10 Republican presidential hopefuls to meet in first debate tonight

first_imgTen Republicans who often evoke Ronald Reagan hope the Gipper’s magic rubs off as they face each other at the late president’s library in the first GOP debate of the 2008 race. The setting and the state were fitting. The debate begins at 5 p.m. Republican top-tier contenders Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney – as well as some of their underdog rivals – have embraced the conservative icon’s legacy and called for their party to return to the limited-government that Reagan espoused in the 1980s, effectively distancing themselves from Bush. The former president’s widow, Nancy Reagan, was to attend. Missing were three Republicans still weighing whether to run – Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator; Newt Gingrich, the ex-House speaker from Georgia, and Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. They also weren’t slated to participate in two more debates – in South Carolina and New Hampshire – in the next month. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Delegate-rich California also has become an important stop in the GOP campaign now that the state has moved up its primary to Feb. 5, far earlier than in elections past. Eight months before the first GOP primary votes are cast, top issues such as the Iraq war, immigration, taxes, abortion, gay marriage and terrorism were certain topics during the debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library north of Los Angeles. The focus was on the strongest contenders – Giuliani, the former New York City mayor; McCain, a four-term Arizona senator, and Mitt Romney, the ex-governor of Massachusetts. Seven lesser-known rivals were joining them on stage: Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas; former Govs. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin, Jim Gilmore of Virginia, and Reps. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, Duncan Hunter of California and Ron Paul of Texas. MSNBC and The Politico co-sponsored the debate, moderated by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. last_img read more

What Does it Mean to be Green

first_imgTired of “green” issues? You can thank Al Gore.It wasn’t long ago—maybe three years—that a magazine publishing a so-called “green” issue was considered innovative, leading—even brave. Now that seemingly every magazine feels it necessary to publish a green issue, it’s become trendy to the point of annoyance—what experts refer to as “green fatigue.” But what does it mean—really mean—to be green in publishing in 2008? And, more importantly, where is “green” publishing headed?In this report you’ll find out what publishers are doing to be green in every part of the business—from production and manufacturing to circulation and distribution, editorial and design to marketing and events. We have also suggested some industry standards for going green throughout the publishing workflow.In doing so, we’ll hopefully separate those publishers touting “lip-service” initiatives, and those who have made the effort and the expense to be green where it counts: on the back end of the business.PRODUCTION | The Paper ProblemOPERATIONS | The Importance of Stewardship in SustainabilityEDITORIAL | Does the World Really Need Another ‘Green Issue’?DISTRIBUTION | Efficiency—And Sustainability—At the NewsstandEVENTS | How Eco-Friendly Can a Live Event Be?MARKETING | A Paperless Future?DIGITAL | Using Digital Editions to Go GreenGREEN GLOSSARY | Terms You Need to KnowGREEN CHECKLIST | What One Publisher Did to Push Sustainabilitylast_img read more

Disposable EReaders on the Way

first_imgBack in 2007, FOLIO: ran a Q&A titled “E: Paper: Closer Than You Think” with Ken Bronfin, president of Hearst Interactive Media and chairman of electronic paper developer E Ink. While some of Bronfin’s predictions may have been a bit premature at the time, over the last month, two significant developments may indicate that promise could finally be fulfilled. First, E Ink announced in early November the release of its next generation display technogy, E Ink Triton, which enables color ePaper solutions. Next, researchers at the University of Cincinnati may have laid the groundwork for the development of disposable e-readers. The researchers found that electrowetting-the process for applying an electric field to colored droplets with a display to reveal type and photos-is just as effective on paper as it is on glass. That could eventually lead to a device that is rollable and even feels like paper but offers digital content. “One of the main goals of e-paper is to replicate the look and feel of actual ink on paper,” the researchers said. “We have, therefore, investigated the use of paper as the perfect substrate for EW devices to accomplish e-paper on paper.” In a recent panel discussion about nominations for TIME’s Person of the Year, devices like the iPod, the smartphone and increasingly the iPad were named for inciting a massive cultural shift. However, despite a recent Gartner Group projection that tablet sales will reach 19.5 million in 2010 and 54.8 million in 2011, the iPad’s $499 starting price point means it can’t compare as a “democratizing device” with the smartphone (which enables more texts to be sent each day in countries like Uganda than in New York City).The emergence of a viable e-paper device could help fulfill that promise, drive down tablet prices, and be an easy conversion for publishers who have already jumped through the hoop of creating tablet and mobile apps. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take another three years to capitalize on the progress.last_img read more

