longer a fringe industry, solar power is beginning to catch on. So, yes, you’re not imagining things if you’re seeing more solar panels on your neighbor’s roofs. Just ask Vivint Solar, a company that just hit a milestone of 100,000 installations across 16 states.Founded in 2011, Vivint Solar provides homeowners with high-efficiency solar panels, plus they take care of installation and maintenance. The company offers an 86-point service check upon installation by employees (not subcontractors) for a consistent installation standard. While solar energy production depends on weather patterns and sun hours, panels are designed to produce between 280 and 290 watts of solar energy, saving homeowners a conservative estimate of 10% to 30% on electricity.And yes, solar panels can still produce solar energy on overcast days. (Germany, which gets about as much sunshine as Alaska, has five times as much solar power as the U.S., likely because of how costly electricity is in the country).The cost of solar panels can vary drastically from home to home, but some key factors include size of the system needed (the larger the home, the more it costs), and location of where the system will be installed. A study by University of California’s Berkeley Continue Reading