Dr Demento Gets Covered In Punk On New Box Set

first_imgNews Email Dr. Demento Punk Covers Box Set Announced dr-demento-gets-covered-punk-new-box-set Dr. Demento Gets Covered In Punk On New Box Set Facebook Radio oddball and music enthusiast Dr. Demento has his catalog of novelty songs covered by some of punk’s and comedy’s finestNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 8, 2017 – 11:34 am Punk rock fans with a penchant for the strange and unusual are in for a treat. A new box set honoring left-of-the-dial radio personality, music super-enthusiast and novelty songwriter Dr. Demento arrives Jan. 12, 2018. The collection, aptly titled Dr. Demento Covered In Punk, will feature more than 30 covers of songs originally featured on the Dr. Demento radio show.Artists contributing to the set include the Misfits, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, “Weird Al” Yankovich, the B-52s, William Shatner, and many more. The set will be available digitally and as a two-CD or three-LP vinyl set, according to Rolling Stone, where you can find a full track list for the box set.Dr. Demento’s long-standing radio show began in 1974, and has played an influential role in the subculture crossroads between music and comedy. With a devout following, a degree in ethnomusicology and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Album Notes for The Remains Of Tom Lehrer for the 43rd GRAMMY Awards, Dr. Demento’s legacy continues to expand with this new collection.John Cafiero, frontman of contributing band Osaka Popstar and the project’s producer and curator, lauded Dr. Demento in a statement, for “creating a musical movement that echoes the spirit of punk with its own unique voice. There are no airs, and everyone’s welcome. If you didn’t fit in — you fit in.”For longtime listeners and newbies alike, Dr. Demento’s show continues to air weekly via his website. So wind up your radios and stay demented!Read More: Tom Waits Announces Six-LP Vinyl Reissue SeriesRead more Twitter last_img read more

2018 One Musicfest Bringing Cardi B Miguel Nas To Atlanta

first_img Twitter 2018 One Musicfest Bringing Cardi B, Miguel & Nas To Atlanta Extended to two days this year, the festival will also feature GRAMMY winners Brandy, Common, Robert Glasper, and T.I.Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 5, 2018 – 1:01 pm One Musicfest 2018 comes to Atlanta from Sept. 8–9, with Cardi B, Miguel and Nas headlining along with Big Sean, Jeezy and T.I. Attendance at last year’s OMF was more than 20,000 and the roster is richer now that the event has been extended to two days.The supergroup August Greene is slated to perform. The trio unites Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins following the release of their self-titled album in March after forming during this year’s GRAMMY Week festivities. The album’s single “Optimistic” features GRAMMY winner Brandy, who is also on the OMF2018 bill. The expanded OMF2018 roster continues with many of this summer’s hottest talents. DVSN, Kelis, Rapsody, and Jessie Reyez will remind all in attendance and online why people love to watch them, and there will be George Clinton & Parliament to depend upon for funk. Other performers include Big Krit, Davido, Goldlink, St Beauty, and Teedra Moses as well as a special Atlanta crunk set.Tickets are now on sale via the OMF website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook News Cardi B, Miguel & Nas Onboard For One Musicfest 2018-one-musicfest-bringing-cardi-b-miguel-nas-atlanta Email https://www.instagram.com/p/BjpUgEpAwYy/?hl=en&taken-by=onemusicfestlast_img read more

SpaceX Starship test rocket fractured by fierce winds

first_img Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it’s glorious Elon Musk shows off massive Mars ‘Starship’ prototype rocket $999 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sci-Tech Sprint Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice Share your voice 8 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $299 at Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $520 at HP Read the Rylo camera preview CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments $6 at Tidal Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $59 at eBay $210 at Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 18 Photos Rylo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See it Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read the AirPods review Enlarge ImageThe bottom section of Starship is still standing in this image taken by Maria Pointer. Maria Pointer/bocachicaMaria Before it sends humans around the moon or all the way to Mars, SpaceX needs to get its ambitious Starship spaceship into operation. A prototype “hopper” designed for takeoff and landing tests suffered a setback when high winds knocked its nose cone over.SpaceX watcher Maria Pointer captured images of the incident in Texas and shared them on Facebook Wednesday. The photos show the nose cone fallen over on the ground.  The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $155 at Google Express SpaceX prepares Starship Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags Chris Monroe/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Elon Musk Space SpaceX,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tags 7 See at Amazon Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read Google Home Hub review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Best Buy The Cheapskate $999 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. Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Musk and SpaceX unveiled the shiny Starship earlier in January. This test version won’t be heading into space, but Musk says SpaceX hopes to have an orbital prototype ready around June. The company’s South Texas Launch Site is located in Boca Chica Village near Brownsville, Texas. The National Weather Service in Brownsville issued a wind advisory late on Tuesday, saying “caution is advised for high-profile vehicles.” Starship is definitely a high-profile vehicle. $999 See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Boost Mobile Sarah Tew/CNET See It $60 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) “Starship falls around 5 a.m. But we heard metal damage from 2 a.m. onward,” Pointer wrote in another post. “We did not have hurricane force wind warnings.”SpaceX founder Elon Musk confirmed the damage on Twitter, writing that 50 mph winds broke the mooring blocks and the fairing was blown over. “Will take a few weeks to repair,” he said, adding that the tanks on the bottom end of the ship are fine. Elon Musk comes alive on social media: Part entrepreneur, part madman Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See at Turolast_img read more

Gmails new rightclick menu lets you reply to forward and search for

first_imgGmail’s right-click menu is getting an upgrade. S3studio / Getty Images Gmail is rolling out new right-click menu options that’ll let you reply to, forward and search for emails directly from your inbox, the company said Monday. Users will be able to search for all emails from a sender as well as all emails with the same subject. They’ll also be able to open multiple emails in new windows at the same time, add a label, move an email, mute conversations and activate the snooze feature.rc-conversation-view-offGoogle’s new right-click menu will let you do more from your inbox.  Google Prior to this rollout, Gmail’s right-click menu allowed users to archive an email, mark it as read or unread, and delete messages. These features will still be available on the updated menu.The new options are gradually rolling out to G Suite users, starting with rapid release domains (in which users get new features as soon as they’re released to the public) on Monday. Scheduled release domains (in which users get features at least a week after they’re released publicly) will get the feature beginning Feb. 22.   $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. The Cheapskate 0 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $520 at HP HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Mobile Apps I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Share your voice Share your voice Turo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Gmail,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Tags $60 at Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $210 at Best Buy 7 See at Turo Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods reviewcenter_img TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Post a comment $999 $299 at Amazon $999 Rylo $59 at eBay Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Comments JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Best Buy $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags Sprint Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 Boost Mobile See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $155 at Google Express 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. Angela Lang/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54)last_img read more

Volvo and POC team up to test bike helmets against cars for

first_img 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Preview • 2019 Volvo V60: The best kind of cookie cutter Comments 6:03 53 Photos Review • 2019 Volvo V60 review: A well-rounded all-rounder Volvo Enlarge ImageDropping a helmet onto a flat surface hardly mimics interactions between cyclists and motorists. This test is much more specific and, thus, will produce better data for both Volvo and POC. Volvo Volvo is no stranger to safety, being responsible for advancements like the three-point seatbelt, and its latest foray hopes to make the road safer for bicyclists rather than just motorists.On Monday, Volvo announced that it has teamed up with Swedish sports and safety company POC to run a series of world-first tests that pits bike helmets against vehicles. The idea is to research the interaction between the two and, potentially, create an even safer bike helmet that reduces the chance of injury in a collision.The tests will take place at Volvo’s safety research center in Gothenburg, Sweden. POC bike helmets will be affixed to crash test dummies, and they will be “launched” (Volvo’s term, not mine) at different parts of a Volvo’s hood, accounting for different speeds and angles. Volvo thinks there’s a lot to learn from these tests, which go above and beyond the usual bike helmet tests. According to the automaker, traditional helmet tests involve dropping a helmet from different heights onto flat or angled surfaces. The tests don’t account for cars specifically, yet as cities pile on dedicated bike lanes and make other accommodations just for cyclists, the need to study these interactions is as important as ever.”This project with POC is a good example of our pioneering spirit in safety,” said Malin Ekholm, head of the Volvo Cars Safety Center, in a statement. “We often develop new testing methods for challenging traffic scenarios. Our aim is not only to meet legal requirements or pass rating tests; instead, we go beyond ratings, using real traffic situations to develop technology that further improves safety.” 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow Tags Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 after three months Volvo More about 2019 Volvo V60 Share your voice Volvo’s US manufacturing strategy is more human-centric… Car Industry Auto Tech 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than everlast_img read more

2020 BMW M8 promises heavyweight performance stunning tech

first_img Tags Share your voice Coupes Luxury cars Convertibles Performance Cars BMW 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible deliver big horsepower and luxury Review • 2019 BMW M850i Convertible review: A grand tourer you’ll just want to drive 84 Photos 1 2019 Dodge Durango SRT review: Three-row muscle car 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star The 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible have finally arrived, and they’re simultaneously pretty, angry and expensive — just not necessarily in that order. The new two-door, all-wheel-drive range-topping performance twins bring up to 617 horsepower to the party, hitting 60 mph in as little as 3.0 seconds en route to top speed of up to 189 mph. They also cost a heady $133,000 and $142,500 before options and a $995 delivery fee, respectively.Adding additional brawn to the already impressive BMW 8 Series, all M8 models rely on a new version of the German automaker’s S63 M TwinPower 4.4-liter V8 engine. The powerplant features upgraded turbochargers nestled down in the V of the engine block, along with unique cross-bank exhaust manifolds and ultra-high-pressure fuel injection to help realize 600 hp at 6,000 RPM and a healthy 553 pound-feet of torque from just 1,800 RPM. For those looking for a bit more, Competition models feature unique tuning to develop 617 hp, and although the max torque figure remains unchanged at 553 pound-feet, that twist is available over a slightly wider band — 160 RPM. With the M8’s increased performance over garden-variety 8 Series models, BMW has also seen fit to upgrade the car’s cooling and oil supply systems. Regardless of which M8 you choose, all models are paired to a satellite-linked eight-speed automatic transmission with paddles and selectable Drivelogic performance modes. We’re particularly interested to see how the xDrive all-wheel-drive system acquits itself. In most situations, the system behaves like a normal rear-wheel-drive setup until slip is detected.Competition models also include a switchable, richer-sounding M Sport exhaust system, as well as stiffer engine mounts for improved powertrain response. Competition-spec M8 models shave 60 mph times by a tenth of a second versus standard models, with the Competition coupe hitting 60 in 3.0 seconds and the Convertible taking 3.1 seconds.That additional power gets to the ground with the help of a stiffer electromagnetically-damped suspension setup, with model-specific bushings, strut tie bars and swivel bearings. Competition models ride firmer still, with rear toe-link balljoints in place of other model’s rubber bushings, as well as more front negative camber more urgent turn-in.Enlarge ImageThe power-operated soft top retracts in 15 seconds at up to 30 mph. BMW While recent BMW M cars have featured highly adjustable performance parameters, they’ve been a bit fiddly to access. The new M8 includes a single setup button on the center console to tailor the M8’s various characteristics, including engine and transmission parameters, as well as steering, suspension, all-wheel-drive system, and, for the first time in a modern car that we can recall, adjustable braking. The latter is a by-wire system that features two modes, Comfort and Sport, in order to vary pedal feedback and response according to the driver’s wishes.395-mm front and 380-mm iron brakes are fitted as standard with six-piston fixed calibers up front and rear single-piston floating units out back. An optional carbon ceramic setup bumps sizing up to 400 mm and 380 mm, respectively. Those brakes are shrouded by standard 20-inch wheels wearing high-performance non-run-flat (huzzah!) tires. Competition models get their own 20-inch forged alloys, which a BMW release says features “a gloss-milled 3D structure and bicolor design which generate unique light reflections to showcase the cars’ exclusivity.” Uh huh.Naturally, wheels aren’t the only unique aspect of the M8’s appearance. Front ends feature enlarged cooling ducts, gloss black trim, and so on. Hardtop models get standard carbon-fiber roof panels. There’s also an optional M Carbon appearance pack that adds the lightweight weave to components like the grille kidneys, mirror caps and so on.2020-bmw-m8-competition-40Enlarge ImageInterior differences versus other 8 Series models are limited to touches like unique sport seats with illuminated M badges and various trim bits. BMW The cabin looks to be similar to lesser 8 Series cars, which is just fine by us — these new models have excellent interiors. Changes include M Sport seats with integrated illuminated headrest badges, and Competition models get unique seatbelts and contrast stitching.As with other 8 Series models, there’s a full battery of convenience and advanced safety features available, including BMW’s much-improved iDrive infotainment system (accessed via 10.25-inch center screen and 12.3-inch gauge cluster), a large head-up display and available Extended Traffic Jam Assistant, a partially automated hands-on driving assistant designed to curb stress on limited-access highways at speeds up to 40 mph.Production for this high-performance heavyweight duo begins in July. Preview • 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible first drive: Open-top hustler Comment 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride More about 2019 BMW M850i Convertible More From Roadshowlast_img read more

iOS 13 vs Android 10 iPhone beats Android in some significant ways

first_img See also Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now Google Stadia is a play-anywhere streaming game platform… 1:56 Minding your privacy Advantage: iOS 13 Over the years, Apple has made keeping user data private a selling point. And unlike Google, Apple’s business is not dependent on targeted ads based on user data, instead making money on the hardware, apps and services it offers. At WWDC, Apple said it would give users greater control of location permissions with apps, choosing to share that info once and then have the app request it again if it wants it. Apple also unveiled a new sign-in method that lets you anonymously sign into websites and apps without being tracked. The feature, Sign in with Apple, will be mandatory for apps to include this fall.Google also talks up protecting user data, most recently in a New York Times opinion piece where Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote that “privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services.” But Google has a tougher case to make because a major source of revenue is its ad business, based on what users search for, for example, and which videos they watch. It does take a big step in the right direction with the next version of Android: Android 10 gives users more control over what information they share through apps and services.But the two companies’ approaches to privacy show up in different ways. For example, Google is working on an update to its Chrome browser that developers say may hobble ad-blocking and privacy extensions. In contrast, Apple last year announced Safari would prevent third-party trackers from monitoring your activities across the web. Dark mode for allAdvantage: iOS 13Besides letting you switch it up from a bright white screen, turning on a dark mode can offer the benefit of preserving battery life by lighting up fewer pixels on the screen and also reducing eye strain. Google folded a dark mode into an Android Pie update earlier this year, but the company didn’t use the theme everywhere. In the early betas of Android 10, the dark theme is more evenly distributed across the mobile OS. Some of Google’s mobile apps, including Gmail and Chrome, still lack a dark mode option, however. Apple has more experience in this area. It went moody on the desktop first and rolled out a dark appearance in MacOS Mojave in 2018. In iOS 13, Apple will bring a dark theme to its mobile OS. At its Worldwide Developers Conference this week, Apple lists a broad collection of places that display the dark mode theme — from wallpaper, widgets and notifications to Calendar to Messages  — and from the brief glimpse we got of it, iOS 13 should offer a more uniform dark experience. Phones WWDC 2019 Apple Event Android Update iPhone Update Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6:50 46 Photos Dark mode for iOS 13: iPhone’s dark side never looked so good 9 Photos • Apple’s Messages and FaceTime or Google’s Duo and Hangouts and Messages and … Advantage: iOS 13 Apple puts its messaging focus on FaceTime and Messages, which are hard to beat for video and text chat. Communications are encrypted end to end. The messaging handoff between iOS and MacOS devices is seamless. And you can further customize Memoji avatars. Google’s messaging approach on Android is, err, more varied, with Duo and Hangouts for voice and video calls, Google Voice for dedicated voice calls, Hangouts Meet and Chat for business communication, and Messages for text messaging. You can use the Hangouts website to continue messaging on your Mac and Windows device, and you can keep up with your Messages texts via the web version of the app. The web version is handy but not flawless, and it sometimes seems to forget it’s connected to the mobile version of the service. facetime-11Messages and Memoji. CNET Google Assistant vs. Siri voice assistantAdvantage: Android 10, by a long shotApple may have been first out of the voice assistant gate in 2011 with Siri, but Google Assistant runs circles around it, and over the years, Apple has done little to close the gap. In iOS 13, Siri gets a new robot voice and picks up a few tricks here and there, like searching for WatchOS apps on the Apple Watch and being able to read and respond to incoming messages through AirPods and stream radio stations. iOS 13 will also come preloaded with Siri Shortcuts. But Siri doesn’t perform nearly as well as Google Assistant at recognizing and understanding different voices and commands. It’s this basic functionality that’s at the heart of the issue, but Google assistant is also integrated tightly into everything you do on your phone, and can proactively make recommendations by looking at your calendar and Gmail account for upcoming reservations and appointments.Google has put its assistant on every Android phones, in the $49 Google Home Mini and $299 Google Home Max, and into cars as Assistant Driving Mode, and at its recent Google I/O developer conference, the company showed off a range of Google Assistant personalization features.Siri is also widely available — working on iOS, MacOS and WatchOS devices and the HomePod. Siri shortcuts can create personalized tasks that Apple’s smart assistant can perform for you. However, Siri is still underwhelming, mostly because the database it draws from is limited, while Google rules search.google-assistant-messages-android-3Google Assistant. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Swipey keyboards Advantage: Android 10, maybe If you swipe instead of type, iOS 13 gaining a swipable keyboard is a big — but extremely belated — deal. Google has its own swipable keyboard, Gboard, and many other Android phones implement other apps like SwiftKey, into their default virtual keyboards. There is a lot to like about Gboard, especially, beyond its swiping capabilities. I like being able to apply different themes, use different languages and easily insert GIFs. Apple’s demo of QuickPath Typing, the swiping part of the iOS 13 keyboard, looks good as well, but it’s so far behind the competition, it’s hard to see this as anything but long overdue catch-up. 2019-06-03-15-15-14 In iOS 13, you can swipe in addition to type. Apple Mapping and exploringAdvantage: Android 10If you just need to get from here to there, Apple Maps is up to task. And with iOS 13, Apple is rebuilding Maps to include better road and pedestrian information and more precise addresses. Apple’s upcoming Maps app will also have  a Look Around tool that lets you see a 3D view of a location.Google Maps has had these features for a while, however, including its own 3D mode called Street View. But Google has much more, constantly updating its Maps app to make it even more useful getting you places, in part by folding in the useful bits of its other map app, Waze. But Maps is also useful after you arrive. For example, its Explore tab lets you find a seemingly endless list of places to eat and things to do in your area.apple-ios-13-look-around-screen-iphone-xs-06032019Apple Maps’ Look Around tool lets you see a 3D view of a location. Apple Shara Tibken contributed to this report. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.Originally published June 3, 2019. Update, June 6 at 3:30 a.m. PT: Added more details.center_img WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote reading • iOS 13 vs. Android 10: iPhone beats Android in some significant ways 77 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now iOS 12 Android 10 (Android Q) Adobe Privacy Microsoft Office Google Microsoft Siri Apple Now playing: Watch this: Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? WWDC 2019 See All Comments Without the software that powers them, iPhones and Android phones would be slabs of glass, metal and plastic. So let’s see how the upcoming mobile OSes from Apple and Google compare, now that Apple has announced iOS 13 for iPhones at its annual WWDC event. On one side of the table, iOS 13 includes a systemwide dark mode, more control over privacy settings and a bushel of improvements designed to make the iPhone more secure and easier to use. On the other side, Google’s Android 10 also brings on dark mode, a focus on privacy and useful AI enhancements.While Android 10 is in its four beta (we’ve been using it for months), iOS 13’s beta is only available for developers now, with a public beta coming in July and the final release pushing to iPhones in fall (iPhones that will be compatible with iOS 13 stretch back to the iPhone 6S). Android 10’s final release  — previously codenamed Q — will ship by fall. That means we’re basing this comparison on the features Apple showed off at its developer conference and the ones we’ve seen from Google so far, and not yet on direct comparison on final devices. We’ll save that real-world battle for after the final version of iOS 13 and Android 10 come out.One final note — this piece doesn’t cover every feature that Apple or Google announced. It focuses on the main elements that we think are the most interesting, useful and important to everyday people. Here’s a more complete list of the key features in iOS 13. Apple’s iOS 13 turns to the dark side Taking, editing and sharing photosAdvantage: Android 10Google Photos offers almost everything you’d want in a photo service. It combines effortless backup and photo sharing with powerful, easy-to-use editing tools to create an essential photography tool for an Android phone. Night Site mode on Pixel phones almost by itself is enough to tip the scale to Android. Because its from Google, you can search for people, places and things to see all the images Google Photos has assigned the tag to. And the first 15GB of online storage is free.Apple Photos comes with a rich of editing tools, and in iOS 13, the app will gain even more, including the ability to adjust the intensity of portrait lighting with a slider. Apple Photos excels at recognizing faces, objects and scenes to help you sort through your images. Unfortunately, much of the app’s power is available just to Apple’s users. And the first 5GB of iCloud storage is free.Dark mode sure makes photos stand out.  Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET Running mobile apps in other places Advantage: iOS 13 (and MacOS) At last year’s developer conference, Apple said it would start moving some of its own iOS apps to MacOS using a new developer tool that was named Project Marzipan and is actually now named Project Catalyst.This week, Apple said it would start letting iPadOS developers bring their own iPad apps to Mac. The move should benefit developers — who will be able to more easily create an app that can run on Apple’s mobile and desktop platforms — and Mac users, who potentially get access to a richer selection of apps. Google also lets app developers move software between platforms by giving owners of recent Chromebooks access to Android apps through the Google Play Store. But the limitations of Chromebooks — they require an Internet connection, for example, and they lack popular Windows and MacOS apps such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop — also limit the usefulness of this option. android-aplicaciones-chromebook.jpgAn Android app on a Chromebook. Google Gaming: Arcade vs. StadiaAdvantage: Well, it depends With Apple Arcade, you’ll be able to play games on your iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV devices. Interestingly, Apple at WWDC said Arcade will work with Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers. Google with its Stadia service is all about streaming games and will let you play them anywhere you can find a Chrome browser. Google Stadia will have its own controller and work with third-party controllers. With Arcade coming later this year — and Stadia debuting in November — we have little to go on beyond studying video demos of each service (and playing with Stadia for a bit at the recent Game Developer Conference), but we’d suggest if you like console games and have a good internet connection, Stadia might be a good fit with its controller-driven service. If you’re a casual gamer who likes playing mobile and indie games in your spare time, Apple’s approach might be a better fit. Share your voicelast_img read more